Choosing Community Service
3M is a leader in workplace volunteerism with many thousands of 3M employees and retirees choosing community service through 30 3M-affiliated programs and other nonprofit groups.
Our Volunteer Program emphasized education and community partnerships. What sets 3M’s Volunteer Program apart is our long-term commitment and employee-inspired involvement. 3M scientists and engineers share skills and career inspiration through many 3M Science Encouragement Programs.
3M Volunteer Match
Our Volunteer Match donates funds to organizations where 3M employees or retirees volunteer. The 3M Foundation has donated over $4 million in the names of nearly 18,000 volunteers. The 3M Volunteer Match has sent grants to over 2,500 organizations in 50 states.
3M Community Volunteer Award
The 3M Community Volunteer Award annually recognizes our volunteers who make exceptional contributions by serving their communities.
Since 1987, nearly 450 3M volunteers across the country have received this special recognition. Among the 2011 award winners are Margaret Liebig, Denville, N.J.; Rachelle McCord, St. Paul, Minn.; and Dan Morse, St. Paul, Minn.
Margaret Liebig, sales representative, New Jersey, chairs the fundraising committee for a local, grassroots organization, Protect Our Wetlands, Water, and Woods. She also leads the musical theater event and concert fundraisers. In addition, she educates students from three middle schools on preserving the wetlands.
One of Margaret’s nominators notes, “She’s creative, compassionate and has more talent than any one person should. Every not-for-profit needs a Maggi or they won’t survive.”
Rachelle McCord, IT analyst, is a key volunteer in 3M’s Partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools. Five years ago, Rachelle helped design the first 3M e-mentoring programs with two Saint Paul high schools. She recruited more than 20 of her fellow 3M African American Society members, and coordinated student visits to 3M. She has taught Junior Achievement economics curriculum, and attended trainings to share her teaching tips and experiences with new volunteers.
One of her nominators writes, “It is a delight to have the opportunity to work with her on the mentoring program. She is a real asset for 3M into the Twin Cities community.”
Dan Morse, technical statistics specialist, serves Minnesota Teen Challenge. Dan developed an extensive running and walking program to help troubled teens and adults get physically fit. At 5 a.m., every Tuesday and Friday morning, regardless of the weather, Dan picks up a group for running and mentoring.
As a top runner in Minnesota, Dan brought his experience and knowledge of running to create a unique opportunity to help motivate young men. A student in the program wrote, “If it wasn’t for Dan and his volunteering, I would not have found my new passion for running. I plan on pursuing a career in fitness now. He is such an inspiration to me as well as others.”