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Lilly to Celebrate Second Annual Global Day of Service May 20
Date:5/18/2009

Employees from New Zealand to California to volunteer in their communities

INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On May 20, red T-shirts will once again blanket communities in the U.S. and across the globe as thousands of Eli Lilly and Company employees donate their time and energy to improve the health and well-being of their hometowns in celebration of the company's second annual Global Day of Service.

Last year, more than 20,000 Lilly employees from more than 50 global locations participated, making Lilly's Global Day of Service one of the world's largest-ever corporate volunteerism events to take place on a single day. In Indianapolis, Lilly's corporate headquarters, last year's event was a catalyst that generated nearly 30,000 hours of volunteer time in a single day toward community improvement projects in Central Indiana.

"From our company's earliest days, giving back to our communities has been an important part of our mission. In addition, providing meaningful opportunities for employee volunteerism and community service is critically important in the recruitment, retention, and engagement of a talented workforce," said Chairman, President, and CEO John Lechleiter, Ph.D. "For Lilly, this is essential to our success, particularly at a time when we must work to fundamentally transform our business. During these difficult economic times, we believe that thoughtful investments in corporate social responsibility, including the Global Day of Service, are not only the right thing to do for our communities, they also make very good business sense."

Among the many projects taking place outside the U.S., employees in Singapore are partnering with their local national park to assist with restoration efforts on an island off the coast of Singapore. Employees will clean up trash and debris to help preserve the local ecosystem and marine life. In Poland, emp
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