Volunteering Together Builds Community

By Lea M. Baylis, Corporate Community Engagement Manager
Jun 8, 2023 9:35 AM ET

Championing employee volunteerism is an important aspect of our corporate culture at Keysight. Volunteering brings people together, helps individuals connect to causes larger than themselves, and creates communities bound by hope. Studies have also observed physical and mental health benefits of volunteering, including lowering blood pressure and stress levels, and increasing levels of satisfaction.

During National Volunteers Week at headquarters in Santa Rosa, California, we organized a Keysight Gives Back Day and encouraged employees to utilize their four hours per month employee volunteer time off benefit to support the local community. During the April event, more than 125 Keysighters participated by joining their choice of seven different teams that volunteered for a half-day with community organizations in the local area. Before beginning their volunteer shift, each team met with a leader in the community organization to learn about the mission of the group and how Keysight’s volunteer efforts would support their work. The opportunity to learn more about how individuals and groups can make a difference in the lives of others proved a powerful aspect of the day.

For April’s Keysight Gives Back event, the teams supported various causes with their service, spanning:

  • Volunteering with Council on Aging to socialize and dine with lonely seniors;
  • Bringing hands-on engineering kits to the local Boys and Girls Club;
  • Preparing a community garden for spring planting;
  • Supporting a food bank;
  • Refreshing the décor at a teen club; and
  • Making handwritten cards for military and first responders.

Reflecting on Keysight Gives Back Day, what employees shared reaffirmed the reasons corporate volunteerism is powerful. Many relayed their gratitude for the opportunity to give back. Folks shared that they were happy to meet other people in the company who also cared about the community. One of the event leads, who managed a team of 20 volunteers at a community garden described the experience as “breathtaking and rewarding”, sharing that the team worked hard, outperformed expectations, and were happy to dedicate their time to the community. The sentiment relayed by multiple volunteers was, “When can we do this again?”

There are many reasons people volunteer their time. Some believe in service for service’s sake. Others feel called to volunteer for a particular cause. Some people volunteer as a tribute to someone they have lost. Others volunteer to connect with those around them. When people volunteer with colleagues, they further their connections with each other. Uniting colleagues behind a community cause helps to build stronger teams and strengthen morale. Volunteer events like Keysight Gives Back are a part of Keysight’s culture that makes employees proud to work for this company.

Our community engagement efforts help build community prosperity and connect the company to causes that are meaningful to our employees. Volunteering as a team also helps build bridges between people, places, and organizations, which is at the root of our corporate social responsibility vision to build a better planet.

Learn more about Keysight’s Corporate Social Responsibility program.