Middle River Aerostructure Systems is proud to be a Maryland native and strives to give back to the community that has given it so much since its inception.
The company’s social responsibility programs operate at the local and regional levels, and are designed to benefit organizations that are meaningful to its employees. The activities draw upon the diverse skillsets of its employees, from the composite engineering expertise of its engineers to the construction know-how of its facilities and maintenance staff. Volunteers have provided logistics support to charity events, taught chemistry to middle school students, and collected gifts for the Toys for Tots programs.
MRAS’ social responsibility activities are divided into
four broad categories:
education, environment, health & human services, and community building
Previous examples of MRAS’ social responsibility activities – which are in the general categories of education, environment, health & human services, and community building – include:
Toys for Tots
The generosity of Middle River Aerostructure Systems (MRAS) and its employees have allowed less fortunate children to experience Christmas joy with hundreds of toys, games and other presents donated for distribution in the company’s region around Baltimore, Maryland. In 2021, these gift purchases were made possible by approximately $2,000 collected through an employee silent auction, gift donations from employees, along with $5,000 provided by the company.
March of Dimes
MRAS employees participate in several events each year, providing logistics support such as developing routes for walkathons, setting up and staffing stations along the route, directing traffic at road crossings, and clearing event material afterwards. The company also holds fundraisers that support the charity.
Maryland Food Bank
MRAS engineers volunteered with the Baltimore chapter of the Maryland Food Bank to package foods to be distributed to families in need.
Boy Scouts of America
Showcasing the company’s expertise in high-tech manufacturing, MRAS helped local Boy Scouts earn their merit badge in composite materials. The Scouts created composite skateboard decks at MRAS, where they performed the layup process and learned about the properties of composite materials. The Scouts also received a tour of the MRAS facility where they could see how composite materials are manufactured for nacelle components such as thrust reversers and fan cowls.
Marshy Point Nature Center
MRAS interns helped improve the Marshy Point Nature Center by deconstructing and restoring an outdoor brick oven that will be used during future events at the nature center. MRAS’ leadership team also built a 300-foot split-rail fence to separate the grounds from a nearby roadway.
Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Members of MRAS’ facilities and maintenance crew replaced and repainted a large deck and stairwell at Baltimore’s Believe In Tomorrow House at St. Casimir, the nation’s first standalone hospital housing facility to focus exclusively on the long-term housing needs of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients and their immediate family members.
American Cancer Society
MRAS held a “pink-out” competition to raise awareness of the disease; a luncheon was held to honor breast cancer survivors and a representative from the American Cancer society was present to provide information, as well as receive a donation from MRAS’ Chick-fil-A fund.