IBM Volunteer Stories

Inspiring accounts of IBMers’ dedication and accomplishments are described in these stories of service.

IBM Volunteer Excellence Award stories

The IBM Volunteer Excellence Award is the highest form of global recognition given to IBM volunteers. Each year, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna honors selected IBM teams and individuals from around the world for their volunteer service. The award-winning volunteers are an inspiration and their stories can serve as models of success for other volunteers to follow.

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IBM volunteer in Brazil helps women and families of domestic violence

IBM volunteer Alessandra Vaz Da Silva is working with an organization in Brazil that helps women and families of domestic violence—a situation in which she has personal experience. She received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

IBM mentors in Canada, university students and NPOs join for better communities

IBM volunteers in Canada are engaging young people and then working with them to participate in projects with not-for-profit organizations to create more vibrant communities. The team received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

IBM volunteers in Japan help Y20 youth delegates share their message

Two volunteers from IBM Japan, Wakana Asano and Mitsuki Suda, used their expertise in consulting and design to contribute to the success of the 2019 Y20 Summit in Tokyo. They received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

Part 3: A volunteer’s perspective on life in a refugee camp and corporate social responsibility

Rick Reesen received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award for his work helping displaced people enhance their digital skills. In the last part of this series, Rick talks about the value of short and long-term impact—and how some impact may not be measurable.

Part 2: A volunteer’s perspective on life in a refugee camp and corporate social responsibility

In this series of articles written months before a fire devastated the refugee camp where he volunteered, IBMer Rick Reesen talks about his experience helping displaced people enhance their digital skills. Rick received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

Part 1: A volunteer’s perspective on life in a refugee camp and corporate social responsibility

In this series of articles written months before a fire devastated the refugee camp where he volunteered, IBMer Rick Reesen talks about his experience helping displaced people enhance their digital skills. Rick received the IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

2019 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award winners

The 2019 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award is awarded to 14 IBM teams and individuals around the world, honoring their community impact. NGO and school partners will receive a USD 10,000 grant as part of the award.

In Indonesia, an IBM volunteer brings together the strength of experts to diminish the impact of natural disasters

Indonesia is susceptible to natural disasters in the so-called ring of fire. IBM volunteer Izzat Farahidy brought together experts to assess how technology can mitigate the impact of disasters there; he received an IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

In Brazil, women in tech volunteer to show other women the path to success

The path for women to tech careers is not as direct as it could be. A team of IBM volunteers in Brazil created and led a multi-month mentoring program to help other women on the journey. The team received a 2018 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

Volunteer Stories

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IBM volunteers help Austin-based non-profits during a summer of service

For the third summer in a row, IBM volunteers came together to help not-for-profit organizations in the Austin, Texas area.

IBM volunteers in Italy ask, “isn’t this stuff for women?”

Progetto NERD? is an initiative led mostly by female IBM volunteers in Italy to get young women interested and engaged with STEM; the pandemic didn’t stop their progress in 2020.

Volunteer to be a part of the global success of P-TECH

IBM employees and retirees can now volunteer and participate in the high school-to-college-to-career pathway that P-TECH offers students.

A global virtual team of IBM volunteers refresh non-profit websites in 48 hours

Volunteering from home, in three countries, a team of IBM volunteers spent an intense 48 hours helping charitable organizations revitalize their websites to better engage their audiences.

Volunteer perspectives—stories by IBM volunteers

As an active volunteer in Bangalore, India, Prabodh Gupta has participated in a day of compassion for nine years in a row. He shares his story about some of this year’s activities and thoughts on being a volunteer.

Volunteer perspectives: Co-creating the IBM social impact journey

IBM volunteers and stakeholders co-created IBM.org and its volunteer portal. Read some of the input that shaped the digital transformation of IBM’s corporate social responsibility online presence and the social impact journey available for IBMers.

Perspectives on volunteering—stories by IBM volunteers.

Since 2018, Jeanette Crawford, an IBM infrastructure project manager in the UK, has been the lead volunteer coordinator for Time to Talk events across IBM UK, which promote conversations about mental health and bring people together.

When told to get out, residents in Minnesota get help from IBM volunteers

In Rochester, Minnesota, the scary and threatening arrival of an eviction notice is now being eased by IBM volunteers working with local legal aid organizations to help people stay in housing and avoid homelessness.

Perspectives on volunteering—stories by IBM volunteers.

Patrice Scully, an IBM practice manager in the United States and a long-time volunteer, shares her perspective on mentoring and using IBM initiatives to help veterans, students and her community.

Little robots with a big mission are set to launch at a Detroit school

Building on a few other volunteer projects, John Arnold brought together a team of volunteers, educators and administrators to build a robotics program scheduled to launch in mid-January 2020 at a school in Detroit.

Taking one day to make a difference, IBM volunteers around the world form a cadre to positively impact their communities

For the second year in a row, IBM early professional hires and others joined together in Make a Difference Day—a coordinated and sustained 24-hour period of volunteer service across global time zones to make a difference in their communities.

What is your volunteer story?

We truly appreciate hearing of the many ways that volunteers contribute their time and resources to help others. More importantly, we are proud of the role IBMers play in helping their communities, worldwide!