Embracing Volunteering

Intel employees have always been active in the community.  After retiring, many take volunteerism to a new level.  These are stories about retirees who have been able to contribute across a wide array of organizations from pet adoption to domestic violence advocacy, from firefighting to food banks.  Consider sharing your own volunteering activities with the rest of the retiree community by filling out the Volunteer Article Template and submitting it to the Communications Committee.  Who knows, you may attract other volunteers to your cause!

As an Official Intel Retiree, in addition to the value your skills bring to organizations when you volunteer, Intel will pay any qualified 501 (C)(3) non-profit organization $10.00 for each hour you volunteer up to $10,000 per year.


  • Will Clenney and Cali, his Labrador Retriever/Plot Hound mix are dedicated to delivering smiles and social support through their animal-assisted therapy. Read more.
  • Expanding on his 20-year Intel program manager experience, Louis Weisberg is now a Gen2Gen (Generation to Generation) project Leader recruiting volunteers for a national intergenerational mentoring program. Read more.
  • After 30 years in Production Planning and IT at Oregon sites, Don Baillie found the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) organization a great way to give back to kids in the community. Read more.
  • Jim Nadir, an Intel retiree whose career spanned 33 years,  is a space enthusiast with an impassioned commitment to kids. Read about his mentoring efforts for students in the ISS (International Space Station) program.
  • Read how Patty Colvin took advantage of an Intel Encore Fellowship to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Heart of Oregon Corps.
  • Read  how Lori Davidson found help balancing volunteering with retirement life.
  • Read how Rod MacDow bridges the transition from retirement to giving back to the community through Intel’s Encore Fellowship program.
  • Howard High discovers a workaround  to earn dollars for a government organization
  • Read how Mark Noonan is helping baby boomers.
  • Keeping up with Steve and Jami Nachtsheimread about their busy life after Intel
  • If you’ve been curious about Encore Fellowships, you’ll want to read about John Owens, the first Arizona retiree to take advantage of this unique program to transition into retirement.
  • Like many Intel retirees, Tom Innes is an avid volunteer for a non-profit that is dear to his heart.
  • Read how Doug Rodriques makes a difference for one homeless animal at a time.
  • Traveling Volunteer – A Win-Win by Craig Noke.
  • Cecelia Lodico loves the four seasons of Flagstaff and is now a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona.
  • Read about what incident made Sabiha’s determination so strong to become a Domestic Violence (DV) advocate. She feels that doing this kind of community service is a very humbling experience and has opened her eyes to a very serious issue faced by all communities.
  • Retirement means changing focus for Sudhir Bhagwan.
  • Retiring was great, but so was Intel by Greg Hoyt.
  • Several  years ago, Intel expanded the Intel Involved Matching Grant Program to include any qualified 501(c)3  non-profit organization.  Harold Crawford has taken advantage of this by volunteering as a Molalla volunteer firefighter. Howard and another Intel employee who also is a volunteer firefighter, submitted their hours and the Mollala Volunteer Firefighter’s Association received a check for $10,000.
  • Stu Vannerson retired from Intel in February 2010 but left an ongoing legacy with his non-profit organization (Intel DuPont Community Gardens) that is assisting food banks in his local Dupont Washington area.
  • Barb Frank has discovered that the local chapters of the Red Cross are responsible for raising 100% of their funds and they also pay the National headquarters an “assessment” fee for administrative support. To learn more read her story here.
  • Intel Retiree Rand Potter volunteers over 1,500 hours a year and his community receives $15,000 for his efforts. Read about Rand’s 22 years of service to the American Youth Soccer Organization and why he is proud to be a part of the group.If you want to learn more about the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) go to their website: www.ayso.org. Or if you would like more information about Rand’s specific activities please email Rand at randpotter@sbcglobal.net.
  • Sharon Nickodem wins 2009 Volunteer of the Year Award from Gualala Arts Organization.
  • At no time in history has the need for financial literacy and economic education been more important than it is now. We are constantly reminded of the everyday risks of poor financial management. These issues touch people of all walks of life leaving the financial uneducated the most vulnerable. Lisa Culver shares her story with Junior Achievement.
  • Ben Manny continues to promote education in science and technology and earns $5000 for his favorite organizations through his volunteer work.
  • Since retiring in 2000, for example, Oregon retiree Pat Mitchell has been volunteering in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He teaches business computer programming at the Kazakh-American Free University (KAFU).
  • Sam Louke takes advantage of the Intel benefit for matching volunteer hours.

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