IT firm's employees honored for volunteer efforts

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On March 6, EDS Corporation, with nearly 1000 employees in the Pikes Peak region and more than 21,500 nationwide, was awarded the prestigious Points of Light Foundation Award of Excellence.
The award honors companies that have made a serious commitment to the community and have made employee volunteer efforts a central part of their operations, enjoying strong support from the highest level of management. In recognizing the firm, Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network said, “EDS is a shining example of how the corporate industry is helping to strengthen the American tradition of neighbor-helping-neighbor.” He also praised the company for developing such an extensive workplace-based volunteer program.
In response, EDS chairman and CEO, Dick Brown, credits his company’s men and women who selflessly volunteer their time. “We believe that by encouraging employees to use their unique talents and skills, and by providing community programs that are global, focused and flexible, we can make positive and lasting changes in communities throughout the world.”
Paula Pearl, spokesperson for the Colorado Springs EDS operations, said that the company spearheaded two major projects in 2001. “Three hundred of our employees and managers dedicated an entire day last October to help remodel and refurbish the Tutt Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak region, which had been closed for several months. You should have seen what we were able to accomplish. We painted, repaired, fixed, mended, refurbished and gave an overall good scrubbing to the facility inside and out. Meanwhile, other EDS employees lent their expertise to help network the two computer labs located at the unit. We donated over $5,000 in new appliances for use in the kitchen and laundry facilities as well.”
Quoting one of the Boys and Girls Club staffers, “…the kids were absolutely blown away.” Approximately 150 youngsters use the Tutt facility on a daily basis. “For us,” said Pearl, “it was incredible to actually be able to see the results of so many people working together to accomplish a goal.”
She also pointed out the many non-profits that EDS employees are involved with – from the Soup Kitchen to the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity, EDS management encourages employees to participate, both on and off the clock. “Each year we also award four technology grants for $1500 each to teachers of students ages 6 through 18 for the purchase of information technology products and services.” Since the program’s inception in 1997, the company has awarded more than $1 million in technology grants. Nationally, EDS also supported the American Red Cross and others involved in manning call centers and raising money for the Sept. 11 relief fund.
Though maintaining a low-key presence in Colorado Springs as the provider of IT services to a large private telecommunications client, EDS is known as a leading global services company, providing strategy, implementation and hosting for clients who manage the business and technology complexities of the digital economy. EDS and its management consulting subsidiary, A.T. Kearney, serves companies and governments in 58 countries around the world.