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 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.

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