The United Way of South Hampton Roads’ Project Inclusion is among the programs that received support from NNS.

Corporate Citizenship and ERGs Partner to Support ED&I Initiatives

Published August 31, 2021

The Newport News Shipbuilding Contributions Committee partnered with the company’s 10 employee resource groups (ERGs) to make philanthropic contributions to 16 nonprofit organizations that reflect NNS’ values and make Hampton Roads a more inclusive, equitable and diverse region.

The United Way of South Hampton Roads is among the organizations that received Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion grants. The contribution supports the Project Inclusion Board Governance Leadership and Development Program, sponsored by the United Way of South Hampton Roads since 1997. The program also has been recognized as one of the three “best practices for diversity programs in the nation” by United Way Worldwide.

“This year, Project Inclusion celebrates 25 years of ‘leadership through the power of diversity.’ We want to thank Newport News Shipbuilding for their generous support,” said J.R. Locke, director of Project Inclusion. “Funding will be used to sponsor individuals facing financial hardship who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend future classes. Funding will also support programmatic projects that continue the legacy of Project Inclusion and help strengthen program infrastructure.”

NNS is extending its engagement, diversity and inclusion efforts by making inclusion and diversity a key focus area of philanthropy and supporting causes important to ERG members.

“The ED&I partnership with Corporate Citizenship has afforded the ERGs a greater reach in supporting and giving back to the community through the grant initiative program. The ERGs were able to demonstrate their commitment to our surrounding community outreach,” said Evelyn Gregory, manager of Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion.

See a list of the organizations that received support below.



African American Shipbuilders Association (AASA)
Friends of Hampton Roads
100 Black Men of America

Asian Shipbuilders Including All Nationalities (ASIAN)
Hampton Roads Refugee Relief

New Vision Youth Services, Inc.
Transitions Family Violence Services

Generational Integration Focus Team (GIFT)
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA)
Hampton Roads Public Schools
Samaritan House

Autism Speaks

SHIPs Network
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Lackey Free Clinic

Shipbuilders Together Realizing Inclusion, Diversity and Equality (STRIDE)
TAP Virginia (Transgender Assistance Program)
LGBT Life Center

Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG)
Fisher House Foundation
Trail of Purpose

Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise (WiSE)
Thrive Peninsula
United Way of South Hampton Roads