SOURCE: Rebuilding Together

August 05, 2008 18:02 ET

Rebuilding Together Seattle and The Pepsi Bottling Group Work to Repair Zion Preparatory Academy

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - August 5, 2008) - Rebuilding Together Seattle and The Pepsi Bottling Group worked to repair and improve Zion Preparatory Academy this past weekend. Work included landscaping, clearing debris from the surrounding property, painting, and improving the basketball and four-square courts. Nearly 35 PBG volunteers were onsite.

"At PBG, our employees set the community outreach agenda. They identify local organizations that mean something to them and to their families," said Rick Almquist, Vice President and General Manager of PBG's Northwest Market Unit.

Almquist continued, "In Seattle, we wanted to support the Zion Prep Academy so we could further enhance the terrific learning environment the school offers in developing the city's young people. By partnering with Rebuilding Together, we were able to create a special project that was meaningful for Zion Prep and took advantage of PBG's specific skills and resources. It has been a great experience for all of us at PBG."

Through volunteerism, financial support, product donations and civic engagement, The PBG Foundation strives to leverage the unquenchable spirit of the company's 70,000 employees to improve the lives of families and neighborhoods in need. Since 2002, PBG employees have collectively spent over 40,000 hours volunteering to support a wide range of charitable causes. The company allocates more than $18 million to financial and product donations every year.

Zion Prep Academy is one of five projects that The Pepsi Bottling Group and Rebuilding Together will complete. Other locations include Detroit, MI; Newark, NJ; San Antonio, TX; and Tampa, FL.

The mission of Zion Preparatory Academy is to ensure academic excellence in a loving, supportive environment where every child receives individual attention and instruction.

About Rebuilding Together:

Rebuilding Together is the nation's largest nonprofit organization working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need. Through the support of corporate sponsors, local businesses and the hands-on work of over 200,000 volunteers, Rebuilding Together renovates and repairs nearly 10,000 homes and nonprofit facilities annually with a market value of nearly $100 million. In addition to its core home repair work, Rebuilding Together renovates community centers and conducts home modification and repair programs that focus on elder home safety, energy efficiency, veterans housing, and disaster recovery and reconstruction. Rebuilding Together has over 200 affiliates and recently celebrated the completion of its 100,000th project. For more information, visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.

About PBG:

The Pepsi Bottling Group, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of Pepsi-Cola beverages. With approximately 70,000 employees and annual sales of nearly $14 billion, PBG has operations in the U.S., Canada, Greece, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Turkey. For more information, please visit www.pbg.com.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:

    Robin Finley
    Board Chair
    Rebuilding Together Seattle
    Office: 206-500-4862

    Jeff Dahncke
    Director, Public Relations
    The Pepsi Bottling Group
    Office: 914-767-7690