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Jabil employees all over the world are continually demonstrating dedication to the communities where we operate. Our employees respond locally to help communities overcome challenges, from volunteering to improve elementary schools in Hungary and the Ukraine to proactively hiring physically challenged employees in Mexico and China.
Globally Minded Activism
Inspiring Community Outreach, Advocating Educational Partnerships and Charitable Giving
Volunteering has been a part of Sunny Cui’s life since childhood, so when Jabil’s site in Shanghai opened its Volunteer Center in 2011, she was one of the first to sign-up. “I always feel happy when I volunteer,” said Sunny, a customer service administrator. “While I may lose time hanging out with my friends, I gain a lot by helping others who are less fortunate.”
Many of Sunny’s co-workers feel the same way. Jabil Shanghai started its Volunteer Center because employees told management that they wanted to get involved in community activities, but didn’t know where to start. Historically, group volunteerism in China is not common, but as the younger generation enters the workforce, the desire to support local community programs has become popular.
In the beginning, the Center sought suggestions from the local government on which charitable organizations needed the most help. As the Center grew, they decided to focus their work on three main causes: autism, the elderly, and physically-challenged children. Each month, the Center organizes one event for each cause with activities ranging from reading to children, visiting the elderly, raising awareness about autism and fundraising. In its first year, the Center has held over 60 events to benefit its chosen charities.
“We now have almost 500 employee volunteers as awareness of our community activities grows,” said Sunny. “I’m proud to work for a company that encourages me to help my community.”
Jabil Corporate Recruiter, Catherine Watkins, was thrilled to help out at the Tampa Bay Crisis Center when a day of Jabil charity work was organized for the St. Petersburg campus. But in the end, she received more than she gave.
Catherine worked alongside 16 other Jabil employees, cleaning and organizing the pantry and playroom while others worked in the garden. The Center supports people facing serious life challenges or trauma, such as domestic violence or substance abuse.
"It is very rewarding to help an agency that helps so many others. It was quite an education to find out all that they do for people in crisis and how organized they are. One of the most amazing experiences for me that day was meeting a Crisis Center employee who was once a client there, and learning about how they helped her turn her life around."
In the last year alone, the Center has helped over 180,000 individuals or families, which is why Jabil is planning to hold multiple volunteer days throughout the year as part of our ongoing commitment to the Tampa Bay community and to Jabil charity work. Catherine has said she "would be honored to help the Crisis Center again, they provide services that are remarkable."
The Jabil volunteering efforts continue with a commitment to the local community by partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays on its "Hits For Kids" program. Jabil will donate $500 for the Rays first base hit of every regular season game which will benefit the Rays South St. Petersburg Impact Initiatives, specifically the Campbell Park Elementary Walking School Bus. This program provides students in neighboring areas the opportunity to join a fun, safe, and supervised walking group from their homes to the school each day.
"We are excited for this program and feel that it will make a positive, and immediate, impact on the kids in South St. Petersburg, " said Rays Senior Vice President Mark Fernandez. "Jabil's support of community programs is critical to their success and we couldn't be more pleased to partner together to benefit the Tampa Bay community."
The need for the Rays South St. Petersburg Impact Initiatives was uncovered in a 2011 United Way comprehensive needs assessment, commissioned by the Rays, that found that there are few resources or access to help meet parents' and families' who need assistance with basic needs (food, utilities, shelter, etc), and unsafe neighborhood conditions that significantly impacted school attendance rates. The survey revealed that 25 percent of students miss 20 or more days of school due to the lack of a safe way to get children to school as there is no bus service available. The Walking School Bus concept is the best known and researched effort to help parents get children safely to school. Studies show that participants uniformly indicate that the Walking School Bus provide a supportive and safe environment to promote social interaction and physical activity.
"Around the world, Jabil participates in hundreds of local programs that benefit children, but naturally this one is particularly nice for those of us who make our homes in the Tampa Bay community," said Bill Peters, Jabil Executive Vice President. "We are delighted to be able to participate with the Tampa Bay Rays on this great initiative to assist kids and look forward to witnessing the benefits of the program to St. Petersburg."
Jabil is continuing its tradition of community involvement and charitable giving by participating in the Tampa Bay Lightning's new Community Heroes program, which honors a Hero at each home game who has given back to the local community. During each of the 41 home games, the Lightning Foundation presents a video regarding the Hero's commitment and awards the Hero with a $50,000 donation to the charity of their choice.
Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Human Development Bill Peters explains why Jabil is participating in this program. "The Lightning's Community Heroes program closely aligns with our long-standing commitment to make a positive impact on the communities we touch. The tremendous support we've received from the St. Petersburg / Tampa Bay area has contributed to Jabil's success, and we are in the fortunate position of being able to give back and help make a difference in our corporate headquarters community."
Nominations for Community Heroes are submitted for consideration via the Lightning website and a committee of Lightning executives and business leaders. The committee selects individuals across a variety of areas, including how they impact individuals, families or the community-at-large, and how they go "above and beyond" to serve and inspire others.
"All Jabil sites do a great job giving back to their local communities, and as we continue to grow and hire new people, it's important that they see how committed our employees are to great causes that help others," said Peters. "It is this commitment to the community that has always been a part of Jabil's culture, and has made us the company we are today."
Employees in St. Petersburg have an opportunity to represent Jabil at the game and thank the Community Hero in-person. As part of the partnership, local employees will meet the Community Hero, their family and charity members, in the Jabil-sponsored Community Heroes suite at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Jabil's participation in the Community Heroes program has a secondary benefit of building trust with customers by showcasing our commitment to the local community. "We want customers to know that Jabil is one of the 'good guys' in the manufacturing services industry. Our employees are second to none and community involvement is just one way we can differentiate ourselves from the competition. I know that whenever our employees are behind a great cause, the results are extraordinary. They help us build a bond with customers as trusted partners," said Bill, a leader and advocate for Jabil charity work.
Jabil's relationship with the Lightning goes beyond the Community Heroes program and this year's hockey season. Jabil St. Petersburg employees are encouraged to volunteer their time for various charitable events organized by the Lightning throughout the year in a program called CHARGE (Community Hours Across the Region by our Generous Employees). This partnership affords Jabil more visibility in the Tampa Bay area and provides employees recognition for their contributions to Jabil community programs. The partnership is off to a great start as more than 100 employees volunteered to help Metropolitan Ministries provide for those in need at Thanksgiving.
Cinthia Lacerda understands the value of investing in people and sees the benefits of Jabil’s educational partnerships. Eight years ago she was a student in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, with few job prospects and no educational opportunities. Then she enrolled in Great People, a program funded by Jabil that provides job training and life skills for impoverished girls.
Today, Cinthia is a Great People graduate and an HR Assistant at Jabil Belo Horizonte. She now supports the program by playing violin for the Sol das Gerais Young Orchestra – an ensemble composed by Great People students – and her story is encouraging for girls who are making their way through the educational partnership program.
"In my personal life, the Great People Program helped me to develop different skills, with lessons in music, crafts and computers," said Cinthia. "It also provided me with important values like duty, obligation, persistence, creativity and responsibility. Professionally, the program was instrumental in defining my career."
Rosa Chávez and her family thought joining Missions, a group devoted to supporting impoverish communities, would merely be a positive way to spend time together. What they got was a lifetime devotion to charitable giving and helping those in need.
"That experience opened my eyes and I knew it was something I had to pursue," said Rosa. It was her work with Missions that led Rosa to join Jabil Guadalajara's Community Support Team eight years ago. This Jabil volunteering team collects needed items for local need-based organizations and holds monthly events to entertain orphans and the elderly.
Rosa coordinates the team efforts and her passion and commitment has helped the Jabil volunteering group to grow from 6 to 50.
"My biggest reward comes from their smiles and gratitude. It helps me to keep going and maintain a positive attitude to motivate the group," said Rosa.
It was the beauty of Daya District's golden fields of wheat that inspired Pauly Kuo to create a program that strengthens ties between Jabil and the community. While driving to work, the fields on either side, she thought of the Wheat Festival that celebrates the region's most important crop.
Three years later, Jabil is an integral festival supporter. A Jabil-sponsored Wheat Creativity contest received 67 submissions this year. The site also collects clothing and home goods for several weeks prior to the event. Proceeds from the sale of these items are donated to the Huei-Ming Home for the Blind, which provides residential support for children with special education needs.
Beyond establishing Jabil as a supportive member of the community, the effort has further expanded Pauly's own commitment to charitable giving. "Though it's part of my duty and role that made me to take the responsibility to do this, I found I'm touched by all of these contributions we've made to our neighbors and charities," said Pauley.
Jabil Communities Overview
Jabil employees all over the world are continually demonstrating dedication to the communities where we operate. The employees within our Jabil communities respond locally to help those around them overcome challenges, from volunteering to improve elementary schools in Hungary and the Ukraine to proactively hiring physically challenged employees in Mexico and China.
Jabil encourages and supports employee efforts, including:
- Jabil Volunteering
- Educational Partnerships
- Charitable Giving
- Jabil Community Programs