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COCA-COLA EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS 'REACHING OUT' TO HELP REFURBISH SOUTHEAST ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITY

 COCA-COLA EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS 'REACHING OUT' TO HELP
 REFURBISH SOUTHEAST ATLANTA NEIGHBORHOOD FACILITY
 Joined by neighborhood residents, employees to paint and plant
 at popular community center to earn hours to help qualify
 to volunteer for the 1996 Olympic Summer Games
 ATLANTA, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a new employee volunteer program -- "Reaching Out" -- Atlanta-area Coca-Cola employees will be grabbing shovels, mops and paint brushes on Saturday, June 27, to help refurbish the Georgia-Hill Street Neighborhood Facility, a popular community center in the Summerhill area.
 The activity is the first in a series of similar projects planned in conjunction with the program, which also offers employees the opportunity to earn volunteer hours to help them qualify to volunteer during the 1996 Olympic Summer Games. The Company is a member of the Corporate Council of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG).
 Residents from the area neighborhoods are expected to join in the efforts with Coca-Cola employees; Company officials; Billy Payne, chief executive officer, ACOG; Charles London, director of Volunteer Services, Olympic Programs, ACOG; representatives of City government, including Cecelia Corbin Hunter, director of Olympic Coordination for the City of Atlanta, and Councilman Bill Campbell; and Douglas Dean, president, the Summerhill Neighborhood Association, Inc.
 "Employee volunteerism has been encouraged by The Coca-Cola Company for many years," said Ingrid Saunders Jones, vice president, Corporate External Affairs. "'Reaching Out' provides us with a coordinated approach to volunteer service through initiatives such as the Olympic Force volunteer program, Company-sponsored community activities, and our planned involvement with The Atlanta Project."
 Employees must have completed at least 100 hours of volunteer service by Dec. 1, 1994, in order to qualify to volunteer during the '96 Games. The Company plans to conduct projects throughout each year, and Olympic-volunteer hopefuls will be required to participate in at least two of the Company-sponsored projects.
 The refurbishing effort at the Georgia-Hill Street Neighborhood Facility will include landscaping; repairs to the playground; cleaning of the exterior of the building; and painting and cleaning of the nursery, kitchen and community room.
 "The entire Atlanta community is pulling together to prepare our city to host the Summer Olympics in 1996, and we wanted to join that effort by working in a 'hands on' fashion with city neighborhood groups," said Ms. Jones. "In addition to the Georgia-Hill Street facility, we will be working with the City to identify other facilities that can use the time and talents of our employees."
 Activities on Saturday get underway at 9 a.m. Mr. Payne, Company officials and City representatives are expected to arrive at 11 a.m. to tour the facility, and will address the volunteers at 11:30 a.m. before joining in the refurbishing efforts.
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