From volunteerism and contributions by employees and retirees to cash donations, product donations and active community partnerships‚ 3M Community Affairs works to strengthen education and enhance the quality of life in 3M communities. Together with the gifts of time and skill from thousands of employee and retiree volunteers‚ 3M reaches out to address some of the overwhelming concerns of the day involving education‚ youth‚ family and community issues. Of particular interest are science and math education and youth development. Each year‚ we invest more than $30 million in 3M communities throughout the United States.
Austin Community Involvement
In Austin‚ 3M has been recognized for the quality of its United Way campaigns. Employee committees make decisions on where to contribute 3M Foundation dollars‚ benefiting education‚ arts and culture‚ community and civic‚ and human services efforts. Through Ingenuity Grants‚ area elementary and middle school teachers receive grants for units they develop on math or science. Austin Center and Austin Plant each partner with an elementary school‚ where employees mentor‚ teach Junior Achievement and distribute books for BookSpring.
Kealing Middle Schoolers Visit 3M Austin Innovation Center
Some Kealing Middle School students were able to enjoy a morning at 3M recently. The students are part of the Kealing Robotics Team, which is sponsored in part, by 3M. Kealing, which is located in Austin, Texas, has six robotics teams.
Part of their interaction was with the static control and management products display in the 3M Austin Innovation Center, which uses a Lego robotics exhibit to help demonstrate 3M's static related products. They also were treated to tours of the High Voltage Lab and the Utility Plant.
3M Austin has been involved in LEGO Robotics Teams in the Greater Austin Area for five years, contributing more than $75,000. The program helps to foster a love of science, one of the 3M Foundation's primary goals in community giving. Further, 3M is a national sponsor of FIRST® LEGO® League.
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