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.
How AWS InCommunities makes a difference
STEAM events and sponsorships
To help create the next generation of creative thinkers and future builders, AWS sponsors a variety of STEAM initiatives in the communities where we have a physical presence. This includes working hand-in-hand with nonprofit and nongovernment organizations in these areas. We help their efforts through sponsorships, employee volunteers, and in-kind donations.
Future workforce development
We hire local talent in the community and value a workforce that represents diverse backgrounds. To support this objective, we’ve built development programs aimed at both school students and individuals re-entering the workforce. Individuals who successfully complete these programs have opportunities for internships and careers in our data centers and across AWS.
AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, and our customers are doing critical work in the cloud to support sustainability practices. To support broader sustainability efforts, we work on environmental projects with school students, and we also sponsor sustainability focused efforts of nonprofit organizations in the communities that we call home.
AWS employees are dedicated to their communities, and this is reflected in the thousands of hours of service in the places where they live, work, and raise their 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.
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.
Our Girls’ Tech Days emphasize STEAM for school-age girls and young women. Designed to inspire future builders, these workshops showcase tech careers and women in the technology workforce, and introduce girls to STEAM.
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 summer 2021. 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.
The event offers a wide range of exciting content including tech keynote presentations, workshops and demos, and a learning hub with educational videos for all ages. This year, the program comes to you virtually, the content is available in many languages and will remain accessible on demand from early July through to mid September. Register here.
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.
AWS Tech Week 2021
We celebrated AWS Tech Week April 19th through 26th. Hundreds of AWS volunteers in various locations presented virtually to thousands of students in schools across the globe for AWS Tech Week. The topics covered were introductions to Cloud Computing, Big Data, Data Centers, and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Hundreds of schools across the world enjoyed and benefited from the presentations.
One Book, One School Supports Literacy in Virginia
Students and their family members participated in “One Book, One School,” sponsored by the AWS Think Big Space at River Oaks Elementary School. The program is designed to support family literacy by supporting school-home connections, and is part of a monthly series sponsored by AWS InCommunities in support of literacy and reading for primary students. Students read “Sophie Washington: The Snitch,” met the author, and were treated to read along with AWS volunteers. AWS InCommunities donated a book to every student at River Oaks, and the classrooms with the highest level of participation won books for their class libraries.
Addressing food insecurity in Paris
As a part of our "Take on a Cause" initiative where AWS Employees champion a local cause that is important to their communities, volunteers in Paris took the time to meet at Les Restaurants du Coeur to pack food parcels for people experiencing food insecurity.
Arbor Day in South Korea
The Earth needs more green cover. To help communities understand this very concept, AWS volunteers planted pots and donated them to the local community on Arbor day in South Korea.
Ambassador Spotlight: Ohio, USA
Liz grew up in the Philippines and is currently a manager in Ohio. It was Liz’s grandmother that first inspired her to start volunteering. ‘When I was growing up in the Philippines, I always helped my grandmother in serving our neighbors who were often in dire need of food, clothing and sometimes medical attention. It’s very rewarding to see people smiling and happy after helping them with their essential needs. Since then, I’ve been looking for volunteering opportunities to continue my grandmother’s legacy, and that brought me to where I am today: a part of AWS InCommunities, working with a group of people that have the same interest of helping others within the community.’
Jason grew up in a small town in Ohio, and there were times when layoffs at local plants led to his family depending on charitable organizations for sustenance. As he grew older, Jason looked for different ways to repay the kindness others had shown him and began volunteering as a teenager. He worked with Habitat for Humanity, local theatre and veterans’ groups and religious organizations.
Liz and Jason, together, lead our volunteering efforts in Ohio. Between them, they have contributed to several causes, such as building and remodeling homes, contributing food, working with vulnerable children, creating handmade cards for seniors and donating toys to families in need.
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)