Through its history, Samtec has enjoyed supporting various charities and causes as well as encouraging community involvement at our locations around the world. We routinely host donation drives and invite non-profits into our various facilities to learn more about their missions and ways to help.
Being a good corporate citizen of a community carries with it responsibility, and Samtec believes it should always work to improve the quality of life in our communities for our employees and neighbors.
The Samtec Cares Grant Program was created to positively impact and assist organizations within the communities in which Samtec employees live, work, go to school and play. Grants are awarded in two semi-annual grants cycles to applying and qualified 501(c )(3) non-profits, up to $50,000 per grant.
Samtec Cares has revolving “Areas of Focus” for grants each year to target their giving and hopefully provide catalytic support and change in areas identified as needing support. The Areas of Focus for Samtec Cares first year are Community Impact, Health and Social Services, and lastly Arts and Culture.
During the inaugural grant cycle, Winter 2018, Samtec Cares received more than 23 grant applications. On January 4, 2019, Samtec Cares presented checks totaling nearly $450,000 to 17 non-profit organizations within our community.
One of the organizations that was recognized during Samtec Cares inaugural grant cycle was B.A.Y. A. Beautiful as You Are. B.A.Y.A.’s mission is to teach young girls that they can be beautiful in their own skin just as they are. Empowering young girls to strive for nothing less than excellence is their goal.
Mindy Jackson, a Customer Service Associate at Samtec’s global headquarters in New Albany, IN has been supporting this organization as a group leader for several years.
Mindy said that B.A.Y.A is so very grateful to Samtec Cares as their grant will help them reach more young girls in the community by providing more local events. B.A.Y.A. will also now be able to purchase the supplies needed to promote positive self-esteem that will help young girls succeed in everyday life.
Samtec Cares second grant cycle, Summer 2019, recently closed, and 44 grant requests were received totaling over $1.3M. On July 11, 2019, Samtec Cares presented checks totaling $435,000 to 20 non-profit organizations within our community.
Camp Quality Kentuckiana was awarded a grant during Samtec Cares Summer Grant Cycle. Camp Quality’s goal is to ensure every child who has been diagnosed with cancer can have a summer camp experience. Their mission at camp is to give these kids an opportunity to be kids again.
Eddie Bobbitt, Camp Quality Kentuckiana’s Executive Director, said that their grant will be used to support their next summer camp as well as different events throughout the year to enhance each child’s quality of life – at no cost to their family.
The next grant cycle for Samtec Cares will be Winter 2019 and is set to open in November. The waiting list is now open on the Samtec Cares website.
For more information on Samtec Cares, go to samteccares.samtec.com.