Submitted by: ChoicePoint
Posted: Jun 06, 2008 – 09:58 AM EST
Jun. 06 /CSRwire/ - ALPHARETTA, Ga., June 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ChoicePoint(R)
(NYSE: CPS) has been honored by Points of Light Institute with the 2008 Excellence in Workplace Volunteer Programs award. ChoicePoint was recognized for the creation of the ADAM (Automated Delivery of Alerts on Missing Children), for providing discounted background screening services to the non-profit sector and for the employee volunteer organization,ChoicePoint Cares, that donated more than 6,000 hours of service to hundreds of community volunteer projects throughout the United States.
"ChoicePoint's core mission is to provide a safer, more secure society through the responsible use of information," said Derek V. Smith, chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint. "We are committed to serving our communities by providing our technologies, information and analytics to nonprofit organizations so that they have the necessary tools to make informed decisions in their effort to fulfill their individual causes," said Smith.
ChoicePoint employees volunteered their time to develop ADAM, which was then donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to increase the chances of safely recovering missing children. ADAM uses fax technology to distribute missing child posters to police, news media, schools, businesses, medical centers and other recipients within a specific geographic search area, such as a state, ZIP code, area code or a combined search area near a city and ZIP code. To date, 100 children have been returned to their families.
ChoicePoint partners with nonprofit organizations who serve vulnerable populations, by offering low-cost volunteer background screening to youth-serving and other nonprofit organizations and is the preferred background screening provider for the National Human Services Assembly, Little League International, Boy Scouts of America, National CASA and thousands of other nonprofits around the country that are diligently protecting the people they serve.
A recent ChoicePoint audit of more than 3.7 million completed background screenings, found more than 189,000 individuals who had at least one criminal conviction attempted to gain employment or volunteer with a nonprofit organization.
ChoicePoint's corporate commitment to volunteerism also continues with ChoicePoint Cares volunteers who receive one day or eight hours per year in paid time off to volunteer with nonprofits of their choice. In 2007, more than 6,000 volunteer hours were donated to projects with Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, YWCA, and many others.
The awards, in their 15th year, honor a business' overall employee volunteer effort, including the actual service projects, program policies and corporate vision that support those volunteer activities. Other winners include The Walt Disney Company, Booz Allen Hamilton and Genworth Financial.
About Points of Light Institute
On August 1, 2007, Points of Light Foundation and Hands on Network merged into a single organization with a shared vision and a shared set of goals. The new organization, now called Points of Light Institute, is implementing a bold new strategy to create unprecedented scale and people-centered community impact through volunteerism and civic involvement. Points of Light Institute supports a portfolio of branded business units that provide a variety of ways for people to act upon their power to make a change.
HandsOn Network is the leading business unit within the Points of Light Institute portfolio and is the largest volunteer and citizen action network in the nation. The Network is comprised of 370 affiliates, called HandsOn Action Centers that serve 83% of the nation and 12 international communities. For more information, visit www.HandsOnNetwork.org.
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