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XEROX LEAVE-TAKERS TACKLE RIOT-TORN L.A., AIDS, LITERACY, OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS

 STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine Xerox (NYSE: XRX) employees who say they'd like to give something back to their communities have been granted paid leaves to work on social problems ranging from rebuilding riot-torn Los Angeles to AIDS, literacy and child sexual abuse.
 The nine leave-takers join almost 400 Xerox employees who have taken part in the program that began in 1971 -- a program that was the first and remains perhaps the only one of its kind in which peer employees, not executives, decide who is selected for as much as a year to work on local causes.
 Paul A. Allaire, Xerox chairman and chief executive officer, says the Social Service Leave program helps define Xerox as a "socially responsible corporation." Not only is it "right for business and right for society," he adds, "it has helped invigorate and preserve our communities and has provided an outlet for employees to become involved."
 This year's leave recipients -- five women and four men -- include three people who work in sales and marketing, a service technician, two customer service and support managers, a credit administrator, a benchmarking manager and a business process analyst.
 Nancy Pappas, a marketing executive in Los Angeles, is joining Rebuild LA, which was formed following the riots in the spring of 1992 after the verdict in the Rodney King beating case. Pappas will work on jobs-creation programs during her nine-month leave.
 Warren Ortland, a business process analyst in Minneapolis, will serve as a volunteer and activities coordinator for the Minnesota AIDS Pledgewalk. Ortland, whose domestic partner died of AIDS in 1991, has a seven-month leave.
 Earlene Kerns, a competitive benchmarking manager in Santa Monica, Calif., will train tutors for an adult-literacy agency known as Santa Monica Reads. She has been granted a six-month leave.
 Beverly Wall, a customer support representative in Tulsa, Okla., will counsel child victims of sexual abuse for ROCMND Area Youth Services, a child welfare agency in Vinita, Okla. Wall has been granted a nine-month leave.
 Other agencies benefiting from the program are Teen Scene, Atlanta; Drug Use Is Life Abuse, Santa Ana, Calif.; Warren Village, Denver; the Minority Economic Resources Corporation, Des Plaines, Ill., and the Nassau Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Hicksville, N.Y.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: Detailed releases on each of the leave-takers are available./
 /CONTACT: Judd Everhart of Xerox, 203-968-3572/
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