Prudential Financial Inc. has scheduled its 14th annual Global Volunteer Day for Oct. 4.

Prudential, Newark, N.J., says it expects more than 32,000 employees, relatives of employees, and friends of the company to participate by donating time to local community organizations.

In 2007, more than 32,000 people participated in 800 Global Volunteer projects in the United States and 11 other countries where Prudential has a business presence, the company says.

The 2008 projects will include efforts to beautify local parks, care for animals, teach computer skills to children and clean up neighborhoods.

Prudential awards $1,000 grants to some of the participating organizations.