4/25/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) kicked off Worldwide Volunteer Week 2003, as Sun employees across the globe participate in local community volunteer efforts. From April 24 - May 4, teams of Sun volunteers, their families and friends will join local communities to support programs that address homelessness and support services for low-income families, youth education and career development, as well as environmental preservation and cleanup as part of internationally recognized Earth Day activities.
"In these times, it is important for corporate leaders to embrace the values of good citizenship across the world," said Marissa Peterson, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations and Chief Customer Advocate for Sun Microsystems. "At Sun, we believe accountability - to customers, investors, neighbors and environment - is critical. We are honored to take part in such efforts, and I am honored to be a part of a company with thousands of dedicated volunteers."
Worldwide Volunteer Week illustrates Sun's continued commitment to community involvement across the globe. Since the start of Worldwide Volunteer Week nine years ago, Sun volunteers have logged more than 200,000+ volunteer hours. Based on Independent Sector's 2002 dollar valuation of $16.54 per volunteer hour, Sun employees have donated more than $330,000 to support community volunteer efforts.
Coordinated by Sun's Global Community Development Department, employees plan to take part in more than 100 projects during the nine day period. Last year, Sun gifted each employee four hours of paid time to pursue local volunteer efforts during Worldwide Volunteer Week. More than 3000 Sun employees responded by giving 11,000 hours to community activities.
Activities are organized locally by Sun team leaders, and encompass a range of community activities. This year, as in years past, Sun participants will support critical public services and neighborhood efforts including the conservation and cleanup of parks, beaches and other public works, as well as the giving of time to aid senior, children's and homeless services. Among others, Sun employees will be volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs, American Heart Association, The Food Bank and numerous community civic groups and schools. Key regions taking part in Sun's global volunteering effort include:
Additional Worldwide Volunteer Week activities will be conducted by Sun in the following countries:
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