Apple volunteers donate more than $365 million to charitable causes

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Apple volunteers teach coding at a disadvantaged high school in Ireland.
Apple volunteers teach coding at a disadvantaged high school in Ireland.
Photo: Apple

To honor the life of service of Martin Luther King Jr., Apple is highlighting charitable contributions made by its employees.

Thanks to matching funds from the iPhone-maker’s Giving program, donations by employees in time and money have reached considerable sums.

“For every hour an employee gives, or dollar they donate, Apple provides matching funds for both. In 2018, that added up to more than a quarter of a million hours volunteered and more than $125 million donated to organisations around the world,” the company said in a statement.

Total contributions from Apple’s Giving program have surpassed $365 million since it was created eight years ago.

Examples of Apple employee charitable giving

More than a dozen volunteers from Apple go once a week to Terence MacSwiney School in Cork, Ireland, to help teach coding, drawing, photography, music and video. This school is one of the most economically disadvantaged in the country.

Last year, Apple employees in California spent almost 3,000 hours sorting and distributing food at Second Harvest Food Bank in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, which provided 55 million meals in 2018.

Hundreds of Apple employees have written notes of encouragement to transgender people receiving free chest binders from Point of Pride.

This morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook personally commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Twitter.