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SOURCE: Sears Holdings CorporationDESCRIPTION:
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Dec. 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Sears announced its sixth annual Heroes at Home Wish Registry campaign raised more than $550,000 in gift card donations through generous donations from Shop Your Way members and customers. The retailer distributed those funds yesterday to more than 19,000 active-duty military families with e-gift cards valued at $28.75 each. To date, the program has raised more than $18 million dollars, helping more than 120,000 military families as they celebrate the holiday season.
“Our members and customers understand the sacrifices that military families make for our country, and the holiday season is a perfect time to show appreciation,” said Ron Boire, Sears Holdings' executive vice president, chief merchandising officer and president, Sears and Kmart formats. “We are proud to present America’s military heroes and their families with this donation and wish each of them a wonderful holiday season.”
As a new bonus from Sears this year, Heroes at Home Wish Registry soldiers who became Shop Your Way members will receive 99 percent back in points on every purchase they make with their Wish Registry e-gift card in December* – a free opportunity to nearly double their gift card value.
Program participants shared their appreciation for the program. Comments Sears has received include:
· “A big thank you to all who donated to the Heroes at Home! You have helped make my kids Christmas a little brighter! Thank you Sears for organizing this wonderful program year after year! We deeply appreciate it!”
· “My husband just got his gift card. It will just about cover the fancy drill bits he's had his eyes on for Christmas. Thank you for giving to our troops. We appreciate every little bit.”
· “Thank you so much for the Heroes at Home card and the AWESOME bonus of the bonus rewards points! I love your rewards point program it's a pleasant surprise every time I go in! Thanks to all who donated! Every little bit helps!”
· “I just want to say a big thank you to those that donated to the Heroes and Home!! Because of this we were able to get new outfits for us for my husband's upcoming welcome home ceremony. Thank you so much!”
The Heroes at Home Wish Registry supports active-duty soldiers by accepting donations in-store and online which are used to purchase Sears gift cards or registered families. Donations to the Heroes at Home Wish Registry are not tax deductible and are used to purchase Sears gift cards that are equally distributed to registered families. For many military families, the program allows them to purchase everything from warm clothes and new toys for children, to holiday decorations for homes.
The Heroes at Home Wish Registry is just one of many ways Sears demonstrates its commitment to the military. Through a collaboration with Rebuilding Together, Sears has renovated nearly 1,500 homes of veterans in need, making necessary repairs, improvements or modifications. Other examples include:
· Sears is one of the country’s leading military employers, currently employing more than 30,000 veterans, of which 1,500 are actively serving in the Reserve and National Guard. Sears recruitment programs place service men and women in jobs within the organization as well as accommodations for their spouses who have relocated to be closer to them. Sears Holdings ranks number 58 on the list of Top Military Employers.
· Sears Holdings offers military pay differential to its full-time associates who are reservists, serving on active duty. Reservists who are employed full-time are allowed to continue participating in life insurance, medical and dental programs. Sears will hold a comparable position for deployed employees for up to five years.
Military Community Gets More: New Shop Your Way Max Offer
In addition to the Wish Registry, Sears recently launched an offer exclusively for the military community. Active, retired or reserve military members as well as veterans and spouses/family members of military personnel can now enjoy a free six-month membership of Shop Your Way MAX by validating military affiliation through Troop ID – a service that connects military members to exclusive brand deals. The offer includes free two-day shipping on many Sears and Kmart items which means free shipping through the holiday season and beyond. There is no credit card required and no obligation to continue membership once expired, however annual Max members earn double Shop Your Way base points on all qualified purchases both in-store and online when they become an annual member for $39. Plus, Max members receive $3 back in points (3,000 points) each month. Learn more at sears.com/maxmilitary.
For more information on the Heroes at Home Wish Registry and to learn how to support military veterans throughout the year, visit sears.com/heroesathome.
*Offer valid 12/2/13-12/31/13. Members in the Wish Registry get 99% back in points on eligible Wish Registry gift card purchases, up to 50,000 points. Must use qualifying Wish Registry Sears gift card to qualify. Shop Your Way email must match the email registered with Wish Registry to qualify. Max points back for the 99% offer is 50,000 regardless of actual gift card amount issued. Wish Registry Members earn points on qualifying purchases excluding taxes and other fees.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn Points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through its Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 15 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
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ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Ecolab has been recognized for its commitment to community in The Civic 50, an annual initiative led by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they conduct business.
“We believe that the economic and social vitality of our communities is critical to our long-term growth and viability,” said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab chairman and chief executive officer. “This recognition of our civic involvement affirms our commitment to supporting local initiatives that strengthen the communities where we operate.”
This year’s Civic 50 were evaluated on several criteria, including how financial and human resources are applied to civic improvement, whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact, how a company’s community engagement activities are supported within a company’s framework and how they support business interests, and how a company measures the value of its community engagement programs.
“The results of this year’s Civic 50 survey show that even the most civically engaged companies are doing more to make community engagement a top priority and a permanent aspect of their business strategy,” said Michael Weiser, chairman of the board, National Conference on Citizenship and Neil Bush, chairman of the board, Points of Light. “These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place.”
Operating primarily through the Ecolab Community Foundation, Ecolab’s community engagement programs focus on youth and education, civic and community development, arts and culture, and environment and conservation. Ecolab operates Community Relations Councils in major company locations across the U.S. which provide grants and promote local volunteerism and engagement. Ecolab also supports an annual giving campaign wherein employee donations, matched by the Ecolab Community Foundation, support local community organizations. In addition, Ecolab provides in-kind donations of cleaning products to communities recovering from natural disasters around the world. In 2012 alone these in-kind donations totaled more than $1.7 million.
The Civic 50 was developed in partnership with a high-profile working group of lead researchers and industry thought leaders. Dozens of corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants. As a result of this collaborative process, the initiative reflects leading insight and thinking about how corporations can and should engage with communities in a twenty-first century economy.
