BLACK ACCOUNTANTS TO HELP IN HURRICANE RAVAGED NEW ORLEANS
WHAT: The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) Convention Attendees, Corporate Partners KPMG LLP, and Microsoft Team Up to Rebuild and Make a Difference in New Orleans Neighborhood.
WHEN: Saturday, June 20, 2009
WHERE: 2100 Painters Street
New Orleans, LA
Greenbelt, MD (BlackNews.com) - THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK ACCOUNTANTS, INC. (NABA) AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY are teaming up to make a difference for the hurricane victims in one New Orleans neighborhood. On Saturday June 20, the final day of their 38th annual meeting in New Orleans, NABA's professional and student members will put down their calculators and pick up a hammer, paint brush and power tools to help build a brand new home for a family left homeless after Hurricane Katrina. KPMG LLP and Microsoft are partnering with NABA to spearhead this event and will also have representatives on hand to help build the house. The volunteers will be at 2100 Painters Street, New Orleans, LA on Saturday June 20 from 8am-3:15pm. "To be an African-American organization and come to New Orleans and not reach out to our community would be a travesty," says Gregory Johnson, CPA Executive Director, NABA. "This is a great opportunity for our members to truly make a difference by assisting in the revitalization and rebuilding of New Orleans."
While this is NABA's 40th anniversary this is the organization's 38th Annual National Convention and Diversity Recruitment EXPO which will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside from June 16th-20th. The weeklong meeting is filled opportunities for its nearly 1,500 attendees to take part in cutting-edge educational sessions and forums, network with colleagues, and visit the EXPO with more than 100 corporate partners and NABA Division of Firms. The June 20th service project is NABA's inaugural "NABA Day of Service" with a goal to leave a lasting impression on their host cities.
"KPMG is strongly focused on being an employer of choice," said Angela Avant, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Diversity at KPMG, Past National President and Co-Chair of the President's Advisory Council at NABA. "An important part of our commitment is encouraging and helping our people support the communities in which they live and work. We are pleased to provide financial support and volunteers to NABA for this meaningful day in the New Orleans community."
"Microsoft is pleased to be working with NABA on this important initiative. Giving back to the diverse communities in which we work, live and do business is very important to Microsoft, so we are honored to co-sponsor NABA's very first day of service along with KPMG," said Melvin Flowers, corporate vice president of Audit at Microsoft. "Many of our Microsoft employees are looking forward to lending a helping hand on Saturday in the efforts to re-build New Orleans and assist a deserving family."
KPMG's support of NABA's Community Service Day is an extension of the firm's commitment to diversity and its employee volunteer program, called Involve. Since 1993, Involve has helped KPMG personnel to make a difference in hundreds of communities by giving back through service. KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.us.kpmg.com), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 137,000 professionals, including more than 7,600 partners, in 144 countries.
For more information on NABA, Inc. on NABA's Day of Service project go to www.nabainc.org. All media inquiries should be directed to Carla Welborn at 240-475-7283.
About The National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA)
Since 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) has been the leader in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of accounting and finance. The goals of the Association include promoting the developing the professional skills of its members, encourage and assist minority students entering the field of accounting, provide opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibility and represent the interests of current and future minority professionals.