Amazon Fulfillment’s primary giving is focused on our neighbors in immediate need, particularly families fighting homelessness and hunger. We are also focused on providing resources to the next generation of innovators and helping ignite a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In addition, we listen to our fulfillment employees’ suggestions for local causes near and dear to their hearts and give to organizations in their local communities that have impact.
Amazon Goes Gold
Globally, childhood and adolescent cancer is threatening to overtake infectious diseases as one of the highest causes of disease-related mortality in children. As part of Amazon’s focus on supporting future innovators, Amazon decided to #GoGold during September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, to help raise awareness of this important health issue.
In addition to turning millions of our customer boxes gold, and even one of our Prime Air planes, Amazonians across the world have shown their support for the cause by wearing their pajamas to work in recognition of the brave children with cancer who often spend countless hours living in their pajamas during treatment and recovery. In 2017 and 2018, Amazon hosted Camp Amazon-style events for children impacted by childhood cancer, where children and their families toured a fulfillment center and engaged in fun STEM activities. As a part of Camp Amazon, donations were made to support kids and childhood cancer research at local children’s hospitals across the country.
Rise & Smile
Research shows that students who eat a good breakfast perform better and have improved behavior in the classroom. Yet, of the number of low-income students who qualify for free breakfast, only half actually receive the meal. This means that millions of kids in America start their school day on an empty stomach, impacting their ability to be engaged learners.
Working with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Amazon awarded grants to 100 schools in the U.S. as part of its Rise & Smile breakfast project, which is expected to result in more than 4.5 million breakfasts in the classroom for more than 27,000 students across the country. These grants have allowed teachers and administrators to tailor their breakfast programs so that every student can enjoy a healthy breakfast. By helping kids start their day with a well-balanced breakfast, Amazon can support their ability to thrive and empower them to be the next generation of innovators.
To connect Amazon’s investment in STEM education and robotics with our desire to encourage students to build, imagine and innovate, Camp Amazon is a robotics and STEM day camp held at or near our fulfillment centers across North America. Our goal in Camp Amazon is to make the connection between STEM skills and the real-world application of STEM concepts in our fulfillment centers as well as provide tools and support to students in our communities. Camp Amazon gives children a chance to get excited about STEM and see robotics in action, and it shows them how creative thinking is critical to Amazon operations.
Amazonians bring their knowledge and expertise to food banks around the U.S. as part of our Community Kaizen program. At Amazon, we routinely participate in “kaizens” in which small teams of employees come together to identify efficiencies and streamline processes. The word “kaizen” is a Japanese term that means “change for the better.” We throw our support behind the word’s meaning and hold kaizens in our communities, donating not just money or products but also our skills and expertise to organizations that serve families in need.
In communities where we have fulfillment centers, we share best practices with food banks and other organizations to help them scale up to serve more clients and optimize their operational efficiency to maximize their offerings for the people and families they serve. Over time, we hope this work enables our partners to accept and process more donations and direct more dollars toward providing goods and services to their clients. Our goal is to help create change for the better in the community.
Amazon fulfillment center associates are dedicated to their communities, and this is reflected in their commitment to service through Amazon Cares groups across the country. Amazon Cares groups are grassroots, associate-led initiatives providing opportunities for associates and managers to volunteer in their own backyard. Because the program is driven by a partnership of associates and leaders within each of our fulfillment centers, teams are able to choose volunteering activities that match their interests and support their local communities.
Amazon Cares teams volunteer with organizations across the country, including:
- American Cancer Society
- Assisted Living Facilities
- Boys & Girls Club of America
- Homeless shelters
- Local food banks
- Elementary schools
- Junior achievement
- Salvation Army
- United Way
- Habitat for Humanity