Barclays Hosts 800 Local Students in Make A Difference Day

Barclays Bank Employees Share Knowledge and Expertise to Make A Difference

in Wilmington's Thomas Edison Charter School and East Side Charter School


Oct 24, 2007, 01:00 ET from Barclays

    WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing
 commitment to empowering its customers and communities, Barclays will host
 800 local Delaware students from the Thomas Edison Charter and East Side
 Charter School as part of its Community Service Volunteers Make A
 Difference Day. This announcement is significant because it underscores the
 level of involvement Barclays has with the community. Last year, as part of
 its international Make A Difference Day program, 11,700 Barclays employees
 in 25 countries completed 900 community service projects, with
 international participation up by 70%. This year, Barclays employees in the
 United Kingdom, France, India, Zambia, Tanzania, United States, Mauritius,
 Germany, Portugal and a number of countries across Asia will participate in
 additional community service efforts.
     In Delaware, Barclays employees will personally meet with the students
 to teach them money and savings skills and offer a glimpse into the world
 of working for large professional organizations such as Barclays.
     "Every year, thousands of employees worldwide come together to
 volunteer for Make A Difference Day. At Barclays we are grateful for the
 opportunity to align with our local communities," said Lloyd M. Wirshba,
 CEO of Barclays U.S. credit card business. "Our employees are leaders in
 the community giving generously of their time and skills to make a positive
     A large part of the company's corporate mission is to raise the quality
 of life of its constituents through dedication to charities and community
 organizations. Make A Difference Day is just one of the many charitable
 events that Barclays supports. Currently, the Barclaycard USA Cycle
 Challenge includes eight Barclaycard US and UK employees who have embarked
 on a seven-week, 3,250-mile cross-country bicycle ride to raise more than
 $250,000 for six American, British and international charities. And as the
 holidays approach, Barclays will partner with the West End Neighborhood
 House for its Life Lines holiday program. Three days before Christmas,
 Barclays will host a special holiday party for 45 local Wilmington teens,
 where each of them will receive gifts valued at $200. This is an especially
 important initiative because this underserved group rarely experiences the
 true spirit of giving during the holidays.
     Barclays gives each employee four hours a month to volunteer in
 community charities of their choice. Activities that volunteers have
 organized include: teaching children how to manage their money; designing
 and running seminars; career advice and interview workshops; reclaiming
 green spaces; mentoring and befriending those in need; building school
 classrooms; one-to-one business consultancy session and creating sensory
     For additional information about Barclays participation in Make A
 Difference Day or any of the company's other community initiatives, please
     About Barclays PLC
     Barclays PLC is a major global financial services provider engaged in
 retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth
 management and investment management services. It is one of the largest
 financial services companies in the world by market capitalization. With
 over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in
 over 50 countries and employs over 127,000 people. Barclays moves, lends,
 invests and protects money for over 25 million customers and clients
 worldwide. For further information about Barclays, please visit our website
     Headquartered in Wilmington, DE, Barclays U.S. credit card business has
 more than 50 partnerships with some of the country's most successful
 travel, entertainment, retail and financial institutions including US
 Airways, AirTran Airways, Frontier Airlines, Midwest Airlines, Carnival
 Cruise Lines, BJ's Wholesale Club, Travelocity, Gulf Oil, and others. The
 company employs more than 1,400 associates in Wilmington and Colorado
 Springs, CO, and was named a Top Employer in Delaware in 2007. For more
 information please visit

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