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IBM Blows Out 100 Candles with Volunteer Programs

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IBM Blows Out 100 Candles with Volunteer Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting eventFor a centenarian, IBM is as active as ever. Still a leader in the business community, the technology firm is celebrating its 100th year by encouraging, supporting and funding hundreds of employee volunteer initiatives.

IBM“™s global Celebration of Service brings a year-long focus on serving the needs of the many communities IBM maintains a presence in. Through technology and cash grants, IBM lends support to employee, company retirees and family member volunteer programs that lead to a smarter planet.

“IBM has a deep heritage of making a substantive contribution to communities, starting with the company’s founder, Thomas Watson Senior,” said Stanley S. Litow, vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president of the IBM Foundation. “Since 2003, IBMers have provided more than 11 million hours of skills-based volunteer service in communities around the world; more than any other company. Today’s announcement of new community service grants will enhance their efforts to partner with communities and help build a smarter planet.”

A community service grant recently helped launch Skittle Sifter, an IBM volunteer project at South Avenue Elementary School in Beacon, where students are taught to solve engineering problems and learn water filtration processes.

The company said its providing three types of grants to fund philanthropic endeavors. Projects that use IBM“™s smarter planet strategies in community service can vie for the 10 $100,000 Centennial grants. Catalyst grants will fund 100 community sustainability projects with $10,000 each. IBM will also provide community grants of $500 to $5,000 in cash or $1,000 to $7,500 in technology to projects that give back to communities.

IBM“™s centennial volunteer program follows the company“™s philanthropic program On Demand Community. Established in 2003, IBM credits On Demand Community with more than 11.5 million volunteer hours and more than 170,000 volunteers.

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Written by Neel Mehta

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