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.
Family Tech Days are activities for communities that emphasize bringing families together to experience science and technology in a fun environment. The events are complimentary and open to the entire community.
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.
Helping our communities through COVID-19
AWS InCommunities is supporting communities impacted by COVID-19 by providing grants to organizations assisting in response efforts and supplying personal protection equipment (PPE) to frontline workers. We're launching virtual volunteer campaigns, supporting students and educators through distance learning programs, and responding to immediate needs.
Parking lot Wi-Fi for Virginia Schools
With schools, cafes and libraries closed because of the pandemic, those without internet are seeking solutions to support distance learning and connectivity. AWS InCommunities has launched “Parking Lot Wi-Fi,” in collaboration with the Prince William County Schools’ Foundation (SPARK) at eight schools in the east end of the district. The program provides services for instruction and internet support to tens of thousands of students and their families who may not have these services at home.
Meals for the homeless and care kits in Ireland
AWS InCommunities volunteers partnered with the Merchant Quays Ireland (MQI) to supply thousands of meals for the homeless. The team also worked closely with the MQI outreach team to fill lists of items that were packed into cold weather and emergency care kits.
Fun for frontline workers in China
To celebrate frontline workers who have contributed immensely during the COVID-19 pandemic, InCommunities volunteers in China teamed up with the Jing Nong Foundation to hold a thanksgiving event for parents and children. Kids and their parents participated in two sessions full of fun activities and games.
Ambassador Spotlight: China
Meet Sophie, a mother of two kids who has been with AWS for three years. Sophie has also invested her time volunteering with AWS InCommunities, and is one of the pioneers who helped establish the InCommunities team in China.
Along with her teammates, Sophie has organized several important events, including COVID-19 donations, introduction webinars and remote support to underprivileged children and children with disabilities.
It was motherhood that inspired Sophie to give back to the community. With a steadily growing team of volunteers and the experience they have gained, the time and effort to launch projects has reduced significantly.
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)