United Way | Community leadership | Employee-driven volunteerism
Since TI was founded, our employees have served their communities. Over time, the company has invested additional resources to support worthy community programs.
We encourage community involvement and promote volunteer opportunities to our workforce year-round. TI currently has no formal policy that limits volunteering time. We leave it up to employees and their managers to determine if activities can be supported during work hours.
TI recognizes outstanding volunteers with annual TI Founders Community Service Awards. Winners receive recognition and a $1,000 donation in their honor to the nonprofit where they volunteered.
In the U.S., TI primarily coordinates volunteer projects with the United Way and its service provider agencies. The organization is able to identify key community needs, match volunteer opportunities with those willing to help, and measure our collective impact.
TI employees are often asked to serve and lead nonprofits, state and local councils, and business groups. Nonprofit agencies need board members who are well-prepared to strategically direct programs and resources.
It takes experience and education to be a successful board member. That’s why TI develops its employees to be strong community ambassadors by offering courses on nonprofit legal obligations, fundraising and other basic tenets of board service in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management.
In-person classes are currently offered in Dallas, and online training began in 2011 for other U.S. employees. All employees can access tips and guidance on effective board membership from our internal volunteerism website.
Throughout the world, employees support a variety of community programs, whether they plant trees, mentor children or help disadvantaged students succeed. While our global initiatives in 2011 are too numerous to list, some examples are:
- More than 1,600 employees gave more than 5,400 hours of time to support 84 Days of Caring volunteer projects for United Way affiliates – a 29 percent increase from 2010.
- Almost 40 employees and retirees served in leadership positions and on committees with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas affiliates.
- TI Facilities employees remodeled the offices of Mi Escuelita Preschool in Dallas, where children from all cultures are taught English and prepared for academic success.
- Nearly 65 employees repaired and painted homes and spruced up yards in nearby Hamilton Park as part of the Dallas Leadership Foundation’s annual Celebration of Hope Day.
- Employees’ children who attended the Texins Activity Centers Tween Camp in Dallas brightened nursing home residents’ days by playing bingo and visiting with them. They also created cards and banners for Children’s Medical Center patients, and helped lead educational programs for younger children at the Boys and Girls Club of Richardson.
- At TI Tucson’s Day of Caring, employees restored a badly deteriorated barn that can now be used for recreational use by more than 100 children.
- Volunteers conducted food drives and collected donations, turkeys and holiday gifts for area underprivileged children and the Tucson Community Food Bank, a local homeless shelter. They also served meals to about 150 homeless people.
- Forty-five volunteers from TI Silicon Valley and TI distributor Arrow Electronics partnered to host a Halloween party for more than 200 low-income and homeless children at InnVision.
- More than 200 TI Silicon Valley employees and their families assembled more than 800 gift bags and 55 bikes for low-income families during the holidays. More than 550 TI Silicon Valley volunteers gave more than 1,600 hours of service through multiple programs during the holidays.
- Members of the TI India Foundation’s Children’s Education Program met with parents in Bangalore slums to persuade them to send their children to school. After receiving their consent, the team worked with nearby schools to secure admittance. TI employee donations paid the school fees. The children’s progress was then tracked throughout the year.
- Select employees, nominated by their peers as outstanding volunteers, were recognized with TI India’s first TI Founders Community Service Awards, including:
- An employee who established a day care for street children in Bangalore. Other volunteers helped provide mid-day meals and arranged medical checkups.
- Another employee who coordinated camps for the psychological rehabilitation of people suffering from mental illness.
- A group of employees led a tour of needy students and their teachers at the China Sci-Tech Museum, where they discussed science and technology and promoted the pursuit of these disciplines.
- As part of the 25th anniversary of TI’s presence in China, sites in China engaged in community volunteer programs. In Shanghai, autistic children and their families participated in an event called 25 Wishes that included games, activities and other festivities.
- Employees sponsored a hands-on educational program for about 100 children aimed at raising awareness of healthy habits, fire safety and prevention, and care for the environment.