We all need a helping hand from time to time. Today, there are millions of volunteers across the country helping a wide range of community outreach programs, but perhaps none strike closer to the heart than helping people avoid hunger.
Every meal that a hungry man, woman or child gets is a gift. Every bag of food is a blessing. And, I know it’s hard to believe, but in Silicon Valley alone, as many as one in every three children is at risk of going hungry.
Nonprofit organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties mean a great deal to the those in need. According to a recent Feeding America study on local hunger, the vast majority of households served by Second Harvest have an annual income of $20,000 or less. Nearly 250,000 people rely on the SHFB’s assistance every month. For many families, there is nowhere else to turn.
Samsung Semiconductor Inc. selected Second Harvest in 2014 as one of our most important charities for monetary donations and volunteer time that involved dozens of employees sorting fruit for the hungry to eliminate unacceptable pieces.
Our company also gave generously to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help fight cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and contributed to programs like Junior Achievement of the Bay Area, The Tech Museum of Innovation, One Warm Coat and the Family Giving Tree.
Samsung Electronics and its subsidiaries, including Samsung Semiconductor, have been contributing to charitable organizations for many years. Corporate giving is, in fact, one of our overarching business principles. Our employees here have been wonderful in their understanding of the importance of giving back to the communities in which we work.
We are proud of what we have done in community outreach for 2014, and our ongoing efforts to help those in need. We help because we care.