Saturday, December 06, 2008

Verizon Wireless Awards Grant to CARE House of Oakland County

DETROIT — Verizon Wireless has awarded CARE House of Oakland County (Michigan) a $5,000 grant. The money will be used to implement the “Stewards of Children” program, which was developed by the national Darkness To Light organization to provide education and training about child sexual abuse.

CARE House serves the immediate needs of neglected and abused children in the Oakland County community, while also reaching out with advocacy and prevention programs aimed at breaking the cycles of abuse and neglect.

Stewards of Children applies an innovative approach to address the issue of child sexual abuse.

“Stewards of Children is different from other programs. It puts the responsibility for protecting children squarely on the shoulders of adults in the community," said Miriana Milo, community outreach manager at CARE House. "This presentation helps adults to recognize and respond appropriately to suspicions of abuse, as well as providing them with steps they can take to prevent children from being abused.”

Stewards of Children is an interactive program conducted by a trained facilitator using a workbook, a video and discussion. It encourages a “call to action” for all participants to become involved and to develop a plan within their respective organizations and communities to address the complex issues related to child sexual abuse. The program also provides opportunities for volunteers to become trained facilitators.

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 70.8 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 71,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone.

The mission of CARE House of Oakland County is to be an advocate for the safety of all children and a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and the protection of children through education, intervention, treatment and research, in collaboration with the community. The programs are housed at 44675 S. Woodward, Pontiac, Mich.

CARE House focuses on an underserved area of need in Oakland County. Its Stewards of Children program is unique because it trains volunteers to become trained facilitators and in turn to give back and benefit more children.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Massie's Martial Arts Works to KO Hunger

AUSTIN, Texas — Tae kwon do students at Massie’s Martial Arts recently teamed up with KOHunger.com to sponsor a food drive to support local food banks. They were able to collect over 175 pounds of food in just two weeks.

“We put this food drive together on very short notice, and it has been a great success. It just goes to show that you don’t need much in the way of organization to pull something like this off - all you really need are a bunch of people who are willing to chip in and help, said Michael Massie, owner of Massie's Martial Arts.

Massie’s Martial Arts will continue to collect non-perishable food items and personal grooming items through Dec. 22. Donations can be dropped off at the school's Hutto location at 409 West Front St. #230 in Hutto, Texas.

Massie’s Martial Arts has served Williamson County, Texas, for over 14 years, offering quality martial arts instruction for children and adults.

KOHunger.com is an effort to bring martial arts instructors, fighters, and coaches together to help end world hunger.

Mr. Massie is right that even a small amount of organization can achieve big results when people are committed to doing good. Hopefully other martial arts schools across the country will follow Massie's lead.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Second City and Nike Sportswear Collaborate to Benefit Hollywood Media+Arts

LOS ANGELES — The Second City, a comedy theater company, will present “The Best of Second City," an hour-long sketch comedy revue to benefit Hollywood Media +Arts. The event is co-sponsored by Nike Sportswear. The show will be presented one night only at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15 at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, a 750 seat-theater located at 1615 Vine Street.

Scheduled to perform are Larry Joe Campbell (“According to Jim”), Frank Caeti ("MADtv") and Nyima Funk (“Chocolate News” and “MTV’s Wild N’ Out”) Maribeth Monroe (“Thank God You’re Here"), and other alumni of The Second City resident companies.

The Second City has launched the careers of such comic greats as John Belushi, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and many others. In Hollywood, the Second City offers top-notch training in improvisation and sketch comedy writing at its Hollywood Boulevard training center.

Hollywood Media+Arts is a one-of-a-kind arts academy for homeless and foster care young people located in the heart of Hollywood. The center offers classes in media, music and the commercial arts. Classes emphasize hands-on learning, mentor relationships, teamwork and technical skills. The Hollywood Media+Arts Center hosts a fully equipped recording studio, computer lab and classroom space. Classes are offered at no cost and lead to work-based mentorships, internships, and entry-level work opportunities.

“The Second City is proud to support Hollywood Media+Arts and its mission to impact the minds and empower the lives of young people through positive experiences in arts-based education,” said Rachel Romanski, director of The Second City Training Center-Los Angeles.

Tickets are $40 and are available in advance at www.etix.com. All proceeds benefit Hollywood Media +Arts.

This event is a nice way for The Second City to benefit a non-profit with ties to arts-based education for needy young people. Kudos also to Nike Sportswear for its support.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

KPMG Presents $1 Million Check to Major League Baseball Charities

NEW YORK CITY — KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, presented a $1 million check to Major League Baseball (MLB) Charities for the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program at Game 2 of the 2008 MLB World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL.

"RBI presented by KPMG" is a MLB youth outreach program designed to increase participation among boys and girls in baseball and softball, encourage academic achievement and teach the value of team work.

KPMG Chairman Timothy P. Flynn presented the $1 million check to MLB Executive Vice President, Business, Tim Brosnan, and was joined on the field by the members from each of the 2008 RBI World Series Championship teams - the Santo Domingo Girls' Softball team, the Detroit Junior Boys' team and the Los Angeles Senior Boys' team, as well as by RBI alum and Rays' left fielder Carl Crawford.

The $1 million is part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement announced in June 2007 between KPMG and Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) to enhance and expand RBI. Flynn also presented a $1 million check for RBI at last year’s MLB World Series.

Additionally, KPMG has donated thousands of employee and intern volunteer hours to support the program both on and off the field, helping inner city boys and girls learn how to play baseball and softball while also serving as mentors, tutors and life skills coaches.

"Major League Baseball thanks KPMG for its continued support of RBI," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Together with KPMG we are helping boys and girls play the game and improve their lives. Since RBI's inception, 170 RBI participants have been drafted by MLB teams. Countless more children have been impacted by the program, going on to college and finding positive ways to contribute to their communities."

Founded in 1989, Major League Baseball's RBI program has a presence in more than 200 cities worldwide, and annually provides more than 100,000 boys and girls with the opportunity to play baseball and softball. RBI alumni currently playing in the Major Leagues include Carl Crawford (Tampa Rays), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies), Covelli "Coco" Crisp (Boston Red Sox), and Dontrelle Willis (Detroit Tigers).

KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International. KPMG International's member firms have 123,000 professionals, including more than 7,100 partners, in 145 countries.

Major League Baseball Charities is a not-for-profit corporation that provides support to local, national and international tax- exempt organizations to directly conduct or sponsor activities for the promotion of good health, physical education, public safety, medical research, literacy and educational or charitable purposes. In addition to supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), the Official Charity of Major League Baseball, MLB Charities provides support to a number of other national charitable initiatives.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Nissan North America Partners with Habitat for Humanity

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — For Franklin residents Georgi Hodge and her daughter, Martha Gilbreath, moving into their new Habitat for Humanity home will be a dream come true.The same is true for Thelma Harrison and her grandson, Chris, who are moving from a small mobile home to a three-bedroom home.

Their homes are part of a $1 million partnership between Habitat and Nissan North America. The side-by-side homes were built at the same time during a six-week period beginning in September.

"Having a Habitat home is a true blessing for us. We would not have been able to buy a home in Franklin without the generosity of Nissan and the partnership with Habitat for Humanity," Gilbreath said.

The new Habitat homes will feature eco-friendly amenities, which align with both Nissan's Green Program 2010 initiative to reduce its impact on the environment and Williamson County Habitat for Humanity's recent initiative to build Energy Star certified homes. These two homes are the first Habitat homes in Williamson County to receive Energy Star certification.

In addition to sponsoring and building these two homes, Nissan also donated a new, 2008 Titan King Cab truck to Williamson County Habitat for Humanity. The truck, valued at over $35,000, will be used to further Habitat's mission of providing affordable homeownership to hardworking families in Williamson County, just south of Nashville.

The Hodge/Gilbreath and Harrison homes are the first Nissan-sponsored Habitat homes built in Franklin. Nissan's $1 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International includes house sponsorships, the donation of Nissan trucks and products and support of Habitat's disaster-relief initiatives.

More than 350 Nissan employees and executives in Franklin donated time to building the homes, which are two of eight Nissan-sponsored houses built in conjunction with Habitat affiliates in Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona. Additionally, Nissan employees will volunteer their time to help construct five houses with Habitat for Humanity in California, Georgia, Illinois and Arizona.

Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) was chartered in 1992 and is a full affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, HFHWC is an ecumenical Christian organization dedicated to building and selling homes at cost in partnership with working families in Williamson County.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program 2010, whose key priorities are reducing CO2 emissions, cutting other emissions and increasing recycling.

Nissan North America plans to help build 13 homes in North America this year alone, and its employees have donated hundreds of volunteer hours to make the dream of home ownership a reality for neighbors in need.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Nevada Volunteers Accepting Nominations for 2009 Governor's Points of Light Award

RENO, Nev. — Nevada Volunteers is accepting nominations for the 2009 Governor’s Points of Light Award. The Governor’s Points of Light Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their dedication, commitment and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout Nevada.

