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BOISE, Idaho -- Albertsons Inc. said yesterday that its associates have contributed more than 1.4 million volunteer hours in the past year supporting charitable causes across the country through the grocer's companywide volunteer program, CORUS. The total number of volunteer hours, logged between May 1, 2004 and April 30, 2005, exceeded Albertsons' goal of 1.2 million hours.
Introduced by the company in spring 2003, CORUS stands for the heart (COR) of the volunteer efforts of Albertsons associates (US). The program was created to mobilize associate volunteer efforts in local communities, while offering new opportunities for organized associate volunteer activities. CORUS is made up of 165 local chapters representing all of Albertsons' banners across the United States.
The volunteer hours goal was set by Albertsons chairman, president, and c.e.o. Larry
Johnston, who last spring challenged the company's team of 240,000 associates to surpass the old CORUS record of 800,000 volunteer hours, which was set in the program's first year.
Noted Johnston in a statement: "Through their unwavering energy and dedication to their communities, our associates continue to raise the bar for excellence in community citizenship. I am extremely proud of their accomplishments. This achievement not only highlights the amazing generosity and commitment of our associates, but it [also] reinforces Albertsons' rich heritage of community and customer service, and strengthens our company’s ties to local neighborhoods."
Over the past year, CORUS volunteers have contributed their time to support thousands of local causes l within Albertsons' designated charitable focus areas of hunger relief, education and youth development, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Over 350,000 hours were dedicated to health and nutrition organizations such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and more than 200,000 hours were donated to youth and educational organizations such as Big Brother Big Sister and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Several thousand hours were also given to hunger relief organizations, includingAmerica's Second Harvest food banks nationwide.
Albertsons' divisions and subsidiaries operate over 2,500 stores in 37 states across the United States and employ over 240,000 associates.