Autodesk employees take the initiative in helping the earth with events like vendor fairs for environmental organizations and donation drives that collect gently used items for charity and resale. One especially popular activity is habitat restoration and clean-up — offices in San Rafael, Waltham, Montreal, Manchester, and elsewhere have all participated in these events recently, and 25 volunteers from the Toronto office removed 318 pounds of trash from the shores of Lake Ontario in a single day.
From organizing back-to-school drives for school supplies to mentoring middle school students, Autodesk employees are helping educate the next generation. The San Francisco office hosts an annual Techbridge hands-on learning event for school-age girls. Individual employees across the company partner with national nonprofit Spark to give underserved teens workplace apprenticeships. The Manchester office recently participated in New Hampshire's Girls Technology Day, exposing more than 200 ninth and tenth grade girls to engineering and technology through fun, engaging design workshops and a vendor booth that featured a working 3D printer.
Autodesk employees have a long tradition of helping underserved children, both by supporting social service organizations and by working directly with children themselves. In Manchester, employees volunteer with Families in Transition to support families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In Munich, a group of employees volunteer with a youth services agency to take children to zoos, museums, sports events, and other fun activities. Neuchatel hosts a Kids at Autodesk Day and recently raised $4,200 for an organization supporting the families of children with heart disease.
Autodesk employees run food drives and volunteer at food banks, participate in health-related events like fundraising walks, and donate to organizations that work to build a healthier world. Recently, as part of Autodesk's Global Month of Impact, employees from the San Francisco, San Rafael, and Singapore offices volunteered for Stop Hunger Now, collectively preparing and packaging more than 65,000 meals to be served through schools, orphanages, and crisis relief programs around the world.