“The Governor’s Point of Light Award is the highest honor given by Nevada Volunteers and the state of Nevada to deserving individuals and organizations who have given a voice to volunteerism and civic service and have inspired others to help make a difference in their communities,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, chief executive officer of Nevada Volunteers.

Online nominations may be made at www.NevadaVolunteers.org.

All nominations must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2008. Award winners will be announced at the Governor’s Points of Light Award Gala on Feb. 26 in Reno.

Nevada Volunteers, formerly known as the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, creates countless opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. The Nevada Volunteers is the governor's commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide. Since 1994, over 2,047 AmeriCorps members have served throughout Nevada recruiting more than 14,000 volunteers who have donated over 97,000 hours of service to local communities.

Monday, November 03, 2008

BlogCatalog.com Partners With Refugees United

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — BlogCatalog.com, the fastest-growing social network for bloggers on the Internet, is partnering with Refugees United, which provides refugees with an anonymous forum to help reconnect missing family members. The goal of the event is to raise global social awareness on Nov. 10.

The campaign, Bloggers Unite For Refugees, asks bloggers from all over the world to post about the plight of refugees on the same day, Nov. 10. Collectively, their posts will reach millions of people all over the world at the same time, even in those countries where freedom of expression is regularly suppressed.
“This Bloggers Unite campaign continues our efforts to promote human rights like we did on May 15 with Amnesty International by narrowing our efforts to benefit the victims of global atrocities,” said Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com. “Refugees United goes a long way in helping refugees reconnect with their family, anonymously when needed.”

In addition to promoting the campaign to its members, Refugees United aims to form alliances with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to work with it to help refugees find missing family.

“More than 11 million people are stateless and more than 40 million people are displaced around the world,” says Christopher T. Mikkelsen, founder, Refugees United. “All too often, because of wars and natural disasters, families lose everything, including citizenship when they lack any official proof of birth. Without these documents, they become ghosts with no government willing to provide them any assistance whatsoever. Many of them lose contact with family members forever.”

Berkman said many bloggers would expand on their stories about the displacement of people in Darfur, Sudan; the continuing plight of thousands in Myanmar; and other areas of the world where government has abandoned people. He added that some bloggers might even consider writing about the thousands of people who remain displaced in Houston, Texas.

“While they are not refugees attempting to escape war and persecution, they are people who have lost everything and have nowhere to go,” said Berkman. “We thought it would make a suitable option for some American bloggers to help them relate to what many refugees have struggled against for more than a century.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can award legal refugee status, but only one percent of all refugees are offered an opportunity to resettle in a third country. Currently, only Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States have resettlement programs for refugees.

Since last year, BlogCatalog.com has evolved from a blog directory into a member-driven online community for bloggers. More than 150,000 individually approved bloggers interact on BlogCatalog every day.

The mission of Refugees United is to help refugees in their search for lost loved ones. Its aim is to provide a global, anonymous, and dedicated refugee network that will eventually end the torture of not knowing whether relatives and loved ones are dead or alive.

BlogCatalog.com continues its commitment to giving back with its excellent Bloggers Unite Campaign. To learn more, visit unite.blogcatalog.com.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Ameristar Golf Event Raises More than $1.1 Million for Two Charities

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Ameristar Casinos, Inc. announced that the fourth annual Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic, hosted by the Ameristar Cares Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, has raised more than $1.1 million this year to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

The benefit was held Oct. 6-7 at the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa and the Whitmoor Country Club. Attending were former NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti and his son, Marc, who created The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis after a college football injury left Marc Buoniconti paralyzed, and Alexandra Reeve, daughter of the late actor Christopher Reeve, who led his foundation's efforts to fund spinal cord injury research and treatment after he was paralyzed in an equestrian accident.

The event is dedicated to Craig H. Neilsen, Ameristar's late founder, whose injuries in a 1985 automobile accident left him a quadriplegic. Neilsen spent the next 21 years building Ameristar into a successful gaming and entertainment company with properties across the country. He also established and funded The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which focuses on sponsoring innovative research for spinal cord injuries and disease, and supporting quality-of-life programs for those living with spinal cord injuries and disease. Craig Neilsen died in 2006.

"It means so much to me and everyone at Ameristar that my father's commitment to discovering a cure for spinal cord injuries continues in this country," said Ray Neilsen, Craig Neilsen's son, and chairman of Ameristar Casinos, Inc., and co-trustee of The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

Including the more than $1.1 million raised this year, the Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic has raised about $4.6 million in its four-year history, making it one of the nation's most successful fundraising events to benefit spinal cord injury research and treatment.

The success of the Ameristar National Charity Golf Classic has enabled the Ameristar Cares Foundation to broaden the beneficiaries of the event to include The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in addition to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which had been the sole beneficiary since the event's inception in 2005.

The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is the fundraising arm of The Miami Project, the world's largest and most comprehensive research facility dedicated to finding a cure for paralysis. The Miami Project was co-founded in 1985 by internationally recognized neurological surgeon Barth A. Green and three families who experienced spinal cord injuries firsthand, including the Buonicontis. After more than two decades of working closely with the organization, Marc Buoniconti was named president of The Miami Project in January 2008.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis. The organization originally was founded in 1982 as the American Paralysis Association. After Reeve -- an Emmy award winner and Golden Globe nominated actor who is best known for his iconic film portrayal of "Superman" -- was paralyzed in a 1995 equestrian accident, he reached out to the association and ultimately merged his own foundation with it.

Christopher Reeve passed away in 2004, and his wife, the actress and singer Dana Reeve, died in 2006, after a brief bout with a form of lung cancer. A recent graduate of Columbia Law School, Alexandra Reeve now practices law in New York and serves on the Board of Directors of the Reeve Foundation.

Established by the Buoniconti family in 1992, The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis is a nonprofit organization committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries and to seeing millions worldwide walk again. The Buoniconti Fund serves as the national fundraising arm of The Miami Project. It is designed to complement the scientific accomplishments of The Miami Project by generating funds and a high level of awareness. The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is the world's largest, most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center dedicated to finding more effective treatments for paralysis and, ultimately, a cure.

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis.

The Ameristar Cares Foundation's mission is to fund medical research, including research into the treatment of spinal cord injuries and diseases; support local nonprofit organizations, including those providing physical rehabilitation services and other quality-of-life programs for those living with spinal cord injuries and disease; aid Ameristar team members in need; and encourage Team Memer volunteerism in communities the company serves. Ameristar Cares provides direct financial donations to a variety of organizations and coordinates a company match for donations by team members. In 2007, Ameristar and its employees donated almost $8.7 million to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations. The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation also provides an additional match for employee donations made to rehabilitation facility organizations.

This annual golf event now raises money for two very worthwhile non-profit organizations, both dedicated to the research and treatment of paralysis and related injuries.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Campero USA Donates to Make-A-Wish Foundation

DALLAS — Campero USA Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Pollo Campero, the leading chain of chicken quick service restaurants from Latin America, announced it has made the first three in a series of $5,000 donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in celebration of its new restaurant grand openings. Campero USA plans to make $5,000 donations at each of the openings of select restaurants through 2008.

Patty Gutierrez, director of philanthropy and public relations at Campero USA, presented the initial $5,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas during the grand opening of the Pollo Campero restaurant in Dallas on Sept. 16. Campero USA also presented a $5,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western Virginia for the Pollo Campero grand opening in Massaponax, Virginia, on Sept. 26. Ms. Gutierrez then went on to present a check to another local chapter, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, during the grand opening of the Pollo Campero restaurant in Miami on Oct. 2.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to give back to the communities in which we live and work through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The children that Make-A-Wish helps have so many worries and difficult obstacles to overcome, and the incredible people at Make-A-Wish provide these children with hope and happiness by making their wishes come true," said Gutierrez. "The Make-A-Wish Foundation has such a positive effect on these children and their families, and we are honored to have the opportunity to financially assist this organization and bring joy to children with life threatening medical conditions across the United States. As the parent of a son who recently had his wish granted by Make-A-Wish, I have seen first-hand how important this organization is, and words cannot describe the tremendous impact Make-A-Wish has on the children it helps and their families."

Campero USA is an affiliate of Pollo Campero, founded by the Gutierrez Family in 1971, now chaired by Juan Jose Gutierrez. Campero USA opened its first restaurant in 2002 and now has over 38 restaurants in the United States, with additional stores in Chicago, Miami, Phoenix and New Jersey slated to open this year. Pollo Campero is the largest Latin American chicken restaurant chain, now operating 284 restaurants in 11 countries and serving more than 75 million customers annually. Pollo Campero is part of the family of corporations that make up Corporacion Multi Inversiones, which is currently led by co-presidents Juan Luis Bosch and Dionisio Gutierrez.

