Applied Materials has been a supporter of City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley since 1996 and is once again proud to sponsor a team of corps members. To enrich that partnership, corps members made their annual visit to Applied Materials' Santa Clara, California headquarters today. During the half-day visit, the members will tour the Maydan Technology Center, a manufacturing area of the company’s Display business, and enjoy lunch with a group of employees to share experiences and network.
For the third year in a row, Applied Materials' annual employee food drive has directed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit agencies focused on hunger relief. This will enable 34 organizations across the United States to distribute more than 2 million meals to families in need.
Applied Materials has been conducting one of the largest corporate food drives for 27 years. This year marked the 15th anniversary of one of the Food Drive’s signature events – Helping Hands Day. Over the 15 years, more than 50,000 boxes of food have been delivered to local families in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. The outcome of this past weekends activity is significant: 5,200 boxes containing 325,000 pounds of food that will provide 254,000 meals.
It’s an exciting opportunity when a volunteer project can make a positive impact on the environment, help to alleviate hunger and support educational programs – all at the same time. That’s just what volunteers from Applied Materials were able to do during a recent activity at Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale, California.
In Santa Clara County 1 in 4 people are at risk of experiencing hunger this year. Last month alone, Second Harvest Food Bank provided assistance to 212,000 people, many of whom were children. Their Family Harvest Program, which serves families with children, grew by 30% this past year. Because Hunger is a global concern, high school seniors who recently visited Applied Materials from Taiwan took time to visit Second Harvest and volunteer for half a day.
Applied Materials, in partnership with the Korean University Council for Social Service, hosted 20 engineering students from various universities in Korea as part of a Global Leadership Program. The students traveled to the U.S. to learn about the high-tech industry, new technologies and corporate social responsibility.
Solar energy has the potential to create thousands of jobs and help strengthen our economy while providing a direct benefit to the consumer. But many homeowners lack the resources to harness this abundant source of clean energy - particularly the low-income homeowner that may need to choose between paying an energy bill and feeding their family.That’s where GRID Alternatives comes in.
Ever wonder how much energy could be saved by a corporation if it set a goal. Or what about the amount of water saved in a year? The answers for these and other sustainability questions - as well as a peak into some of Applied's community achievements - can be found in Applied's recently published 2009 Citizenship Report.