SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

February 26, 2008 08:30 ET

Polycom Global Citizenship Program Improves the Lives of Families and Children Worldwide

Polycom Shares Voice and Video Communications Systems, Employee Donations and Volunteer Time With Non-Profits Focused on Education and Healthcare

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - In conjunction with National Corporate Philanthropy Day, Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the global results of its year-old Global Citizenship program and two long-standing corporate philanthropy recipients. The program's mission is to raise the access to and quality of education and healthcare among communities in need worldwide by providing voice and video equipment, company and employee financial support and employee volunteer time to worthy causes. From donating voice and video conferencing for remote regions to serving meals for those in need; from sponsoring fundraising sporting events to building homes; from purchasing water purifiers, books and immunization programs to recycling cell phones to support charitable programs, Polycom employees found myriad ways to make a difference in the world.

Medical Missions for Children

2007 marked the eight-year anniversary of Polycom's support for Medical Missions for Children (MMC), a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the medical needs of catastrophically ill children in underserved areas of the United States and the world. Over the years MMC has used Polycom's equipment donation and financial support to enable 650 volunteer specialists across 27 hospitals in the U.S. and Europe to impact the lives of over 26,000 sick children. Polycom HD video collaboration also raises the level of diagnostic clarity from CAT scans and X-rays for patients and physicians as well as for the non-profit's Global Video Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library with over 25,000 hours of video, and MMC's Medical Broadcasting Channel, which broadcasts content to healthcare professionals worldwide.

Global Nomads Group

Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering cross-cultural dialogue and understanding among the world's youth. Also a long standing recipient of Polycom equipment and funding, GNG used video conferencing in 2007 for its Agents of Change initiative, a global one day event focused on raising awareness and funds for education, rehabilitation and youth support programs for the terrorized children of northern Uganda. An example of one school's subsequent impact is Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach which participated in the November video conference with plans to support the Padibe School in Uganda by raising $10,000 by the end of the school year in June. GNG also held a five-part interactive educational program, entitled Arab World and the U.S., in December to connect 30 K-12 schools across America with schools in Cairo, Egypt so students could share cultures, religions, traditions and histories interactively. And last Spring, a GNG program involving Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu used mobile Polycom video systems to lead a discussion on world religions among students in Brazil, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Sunrise Children's Association in Nepal

Polycom's offices in Asia selected the Sunrise Children's Association (SCAI) in Nepal to receive $13,000 in corporate financial assistance and equipment as one of its regional Global Citizenship programs. Established in 2005 by three Australian women, the SCAI was formed to provide secure housing, food, healthcare and education for impoverished orphans in Nepal. Polycom's funds purchased three water purifiers, medical check ups and immunization, as well as books and tuition for the children.

Education for Development Foundation in Thailand

Polycom employees also chose to support 5 rural schools in the Nakhon Ratchasina district of northeastern Thailand with $24,000 in voice and video conferencing equipment and funding. Part of the Education for Development Foundation in Thailand, this group's objectives are to create a collaborative and participative learning environment for students in remote areas outside walking distance of qualified doctors and health care centers. Polycom's assistance provided 3-year scholarships for 25 disadvantage students who will now form a Polycom Young Health Ambassador team. This team will be responsible for reaching out over video conferencing and computer systems to ensure information on basic hygiene and locally prevalent diseases is shared across the students at the five schools.

Project Africa -- A Fifth Grader's Mission to Build Schools in Kenya

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Stefan Lyon, a 5th grader from San Francisco, Calif., has made it his mission to serve as an ambassador for improving the lives of African students. His Project Africa encourages students to collaborate through several curriculum-focused fundraising events in order to help build schools in Western Kenya. Stefan began Project Africa in 2005 at the age of nine by donating the proceeds of his first book which led to the conversion of one former cow shed into a school in Kakamega, Western Kenya, Africa, that now serves 100 students. In 2007, Polycom became a corporate sponsor of his efforts, donating equipment and money, so he could expand his fundraising efforts to students at schools across the U.S. In November, Polycom connected students in New York, Texas, South Dakota and California over video. The students raised $5,000, a figure then matched by Polycom. The money built two classrooms for 30 students at another school in Bungoma, Western Kenya. "I want to thank Polycom for letting me talk to the schools with your video conferencing," said Stefan. "It is a very good way to help others and tell them things that are important in life. When you help others you feel good helping them and they feel good getting help."

Jeevans' Fund -- Neonatal Intensive Care at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital in U.K.

Jeevans' fund was set up by a Polycom employee to raise money to donate funds to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital. Donations are being used to purchase a new incubator and other vital equipment for the care of newborns. Polycom employees donated £7,000 themselves and raised an additional £12,650 from the proceeds of an air miles raffle, a couple of half marathon races in Reading, and a cycling challenge.

Food Banks and Volunteerism in North America

Polycom employees in Pleasanton, California, Boulder, Colorado, and Chicago, Illinois raised $56,000 in employee and corporate matching donations for local food banks during year-end holidays in 2007 -- including $27,000 for Alameda County in California.

Polycom employees are also encouraged to spend time volunteering for their favorite causes. As a result, Polycom employees served at the food banks, built homes for Habitat for Humanity, donated time and money to Ronald McDonald House, the Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Chicago, and the Boys & Girls Club in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company also created a green recycling program for employees' old cell phones in North America through a partnership with Phones 4 Charity.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations. Polycom delivers the broadest array of high definition telepresence video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions so people can enjoy the best communications, whether from a real-time collaborative interaction or on-demand streamed video experience. Spanning from the desktop to the industry's only immersive telepresence suite, Polycom's high quality collaboration and communications solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Based on open standards, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With innovative market-driving technologies, a compelling vision for next generation visual communications, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations to gain a competitive advantage with proven and trusted communication solutions. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at

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