Kimball employees routinely give volunteer man hours, participating in publicity events, fundraisers and auctions. The Company encourages employees to become involved in civic and charitable projects.
Kimball takes a decentralized approach to its community projects, allowing the employees and management teams of each operating unit location to decide which events or causes provide the greatest benefit to their local community. However, philosophically the Company encourages support for those programs which improve the human condition, such as health, social services and education.
Kimball recognizes the importance of employee volunteer activity and encourages active participation. Employees are able to utilize the Company's flexible scheduling of personal vacation to allow time for volunteerism. In addition, managers have discretion to allow certain fundraising or donation collection activities to occur in the workplace.
Through the Company's internal newsletters and online intranet news, employee philanthropy and volunteer activity is recognized, successes shared and future actions encouraged.
Kimball Responds – Providing Assistance
When a massive F-4 tornado struck southern Indiana in early March 2012, communities were devastated. Two employees of Kimball Office –Salem lost their homes and others suffered substantial damage. Within hours, Kimball Logistics quickly responded with a truck and trailer to storehouse the cleanup supplies, water and canned goods donated to assist the tornado victims of the entire community. The truck was parked on top of a hill to make it easier for people to get to it for food and relief supplies. Kimball headquarters employees organized an effort to donate cash for the relief efforts or to the American Red Cross. These efforts are great examples of teammates coming to the aid of their colleagues.
Kimball Has Soul – Lots of Them
Kimball International employees from 22 separate locations across three continents united around a common cause in 2011, as employees world-wide graciously donated new or gently used shoes and cash donations to the Soles4Souls Shoe Drive. The organization provides shoes to needy children and adults around the globe. In total, Kimball’s global operations collected 3,132 pairs of shoes and over $6,010 dollars in cash donations, which enabled Soles4Souls to use their buying power to equate each dollar with a new pair of shoes. Kimball employees continue supporting the shoe charity with collection drives and solicitation of monetary donations.
Walking For Life
Employees of Kimball International’s Corporate Finance, Support Services, IT and HR departments, along with National Office Furniture employee teams raised nearly $40,000 walking sponsored laps in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraiser events.
Blood Drives - Giving the Gift of Life
As a company committed to safety and wellness, Kimball is a strong supporter of the American Red Cross, frequently hosting community blood drives at our facilities. Employees typically are the organizers of these events, as well as donors.
Cleaning Mother Earth
To celebrate Earth Day, Kimball International Corporate employees installed a water garden and rock walking path at the Patoka Lake Visitors Center, a location that receives 200,000 guests annually. Kimball Office employees planted trees and restored landscaping in local parks, while National Office Furniture employees cleaned up litter around their facilities. Adopt-A-Street volunteers teamed up to pick up trash on the street near their office and to clean up the highway along the front of their plant’s property. Employees and management of Kimball Electronics-Mexico and Kimball Electronics-Tampa both planted trees around their facilities.
Involvement by Employees - A Global Perspective
At Kimball locations around the globe, Kimball employees embrace our Company's corporate culture by supporting their local communities. We have built the working environments of our non-U.S. organizations in the same way as our U.S. locations, upon the foundation of our practices that come from our Vision and Guiding Principles. Through training, our employees of every location understand what is meant by our Guiding Principles, and they are able to embody those principles in their own practices, while following or complying with their own country-specific laws.
In the Kimball Electronics facility located in Reynosa, Mexico, our employees have initiated a number of events over the years to collect holiday season gifts for underprivileged children, and to provide reusable lunch bags and plastic water bottles for underprivileged children going to school. When the hurricane hit the area of Chiapas, Kimball Mexico employees collected meals and clothes to donate to the victims. Keeping with the Kimball focus on safety, health and wellness, the Reynosa facility held a Health Fair that provided medical and dental attention, as well as blood pressure and diabetes testing.
When Thailand was struck by the country’s worst floods since 1949, many people lost their homes. Although our Kimball Electronics-Thailand (KETL) facility, located in Laem Chabang, was not impacted, unfortunately, the homes of eight employees were. Their coworkers learned of the loss and joined with management to hold a benefit mini-concert in the company cafeteria, where all employees of Kimball Electronics-Thailand participated by entertaining or by donating money. A total of 51,122 Thai Baht was collected and shared equally among the eight employees to repair their homes or provide for necessities during recovery.
Employees of Kimball Electronics China operation in Nanjing demonstrated their collective spirit by sponsoring fundraising activities to raise donations for victims of the disastrous earthquake in SiChuan Province, sending the collected monies to the Red Cross to assist response efforts.
On a lighter note, the Nanjing employees are not afraid to get their hands dirty when helping out, as they climbed ZiJin Mountain, a famous and popular tourist attraction, to pick up the trash left behind by over ten thousand tourists who visit the mountain every day.
Kimball Electronics-Tampa participated in a back-to-school supplies drive, called "Backpacks of Hope," for a local charity. Thanks to the efforts of employees, enough items were collected to fill up 16 fully stocked backpacks, with additional quantities of supplies to distribute to needy kids in the Tampa Bay area.