To learn more about The Civic 50 survey as well as the importance of civic engagement in corporate America, please visit www.Civic50.org.
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 44,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.
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SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
Auburn Hills, Mich., December 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Chrysler Group LLC's Mid-Atlantic Business Center (MABC) and more than 250 of its dealers are joining forces with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to make this holiday season brighter for many families.
"This is our third holiday season partnering with Toys for Tots and it has been a heartwarming experience helping to put smiles on the faces of those less fortunate in our communities," said Carlos Jimenez, Director - Chrysler Group LLC Mid-Atlantic Business Center. "Our dealers have jumped on board every year to help make this partnership a huge success and it has been a great way for us to say thanks to the people who have supported us throughout the year."
As part of the program that runs now until December 26, the MABC is offering customers of 2013 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans 0% APR for 72 months plus a $1,000 down payment match or $2,500 consumer cash plus a $1,000 down payment match. For the 2014 Chrysler Town & Country, the MABC is offering a lease for $279 per month for a 39-month term with $2,999 due at signing. A 2014 Grand Caravan lease is being offered for $249 per month for a 39-month term with $2,999 due at signing. The MABC will donate $100 to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for every 2013 and 2014 Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan sold throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, which covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. All 259 Mid-Atlantic region dealers will also serve as a toy drop-off location.
"During a year when our corporate toy and dollar donations are significantly down, we are extremely pleased to have Chrysler's Mid-Atlantic Business Center return as a corporate partner to again help save the day," said retired Marine Major Bill Grein, Vice President - Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. "With the funds and toys raised through their December promotion we will be able to reach thousands of less fortunate children in the Mid-Atlantic region, who might otherwise be overlooked this Christmas. We are so fortunate to have them on the Toys for Tots team."
Chrysler Group LLC's Mid-Atlantic Business Center and its dealers aim to raise thousands of dollars for Toys for Tots this holiday season. The campaign is in high gear at all Mid-Atlantic Chrysler and Dodge showrooms now untilDecember 26.
About The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Toys for Tots, a 66-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, provides happiness and hope to economically disadvantaged children during each Christmas holiday season. The toys, books and other gifts collected and distributed by the Marines offers these children recognition, confidence and a positive memory for a lifetime. It is such experiences that help children become responsible citizens and caring members of their community. Last year the Marine Corps fulfilled the holiday hopes and dreams of 7.1 million less fortunate children in over 760 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
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SOURCE: Campbell Soup CompanyDESCRIPTION:
CAMDEN, N.J., Dec. 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Campbell Soup Company (NYSE:CPB) was recognized today as a top company for corporate citizenship in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship and Points of Light, and published by Bloomberg News.
“The Civic 50 recognizes Campbell’s commitment to civic engagement and its integration within our business,” said Dave Stangis, Campbell’s Vice President, Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility. “We want to provide nourishment to our neighbors. Whether through nutrition education, supporting local food banks or helping residents gain access to wholesome foods, the desire to give back to the community is woven throughout our company’s values.”
The Civic 50 applicants were evaluated on several criteria: the number of resources made available to community improvement, how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests, how broadly community programs are supported throughout the organization and overall impact of these initiatives.
In addition to being included in a listing of companies acknowledged as part of The Civic 50, Campbell received four additional recognitions. The company was named No. 1 in both “Best of Mid-Cap Market” and “Best in Consumer Staples Industry” categories as well as ranked No. 5 in two of The Civic 50’s scoring dimensions – “Fostering Civic Culture” and “Business Integration.”
Campbell was honored for its top-down support of community initiatives, its use of volunteer and community programs as a way to engage and recruit employees and its steadfast focus on its corporate social responsibility destination goals, as well as efforts to measurably improve the health of young people in its hometown communities. Key projects include:
Campbell's Corporate Social Responsibility strategies are designed to deliver measureable impacts in four key areas: Our Consumers, Our Planet, Our Employees and Our Community. To learn more visit http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/csr.
To learn more about The Civic 50 survey, please visit www.Civic50.org.
About Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company is a manufacturer and marketer of high-quality foods and simple meals, including soup and sauces, snacks and healthy beverages. Founded in 1869, the company has a portfolio of market-leading brands, including “Campbell's,” “Pepperidge Farm,” “Arnott's,” “V8,” “Bolthouse Farms,” “Plum Organics” and “Kjeldsens.” Through its corporate social responsibility program, the company strives to make a positive impact in the workplace, in the marketplace and in the communities in which it operates. Campbell is a member of the Standard & Poor's 500 and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. For more information, visit www.campbellsoupcompany.com or follow company news on Twitter via @CampbellSoupCo.
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SOURCE: MetLife Inc.DESCRIPTION:
BOSTON, December 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ — MetLife Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation [LISC], a national nonprofit focused on revitalizing underserved communities, are partnering to help low-income families build a stronger path to a secure financial future.
The $2.25 million MetLife Foundation grant will help support LISC’s network of 71 Financial Opportunity Centers [FOC] in 30 cities as they work with clients to develop long-term financial plans, find good jobs, manage debt, build reasonable budgets, and access public benefits. This grant is part of MetLife Foundation’s $200 million, five-year commitment to financial inclusion.
MetLife Foundation’s commitment will help fund several new Financial Opportunity Centers while also providing additional resources to existing centers in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and San Diego.
In particular, MetLife Foundation is supporting the expansion of a pilot program called Twin Accounts, which focuses on helping low-income families build their credit scores. According to LISC improved credit scores is one of the most important first steps in helping families increase their monthly cash flow, as well as giving them access to better rental housing, expanded job opportunities, better insurance rates and mainstream banking products.
