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August 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Microsoft contributing money for alums who volunteer with United Way Day of Caring

This year, for the first time, Microsoft will contribute $100 for each Microsoft alumnus who participates in the United Way Day of Caring for King County on Sept. 16.

United Way of King County bills the Day of Caring as the largest single day of volunteering in Washington state. Last year, 10,500 volunteers worked at 424 project sites across King County, according to United Way.

Possible project this year may include building affordable housing, painting a daycare center or clearing a path on a hiking trail.

Microsoft is a sponsor of the 2011 Day of Caring.

The company encourages philanthropic and community involvement with programs such as matching employee donations to nonprofit charities (up to $12,000 per calendar year), and offering paid time off for employees to volunteer.

Last year, about 4,200 Microsoft employees volunteered more than 360,000 hours, according to the company.

For this year’s Day of Caring, current Microsoft employees will be working alongside their former colleagues on various projects. For each volunteering alum, the company will donate $100 to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation to be contributed to alumni-supported non-profit organizations doing work in King County–up to a maximum of $50,000, according to the foundation.

Microsoft alums and employees can register here.

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