3M: Additional Ways To Help
As 3M has ramped up production of personal protective equipment to support the global response to COVID-19, we continue to look for additional ways to help our communities during this pandemic. 3Mgives and 3M Foundation together are providing aid for relief and recovery efforts in the fight against COVID-19. Through this commitment, 3M has made humanitarian contributions to support basic human needs in 3M global operations communities – including right here in Austin. In addition, we’re supporting e-learning, protecting and serving frontline workers and we’re also investing in COVID-19 research and development initiatives at leading education institutions in the United States and around the world. Within our 3M Foundation regular grant budget here in Austin, we have permission this year to provide grants to our community partners in the areas of education, environment, basic needs, youth development and diverse arts, for general operating purposes vs more program specific, as we have historically given. This will allow our community partners to use their grant funds this year to reach vulnerable populations in areas where they are needed the most.
Also as part of our commitment, 3Mgives will match employee donations to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. GlobalGiving is an international organization that provides grants to nonprofits working locally in communities affected by natural disasters and pandemics. Donations to the Coronavirus Relief Fund will support first responders’ access to medical supplies, food access for under-resourced communities, and nonprofits that work with children, the elderly and refugees. Employees who donate to local Austin community organizations can also take advantage of the 3M Community Giving Match to make their contributions go even further to give to public charities of their choice and get their donations matched by up to $1,000 total per year.