For the past decade, NVIDIA has taken the money it would have spent on a holiday party for employees and invested it into a community program that involves a full day of service for employees and their family members. We formalized the program in 2007 under the name Project Inspire. Since then, we have donated more than $1.5 million in financial and volunteer resources to Silicon Valley Schools and community organizations with the goal of creating transformative impact.
To increase community awareness and identify new projects for funding, we implemented an RFP process in 2010. This has enabled schools and community organizations to reach out to us and ask to be considered as a potential recipient.
The recipients selected last year from 15 that were considered were Schmahl Science Workshops
and History San Jose
, in nearby San Jose, Calif. Working with these groups, some 850 NVIDIA volunteers and 150 local residents converged on a gray day in mid-December to plant, paint and build. Their collective 5,000 hours of volunteer time resulted in:
- Developing a “Victory Garden,” a large-scale urban vegetable garden intended to improve the health of residents of the neighboring community.
- Building science facilities for the several thousand children who visit History Park each year.
- Renovating buildings in History Park, one of the only free educational and entertainment destinations in San Jose.
Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Rch_nOWCvG0
Project Inspire is NVIDIA’s annual holiday “party with a purpose,” where 1,000 employees and their family members spend a day volunteering to make transformational change in their local community.
Our Victory Garden project will supply the neighborhood with the tools to grow and maintain their own fresh, nutritious produce and teach youth about the importance of healthy eating and the science of food. Since our workday, the garden has been adopted by the local residents, and seedlings were planted in late March. The local elementary school has started a garden club, and young children are able to plant vegetables in garden beds dedicated just for them. We believe the Victory Garden will be an ongoing resource for low-income families in San Jose for many years to come.
The RFP process for Project Inspire 2011—which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year—will run through the spring.