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As part of 3M’s on-going commitment to inspire the next generation of innovators, 3Mgives has partnered with, the largest not-for-profit for young people and social change, to bring a STEM experience through texting (SMS) to increase interest and generate excitement in STEM especially among girls.

Science Sleuth: Help find the thief who took the school mascot. Text CLUE to 38383

Once you complete the experience, you will have the opportunity to choose a classroom to designate a $10 grant from 3Mgives to a classroom in need.

Learn more about 3M STEM support

3M Global Volunteer Day

Around the world on September 29, 3Mers came together to improve lives as part of our inaugural Global Volunteer Day. Globally, there were more than 5,000 volunteers, who devoted 16,000 hours and impacted more than 138,000 lives.

In St. Paul teams of 3Mers packed 2800 healthy snack packs for five local agencies that serve homeless youth. The company's Women Leadership Forum sponsored a careers luncheon for 150 eighth grade young women from Battle Creek Middle School.

3Mers in Brazil, Italy and Singapore participated in STEM learning activities with local students. In Spain, students learned about innovation from 3M scientists. Australia put together supplies for homeless youth and the UK team built and outdoor learning center. View the Global Volunteer Day video [2 min.]

3M Global Volunteer Day

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3M South Africa Celebrates Global Volunteer Day

3M Global Volunteer Day

A group of 3M South Africa volunteers spent the day painting and upgrading Sithabile Child and Youth Care Centre in celebration of the late Nelson Mandela’s (Madiba) life and legacy. Sithabile is a home, rehabilitation, learning center and a place of refuge for some 50 neglected and abused children from the farms, informal settlements and streets of eastern Gauteng.

3M volunteers painted the exterior of the center and the kitchen. At lunchtime, the “braai team” ensured everyone enjoyed a hot meal in the middle of winter, with a side order of fun. One 3Mer patiently painted faces of numerous of the children and transformed them into Spiderman, Batman or a princess. 3M also arranged for Community Safety to do a Road Safety Awareness Program for the children for which the “parents” of the home were extremely grateful.

United Way 2014 Kick Off

3M Kicks Off its 2014 Campaign in Partnership with United Way

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3M chairman, president and chief executive officer, Inge Thulin and Ivan Fong, vice president of 3M Legal Affairs and 3M’s 2014 Campaign Chair were joined by speakers from the Greater Twin Cities United Way to kick-off the company’s campaign. Speakers encouraged 3Mers to get involved, pledge and help create pathways out of poverty for people in our communities. After the formal presentations, employees got involved. In less than 15 minutes more than 300 employees put together 550 arts and craft bags for preschool children at five local organizations: Way to Grow, Canvas Health, Lifetrack, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and the Wilder Foundation.

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2013 3Mgives

3Mgives is the home for our Strategic Philanthropy and Global Community Engagement. We wrap-up our 60th anniversary with a video that celebrates the spirit of who we are and what we do ... 3Mgives. Click here.

Introducing 3Mgives

Introducing 3Mgives – the new name that encompasses all 3M/3M Foundation giving, product donations and volunteerism around the globe.

As the 3M Foundation celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, we worked with 3Mers around the world to review, reflect and refresh our giving strategies to ensure that 3M’s philanthropy and community engagement remain impactful, relevant, contemporary and global.  We are launching a new giving strategy that will enhance the vibrancy of our communities around the world.

3Mgives has a broader geographic reach while supporting local communities; increases opportunities for branding; and creates shared value for 3M businesses and our community partners. The areas of focus are:  Education, Community, which includes human services and the arts, and the Environment.  Volunteerism continues to be the cornerstone of 3Mgives.

Kim Price, Vice President, 3Mgives

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