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BOISE, Idaho -- Albertsons, Inc. here said yesterday that its associates have given over 1.8 million volunteer hours in the past year supporting charitable causes across the United States through its companywide volunteer program, CORUS. The total number of volunteer hours, logged between May 1, 2005 and April 30, 2006, surpassed the company's goal of 1.8 million hours.
Last year Albertsons associates exceeded the Albertsons' yearly goal with more than 1.4 million hours, spurring Albertsons chairman, president, and c.e.o. Larry Johnston to set this year's goal at 1.8 million hours.
"Through their unwavering energy and dedication to their communities, our associates continue to raise the bar for excellence in community citizenship," said Johnston in a statement. "Every year their commitment to service gets stronger and stronger, and I am extremely proud of their accomplishments."
Over the past year, CORUS volunteers have supported thousands of local causes within the company's designated charitable focus areas of hunger relief, education and the development of youth, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Albertsons' efforts were enhanced this year by its membership in the Hands On Network, a new, Atlanta-based alliance of corporations and organizations striving to increase volunteerism nationwide. Albertsons is one of 52 Fortune 500 companies and civic leaders collaborating with the network in a campaign to recruit 6.4 million volunteers over the next two years, representing a 10 percent increase in volunteerism nationally and increasing corporate employee efforts by 10 percent. Many of the projects that Albertsons volunteers worked on this year were connected to the Hands On Network.
Albertsons' divisions and subsidiaries operate approximately 2,500 stores in 37 states across the United States and employ approximately 240,000 associates. The company's banners include Albertsons, Acme, Shaw's, Jewel-Osco, Sav-on Drugs, Osco Drug, and Star Market, as well as Super Saver and Bristol Farms, which are operated independently.