Community and Social Issues
Finmeccanica is engaged with communities around the world, helping make a difference at a local and national level. Whether it’s getting involved in benevolent activities like charity fundraising, or raising awareness of engineering in local education, Finmeccanica encourages its employees to engage locally and forge strong links. In the U.S., Finmeccanica supports many charities, especially those related to the armed forces. In addition, individual operating companies are engaged in numerous initiatives.
Within the U.S., Finmeccanica operating companies are committed to enhancing the relationship with the local communities in which we live and work. Across our many sites, we do this in ways tuned to meet the needs of the neighborhood – from school and educational liaison programmers to sponsorship of worthwhile local causes and charities.
In supporting our communities, Finmeccanica North America:
- Recognizes the uniqueness of each community
- Seeks to understand the community’s needs and expectations
- Aims to become an active member of the community through involvement in social, recreational, charitable and cultural initiatives
- Reviews its policy to maintain focus and relevance
- Makes a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate
In supporting the brave men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces, Finmeccanica North America is a proud and active sponsor of:
The Aleethia Foundation supports injured warriors through short-term therapeutic recreation. The benefits of social interaction and change of environment have proven extremely beneficial for wounded warriors and their families. The foundation focuses on providing activities away from the hospital setting and hosts Friday Night Dinners for the service members, families, and caregivers in the National Capital Region. For more information please visit www.aleethia.org .
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times—during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury. To learn more, please visit: www.fisherhouse.org
Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is to honor and empower
wounded warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the
public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen
and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs
and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization
headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit
Annual Wounded Warrior Tribute Concert
In November 2009, Finmeccanica hosted the first tribute concert and reception in honor of wounded warriors and their families at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC. Over 100 wounded warriors and their families, staff, and caregivers from Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Fort Meade, and Fort Belvoir attended an "Italian Belcanto in America." For many wounded warriors, this was a unique experience to listen to and learn about opera for the first time. Following the great success of the evening, it was decided the tribute concert should be an annual tradition.
Each year, the concert is held at the Embassy of Italy. The concert is performed by The New York Opera Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of music through the development and support of performing artists. Following the concert, charitable contributions are presented to organizations that are dedicated to the support of injured service members or military families. The evening continues with a reception.
Past performances include:
- November 7, 2009: "Italian Belcanto in America" with Maestro Carlo Rizzari of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and the New York Opera Society Chamber Orchestra
- November 13, 2010: "A Night of Italian Verismo Opera: Love, Hope & Faith" with Maestrao Emmanuel Plasson and the New York Opera Society Chamber Orchestra.
- November 19, 2011: "Opera's Most Enchanting Moments" with Maestro Emmanuel Plasson and the New York Society Chamber Orchestra.