It's nice to see Campero USA making donations in the new communities it will be serving. This is nice way to support a worthwhile charity while also demonstrating a willingness to support the communities the company serves.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Campbell Soup Company Pledges $10 Million to Benefit Camden Residents

CAMDEN, N.J. — Campbell Soup Company announced a $10 million pledge to the City of Camden's neighborhood revitalization efforts, job training initiatives and projects to benefit youth, such as after-school and summer programs.

The Public Benefits Plan will be funded over the next five years by Campbell and the Campbell Soup Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, and will utilize funds from the Foundation, a new grant from Campbell and additional company funding that leverages New Jersey's Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program.

Campbell's President and Chief Executive Officer Douglas R. Conant said, "Campbell has been committed to the City of Camden since the company's founding here in 1869. This plan builds on that long-standing commitment and recognizes that companies like Campbell have a responsibility to help support their communities. Our continued investment in the city and its residents will help revitalize neighborhoods and support programs that directly benefit people who call Camden home."

Campbell created the Public Benefits Plan with the city and the State of New Jersey as part of the Project Development Agreement for Campbell's expansion plans and the revitalization of Camden's Gateway District. Details of the Public Benefits Plan are:

• Campbell will establish a new fund of approximately $2 million to be used over the next five years to support projects that would include job training and other professional development opportunities for city residents.

• The Campbell Soup Foundation will continue its existing philanthropic efforts in the City by committing an estimated $5 million in grants to area non-profits over the next five years. The Foundation will continue to support neighborhood revitalization efforts and youth programming, such as its annual Summer Program, which provides grants to local non-profit organizations that offer safe, fun and educational summer programs. Campbell employees also will continue to volunteer in the city, with a focus on youth activities and hunger relief programs, among others.

•Over the next five years, Campbell expects to fund $3 million to benefit neighborhood revitalization efforts. Through the state's Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program established by Governor Jon S. Corzine, Campbell plans to expend $3 million within or for the direct benefit of the City of Camden. The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program provides businesses a tax credit for funds given to non-profit entities carrying out comprehensive revitalization programs in New Jersey.

The first recipients of the Neighborhood Revitalization funds contributed by Campbell are Heart of Camden and Parkside Business and Community in Partnership.

Heart of Camden is a non-profit corporation serving the Waterfront South section of Camden. The organization oversees programs for housing restoration, economic expansion and human development. Its Neighborhood Revitalization Plan has three main goals: revitalizing the Broadway Corridor; creating quality market-rate and affordable housing; and improving air quality. Heart of Camden received $647,500 in funding from Campbell.

Parkside Business and Community in Partnership is a non-profit organization focused on revitalizing the Parkside neighborhood. The group’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan includes the revival of the business district along Haddon Avenue, support for affordable housing, financial literacy and youth development projects. The centerpiece of the revitalization effort is a planned 20,000 square-foot mixed-use building that will anchor the corridor near Haddon and Kaighn Avenues. The Parkside neighborhood is located South East of Campbell's headquarters. Parkside also received $647,500 in funding from Campbell.

"Governor Corzine has stressed the importance of rebuilding our state one community at a time," said Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Joseph Doria. "I thank Campbell's for their dedication to the residents of Camden and their willingness to work with us through the NRTC program. The commitment they make today is an example we hope others throughout the state will follow."

Campbell Soup Company is a global manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup, baked snacks, and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including "Campbell's," "Pepperidge Farm," "Arnott's," and "V8."

This ambitious plan focuses heavily on neighborhood revitalization and youth programs, two areas of critical need in Camden. It's good to see a major corporation like Campbell Soup taking a lead role in this area.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Irvine BMW Hosts Event to Benefit Fragile X Research

IRVINE, Calif. — Irvine BMW is hosting its Third Annual Taste of Irvine BMW event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 at its dealership at 9881 Research Drive in Irvine. Proceeds will benefit FRAXA, a non-profit organization that raises money for scientific research for Fragile X.

“Not only will this be a fun event for the whole family, it will be a great way to help out a much deserving charity,” said Damon Shelly, owner of the Shelly Group and Irvine BMW. “A percentage of the proceeds from the event will go toward finding a cure for Fragile X, the most common inherited cause of intellectual impairment and autism.”

The festivities include live entertainment and a vintage car display. The highlight will be complimentary tasting from some of the most popular restaurants in Orange County such as Kimera Restaurant Lounge, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Kings Fish House, the Wine Pavilion, Donna B's Bakery, Pat & Oscar's, La Cocina De Ricardo, The Counter and TGIS Catering.

FRAXA was founded in 1994 by three parents of children with Fragile X to support scientific research aimed at finding a treatment and a cure for Fragile X. It also supports families affected by Fragile X and raises awareness of this virtually unknown disease.


As the largest BMW center on the West Coast, Irvine BMW has served Southern California for almost a decade. The dealership's helpful and knowledgeable staff, expert factory-trained technicians and one of the nation's largest selections of new and certified pre-owned BMWs have made Irvine BMW a landmark in Southern California's automotive landscape.

This event is an excellent way to educate the public about Fragile X and the need for research funding.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

IBM Employee Charitable Giving Begins in Olympic Style

RALEIGH, N. C. — At IBM's largest employee site in the United States, Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones hopes to begin another gold-winning relay team with employees as the company begins its nationwide annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC).

Jones will be speaking to Raleigh-based employees on Wednesday, Oct. 1 as part of The Cullen Jones Diversity Tour/Make a Splash, aimed to prevent drowning and encourage swimming among minorities. IBM is a sponsor of the Diversity Tour.

"It's estimated that 60 percent of minorities do not know how to swim," said Jones. "The Make a Splash non profit is trying to change that by teaching children and adults a life-saving skill."

Over the last five years, IBM employees nationwide have contributed nearly $170 million to their non-profits of choice as part of the ECCC. The ECCC is a voluntary, employee-driven fund-raising event that offers IBM employees the opportunity to contribute to non-profits. Make a Splash, a program of the USA Swimming Foundation, is now one of more than 4,500 non-profits IBM employees can contribute to.

"Helping to make a difference in the lives of people where we work and live is a large part of what it means to be an IBM employee," said Bob Greenberg, IBM senior state executive for North Carolina.

In North Carolina, IBM employees contributed nearly $3 million as part of the ECCC last year. More than 4,900 IBM employees and retirees in the state take part in the company's corporate volunteer program, contributing more than 460,000 volunteer hours to date this year alone.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

1-800-PACK-RAT Helps Families, Businesses Recover from Hurricane Ike

WASHINGTON, D. C. —1-800-PACK-RAT, a service leader in portable storage and moving solutions, is working around the clock to respond to individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Ike. 1-800-PACK-RAT has reallocated resources from several of its locations in order to service new and existing customers impacted by the Hurricane. It has also initiated a fundraising campaign to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

1-800-PACK-RAT was on the ground delivering PACK-RAT containers to customers beginning the Monday after Hurricane Ike hit despite limited resources, power, and phone service at its three Houston area locations. So far, more than 200 PACK-RAT containers have been delivered to assist customers with the recovery of their belongings. In order to accommodate the increased demands associated with the recovery process, 1-800-PACK-RAT has brought in additional personnel, extra PACKRAT containers, and a supply of diesel fuel.

The portable storage and moving company has also rolled out a company-wide initiative to raise money for hurricane victims. Between Sept. 22 and Nov. 30, 2008, 1-800-PACK-RAT will donate $5 to the American Red Cross for every new PACK-RAT container on rent nationwide. As part of this initiative, 1-800-PACK-RAT will also ask customers to get involved in the fundraiser by matching 1-800 PACK-RAT's $5 contributions or by donating any nominal amount to the campaign.

"We are working non-stop to help as many people as possible,” said Brit Hager, president of the 1-800-PACK-RAT Texas franchise. “We understand how important it is to help the people who have felt the devastating effects of Hurricane Ike. Many people on my team not only work, but also live in and around Houston. So, we know what the region has suffered and what it takes to rebuild our homes and businesses."

1-800-PACK-RAT is also responding to customers in Ohio and Illinois who have felt the residual effects of Hurricane Ike. Customers needing a PACK-RAT container delivered to their home or business to help recover, store, or move their belongings after Hurricane Ike, can call 1-800-PACK-RAT (1-800-722-5728) and hit Option 9 to speak to a customer service representative.

1-800-Pack-Rat, LLC, is the fastest-growing portable storage and moving company in the United States with franchises servicing a population of more than 115 million in 62 markets nationwide. 1-800-PACK-RAT backs its service with a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee.

Storage and item recovery is a critical component of rebounding after a hurricane. It's nice to see a firm like this lend its support in

Monday, October 06, 2008

NV State Sen. Bob Beers Joins Arthritis Walk

LAS VEGAS — State Sen. Bob Beers (R-Clark 6) has created Team Beers for the Saturday, Oct. 25 Arthritis Walk 2008. The event, scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hills Park in Summerlin, will raise awareness and funds to fight arthritis for the Arthritis Foundation.