Twin Accounts begins with a $300 loan, placed into a locked savings account. A client pays back the loan over a year, and for every on-time payment earns a 1:1 match. Payments are reported to the credit bureaus, and, at the end of that year, it is possible for a client to have $600 available [$300 saved and $300 earned in match] as well as a year of positive credit history. Further, with the regular on-time payments, clients will have improved their credit scores and accrued savings that can be put toward a deposit on a secured credit card, which can further build their credit. Through the program, clients practice positive financial behaviors while building credit and savings. Though only operating in a few FOC locations, the Twin Accounts program has shown promising results.
“Working with LISC, we know we can achieve our goal of ensuring that low-income individuals and families have access not only to the financial knowledge they need to make sound decisions, but also the tools and services that will guarantee them full financial inclusion,” said Dennis White, CEO and president of MetLife Foundation. “This is an important partnership that will have a measurable impact on the lives of low income families.”
MetLife Foundation and LISC have a long history of working together to make distressed neighborhoods better places to live. Past programs include helping build and expand the nationally recognized LISC Community Safety Initiative as well as financing supportive housing for homeless veterans through LISC’s Bring Them HOMES program.
“The FOC model provides the tools and services that low-income residents need to stabilize their financial outlook,” said Kevin Jordan, LISC vice president for national programs. “To date, thousands of clients with on-going FOC relationships have improved their net income, boosted their credit scores and increased their net worth. Last year, more than 4,800 clients found jobs through their FOC relationships.
“The recession may have been officially over for several years but its lingering impact is alive and well for many low-income families,” Jordan said. “FOCs offer a bundle of services that not only helps them get back on their feet, but also provides the kind of ongoing coaching and counseling that show them how to build a stronger economic future.”
LISC combines corporate, government and philanthropic resources to help nonprofit community development corporations revitalize distressed neighborhoods. Since 1980, LISC has invested $12.9 billion to build or rehab 298,300 affordable homes and apartments and develop 49 million square feet of retail, community and educational space. For more visit www.lisc.org.
About MetLife Foundation
MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. MetLife Foundation is affiliated to MetLife, Inc. a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit www.metlife.org.
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Thanks to Weyerhaeuser employees' volunteer work and other company efforts, Weyerhaeuser was named one of the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation.
Yesterday morning, Points of Light, the National Conference on Citizenship and Bloomberg announced The Civic 50 for 2013, and Weyerhaeuser is ranked with companies such as 3M, Adobe Systems, Alcoa, Ameriprise Financial, Bank of America, FedEx, General Electric, Microsoft and Southwest Airlines.
The Civic 50 is the only survey and ranking system focused solely on corporate involvement in communities. Points of Light and the National Conference on Citizenship are America’s leading experts on civic engagement, and Bloomberg News is a respected source of business and financial information. Together, their survey identifies and recognizes companies that invest talent, time and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business.
“This recognition sets the standard for corporate civic engagement nationwide, which has been a key value for Weyerhaeuser since our beginning,” says Karen Veitenhans, manager of corporate contributions at Weyerhaeuser. “A truly great company plays an important role in promoting civic engagement by contributing dollars and employees’ talents and passions to help solve community problems, and we’re pleased Weyerhaeuser is recognized among other companies that excel at doing the same.”
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SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
Dcember 6, 2013 /3BL Media/ - For the second year in a row, Capital One Financial Corporation was recognized as one of the top 50 community-minded companies in America on the Civic 50 survey – an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to invest their time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published by Bloomberg News.
“Capital One is proud to be recognized as one of the top community-minded companies in America. Wherever we do business, we’re deeply committed to helping our communities succeed by partnering with local nonprofits to change lives and neighborhoods for the better,” said Carolyn Berkowitz, Vice President, Community Affairs, Capital One, and President, the Capital One Foundation. “Every day, our associates bring the same collaborative and innovative spirit that drives our business to our local partnerships and our work in the community. This honor is a testament to their dedication and to the efforts of the talented nonprofit leaders we work with every day.”
Through its Investing for Good approach to community involvement and investment, Capital One is committed to strengthening economic opportunities for individuals and communities where it does business. This holistic approach utilizes philanthropy, lending and investing, volunteerism and sponsorships to achieve impact. In 2013, Capital One provided $45 million in philanthropic support to nonprofit and community organizations, and Capital One associates served nearly a quarter million hours through company-sponsored volunteer activities.
“The results of this year’s Civic 50 survey show that even the most civically engaged companies are doing more to make community engagement a top priority and a permanent aspect of their business strategy,” said Michael Weiser, chairman of the Board, National Conference on Citizenship and Neil Bush, chairman of the Board, Points of Light, in a joint statement. “These 50 companies are showing others in the private sector how to boost the bottom line and make the world a better place.”
Businesses were evaluated and accrued points based on several criteria, including how much financial and human resources are applied to civic improvement, whether internal and external resources are activated to maximize community impact, how a company’s community engagement activities support its business interests, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.
Capital One was recognized as a leader in several dimensions on this year’s Civic 50 ranking, including:
"Bloomberg is honored to serve as a lead sponsor of the Civic 50 along with valued partners, Points of Light and the National Conference on Citizenship," said Elana Weinstein, Bloomberg's Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. "We are encouraged by the results of this year's survey and look forward to continuing a partnership which recognizes the tremendous value that corporate institutions bring to the communities in which we live and work."
The Civic 50 was developed in partnership with a high-profile working group of lead researchers and industry thought leaders. Dozens of corporate advisors provided strategic guidance on the program’s objectives, including defining indicators, developing methodology, and identifying partners and participants. As a result of this collaborative process, the initiative reflects leading insight and thinking about how corporations can and should engage with communities in a twenty-first century economy.
True Impact, a company specializing in helping organizations maximize and measure their social and business value, administered the survey. A cross-sector team of independent qualitative evaluators reviewed the responses.
To learn more about The Civic 50 survey as well as the importance of civic engagement in corporate America, please visit www.Civic50.org.
