AWS and Community Outreach
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is committed to making a positive difference around the world. Whether it’s using technology to solve the world’s most pressing issues, or through our employees donating their time to support causes they care about, AWS is dedicated to building a world where every person has the opportunity to live a life of dignity on a healthy planet.
To make a positive impact, specifically in the regions where we build and operate our global infrastructure, we established a program called AWS InCommunities. AWS InCommunities launches long-term, innovative programs that will have a lasting impact in our regions around the world where we work, live, and raise our families. AWS InCommunities is obsessed with being good neighbors, and we start with the community and work backwards to represent infrastructure communities inside AWS.
AWS Tech Week School Registration is open here! A global program in 15 languages aimed at school-going children and young people that enhances their knowledge and skill on core STEAM topics including Cloud Computing, Data Centres, AI and Big Data through October and November.
How AWS InCommunities is committed to making a difference
There are four pillars that anchor the work of AWS InCommunities. All programs align to these four pillars: STEAM Education, Access, and Equity; Local Tech Upskilling, Environmental Stewardship; Employee Engagement.
To make a long-term impact in the communities where AWS builds infrastructure, the four pillars direct how we make a difference.
STEAM Education, Access, and Equity
To help create the next generation of creative thinkers and future builders in the communities where we have a physical presence, AWS InCommunities provides students and families with innovative and engaging STEAM learning opportunities and pathways. Our efforts are aimed at providing equitable STEAM education and access by welcoming learners that have long been underrepresented in STEAM and empowering them to pursue careers in STEAM.
Local Tech Upskilling
To build a vibrant pipeline of talent skilled in cloud computing, AWS invests in developing local talent in the community, because we value a workforce that represents diverse backgrounds. We’ve intentionally partnered with local education organizations to create development and upskilling programs aimed at both students and individuals re-entering the workforce to connect them with internships and careers in our data centers and across AWS. Our objective is for new professionals specialized in cloud technology to be fully prepared to enter the job market and contribute to the local economy.
AWS InCommunities fully supports AWS Sustainability goals, which focuses on achieving 100 percent renewable usage for our global AWS infrastructure footprint. To support these broader sustainability efforts, we’ve partnered with local education organizations and nonprofit groups that share our passion for a greener planet. Through our sponsorship of long-term environmental projects, we collectively work together to get to net zero and most importantly, improve the livelihoods of local communities.
AWS employees are integral to the success of AWS InCommunities programs. AWS employees are dedicated to their communities, and this is reflected in the thousands of hours of service in the places we live, work, and raise families. Our employees play a vital role in our broader community initiatives, and they have formed local community ambassador groups to regularly “take on causes” in their own backyard. Our lead ambassadors help us determine the path of community engagement in the area, and they take the lead in organizing and managing events that tie back to our four pillars.
Global Signature Programs
AWS is dedicated to inspiring future builders, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities who reside in areas where we have a physical presence. Through our Signature Programs, we help increase thousands of students’ access to STEAM education opportunities in fun and imaginative ways. We are intentional about adding the “A” to “STEM” because we know that the arts help build future-ready students who develop into well-rounded and creative problem solvers.
Tech Week is a global initiative that inspires employees to participate in and lead tech-related community events. Options range from mapathons to identify locations for disaster relief efforts, to sessions on STEAM and cloud careers in schools, and other service activities.
AWS Family Tech Series is a program that seeks to inspire future builders and engage with their families in a fun and educational way throughout the year. Families and communities around the world are invited to discover and play with the latest tech concepts, learn from technology subject matter experts, and learn more about cloud computing, and career paths in technology.
AWS Think Big Spaces provide a place beyond the standard classroom for students to explore and cultivate an interest in STEAM and STEAM related careers. These labs encourage a hands-on approach where students think big to solve real-world problems.
Below are some examples of how we are making a positive impact around the world.
Virtual Volunteering Around the World
Volunteers are contributing their time and knowledge to helping those in need through our Virtual Volunteering initiative.
Activities include keeping people with visual challenges engaged, learning sign language to become more inclusive, creating recordings of storybooks for educational purposes, and creating artwork to inspire older adults.
Licking River Roundup in Ohio
AWS Volunteers and their families in Columbus, Ohio, spent a day cleaning up the Columbus River for the Licking County River Round Up. This annual river cleanup brings out hundreds of volunteers who pull tires, shopping carts, and mountains of trash from 30 miles of rivers and streams. Through this amazing community-based conservation effort, a river system that had all but been abandoned, has seen a beautiful rebirth of aquatic and avian life.
Beach cleanup in Cape Town
AWS volunteers in Cape Town participated in the Milnerton Beach Cleanup event. The weather cooperated with their efforts to clean up the beautiful stretch of sand and they were able to remove many bags of refuse from the area.
Supporting Indonesia’s vaccination efforts
AWS InCommunities worked to bring a vaccination program to the residents of West Java, Indonesia. After successfully conducting the vaccination drive for the first dose in August, the vaccination efforts were continued to administer the second dose. The event has benefited thousands of local residents, along with small and medium enterprises in the area.
Ambassador Spotlight: Singapore
Santhosh is an Infrastructure Delivery Manager for Singapore. Originally from Bengaluru, India, he has been volunteering with AWS InCommunities for over two years. Santhosh has dedicated his weekends to giving back to society wherever and however possible - cooking for the needy at a local soup kitchen, participating in beach cleanups, and refurbishing computers for underserved students during the lockdown.
Service to the community is its own reward for Santhosh, and he takes his kids along to volunteer whenever he can, hoping that they too will choose to walk this path. It’s especially rewarding when he hears from other parents about how proudly his children speak of his volunteering. Going forward, Santhosh hopes to bring in more volunteers and is actively working toward that.
More ways AWS is giving back
AWS Educate is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning.
AWS GetIT is an initiative designed by AWS to encourage girls aged 12-13 to consider a career in tech, challenging long standing gender stereotypes.
AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible.
AWS Disaster Response enables organizations to access cloud services at the edge, even in the harshest conditions.
Learn more about AWS InCommunities programs around the world
"Preparing learners for the future" (People's Post, South Africa)
"Cape learners armed for the digital revolution" (TechnoAfrica, South Africa)
"America's first Think Big Space" (WJLA, Virginia, United States)
"Think Big Space empowers Hilliard students’ imaginations" (The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio, United States)
"Hilliard City Schools teams up with Amazon to create first-of-its-kind "Think Big Space""(ABC 6, Ohio, United States)
"Amazon Web Services Hosting Girls’ Tech Day at SAGE Center" (Northeast Oregon Now, Oregon, United States)
"Girls’ Tech Day in Hilliard designed to ‘inspire and empower’" (Newsbreak Ohio, Ohio, United States)