America’s Community Health Centers and IBM Partner to Celebrate Community Service
Bethesda, MD – June 17, 2011: The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today announced that it will partner with IBM as part of the company’s “Celebration of Service” program through which IBM employees, retirees and business partners donate their time and expertise during the company’s Centennial year. “IBMers” around the world are volunteering in their local communities, helping with civic challenges and societal needs.
The nation’s Community Health Centers provide primary and preventive care to over 20 million people in more than 8,000 communities throughout all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories. NACHC, along with seven of these health centers, will participate in service projects with IBM in: San Francisco, CA; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Rochester, MN; New York and Peekskill, NY; and Raleigh, NC.
IBM recently received a Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence award from the Points of Light Institute in recognition of its volunteer work in many communities. By partnering with IBM, NACHC hopes to increase volunteer opportunities for IBMers nationwide.
NACHC has had long-term success in assisting health centers utilize volunteers in meaningful service roles through its Community HealthCorps program (the largest health care-based AmeriCorps service program in the country). “Worldwide, IBM is a leader in skill-based volunteering and its commitment to service goes hand-in-hand with the role our health centers play in delivering high quality health care to millions of people each year,” says Jason Patnosh, NACHC Associate Vice President and National Director of the Community HealthCorps. “IBM’s Celebration of Service can serve as a great kick-off to a long-term partnership with NACHC and health centers that will benefit thousands of communities in the United States who are seeking smart solutions to address health care challenges.”
In recognition of 100 years in business, the 2011 IBM Celebration of Service spans more than 170 countries where IBMers live and conduct business.
About Community HealthCorps: For more information about the Community HealthCorps, visit: www.communityhealthcorps.org
About IBM: For more information about the IBM Centennial, visit: www.ibm100.com.
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