KPMG LLP

KPMG LLP

October 02, 2007 10:00 ET

More Than 800 KPMG Employees Donate the Equivalent of Three Years of Work at 78 GTA Charities

Volunteer day part of nation-wide program to donate work time to community

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - From serving breakfasts, to building homes, picking up garbage to planting trees, more than 800 KPMG GTA employees are making a difference in their communities as part of a month-long initiative to donate one day of their work week to local charities. This effort is part of KPMG Volunteers, a national project involving more than 2,600 employees at 34 offices across Canada.

"KPMG Volunteers brings our people together to contribute to the health and well-being of the Greater Toronto Area," said Rob Brouwer, KPMG GTA Office Managing Partner. "It's a great way to support employees' desire to help and in some cases, it gets people started on a life time of volunteering."

According to a 2006 Imagine Canada survey, 49 per cent of Canadian companies encourage volunteer activities during an employee's own time and 22 per cent encourage employee volunteer activities during work hours. As well, 57 per cent of employers provided non-monetary support for their employees who engage in volunteer activities.

KPMG's GTA employees are donating time at close to 80 charities including:

-AboutFace

-ALS Society of Ontario

-Big Brothers / Big Sister of Durham

-Canadian Cancer Society of Mississauga

-Daily Bread Food Bank

-FoodShare

-Habitat for Humanity

-Heart and Stroke Foundation

-Mississauga Valley Park

-Salvation Army

-Scott Mission

-Second Harvest

-The Children's Breakfast Club

-Unicef Canada

From September 17 to October 13, KPMG employees will donate more than 5,400 hours of work time in the GTA, with much of the work focusing on combating hunger. KPMG employees will sort food, fill boxes and serve and deliver meals at organizations such as FoodShare and Second Harvest.

"We are grateful for the extra hands provided by KPMG's employee volunteers," said Debbie Field, Executive Director, FoodShare. "Their involvement sets a positive example to other organizations and demonstrates the value of giving back to our community."

Last year close to 3,000 senior partners, full-time, part-time employees and co-op students participated in the annual KPMG Volunteers. Employees worked with the community to build houses, serve food to the homeless, clean parks and raise money. More than 20,000 hours of paid time was donated to 115 local charities across the country.

KPMG Volunteers was developed to build on the firm's existing Community Care program. KPMG Community Care supports employee volunteer efforts by accommodating their need for volunteer time, providing financial support for volunteering and celebrating employees who have made significant or unique contributions to charitable organizations in their community through the annual CEO Community Excellence Awards.

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