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Jun. 17

IBM Celebrates Service for their 100th Birthday

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At our National Conference on Volunteering and Service this year IBM was awarded our 2011 Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence for building strong and effective volunteer programs that build healthy communities and provide a better quality of life for residents.

IBM has further created a global Celebration of Service to celebrate the centenary of IBM’s founding in 1911. As part of IBM’s Celebration of Service 300,000 employees, close to three quarters of IBM’s global workforce, are volunteering in more than 5,000 projects in 120 countries, meeting civic challenges and societal challenges serving millions in need.

This global event designed to allow employees, retirees, clients and business partners, to donate their time and expertise will begin today, June 16th,  in New Zealand, before spreading throughout the world.  New Zealand employees will work with Age Concern to assist senior citizens to use their mobile phone technology helping them prepare their mobile devices for an emergency such as natural disasters, earthquakes or personal health issues.
“To commemorate our 100 years as a corporation, IBM is setting a record for community service by sharing the best skills of our employees, making a real impact in the communities where we work and live,” said Stanley S. Litow, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM. “While this represents a historic and record setting amount of service, what is most important is not the large number of employees volunteering, nor the millions of hours of service they are providing, it is the high quality of the work that is being done. The impact will go far beyond the one day. We are building on our strong heritage of skills based service – a commitment that is in IBM’s DNA.”

As part of its Centennial celebration, IBM will deliver hundreds of new service grants, valued at more than $12 million, which support employees’ volunteer activities to build a smarter planet. The service grants include cash and equipment awards that support employees’ volunteer activities. The new technology and cash grants expand IBM’s commitment to communities by 140 percent over the last year.

“By bringing together its employees, retirees, partners and community members, IBM is undertaking the largest service challenge, of its kind, we have seen to date,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light Institute. “They are creating not only an impact on communities, but they are applying the unique and powerful IBM assets to catalyze a movement around service. We commend them for celebrating 100 years of corporate civic leadership in such a remarkable way.”

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