Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Honors Employee for Her Dedication to the Community
In conjunction with National Volunteer Week, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne honored an employee for her time and dedication in helping the community through volunteer work. Judy Clarke, an office administrator and 28-year veteran of the rocket-engine manufacturer, received the 2010 John W. Bradley Community Service Award, which recognizes Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne employees who volunteer to make the community a better place. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
Clarke was selected for the John W. Bradley Community Service Award because of her passion for volunteer work, including donating more than 350 hours last year to raise money for toys for patients at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She also volunteers countless hours to the Special Olympics; Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND) in Pacoima, which helps people transition from poverty; and The Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes, which offers recreational activities for children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
"This award really means a lot to me. It's just been amazing that I would be considered for it. I volunteer for the love of the kids and the love of the community. I don't do it for recognition," said Clarke. "Seeing the kids' faces and knowing I am able to help them – that brings me such joy."
The John W. Bradley Community Service Award is named after Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's former vice president of Strategic Planning and Initiatives, who continues to volunteer and serve on various boards of directors throughout Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley. The award was presented in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, whose theme this year was "Celebrating People in Action" and honored those who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.
More than 1,000 Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne and Hamilton Sundstrand Space, Land & Sea-Rocketdyne employees nationwide devote thousands of personal hours to company-hosted and other volunteer events and programs year-round. Their work includes support for arts and culture, education, environment and human services within the communities they live and work.
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc., a part of Pratt & Whitney, is a preferred provider of high-value propulsion, power, energy and innovative system solutions used in a wide variety of government and commercial applications, including the main engines for the space shuttle, Atlas and Delta launch vehicles, missile defense systems and advanced hypersonic engines. For more information about Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, go to www.prattwhitneyrocketdyne.com.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and commercial building industries.