Beta Alpha Psi student and faculty volunteers clean up San Jose Guadalupe River

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More than 900 members of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the professional honors organization for financial information students and professionals, supported by 50 employees from KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, descended on the Guadalupe River trail last month to undertake a massive clean-up effort, sponsored by KPMG and the KPMG Foundation.

The City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services has one of the most diverse service models of any agency of its type. The recreation, social services, and outdoor spaces serve not only San Jose’s million-plus residents, but individuals from surrounding cities and communities.

BAP members were in San Jose, California, to attend Beta Alpha Psi’s 2010 Annual Meeting. Each year BAP holds its annual meeting in a different host city and kicks off its agenda with a “Community Service Day.” KPMG has helped organize and sponsor the “Community Service Day” since the inception of the Community Service Day in 1999.

Brief opening remarks to the 900 volunteers on the importance of community service were made by Andy Bailey, Jr., president of Beta Alpha Psi, with Jim Weyermann, San Jose Giants president and CSO.

This volunteer opportunity was made possible by the Parks Department of San Jose.

KPMG volunteers donated more than a combined total of 400 hours to the park clean-up efforts. Many of these volunteer hours were made possible through KPMG’s Volunteer Time Release program, which provides employees hours of paid volunteer time during regular business hours each year.

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Accounting and Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility.

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