Skaneateles Falls, NY, July 18, 2011—Welch Allyn, a leading global manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, sent over 400 employee volunteers to over 20 non-profit organizations across central New York Friday, July 15, as part of its second annual “A Show of Hands” corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign.  Another 250 employees were stationed at the company’s headquarters assembling military aid, school supply and homeless shelter care kits.  The initiative is part of the company’s annual Beacon of Quality event, a designated date when local facilities are closed for the day to honor employees. The morning session included business updates and an award ceremony which recognized exceptional employees with the President’s Beacon of Quality award—the highest Welch Allyn quality recognition award bestowed on employees.

Traditionally, this summertime event consisted of an afternoon of music, food, games, and team building activities.  However, in recognition of the company’s 95th anniversary last year, Welch Allyn chose to forego its traditional employee recognition festivities in favor of giving back to the surrounding communities.  The afternoon session became an opportunity for the company to help its neighbors in surrounding counties as Welch Allyn employees from its Skaneateles Falls and Jordan Road facilities took the day off to help paint, landscape, build, clean and assemble care packages for a variety of local nonprofit organizations in need of a helping hand.

“Welch Allyn employees truly stepped up today and helped their neighbors throughout Onondaga and Cayuga counties,” said David Allyn, the director of CSR at Welch Allyn. “Some of our folks, including CEO Julie Shimer, traveled to P.E.A.C.E, Inc. in Syracuse where they helped clean the gymnasium and landscape. Some went to the Spafford Historical Society’s Grange Building and helped to re-construct a room. And some stayed at the State Street facility and put together care kits, made sandwiches for the homeless, and assembled mailings for the Rescue Mission—just to name a few of the ways we gave back today.”

The first “A Show of Hands” event took place in the summer of 2010 and was created in response to numerous employee requests for opportunities to volunteer in the community. Over 600 Welch Allyn employees volunteered at 24 different nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties. People had the opportunity to give back to their community in a variety of ways.

“We had such a great response from employees last year that we decided to continue our ‘A Show of Hands’ initiative and make it an annual event,” added Allyn. “People have always looked forward to the annual Beacon of Quality event—even before we started volunteering, but for the past year I have heard our employees talking about doing more. These are our neighbors we’re reaching out to, so this level of involvement is really an investment in the communities where our over 1,200 local employees work, live and play.”

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