Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland Receives Grant from PR Newswire

CLEVELAND — The Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland (BGCC) has been selected by PR Newswire’s local office as the recipient of a cash grant and group volunteer hours.

As part of its 2007 Charitable Giving Program, 'Doing Well by Doing Good', PR Newswire employees select a charity located in an area in which the company has substantial operations for which they will volunteer as a group and to which the company will make a cash donation. The Boys and Girls Club, an organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the development of children by providing guidance and a safe environment, has already benefited from the volunteer efforts of local PR Newswire staff.

"Volunteers act as positive role models for young people at the Boys and Girls Clubs," said Ron Soeder, president, Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland. "PR Newswire's staff has generously given their time, and the company's grant will assist us in providing the children with programs and services that will aid them in pursuing their dreams and succeeding in life."

To date, local PR Newswire staff has volunteered for events with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland, including the National Day for Kids on September 16, a day of sports, recreation and companionship, as well as chaperoning a trip to the circus, supporting athletic programs and developing a computer skills and safety program.

"As a company with global operations and staff working in cities all around the world, it's important to us to give back to the community in which we work," said Charles Gregson, chief executive officer, PR Newswire. "We found through researching our program that as much as charities are seeking financial assistance, they are also extremely interested in finding dedicated volunteers. With this knowledge we designed a program that gave our staff a voice in the charity selection in order to maximize the volunteer participation. The Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland is an extraordinarily worthy charity and we are very pleased to be able to assist them in this way."

PR Newswire Association LLC provides electronic distribution, targeting, measurement and broadcast services on behalf of tens of thousands of corporate, government, association, labor, non-profit, and other customers worldwide. Using PR Newswire, these organizations reach a variety of critical audiences including the news media, the investment community, government decision-makers, and the general public with their up-to-the-minute, full-text news developments. Established in 1954, PR Newswire has offices in 14 countries and routinely sends its customers' news to outlets in 135 countries and in more than 40 languages.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland started in 1954 and currently serves 3,000 youth in seven centers. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland provides: a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character development experiences and most importantly, hope and opportunity. The mission of the national organization is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

In its involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, PR Newswire is giving a cash grant and, equally important, volunteer hours. Often volunteers can impact the lives of children through their example of giving and serve as positive role models. We look forward to learning which charities other PR Newswire offices will select in other communities it serves.

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