To join Sen. Beers' walk team or to make a donation to help Team Beers meet its fundraising goal, visit Nevada Arthritis Walk.

Currently, there are more than 46 million Americans living with arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation has raised and funded more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. Its mission is to improve lives though leadership.

“Two of my campaign team members brought the walk to my attention. They have a 2-year-old daughter who suffers from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis,” said Sen. Beers. “My father also suffers from rheumatoid arthritis. So it was the right thing to take a few hours off from campaigning and support something so very important to many Nevadans.”

Nevada is only one of nine states in the nation that does not have a pediatric rheumatologist. Children with arthritis in the Las Vegas area are usually referred to a children’s cancer clinic that has one specialist who flies in from California four days a month to treat young patients.

Sen. Beers said the lack of specialized medical practitioners in Las Vegas is one of the many reasons he led the fight for tort reform in the state of Nevada and continues to fight for doctors and nurses. He is endorsed by the Nevada State Medical Association, Clark County Medical Society, and Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition.

Kudos to Sen. Bob Beers for taking time away from campaigning to help raise awareness and funds for this important cause. Sen. Beers and his team hope to raise $5,000 for the walk, with all of the funds going to the Arthritis Foundation. Please visit the links above to join the team (it's free) or to make a small donation.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Barclays Dedicates New Sports Fields to East Side Charter School Students

WILMINGTON, Del. — To enrich the lives of Wilmington residents and students, Barclays dedicated two new playgrounds, a football field, baseball diamond and three basketball courts to East Side Charter School as part of the Barclays Spaces for Sports initiative.

East Side Charter School is the first location in the United States to benefit from the Barclays Spaces for Sports initiative, a global program first launched in the UK in 2004 that focuses on revitalizing communities.

The new EastSide Sports Center is made possible by a $500,000 grant from Barclays plus additional support from Yaverland Foundation, Edgar A. Thronson Foundation and Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects.

"I am incredibly excited to dedicate these new fields and playgrounds to the students of East Side Charter School, and to the residents of our local, underserved, community. I know that the activities conducted and the sports played on these fields will foster a sense of camaraderie, partnership and community among our students and our surrounding neighborhoods. Those sports activities and that sense of community will be an essential part of the mental, physical and social development of our students," said Charles McDowell, chair of the East Side Charter Board. "Once again, we are very blessed to have this magnanimous support from Barclays, a company that has continuously played a large role in mentoring our students, educating them about fiscal responsibility, and helping them learn and grow in both the classroom and now on the playing fields."

Since its inception, Barclays Spaces for Sports has created more than 200 sustainable sports sites and awarded more than 4,000 coaching packs in the UK. Following its success in the UK the program was expanded globally in April 2008, with sites already open in South Africa and now the United States. The expansion of the program reflects Barclays’ role as a global business leader and as a supportive member of the greater global community.

"Barclays Spaces for Sports has given over half a million people globally the opportunity to benefit from sports and the opportunity to break the cycle of deprivation," said Lloyd M. Wirshba, CEO, Barclaycard US, the credit card business of Barclays PLC in the United States. "We are especially delighted that our own East Side Charter School was chosen as a Spaces for Sports site in the US. Barclays has a proud global tradition of fostering community spirit among its employees, and this spirit is reflected in the work that has gone into these fields and through the countless hours that we have spent nurturing the growth and development of the East Side Charter students."

Barclays has been an active supporter of East Side Charter School since 2003.

East Side Learning Center, the first charter school in the country to be founded within a public housing authority's property, is located in the economically deprived neighborhoods of East Lake and Riverside. According to the 2007 Wilmington Kids Count Fact Book, East Side mirrors the socioeconomic profile of the city: 60 percent of families are headed by single parents; 31 percent of children live below the poverty line; and 90 percent of its children receive free or reduced price lunch. Census data also indicates that this East Lake area has the highest percentage of high school dropouts who are 25 years of age or older compared to the rest of the state, 55 percent and 17 percent respectively. East Side currently enrolls 400 students from 3 year olds through Grade 8, with the addition of more classes of first through eighth grades.

Headquartered in Wilmington, Del., Barclaycard US creates customized co-branded credit card programs for some of the country's most successful travel, entertainment, retail and financial institutions, including US Airways, Best Western, Carnival Cruise Lines, Travelocity, L.L.Bean, Barnes & Noble, BJ's Wholesale Club and UBS. The company employs 1,200 associates and was named a Top Employer in Delaware in 2008. Barclaycard is a division of Barclays PLC, a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries, employs 135,000 people and services accounts for over 27 million customers and clients worldwide.

Barclays does a great job fostering community spirit among its employees, who have played an integral role in helping to support East Side Charter School. They take part in events such as Make a Difference Day and the Barclaycard USA Cycle Chellange, which raised more than $70,000 for the schools computer learning center in 2007.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Houdini Lock & Safe Company Supports Philly Law Enforcement

PHILADELPHIA — Houdini Lock & Safe Company donated 50 crime prevention tool kits to the Philadelphia Police Department at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Sept. 9.

The tool kits feature graphic tools, handouts, customizable PowerPoint presentations and demonstration props all in one briefcase-sized kit.
They were prepared by the National Crime Prevention Council and the Medeco Lock Company. Medeco locks offer the highest protection from key bumping, picking, drilling, forced entry and unauthorized key duplication. Houdini Lock & Safe Company is the official Medeco security center in the Philadelphia market.

Founded in 1952, Houdini Lock & Safe Company is the premier locksmith company in the Delaware Valley. It has many large, modern state-of-the-art showrooms located in convenient retail locations, allowing businesses and homeowners to choose from a variety of products to fit their security needs.

This donation is a nice way for Houdini to support the community through its expertise in safety and security. These tool kits will enable law enforcement to teach residents best practices for safety.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

DirectBuy of Spokane Helps Habitat for Humanity

SPOKANE, Wash. —This past June, Habitat for Humanity finished its Blitz Build project in Spokane with help from DirectBuy. DirectBuy of Spokane owner Ron Cully involved his staff by offering to pay them half of their regular wages for any time they spent helping build the two duplexes. In addition, he gave them the opportunity to donate their earnings to the charity of their choice. For this event, the staff made a $300 donation to Habitat for Humanity. With the staff’s overall contribution of 150 hours, the interiors of both units and the complete exterior of one unit were finished.

"Anyone can write a check to a charity and feel good about what they have done,” said Cully. “But it takes time and human power to make things happen. Until you have spent time and looked into the eyes of the people you help, you can not fully understand what it means to contribute."

The Spokane showroom regularly donates merchandise to the Habitat for Humanity store and has donated products to the Blitz Build program for the past 2 years. This year’s donation consisted of all the lumber, drywall, fasteners, cabinets, sinks and faucets for one of the two duplexes (totaling just over $20,000 worth of materials).

Habitat for Humanity works to build affordable, decent, and simple homes for low-income families. Habitat helps create a neighborhood families can be proud of and allows them to live a better quality of life.

For 37 years, DirectBuy has been showing thousands of consumers unparalleled ways to save as they shop for virtually everything for in and around their homes – from furniture, carpet and flooring, and custom window treatments, to kitchen and bath cabinets and fixtures, appliances and much, much more. DirectBuy enables members to purchase products from several hundred manufacturers at more than 160 showrooms across North America.

This is a wonderful community project that combines in-kind donations of items need to build the homes with volunteers donating their time to make the homes a reality.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Granite Group to Support Wounded Warrior Project

CONCORD, N. H. — The Granite Group/The Ultimate Bath accepted and matched donations at its Granite Group Contractor Trade Show on Sept. 25 at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N. H., to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Established in 2001, the Wounded Warrior Project assists and advocates for the most severely wounded, injured and ill soldiers, and their families, throughout their lifetime. The Wounded Warrior T-Shirt Project was the idea of Flip Mullen, a retired firefighter, of Rockaway, N.Y. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 devastated the N. Y. peninsula, a group of lawyers, accountants, firefighters, stockbrokers and police officers decided that they could use their talents to help heal some of the wounds that tried to break a spirited community.

“The donations raised are used to directly benefit these brave men and women by providing programs and services specifically developed for their unique needs,” says Mike Mullaney, director of marketing of The Granite Group.

Those attending the show who donated $20 or more received a Wounded Warrior Project T-shirt. All donations of $20 or more will be matched 100 percent by The Granite Group/Ultimate Bath.

The Granite Group is one of the top 50 plumbing, heating and PVF wholesale distributors in the United States. The company has nearly 400 employees throughout its 26 locations serving all of the New England states and Eastern New York.

This matching donation program is a nice way to generate awareness about the Wounded Warrior Project and all of the good that it does for critically injured and ill soldiers and their families.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Entergy & Foundation for the Mid South Create Hurricane Relief Fund

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation and the Foundation for the Mid South have created the Entergy Hurricane Relief Fund for victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The fund will be used to help disaster victims restore their lives in the aftermath of the two storms that swept across Entergy's service territory less than two weeks apart, knocking out power to more than 1.6 million customers and devastating communities from south Louisiana to the upper Texas coast. Entergy Corp. has committed $700,000 to the fund.

