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.

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