You’ve heard of Beauty Inside and Out and how one person can shine bright through a world that seems to be growing dimmer every day. However, we are here to tell you that it isn’t only the famous faces who can make a difference. We have been bombarded with images of huge corporations being the bad guy lately. It seems that most media outlets would have us believe that the only thing that matters to large companies is the money and the power that comes with it, but at Miss A, we love the companies in our cities and know how they are working at making the world a better place.
Dell, based out of Austin, TX, is the corporation we know and love for bringing us easy to use computers and software, but you should also know that their software is nowhere near as soft as their hearts. Michael Dell, the CEO of Dell has joined forces with Microsoft to support (RED), a large non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to rid the Africa, and the world, of AIDS. When Dell joined the fight with (RED), it was decided that for every Dell product equipped with Windows Vista sold, Dell and Microsoft would donated $50 to $80 depending on which product was sold. Imagine the enormity and the impact of that commitment!
However, Dell is not just content with supporting just one worthy organization. Each year within the company, the program “Volunteers of Distinction” allows the employees of Dell to nominate and choose a fellow employee or group of employees to receive grants for the charities that they work with. Last year, Dell donated $150,000 in cash to those charities and the program continues to flourish. Some charities that have benefited from the program include, GirlStart, an educational program designed to help empower young women and girls in the sciences and technology here in the United States, The North York Women’s Centre, an organization dedicated to opening doors for all women and ending discrimination in Canada, and the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, an organization dedicated to protecting children from abuse in Ireland. Of course, these are just a few since the Dell program “Volunteers of Distinction” has given help to over 100 charities worldwide since its inception.
Dell, though it appears as though out to save the entire world, is also heavily invested right in their own backyard of Austin, where the Dell Children’s Medical Center is located. Next month, the Dell Children’s Trust will host the Dell Children’s Trust Art of Giving to benefit the medical center; the event is free to attend but donations are accepted. If you would like to attend, please visit, Children’s Austin to learn more. Come back next week to find out what other corporations are making a difference in Miss A’s cities!