"We are heartsick at the losses our communities have suffered," said Curt L. Hebert, executive vice president, external affairs. "Even as we launched a massive power restoration effort, we are equally concerned about reaching out to help our communities rebuild."

Unlike relief agencies that focus primarily on immediate needs, the Entergy Hurricane Relief Fund will help survivors recover and rebuild. Nonprofits and intermediary organizations may apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for nonprofit groups serving disaster victims who reside within Entergy's service area. The program will not provide direct grants to individuals.

Eligible organizations must have 501(c) 3 nonprofit or equivalent tax status. Projects funded will include rebuilding efforts such as expenses related to home building or repairs, transportation, education, starting or rebuilding a business. All funds must be targeted to projects serving communities within Entergy's service area that were affected by Gustav and Ike.

A selection committee chosen by the Foundation for the Mid South will review all grant applications and will make decisions based on the information submitted on the applications. Nonprofits and intermediary organizations can download and submit an application for the Entergy Hurricane Relief Fund.

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,300 employees.

The $700,000 that Entergy is contributing to this fund will enable many charities in the affected regions to resume services and help people impacted by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. This is an important step in rebuilding these communities.

Monday, September 22, 2008

TripAdvisor To Give Away $1 Million

NEWTON, Mass. — TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel community, launched the "More than Footprints" philanthropic initiative, in which TripAdvisor will donate $1 million to five travel-related nonprofits. Accordingly, TripAdvisor will divide the $1 million between the nonprofits democratically, through online voting. Voting is open at www.tripadvisor.com/Causes through Nov. 9. This "democratic philanthropy" not only fits the TripAdvisor ethos, it also empowers people to have a direct impact on corporate giving at a time when the economic downturn might make individual donations difficult. By simply voting online in the "More than Footprints" initiative, people can leave a lasting impression on the world.

TripAdvisor believes people can leave more than footprints behind when traveling – by making a difference in the places they visit.

The five travel-related nonprofits TripAdvisor selected to participate in the "More than Footprints" initiative are:

• Conservation International – Eco-tourism
• Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – Emergency relief
• National Geographic Society – Exploring and sustaining authentic places
• The Nature Conservancy – Environmental protection
• Save the Children – Aiding children around the world

After voting ends, each nonprofit will get a portion of the $1 million donation, based on the percentage of total votes it receives. Although each person may vote only once, they can build extra support for the cause they choose by referring friends to cast their own votes. Each participating nonprofit is guaranteed to receive at least $50,000 from TripAdvisor. Results will be announced on Nov. 12.

"We're a community of travelers around the world, and we wanted to do something that could really make a positive difference in people's lives," said Steve Kaufer, founder and CEO, TripAdvisor. "It's also an election year, so voting is on everyone's mind. We know that people want their voices to be heard, and we hope they’ll raise those voices collectively to help us support nonprofits addressing global problems."

TripAdvisor Media Network attracts more than 32 million monthly visitors across 12 travel brands. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 25 million monthly visitors.

TripAdvisor emphasizes the power of the voice, and that's what the company is doing with this innovative approach to philanthropy. Individuals play a role in choosing the non-profits they feel are most deserving, but all five non-profits will benefit.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kraft Foods Feeds Gulf Coast Families Affected by Hurricane Ike

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — Kraft Foods Inc. announced it will donate $250,000 in humanitarian aid to support the victims of Hurricane Ike. The donation consists of $100,000 in cash and $50,000 in products to the American Red Cross, and $100,000 in products to Feeding America. Donated products include Kraft favorites such as Planters nuts, Cornnuts snacks, Honey Maid Grahams crackers, Fig Newtons and Oreo cookies. The cash donation is expected to feed approximately 7,000 hurricane victims seeking food, shelter and comfort.

This donation builds on Kraft Foods' long-standing tradition of being one of the first responders in situations where humanitarian aid is needed. In total, the company has donated nearly $2 million in 2008 to help victims of flooding in the Midwestern United States, the China earthquake, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, Hurricane Gustav along the U.S. Gulf Coast and Hurricane Ike. Since 2000, Kraft Foods has contributed nearly $10 million in cash and products for global humanitarian aid.

"Food and financial donations are especially important after a disaster strikes," said Amina Dickerson, senior director, Corporate Community Involvement, Kraft Foods. "Our donation of family favorites like Planters nuts and Nabisco cookies will bring comfort to families and make an immediate, positive difference during this particularly distressing time. The American Red Cross and Feeding America are doing an outstanding job of distributing donations from companies such as Kraft to families affected by the disaster."

For more than a century, Kraft has offered foods and beverages that fit the way consumers live. Millions of times a day in more than 150 countries, consumers reach for their favorite Kraft brands, including nine with revenues exceeding $1 billion: Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings; Oscar Mayer meats; Philadelphia cream cheese; Maxwell House coffee; Nabisco cookies and crackers and its Oreo brand; Jacobs coffees; Milka chocolates; and LU biscuits. Kraft is one of the world's largest food and beverage companies with annual revenues exceeding $37 billion, more than 100,000 employees and more than 180 manufacturing and processing facilities globally.

This timely donation brings Kraft's 2008 humanitarian aid support to nearly $2 million. It's especially nice to see the company lending its support in areas of the United States affected by recent natural disasters.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nevada Volunteers Celebrates New Reno Location

RENO, Nev. — In celebration of the grand opening of is new Reno location, Nevada Volunteers recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house event. The organization’s new offices are located at 639 Isbell Rd. Ste. 220.

“We look forward to the benefits our new home will bring us, most notably an easier platform to offer statewide volunteer support services,” said Shawn Lecker-Pomaville, CEO of Nevada Volunteers. “We’re excited about the partnerships being built by business, non-profits and government working together to address Nevada’s needs through service and volunteerism.”

Nevada Volunteers, formerly known as the Nevada Commission for National and Community Service, creates opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. It is the governor’s commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide and hosts the annual Governor’s Points of Light award.

Nevada Volunteers is an outstanding source for Nevadans to connect and find volunteering opportunities. Since 1988, the organization has had 1,288 AmeriCorps volunteers serving Nevada and recruiting more than 17,000 volunteers who donated 117,000 hours of service to local communities. Kudos to the organization and to Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons, honorary chair, for their continued work to make Nevada a better place to live and work.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

BCI Aircraft Leasing Signs on as Silver Sponsor of 2008 Komen Chicago Race

CHICAGO — BCI Aircraft Leasing (BCI) will serve as a Silver Sponsor in the 2008 Komen Chicago Race, scheduled to take place at the city’s lakefront on Sept. 27. Susan G. Komen for the Cure saves lives, empowers people, ensures quality care for all and energizes science to find the cures for breast cancer.

“We are proud to come together as a team to support this important cause which touches so many lives,” said Brian Hollnagel, BCI president and CEO.

BCI local employees, families and friends, will take part in the event, which includes a 5K run/walk. The walk is expected to include as many as 10,000 participants. In addition to the company’s financial support, each individual participating on BCI’s behalf will conduct his or her own fundraising initiative at varying levels.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists in the fight against breast cancer.

BCI Aircraft Leasing, Inc. was founded in 1997 and has become one of commercial aviation’s leading privately-held operating leasing companies. BCI provides airlines with financial products and services to help them achieve their financial and fleet planning goals. BCI’s customer list includes Air Canada, Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, US Airways, and other prominent air carriers around the world.

Bringing employees and their families together to walk/run for a great cause is an excellent way for BCI to demonstrate its philanthropy in Chicago. It's nice to see the company taking an active role not only as a sponsor, but also as an active participant in the event.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

PSI Seminars Graduates Lend Support to Elementary School Students

LAS VEGAS — Graduates of PSI Seminars (PSI), a personal development and educational company, have donated more than $30,000 through the organization’s non-profit PSI World to provide support to children attending Cynthia Cunningham Elementary School (4145 Jimmy Durante Drive, Las Vegas). The school, which opened in 1989, serves a high percentage of economically disadvantaged, at-risk and transient children.

Funds were used to purchase backpacks, school supplies, shoes and new athletic socks for 830 children in grades kindergarten through fifth. In addition, 15,000 T-shirts were donated by Just Kiddin’ Playwear — 2,000 for Cunningham Elementary students and 13,000 for Communities in Schools Nevada, a non-profit organization that assists Clark County schools.

More than 50 PSI graduate volunteers measured children’s feet, shopped for school supplies, and assembled and delivered the backpacks to the school, just in time for last week’s open house. Volunteers also enjoyed working with teachers to paint murals in the library, transforming it into a more fun and vibrant place to read, learn and study. PSI plans to continue its support, especially for the school’s most needy children.

