Lexmark supports the communities where our employees live and work and places special emphasis on programs utilizing the time and talents of our employees as volunteers. We encourage members of our workforce to be involved with charities that interest them and we have programs in place to support organizations of particular importance to them.
Employee volunteer efforts include such organizations as United Way of the Bluegrass, Junior Achievement, Habitat for Humanity and many more. Over the last 20 years, Lexmark employees have been the leading employee campaign for United Way of the Bluegrass, contributing thousands of volunteer hours in addition to their generous monetary contributions. Lexmark and its employees have donated $20 million (USD) in 20 years to United Way of the Bluegrass.
As a way of commemorating Lexmark’s twentieth anniversary, and to reinforce our company’s commitment to volunteerism, we challenged ourselves with a goal of 175,200 man-hours. Though we fell short of this goal in our first attempt, we are asking employees to recommit to this ambition in 2012 and plan to continue until we succeed in reaching this goal.
Through various programs, Lexmark encourages its employees to volunteer their time, talents and resources to their local communities. We have an exceptional employee talent pool and the Company empowers its employees to give their time and skills by providing innovative programs, such as Volunteer Time Off, Make It Happen Fund, Volunteer Grants and Matching Gifts. We know our employees have interests beyond Lexmark and we support their efforts to be involved in their communities. The Company introduced its Volunteer of the Year Award in 2004 and it is designed to support our value of corporate citizenship.
Jeri Isbell, Lexmark Vice President of Human Resources, presents the Lexmark 2010 Volunteer of the Year award to Ximena McCollum (on the right).
Only Lexmark employees are eligible to be nominated for the award, but anyone may submit a nomination, including outside organizations and individuals.
Lexmark’s Global Living the Vision Committee reviews the candidates and selects the recipient of the award. The Committee evaluates criteria such as the community need that has been addressed, the number of hours contributed, the number of people impacted as well as the leadership aspects of the particular example of volunteerism.
The recipient is honored at an internal event and Lexmark donates $2,500.00 (USD) to an eligible nonprofit organization or school of the winner’s choice.
The 2010 Lexmark Volunteer of the Year is Ximena McCollum. Ms. McCollum was recognized for her service as a 'big sister' to Emily, a young Hispanic girl, whose family is originally from Honduras and her service as an interpreter for Spanish speaking individuals.
For information on the 2009 Lexmark Volunteer of the Year Award visit here.
United Way – Lexmark not only supports the United Way through charitable giving, but also encourages employee volunteerism. During 2011, over 300 Lexmark employees volunteered 1,500 hours to the United Way. Employees completed 39 community service projects in Boulder, Colorado and Lexington, Kentucky.
Proud owners of a new home.
Habitat for Humanity – Lexmark’s 15th Habitat for Humanity house was built in Lexington in 2011. Approximately 100 volunteers participated over the course of the entire project. Employees were able to use their Volunteer Time Off to participate in the build. Habitat for Humanity strives to provide affordable and energy-efficient homes to low income families. The organization has helped more than 2 million families worldwide.
Junior Achievement – During the 2010-2011 school year, Lexmark sponsored courses at its adopted school, William Wells Brown Elementary, with close to 50 employees volunteering to teach business and economics courses at this and other Fayette County Public Schools.
Engineering volunteers – Lexmark encourages its engineers and scientists to participate in National Engineers Week each February by volunteering to share their passion for math, science and technology with students from across Kentucky.
The Company’s volunteers participate by helping to create an engineering station for students to explore at The Fayette County District Science and Engineering Fair. Volunteers also judge student projects.
Women in Engineering Career Day is an annual event also held in February wherein high school girls from Fayette County are welcomed for a day of engineering activities. Lexmark volunteers assist with on-site tours and other hands-on activities.
Also in February, The University of Kentucky's College of Engineering hosts UK Engineering Day, an event of learning and exploration at UK for students of all ages. Lexmark volunteers support the event with product demonstrations, explanations of science concepts and a behind-the-scenes look at the product development process.
