Iridium is proud to have launched three major initiatives for “Giving Back”. These are charitable initiatives where Iridium is the driving force – we start from scratch and then try to extend our efforts and impact each year. These major initiatives receive the most of our focus, time, energy, and funding. See the links below to learn more about Operation Sam’s Club (2009-2013), the Iridium Scholar program (2014-present), and Wolverines Academy (new in 2018).
This is a new initiative launched in 2018 that strives to support impoverished children in rural Thailand by providing nutritious meals, English-language instruction, and extracurricular activities to help break the cycle of poverty. The Wolverines Academy currently serves nearly 70 children at two rural schools in Northern Thailand, and our goal is to deliver this program to other schools throughout the region.
To follow this initiative as it unfolds, please visit our Wolverines Academy web page.
The Iridium Scholar program was kicked off in 2013 to support young men and women who aspire to study computer science, accounting, or law, but their families do not have the financial means to pay for their university education. Iridium Scholars receive a full scholarship: tuition, books, apartment, food, living expenses, etc. – and will cover the full four years of their education.
To learn more about Iridium Scholar program: Click Here
Operation Sam’s Club
Iridium Technology, in cooperation with the Reno Sam’s Club and Operation Shoebox (Belleview, FL) organizes an annual collection drive that supports U.S. troops stationed overseas. We ran Operation Sam’s Club for five years we have averaged from one to four TONS of donations collected for care packages. During the five years that we ran Operation Sam’s Club, Iridium’s efforts resulted in over TEN TONS of donations being sent to US troops!
To learn more about Operation Sam’s Club (and see more pictures): Click Here
Iridium Technology began sponsoring Gigabyte Girls in May 2016. Gigabyte Girls is a club for all girls in Reno in grades 6-12 who have a passion for learning all things tech-related. It is being run through the local Girl Scout troop, and is the first Gigabyte Girls club in the US. Iridium is dedicated to promoting more interest in STEM careers amongst women and this is one of our ways of giving back to our local community.
To learn more about the Gigabyte Girls: Click Here
Giving Back Globally
Kiva makes small business loans to entrepreneurs around the globe. We have been making Kiva loans for over ten years, providing working capital to aspiring business owners around the globe. This can also be a great learning experience for your children: they learn about geography, giving, and the economic conditions in other countries. Iridium is making monthly donations to Kiva, and has helped to fund nearly 200 loans. You can view the Iridium Technology loan portfolio at www.kiva.org/lender/iridiumtechnology.
Rafe’s Brain | Birmingham, UK: justgiving.com/rafesbrain
Rafe’s Brain is a charity dedicated to fundraising money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Rafe was 14 years old when he developed a brain tumor. Treatment at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital in the UK saved his life.
Operation Shoebox: www.operationshoebox.com
Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003 in an effort to send support, snacks and much needed personal care items to our troops deployed outside of the USA. We encourage citizens to support their fighting men and women deployed overseas in these dangerous times. The most frequent response we get from the “boots on the ground” is that receiving mail from the home front is a huge morale boost!
Susan G. Komen: komen.org
The Susan G. Komen organization is committed to fighting breast cancer. To date, “they’ve invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 30 countries. Their efforts have helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 34 percent since 1990; and has helped improve five-year relative survival rates for early stage cancers from 74 to 99 percent.”
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising $650 million and funding over 1,000 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.
Royal Far West | Australia: royalfarwest.org.au
“Royal Far West is a non-government organisation that has been providing health services to children living in rural and remote New South Wales since 1924. Their vision is healthy country children.
To achieve this, they work in partnership with families and their local health and education providers to complement existing services within the community. Every year, thousands of country children who have non-acute developmental, behavioural, learning, emotional and mental health disorders, and limited access to local services, benefit from their integrated clinical and educational model of care.”
WellChild | UK: wellchild.org.uk/
There are thousands of children and young people in the UK living with a long-term or complex health condition. WellChild is the national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for all these children and their families wherever they are and whenever they need it.
Terry Fox Foundation | Canada: terryfox.org/
The Terry Fox Foundation maintains the vision and principles of Terry Fox while raising money for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Run, National School Run Day, as well as via donations and planned gifts.
