National Volunteer Week: Celebrating UTC Employee Volunteers

"I find working with the people who need support most rewarding and the knowledge that if I wasn't volunteering, some very important needs might not be fulfilled. There are certain things an organization like the Special Olympics or other philanthropic agencies can’t do without the assistance of volunteers." Irene Harrison, UTRC Senior Analyst in the Information Technology Group
"I find working with the people who need support most rewarding and the knowledge that if I wasn't volunteering, some very important needs might not be fulfilled. There are certain things an organization like the Special Olympics or other philanthropic agencies can’t do without the assistance of volunteers." Irene Harrison, UTRC Senior Analyst in the Information Technology Group
"Volunteering allows you to gain new experiences and insight, while providing the opportunity to expand your network by creating new connections with people. When working with Junior Achievement, I am able to apply and strengthen my leadership skills by serving as a professional role model and teacher for the students." Deanna Rousseau, Financial Leadership Program Analyst
"Volunteering allows you to gain new experiences and insight, while providing the opportunity to expand your network by creating new connections with people. When working with Junior Achievement, I am able to apply and strengthen my leadership skills by serving as a professional role model and teacher for the students." Deanna Rousseau, Financial Leadership Program Analyst
"Knowing that even the smallest gesture or effort has the potential to really make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering for UTRC-sponsored initiatives provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues I might not know otherwise, which I also find rewarding." Jackie Garofano, UTRC Senior Research Scientist in the Measurement Science group within the Physical Sciences Department
"Knowing that even the smallest gesture or effort has the potential to really make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteering for UTRC-sponsored initiatives provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues I might not know otherwise, which I also find rewarding." Jackie Garofano, UTRC Senior Research Scientist in the Measurement Science group within the Physical Sciences Department
Being a Volunteer for United Way has been an amazing experience. I have had the pleasure of spending treasured time with children in Hartford, not only reading and playing but making literacy kits as well. There is no better feeling than giving back to your community and receiving hugs and seeing precious smiles. I strongly encourage everyone to find a cause and volunteer. Because not only will you be helping others, you will be helping yourself as well." Jaimie Ferrauiola-Carrera, UTCHQ
Being a Volunteer for United Way has been an amazing experience. I have had the pleasure of spending treasured time with children in Hartford, not only reading and playing but making literacy kits as well. There is no better feeling than giving back to your community and receiving hugs and seeing precious smiles. I strongly encourage everyone to find a cause and volunteer. Because not only will you be helping others, you will be helping yourself as well." Jaimie Ferrauiola-Carrera, UTCHQ
"My wife and I have always been involved in our children's schools, sports and other activities, so volunteering came naturally to me. Also, volunteering at UTRC provided an opportunity to meet new people and become involved in a lot of meaningful activities." John LaSpada, UTRC Contracts Manager in the Law Department, as well as UTRC's Global Ethics & Compliance Officer
"My wife and I have always been involved in our children's schools, sports and other activities, so volunteering came naturally to me. Also, volunteering at UTRC provided an opportunity to meet new people and become involved in a lot of meaningful activities." John LaSpada, UTRC Contracts Manager in the Law Department, as well as UTRC's Global Ethics & Compliance Officer
"Junior Achievement is a great way for professionals to interface with their community in positive, uplifting way. I make the effort to participate in every Junior Achievement day because I know what a program like this meant to me when I was in third grade. Who knows – maybe I’ll inspire the next president of the United States! I could never pass up on an opportunity like that." Janoye Williams, a UTC Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program Associate
"Junior Achievement is a great way for professionals to interface with their community in positive, uplifting way. I make the effort to participate in every Junior Achievement day because I know what a program like this meant to me when I was in third grade. Who knows – maybe I’ll inspire the next president of the United States! I could never pass up on an opportunity like that." Janoye Williams, a UTC Global Supply Chain Leadership Development Program Associate
“Knowing that my wife and I make a difference in the lives of the students we mentor is why we continue to volunteer. As a FIRST mentor for four years, the letters of appreciation and excitement we see directly from the kids is so rewarding and why I look forward to participating in UTC’s FIRST partnership each year.” David Ali, Engineering Quality and ACE
“Knowing that my wife and I make a difference in the lives of the students we mentor is why we continue to volunteer. As a FIRST mentor for four years, the letters of appreciation and excitement we see directly from the kids is so rewarding and why I look forward to participating in UTC’s FIRST partnership each year.” David Ali, Engineering Quality and ACE

UTC employees are making a significant impact, while helping UTC fulfill its commitment to making the world a better place.

Volunteering is about taking action, often in imaginative ways, to meet the challenges and goals facing our communities. This same ethic inspires us to create smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. On the job and in our communities, we demonstrate the collective power to make a difference.

Throughout this week, we’ll hear about some of our colleagues across the company who are actively engaged in volunteer service. We know that their efforts motivate others to take action, and have seen how volunteering can empower both the giver and those who are served.

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