*NEWS*XEROX EMPLOYEES GET PAID LEAVES

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*NEWS*XEROX EMPLOYEES GET PAID LEAVES

 user 2006-01-25 at 10:35:00 am Views: 107
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    8 Xerox Employees Receive Paid Leaves to Focus on Full-Time Community Service
     Eight
    Xerox Corporation  employees will take 3- to 12-month fully paid
    sabbaticals in 2006 to help nonprofit organizations in their
    communities. For example, manager Katelyn Dyer will use her sales and
    marketing skills at Junior Achievement of Rochester, which teaches
    students the economics of life through hands-on projects, to increase
    funding for the organization and create a marketing plan. She’ll also
    present practical lessons to students such as these third-graders at
    Rochester’s School 14. Since Xerox Social Service Leave began in 1971,
    469 employees have been granted sabbaticals. (Photo credit: Burr Lewis
    STAMFORD,
    Conn.–Jan. , 2006–Aiming to make a measurable impact on the places
    they work and live, eight Xerox Corporation  employees are taking
    sabbaticals to tackle full-time community service projects throughout
    2006 – while their full pay continues from Xerox.For up to a year, the
    employees will apply their technical, business and personal skills to
    address a range of social issues, such as advocating for abused
    children, supporting military families, improving emergency response
    systems, and more.
    The leaves of absence are part of The Xerox
    Foundation’s long-standing Social Service Leave initiative, which has
    granted sabbaticals of up to one year to 469 employees since the
    program began in 1971. One of few corporate sabbatical programs that
    provide paid opportunities for employees to volunteer full-time, Social
    Service Leave is believed to be the oldest of its kind in American
    business.
    “Xerox people have a long tradition of investing their own
    time and talent to make communities better,” said Anne M. Mulcahy,
    Xerox chairman and CEO. “Offering this unique Social Service Leave is
    the strongest way for Xerox to further encourage and reward that kind
    of generosity. It’s a part of our unwavering belief in demonstrating
    corporate responsibility to our stakeholders and throughout our
    operations.”Xerox estimates that through the collective efforts of
    Social Service Leave participants, it has donated about a half-million
    volunteer hours over the past 34 years.Under the leave, the eight Xerox
    people will work for nonprofit agencies in seven states to accomplish
    projects of the employees’ design and choosing. The 2006 Xerox Social
    Service Leave participants are:
    – Harry C. Burch, engineering
    specialist, Rochester, N.Y.: 6 months with the Rochester Fire
    Department to help implement an interactive information system that
    will link local emergency services into a central repository.

    Katelyn Dyer, business development manager, Rochester, N.Y.: 6 months
    with Junior Achievement of Rochester to oversee fundraising efforts and
    to develop a marketing plan.
    – Ken McClellan, production systems
    analyst, Bensalem, Pa.: 3 months with the Interfaith Housing
    Development Corp., a Bristol-based nonprofit developer of affordable
    housing for low-income families, to restructure databases of critical
    information and provide IT support.
    – Susan E. Mead, global
    purchasing manager, Portland, Ore.: 3 months with the Girl Scouts
    Columbia River Council to help recruit and teach students at a camp
    that introduces young girls to opportunities in engineering, design and
    technology.
    – Kathleen L. Norman, solutions consultant, Wilmington,
    Ohio: 12 months with the National Military Family Association in
    Alexandria, Va., to conduct grant-writing, fundraising and marketing in
    support of projects like camps for children of deployed service members
    and education aid for military spouses.
    – Judy E. Sarmiento,
    account associate, Oakland, Calif.: 12 months with California Indian
    Legal Services, which provides legal representation and other services
    to low-income people, to provide training, technical assistance,
    outreach materials, fundraising and more.
    – Charlene Saulter, field
    service manager, Stone Mountain, Ga.: 6 months to serve as an advocacy
    coordinator and volunteer supervisor for Court Appointed Special
    Advocates in Decatur, Ga., a group that supports abused and neglected
    children under the protection of the juvenile court.|
    – Susan V.
    Schmidberger, national sales support associate, Glen Rock, N.J.: 6
    months with the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard
    of Hearing to help develop a “parent-to-parent” network with the New
    Jersey and New York chapters and a national parent support database.
    Social
    Service Leave was conceived by former Xerox president Archie McCardell
    in 1970. He and another Xerox executive were on a flight from
    California, where they had made a donation to a university on behalf of
    Xerox. A conversation about how “easy” it was to give money turned into
    a discussion about what kind of philanthropic gesture would represent a
    genuine sacrifice for Xerox. They concluded that the company’s most
    valuable asset was its employees, and that offering employees’ time
    would demonstrate a true philanthropic commitment by the company>
    Then-CEO
    C. Peter McColough said in a letter to employees announcing the program
    in 1971: “Each year we contribute several million dollars to worthwhile
    institutions and projects. Yet we don’t think that’s enough … so we
    decided to offer what we can least afford to give – the full-time
    service of Xerox people.”
    Social Service Leave represents just one
    of the ways that employees volunteer in their communities with Xerox
    support, and it was among the programs that helped Xerox earn the 2005
    U.S. Community Service Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center
    for Corporate Citizenship. Philanthropy is a fundamental component of
    Xerox’s corporate citizenship efforts, which include environment and
    health programs, diversity and employee support, ethics initiatives and
    more.