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At many companies, employees who leave aren’t exactly welcomed back with open arms. And certainly there have been some epic splits involving high-profile employees at Microsoft.

But in general, Microsoft is big enough (literally and figuratively) to think of them as “alumni.” There’s a network for former Microsoft employees, and a non-profit foundation, as well.

Now the Redmond company is launching a new push to get those alumni involved in its community volunteer initiatives — putting up some money to persuade former employees to join current Microsofties in the annual United Way of King County Day of Caring next month, on Sept. 16.

Microsoft says it will donate $100 to the Microsoft Alumni Foundation for every former employee who volunteers in a Day of Caring activity in King County. The money (up to $50,000 total) will be donated groups supported by the foundation.

Microsoft has an established program that supplies matching funds when its current employees volunteer, but it’s the first time the company has done this for its former employees. More info on the Microsoft Alumni Foundation site.

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