Community Involvement Activities
Rise Against Hunger
Since 2018 (ongoing)
Over 400 SIE volunteers (and recently their children on Take Our Children to Work Day) have assisted in completing this hands-on international hunger relief program and have become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry. To date, SIE has assembled and packaged just over 100,000 highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. Since the inception of the meal packaging program in December 2005, these packaged meals have been used primarily to support school feeding programs in developing countries.
Habitat for Humanity Playhouse Builds
Since May 2017 (ongoing)
SIE colleagues work in teams of 10-12 to provide a child a playful retreat to call their own while supporting affordable housing in the Silicon Valley, San Diego, and Los Angeles areas.
During the playhouse build days, teams assemble and decorate children’s playhouses. After they are carefully painted (free hand) and constructed, playhouses are donated to local families, veteran and active duty military personnel families, and local non-profits.
Each playhouse serves a greater purpose – a place to call home for children in need.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Since 2016 (ongoing)
During the Fall season, employees at SIE participate in an employee engagement Game Day marathon to benefit Children’s Hospitals. Be it a board game, card game, online play or PlayStation® game it’s time to Play Games. Heal Kids.
Individuals and teams reach out to co-workers, friends and family to support them in raising money and playing games. Funds raised help the hospitals provide treatment, comfort and hope to millions of sick children and their families.
SIE hosts children receiving treatment at local campuses so they too can be part of the action!
SIE supports many Natural Disasters
When a natural disaster strikes, SIE partners with local and international organizations to provide relief to those affected. Most recently in 2018, SIE employees donated to help several relief organizations throughout California to help wildfire victims across the state and gave to those areas affected during the East Coast Hurricane’s. The funds raised were matched by the company through the PlayStation® Cares employee matching program.
Supporting our Troops
Since 2016 (ongoing)
SIE employees have participated in several operation gratitude service projects over the years.
Through Collection drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, and Care Package Assembly events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on volunteerism and donations.
In the last two years, SIE employees have donated over 670 pounds of sweets during the Halloween Candy Give-Back program.
GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation)
Since 2014 (ongoing)
SIE participates in the annual GLAAD Gala benefit dinner and auction in San Francisco. GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance and tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
SIE donates PlayStation® items to the auction. Employees join the event as guests, while others volunteer to support the gala activities.
Entertainment Software Association
Since 2009 (ongoing)
SIE participates in the annual Nite To Unite benefit dinner and auction in San Francisco once a year. This event is hosted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and supported by members of the association and the interactive entertainment industry to raise funds for the ESA Foundation. It is an unprecedented effort by the interactive entertainment community to come together to celebrate the industry's continuing growth and success, while helping to make a difference in the lives of students. Since 2009, SIE donates electronic auction items, Executives attend SIE volunteers help the event run smoothly.
Since 2008 (ongoing)
SIE partners with a variety of charitable organizations to spread joy to children and families in need during the holiday season. Be it a donation of goods, money or an opportunity to volunteer, SIE employees and contingent workers make the season bright for those less fortunate. Benefiting organizations have included: ‘Toys for Tots’, ‘Family Giving Tree’, ‘SPCA’, ‘Turning Wheels for Kids’, Homeless Shelters, Street Youth, Senior Homes, and Veteran Homes, etc.
Since 2007 (ongoing)
SIE has long been a supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Wishes have been granted to children diagnosed with a critical illness by visiting SIE studio’s and PlayStation® headquarters.
Fundraising efforts done throughout the year with many employee engagement activities, fundraising efforts and corporate donations have been a game-changer in our continued efforts to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Protecting our Oceans and Shores
Weeds have been pulled, plants have been planted and pounds and pounds of litter and debris have been removed by hundreds of SIE employees to protect our oceans and shores. While enjoying iconic
views along the California coastline and bays, volunteers are improving our natural spaces for generations to enjoy.
Wounded Warrior Project
Employees from the San Diego SIE offices have participated in several volunteer programs supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Be it manning a water station or cheering on the runners and bikers approaching the finish line, PlayStation® Cares volunteers bring exhilarating energy to wounded service members and veterans to overcome physical, mental or emotional wounds.
International Medical Corps
Each year, as a One Sony initiative, employees from SIE, Sony North America (SNA), Sony Corporation of America (SCA), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) partner with the International Medical Corps to assemble wound kits. These wound kits make a difference in the aftermath of a disaster, a crisis and for refugees fleeing their countries. Each kit has essential first aid items that can help provide medical aid and support to refugees.