Monday, September 17, 2007

Hands On Network's Corporate Month of Service

Corporate Month of Service 2007

An initiative of the Corporate Service Council, Corporate Month of Service is an action oriented approach to corporate citizenship that leverages the corporate workforce to bring about positive change in communities across the country and around the world. Click Here to see photos from the Corporate Month of Service Los Angeles WaMu project managed by L.A. Works.

The Corporate Service Council

The Corporate Service Council is leading the efforts of Corporate Month of Service by issuing a "Corporate Challenge" to businesses everywhere, urging them to join this action oriented approach to community engagement.

UPS Chairman and CEO, Mike Eskew, chairs the Corporate Service Council, a unique alliance of 65 Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit partners, dedicated to increasing volunteerism and celebrating the impact of Corporate Service Council member's year-round efforts.

The Corporate Challenge is being issued to urge businesses of all sizes to sign up, encouraging responsible citizenship and increasing the impact of corporate contributions.

Guided by the goals of the Hands On Campaign, the Corporate Service Council is seeking to increase volunteerism by equipping 100,000 new Volunteer Leaders leading to a 10% increase in volunteerism

This year, Corporate Service Council members will expand their efforts like never before, taking Corporate Month of Service global through activities like the UPS Global Day of Service.

Third Annual of Corporate Month of Service

Corporate Month of Service was established in partnership with The Home Depot, in 2005 as a way to leverage the power of corporate America in order to bring about positive change in communities across the country.

In 2004, Hands On Network partnered with The Home Depot to commemorate their 25th anniversary, planning and executing more than 1,600 community service projects over an entire week. Building on this tremendous success, the campaign was expanded to a month-long event in 2005.

Last year, 60,000 volunteers participated in Corporate Month of Service, taking part in more than 1,000 community service projects in communities across the country. It is estimated that this contribution amounted to approximately $6.4 million.

This year, national sponsors include WaMu, The Home Depot, Philip Morris, UBS, UPS, Philip Morris, 3M, UnitedHealth Group, and VSP.

Community Impact - "Be the Change. Build Community"

From Miami to New York and Chicago to Los Angeles, Corporate Month of Service will unleash the power of corporate volunteers by combining sweat equity with financial resources to impact communities.

Teams of volunteers from companies large and small will collaborate to revitalize schools, refurbish community centers, restore parks, and reenergize communities

The responsible citizenship demonstrated by all of our partners multiplies the power of community and corporate investment, and subsequently, will bring about real change nationwide.

Corporate Month of Service 2007 aims to engage more than 40,000, 100 companies, impacting the lives of more than 3 million people. We believe that corporate collaboration multiplies community investments and leverages corporate influence to raise visibility about community issues and create solutions.

Points of Light & Hands On Network

Points of Light & Hands On Network leads an international movement of people who roll up their sleeves, get hands on, and solve community problems everyday. Through their Volunteer Center National Network and Hands On Action Centers, the organization supports a network of 370 organizations covering 88% of the US market and eight countries.

Points of Light & Hands On Network encourages people from all walks of life - businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults - to volunteer and be the change in their communities.

Points of Light & Hands On Network is uniquely positioned to lead this effort on behalf of the Corporate Service council, with 73 affiliate organizations and almost 20 years volunteer project management experience.

In 2006, Hands On Network received the coveted "A" rating from Fast Company and the distinguished Fast Company Social Capitalist Award hailing Hands On Network's distinction in partnering with corporations for greater community impact.

In July 2007, Points of Light & Hands On Network announced mutual board agreement to merge into a single organization. Creating the world's largest global volunteer network, the new organization will encompass 370 affiliates serving 83% of the American public.

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