AIDS Walk | Los Angeles, CA: la.aidswalk.net/
In its 31 years, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $79 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event remain a vital lifeline that sustains APLA’s prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in Los Angeles County. Proceeds also benefit more than 20 other HIV/AIDS service organizations that are able to participate and raise funds through the Community Coalition Initiative (CCI).
MARSOC Foundation : marsocfoundation.org/
The U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), is the Marine Corps service component to the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM).MARSOC trains, organizes, equips and, when directed by the Commander, USSOCOM, deploys task-organized, scalable and responsive U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Forces in support of Combatant Commanders and other agencies.
MacMillan Cancer Support : macmillan.org.uk/
“At Macmillan, we know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything. So we’re here to support you and help you take back some control in your life. From help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, we’re here.”
JDRF | Canada: jdrf.ca/
“For over 40 years, JDRF has been a global leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes (T1D), through both research funding and advocacy. During that time, we have always talked about a cure as a singular destination: a return to normal physiology.
But today, we realize that we are engaged in a process of curing T1D – that a cure is not just a destination but also a journey along a path. And we recognize that a part of our mission must be to help those living with T1D today to live healthier, easier, and safer lives until we arrive at the end of that path.”
Surfrider Foundation | California: surfrider.org/
Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect our playground – the ocean, waves, and beaches that provide us so much enjoyment. They ensure clean water, healthy ocean and coastlines and accessible beaches for all to enjoy by finding lasting solutions to the threats our ocean faces.
World Bicycle Relief: worldbicyclerelief.org
World Bicycle Relief mobilizes people through The Power of Bicycles. WBR has builds programs to provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles for students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia. While the bicycles themselves help individuals conquer distance and increase their carrying capacity, WBR has also created new economic opportunities by training field mechanics and employing bike assemblers to support our local programs.
Fistula Foundation | fistulafoundation.org
“Fistula Foundation believes no woman should endure a life of misery and isolation simply for trying to bring a child into this world. That’s why we’re dedicated to ending the suffering caused by obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury caused by prolonged, unrelieved obstructed labor that renders a woman incontinent – an injury that can only be treated through surgery.”
Durga Tree International | durgatreeinternational.org
Durga Tree International’s mission is to educate and economically empower survivors of modern slavery through ethical business practices, economic opportunity, and education.
Rainforest Alliance | rainforest-alliance.org
The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working to build strong forests and healthy communities through creative, pragmatic collaboration, and consists of a growing network of farmers, communities, scientists, governments, and businesses dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods.
Black Girls Code | blackgirlscode.com
Black Girls Code is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing technology education for African-American girls. Kimberly Bryant, an electrical engineer, founded Black Girls Code in 2011 in an effort to rectify the underrepresentation of the female and African-American demographics in the tech industry.
Wounded Warrior Project | woundedwarriorproject.org
Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military operations following September 11, 2001.
Giving Back Locally
Gigabyte Girls | Reno, NV: gssn.org
Gigabyte Girls is a club for girls in grades 6-12 who have a passion for learning all things tech-related. They have the opportunity to explore things like computer science, website coding, programming, and more.
Wooster High School Science Fair | Reno, NV: woostercolts.com/
The Wooster High School Science Fair supports local high school students in their pursuit of STEM education.
Friends of the Black Rock Desert | Gerlach, NV: blackrockdesert.org
Friends of Black Rock Desert is a nonprofit organization that focuses on stewardship, education and conservation of the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trail National Conservation Area.
They help manage the resources of the Black Rock Desert region and educate the public to foster stewardship of the region and preserve its unique character.
Toys For Tots: www.toysfortots.org
Iridium Technology makes an annual donation of toys to Toys For Tots during each holiday season. This is something that we do with our children – taking them shopping for “the kids who don’t have any toys”. This is an excellent way to directly help families in need, and also to be reminded of the true spirit of the holiday season.
United Blood Services: www.unitedbloodservices.org
Donating blood is an awesome way to help others. Since not all people can qualify to donate (and others are not comfortable with the procedure) it is important that those who are able to donate do it on a regular basis. Iridium’s President, Tom Jones, donates platelets on a monthly basis. The procedure takes about an hour and a half, but you get to watch a movie while they are spinning off your platelets in the centrifuge.
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