IBM awards more than $500,000 in grants to Vermont community organizations

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IBM awards more than $500,000 in grants to Vermont community organizations

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 6:30am -- tim

IBM announced today it has awarded $525,540 in grants, ranging from $500 to $10,000, to more than 100 Vermont not-for-profit organizations and schools throughout the state. The grants were awarded as part of IBM’s celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2011, and made to organizations where IBM employees are volunteers. The grants fund organizations throughout the state supporting the arts, education, disaster and emergency response, the environment, health and youth services, and libraries. 
These grants bring the approximate value of IBM’s corporate and employee community support in Vermont to $2.7 million for 2011. This includes Centennial Celebration of Service grants and other corporate grants, employee pledges to the company’s annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign, and the value of more than 45,000 hours of recorded employee volunteer service. 
The Centennial grants include 20 IBM Community Impact grants for $10,000 each that support IBM employees’ involvement in local projects that link IBM’s community priorities with a school or not-for-profit organization. In addition, earlier this year IBM announced a $10,000 grant to the DREAM mentoring program and a $100,000 corporate Centennial Grant ‘ one of only 11 awarded worldwide ‘ for an energy efficiency project for HowardCenter and the Vermont State Colleges. IBM is providing nearly $12 million in grants worldwide to schools and not-for-profit organizations this year in recognition of its 100thanniversary. 
‘Every one of these IBM grants came to Vermont based on the personal commitment and involvement of IBM employees to community organizations, both as individuals and teams,’ said Janette Bombardier, senior location executive for IBM in Vermont.  ‘IBM’s combined community support reached nearly every corner of the state and is representative of the positive impact made by IBM and its employees in Vermont every year, and particularly during this IBM Centennial year.’ 
The grants support organizations providing services both regionally and statewide. Some examples include funding for: 
-- A swift water rescue team for Grafton Fire and Rescue 
-- Emergency shelter project of the Northern Vermont Chapter of the American Red Cross 
-- Installation of e-911 signs by Fairfax EMS. 
-- The annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair. 
-- Creation of an environmental curriculum for YMCA’s Camp Hochelega. 
-- Expansion of Linking Learning to Life’s career awareness program into Lamoille and Addison. counties. 
-- Educational programs of Vermont Works for Women.  
IBM Vermont 12.20.2011