About the U.S. Chamber Foundation BCLC
BCLC is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Its network represents more than 125 companies committed to positively impacting society. The organization’s research, ideas, and programming embody business’ unique ability to achieve positive outcomes for societal challenges.
About the Corporate Citizenship Awards
The Corporate Citizenship Awards, known as the “Citizens” Awards, honor strategic and sustained positive impact on people, communities, the environment, and society. The Citizens have been presented every year since 2000 and are one of the nation’s premier recognition programs for companies that actively work to improve societal challenges.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and we are proud to support this and other community initiatives. To learn more, visit www.capitalone.com/investingforgood.
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During a ceremony on our Research Triangle Park campus in North Carolina, GSK and The Triangle Community Foundation recognized nine nonprofits who tackle pressing community health issues in the Triangle region. Each organization received a GSK IMPACT Award and $40,000 for the innovative work they do to improve community health.
Kidznotes, one of the 2013 GSK IMPACT Award winners, set the tone for the ceremony, literally. Attendees were greeted by beautiful classical music played by students from Kidznotes, where free classical music training is available for children in underserved communities.
You may wonder what classical music has to do with health. Well, a lot of factors affect our health outside our doctor’s office and beyond the power of our own individual choice. Community factors such as safety, education, the accessibility of healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks, all contribute to our health. The more we understand the connection between our health and our community, the more opportunities we have to improve it.
Kidznotes provides educational enrichment in a safe and nurturing environment, which empowers children and helps them succeed in school. The more education someone has, the healthier they are likely to be.
The 2013 IMPACT Award winners understand the connection between health and our community, and have established programs that can be sustained and replicated. The winners are:
A similar awards celebration was held on November 20 in Philadelphia.
Over the past 17 years, GSK has distributed nearly $7 million to nonprofits in Philadelphia and Research Triangle Park, NC. In addition, as part of the company’s national initiative to build healthier communities, GSK recently announced $500,000 GSK IMPACT grants in St. Louis, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado for innovative networks of nonprofit organizations working to help disadvantaged youth. Early next year we will announce the grantees, so watch this space!
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SOURCE: BNY MellonDESCRIPTION:
PITTSBURGH, December 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ – BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, has awarded $650,000 in grants to nine Pittsburgh-area nonprofit organizations. The grants were approved during the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s fall meeting.
“We work with our community partners to provide assistance to those who need immediate help and invest in programs that improve the quality of life for those in the region,” said Jim McDonald, BNY Mellon’s director of global philanthropy. “We continue to invest in organizations that provide critical services to help strengthen our local communities.” BNY Mellon employs more than 7,700 people in the Pittsburgh region.
The grant recipients are:
Auberle, Familylinks, Family Services of Western Pennsylvania and Holy Family Institute are community partners in BNY Mellon's Pathways program, a global workforce development initiative to assist vulnerable youth making the transition into adulthood. The program is part of Powering Potential, the company's philanthropic focus on making local communities better places to live and work by targeting organizations that concentrate on workforce development or the provision of basic needs. For more information about the Pathways program, visit www.bnymellon.com/pathways. To learn more about BNY Mellon's Powering Potential initiative and commitment to corporate social responsibility, visit www.bnymellon.com/csr.
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of September 30, 2013, BNY Mellon had $27.4 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.5 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.
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DALLAS, DEC. 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Last month, 40 AT&T employees gathered in a crowded cafeteria at Kimball High School in Dallas to meet the students they will mentor all year. Through weekly emails and in-person meetings, they will share academic and career advice with the students. The goal is to inspire the students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers.
“We are proud to have earned this distinction from The Civic 50. This recognition is a testament to the countless ways our employees across the country are investing in their communities every day,” said Beth Shiroishi, Vice President, Sustainability and Philanthropy at AT&T. “At AT&T, community service is deeply engrained in our culture. We strive to encourage employees across all facets of the business to spend time improving the communities in which they live and work.”
The Civic 50 identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they do business. AT&T was recognized as the No. 1 most community-minded company in the communications category.
The Civic 50 recognizes companies for their commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light and published by Bloomberg News.
AT&T employees are giving their time and talents to many community initiatives. These include It Can Wait, a movement to stop texting while driving, and Do One Thing, which encourages employees to make one positive change in their lives.
This award follows AT&T’s Ranking as the No. 1 Best Corporate Citizen by CRO Magazine.
To learn more about The Civic 50 survey, please visit www.Civic50.org.
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About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build healthy, connected, and thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2012, employees and retirees donated more than 5.8 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $34.8 million for charities of their choice through employee giving. Employees also committed to more than 23,500 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/aboutus or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Corporate Citizenship, #CSR, civic 50, Community Engagement, AT&T, #communications
SOURCE: ING U.S.DESCRIPTION:
December 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ - ING U.S. announced today that the ING U.S. Foundation has donated $125,000 to support relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. These funds included a $75,000 donation to AmeriCares emergency response program, which has launched a large-scale relief effort in the Philippines, as well as a $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity for home rebuilding efforts in the affected region.
In addition to its support for AmeriCares and Habitat for Humanity, the ING U.S. Foundation is matching ING U.S. employee donations of $25 or more to U.S.-based nonprofit relief organizations.
“Like others around the globe, we found the news and pictures of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan heartbreaking,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING U.S. Foundation. “Given the scope of the storm, rebuilding in the Philippines will take time. Our support for AmeriCares and Habitat for Humanity allows them to act where the help is needed, and aid from these organizations provides hope for those impacted by this devastating event.”
