Cbeyond Receives Presidential Volunteer Award

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<p><strong>Atlanta &mdash; June 28</strong><br />In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities and nation through service. </p><p>Cbeyond Inc., an IP-based managed services provider to small businesses, was just two years old then. Now, five years later, Bush is honoring the company with the esteemed Presidential Volunteer Service Award, gold level, for its employees giving more than 1,000 volunteer hours in 2006.<br /><br />&quot;We never expect to be recognized for the work we do in the community &mdash; it is something all responsible companies should do,&quot; said Jim Geiger, Cbeyond chairman and CEO. &quot;All of our employees, the dedicated Hands On Network staff and its affiliates across the country should take pride in the work they did in our communities in 2006 and this year. This recognition is an honor that will continue to inspire us to ever greater commitments in the future.&quot;<br /><br />Cbeyond earned the prestigious award with a companywide effort, which reflects a unique core value that is a priority with Cbeyond employees: to be active and visible corporate citizens through community service and volunteerism. </p><p>Throughout 2006, Cbeyond employees volunteered at dozens of organized service projects, as well as individual commitments to local charities and philanthropic organizations. </p><p>A sample of events Cbeyond completed in 2006 includes:</p><ul><li>Cleaned and planted the Atlanta trail system with nonprofit group Big Trees.</li><li>Built a playground for the Denver CCI Charter School.<br /></li><li>Removed overgrowth at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.<br /></li><li>Adopted 30 Los Angeles teens through Toys for Tots.<br /></li><li>Adopted 30 Dallas children through Big Brother, Big Sisters.<br /></li><li>Refurbished an Atlanta elementary school gymnasium and outdoor recreational area.<br /></li><li>Packaged food in conjunction with Project Open Hand.</li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For several years, Cbeyond&#39;s volunteer service program has enabled employees to give back to the communities where they work and live. </p><p>To formalize its commitment to connect, serve and grow through service, the company has launched its community outreach program, Community Connections. </p><p>The volunteer networking program will engage employees in service projects that make a positive difference in the lives of employees, small-business customers and localities where the company has operations across the country. </p><p>The program includes quarterly half-day charitable programs in each market, companywide days of service, matching-gift donations and participation in local business organizations.<br /><br />&quot;Cbeyond and its employees are a shining example of a company that is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which they live and work,&quot; said Michelle Nunn, Hand&#39;s On Network CEO. &quot;The philanthropy of companies like Cbeyond and its employees is what has helped transform Hand&#39;s On Network from an ambitious idea 20 years ago to a successful organization that today creates and manages nearly 50,000 projects a year.&quot;<br /><br />As a member of the President&#39;s Council on Service and Civic Participation, Nunn represented the council and presented Cbeyond employees and executives with the award May 22 at the company&#39;s headquarters in Atlanta.<br /><br />The President&#39;s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard, measured by the number of hours served over a 12-month period. </p><p>The President&#39;s Council on Service and Civic Participation, formed in 2003, was established to recognize the important contributions Americans of all ages are making within their communities through service and civic engagement. </p><p>Administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Council brings together leaders from business, entertainment, sports, education, government, nonprofits and the media.</p>

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