Child safety demonstration house gets a boost

Honeywell provided a financial grant to Charlie’s House in support of the capital campaign to build the nation’s first child safety demonstration house on Hospital Hill in Kansas City. Matt Hizer, senior technical manager and Charlie’s House board member, helped the organization officially break ground on the project. Honeywell also provides financial support to distribute 10,000 free furniture straps and child safety gear to families in the community. The company also produced the promotional video for the first Charlie’s Ball, starring the families of Honeywell employees.

Teaching teens to drive safely


Honeywell committed more than $40,000 to bring the B.R.A.K.E.S. program back to Kansas City in October 2018. B.R.A.K.E.S., which stands for Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe, is a defensive driving program designed to prevent accidents.

Consider the statistics:

  • Car crashes are the number one killer of teens aged 16-19, with 2,200 teens dying each year.

  • 220,000 more teens go to the emergency room due to car accidents.

  • Among passengers of all ages, 20 percent of fatalities occur when a teen driver is at the wheel.

Honeywell made it possible for, not only children of employees, but also more than 400 teens to experience the program, including students in the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program.

The B.R.A.K.E.S. program teaches teens how to control a vehicle during hard stops, icy conditions, spins, and more. Check out the comments from participants and their parents.

I enjoyed the parent course. It gave me tips and new tricks to driving safer. The supporting volunteers/ staff were so amazing with general conversation and knowledge. I really hope I can do this for my son in the next year or two at the Speedway. This program shows that the company cares about my biggest assets. Thank you so much!

I loved that they made the program fun, but the teens learned life saving techniques. As a parent I also learned. I enjoyed the hands on driving training and learning how to position my chair and mirrors. So many valuable lessons! I have already told many friends and coworkers about the program. My youngest WILL take this course when she starts to drive. It should be mandatory in schools! Thank you!!!

Honestly, this program couldn't have been better organized and executed. It was well worth missing afternoon classes.

I learned quite a bit and appreciate the work the group does in helping teenagers understand how to react in emergency situations. They also took the time to show the kids (and adults) how to properly sit, how to set your mirrors, and how to correctly hold the wheel. The information on insurance, air bags, and accident prevention were eye opening and very helpful. It was also fun to get to drive on one of the courses!

My child driver is in his second year at KU. We met at the Speedway, and when we were walking in he said to me, "I am the only one in college, this is dumb, I should leave." Three hours later, as I returned his cell phone to him, he said "Thank you, that was really good."

Partnership with BBBS helps give kids the best chance for success

Supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters in a variety of ways is right up the alley of our employees as part of our Honeywell Hometown Solutions initiatives. The annual value of Honeywell FM&T’s impact on BBBS totals more than $100,000!

More than 30 employees are mentors to “Littles” in the program, including our president, John Ricciardelli, who with his wife, Ginny, is a “Big Couple” to Zelman.


In 2018, Kansas City-based employees raised more than $26,000 in the Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser, placing second among corporate teams. More than 150 employees (27 teams!) participated in the event, building on Honeywell’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters through a corporate sponsorship.  

In New Mexico, our employee team raised $16,000, landing in first place for corporate fundraising for the event.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever. The organization operates in communities across the United States, including both rural and urban environments, as well as small and large cities and towns. The organization’s one-to-one mentoring program is adaptable to communities, schools, and military bases.

Donations from Bowl for Kids Sake events provide funds for the organization to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, as well as to cover the expenses of providing ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.

Giving blood saves lives


As part of our Family Safety & Security component of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, employees at the National Security Campus participate in blood drives.

In 2018, Honeywell employees (including 87 first time blood donors!) donated a total of 470 units of blood.

Giving blood is critically important to the health of our communities; 4.5 million Americans would die each year without life saving blood transfusions. Approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States. Just one pint of donated blood can help save as many as three people's lives.

Keeping kids warm through the winter

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Housing and shelter are important elements of the Honeywell Hometown Solutions component of Honeywell’s community program. As part of the company’s commitment to housing and shelter, employees participate in the annual Coats for Kids Campaign to meet this critical basic need for local children and families.

Honeywell celebrated its 10th anniversary as the leading corporate sponsor of Coats for Kids with KMBZ Radio and the Rotary Club. In honor of our 10th year, we doubled our corporate challenge $20,000 to drive in additional funds to provide warm winter coats to children in need. The matching grant helped raise a record $42,000 for the program. Honeywell employees also donated more than 200 new and used coats.

Revitalizing our communities

Conservation, and maintaining and improving our habitat, is an important element of the Honeywell Hometown Solutions component of our program. Discover our impact in 2018!

Honeywell Home Makeover

More than 200 Honeywell volunteers grabbed hammers, tool belts, and power tools to provide much needed repairs on nine homes in Kansas City’s urban core during the Honeywell Home Makeover in partnership with Christmas in October. The improvements ranged from painting the exterior of a home owned by a 100-year-old veteran, to adding much needed safety and security improvements to the home of an elderly widow.

Communities Protecting Rivers

More than 100 Honeywell volunteers spent seven Saturdays from May to July supporting a revitalization project in the Marlborough East neighborhood of Kansas City. Honeywell provided a $25,000 grant to the Blue River Watershed Association to launch the Communities Protecting Rivers Project. Volunteers removed several tons of trash and debris from three vacant lots, and then created a beautiful rain garden to prevent future pollution from running into the Blue River.

Supporting families with BackSnacks and more

As part of the Honeywell Hometown Solutions component of our program, the Honeywell team helped deliver family safety, security, and child mental health resources to more than 1,600 children and parents by sponsoring Crittenton’s Rock It event at Union Station. Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita dazzled the children with live performances, while Honeywell volunteers worked directly with parents to help build stronger families.

Employees also made 18,500 BackSnacks for students through Harvesters, and distributed 3,500 child locator bracelets to families at Whiteman Air Force Base.