Local Intel employees earned more than $31,000 for the benefit of Newberg schools and nonprofit organizations, it was recently announced.

The money was raised through Intel’s Involved Matching Grant Program, which is designed to encourage, recognize and reward its employees for donating their time and energy to schools and charitable organizations.

The program works as follows: After a minimum of 20 hours has been accrued by Intel employees volunteering at a school or qualified nonprofit organization, a donation of $10 per hour will be triggered from the Intel Foundation. The “match” continues, with $10 per hour accrued throughout the year until the maximum donation ($10,000 for a nonprofit and $15,000 for a school) is reached.

Chelsea Hossaini, northwest region communications manager for Intel, said the $31,015 raised for local organizations last year means Intel employees volunteered 3,125 hours at the various sites.

“Intel wants to recognize our employees who give their time generously and give them the opportunity to earn money for organizations that are meaningful to them,” Hossaini said in an email.

Intel employees split their time in Newberg pretty evenly, with 1,383 of their hours ($13,830) going to schools and 1,742 hours ($17,185) going to nonprofits. The local chapter of the United Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the top recipient, with 1,023 volunteer hours and the maximum donation of $10,000.

George Fox University received a donation of $5,570; Veritas School, $4,960; Newberg Area Habitat for Humanity, $2,875; Newberg Soccer Club, $2,000; Mabel Rush Elementary School, $1,850; Chehalem Swim Club Inc., $1,295; Chehalem Valley Aquatics Club Inc., $1,015; C.S. Lewis Academy, $940; Ewing Young Elementary School, $260; and Newberg High School, $250.

Hossaini said that, statewide, Intel employees volunteered more than 300,000 hours and earned more than $2 million in matching funds last year.

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