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April 23, 2014 – 3M Provides Grant to New Vision on Behalf of 3M Employees/Volunteers

Philippi, WV – April 21, 2014 – 3Mgives has included New Vision Renewable Energy as one of seven nonprofits to receive donations through their 3Mgives Volunteer Match program — part of their employees’ commitment to the community. The 3M Foundation will match gifts made by 3M employees and alumni dollar-for-dollar until a cap of $70,000 is reached.

“3M employees and alumni generously give their time and skills to help improve lives,” said Kimberly Price, vice-president, 3Mgives. “We are pleased to recognize their commitment to their communities.”
3Mgives and 3M Team Africa, an employee-driven team dedicated to empowering communities in Africa, partnered with New Vision this year to provide 300 lights to the villages of Koba Adi and Bidire in Southern Ethiopia. Team Africa and New Vision taught over 70 5th grade students at L’Etoile du Nord, a French immersion school in the St. Paul Public School District, how to make their solar lights that are available as kits. These lights will be sent to schoolchildren in Ethiopia. On Earth Day, 3M Team Africa will provide a showcase on their work with New Vision and teach co-workers how to assemble the light kits.

As part of the 3Mgives Volunteer Match, the 3M Foundation will also donate $250 to eligible non-profit organizations for which a 3M employee volunteers 20 hours or a 3M retiree volunteers 25 hours or more per calendar year. Since 2000, Volunteer Matches totaling over $5 million have gone to over 3,000 schools or non-profit organizations in 50 states plus the District of Columbia. For more information on this program, please contact 3Mgives at 651-733-0144 or visit

ABOUT 3M: 3M is a recognized global leader in corporate giving, strategic philanthropy, volunteerism and community engagement. Since 1953, 3M has invested $1.3 billion in cash and products in U.S. communities, with additional international contributions and countless volunteer hours. In 2013, 3Mers earned the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Best Commitment to Education Award, the Excellence in Mentoring Award for Corporate Leadership and the United Way Spirit of America Award. For more information, visit or follow @3Mgives on Twitter.

ABOUT NEW VISION: New Vision Renewable Energy is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization working to ReEnergize Communities by implementing renewable energy solutions in their own neighborhoods through hands-on community development efforts. New Vision is an educational and innovation movement focusing on applicable technologies with renewable solutions and serves as a hub of collaborative discussion, training and invention bringing together green innovators, community leaders, youth, companies, organizations as well as public and private partners. As a member of the United Nations Foundation Energy Access Practitioners Network, New Vision helps to eradicate the effects of poverty in the developing world. For more information, visit or follow @ItsNewVision on Twitter or follow on Facebook at

Pamela O’Brien, Director of Business Development and Communications
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