The commitment of Boeing employees in South Carolina to give back and help build stronger communities continues to grow. Boeing teammates have earned a reputation for being generous with both their time and resources, and one of the primary ways they choose to give is through the Employees Community Fund (ECF).

ECF leaders, joined by company leaders and representatives from 38 community partners, announced grants totaling nearly $250,000 for the 2016 giving cycle during a ceremony at the North Charleston facility on Sept. 19.

“I am particularly proud of the generous payroll contributions my teammates at BSC have made to ECF in 2016 and this board,” said Michael Wood, Business Operations specialist and current ECF board president. “We have been able to make a significant impact by investing in local non-profit organizations that provide community services directly to those in need, and our membership continues to grow. That is the power of a pooled fund! ”

The Dream Center Clinic was among those receiving grants. It provides no-cost medical services to uninsured residents in the Charleston area. With the funding, the organization is working to reduce disparities in access to healthcare and improve community health.

“Through its partnership with the ECF, the Dream Center Clinic has gained the funds necessary to expand its service areas to include West Ashley,” said Abrielle Keeling, director of Grants and Fundraising with the Dream Center Clinic. “This area is currently considered to be a primary care desert.”

Palmetto Warrior Connection also received grant funding as a result of teammates’ generosity.

“With the support and generosity of the Boeing ECF, we will be able to offer a multi-day outdoor experience for veterans as they transition back to civilian life after military service,” said Jermaine Husser, executive director of that organization.

Since 2011, Boeing teammates have given nearly $1 million to Charleston-area nonprofits through the ECF, and have volunteered more than 8,000 times for more than 500 community projects since 2011.

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