More than 170 charitable organizations will benefit from EDS employee
PLANO, TX, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - During the month of October, thousands of
EDS employees in 24 countries and 36 U.S. states are dedicating their time and
talents to contribute to their communities through the company's annual Global
Volunteer Day program. This year's theme is "Think outside the cube.
Volunteer," which reflects the initiative and energy employees give back to
those in need.
Since its inception in 1993, the EDS Global Volunteer Day program has
benefited 4,500 charitable causes by donating more than 600,000 volunteer
hours in 32 countries.
"Giving back has always been at the heart of what EDS does as a company,"
said Ron Rittenmeyer, EDS president and chief executive officer. "We bring the
same commitment and dedication to our communities that we provide to our
clients around the world."
EDS teams have chosen to support a variety of volunteer project this
year, including serving meals to seniors, repairing schools, cleaning parks
and participating in fundraising walks to eradicate diseases. Among the many
project employees will support, these are just a few examples from around the
In Thailand, more than 250 EDS employees, clients and their families will
help the Department of Water build two dams to improve irrigation in the
Dan-Chang District. Once finished, the reserve will use the rainfall water to
grow trees in an otherwise dry area. In a ceremony to honor His Majesty the
King's 80th birthday, scheduled for the end of this year, a video will be
shown highlighting the work of all the volunteers.
Eighty volunteers in Belgium will contribute to setting up a satellite
infrastructure for Internet communication in Guinea, Africa. This project will
help foster entrepreneurship among local business owners.
In Brazil, EDS volunteers organized a successful fundraising event for
charities benefiting disadvantaged children across the country. The 2,700 EDS
employees, families and friends who attended raised nearly US$12,000.
An EDS team in Michigan will help repair the facilities at New Horizons
Rehabilitation Services, a workshop and training facility serving mentally
challenged adults in Oakland County.
More than 20 projects involving 400 volunteers are being planned in the
Dallas-Fort Worth area, home to EDS' headquarters. Non-profits, including Camp
Summit, Habitat for Humanity and Child Protective Services, will benefit from
the volunteer efforts of EDS employees.
EDS (NYSE: EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at http://www.eds.com.
Barbara W. McCann
972 605 1876
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