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National Council on Workplace Volunteerism Achieves Important Milestone

Submitted by: Points of Light

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteerism

Posted: Mar 28, 2007 – 01:50 PM EST


Employee volunteers donated nine million hours to employee volunteer programs in 2006

Mar. 28 /CSRwire/ - WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 28, 2007 – The National Council on Workplace Volunteerism announced today that its member companies have involved more than 463,000 employee volunteers who have donated nine million hours to employee volunteer programs in 2006.

"We are delighted to report that we have achieved this important milestone," says Diane Melley, the new chair of the Council, which is a program of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Melley is Director for the IBM On Demand Community initiative, IBM’s global strategic effort to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. On Demand Community is utilized by more than 70,000 IBM employees and 10,000 IBM retirees in more than 68 countries. It reflects well over 4.5 million hours of community volunteer efforts by "IBMers."

"American businesses have long been committed to community service," adds Melley, "and they continue to galvanize their resources by partnering with colleagues and competitors alike to strengthen their communities.

Workplace volunteering is defined as a planned, managed effort under the leadership of the employer. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies have volunteer programs, and workplace volunteering has become a critical element of the strategic plans of many businesses.

The National Council on Workplace Volunteerism is dedicated to standardizing best practices in the field of employee volunteerism. The Council works on a national level in partnership with local volunteer organizations to further the field of workplace volunteerism. Its members represent NGOs, Volunteer Centers and Corporations with more than 10 million employees.

Members of the Council include: The American Association of Community Colleges, Deloitte Services, LP, Federated Department Stores, Inc., General Mills Inc., The Home Depot, the IBM Corporation, KPMG LLP, Levi Strauss & Co./Levi Strauss Foundation, The McKesson Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Oracle USA, Readers Digest, The Salt River Project, Time Warner, Inc., United Way Volunteer Engagement, the Verizon Foundation, Wachovia Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life – businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth and older adults – to volunteer.

For more information, please contact:

Fred Whiting Points of Light Foundation
Phone: 202-729-8177


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