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SOURCE: Lincoln Financial GroupDESCRIPTION:
Omaha, Neb., June 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Lincoln Financial Foundation is helping to strengthen educational programming in Omaha through $217,500 in recent grants to 14 local nonprofit agencies. These grants are a portion of more than $846,600 in charitable funds the foundation has allocated for Omaha in 2013.
Lincoln Financial awarded the YMCA of Greater Omaha $25,000 for its Y-Teens Afterschool Mentoring programs in low-income areas of Omaha. These programs provide mentors, homework space and tutoring, as well as enrichment activities and peer discussion groups.
Y-Teen mentors work closely with students to increase academic success, high school graduation rates and personal skills. Y-Teen programs also help students focus on developing and enhancing their natural leadership ability.
Other education grants awarded include:
About Lincoln Financial Foundation
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded $846,600 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $3.88 million to Omaha-area nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $186 billion as of March 31, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.
Lincoln Financial Foundation
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Lincoln Financial Group, Omaha, Grants, Education, csr, Corporate Responsibility, charitable giving
Verizon will waive text messaging fees to raise funds for the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and the Verizon Foundation will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar. Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., June 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of the historic wildfire in the Black Forest area outside Colorado Springs. The Verizon Foundation is providing a $10,000 grant to the American Red Cross for disaster relief in the area, and the foundation will provide a 1-to-1 match of employee online donations (from $25 up to $1,000 per employee) to the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to support the Red Cross or STORM to 80888 to support the Salvation Army. Text messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the receiving organization. Verizon Wireless customers who pay monthly bills will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be taken from their prepaid balances.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this destructive fire, and to the brave men and women who are battling the blaze round-the-clock,” said Chris Lewter, Verizon Wireless Mountain Region president. “Verizon employees work and live in these communities, and we’re committed to supporting our neighbors.”
(NOTE: Click here for more information on Verizon’s response to the Black Forest fire.)
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 181,900. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Today, First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books to children in need, and Domtar, the Sustainable Paper Company, announced the expansion of their partnership for literacy. The next phase of collaboration will help bring 60,000 brand-new, high-quality books to kids from low-income families across North America.
The Powerful Pages campaign will include “library makeover” grants to 14 schools and programs in U.S. towns that are home to Domtar mills and to eight similar organizations in Domtar host communities and area First Nation communities in Canada. These grants will give educators the funds to purchase an estimated 600 brand-new books through the First Book Marketplace, a website available exclusively to First Book programs.
“Domtar’s commitment to kids in need in their communities is exemplary,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “We learned how dedicated they were when we worked together last year, and we’re thrilled to expand our partnership to reach so many more children with the books and resources they need.”
“Investing in the economic and social development of our host communities, and literacy efforts in particular, is a cornerstone of our sustainable business commitment at Domtar,” noted Paige Goff, Domtar’s Vice-President of Sustainability and Business Communications. “We are honored to be able to support First Book’s laudable efforts to get new books in the hands of young readers who otherwise would be going without.”
In addition to the “library makeover” grants, Domtar is funding one hundred smaller grants as an incentive for local schools and programs in communities that are home to Domtar employees to sign up with First Book. These grants will give the new members of First Book’s network the funds to select around 125 new books from the First Book Marketplace for their students. The campaign also includes support for a national distribution of new books. Domtar will underwrite the shipping costs for 45,000 donated books that will go to educators and program leaders serving kids in need across North America as part of First Book’s ongoing National Book Bank program.
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+1 (514) 848-5555 ext. 85515
KEYWORDS: Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Social Development, Social Actions, climate / environment / FSC / social responsibility / sustainable / trees, Community Engagement, literacy, first nations
WASHINGTON, le 19 juin 2013 /3BL Media/ – First Book, un organisme social à but non lucratif qui procure des livres neufs aux enfants dans le besoin, et Domtar, une société de papier respectueuse de l’environnement, ont annoncé aujourd’hui l’élargissement de leur partenariat visant à promouvoir l’alphabétisme. Au cours de cette deuxième étape de collaboration, ils remettront 60 000 livres tout neufs de très grande qualité à des jeunes issus de familles à faible revenu à l’échelle de l’Amérique du Nord.
