Submitted by: Points of Light
Posted: Feb 06, 2007 – 07:00 AM EST
ATLANTA, GA- February 6,2007 -- Hands On Network has announced that Michael Eskew, Chairman and CEO of UPS, will succeed Bob Nardelli, former chairman, president and CEO of The Home Depot, as the next chairman of the Hands On Network Corporate Service Council, an alliance of more than 65 CEOs from leading corporations and civic organizations who are changing the face of corporate volunteerism in America. Nardelli has served as chairman of the Corporate Service Council since its launch in early 2005.
“UPS has long been a leader and change agent in support of effective engagement of volunteers, and we are thrilled to elevate our already established relationship with UPS by engaging Mike Eskew to lead the Council through its next phase of growth and impact,” said Michelle Nunn, co-founder and CEO of Hands On Network. “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Bob Nardelli for his tremendous leadership of the Council and his ongoing support of Hands On Network. Bob has been a truly amazing personal champion of service and an incredible advisor to us, setting a high bar in terms of his commitment and willingness to contribute his own “sweat equity.”
Eskew will assume the Council chairmanship in February. UPS was a founding member of Business Strengthening America, the predecessor of the Hands On Network Corporate Serivce Council. Through Evern Cooper, president of The UPS Foundation and vice president of Corporate Relations, UPS is currently active on the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, of which Nunn is also a member. Under Eskew’s leadership, the UPS Foundation set an unprecedented example of collaboration and partnership through the establishment of the Impact Fund, inviting other corporate partners to collectively invest in the sector through shared grant making. UPS has been honored nationally for its own corporate volunteer program and its investment in technology and marketing infrastructure to foster volunteerism in the public and non-profit sectors. The company was listed #1 for social responsibility on Fortune’s Most Admired List and #4 on Harris Interactives list of Corporate Reputation Leaders.
Nardelli and Nunn co-founded the Hands On Network Corporate Service Council in February 2005. Through Nardelli’s leadership, the Council has grown from 29 to over 65 members with overall goals to engage 100,000 Volunteer Leaders, raise the level of volunteerism across the country by 10%, and deliver impact in three areas – Children and Education, Health and Wellness, and the Environment – by 2008. Since the Council’s launch in 2005, Hands On Network and the Council companies have completed 10,450 Children and Education projects; 4,082 Health and Wellness projects, and 1,952 Environment projects.
In addition, over the past two years The Home Depot has grown their anniversary week celebration into an annual Corporate Month of Service. In 2005 and 2006, this initiative mobilized 137,651 volunteers in approximately 3,000 communities, resulting in a total of 1,192,604 service hours contributed. Recently, Hands On Network was honored by Fast Company/Monitor Group as a winner of the 2007 Social Capitalist Award, largely due to the organization’s innovative and impactful partnership with The Home Depot.
UPS, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
About Hands On Network
Hands On Network leads an international movement of people who roll up their sleeves, get hands on, and solve community problems everyday. We put people at the center…repairing homes, ensuring green spaces and partnering with students and faculty to transform schools. Across the country and the world, our 66 Hands On Action Centers partner with more than 12,000 nonprofits and schools, activating more than a half million volunteers who complete approximately 50,000 service projects each year. By 2008, Hands On Network intends to galvanize and inspire millions of Americans to volunteer and to recruit and activate 100,000 Volunteer Leaders who can lead others in meaningful change. For more information, visit www.HandsOnNetwork.org.
About the Hands On Network Corporate Service Council Compact of 100
With a goal of harnessing the power of companies coming together, the Hands On Network Corporate Service Council Compact of 100 is focused around creating tangible change in communities via hands-on service. The Council was founded in 2005 by Bob Nardelli, chairman, president and CEO of The Home Depot and Michelle Nunn, co-founder and CEO of Hands On Network. The Council includes CEOs and civic leaders from 3M Company, AARP, Accenture, Action Without Borders-Idealist.org, America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, America's Second Harvest, AmeriCorps Alums, Anheuser-Busch Companies, BellSouth Corporation, The Case Foundation, Cbeyond Communications, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., ChoicePoint Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Civic Enterprises, Civic Ventures/Experience Corps, City Year, The Coca-Cola Company, Countrywide Financial Corporation, Dell, Inc., Delta Air Lines, Discovery Communications, Inc., Earth Day Network, Fannie Mae, FedEx Corporation, General Electric Company, Stephen Goldsmith, The Hitachi Foundation, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Home Depot, Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies, Jones Apparel Group, Inc., KaBOOM!, Kaiser Permanente, Kaneva, Inc., The Limited, Manning, Selvage & Lee, Masco Corporation, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, National Basketball Association, Novelis Inc., Senator Sam and Colleen Nunn, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Oglethorpe University, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Qwest Communications International, Inc., Retail Industry Leaders Association, SAP Americas, Share Our Strength, Sprint Nextel Corporation , Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., SWI Consulting, The Timberland Company, Turner Broadcasting, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, UnitedHealth Group, UPS, VolunteerMatch, Washington Mutual, WellPoint, Inc., Young & Rubicam Brands, Youth Service America, and Yum! Brands, Inc.