Synopsys’ Global Volunteer Week Activity

As part of our new Global Volunteer Week initiative, Synopsys is partnering with City Year to refurbish Horace Cureton Elementary School in San Jose. Synopsys is proud to focus on enriching the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. To that end, we will be holding a day-long volunteer activity at Horace Cureton and we’d like to invite you to join us.

Date: Saturday, May 11th
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Horace Cureton Elementary School
3720 East Hills Drive
San Jose, CA 95127 

It’s our goal to recruit 400 volunteers to work side-by-side to refurbish Horace Cureton. It will be truly inspirational to see the school transformed in just one day!



  • Painting (general and mural) – paint walls, trim, benches or pre-sketched designs
  • Landscaping – mostly mulching, bordering and filling beds using tools like shovels, hoes, etc.
  • Basic Construction – no carpentry experience required but comfortable using a hammer
  • Advanced Construction – some previous carpentry experience including use of small power tools recommended
  • Child Activity Lead - join City Year members in leading a group of children in an activity
  • Floater – no project preference; can be placed anywhere needed 

No special experience is required to participate. You will be placed in small teams with a City Year leader who will instruct and guide your team. City Year will prep all work areas in advance so you can jump right in and get started on your project. All materials and tools will also be provided.


Children's Projects

Children 3 years and older are welcome to participate in this activity. Children 3-6 and 7-12 will be placed on special teams led by City Year members with expertise in working with kids. In the morning they will work together on engaging and age-appropriate activities such as painting paver stones or murals. In the afternoon children will have the option to play games or enjoy supervised free play. Youth 13 and up will volunteer alongside their parent(s) on an adult team. 

May 11th Schedule

  • 9:00-9:30 a.m. – Volunteers arrive at Cureton (breakfast provided)
  • 9:35 a.m. – Welcome messages (City Year, Synopsys, School Principal)
  • 10:00 a.m. – Deploy to teams and begin service
  • 11:45 a.m. – Children’s lunch (will be provided)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Adult Lunch (will be provided)
  • 12:45 p.m. – Return to service
  • 3:00 p.m. – Clean-up
  • 3:45 p.m. – Closing, thank you and ice cream! (City Year, Synopsys, School Principal)
  • 4:00 p.m. – Activity concludes


Synopsys Shares T-shirt

The volunteer activity is designed as a full-day; transformative experience and we really hope most people will join us for the entire length of the activity. 

All volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch and a “Global Volunteer Week” t-shirt.


We ask that you please register yourself and any guests in advance:

  • If you are a City Year alumnus or Cureton community member (parent, teacher, etc.) please email Deborah Woo at
  • If you are a family/friend of a Synopsys employee please contact that employee and ask them to register you online.
  • If you are part of an agency or vendor of Synopsys’ please email Elesa Cooperson at


We recommend carpooling or being dropped off at Cureton, as parking is limited. You may park at Horace Cureton or at Joseph George Middle School which is directly across the street. Once parking spots in those locations are filled volunteers will be relegated to street parking.

Synopsys Chairman and co-CEO Aart de Geus received the 2012 Service Leadership Award at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley’s annual gala, Starry Starry Night, on May 2, 2012.

Synopsys Chairman and co-CEO Aart de Geus received the 2012 Service Leadership Award at City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley’s annual gala, Starry Starry Night, on May 2, 2012. 

We hope you’ll join Synopsys employees, their family and friends, City Year corp members past and present and members of the Horace Cureton community for this exciting volunteer opportunity!