Dans le cadre de la campagne Powerful Pages, des subventions seront accordées et des programmes seront mis en place aux États-Unis dans 14 écoles situées dans des villes où les usines de Domtar exercent leurs activités. Au Canada, huit institutions comparables dans des communautés hôtes de Domtar et dans les communautés des Premières nations auront droit aux mêmes avantages. Ces subventions visent à renouveler et à enrichir les bibliothèques pour les jeunes. Grâce à ces subventions, les éducateurs seront en mesure d’acheter environ 600 livres flambant neufs par l’intermédiaire du First Book Marketplace, un site web réservé exclusivement à ceux qui font partie du programme de First Book.
« L’engagement de Domtar envers les enfants dans le besoin au sein de sa communauté est exemplaire, a déclaré Kyle Zimmer, présidente et chef de la direction de First Book. Nous nous sommes rendu compte de l’ampleur de son dévouement lorsque nous avons travaillé ensemble l’an dernier. Nous sommes emballés à l’idée d’élargir notre partenariat et de remettre des livres et des ressources à un plus grand nombre d’enfants encore. »
Pour sa part, Paige Goff, vice-présidente des affaires durables et des communications marketing de Domtar, a souligné : « Investir dans le développement économique et social de nos communautés hôtes – et la cause de l’alphabétisme nous tient particulièrement à cœur – est une des pierres angulaires de l’engagement de Domtar en matière de croissance durable. C’est pour nous un honneur d’appuyer les efforts louables que First Book a déployés pour remettre de nouveaux livres entre les mains de jeunes lecteurs qui, autrement, auraient été obligés de s’en passer. »
Outre ces subventions, Domtar en offre une centaine d’autres plus modestes afin d’encourager les d’écoles et les programmes des communautés où vivent ses employés de profiter des services de First Book. Grâce à ces subventions, les nouveaux membres du réseau de First Book disposeront des sommes nécessaires pour acheter 125 livres neufs sur First Book Marketplace pour leurs élèves. La campagne vise également à distribuer des livres neufs à l’échelle nationale. Dans le cadre du programme permanent National Book Bank de First Book, Domtar assumera les coûts d’expédition de 45 000 livres destinés à des éducateurs et à des responsables de programme qui travaillent auprès de jeunes nord-américains dans le besoin.
KEYWORDS: Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Social Development, Youth Action, environnement / FSC / développement durable/ arbre / forêt
NEW YORK CITY, JUNE 19, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Recyclebank®, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals, announced today that 17 communities have committed to the company’s popular rewards-for-recycling program in the form of new launches, multi-year contract renewals, and expansions to additional areas, driving market differentiation.
“Every day we bring together municipalities and their residents as well as waste haulers and their customers with national and local brand partners to deliver on our promise of creating a more sustainable future,” said David Eisendrath, COO at Recyclebank. “Welcoming new communities into our program as we continue to renew and expand our commitment to existing communities confirms the importance of motivating individuals to take action and the value of our behavior change platform.”
A recognized leader in behavior change, Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by partnering with municipalities, waste haulers, small businesses and corporate brands to incentivize green actions with points that can be redeemed for discounts and deals from locally-based businesses and national brands. Similar to a frequent flier program that drives brand loyalty to a specific airline, Recyclebank is a rewards program for the planet, incenting people to change their behavior—putting more materials in the recycling stream while earning points that benefit them on a personal level.
“Increasing recycling rates is about changing behavior. Through incentives, education and campaign outreach, Recyclebank is able to amplify the consciousness of a community’s residents around the importance of recycling and the environment,” Eisendrath continued. “By educating and empowering more than 4 million members online and offline, Recyclebank aims to increase recycling rates and encourage members to make more sustainable choices like reducing energy and water consumption, taking smarter transportation and other environmentally-friendly actions.”
In a recent survey, Recyclebank found that 82 percent of members report the company is influential in motivating them to recycle more. Beyond recycling behaviors, Recyclebank discovered that as members engage with the program, they begin to incorporate more green actions into their lives; in the same survey, Recyclebank found that 80 percent of members report the program is influential in encouraging them to take other green actions.
Active in more than 300 communities across all 50 states, Recyclebank is launching or expanding in the following communities this summer:
Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 4,000 local businesses and national brands. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank empowers individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling and taking other environmentally-friendly actions. A Certified B Corporation, Recyclebank has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit www.Recyclebank.com.
