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Firm joins Global Peace to promote volunteerism

First Posted 07:54:00 02/03/2010

IBM has partnered with the Global Peace Service Alliance (GPSA) to promote peace around the world through service volunteerism.

IBM Corp.?s set of activities and offerings to GPSA through a three-year multi-country relationship was presented by IBM Philippines? Country general manager James Velasquez during the recent Global Peace Convention at the Manila Hotel.

The convention brought together local and foreign peace advocates from 28 countries which included cutting edge service and interfaith leaders, social entrepreneurs, government and private sector.

Highlights of the convention included the IBM pledge of support to the Global Peace Service Alliance and Mindanao Peace Initiative.

IBM?s partnership with GPSA aims to leverage GPSA?s global service foundation and two signature IBM initiatives focused on service and volunteerism, namely: On Demand Community and Corporate Service Corps.

On Demand Community seeks to facilitate and encourage employee involvement in the communities where IBMers live and work.

Corporate Service Corps (CSC) sends teams of top employees from around the world for one month to key emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America) to assist small businesses, nonprofits and academe on projects that help create economic growth.

The IBM and GPSA will work together in identifying countries where both GPSA and CSC are planned to be or are currently active; leveraging On Demand Community solutions and IBM corporate citizenship programs focused on five thematic areas of STEM careers, teacher professional development, disaster response, childhood literacy and environment; identifying opportunities to support the Service For Peace DreamCatcher Library Project for the poor communities; identifying IT and business consulting opportunities for CSC fellows in connection with the Global Peace Conventions, Global Peace Festivals and GPSA in-country work.

The DreamCatcher Library program engages the students in volunteerism works, organizes trainings for the communities, creates a student service club and equips the library with educational materials and computers.

GPSA is a cross-sector initiative that promotes peace and reduction of global poverty and disease through building a global culture of service.


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