DUBLIN, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — During Cardinal Health's two-week campaign to encourage employees to give back to their communities, employees donated more than $2 million to local non-profit organizations, and more than 1,600 employees at 71 sites worldwide donated more than 2,800 hours of service through hundreds of volunteer service projects.
During the company's "Essential to Community Days" held Sept. 14-25, Cardinal Health employees in the United States, Thailand, Mexico and the Dominican Republic undertook a wide range of volunteer projects ranging from serving meals to the homeless and conducting food, book and clothing drives to building community playgrounds and volunteering at animal shelters. Thousands more employees supported Cardinal Health's annual giving campaign by making financial contributions to their favorite local non-profit organizations.
The company also raised more than $2 million for local non-profit organizations through its 2009 annual giving campaign, with employees directly contributing more than $1.3 million and Cardinal Health donating nearly $740,000 by matching employee donations to health care- and education-related causes at 100 percent and to all other eligible 501(c)3 organizations at 50 percent.
During Essential to Community Days, Cardinal Health employees engaged in hundreds of volunteer service projects worldwide. Key examples include:
The Cardinal Health Foundation has long encouraged community involvement among its employees by providing company matches to employee donations to non-profit organizations; and by offering grants to non-profit organizations in recognition of employee leadership, volunteer and fundraising efforts.
"Across the United States and in key cities throughout the world, Cardinal Health employees volunteer their time, talent and treasure to local non-profit organizations that share our commitment to improving the communities where we live and work," said Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health and chairperson of the Cardinal Health Foundation. "We're extremely proud of our employees' efforts during Essential to Community Days and all year long; and we're grateful to all of the non-profit organizations who've partnered with us to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for our employees."
About the Cardinal Health Foundation
With the support of Cardinal Health's (NYSE: CAH) 30,000 employees worldwide, the Cardinal Health Foundation supports local, national and international programs that improve health care quality and build healthy communities. The Cardinal Health Foundation also offers grants to encourage employee service to the community and works through international agencies to donate much-needed medical supplies and funding to those who need them in times of disaster. To learn more, visit CardinalHealth.com/community.
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