NVIDIA Donates $250,000 to Local Non-Profits; Employees, Volunteers to Build Urban Garden

December 3, 2010 by | Comments

NVIDIA today announced that it will provide $250,000 this holiday season to two local non-profits instead of hosting a holiday party, continuing a 10-year company tradition. 

Under the NVIDIA® program known as Project Inspire, more than 1,000 NVIDIA employees and community volunteers will gather at History Park in San Jose, on Saturday, Dec. 11 to achieve the following:

  • Build an Urban Garden: Improve the health of the local community by developing a large garden plot and working with local partners to support the neighborhood in its pursuit of a healthy lifestyle
  • Assemble a Large Working Greenhouse:  Create a hands-on education facility in which a love of science can be fostered among the several thousand youth expected to visit each year
  • Create Square-Foot Gardens: Build 1,000 1 ft. x 1 ft. garden boxes so local youth can grow produce at home or school
  • Reinvigorate History Park: Repair various buildings through carpentry and painting, improve the grounds and add decorative murals

The NVIDIA contributions through Project Inspire will help advance the concept of healthy living within the San Jose Rock Springs community, in addition to introducing hundreds of youngsters to exciting hands-on science projects in the greenhouse facility. Additionally, the renovation of History Park will enhance the presence of this landmark site, making it an even more enticing destination. 

“Using holiday party funds to support underserved communities is a longstanding tradition at NVIDIA,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive officer, NVIDIA. “Project Inspire is a testament to the NVIDIA culture and to the passion of our employees who put the needs of the community ahead of their own.”

The Project Inspire 2010 beneficiaries are:

  • Schmahl Science Workshops, which conducts science programs with youth at the History Park site, as well as throughout the San Francisco Bay Areas and Silicon Valley. Schmahl will be given a grant to provide ongoing support for the urban garden through The Health Trust and Silicon Valley HealthCorps, an AmeriCorps program
  • History San Jose, an organization that works toward preserving and sharing regional history by engaging diverse audiences in Santa Clara county

“NVIDIA’s development of an urban garden and greenhouse facility will be an important contribution to the Rock Springs neighborhood,” said Belinda Schmahl, executive director, Schmahl Science Workshops. “The garden will enhance the health of the neighborhood, and the greenhouse will become a destination where youth can improve their science skills through hands-on experiments.” 

“History San Jose at History Park collects, preserves and celebrates the stories of diversity and innovation in San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley,” said Alida Bray, president and chief executive officer of History San Jose. “NVIDIA’s rejuvenation of History Park will be truly transformational for the community and the thousands of visitors we serve each year.” 

Project Inspire Facts:

  • Project Inspire has contributed over $1.3 million in direct grants and volunteer hours to Silicon Valley communities
  • The event features over 1,000 employee and community members participating in a single day of service
  • NVIDIA has partnered with City Year (www.cityyear.org/sanjose) for the second year to execute the daylong event. City Year will oversee the logistics of all projects and will engage local youth to serve as project leaders on Dec. 11
  • To learn more about Project Inspire, please visit http://www.nvidia.com/content/project_inspire/project_inspire10.html

–(NVIDIA Corporation)–

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