Apple has started a new volunteer program to encourage employees to give back to their communities.

The Apple Global Volunteer Program is meant to help employees organize and spread the word about volunteer events. The program will also extend Apple's charitable matching initiative, and employees will be able to volunteer their time for matching gifts from Apple. The program was announced today in a memo to employees, obtained by 9to5Mac:

Now employees in the U.S. have a new way to make an even bigger impact on the causes they care about where they live: the Apple Global Volunteer Program. The program empowers employees to become Volunteer Champions and receive training and tools to help organize and publicize volunteer events in their communities. It also makes it easy for employees to find activities where they can volunteer their time and quality for Matching Gifts.

The Global Volunteer Program is beginning today in the U.S., Sydney, Australia, and Cork, Ireland, with Apple hoping to expand it globally in the near future.

Source: 9to5Mac