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Sikorsky Volunteers Provide Home Repair for Connecticut Veterans

December 4, 2014

Sikorsky employees present a check to House of Heroes Connecticut Chapter Chairman Bill May.
Sikorsky employees present a check to House of Heroes Connecticut Chapter Chairman Bill May.
Sikorsky is a sponsor for House of Heroes (HOH) Connecticut which provides no-cost home repair services to military and public service veterans and their spouses. The Sikorsky Professional Development Network (PDN) supported the planning for this event.
In November, the Sikorsky team volunteered for two veterans living in Milford and Stratford, Conn. Volunteers worked on the homes replacing weather stripping, installing a backyard fence, removing popcorn ceiling, replacing door locks and more.
Sue Hitchcock, Manager, Community Affairs, Sikorsky, along with Sikorsky volunteers presented a check for $10,000 to HOH-CT Chairman Bill May and Vice Chairman, Steve Cavanaugh, on behalf of Sikorsky Aircraft. Kidde Home Safety, a United Technologies Corporation company, donated smoke detectors to the veterans.
Local energy company Gault Energy, through a program called Economy Fuel Heat for Heroes, donated a hot water heater and the technicians to install it. Joe Tassitano Plumbing donated plumbing services and plumbing supplies including copper pipe valves and a replacement drain pipe. Universal Electric donated electrical supplies and technicians to rewire a basement, install lights, and rewire a clothes dryer.
Sikorsky volunteer Robert Araujo, Manager, Sustainability & EHS Programs at Sikorsky, who was instrumental in getting support from these local companies, shared his sentiments.
“I can honestly say that we were all tired and dirty at the end of the day. The entire team was extremely humbled by the opportunity to assist a veteran in need. Sikorsky is a well-known brand that people trust, 100% of the participating companies agreed that if Sikorsky is involved in future projects like this one, they are eager to help, ” Araujo said.
A highlight of the day was when U.S. Army veteran and singer/songwriter Tim Maggart arrived while on his New American Freedom Train tour. He performed the Star Spangled Banner and his original song written to show appreciation to United States veterans. A flag was presented to veterans and homeowners William G. Ewen and Michael J. Mardis. They were recognized for their service to the country and the sacrifices made by their families were also recognized.
For more information about House of Heroes Connecticut, visit