MGM Resorts International employees rally to help community organizations and programs, pledge 2000 volunteer hours to week observing national make a difference day
Making its communities healthier by feeding the homeless, cleaning graffiti, and planting trees, these are just a few of the community improvement activities MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and its employees will undertake during ?Make A Difference Day? on October 27th, as well as the days leading to this nationally recognized day of service.
MGM Resorts International today announced that Company employees have pledged 2,000 volunteer hours to helping nonprofit organizations serve the communities in which it operates during the week of ?Make A Difference Day?. More than 350 employees will donate their time to improve the health and vitality of their local community.
?As a socially responsible corporation, and a leader in the hospitality industry, we are inspired to extend our service well beyond the four walls of our properties and into our communities through volunteerism,? said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. ?We fervently believe that the health of our company is inextricably entwined with the health of the communities in which we have the privilege of operating,? Murren added.
During ?Make A Difference Day?, and the five days leading up to it, MGM Resorts will sponsor 24 different volunteer activities. The Company will partner with local nonprofit agencies and programs, including: Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, Three Square Food Bank, Blind Center of Nevada, the Clark County Graffiti Abatement Program, Habitat for Humanity, the National Park Service, and Springs Preserve.
?Volunteering and giving back is important all year long, but ?Make A Difference Day? gives us an opportunity to really come together as a Company with local charities to become a positive force for change in our communities,? said Phyllis A. James, Executive Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer of MGM Resorts International.
In addition to participating in ?Make A Difference Day? projects, MGM Resorts employees volunteer regularly at community events throughout the year. So far, employees have logged more than 73,000 volunteer hours and have helped more than 820 nonprofit agencies meet community needs in 2012.
MGM Resorts? volunteer efforts serve as a bright spot for Nevada?s reputation in the area of volunteerism. According to a Corporation for National and Community Service national study, Nevada ranks 50 out of 51 states and D.C. for its citizen volunteer rate. MGM Resorts employees hope their collective efforts will help improve this ranking.
For more information about MGM Resorts International?s volunteer program, and its commitment to social responsibility, please visit: http://www.mgmresorts.com/offers/2012/07_annualcorporatesocialresponsibilityreport/index.html.