At the end of July, 27 Samsung tablets and 90 Fitbit devices were donated to the West Haven Veterans Affairs (VA) Voluntary Services Unit. This donation was made possible by the Laptops-4-Vets program, which aims to align company resources with veterans' organizations.
The UTC-4-Vets Employee Resource Group began the Laptops-4-Vets program in late 2014, recognizing that the donation of surplus technology devices to veterans and veterans' organizations fulfilled the group's mission to serve military veterans, active members of the Guard or Reserve, their families, and supervisors, by ensuring they receive insight, guidance, and support in all matters involving employment with Pratt & Whitney and their status as a veteran.
While the West Haven VA is a recipient of the July donations, it will also act as a central receiving center for future donations.
"The almost unbelievable generosity has made an enormous impact on many of our veterans' lives," said Mark Frazee, Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services (CAVS) chief, Voluntary Service. "The look on a veteran's face when they received a computer they could not afford on their own, reminds me why I get up each morning and go to work to serve our veterans."
Bob Lang, Stephen Cuddy and Nelson Acosta of the Pratt & Whitney UTC-4-Vets organization coordinated the donation. "UTC-4-Vets is an Employee Resource Group comprised of veterans and non-veteran members, but as a veteran there is nothing more rewarding than helping organizations that provide assistance, care and support to those who have served," said Acosta who, along with Cuddy, personally delivered the devices.
A portion of that donation was sent to Victory Gardens, a 74-unit affordable housing complex for veterans and their families located in Newington, Connecticut. Victory Gardens plans to use the donated devices in the complex's computer learning lab.
Larry Volz, vice president and CIO, Pratt & Whitney, and Matthew Bromberg, president, Aftermarket, and executive champion of UTC-4-Vets, support programs such as Laptops-4-Vets, recognizing the need to give back to veterans who made extraordinary sacrifices for our country.
"I'm pleased to see our employees looking for opportunities to help local veterans," said Volz. "This donation is a small token of our appreciation for their service and I trust that this equipment will be impactful."
"We want to show our commitment to veterans," said Bromberg. "These veterans have made a commitment to our country. This is one way Pratt & Whitney can demonstrate our support and contribute to their success in our communities."