onsemi Employees Make an International Impact During Global Virtual Volunteerism Week
Written by Cassandra Savel, associate analyst, corporate social responsibility
Corporate volunteer programs can play a transformative role in connecting people to their community while promoting employee engagement. onsemi has been proudly hosting an employee volunteer program since 2017, and our recent partnership with Visit.org, has allowed the program to successfully adapt to a virtual format throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, company-hosted virtual volunteerism events have encouraged our employees to volunteer their time, talent, effort, and energy to strengthen their local communities in a time of need – all from the safety of their own homes.
As the second virtual week of service hosted by onsemi in 2021, Global Virtual Volunteerism Week took place during the week of September 13, with 10 company-sponsored virtual volunteerism events. These activities benefited 10 nonprofit organizations across the globe, supporting a variety of causes from women’s empowerment to sustainability. 90 onsemi employees from the North America, Asia Pacific and European regions participated to make an international impact.
Each volunteer event was selected, vetted and customized by Visit.org to ensure impact on the communities served. Past grantee partners of the ON Semiconductor Foundation that took part included ZeroWaste Switzerland, SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, IEEE Foundation, Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels and UK Electronics Skills Foundation. New nonprofit partners were Arouet, WEDU, Cardz for Kidz, Liberty Experience and Girlstart.
Highlights from this week of service include an engaging and educational volunteer event with SOS Children’s Villages Philippines, at which 16 onsemi employees connected with children who have been neglected or abandoned through virtual games and conversational activities. To support Cardz for Kidz, 121 uplifting bookmarks and cards were created by employees to ship to children in hospitals, homes and nonprofits around the world. Impactful life stories were heard from two women recently released from the criminal justice system during the volunteer event with Arouet, a nonprofit based in Arizona that prepares women and families impacted by the justice system for re-entry through foundational support, employment services and financial literacy assistance.
In total, more than $9,000 USD were invested in community organizations throughout this volunteer week by way of company donations to the partner agencies and the dollars-for-doers program, supported by the ON Semiconductor Foundation. Virtual volunteerism has proven to provide novel, unique experiences for employees and beneficial opportunities for nonprofit organizations alike. With global events like this, we can ensure positive social impact goes beyond international and cultural barriers.
To read Visit.org’s original blog post about the onsemi Global Virtual Volunteerism Week 2021, follow this link: https://blog.visit.org/onsemi-employees-volunteer-through-visit-org-during-global-virtual-volunteerism-week/.
For more information about community impact initiatives at onsemi, visit: https://www.onsemi.com/company/people-planet/foundation.