More than 400 employees from West Midlands businesses will leave their desks for the day on Friday, May 16 to volunteer in their local community as part of the biggest-ever National Cares Day.
Organised by Cares, an initiative of Business in the Community, the national day of action will see over 4000 business volunteers in 17 towns and cities across the UK help hundreds of schools and community organisations in some of the country's most deprived areas.
Volunteers will tackle projects with environmental themes and raise awareness of climate change issues.
The action day follows on swiftly from HRH the Prince of Wales's Business Summit on Climate Change on May 1, which will see the largest gathering of companies committed to taking positive action on climate change in 13 events around the country including the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
The National Cares Day is an opportunity for companies to act on their commitments made on May Day by encouraging their employees to take action in their communities.
Teams of volunteers in the Midlands will work on environmental projects at Hateley Heath in West Bromwich; Millfields in Walsall, the Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve in Birmingham, Moathouse Pond in Coventry and Kingshurst Community Gardens in Solihull.
Isobel Hoseason, Chair of the Community Impact Team for Business in the Community, said: "The Cares Action Day will show the positive impact employee volunteering has on communities as people get stuck into environ-mental projects across the West Midlands and the UK."
The closing date for companies and employees registering for Cares Action Day is 31 March. For more details log on to www.bitc.org.uk/caresday or ring 0121 451 2227.