“We were shocked to learn that Cunningham Elementary serves as many as 300 transient children each year, children whose families may be in temporary housing and often sleep on the floor,” said Teresa Corbitt, area director for PSI Seminars. “To lend a helping hand, PSI donated 120 sleeping bags to the school and we plan to deliver 100 rolling backpacks in the next few weeks. Since many of these children go without meals on the weekends, we hope the rolling backpacks will enable the children to take food home with them on Fridays. This way they’ll have something to eat on the weekends.”

Several PSI graduates will also be at the school today to fit all 830 children with brand new athletic shoes. “Wal-Mart really stepped in to assist us with special pricing and special delivery of the shoes for the fitting,” said Corbitt.

PSI Seminars is the oldest running personal development company in the United States. For more than 35 years, PSI Seminars has worked with hundreds of thousands of people all over the world to help them discover their ultimate effectiveness through educational programs. Its non-profit PSI World has contributed to many charitable organizations.

This is an excellent collaboration between PSI graduates and students who can use some support. We like that the PSI folks donated not just money, but also their time. Their involvement will positively impact the lives of all 830 students.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Ronald McDonald House Charities Announces North American Sponsorship with La-Z-Boy

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Ronald McDonald House Charities announced a multi-year sponsorship with La-Z-Boy Incorporated that includes annual furniture donations to all Ronald McDonald Houses (RMHC) and Ronald McDonald Family Room in Canada and the United States, a cash contribution and volunteerism by members of the La-Z-Boy family.

"We are proud to be associated with the La-Z-Boy brand, which has been a symbol of comfort and support for more than eight decades," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of RMHC. "RMHC wouldn't be where it is today if it weren't for the support of corporate donors. RMHC is projected to grow our programs by 37 percent by 2010 and we couldn’t do that without the generous contributions of time, money and in-kind donations from companies like La-Z-Boy. Their furniture will bring comfort to families every night who are experiencing one of the most stressful times of their life. RMHC is a global organization, and our corporate donors allow us to directly impact children and families on a local level."

In September 2008, La-Z-Boy will provide four new pieces of furniture per year to existing Ronald McDonald Houses and will furnish the common areas of Ronald McDonald Houses and Ronald McDonald Family Rooms constructed during the sponsorship. La-Z-Boy plans to establish a unique volunteer program that encourages employees to get involved with local RMHC events in their communities.

The Ronald McDonald House program provides families with a "home away from home" while their children receive treatment in a nearby hospital or medical facility. Here, family members can sleep, eat, relax and find support from other families in similar situations. Since 1974, Ronald McDonald Houses have helped more than 10 million families in need. There are currently 174 Ronald McDonald Houses programs in North America.

The Ronald McDonald Family Room program provides a home-like haven inside hospitals, offering families of critically ill children an opportunity to reflect, shower or rest while being steps from their child. There are currently 70 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in North America.

Ronald McDonald House Charities, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most — right in their own communities. RMHC makes an immediate, positive impact on children's lives through its global network of local chapters in more than 53 countries and regions and its three core programs: Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. RMHC and its global network have awarded hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and program services to children's programs around the world.

La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery Group companies are Bauhaus, England and La-Z-Boy. The La-Z-Boy Casegoods Group companies are American Drew/Lea, Hammary and Kincaid. The corporation's proprietary distribution network is dedicated exclusively to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 335 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores, 57 La-Z-Boy In-Store Galleries and 333 Comfort Studios, in addition to in-store gallery programs at the company's Kincaid, England and Lea operating units.

It seems fitting that a company known for providing comfort would provide the same to the families of seriously ill children. RMHC is an outstanding organization, and La-Z-Boy has found an important niche that needs to be filled.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Lend America Teams Up With Dream House to Help Medically Fragile Children

MELVILLE, N.Y. — Lend America, recently ranked as the 12th largest direct-to-consumer FHA lender in the nation, announced today it will make a financial contribution to Dream House for Medically Fragile Children for each loan it closes. Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, Inc, a 501(c) 3 non profit children's charity, teaches families and communities how to help kids with complex health issues thrive in a home setting instead of being institutionalized for life.

Based in Atlanta, Dream House was founded in 2001 by Laura Moore, a licensed pediatric nurse and clinical educator, who while caring for these children for more than 20 years, decided that these children just like any other children deserve a home, a family and a future. Dream House receives no state or federal funding and relies solely on private donations. Since 2001, Dream House has helped more than 820 families caring for over 730 medically fragile children by providing education al programs for families and care givers, assisting in the development of specially equipped and accessible homes, increasing community awareness about the needs of medically fragile children, and creating opportunities for community and corporate partnerships focused on improving the quality of life for medically fragile children and their families.

"As a caring and compassionate organization that is focused on helping borrowers achieve the dream of sustainable homeownership, Lend America has a responsibility to help Dream House provide safe, effective and long-term care for these medically fragile children in a stable nurturing home," said Michael Ashley, chief business strategist at Lend America. “We believe as Lend America continues to grow, we can make a difference, one child at a time, and have a significant impact on improving the quality of life for more of these children by training and enabling more families to care for them at home."

A medically fragile child is one who, because of an accident, illness, congenital disorder, abuse or neglect, has been left in a stable condition, but is dependent on life sustaining medications, treatments, equipment, and has need for assistance with activities of daily living. A medically fragile condition crosses all diagnoses including chronic health care conditions such as diabetes, oxygen dependency, cerebral palsy (CP), organ transplants and most require special health care support, such as tube feedings, suctioning, tracheotomy care, a respirator or have limited mobility and require special health care support due to paralysis or chronic disease.

"Reality comes crashing down for these families faced with the challenge of caring for their precious children who have dramatically complex health issues," said Laura Moore, founder and CEO of Dream House. "Unless you are faced with this situation or know someone going through this, you are completely oblivious to this tragic epidemic sweeping across American communities touching hundred's of thousands of families. Lend America has embraced the Dream House mission, and in doing so, is helping us open a door on a situation that together we can address."

Lend America, a National Mortgage Banking Organization and one of New York's largest privately owned direct lenders, has served the residential mortgage marketplace for over 20 years. The company is one of the most successful direct-to-consumer lenders in the United States and is the region's largest and most well known FHA direct lenders and is a GNMA approved mortgage backed securities issuer. Lend America employs approximately 525 employees and is located in Melville, N.Y.

Dream House for Medically Fragile Children is a children's charity that teaches family and communities how to help kids with complex health issues thrive in a home environment instead of being institutionalized for life. Fueled by community support, Dream House has set the standard for home care of medically fragile children, which will someday have national impact. The organization aims to improve the quality of life for these children, including dramatically reducing the number who are in foster care. Since 2001, Dream House has served over 820 family members caring for more than 830 medical fragile children in 37 Georgia counties.

This is a wonderful partnership that benefits the most medically fragile of children. Some of the children served by Dream House will rely on treatments, medications or equipment for the rest of their lives. Their needs are complex, and it is refreshing to learn that a non-profit (and a corporation) are giving these children and their families a voice.

Friday, August 08, 2008

The Selective Group Foundation Donates $30,000 to Iowa Flood Recovery Effort

BRANCHVILLE, N.J. — Flood relief efforts across the Midwest received a much-needed boost this week, as

Selective Insurance Group, Inc., announced a $30,000 donation to the American Red Cross from The Selective Group Foundation. The donation will assist with flood relief efforts across the Midwest. The company also launched an employee giving campaign that will raise additional money to benefit victims of the flooding.

On behalf of Selective's Independent Agents across the state of Iowa and all of Selective's employees, The Selective Group Foundation will make financial contributions to Red Cross chapters in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Des Moines and the Quad Cities area.

"We are proud to have Selective as a valuable partner as we continue to deliver upon the promise to bring hope and relief to thousands of Iowans in need," says Jodie Warth, chief development officer of the Central Iowa Chapter. "The Red Cross relies on companies like Selective. Investments such as this assure that Red Cross disaster relief services are immediately provided to families suffering loss."

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for seven property and casualty insurance companies rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer primary and alternative market insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Other subsidiaries of the company provide claims, human resources and risk management services.

Selective's donations were inspired in part by agents, who have been working with those impacted by the flooding since day one. These communities need support now more than ever, and it's nice to see Selective taking the lead.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

AT&T Pledges $1 Million in Support of the National Urban League's Project Ready College Access Program

DALLAS — AT&T Inc. announced a $1 million contribution over two years in support of the National Urban League's (NUL) Project Ready College Access Program. Targeting 11th and 12th graders, it is an initiative that seeks to provide enhanced academic support to students in high school and prepare them for post-secondary education.

The project works with families to accomplish the following: increase college awareness; improve navigational and life skills; raise confidence and self-awareness around decision making; gain greater understanding and appreciation for one's own cultural identity and cultural diversity; and understand the correlation between higher education and income.

