At Samsung Research America, we believe in being active corporate citizens and investing in the communities where we work and live. Our employees power our drive to make the world a better place. During our annual Day of Service, employees spend time supporting local and national charities and organizations. These organizations have included: Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, TechBridge Girls in Oakland, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, East Palo Alto YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, Discovery Museum in San Jose, Garden to Table in San Jose, The Girls Middle School in Palo Alto, The Bike Exchange, La Cocina in San Francisco, Second Harvest Food Bank, Playworks, America Red Cross, RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching), Dress For Success, Our City Forest in the South Bay, and Friends of Urban Forest in San Francisco.
Samsung has a proud partnership with Techbridge Girls to help support STEM programs in underserved communities. Our involvement helps foster girls' excitement for STEM and helps inspire girls to see STEM as an exciting, interesting discipline to pursue in school and beyond.
Techbridge Girls envisions a world where all girls lead, contribute, and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Techbridge Girls excites, educates, and equips girls from low-income communities by delivering high quality STEM programming that empowers a girl to achieve economic mobility and better life chances.
Community involvement is a key element of our culture and vision at Samsung Research America. We strive to build strong partnerships with charitable organizations and encourage our employees to look for and bring volunteer opportunities forward as part of this program. We support and encourage our employees to volunteer their time and talents in the communities where we live and work and give back to organizations they personally find meaningful. In addition to their Personal Time Off, employees can take off up to 8 hours, per year, as Volunteer Time Off.
Samsung hosts the Solve for Tomorrow Contest each school year. Designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), this nationwide contest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local community.
Samsung is a proud partner of Fisher House. Fisher House builds comfort homes where the families of active duty military personnel and veterans can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital. The homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $407 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation. There is one existing Fisher House in Palo Alto, CA and Samsung Research America employees were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony of a much-needed second Fisher House in Palo Alto.
Our Corporate Citizenship commitments are anchored in our core values, and reflected in the actions of our people to make a sustainable, measurable difference to the communities in which we work and live.