As usual, Mentor and Xilinx are both setting a really good example as to how big companies can help out and how we all need to pull together...
When times get hard (and they are getting pretty darn hard at the moment, let me tell you), we all need to buckle down and help each other out. We can all do things individually to make the world a better place, but it's also nice when big companies step up to the plate and do their share.
Two sterling examples are Mentor and Xilinx. Since 2002, Mentor have had a Displaced Worker Program that offers free training on a "space available" basis to displaced electronics designers and engineers. They've now expanded this to include online courses, which benefits engineers who are not physically located near a Mentor Graphics training center (see article #214000027).
Meanwhile, Xilinx have a whole raft of community-oriented programs. Now, as part of their 25th anniversary, the folks at Xilinx have made a special $250K charitable contribution to organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry in America, Europe and Asia (see article #214000002).
I for one applaud both of these efforts...
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=44, R=321|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=132.00, A=159.12, Δ=+27.12, R=840.88|
|Note:|| I now have the 200 mile marker firmly in my sights...|
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