"We strongly support the great work of the National Urban League's Project Ready Program. This program is particularly effective in encouraging students to set goals and understand the correlation between higher education and future life success," said Marie Long, vice president of Constituency Relations at AT&T.

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T supports projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2007, AT&T contributed more than $164 million through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T and the AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, combine more than $1.9 billion of historic charitable commitment to communities across the country.

AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services and the nation's leading wireless, high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of its three-screen integration strategy, AT&T is expanding its TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 on Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list and No. 1 on America's Most Admired Telecommunications Company list.

This program will benefit many high school students, and it is admirable that National Urban League has partnered with the Academy for Educational Development to measure the program's success.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Flitz International Supports Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

WATERFORD, Wisc. — Flitz International announced that $2 from each of its premium polishing products sold at the 2008 Wisconsin State Fair will benefit Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

“It is always a good thing when corporations give back to society,” said Ulrich Jentzsch, president of Flitz International. “Even better, when they give back to their local community.”

Angelica Hensley, chief operations officer for Flitz, added “Flitz chose Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as recipient of this donation specifically because "its efforts can have such an immediate, positive impact on the lives of its young patients. We are proud to assist Children’s Hospital in brightening the days of those children and their families."

Flitz International is a manufacturer of premium polishing products and is headquartered in Waterford, Wisc. The company has been a leader in the manufacture of premium polishing products for 30 years.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is included on Child magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals list and is named by U.S.News & World Report as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. Children’s Hospital is the flagship member of Children’s Hospital and Health System. The health system is able to fulfill its mission thanks in part to philanthropic gifts and support from members of the community. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond.

It's nice to see a local company supporting an important cause in its own community. The Children's Hospital is planning an expansion to better meet the needs of children and their families in its service area, and every dollar of support will help.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Primavera Provides Anchor Contribution for PMI Educational Foundation

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Primavera Systems, Inc., the world's leading provider of project, portfolio and resource management software, is contributing $1 million to support the humanitarian and educational programs of the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF).

"Social responsibility and education are two of project management's greatest goals," said Gregory Balestrero, president and chief executive officer of Project Management Institute (PMI) and chief operating officer of the PMI Education Foundation. "As project management continues to broaden its influence globally, we must do so in ways that benefit people in need of relief operations and people who are underserved socially and educationally. With the support of corporate leaders like Primavera, the PMI Educational Foundation is making a positive impact."

The PMI Educational Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Project Management Institute (PMI), is a not-for-profit, non-political organization that champions project management knowledge and skills for educational and social good. Founded in 1990 by PMI, the PMI Education Foundation provides scholarships, confers awards, sponsors research, prepares and disseminates project management-related educational material and awards financial grants to support project management life skills and humanitarian programs.

Primavera is a software company that provides business solutions for a project-driven world. The company helps organizations identify which projects are most important, and makes it easy for people to work collaboratively on those projects to deliver them successfully. Primavera solutions are industry-specific and highly scalable, with the power to support global enterprises. Projects collectively worth more than $6 trillion have been completed using Primavera.

With more than 265,000 members in 170 plus countries, the Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI) is the leading membership association for the project management profession and the largest association dedicated to project management in the world.

This donation will be the cornerstone to support educational and humanitarian programs, including providing tools to relief and development organizations.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation Partners with Scooter Vacations

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida office of Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation (Starlight) announced a new partnership with Scooter Vacations, an Orlando mobility scooter rental company. Starting this month, Scooter Vacations will provide electric wheelchairs to seriously ill children at Starlight’s Great Escapes family events in the greater Orlando area.

The Great Escapes program was developed by Starlight to provide opportunities for seriously ill children and their families to spend recreational time together away from medical settings. Activities have included: building gingerbread houses, riding miniature ponies, being splashed by a killer whale at the aquarium; paddling down a virtual river in a kayak at Walt Disney World’s DisneyQuest; seeing Grover fly through the air during “Sesame Street Live” and bowling for the first time in a wheelchair.

With this program, Starlight’s goal is to provide therapeutic recreation to children and families whose lives have been derailed by serious illness. Great Escapes connect families facing similar challenges in order to reduce their feelings of isolation; provide a vital, accepting support system; bolster spirits; create a respite from medical challenges and loneliness; and ensure that sick children and their families always have something enjoyable to plan for and anticipate.

Scooter Vacations rents mobility scooters to vacationers visiting the Orlando area and major attractions such as Sea World, Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World and has five mobility scooter rental models, electronic convenience vehicles (ECVs) to choose from based on individual needs; four models that fit in a car trunk and one specifically outfitted for on-property use. As a charity partner, Scooter Vacations is donating the use of its scooters on an unrestricted basis to the Great Escapes program of central Florida for a minimum three-year period.

“We are proud to partner with Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and have the opportunity to bring smiles to the faces of children with serious medical conditions,” said Jo Ellen Andrew, owner of Scooter Vacations. “We are committed to doing everything possible to give these families the equipment they need to enjoy myriad activities and experiences organized by Starlight here in the Orlando community.”

When a child or teenager has a serious medical condition, everyone in the family is affected. For 25 years, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation has dedicated itself to helping seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. Starlight’s programs have been proven to distract children from their pain, help them better understand and manage their illnesses, and connect families facing similar challenges so that no one feels alone. Serving more than 6,800 children each month throughout the state of Florida, Starlight’s array of outpatient, hospital-based and Web offerings provide ongoing support for children and families — before, during and after medical treatment.

Scooter Vacations offers a range of luxurious mobility scooters to vacationers visiting the Orlando area and embarking on cruises from Port Canaveral. Users—including the mobility-impaired, families looking for a “survival utility vehicle” to make their theme park vacations more effortless and individuals interested in more quickly and enjoyably navigating destinations by personal transporter—choose Scooter Vacations.

With mobility being a major obstacle for children suffering from critical illnesses, the partnership between Starlight and Scooter Vacations is ideal. Scooter Vacations is lending support to fill a niche, enabling Starlight to focus its efforts on its Great Escapes program, which directly impacts hundreds of seriously ill children and their families.

Monday, June 23, 2008

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital Sponsors Ryan's Run 2008

MIDDLETOWN, N. J. — The Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation (RAKMF) and Ryan’s Run announced that K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore Medical Center has joined the national and regional companies, institutions, and foundations supporting Ryan’s Run, which took place June 21.

This year marks the fifth running of Ryan’s Run, the only fundraising event the foundation holds. All proceeds go directly to help families with critically ill children.

"We at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital are proud to partner with the Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation through Ryan's Run. Their mission of improving heart care for pediatric patients aligns closely with ours. We look forward to partnering more with them more in the future," said Robert Cavanaugh, public relations manager at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the first state-designated children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. As the regional leader in advanced pediatric care, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital is home to the area’s most comprehensive range of subspecialty services with board certified pediatric sub-specialists in over 20 disciplines.

As a member of Meridian Health, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital partners with Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, and Riverview Medical Center, and offers the area's largest affiliated network of board-certified pediatricians.

The Ryan Andrew Kaiser Memorial Foundation assists local families with critically ill children who may not otherwise be able to afford proper health care; provides grants and funding to doctors and hospital groups that specialize in the care and cure of pediatric heart patients; and funds, plans and builds children’s playgrounds in partnership with GameTime, the world’s largest playground manufacturer.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nevada Volunteers Grants More than $1 Million to State Programs

RENO, Nev. — The Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington DC has awarded grants totaling $1,289,916 to Nevada. This includes an additional $672,416 for AmeriCorps Nevada programs for grant recipients Nevada Outdoor School, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, United Way of Southern Nevada and U.S. Veterans Initiative, Inc. The commissioners of Nevada Volunteers, tasked with administering these funds, have approved grant awards for the 2008-2009 grant year.

"We look to answer needs within the community with the volunteers this funding allows," said Bryan Guiot, program director for Nevada Volunteers. "Each of these programs provide services that otherwise wouldn't be there without this funding source. This year we added United Way of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas which expanded AmeriCorps members in Clark County. Next year, there will be five AmeriCorps Nevada programs that will include two in Las Vegas, one statewide, one in Incline Village and one in Winnemucca.”

Each of the grants for AmeriCorps members will be used in specific areas that address community needs.

The Nevada Outdoor School will have 11 AmeriCorps members to serve Humboldt County. Its $134,997 grant award is used for education programs on Nevada 's unique environment. The school is partnered with Bureau of Land Management and the American Red Cross serving the community in those areas as well.

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation (PTCF) supports 14 AmeriCorps members. Serving the greater Lake Tahoe region, its $176,006 grant will be used for a variety of needs ranging from domestic violence intervention to supporting the American Red Cross presence in the area.

The United Way of Southern Nevada program will administer ten AmeriCorps members. This new grant of $125,991 is targeted toward families. AmeriCorps members will serve families at risk for homelessness, as well as offering support service learning initiatives with K-12 students and kindergarten readiness programs.

