Intel Involved Matching Grant Program Records Highest Payout
Launched in 2006, the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP) was created by Intel to recognize and also motivate their employees, globally, to engage in outreach and volunteerism to make local communities a better place to live, work and play in. Through this program, Intel Malaysia employees are encouraged to volunteer their time and talent to qualified non-profit and non-governmental organizations, in additions to schools.
Ever since it began in the year of its launch, Intel Foundation has disbursed approximately RM5,000 in funds to its beneficiaries for various projects, and this amounts to over 430,000 in volunteer hours by Intel employees in Malaysia to date.
At the recent IIMGP Payout and Recognition Ceremony held yesterday in Penang, Intel Malaysia recognized their top Intel Involved Volunteer for 2012 and it was none other than E.K. Siow, who has been the top volunteer for the past three years. Siow spent over 800 hours volunteering – the highest contributor to the collective 60,000 hours logged in by Intel employees in 2012. With the Intel Foundation matching US$5 to each qualifying hour, last year's payout totaled up to a matching grant of approximately US$302,000 or RM930,000 – the highest payout recorded since the program's inception in 2006.
“There’s certainly nothing more fulfilling than giving back to the community. Intel Foundation matching our contributions and rewarding us for it is just the icing on the cake!” said Siow in accepting his award at the recognition ceremony. Along with nine other top volunteers, Siow’s contribution was recognized at the payout ceremony with an Ultrabook – an Intel-powered high-end notebook.
“Intel Malaysia is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which we live and work,” said Lee Heng Gee, Penang Assembly and Test Factory Manager. “Last year, we announced the “1K: I’m In” campaign, a community initiative also under the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program (IIMGP), in conjunction with Intel Malaysia’s 40th year anniversary celebrations. Through this campaign, departments across Intel Malaysia were encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 1,000 hours to each school that they adopt.”
“It is always encouraging to see my fellow colleagues pitching in for causes and organizations they support. Last year, our volunteers touched a total of 30 schools and 19 NGOs throughout Penang and Kulim,” he added.
Encik Ismail bin Md Isa, principal of SMK Taman Kenari, was pleasantly surprised when he found out that Intel employees contributed the most hours in his school. “In the past year alone, close to 4000 volunteer hours were contributed by Intel employees collectively. That’s almost half a year’s worth of service if we convert it into days and almost as many days as our students have classes!”
Tuan Haji Abu Bakar bin Muad, Head of Academic Management Sector, representing Tuan Haji Ahmad Tarmizi bin Kamarudin, Director of Education, Penang, said “Intel has had a long history in the state of Penang and should be recognized not only for contributing to our economy, but also to our society as well. Many lives have been touched by the volunteers and on behalf of the schools and communities; I would like to thank them for all their hard work.”
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