Bringing together hundreds of employees with dozens of local nonprofits and schools where they have volunteered, Intel held its annual celebration of its Intel Involved Matching Grant Program on Monday. Five hundred fifty Intel employees gathered with 24 local nonprofits and schools to celebrate the program that combines financial and volunteer support. When employees volunteer with schools and nonprofits, their volunteer hours are matched with dollars from Intel.
“One of Intel’s objectives is to be an asset to our site communities,” according to Intel Director of Regional Public Affairs, Jonathan Williams. “Nothing exemplifies that more than the thousands of Intel volunteers who support schools and nonprofits across the Folsom-Sacramento area. I am so proud of our volunteers for both the amazing work they do and longstanding relationships they have developed with education and community leaders across this region.”
The event included check presentations to local nonprofits and school districts, prizes and a tour of Intel’s Innovation Center and lab facilities. In 2014, more than 3,000 Intel Folsom employees participated in the Intel Involved program – more than half of the employee population. They donated more than 240,000 volunteer hours to local nonprofits and schools that resulted in matching grants totaling nearly $2 million, including $216,755 to Folsom Cordova Unified School District and $193,570 to San Juan Unified School District.
“There’s a reason Intel is the top member of United Way’s Million Dollar Giving Club,” said Stephanie Bray, president and CEO, United Way California Capital Region. “Their generosity in the community is unparalleled, and it’s great for employee morale and business that Intel gives to organizations that its employees care deeply about. This is a model program for giving, and we are grateful to be a recipient.”
The Intel Involved Matching Grant Program aims to recognize and motivate Intel employees, globally, to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make communities a better place to live, work and play. Its objective is to support employees giving their time and talent to qualified nonprofits, non-governmental organizations and schools. After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified nonprofit, a donation match grant of $10 per hour volunteered is triggered from the Intel Foundation with a maximum of $15,000 per school and $10,000 per nonprofit each year.
For more than 90 years, United Way California Capital Region has brought together nonprofits, businesses, donors, volunteers, community leaders and more to meet the community’s greatest needs, give immediate aid and find lasting solutions for future generations. United Way mobilizes members of the community to be first responders in repairing the education level, financial stability and health of everyone in Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties through donation and volunteer opportunities. To donate or volunteer, visit www.yourlocalunitedway.org.