The ING U.S. Foundation is an AmeriCares’ “emergency response partner,” providing dedicated support that allows the organization to pre-position critical relief supplies in disaster-prone countries and quickly mobilize aid when the need arises. With the ING U.S. Foundation’s support, AmeriCares was able to pre-position medical aid supplies in the Philippines in advance of the storm and begin making preparations for an emergency shipment before Haiyan made landfall. Within 10 days, AmeriCares delivered $1.4 million in medical aid and relief supplies for survivors, and had teams of relief workers on the ground in four of the most devastated provinces. More aid shipments are planned in the coming weeks.
Habitat for Humanity’s immediate response efforts have included the distribution of cleanup and shelter repair kits to help families repair partially damaged homes. In addition to distributing the kits, Habitat for Humanity provides training on safe building practices. Longer-term response efforts will follow the organization’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.
About ING U.S.
ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which plans to rebrand in the future as Voya Financial, is a premier retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, ING U.S. provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, ING U.S. is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time. For more information, visit http://ing.us.
About the ING U.S. Foundation
The ING U.S. Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING U.S. operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education, diversity and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit http://ing.us/about-ing/responsibility.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries. For more information, visit americares.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.
+1 (860) 580-2676
KEYWORDS: ING, Americares, typhoon haiyan, Habitat for Humanity, Philippines
There comes a time in every career when it is necessary to blaze an uncharted path or quickly change the course of our goals or priorities. Today’s corporate citizenship business environment changes at unprecedented speeds. Only those capable of quickly and effectively adapting to new situations and environments will see long-term success in their careers. As corporate citizenship professionals we know being an adaptable leader is woven into your DNA.
In this field, circumstances frequently arise which require you to recalculate and redefine your plan of action and we want you to share those stories with us! Tell us about those times when you were an adaptable leader – thinking on your feet, making changes on the fly, and rolling with the punches in order to achieve success! The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is looking for short video clips (under a minute please) featuring you as an adaptable corporate citizenship leader. Submitted videos will be showcased in a video gallery on Facebook and our website, and then compiled into a video montage for the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference.
We hope you’ll showcase your experiences by submitting a video to be shared with your corporate citizenship colleagues. Tell us….
- How did you take advantage of new opportunities?
- Were you able to circumvent barriers to make the most of change?
- Has the bumpy road allowed you to drive long-term success?
- How do you strive to be an adaptable leader in your everyday career?
We will be collecting videos until January 31st, 2014; hopefully you can find a moment between now and then to use your smartphone or webcam to share your experiences, challenges and successes! Click here to share your story today.
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship is looking forward to seeing what adaptable leadership means to you!
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference, corporate citizenship leader, Leadership, adaptable leaders
SOURCE: Imperial OilDESCRIPTION:
The Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program helps Canadian First Nation, Metis and Inuit women create change in their communities. Meet IWCL graduate Kirsten Ryder and program mentor Marie Delorme as they discuss how the program is changing lives in Aboriginal communities across Canada.
Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the COADY International Institute is a world-renowned center of excellence in community-based development and leadership education.
Through financial support of the Imperial Oil Foundation and ExxonMobil, successful IWCL candidates receive a full scholarship, which includes tuition, travel, accommodations, meals, childcare and a three-month community placement stipend.
To learn more, visit: http://www.coady.stfx.ca/themes/women/IWCL/
KEYWORDS: aboriginal, community, Leadership, Indigenous Women in Community Leadership, Imperial oil
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
In celebration of #GivingTuesday, charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations are coming together today for a national day of giving back. #GivingTuesday reminds us that the holiday season should go beyond shopping and be a special time of year when we make a positive impact in our local communities.
We are excited to join this national movement that supports local organizations and volunteers. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a difference in the lives of the people CVS Caremark serves each and every day.
This year, we asked our colleagues to send us their stories of volunteering and nominate a local charity to receive a #GivingTuesday grant on behalf of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. We received an overwhelming response from our colleagues, who are passionate about supporting a variety of causes in their local communities.
We are proud to announce that 25 organizations nationwide will receive $1,000 grants as part of CVS Caremark’s #GivingTuesday initiative, which will support the great community-based work of our nonprofit partners, while honoring our CVS Caremark colleagues commitment to volunteerism.
Funding through the #GivingTuesday grant program will support 25 organizations nationwide, including:
East Tennessee Children's Hospital (Knoxville, TN)
Nominated by Jennifer Downey
Danny Did Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Theresa Juday
Flying Horse Farms (Cleveland, OH)
Nominated by Tendai Mukeredzi
Food for Kids Backpacks to Go Program (Murraysville, PA)
Nominated by Megan Keim
Girl Scouts Rhode Island (Warwick, RI)
Nominated by Laura Crowe
Girls, Inc. of Dallas (Dallas, TX)
Nominated by Paula McCloud
Special Olympics (Miunt Pleasant, MI)
Nominated by Dawn Ritchie
Waianae Boys and Girls Club (Waianae, HI)
Nominated by Tanya Verdis
Hope in Bloom (Dedham, MA)
Nominated by Stephanie Fine
Providence Animal Rescue League (Providence, RI)
Nominated by Elizabeth Ward
Wayside Waifs (Kansas City, MO)
Nominated by Elizabeth Bacon
Arizona Animal Welfare League (Scottsdale, Arizona)
Nominated by Mary Allen
American BrainTumor Association (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Alison Hanscum
Happily Ever After League - HEAL (Scottsdale, AZ)
Nominated by Michelle Buan-Vega
Hospice of the Valley (Pheonix, AZ)
Nominated by Kim Driscoll
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (New York, NY)
Nominated by Amie Hetzel
Michael J Fox Foundation (New York, NY)
Nominated by Rhonda Norton
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (Manhattan Beach, NY)
Nominated by Karen Levesque
T. J. Martel Foundation (Nashville, TN)
Nominated by Donald Powers
American Cancer Society (New York, NY)
Nominated by Joseph Koc
Big Sister Association (Boston, MA)
Nominated by Sabrina Kwauk
Lovin' Spoonfuls (Boston, MA)
Nominated by Jerilyn Libby
Operation Homefront (San Antonio, TX)
Nominated by Bonnie Eastham
Pat Tillman Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Nominated by Kyle Burkhalter
Wounded Warrior Project (Pittsburgh, PA)
Nominated by Jolene Cain
CVS Caremark is proud to be a participant in #GivingTuesday, and we hope the dedication and generosity of this national call to action will stay with all of us through the holiday season and beyond. You can get involved by visiting www.givingtuesday.org.
