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Join us in Paying it Forward through Service Learning

DefyWhen we look back, many of us realize that somewhere along the way, someone did something for us that opened our eyes to the possible. Maybe it was a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a parent, or a friend who helped us learn to read…or to code, to ride a bike, or maybe it was to discover the wonder of science, technology or the arts.

Earlier this week, the VMware Foundation kicked off a campaign around Service Learning – a unique program that offers each VMware employee 40 paid hours to volunteer their time and talents to the community. Service Learning is one way that we can “pay it forward” by teaching and sharing our skills with others.

The inspiration for the campaign came directly from our VMware community. As you’ll see below, our global employees submitted adorable photographs of their children. The variety of images reflects the wide range of passions we all have and the choice we have in how we give back. And, the featured quotes speak to VMware’s history of lifelong learning and learning through service.

Through all of the VMware Foundation programs, employees are able to choose how and where they give back and support the causes that resonate with them.  This is one of many ways we live our shared EPIC2 values.

Join us in paying it forward. Don’t miss the photos below, and get inspired to harness your inner philanthropist and give back in a way that resonates with you.

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VMware Celebrates Community on Pi Day

By Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sustainability at VMwareVMware celebrates Pi Day by celebrating community

It’s Pi Day this week (3/14) and at VMware that means geeking out on giving back.

Together with our extended community, VMware will celebrate Pi Day tomorrow with a Service Learning fair, where employees can build connections with local causes and learn more about how they can give back.

Continuing our tradition of employee-led giving, VMware will donate $31,415.92 to local nonprofit causes and employee votes will determine how we slice the Pi.

Pi Day speaks to the spirit of community at VMware that recognizes our interconnectedness as citizens of the world. (Read more about VMware’s EPIC2 values here.)

Why do you serve your community?You might remember that our last blog post described VMware’s Service Learning program. For us, Service Learning goes beyond traditional volunteering, including an explicit focus on learning – through reflection – on our experience of service. On Pi Day, we inspire each other to serve and learn. As part of the celebration, we’ll have an “Inspiration Station” where people share what inspires them. For me, #iServe because IT matters.

I invite you to geek out with us by sharing what inspires you to serve. Use the hashtag #iServe to follow the Pi Day conversation and share your own inspiration or experience on Twitter or Facebook or leave a comment below.

Following the event, we’ll be sharing a few fun pictures, so stay tuned to the Company Blog for Pi Day updates!

The VMware Foundation Launches the 2014 #iServe Challenge [video]

By Nicola Acutt, Vice President, Philanthropy and Sustainability at VMware

Kicking off the New Year with some cheer, the VMware Foundation team today announced the 2014 #iServe challenge for VMware employees. All VMware people are invited to share their Service Learning stories on VMware Link (our internal social networking platform powered by Socialcast) and then colleagues “like” the stories that inspire them the most. In keeping with our Citizen Philanthropy approach to giving, challenge winners will have the opportunity to direct a $1,000 USD grant to the charity of their choice. Check out this fun, short video to learn more about what the challenge is all about:

What is Service Learning, you might ask? At VMware, all employees are granted five days of paid time to serve in their community.  Service Learning is about both contributing our time and talent and receiving the gift of learning through that experience. The mission of the VMware Foundation is to provide a platform for our employees to contribute to and make a difference in the communities in which we work and live. We accomplish this goal primarily through global programs designed to amplify the personal contributions made to the causes closest to our people’s hearts.

While the contest is only open to VMware employees, we want to showcase some of the cool stuff that the people behind VMware’s great technology are doing, and we want you to have a front-row seat to all the goodness. The deadline for the first #iServe Challenge of the year is Thursday, May 1st and we’ll be posting the winners’ stories right here on the Company Blog. Be sure to stay tuned for more details.

A natural part of the Service Learning experience is reflection. And in this spirit, we also wanted to take a moment to reflect and share how VMware has given back together as a Community in 2013. For those of you who love numbers, last year over 6,600 people participated in at least one Foundation program (and this doesn’t include our holiday gift – where every employee was able to direct a $100 USD donation to the charity project of their choice!) With more than 14,000 people at VMware, this is the collective impact of Citizen Philanthropy.

We’re looking forward to updating you with the winners of the VMware #iServe challenge! Be sure to follow the Company Blog for updates from our Foundation as well as other Company News.

Celebrating 15 years at VMware

You might know that VMware is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. You might even know that VMware now has over 13,800 employees and 500,000 customers.

But did you know that our headquarters consumes more than 12,000 pounds of coffee and 19,000 pounds of M&Ms every year?

VMware has evolved from a lean, five-person startup founded in 1998 to a global powerhouse that today has reached more than $10 billion in cumulative revenue. We even have our own band.

As VMware celebrates 15 years, we’ve pulled together some of the most compelling and interesting milestones that the company has achieved over the years. From total number of virtual machines in the world, to man-hours donated to charity by VMware employees, we hope you find the fast facts in this infographic to be informative, inspiring and maybe even a little fun.

How we deliver on our vision comes through in our everyday actions. Our people are driven to create amazing innovations in a workplace that encourages and supports growth, learning and collaboration – at VMware, within our partner community and in the world.

Here’s to 15 great years and counting!

Multiplier Effect: Celebrating through Giving Back

Celebrating our people and their contributions to the company through “Milestone Awards” is just one way that we’re bringing our values to action. The VMware Foundation welcomes new employees to the company through employee-led donations to the causes closest to their heart. We continue the tradition for each employee when they celebrate their one-year anniversary by making a donation on their behalf to the charitable project of their choice.

Since the inception of this program 18 months ago, VMware people have directed more than USD $170,000 in charitable contributions to 1,100 projects in over 100 countries! Together, for example, VMware people have directed more than USD $12,760 of their Milestone Awards to the Association for Social and Environmental Development, an NGO that provides solar lamps to schoolchildren (as just ONE example of the many projects we supported).

As we welcome new people to VMware and celebrate their anniversaries, we’re multiplying our collective impact. I invite you to read this wonderful story “Virtual Community, Actual impact” recently posted by our partner, GlobalGiving, about the ripple effect of VMware’s Milestone Awards.

Amplifying the impact our people have across the communities where we live and work is at the heart of the VMware Foundation. The Milestone Award program is one of the many ways we are supporting charitable organizations and projects our people are passionate about.

VMware Pi Day

March 14th is pretty special at VMware. On Pi Day, we take the time to celebrate our inner geek and give back.

This year, we wanted Pi Day to inspire others to action. At our Palo Alto headquarters, we brought people together for a service learning fair where VMware people could learn about local nonprofits and sign up for pro bono and skills-based volunteer opportunities. We also donated an educational Pi kit to RAFT for every person that attended – with 1,500 participants, that’s 1,500 Pi kits for students!

Serving our extended community is a core value at VMware – we give back more than we take – and we leverage our time, talent and energy to provide meaningful contributions to our customers, our team members and our communities.

We put these values into action through the VMware Foundation, which provides a platform for our 13,000+ people globally to contribute back to, and make a difference in, the communities in which we all work and live. We accomplish this goal primarily through our “citizen philanthropy” approach, designed to amplify the personal commitments and contributions made to the organizations and causes closest to our people’s hearts.

For VMware, Pi Day is about exploring how we can give back through service (volunteer time) and employee-directed giving (matching gifts and grants). We made a quick video that captures the spirit of Pi Day. Check it out!

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