L3Harris has a profound impact on the communities where we operate, in large part because of employee engagement. In an effort to support what employees value and give back to causes they are dedicated to, the Company established the L3Harris Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) program to encourage community volunteer opportunities for them and their families. The L3Harris Foundation serves as the underwriter.
L3Harris has created and participated in many initiatives within the LIFT program that encourage volunteerism and community involvement by engaging the Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). One initiative was the ERG Competition which entailed a friendly competition between ERGs around the world to determine which gave back to their communities the most. The summertime competition concluded with the Supporting Emergency Responders and Veterans Engagement (SERVE) group in the lead with more than 4,000 volunteer hours.
L3Harris also partnered with and presented a grant to the organization Homes for our Troops (HFOT). The grant promotes the HFOT mission to build and donate specially adapted custom homes to severely injured post-9/11 Veterans to help them rebuild their lives. HFOT homes are built in the communities of the veteran’s choosing—often near L3Harris locations. Company employees are given opportunities to engage with HFOT during community kickoff events, volunteer days and key ceremonies.
L3Harris understands the importance of educating today’s youth and aims to inspire and build up young minds through employee volunteer activities and funding for STEM resources. In 2022, the L3Harris Foundation provided elementary, middle and high school robotics teams with $120,000 in grants for their 2022–2023 robotics season. The company has supported robotics, rocketry and other student technology challenges for many years. 2022 marked the first year that L3Harris funded an international robotics team. The initiative helped increase the number of international volunteer hours from 543 hours to 4,536 hours in one year.
L3Harris also promotes an Employee Volunteer of the Month Recognition. The global recognition seeks to highlight an employee’s volunteering impact while celebrating the person’s above and beyond community support
“We believe these young innovators can change the world, and we’d also like to show them that someday they can have a direct impact on keeping their communities and nation safe through their ingenuity and creativity.” Elizabeth Brienza, Vice President, Communications, L3Harris