Cisco and the Red Cross Launch Global Volunteer Initiative
Coinciding with National Volunteer Week 2010, the American Red Cross and Cisco recently announced the creation of one of the largest corporate employee volunteer programs in the history of the Red Cross. To help prepare their communities for, and respond to, natural and other disasters when and where they strike, Cisco employees around the world will participate in emergency response training provided by the Red Cross. Volunteers will learn about applying essential principles to disaster response; providing mass care related to first aid, shelter, food and supply distribution; and about identifying volunteer opportunities.
In recognition of Cisco’s 25th anniversary, Chairman and CEO John Chambers called on Cisco employees to perform 200,000 collective hours of community service by year’s end. Also, during a recent employee volunteer fair at Cisco’s Silicon Valley campus, California State Secretary of Service and Volunteering, Karen Baker, remarked on Cisco’s 360 degree approach to volunteering or “doing volunteering on steroids.”
Employees from Cisco’s Research Triangle Park, NC campus participate in training with the Triangle Area Red Cross chapter.