Skaneateles Falls Welch Allyn held its third annual “A Show of Hands” corporate social responsibility campaign last Friday, July 13, during which more than 700 company employees spent the day helping more than 20 non-profit organizations in the Central New York area. Volunteers worked a variety of jobs from stuffing envelopes for fundraising to making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters to painting, building and landscaping local areas in need.
The initiative is part of the company’s annual Beacon of Quality event, a designated date when local facilities are closed for the day to honor employees. The morning session included business updates and an award ceremony which recognized exceptional employees with the President’s Beacon of Quality award — the highest Welch Allyn quality recognition award bestowed on employees.
“This event allows us to be reminded of what our core value is, which is to be always kind and true. It also gives employees an opportunity to demonstrate that,” said Welch Allyn CEO Steve Meyer.
Welch Allyn started its “A Show of Hands” campaign in summer 2010, in recognition of the company’s 95th anniversary. Instead of its traditional company picnic with music, food, games and team-building activities, the company decided to give back to the communities surrounding its Skaneateles Falls and Jordan Road facilities by giving employees the day off to participate in volunteer work.
That first year, more than 600 employees volunteered at 24 different nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties. The event grew in 2011 to include more than 650 employees in Skaneateles, and also expanded to the Welch Allyn facility in Beaverton, Ore.
For this year’s event, about 450 employees went out into communities in Onondaga and Cayuga counties to places like Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, where they stuffed goodie bags and helped with other preparations for its fundraising golf tournament. Some volunteers went to Hillside Children’s Center in Auburn, and helped to refurbish its baseball diamond. Others went to Borodino Hall in Spafford to rebuild the deteriorating stage area to help keep the building a viable community building.