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KEYWORDS: Green Business, Education, Environmental Policy, Recycling, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Clean Tech, Sustainable Solutions
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:
For some, they flew 1,187 miles to get here. Others got in their cars and drove 232 miles. Southwest Airlines Employees were coming to help people they’d never met. The widest tornado on record in our nation devastated El Reno, Oklahoma on May 31. Farmers in this area have about 13,000 acres of wheat fields ready to harvest in just a few weeks. The wake of this storm left them wondering how they would maintain their livelihood when they looked out and saw air conditioning units and other debris the storm flung onto their land. With metal in the wheat fields, the farmers can’t harvest, which means no paycheck to put food on the table. And, if they risk it, running over a piece of metal could cost a farmer $4,000 to replace a tractor tire.
Recently, more than 140 of my fellow Co-Hearts from coast to coast joined All Hands Volunteers to help make sure these El Reno farmers didn’t lose their harvest. Among the Employees who flew in from across the country were folks right here in the Oklahoma community who also experienced devastation from the storm. Sometimes the best medicine for the soul is to help others, even when you’re suffering.
The news can’t convey what if feels like to have your life ripped to shreds. Although I was lucky not to experience much damage from the storm, many Employees I work with at the Oklahoma Customer Support & Services Center live where the tornado hit the hardest, and I’d like to share the stories of two of my Co-Hearts. Representative Rose Yockey lives just two blocks from Plaza Towers Elementary School where her children once attended school. Team Leader Ayesha Howard was in her home during the first tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma with her young niece. The storm completely demolished both of their homes.
What the storm didn’t do is demolish their spirits—they both are grateful for their lives and know that everything else will come in due time. Thanks to Southwest’s Employees Catastrophic Assistance Charity—funded by Employee donations to help Employees suffering severe financial hardship—both Rose and Ayesha were able to replace some items the storm took from them to help them start down the road to recovery.
That road to recovery will be months for many. In this video, you’ll see what we were able to accomplish in El Reno just by spending a day volunteering—we did more than the farmers expected and finished what would have taken months. We helped clear debris from 200 acres and prevented the harvest from being lost, but we left those farmers with their hearts full of hope. Ours were full too, and it gave us the strength to get through another day.
+1 (214) 792-6146
KEYWORDS: Food & Farming, Southwest Airlines, Oklahoma, wheat harvest, csr, Tornadoes, natural disasters, allhands
SOURCE: The North FaceDESCRIPTION:
ALAMEDA, CALIF., June 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The North Face today announced that it has awarded Explore Fund grants of $2,500 to 30 projects dedicated to getting more youth outside and connected to nature. In addition to this $75,000 commitment, The North Face has chosen 10 organizations to be in the running to win up to $25,000 in grants. Beginning today, The North Face is inviting its community to vote on Facebook for the organization of their choice, giving fans a chance to be directly involved in supporting a great cause.
The North Face Explore Fund recipients were chosen based on their commitment to one of three different focus areas: access to front and back country recreation, education for personal and environmental health, and creating a connection to nature that will empower the future leaders of tomorrow. The top 10 organizations created a video “anthem” featuring how they connect youth to the outdoors. After Facebook community votes are tallied, the top five organizations will be awarded $25,000 and the remaining non-profits will receive $10,000 grants.
View grantee videos and vote for a favorite cause at The North Face Facebook Page to support The North Face mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration. Winners will be announced on Aug. 1 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Top 10 Grantees:
“This year, not only do we want to enable organizations that are inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists, but we want to empower our fans who share our passion for getting more kids outside,” said Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “We believe that if you can get kids to love the outdoors, not only will they develop skills that will help them throughout life, but they will grow up to care about their natural world, protecting the places they explore.”
As part of its mission to start a global movement of Outdoor Exploration, The North Face introduced the Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $1 Million in grants globally to organizations committed to inspiring the next generation of outdoor explorers and conservationists. Since launching in 2010, The North Face has donated more than $765,000 to over 300 nonprofit organizations in the U.S.
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.
+1 (510) 748-2594
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Explore Fund, grant, micro-grant, Micro Grant, grant-giving, north face, North Face Explore Fund, crowdsourcing, Crowdsource
SOURCE: The Home DepotDESCRIPTION:
Associate Tony Strange rose to the challenge when Jan Ellis came into store #2723 in Okemos, Mich. on a mission to fix the pushcarts at East Lansing’s East Glen Apartments. The complex is home to more than 100 senior citizens and people with disabilities. Time had taken a toll on the overworked carts which residents, like Jan’s son, used to transfer groceries and other belongings to and fro. The carts weren’t just a luxury, but a necessity for many in wheelchairs. The apartment community had done their best to rig the carts, but they were in disrepair and needed updating to still be useful.
