Milgard Windows & Doors donated $25,000 to Technology Access Fund (TAF), a Seattle-based non-profit, to support their participation in Lego League, a national robotics competition for middle school and high school age students.

TAF provides STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, internships, and career opportunities for  students of color.

“Milgard is so pleased to contribute to this educational youth program,” said Lisa Ridgeway, manager of recruiting and talent management at Milgard. “Supporting and strengthening our local communities is a core value for Milgard, and youth education aligns perfectly.”

TAF uses STEM as a tool for realizing social change and educational equality in communities of color and those with low income, focusing primarily on individuals from underrepresented communities. Their targeted approach leverages in-school and out-of-school learning to address longstanding historical inequities for students of color, while also cultivating leadership and citizenship.

“Our goal is to remove obstacles to success in employment and education,” said Sherry Williams, the director of operations for TAF. “We’re especially excited to receive the donation so that our students can participate in their first ever Lego League, where they will learn both robotics and practical problem solving skills.”

The grant is part of the #MascoMillionDifferences campaign, an initiative in which Masco Corp., through its business units, is allocating $1 million of its philanthropic funding in 2018 to support organizations across the country that are working to break down barriers to diversity and inclusion in America’s corporate workforce through education or career resources.

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