Despite the devastating impact of COVID-19 on people and businesses around the world in 2020, Advantek Corporate Social Responsibility has continued in the Philippines but in a slightly different way.
The site has supported both online teaching and classroom education by donating e-learning equipment such as laptops, calculators, printer ink/paper, and televisions. Along with that, they have donated hygiene and COVID sanitizing kits to low-income STEM and elementary school students in public schools near Advantek to help them continue their studies despite lockdowns and other COVID-related challenges.
“Through this simple act, we help these students continue their education and achieve their dreams,” says Rose Lera, Human Resources Manager, Philippines.
As we plan for 2021 we look forward to helping in more ways with our Corporate Social Responsibility program.
As part of Advantek’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, our Eden Prairie office participated in an event, for Project for Pride in Living. It is a Minneapolis, Minnesota non-profit that, “builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services.” We put together 200 snack packs to be distributed to kids in these families, as they are not receiving the meals they typically would at school, with distanced learning during the pandemic. It was a fun team building event, and we are looking forward to more Corporate Social Responsibility projects in 2021.
In today’s global economy, it’s becoming increasingly important for businesses to be present in the communities where they operate. In 2017, as part of Advantek’s Corporate Social Responsibility program, the company committed to giving back to help drive social and environmental change.
Last summer, Advantek Taiwan decided to reach out into their surrounding communities in a meaningful way. The branch joined forces with United Way of Taiwan. United Way is a national Social Welfare Group. They work on building communities by engaging all who need help, especially families living in the countryside, that might be overlooked.
With the help of the organization, Advantek Taiwan reached out to approximately 40 families with children who could benefit from the help of United Way’s resources and assistance.
Depending on each family’s needs, Advantek Taiwan Human Resources prepared packages that contained daily necessities and supplies that Advantek staff personally delivered to each family. Due to summer vacation from school, most of the families were not able to look after their children during the day and could not afford childcare. United Way offered each family childcare and Advantek funded daily lunches for the children. As a final activity, Advantek volunteers took the children to the Taipei Children’s Amusement Park for a one-day outing–a very special treat for children from low-income families.
“The purpose of this project was to assist families materially and spiritually,” says Brenda Feng, Human Resources Manager for Advantek Taiwan. “We wanted to instill hope, increase confidence, and help the families remain positive in the face of major challenges. We wanted to share the principles of Advantek and help–from the outside and the inside, too.”