August 14, 2023
When you join Team Caterpillar, you’ll be a part of a global team that truly cares about helping our customers, communities, and the planet. Just one of the many ways our employees get involved is through the Caterpillar Foundation’s program, Caterpillar Cares.
Since the launch of the global Caterpillar Foundation Volunteer Service Match Program in April 2023, Caterpillar employees have recorded more than 43,000 volunteer hours and unlocked over $250,000 USD in volunteer service match grants to over 580 charities they are passionate about.
Read about out how Matthew Bunge, a design engineer in Rapid City, South Dakota, generously gives back his time to help students harness their passion of engineering through leading a FIRST® Robotics team. Thank you for making a difference!
Charity: Rapid Acceleration
Volunteer Hours YTD: 608
Volunteer Match Unlocked: $1,000 USD
Volunteer Effort: FIRST Robotics lead for high school students, teaching hands-on engineering and problem solving
Why do you volunteer?
I was very fortunate growing up with a well-equipped shop that sparked a passion for building which led me to become an engineer. This is a great way to provide the same opportunity for students in my community!
How has volunteering impacted you personally?
Finding new solutions is critical on both the robotics team I mentor, and in life. When we listen to what others have to say, we often see things from a new perspective that drives the very best results.
Do you have any advice to others who are interested in getting involved?
When I look back at the hours I've given, I’ve never once thought of it as a waste. It will also help you grow in many ways, some of which you didn't even know you could!
Whether it’s through volunteerism or the work of the Caterpillar Foundation to strengthen communities around the world, we are proud of the work being done to build a better world.