AMD Announces Community Grants for Austin
--Education, Quality of Life are Focus of $470,000 in Grants to Area Projects--
AUSTIN, TX --
AMD today announced $470,000 in grants to Austin-area non-profit organizations. AMD focuses its grants on youth education and enhancing the quality of life in the community.
"A well-educated population is any community's greatest asset," said Hector Ruiz, president and chief operating officer of AMD. "Austin's status as a technology center and AMD's continuing success as a technology leader are assured through strategic investments in education and improving the quality of life for our neighborhood residents."
Examples of some of the programs receiving support from AMD during the first half of 2001, include:
Travis High School Education Foundation, $100,000, for enhancements to the AMD technology labs at the school, equipment for the science department, as well as faculty development and other projects;
Junior Achievement, $40,000, for elementary school curriculum at three schools, as well as career development and awareness for seventh-graders;
Smith Elementary School in the Del Valle ISD, $35,975, for a gifted and talented program, math and science summer academies, student recognition, along with teacher recognition and professional development;
Girlstart, $32,550, for in-school science programs and a summer camp on Web design and development;
St. Edward's University, $23,500, for scholarships to students participating in the Community Mentor Program, as well as stipends for those persons serving as mentors and tutors for at-risk elementary-aged students;
Austin Community College Foundation, $20,588, for the Summer Youth Academy benefiting 40 middle school students in the Montopolis and Del Valle neighborhoods;
4-H Capital Project, $8,800, for a one-week Aerospace Summer Camp for 80 students, 40 of which are at-risk;
Elizabeth Ann Seton Fund, $50,000, for the pharmacy programs at Seton South, Seton McCarthy and Seton Topfer, where low-income patients receive low-cost prescriptions;
Meals on Wheels and More, $13,500 to provide hot meals for homebound elderly and disabled people.
"As a result of AMD's donations to the Travis High School Education Foundation, thousands of our students will be taught computer skills that will better their lives forever," said John C. Blazier, president of the Travis High School Education Foundation. "AMD's generous support of our technology, science and math departments as well as teacher development is making a difference in students' lives and futures. In addition, more than 1,000 adults have attended evening computer classes offered at Travis and Reagan high schools."
Michael Goldstein, director of communications for Meals on Wheels and More said: "Meals on Wheels and More cooks and delivers more than 40,00 meals each month to the homebound elderly and disabled. This remarkable achievement is made possible by the dedication of more than 3,000 volunteers as well as the generosity of many individuals and good corporate citizens such as AMD."
During fiscal year 2000, AMD provided more than $3.2 million in grants, gifts and in-kind contributions to various non-profit education, civic and health and welfare organizations through AMD's worldwide sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia. AMD's community investment in Central Texas in 2000 totaled nearly $1.3 million.
In addition, Austin area AMD employees volunteered 3,235 recorded hours of work for various charitable organizations. AMD recognizes that volunteer activities strengthen community ties and add value to employees' lives. AMD encourages and supports volunteerism in a variety of ways. One program, the AMD Grant Incentives for Volunteer Efforts (GIVE), provides grants to those agencies where employees regularly volunteer. Around the world, AMD employees volunteer as tutors and mentors at area schools, judge science fairs, serve meals at neighborhood centers, assist at food banks, and provide support to numerous other community activities.