Middle River Aircraft 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.
In 2017, MRAS employees donated their time to a variety of community causes totaling
808 volunteer hours
MRAS’ social responsibility activities are divided into four broad categories: education, environment, health and human services, and community building.
Recent examples include:
March of Dimes
Building on parent company GE’s long partnership with the March of Dimes foundation, 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.
GE Girls summer camp
MRAS employees participated in the local GE Girls summer camp at Howard University in Washington, D.C. where they made chemical-powered baking soda and vinegar rockets with the middle school girls. GE Girls is a one-week day camp for girls in grades 6-8 who attend school in the community of a major GE business and have demonstrated an interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics.
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.
Chick-fil-A and Kona Ice charity fund
The Chick-fil-A fast food restaurant chain is onsite at MRAS twice a week throughout the year, and a Kona Ice truck arrives in the summertime to serve shaved ice; a portion of sales from each food vendor goes to a charity fund that is distributed to different organizations. Past recipients have included the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, and the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.
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.