3M volunteers in hardhats

Volunteering time and talents in our communities.

Volunteering in Communities Around the World

3Mers and alumni volunteer their time, talents and expertise to improve lives in their communities. Thousands of 3Mers participate through 3Mgives volunteer programs, mentoring students and youth, serving on nonprofit boards and helping people in need around the world.

  • 3Mgives Volunteers Awardees
    Recognizing the Contributions of Our People

    Annually, 3M honors volunteers from around the globe who positively impact the lives of others in extraordinary ways.  Honorees number 572 to-date.  Nominations for the 2016 30th anniversary awards are open through June 3.

    See our 2015 Award Winners (PDF, 266 KB)

    3Mgives Volunteer Award nomination flyer (PDF, 213.15 KB)

  • 3Mgives Volunteers Match
    Matching the Gifts of Our People

    The 3Mgives Volunteer Match donates to organizations where 3Mers and alumni volunteer their time. Since 2000, 3Mgives has provided more than $5.7 million on behalf of nearly 26,000 volunteers to 3,000 organizations in 50 states.

Volunteer Highlights

3M 2015 Global Volunteer Day

  • 3M Taiwan

    3Mers in more than 80 locations worldwide came together to improve lives as part of our annual Global Volunteer Day. Here are a few ways that volunteers made a positive impact.


    • In Germany, 3Mers partnered with the German Red Cross to fill cartons with much needed supplies to help refugees coming into Europe.



    • 3M Canada volunteers collected and stuffed backpacks full of school supplies for students.



    • 3Mers in South Africa pitched in to paint a play area at the Sithabile Youth and Child Center.



    • In Brazil, volunteers helped students develop and present science projects, assisted with teacher training and provided career presentations.



    • 3M volunteers in Taiwan hosted a science carnival for 5,000 people and a science camp for 100 high school students.



3Mers Volunteering Around the World

  • 3M India

    3M India

  • 3M Germany

    3M Germany

  • 3M Brazil

    3M Brazil

Pro Bono Service

  • 3M legal affairs pro bono

    3M Legal Affairs strongly supports pro bono service as a unique community service opportunity for legal professionals. By leveraging skills and experience, 3M Legal Affairs helps strengthen both the community and the justice system.

Preparing Students for Success

  • 3M volunteers school supplies
    3M Stuff for School

    For 20 years, 3M volunteers have stuffed and distributed new school supplies for Saint Paul Public School students. In 2015, hundreds of 3M volunteers gathered at Kids In Need in Roseville, Minn., to pack bags for 18,000 students at 36 schools. Every student in those schools received tools needed for a successful year.

  • 3M volunteers Bookspring’s
    Bookspring’s ReBook Program

    3M Austin, Texas employees conduct an annual drive to collect new and gently used children’s books for Booksprings’s ReBook program. Volunteers then sort the books for distribution to pediatric clinics, schools and other organizations serving children and families in need.