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, #givingtuesday, Volunteering, volunteerism, employee volunteering, philanthropy, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
Congratulations to Amway colleagues in Thailand!
Last week, Kristie Kenney, the US Ambassador to Thailand, presented 2013 AMCHAM Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Recognition to Choomprin Yurayong, Corporate Communications Director of Amway Thailand.
The award recognizes Amway’s commitment to transparency, good governance and sustainable business practices, and promotes the company as a model for others to follow.
Only one week earlier, Amway Business Owners and employees were delivering 22,000 winter jackets around the country to children in rural schools.
It’s been a monumental month!
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Awmay, Amway One by One Campaign for Children, Thailand, Amway Thailand, Award, csr, Amchan, recognition, US ambassador
SOURCE: MSLGROUP AmericasDESCRIPTION:
As a self-proclaimed cause marketing and CSR “geek” who profoundly believes in the power of public/private partnerships, as you may imagine, I’m like a kid in a candy store on #GivingTuesday.
Outside of Giving Tuesday, the best corporate purpose campaigns leverage the brand’s assets – employees, products, technology and dedicated consumers – on behalf of a social issue. They use their marketing firepower and technical know-how to drive causes forward in ways charities alone could not. Giving Tuesday is a massive example of the best of this – business and media using their assets, in this case, to drive fundraising.
In case you missed it yesterday, Giving Tuesday was an opportunity to pause from the consumerism of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, to give back. At a time when all charities are looking to meet annual goals and rake in the 30% of donations that typically come in December, Giving Tuesday is an important day. The concept is brilliant. By its definition, companies use what they are best at – driving consumerism, driving shopping in a sense, but in this case, shopping for where to give.
This special day applies the best parts of shopping, to giving:
The CHOICE – Giving Tuesday is not about a cause, but about all causes – large, small, local, global – it’s your choice. I’m a believer in focusing on a singular issue or suite of issues under a clear platform, when it comes to a single company’s efforts (see below). However, Giving Tuesday is so freeing for individuals – I gave where I wanted, how I wanted, when I wanted and how much I wanted.
The SOCIAL aspect – Just like we share a great find, a deal, or a coupon with our friends and family, #GivingTuesday is all about sharing, liking, retweeting – driving the social currency of giving back through your own circles.
The TECH factor – As we’ve moved beyond bricks and mortar shops, we must move beyond traditional fundraising and drive online, mobile and social donations for charities to attract and retain next generation donors. This is where Giving Tuesday excels.
While we are on the heels of Giving Tuesday 2013 and it is fresh in our minds, I want to share a few tips for companies looking to create or enhance their efforts next year.
A few examples of client campaigns that exemplify these best practices in a variety of ways, include:
For Giving Tuesday they kicked off a light-hearted campaign to get consumers engaged in transforming the face of fundraising. While online giving is on the rise, check-writing is still the norm – So PayPal wants to help donors move from the hassle of checks to the ease of clicks. When you give through stampoutchecks.com, 100% of your gift will go directly to the nonprofit you support and you can print out your year-end tax receipt right there. The best part is that the campaign merely started on December 3rd and runs through December 31st, during which time PayPal is adding $5.52 – the cost of a year’s worth stamps – to donations of $25 or more, up to $30,000.
KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Social Media, Twitter, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Social Gifting, Social Change, Social Actions, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, cyber monday, cause marketing / donation processing / embedded giving / Mobile / mobile fundraising / mobile giving / text to donate
SOURCE: LG Electronics USA, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
SEOUL, Dec. 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ — LG Electronics (LG) has been honored by the United Nations, receiving the Millennium Development Goals* (MDGs) Award from UN Global Compact Local Network.
At the at the UN’s 2013 Global Compact Value Awards Ceremony, LG Electronics was recognized for its global social program, the LG Hope Series. Through this program, LG operates the LG Hope Community in Ethiopia, the LG Hope School in Kenya, the LG Hope Family in Bangladesh and the LG Hope Family in Cambodia to promote sustainable development.
Launched in 2000 and led by UN Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, the UNGC is an initiative to encourage businesses worldwide to adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies with a particular focus on promoting corporate ethics and environmental sustainability at a global level. Global Compact Value Awards are bestowed biannually by the Local Network to companies that conduct superior CSR activities in each of six major areas: human rights, environment, labor, anti-corruption, community involvement and development and the UN’s core agenda of MDGs.
“LG Electronics is fully committed to the objectives of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, to reduce the proportion of the world population living below the poverty line by half,” said Choong-hak Lee, LG Electronics Senior Vice President and head of corporate social responsibility. “Both the UN and LG realize that poverty is a very complex problem and to address it we need to look at all the factors that affect it, such as education, gender equality, child mortality, diseases, environmental sustainability, among others.”
LG is tackling some of the most challenging issues with the LG Hope Series. Each Hope Series project focuses on specific needs of the local population and attempts to address the causes, not just their effects, with creative, multifaceted solutions.
LG Hope Community
LG is fostering self-sufficiency in farming villages in Guta, an underdeveloped village in Ethiopia in need of external support for water and electricity. In April 2013, LG built a well in Guta to provide the village with drinking water. It also helped mitigate a food shortage and allowed the villagers to generate income from agricultural sales.