Lexmark Teacher’s Institute – Lexmark sponsored the week long institute which pairs K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and language arts with companies to better understand how businesses use what schools are teaching, to gain real-world examples and bring real-life scenarios into the curriculum. The teachers learn about how business works and what students must do to compete in the real world.
Substitute teaching initiative – Using the three days of Volunteer Time Off, Lexmark employees are matched with a teacher in one of the STEM fields to provide teachers the opportunity to pursue professional development and provide significant teaching opportunities for Lexmark volunteers.
Tubby’s Clubhouse/Dell TechKnow – The Dell TechKnow program is a 40-hour, after-school initiative in which students learn about computers and software applications through hands-on activities. Five Tubby’s Clubhouses in Lexington, Kentucky offer the program and Lexmark provided support through in-kind gifts. Nearly 1,250 middle-school students have graduated from the program to date, with each graduate receiving a Lexmark printer.
Kentucky Governor’s Scholars – Lexmark supports the engineering programs and hosts the students for a day-long session focused on applying and using the diverse areas of science and technology.
Louisville Science Center and Lexmark team up for National Engineers Week – Lexmark partnered with the Louisville Science Center to celebrate activities during 2011 National Engineers Week. Lexmark volunteers participated in hands-on demonstrations at LSC for school groups to encourage critical thinking. It was also an opportunity for students to learn more about how different areas of science have real-life applications.
Trees For Tracks – CSX Corporation is a valued Lexmark customer, but also a partner in sustainability. CSX's Trees for Tracks program recently brought together 170 volunteers from Lexmark, CSX and the Lexington community as a whole to plant trees along the Legacy Trail in Fayette County. The volunteers planted more than 600 trees that day.
Kindergarten painting and renovation
Employees of Lexmark Budapest and their families renovated and painted wooden benches, jungle gyms and rest huts at a kindergarten in Budapest.
Volunteers help clean up neighborhood
Lexmark Budapest employees joined the nationwide “Teszedd” campaign wherein 160,000 volunteers helped clean up many underdeveloped public areas in their neighborhoods.
Holiday party for employee's children
Lexmark Budapest organized a Christmas party for children of employees where they met Santa in person. Children who had been ‘good’ all year and placed their clean boots on the window sill found small gifts placed in them.
LIPI employees blood drive
Volunteer employees of LIPI participated in several initiatives to improve the health of local populations including blood drives, cervical and flu vaccinations, anemia screening, eye examinations and health seminars.
The employees of Lexmark International Philippines Inc. (LIPI) attended the Save the Buhisan Watershed Project Donor's Recognition and Forum at the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) facility in the Buhisan Watershed and Forest Reserve.
The project is implemented with partners from the public and private sectors and aims to sustain the Watershed through environmental rehabilitation initiatives like reforestation. The project was launched in 2008 as part of Cebu’s environmental response to the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
LIPI employees volunteered to plant tree seedlings near Cebu City in 2011. A total of 350 employee volunteers were able to plant 2000 seedlings in the span of five months.
Approximately 50 LIPI employee volunteers built four duplex housing units at the Lexmark Sugbo GK Village located at Tunghaan Minglanilla Cebu. Twenty U. S. Navy personnel who were visiting Cebu City also helped and Ambassador Thomas Harris visited the site. In December, LIPI Employees returned to the area and distributed toys and clothing to the children living there.
The 2011 LIPI “Bundles of Joy” was held at Catarman Elementary School. There were 670 students who were recipients of gifts from LIPI employees.
Free Health Checkup and Health Awareness Camp
A team of Lexmark volunteers in India recently traveled to a remote village to help provide medical care to people in need. About 250 villagers who have almost no access to healthcare participated in the Free Health Checkup and Health Awareness Camp in Sundarban. The Lexmark volunteers assisted three doctors by arranging patient waiting rooms, enrolling patients and distributing medicine.