AWS and Community Outreach

Making a positive impact around the world with AWS InCommunities

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

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.

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Future workforce development

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.

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Environmental stewardship

Environmental stewardship

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.

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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.

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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.  

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AWS Tech Week

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. 

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Girls' Tech Day
Girls' Tech Day

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.  

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Family Tech Day
Family Tech Day

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. 

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AWS Think Big Space
Think Big Space

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.

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Recent events

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.

Mobile AWS "Think Big Space" in India

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.

Virtual Career Day in Virginia, United States

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. 

STEAM week in Dublin, Ireland

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.

Supporting heroes fighting fire in Australia

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.

Supporting heroes fighting fire in Australia

More ways AWS is giving back

AWS Educate

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 & Sustainability

AWS is committed to running our business in the most environmentally friendly way possible.

AWS Disaster Recovery

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)