Las Vegas-based U.S. Veterans Initiative, Inc. utilizes 19 AmeriCorps members. The $235,422 grant award serves homeless people in southern Nevada (Clark County). Services also include a collaboration with Central Christian Church, where AmeriCorps members assist with services for homeless teenagers through partnership with Street Teens.

Great Basin Institute (GBI) Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC), the statewide AmeriCorps program, was awarded an AmeriCorps grant competitively from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant expands the NCC to 125 AmeriCorps members from the current 86 members, providing valuable natural resource management services throughout Nevada .

Nevada Volunteers creates opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. Nevada Volunteers is the governor's commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide and hosts the annual Governor's Points of Light award. Since 1998, over 1,100 AmeriCorps members have served throughout Nevada recruiting more than 14,000 volunteers who donated over 97,000 hours of service to local communities.

Nevada Volunteers does a fantastic job of serving critical needs in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout the state of Nevada. From helping to rehabilitate homeless veterans to helping at-risk children stay in school and away from drugs, Nevada Volunteers is a tremendous value for the state.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Nestle Waters North America Contributes to Iowa Tornado Relief

WATERLOO, Iowa - Nestlé Waters North America donated more than 35,000 half-liters of Nestlé Pure Life bottled water to citizens affected by the level five tornado that struck the northeast part of the state. The bottles of water, which at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, are being distributed throughout the affected area by the food bank, a member of America's Second Harvest, as well as the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The tornado is estimated to have damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, displacing thousands of citizens. The Nestlé Pure Life bottled water is part of a greater relief effort that includes deliveries of meals and hygiene products, coordinated by the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and AmeriCares.

"This storm was unprecedented. Our hearts go out to the victims, and we are here to help them any way we can. We have a long way to go, and there's a lot of clean-up to be done," said Barb Prather, executive director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. "We are grateful for donations, and the partnerships that help us get the necessities, like water, to the victims."

In the past, Nestlé Waters North America has provided millions of bottles of water to citizens and relief workers affected by natural disasters, including tornados and hurricanes, such as Hurricane Katrina, and during the 2007 Southern California wildfires.

Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is the number one bottled water company in the U.S. Its family of 15 well-known brands includes Poland SpringBrand Natural Spring Water, the leading spring water brand in America. Based in Greenwich, Conn., Nestlé Waters North America's 9,000 employees provide bottled water products to consumers across the country, including Nestlé Pure Life and Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water in the Midwest.

Nestle has consistently lent its support to communities throughout the United States affected by natural disasters. Kudos also to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for its efforts to provide meals and necessities to the victims.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nanticoke Indian Museum Receives Book Collection

WASHINGTON, DC — Antonio “Tony” Arocho, Esq., principal attorney at Arocho Law Office, has donated an extensive Native American book collection to the Nanticoke Indian Museum & Library of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe in Delaware.

“I am very proud to have my book collection included in the Nanticoke Indian Museum and Library because it plays a very special role in preserving and promoting Native American culture and history,” said Arocho.

The Nanticoke Indian Tribe is a state recognized tribe in the state of Delaware. The Nanticoke Indian Museum and Library is located in Millsboro and houses artifacts such as spears, arrowheads, pottery and jewelry, as well as a library

Arocho Law Office offers a variety of services to businesses and non-profit organizations, including administrative and regulatory law, alternative dispute resolution, business economic development and grants, diversity counseling services, labor relations, lobbying and government relations, and minority/small business reserve certification.

Funding for the library is through POWOW and the donations of individuals and businesses. The museum is placing a strong emphasis on its library, which offers resources such as books and videos designed to educate people about the rich history of the Nanticoke tribe. Arocho's donation will help the museum expand the library's resources.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Panther Expedited Services Lends Support to the Prevent Cancer Foundation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —Panther Expedited Services, Inc. has selected the Prevent Cancer Foundation as recipient of its workplace giving program.

Panther, a leader in premium air and ground transportation headquartered in Seville, Ohio, employs over 375 people and has a contractual relationship with over 2,000 drivers. Each of these employees and contractors will have the opportunity to donate money to the Prevent Cancer Foundation to help further its mission to prevent cancer and detect it early through cutting-edge research, education and awareness programs and community outreach to the underserved across the country. Panther will match a percentage of collected donations.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation (formerly the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation) was started in 1985 when founder Carolyn Aldige first understood the power of prevention to defeat cancer and recognized that too few of the country's resources were used to promote cancer prevention research or education. Today, it is one of the nation's leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence.

Since its inception the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $97 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. Its peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 300 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies.

Founded in 1992, Panther Expedited Services has grown to the largest independent provider of premium logistics solutions in North America.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation does a tremendous job of educating people about how they can reduce their risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers, mostly by making positive lifestyle chances. Panther's workplace giving program will help generate funds for this important foundation and impact countless lives through education and research.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Zach Taylor Named National AmeriCorps Member of the Year

RENO, Nev. — first glance of his resume, Zachary Taylor seems an unlikely candidate for Great Basin Institute’s Nevada Conservation Corps (NCC). Yet, he has excelled to the degree that his boss depends on him to lead and train other AmeriCorps members. That leadership has earned Taylor the 2008 National Service Award for AmeriCorps Member of the Year.

Taylor holds a bachelor's degree in history and English, but according to Matt Johnson, director of Nevada Conservation Corps, he is tops at his NCC job.
"From day one Zach clearly stepped up showing leadership," said Johnson. "Within four months, we had Zach leading NCC crews and teaching others the skills needed for the job. This normally takes someone at least a year."

Nominating Taylor for the national award was easy decision, Johnson said. "The greatest aspect of his skills is that we can trust Zach on any project he is assigned to complete. When we send him out to build or clean up a trail, it's always done right.”

Taylor, who hails from Illinois, learned about the AmeriCorps program with Nevada Conservation Corps through his sister, an AmeriCorps alumni. "I worked on a volunteer project prior to coming to NCC and becoming an AmeriCorps Nevada member," said Taylor. "That experience taught me the importance of the national trail systems and how they affect the general public. I wanted to be a part of preserving and expanding them."

Nevada Volunteers creates countless opportunities to inspire, teach, train and recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses across Nevada to develop a legacy of service and citizenship. The Nevada Volunteers is the governor's commission that administers AmeriCorps programs statewide and hosts the annual Governor's Points of Light award. Since 1998, over 1,100 AmeriCorps members have served throughout Nevada recruiting more than 14,000 volunteers who donated over 97,000 hours of service to local communities.

Now in its tenth year, the Great Basin Institute (GBI) is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. GBI advances ecological literacy and habitat restoration through educational outreach and direct service programs like the Nevada Conservation Corps.

Nevada Conservation Corps is a statewide program that transcends racial, ethnic and economic barriers by creating a cadre of corps members comprised of diverse backgrounds, drawing a broad-based national recruitment process. By uniting environmental resources from federal, state and county agencies, the NCC provides students and young professionals opportunities to make meaningful contributions toward protecting and conserving Nevada 's natural heritage, while also gaining valuable work experience in natural resource management.

AmeriCorps is an invaluable program that impacts lives and communities throughout the country. In Nevada, the AmeriCorps program is a vibrant and critical component in areas of critical need, including conservation, working with veterans, and providing opportunities to at-risk children, to name just a few. Congrats to Zach for a well deserved honor.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

DBI Announces Contest to Benefit Charities

AUSTIN, Texas — Database-Brothers, Inc. (DBI) announced an international database tuning charity event benefiting the American Red Cross, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participation for organizations and database administrators is free, and participants could win badges plus expenses to the IBM Information on Demand Conference held in Las Vegas October 26-31, 2008.

The event begins June 5 with a kickoff Webinar on database tuning and cost measurements. Contest rules will be reviewed, and participants will "vote" for their favorite charities. Participants will then have two weeks to tune their production databases with the objectives of reducing processing costs, and improving throughput and efficiency. Final performance data must be submitted by June 19, and results and winners will be announced during a Webinar on June 25.

For each participating production database, DBI will donate $25 to the charity pool. In addition, DBI will donate 1 percent of new license sales during calendar Q2 to the charity pool. The charities will receive a pro rata share of the charity pool according to the participant votes. Participating organizations may benefit from better performing applications and data warehouses that operate with lower costs.

"This reminds me of the Pay It Forward movie and movement," said Scott Hayes, oresident & CEO of DBI. "Our intent is to help a lot of people, directly and indirectly. Several DBI team members have had their lives touched by cancer and diabetes, and others are active Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Good goes around. This is a good thing we are doing. We hope database professionals around the globe will participate.”

Participation could take as little time as an hour or two. Get involved by visiting DBI.

DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.), headquartered in Austin, Texas, is an industry leader in Oracle and distributed DB2 LUW database accountability and performance best practices methodologies, services, and products that enable companies to accelerate business accountability and performance with clarity.

This contest is a nice way to get people involved, and it enables participants to help choose the charities that will benefit.

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