IBMers have a long tradition of volunteering their time, skills and expertise with schools and community organizations worldwide. Inspiring accounts of their dedication and accomplishments are described in these stories of service.

Most recent stories are listed first.

2016 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award winners announced

Honoring community impact made in 2016, IBM awards its highest form of volunteer recognition—the Volunteer Excellence Award—to 14 IBM teams or individuals from around the world.

IBM volunteers in Sweden bring tech training to women in transition

At Klaragården, part of Stockholm Stadsmission, IBM volunteers teach computer know-how to women in transition.

In Argentina, IBM project manager teaches life skills to mentally disabled

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, project manager Val Estela uses her expertise to teach life skills to people with disabilities

Middle school students in Dubuque, Iowa get inspired by STEM

Middle-school aged students in Dubuque, Iowa get hands-on experience with the STEM field, thanks to IBM day camps led by Adrienne Scott, and the support of 24 IBM volunteers.

Hong Kong-based IBM volunteers teach Watson Analytics capabilities to NGOs

Two IBM lead development reps in the IBM Digital Business Group demonstrate to NGO leaders in China that the capabilities of Watson Analytics are within their grasp.

IBM developer Bryan Childs makes a game out of computer science education

Using video game design and the broad appeal of Disney, IBM mainframe software developer Bryan Childs expanded computer science education to elementary, middle school, and high school students.

IBM volunteers in Turkey help students become science heroes and rising stars

ODC revisits Pelin Tayanç to see what’s new with her efforts as a volunteer. As a board member and volunteer for a national organization in Turkey, she has helped young people see more opportunities in STEM—and watched a few receive international recognition.

IBM volunteer helps cat lovers find their inner meow

Communications manager Nancy Riley has been helping good cats find loving homes through her work with Good Mews, a Marietta, Georgia shelter and adoption center.

IBMers revive social media presence for Toronto community services agency

IBM digital sales reps Alon Tsimbal and Vira Badiani advise an organization that addresses systemic poverty, hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and social isolation on their social media strategy.


IBM Centennial stories

Volunteer stories from our centennial year are available at the IBM History site.


Activity Kits

IBM’s volunteer Activity Kits include everything you need for a range of activities.


Citizen IBM blog

Read the latest news about IBM’s citizenship programs and join the discussion about corporate responsibility.