IBM R&D celebrates centennial volunteer service in Haifa
Over 100 children were hosted at the lab in Haifa for a day of enrichment and fun to celebrates IBM's 100th anniversary
This year, IBM celebrates 100 years of progress, both in Israel and around the world. IBM has always encouraged its employees to be involved in the community, so it's only natural that the corporation chose to celebrate by having employees volunteer their time to make a difference.
The IBM R&D Labs partnered their volunteer efforts with Chinuch LePsagot, a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and nurtures pupils from underprivileged areas and prepares them for higher education. Over 100 children grades 2 through 8, from the suburbs of Carmiel, Akko, and Givat Olga were bused to the IBM Research center in Haifa for a day of enrichment and fun.
IBM volunteers hosted a variety of stations and activities, including: storytime, science experiments, game and puzzle corners, arts and crafts, and explanations on how computers work. For almost all the children, this was a first outing to a hi-tech establishment, introducing them to the exciting world of technology, higher education, and IBM. Many of them described it as "a paradise" and asked "How can we come work here?". The day concluded with a magic show, buffet of goodies baked by IBMers, and the distribution of books and toys, which were also contributed by IBM employees.
In the coming months, IBMers around the world will join a number of volunteer efforts through IBM and its community partners and on their own.
Happy anniversary IBM!