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West targets philanthropic activities and local charities that align with our mission in the focus areas of: children, people with disabilities, healthcare, and education (with a focus on STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The Company’s charitable giving framework is separated into three tiers:
Throughout the pandemic, West has stood by the side of communities to combat the consequences of the virus. West has donated over $1 million to global and local organizations providing COVID-19 relief, including the United Nations Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Food Bank in Waterford, Ireland, and Banco de Alimentos in Puerto Rico. In 2020, Corporate and Foundation giving reached approximately $3.2 million, including the $1 million COVID-19 donation.
In 2020, the Herman O. West Foundation awarded 20 scholarships to the children/dependents of team members in the United States, as well as $42,000 in grants to team members in need through our Employee Emergency Fund.
Team members are at the heart of our philanthropic programs at West. Throughout our 98-year company history, our team members have generously donated their resources and time to help support those in need in their local communities. Their enthusiasm for giving back breathes meaning into our Core Value of One West Team.
In a uniquely challenging year in history, our One West Team did not waver in serving their communities. Their resolve was strengthened as they saw the direct and immediate impacts of their efforts to help families in need. In 2020, team member donations increased by 70% over 2019. One example where our team members came together to help others was our annual food drive. They collected tens of thousands of pounds of food, as charities and food banks around the world experienced increased demand for life-sustaining supplies.
In 2020, West introduced Dollars for Doers, in which team members who volunteer at a West-sponsored event or capstone charity can earn funds to be donated to the charities of their choice. We are excited for this volunteering program to ramp up now following many of the COVID-19 lockdowns, and we continue engaging our team members in virtual volunteering opportunities where possible. West has also engaged in efforts to expand many of these programs beyond the US.
In recognition of our commitment to philanthropy, West was proud to receive several awards in 2020. Notably, West was awarded with a Faces of Philanthropy award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, honoring our ongoing partnership with Canine Partners for Life. Thank you to our One West Team for your humbling generosity and dedication you have shown this year to ensure that our philanthropic programs continue to thrive.