Distributing More Than Components

I hope you do not mind if I show off a bit.

One of the best things about working in the {complink 577|Avnet Inc.} communications department is that I get to learn about all the different community services events that Avnet employees are involved in. The holiday season is always a very active time for our folks.

Avnet employees in Arizona came through for the Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program last Friday. A total of $43,000 was raised, and 30 employees spent part of their day spending all the money on toys for children in need.

Read and watch a short video about how Avnet helped make a difference in the Phoenix community at

24 comments on “Distributing More Than Components

  1. Alex Pohorily
    December 27, 2011

    Yes, Avnet is a great place to work at!

  2. stochastic excursion
    December 27, 2011

    Agreed, and a worthy charity, too.  Salvation Army was the only one to help out when my family lost their home.

  3. AnalyzeThis
    December 27, 2011

    I think this type of showing off is just fine! And also this should serve as a reminder to all of us to get those last minute, end-of-year donations and volunteer work in.

    If you have the resources to read this post, you are certainly much better off than a great deal of people in this nation and around the world. So I believe it's important to give back and help out if you have the resources to spare. But that's just my opinion!

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing, Al!

  4. Clairvoyant
    December 27, 2011

    Agreed. I think charity work like this is great. Media should concentrate more on good things rather than issues and conflicts in the world. Having charity events linked with companies sets a good public view of the company as well.

  5. Houngbo_Hospice
    December 27, 2011

    “employees spent part of their day spending all the money on toys for children in need.”

    Christmas is a time when many companies engage in charity events and any action that is intented to help people in need is praiseworthy. 

  6. Houngbo_Hospice
    December 27, 2011


     “Having charity events linked with companies sets a good public view of the company as well.”

    The primary reason for enterprise involvement in charity events should not be for public relationship. Charity work should be deprived of any deguised motive. The only way I can agree with this post is that it may motivate other companies to engage in charity events as well. Otherwise, it is not woth it.

  7. _hm
    December 27, 2011

    @Hospice: Yes, I agree with you. Charity work is wonderful work. But then, charity work should not be generally publicized by company's own person. It is ok if non aligned media notices the work and highlight it.

    To my guess, Avnet Corporate policy may not agree with this. Most corporate do wonderful work for charity but they may not make it public. 

  8. Daniel
    December 28, 2011

    Almarg, it's very nice to tread about Avnet's Christmas program. Spreading Christmas message through charity is very good and appreciable. That's one of the way of really enjoying the Christmas.

  9. t.alex
    December 28, 2011

    Definitely Avnet is a great place with happy and proud employees!

  10. Clairvoyant
    December 28, 2011

    Hospice, that is what I was meaning. Having a good public view of the company is incentive for the company to do charity work. It also would motivate competing companies to do the same.

  11. Anne
    December 29, 2011

    The publicity could be of a good mind, a good example for other companies to follow, engaging in the act of giving.

  12. Anne
    December 29, 2011

    What Avnet employees did is an expression of the reason for Christmas season.

  13. Taimoor Zubar
    December 29, 2011

    It's nice to hear about Avnet being active in charity. Al, are there other CSR programs that Avnet is part of which are targetted towards less-developed parts of the world?

  14. Kunmi
    December 30, 2011

    It is a good thing for a company to give as long as it does not promote any for of bias or a means of lobbying to promote the business.

  15. Kunmi
    December 30, 2011

    Good to know!

    It must be a cool place to work.

  16. Kunmi
    December 30, 2011

    Note! if others are motivated to do the same thing, abuse is inevitable. Corruption is not far from the mind of people. It will end up in promoting self interest and business relationship.

  17. jbond
    December 30, 2011

    That is great news! I am glad to hear there are big companies out there with employees that care about others in their time of need. I'm sure Avnet employees helped make Christmas memorable for all the children in need.

  18. mario8a
    December 30, 2011

    Good to know sucessful companies shares their good practices with their community Definitely what makes a good company is their employees working together beyond their responsabilities

  19. Himanshugupta
    December 31, 2011

    Al Maag, its great to read about the community service that Avnet is involved in. Please donot take me wrong, but feel bit sad that all $43,000 were spent on toys. I do not see much benefit of spending that much amount, maybe i am from different culture and thinking but i expected to have spent that much money on something tangible.

  20. Eldredge
    January 2, 2012

    Didn't see the post on Avnet's contibution to the Pheonix area children until today – but great job helping a wonderful charity!

  21. Al Maag
    January 3, 2012

    I think u have a great point…it started small and grew. Now that we are reaching these results we may want to discuss how money is used to benefit the kids the most with the Salvation Army. 50% for toys and %%% for other issues. But based on the fact they really needed toys…it still may stay in that area.

  22. Al Maag
    January 3, 2012

    Yes Im very proud to say our folks globally are doing good things. Our community relations site on, will many stories.

  23. Al Maag
    January 3, 2012

    Cool?…is always in the eye of the beholder. But I can say our folks seemed to be engaged and very supportive in the community…and have fun. We have a people in PHX who are resposnible for empolyee morale which is very cool.

  24. Tim Votapka
    January 3, 2012

    Well done! Of cource the morale went up among the staff there. Production is the basis of morale and this program obviously produced something significant in a short period of time which made it very real and noticeable to those involved.

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