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KLA Employees Collaborate During Global Volunteer Week

Jul 9, 2024 4 min read

More than 1,150 KLA employees at 19 global sites spent 2,300 hours helping out in communities where KLA has a presence during the second annual KLA Foundation Global Volunteer Week 2024.

Employees in Totowa, New Jersey (left) collected several boxes of supplies for emergency housing services operated by Urban Renewal Corp. across the state while staff in Ireland worked through Food Cloud to prepare meals for economically challenged people. Read below what employees on three continents did to support their communities.

“KLA employees always show up, especially when it comes to giving back. Participation in this year’s Global Volunteer Week exceeded our expectations and shows just how seriously employees believe in improving the lives of our communities, particularly for youth who need it most.”

Jen Shea, executive director, KLA Foundation

Newport, Wales: Employees Host Fun Day for Special Needs Kids

Employees in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom support Sparkle by participating in a sports-oriented fun day for neurodiverse and disabled children.

Hillsboro, Oregon: Packing Food, Building Playhouse for Child Who Lost a Parent

Employees in Hillsboro, Oregon pack food for a food bank during KLA Foundation's Global Volunteer Week.
KLA employees in Hillsboro, Oregon packed 3,979 pounds of food equating to 3,316 meals at the Oregon Food Bank.

Oregon employees also volunteered through Habitat for Humanity to build a playhouse for a child who recently lost a parent. Another team donated 21 pints of blood through American Red Cross.

Yokohama, Japan: Kids Learn about Semiconductors from KLA Employees

Thirteen employees in Yokohama, Japan had a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) workshop focused on semiconductors for children from challenged families. With five volunteers from a local college, the employees taught seven children the basics of conductors and insulators and showed them the microworld of integrated circuits through a microscope. Seventeen employees helped to prepare the office for the workshop, which KLA Japan has hosted for five years.

Shenzhen, China: Volunteerism Focuses on the Environment

KLA China employees organized an environmental protection event in Shenzhen, with employees and their families removing 106 pounds (48 kilograms) of marine debris from a beach.

Milpitas, California: Employees Support Local Youth, Schools and Families in Need

Above, employees in Milpitas, California weeded a garden and spread woodchips in the nature center at the Santa Clara Unified Schools farm (left). Another employee group (center) supported Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) by building STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) kits for youth summer learning programs. Also, an employee team packed 22,775 pounds of produce that Second Harvest distributed to 911 families in need.

Below, Milpitas employees built 80 bikes (top row) that Turning Wheels for Kids distributed to children in Santa Clara schools. In bottom row, a team built 60 solar car kits and then test-raced their own. Included with the donation were encouragement notes to the students to inspire STEM education.

South Korea: Focusing on the Environment

Twenty KLA Korea employees volunteered through Shinmyung I-Maru to remove litter at a part and mountain

Chandler, Arizona: Packing Food for Hungry Children

Chandler, Arizona employees pack food to support Feed My Starving Children.

Singapore: Employees and Schoolchildren Engage Older Adults

Volunteering through Lions Befrienders, KLA Singapore employees created opportunities for schoolchildren to interact with older adults while making cupcakes together during a baking workshop.

Leuven, Belgium: Mentoring Youth

Working through Erat vzw, Leuven employees engaged with several youngsters who asked questions about conducting a job search, preparing for final exams and job interviews, networking and more.

Ann Arbor: Supporting STEM Education, Packing Food and Cleaning a Park

Above, 35 Ann Arbor, Michigan employees put together solar car kits for students at Downtown Boxing Gym in Detroit – and raced a few test cars.

Below, other teams supported Blessings in a Backpack (left), packing 1,000 bags of food for students to be distributed by Food Gatherers and worked with Give 365 and Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation to beautify a city park.

Chennai, India: Volunteer Work Included Education, Humanitarian and Environmental Initiatives

Above, employees in Chennai, India focused on educational initiatives, including work with Team Everest to make Braille cards (left) to enhance accessibility and learning resources for visually impaired people; collaborating with AID India and Puthri to host a STEM project at the KLA office for more than 70 underserved students, bridging the educational gap and fostering a love for science and technology; and engaging with DSW Trust in a Warli painting session at a school for special children, using traditional art to enrich students’ educational experience.

Below, employees conducted a self-grooming workshop for disabled adults (left), boosting their personal care skills and self-confidence; made seedballs in conjunction with Team Everest that are crucial for reforestation and promoting biodiversity; planted more than 100 saplings at Keerapakkam with the National Agro Foundation to combat deforestation and promote environmental sustainability; and donated blood specifically for children suffering from thalassemia.

Germany: Preparing and Distributing Food Boxes, Painting a Playground

Weilburg, Germany employees donated food, sweets and hygiene products. A team sorted food and prepared the food boxes for distribution by Weilburger Tafel.
Dresden, Germany employees (above) painted a playground and benches for Dresdner Tafel while employees in Jena, Germany (below) package items for Jenaer Tafel.

Taiwan: Volunteering at an Elementary School

Through BaseGarden Foundation, 11 KLA Taiwan employees helped organize a school library and accompanied the school’s baseball team for practice and a friendly game. Another employee group worked with Greater China Association of Women and Children to donate more than 80 books to an elementary school in Tainan, roleplaying stories in English.

“Volunteerism and giving back to our community is an important platform and reinforces our values at KLA.”

John Van Camp, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, KLA

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