Power of One is HCL Foundation’s unique and powerful flagship programme that aims to create a platform for HCL employees to come forward, volunteer for social causes and contribute towards the process of nation building. The programme is strongly footed on the belief that every small contribution by each employee can go a long way in making a significant impact in the society. It is the contribution by each individual at HCL that powers “Power of 1”.
Broadly, there are two primary ways in which an HCLite can become part of the Power of One Initiative
Employees can choose to contribute a small amount of Re.1 per day towards the social initiatives of HCL Foundation. In the US and UK, this a bi-monthly contribution of One Dollar and One Pound respectively. In keeping with the spirit of volunteerism that guides all Power of One activities, the contributions are also voluntary in nature. Employees are constantly updated about the impact of their contributions through mailers and campaigns and to encourage them to become a part of the voluntary Power of One (Po1) payroll giving program. At present, close to 38,000 HCLites in India are contributing Re. 1 daily under this program.
In keeping with the belief that each employee has the power to reach out to, engage, inspire and make a difference, HCL Foundation constantly seeks to create avenues where HCLites can volunteer some time to actually engage with the less privileged communities, understand their reality and contribute towards enriching their lives in any way possible. HCL employees are encouraged to devote just one hour, one day, one week or one year towards community service activities such as teaching, counselling, mentoring, leading sensitization and awareness drives, rehabilitation, experience sharing and delivering motivational speeches. Employees can choose to get associated with any cause of their choice which range across the thematic areas – education, health, livelihood and environment. The dedicated group of HCL employees who become part of the volunteer initiatives in the communities are called the HCL Community Champions. Over the last 3 years, around 25,000 HCLites have participated in community service, clocking in close to 1,65,000 volunteer hours.
Scholarships to 100 deserving students for higher secondary and professional courses along with Sports; special focus on HCL’s support staffs
Launched in late 2016, My Scholar is a long-term scholarship programme to support the education of talented and hardworking children from low-income families. Eligible beneficiaries include children from HCL Foundation’s project areas, or from HCL support staff, including housekeeping, transport, security and other such allied support services. Through mentoring and financial support, the annual scholarship programme facilitates both higher secondary as well as higher education for 100 deserving students. The goal is to support them to stay in school, continue their education and find rewarding employment. The Rupee 1 contribution made by employees under
Power of One is mapped to this initiative and is used to award scholarships and provide quality support to these deserving Scholars.