WEDNESDAY, MAY 2: Reinsurance giant XL Group plc announced that it plans to hold its seventh Global Day of Giving on Friday, May 4, 2012.

The employee volunteer day is dedicated to supporting the communities in which XL operates.

From its beginning in 2006 when XL celebrated its 20th anniversary, the Global Day of Giving has grown with XL employees donating more than 100,000 hours of community service to hundreds of charitable projects in various locations worldwide.

Mike McGavick, XL CEO, said: “As countries and communities around the world are facing some of the toughest times in recent history, it is imperative that global companies like XL join forces with charities and other non-profit organizations to not only come up with sustainable solutions but to physically lend a helping hand.

“Over the years, XL’s Global Day of Giving has enabled us to strengthen our relationships within communities where we work.”

During this year’s Global Day of Giving more than 150 projects have been scheduled to address major issues including:

Disaster Relief: Donating toiletries to the American Red Cross in Dallas, Texas and assisting with putting together “comfort kits” for individuals impacted by disasters.

Assisting charities dedicated to providing meals to children in countries affected by natural disasters, economic despair and other hardships.

Education: Teaching English and computer classes to impoverished children in New Delhi, India.

Assembling information packages and course materials for Hartford,

Connecticut middle school students enrolling in an educational enrichment programme.

Exposing young people from disadvantaged areas of Hartford and East London, U.K. to the business world and providing an overview of the insurance sector.

Environment: Sprucing up parks, nature trails and reserves in the U.S., Bermuda and Europe.

Building bridges, cleaning beaches, clearing marshes, painting and restoring historic and conservation areas around the world.

Homelessness/Hunger: Building, renovating and painting homes and other buildings while sorting, preparing, packing and distributing essential goods to feed the hungry and providing clothing and improved housing for the homeless in Amsterdam, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore, the U.S. and many other parts of the world.

Senior Care: Preparing and distributing meals to the elderly. Painting, tiling, gardening and cleaning senior citizens homes. Visiting and engaging in various uplifting activities with seniors in places such as Australia, Colombia, France, and Mexico.