Safeway Employees Surpass Goal of One Million Volunteer Hours in 2012
PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013
PLEASANTON, Calif., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY)
today announced that its employees gave more than 1 million hours of volunteer
service to their neighborhoods and communities in 2012 – surpassing the
company's goal for the second consecutive year and reinforcing a long-standing
culture of volunteerism.
"We are proud of and thankful for our employees who chose to make a difference
in their community in 2012," said Larree Renda, Safeway Executive Vice
President and Chair of The Safeway Foundation. "The response and gratitude we
have received from charities and other organizations that benefit from our
employees' volunteer efforts show we are making a visible and tangible impact
in communities we serve."
2012 marks the second year Safeway's 175,000 employees contributed more than 1
million hours of volunteer service. While volunteerism had long been part of
Safeway's culture, the company undertook a formal initiative in 2010 to build
on efforts already underway and assist employees who wanted to find activities
and organizations that best suit their interests and talents.
Through its volunteer initiative, Safeway set out to encourage additional
volunteer efforts and recognize employees who give a significant amount of
time to various causes. Through a partnership with Volunteer Match, an
organization that provides businesses with Web-based solutions to facilitate
and track volunteer engagement at local and national levels, Safeway employees
can find volunteer opportunities in their communities that meet their specific
interests, talents and availability.
Examples of volunteer activities performed by Safeway employees include
participating in charity half-marathons/walkathons, coaching little league
sports teams, leading park and marine cleanup days, preparing hot meals at
food pantries, helping the needy obtain social services and remodeling homes
for people with disabilities.
About Safeway www.Safeway.com
Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug
retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates 1,644 stores
in the United States and western Canada and had annual sales of $43.6 billion
in 2011. The company's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol SWY. www.Safeway.com
CONTACT: Teena Massingill, 925-467-3810, Teena.Massingill@Safeway.com
SOURCE Safeway Inc.
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