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  • Blog Post: Elevate Veterans Sweepstakes Winners Announced

    U.S. Air Force Veteran having fun with Kinect for Xbox 360 at the USO of New York. During Veterans Week 2010, thousands of tweets poured out in support of U.S. Military veterans. The message was an important one, “Help Elevate America’s Veterans”! Microsoft’s Elevate America...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft Elevate America nonprofits grant program

    Today we are launching the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program that will support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. To support this initiative, we are committing...
  • Blog Post: Our Duty

    By: Sloan Gibson, USO President Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . Your USO works to lift to the spirits of America’s troops and their families. When assessing how well...
  • Blog Post: Elevate America helps U.S. veterans to find employment

    The US elections are just over and the major concern and worry we all share is the economy and the future of our jobs. With the overall unemployment numbers still very high this anxiety is real. Often when I speak with colleagues about training programs they roll their eyes and ask me why start another...
  • Blog Post: Activision Is Answering Their Own Call of Duty…

    By MCPO Maurice Wilson (USN-Ret.), Advisory Board member to Activision’s Call of Duty Endowment Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . For the families of our soldiers, President...
  • Blog Post: Top five Microsoft Citizenship posts of 2010

    As the year comes to an end it’s a great opportunity to both look forward to the coming year and review what’s happened over the past twelve months. We thought it would be interesting to highlight the top stories on the blog for 2010 as voted by our readers through their visits. It...
  • Blog Post: Elevating America through technology training and skills

    Today marks a significant milestone for our Elevate America program with Louisiana and Ohio becoming the last states to join the program, which is part of Microsoft’s overall Unlimited Potential efforts to improve social and economic opportunities for people. Since we launched Elevate America in...
  • Blog Post: Benefits of Hiring a Veteran – Gulf Coast Workforce Board

    By: Kim Bodine, Executive Director, Gulf Coast Workforce Board Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . I’ve been working with employers in our area for more than 15 years and...
  • Blog Post: A tribute to success

    By Elaine Cooluris, Executive Director at Able-Disabled Advocacy Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . “I am extremely grateful for the assistance Able-Disabled Advocacy gave...
  • Blog Post: More than meets the eye

    The American Legion has something to offer everyone connected to the veteran community. The American Legion Burn Pit Blogmaster shares some of the stories we’ve followed this year. When I came back from my first war (Bosnia-Herzegovina), The American Legion offered me a job. Two years after...
  • Blog Post: Here’s a snapshot of the United States from Microsoft Elevate America

      When Kelly Edwards lost her job as a technical writer, she knew she needed to update her computer skills to find another job in today’s competitive workforce. She found out about Microsoft Elevate America and signed up for free online training in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In just...
  • Blog Post: Asking for help is strength, not weakness

    By Andrew Coughlan Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . On July 19, 2004, I didn’t die. I can talk now about what happened that day, but it’s enough to know that I...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Elevate America community initiative grants

    Back in September we launched the Elevate America community initiative , a new grant program to support nonprofit organizations offering employment services, including technology skills training and job placement, in local communities across the United States. We had an incredible response with over...
  • Blog Post: Technology skills make a difference

    Rosalyn in Nairobi, Kenya is a 40 plus year old mother who has a business of manufacturing shoes from recycled tires which she sells over the web around the world. Ma Jianlu, a farmer in the remote Loess Plateau in China is selling eggplants online which he has grown on his small greenhouse. Since 2003...
  • Blog Post: Supporting our Veterans

    Yesterday, I had the honor of hosting a team from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) at Microsoft’s campus as part of their tour of the Northwest. IAVA is the nation's first and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Veterans Week at Microsoft

    In the United States, November 11 th is Veterans Day - a time when the country stops and recognizes the incredible service and sacrifice of those who have served their country with such distinction. This week we want to celebrate our veterans and highlight not only their achievements, but also shine...
  • Blog Post: Does technology help you make an impact in your community?

    Enter the Tech for Good Contest for Nonprofits and Libraries in WA State After more than ten years of working in and around the nonprofit sector in Washington State, there is no doubt in my mind that technology is helping organizations to increase their impact in our communities. There is also no...
  • Blog Post: Accelerating Change through Technology

    In 2007 we launched the Microsoft Unlimited Potential program to focus on getting the power of technology to underserved communities around the world, and in the intervening period we have learned a lot and we’ve seen some exciting results from our partnerships and our investments. Recently...
  • Blog Post: Responding to the Emerging Needs of Veterans

    By: Vincent J. Perrone, President & CEO, Veterans Inc. Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . When Veterans Inc. opened its doors to nine homeless veterans in 1992 it was a small...
  • Blog Post: Video: Preparing people for the jobs of today and tomorrow

    Today I wanted to share with you our final Accelerator Summit video. This session addresses skills training and workforce development, an area of significant focus for Microsoft around the world. The session, which was moderated by Pamela Passman, explores the impact of training and workforce development...
  • Blog Post: Bringing veterans to Microsoft

    Today, on Veterans Day, we take some time to celebrate, honor and remember our United States military veterans. At Microsoft, we are especially proud to recognize and thank our colleagues who have selflessly served our country and continue to do so through the National Guard and Reserves. As greater...
  • Blog Post: The Private Sector Steps up for Vets

    By Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director and Founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . Veterans don’t need lip service. They...
  • Blog Post: Helping American Veteran Families in Need

    While the holiday season is a time of joy for many people, it is also a time when we are reminded of the many American families who are struggling – not just during the holidays, but all year long. We were glad to be part of an effort to help one such family today. The Meyer family of Newton...
  • Blog Post: Veterans Build Success at Bellevue College

    Note: This post is part of a weeklong celebration of U.S. military veterans. You can find more stories and resources at the Microsoft Citizenship website . Going from sitting behind a .50 caliber gun in the dark, fighting Arabian Sea pirates to sitting at a desk in a classroom is quite a transition...
  • Blog Post: Veterans: Win an Xbox 360 with the brand new Kinect sensor

    To celebrate the launch of our Elevate America Veterans initiative, which helps veterans to transition from military to civilian employment, we are launching a sweepstakes for veterans to win one of twelve Xbox 360 4GB consoles with Kinect. The competition will run from November...

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