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Novell Inc. has been honored at the 1996 Utah Conference on Volunteerism and was acknowledged for setting the standard for employee volunteers in Utah Valley.

The company received a Helping Hands Honorable Mention award at the United Way of Utah County's Thank You Celebration and annual luncheon recently. Novell also received the Caring Company Award for its corporate and employee efforts to build and sustain a healthy community.Some of the community programs Novell was honored for include:

- The annual food drive. For the past 11 years Novell has conducted a food drive to benefit low-income and homeless families in Utah Valley. In December 1995, employees contributed food and cash equivalent to 231,744 meals.

- On Earth Day, April 22, Novell sponsored an avalanche cleanup at Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon and donated $5 for each participant to The Nature Conservancy of Utah to further its efforts to preserve wildlife habitat throughout the state.

- Novell is the founding sponsor of The Human Race, a 5K fund-raising walk scheduled for Saturday, May 11, which provides a way for people throughout Utah Valley to raise money for their favorite charities.

- Novell recently became the primary underwriter of the Novell Children's Discovery Park, a Pleasant Grove centennial project, with the goal of ensuring the park would be built as planned by local children and volunteers.