Giving back in 2012

1/23/2013 10:33:00 AM


In the spirit of giving, we wanted to take a moment to reflect upon some of the charitable efforts our Boston Googlers have made over this past year.

  • Provided local grants to MIT’s MITES and MOSTEC programs, Science from Scientists, CodeEd, Breakthrough Cambridge, Digits, Citizen Schools, hack/reduce and many more 
  • Over 220 Boston Googlers joined more than 5,000 Googlers across the globe to give back to our local communities during the week of GoogleServe 2012 
  • Hosted over 1,000 K-12 and university students for tours of the office, and to learn about computer science and online marketing careers 
  • Donated time and talents to train 366 nonprofits on Google tools for nonprofits, 70 teachers on Google EDU tools and 701 small-medium business on Google small business tools. Check back here for future local training events 
  • Trained more than 75 Boston senior citizens on basic internet tools, search and email through our Age Engage program 
  • Donated time and talents to more than 130 students from Boston Public middle schools, through our partnership with Citizen Schools 
  • Raised over $8,600 and collected 240 non-perishable items for the Greater Boston Food Bank 
  • Raised funds to help care for local Boston women and children at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for women in need 
  • Hosted Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute, a three-week program that boosts the computer science skills of 30 rising college freshmen from underrepresented backgrounds 
  • Partnered with the Community Charter School of Cambridge and the Kendall Square Association to host a Third Thursday event for the Kendall Square community 
  • Delivered meals to the critically ill and homebound through the annual Thanksgiving Pie in the Sky fundraising event 
  • Donated more than $2,000 to New York Cares to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, by selling hundreds of shirts across multiple Google offices 
  • Donated over 80 gifts to families in need through our annual ABCD Headstart gift drive 
  • Assembled Thanksgiving baskets for the East End House, which delivered over 850 baskets to needy families in the Massachusetts area 
While this represents only a small portion of the charitable efforts made by Googlers around the world, we wanted to acknowledge the kind hearts and minds of our Boston-based team!

You can find out more about the global grants and Global Impact Awards we host on the Google Giving page and the Official Google Blog.

Posted by Liz Schwab, Cambridge Community Affairs Lead