The construction of an LG-funded model farm is expected to be complete by December 2013, further helping the residents earn much-needed income. A group of Korean volunteers from Cheonan Yonam College, operated by the LG Yonam Foundation, will also participate in training programs for the cultivation of specialized crops and livestock farming. The goal of the program is to achieve a 50 percent increase in monthly household income.
In collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), LG will begin construction of a new LG Hope Technical and Vocational school in Ethiopia at the end of this year to teach young students sustainable vocational skills as Public Private Partnership (PPP). The school will offer courses on repairing electric and electronic products such as mobile phones, TVs and computers.
LG will also expand scholarships targeting the descendants of Korean War veterans in the region. This scholarship program began in 2012 with the goal of supporting approximately 100 high school students by paying for their living expenses and school tuition for three years.
Earlier this year, LG established a local office in charge of corporate social activities in Ethiopia, a first for a South Korean company. LG will focus on improving the standard of living by making the region self-sustaining, rather than relying on temporary assistance.
LG also has been supporting International Vaccine Institute’s (IVI) vaccine program in Ethiopia since 2010 to stem the spread of acute watery diarrheal disease (AWD). The organizations expect to vaccinate more than 20,000 residents in selected districts of West Arsi Zone in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region by the end of this year
LG Hope School
A new LG Hope School in Kibera, Kenya opened its door to students in August. The school was established in cooperation with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Kenya for the area’s children who lacked adequate studying facilities. The LG Hope School is capable of accommodating 480 students in a nine classroom building equipped with a modern restroom, computer room and kitchen. Since 2009, LG has helped to support 29 schools with school meals, new playgrounds, restrooms and other educational facilities that improve the learning environment.
LG Hope Family
LG Hope Family is a local infrastructure improvement project conducted in partnership with the UN WFP. The project focuses on creating physical, environmental, social and economic resilience and helps extremely impoverished individuals prepare for emergencies and learn to cope during and after a disaster. Since 2011, LG has contributed nearly USD 1.2 million to support communities in Patharghata, the poorest district in southern Bangladesh. Since the project was launched three years ago, ponds, waterways, embankments, levees and more than 28 kilometers of roads have been developed in Bangladesh.
In Cambodia, LG identified the poorest 5,000 households from Prey Veng Province for participation in road and irrigation canal construction projects to improve living conditions. Contributions from LG provided food assistance in the form of rice, beans and cooking oil to help reduce poverty and food insecurity in the communities.
LG Hope Screen
LG brought this important cause to the people of New York City and London by using its outdoor digital billboards in Manhattan’s Times Square and Piccadilly Square as educational displays. Earlier this year, the Piccadilly Square display featured World Environment Day sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a matching gift campaign was conducted via the Times Square billboard with proceeds going to the WFP.
* Adopted in 2000, the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are international pledges to reduce the world population living below the poverty line by half by 2015. The eight international development goals are: 1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; 2) achieve universal primary education; 3) promote gender equality and empowering women; 4) reduce child mortality rates; 5) improve maternal health; 6) combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; 7) ensure environmental sustainability; 8) develop a global partnership for development.
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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
KEYWORDS: united nations, UN, Millennium Development Goals Award, LG Electronics, lg, Global Social Program, LG Hope Series
SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
GAITHERSBURG, Md., December 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Circuit of The Americas’ official food, beverage and hospitality partner, Sodexo, donated more than $239,000 to local community groups by partnering with nonprofit organizations in concessions activities surrounding the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX (F1 USGP), held Nov. 15-17, 2013.
International spectator events like the F1 USGP race weekend, and highly anticipated local sports competitions like the University of Texas vs. Oklahoma State University football game, which happened concurrently this year, generate huge revenues for the City of Austin. Sodexo, through its work with area nonprofits, provides a novel means of generating funds that directly support community organizations. Austin-area clubs and civic groups work with Sodexo’s professional food service personnel, staffing select concessions areas to earn a portion of the proceeds generated for participating nonprofit organizations.
One of the nonprofit organization (NPO) volunteers working at the University of Texas – Austin location describes the opportunity as a way to enhance their budget and planning for the year and notes, "It would take us two months of cookie sales to make the money that we make here, all in one day,” said Stacy Knight, assistant service unit director, Girl Scouts of Central Texas. “We would not have the opportunity that we have without Sodexo’s help.”
One of Sodexo’s roles in serving Circuit of The Americas (COTA) is to compliment the key sustainability and social responsibility initiatives the Circuit pledged to the City of Austin. That includes use of local vendors, reducing carbon foot print and a commitment to strengthening the local community.
“This is without question one of the most impactful of our tasks at COTA. Ensuring support for the local community is something that Sodexo does everywhere we operate,” said Steve DiPrima, president, Leisure Services, Sodexo. “This year, we expanded our race weekend impact in Austin to support not only the more than 60 participating nonprofits working at Circuit of The Americas. We also had an additional 45 organizations staffing Sodexo operations for Texas Memorial Stadium at UT-Austin.”
Thousands of dedicated NPO volunteers turned out for their respective organizations. Many, in the case of those working the COTA event, showed up at 4:00 a.m. to register at staging areas where they were later bused out to set up their respective concession areas before race fans arrived. All of the preparation and training made for long and challenging hours, but the volunteers understood how it benefited their organizations and the communities they serve.
The overall experience and interaction with the volunteers made an impact all around the Circuit, bringing exposure to groups that support a wide range of worthy causes. Volunteers from the 105 participating NPOs expressed appreciation for the generosity of Sodexo and to Circuit of The Americas for the opportunity.
“Because of the relationship we have with Sodexo and opportunities like these at COTA to earn money, we’ve raised over $70,000.00 in the past year,” said Rachel McInnes, band booster, Akins High School.
In keeping with Sodexo’s global commitment to fight hunger, the Austin Capital Area Food Bank was another community organization that benefited from activities around the F1 USGP race weekend. COTA and Sodexo donated 1,500 pounds of fresh and nonperishable surplus food to the local food bank, which serves the more than 440,000 people at risk of hunger locally. An additional 500 pounds of surplus food was donated to Keep Austin Fed.
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, is the home of world championships and a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment. COTA hosts the annual FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX, which was named 2012 “Sports Event of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal/Daily, and is the new North American home for the summer edition of ESPN’s X Games. More than one million visitors come to COTA each year for events such as MotoGP™, United Sportscar Racing, the FIA World Endurance Championships, COTA Track Days, business and social functions, and more than 20 performances at the venue’s acclaimed Austin360 Amphitheater. COTA’s 1,500-acre campus includes a variety of permanent structures, including a 44,000-square foot Event Center, an impressive Main Grandstand with hospitality suites and the Velocity Lounge, a 270,000-square foot Paddock Building with 34 garages, and an iconic 25-story Observation Tower at the heart of the facility. For more information and downloadable video and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com, www.Austin360Amphitheater.com or the COTA’s dedicated FTP site, media.circuitoftheamericas.com. Follow COTA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CircuitofTheAmericas and Twitter @circuitamericas.
Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at blogs.sodexousa.com.
+1 (301) 987-4893
Circuit of The Americas
+1 (512) 655-6258
KEYWORDS: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Event, Culinary, Local Farming, Sustainable Food, Community, Engagement, Social Development, Social Gifting, Social Change, Social Actions, Volunteerism, Youth Action, Sodexo, University of Texas, Austin, Circuit of the Americas, CoTA, Formula 1, USGP, U.S. Grand Prix, Capital Area Food Bank, Keep Austin Fed, Girl Scouts, Central Texas, Akins High School, UT Austin
Congratulations to the 2013 GSK IMPACT Award Winners for the RTP Region in NC. These nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to building healthier communities:
One of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, Impact Awards, Innovation, Student U, PLM Families Together, Kidznotes, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Haven House, Farmer Foodshare, Communities In Schools of Wake County, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley Inc
December 4, 2013 /3BL Media/ - GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK] and Triangle Community Foundation today announced the GSK IMPACT Award Winners in a ceremony at GSK’s Research Triangle Park facility. Nine local nonprofits earned $40,000 each in recognition of their outstanding contributions to a healthier Triangle region.
“There is an important connection between our health and our community,” said Katie Loovis, Director, US Community Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement, GSK. “The more we understand this connection, the more we can improve it. Today’s GSK IMPACT Award Winners show us how it’s done.”
The winners are:
In Triangle Region, the GSK IMPACT Awards are presented in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation. “A healthy community is the result of the dedicated, thoughtful, and intentional work of many people and programs,” said Triangle Community Foundation President Lori O’Keefe. “The GSK IMPACT Awards not only recognize some outstanding programs, but also provide a healthy financial investment – allowing the winners to maximize their impact on their critical community health programming.”
Much of what influences our health happens outside the doctor’s office – in our communities. Community factors such as safety, the accessibility of healthy foods and recreational spaces, and the support of families and social networks undeniably contribute to our health, and present a formidable challenge for GSK to achieve our mission of helping people do more, feel better, and live longer. The scope of the GSK IMPACT Awards was expanded this year to recognize nonprofit organizations with sustainable programs that address these critical community factors.
The GSK IMPACT Award Winners for the Triangle Region were recognized today in a ceremony at GSK’s RTP campus and reception featuring Executive Host Jack Bailey, SVP, Policy, Payer, and Vaccines, Lori O’Keefe, President, Triangle Community Foundation, GSK; Emcee Shannon Vickery from UNC-TV, and a special musical performance by Kidznotes, Inc., one of the award winning organizations.
The Selection Process:
This was a competitive awards process with nearly 60 applications. GSK US Community Partnership and Triangle Community Foundation staff members reviewed the applications and coordinated site visits, and then the winners were selected by a panel of local and national health experts.
Applications were accepted from nonprofit organizations that addressed at least one of seven following health factors and measures: 1) Diet and Exercise; 2) Access to Care; 3) Community Safety; 4) Education; 5) Employment; 6) Family and Social Support; and 7) the Built Environment. Through the process, applicants had to demonstrate that their organization has stable operations and strong financial health, and that their programming is evidence-informed, innovative, collaborative, replicable or scalable, and systemic.
The History of GSK IMPACT Awards:
As part of GSK’s longstanding commitment to building Healthy Communities, in 2012 the company launched a national initiative designed to better understand the barriers and identify opportunities for building healthier communities in the United States. Phase one of Healthy Communities featured a listening tour that uncovered new insights about what it means, and what it takes to build a healthy community. Phase two, which includes the expanded scope of the GSK IMPACT Awards, leverages that knowledge and demonstrates innovative ways local organizations and businesses can work together to build healthier communities.
GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further information go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).
Triangle Community Foundation – a nonprofit that manages over $160 million in funds established by families, businesses, individuals, and organizations. From these funds, it makes grants to nonprofit organizations and administers a variety of programs for the community’s benefit. The Foundation manages over 790 funds, ranging in size from $10,000 to $7 million, mainly for the benefit of Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Foundation granted more than $13 million to nonprofits, schools and community efforts. For more information go to http://www.trianglecf.org/, follow us on twitter.com/TriComFdn or visit us on facebook.com/trianglecf.
Join the conversation! Tweet using @GSKUS and #GSKimpact.
GSK Media Inquiries:
+1 215 751 5664
Triangle Community Foundation Media Inquiries:
+1 919 272 5621
+1 919 412 0630
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, GSK, GlaxoSmithKline, Impact Awards, nonprofit, Innovation, North Carolina, RTP, Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, The Center for Volunteer Caregiving, Communities In Schools of Wake County, Farmer Foodshare, Haven House, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Kidznotes, PLM Familities Together, Student U