With encouragement from Store Manager Michael Moore, Tony was off on the task of repairing the carts and enlisted the help of the Manager on Duty at the time, Todd Johnson. They joined forces with a few other associates and, after looking over the rigged carts, decided to construct a new large and small cart from scratch.
Jan was invited to work alongside Tony and Todd throughout the process, reviewing sketches and materials, to ensure the new carts where just right.
The finished product? Two brand new, specially designed and much-needed carts for the residents of East Glen Apartments.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, helpinghand, doinggood, givingback, community, DIY, Home Depot, homedepot
SOURCE: Allstate FoundationDESCRIPTION:
NORTHBROOK, Ill., June 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – More than 100,000 teens across the country raised their voices for teen safe driving as a part of this year’s Act Out Loud contest, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety. Students at nearly 350 schools were challenged to design a t-shirt, a poster and host a rally in the spring to encourage more teens to have a conversation with their peers about staying safe on the road.
Cookeville High School was selected as the grand prize winning school and will be awarded $10,000 to continue supporting safe driving programs at their school. Participating schools were judged on several criteria, including involvement of student body, strength of teen safe driving messages, creativity of activities and community and school administration involvement.
Cookeville High School will receive the top prize because the school’s SADD and TEST chapter-led rallies created a high level of involvement from the entire student body and even teens from neighboring schools. Their student-led rally gained the attention of country music star Tim McGraw, who invited select Cookeville High School students to attend the premiere of his new music video focused on the dangers of distracted driving. The school also produced a winning poster design as one of the steps in the Act Out Loud contest.
"Learning to drive is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences a teen goes through, but it comes with tremendous responsibility,” said Keri Hunt, Allstate agency owner in Cookeville, who supported the students’ rally. “The students from Cookeville High School went above and beyond to educate their classmates and friends about the importance of earning the keys to the car.”
Five additional winners from the Act Out Loud contest were also selected to receive monetary prizes for their rallies.
Runner Up Winners:
Dubiski Career High School, Business Professionals of America (Grand Prairie, Texas)
Franklin Community High School, Business Professionals of America (Franklin, Ind.)
Seekonk High School (Boston, Mass.)
Argonaut High School, Friday Night Live (Jackson, Calif.)
Gillespie High School, Miners Preparing And Caring for Teen Driving (Gillespie, Ill.)
Act Out Loud supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month® in May. The program engages youth from across the country in peer-to-peer education efforts to address the number one cause of death for teens in the U.S. – traffic crashes.
For more information about the contest, visit www.ActOutLoud.org.
About The Allstate Foundation
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people's well-being and prosperity. With a focus on teen safe driving and building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, The Allstate Foundation also promotes safe and vital communities; tolerance, inclusion, and diversity; and economic empowerment. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org.
About National Organizations for Youth Safety
National Organizations for Youth Safety® (NOYS) is a coalition of national organizations and federal agencies who serve youth and focus on youth safety and health. Through the coalition, NOYS influences more than 80 million young people and their adult advisors. The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries, and enhance safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth. For more information, visit www.noys.org.
+1 (847) 402-5600
KEYWORDS: Allstate foundation, teen driving, teens, safety, traffic safety, Global, National Organizations for Youth Safety
SOURCE: Keep America BeautifulDESCRIPTION:
STAMFORD, Conn., June 18, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Keep America Beautiful (KAB) today announced the availability of the 2013 Graffiti Hurts® Grant Program, designed to assist communities in augmenting their local graffiti prevention activities. With municipal government funding under increasing burdens, KAB believes that the grant program will serve as a catalyst to combat the economic and quality-of-life setback caused by graffiti vandalism.
Keep America Beautiful is offering six grants for the 2013 program: four cash grants of $2,500 each; two paint product grants from The Sherwin-Williams Company, valued at $2,500 each; and one FlashCAM from Q-Star Technology, valued at $6,995.
“We applaud the work being done through this program to prevent and abate graffiti vandalism on the local level, resulting in safer, more vibrant communities,” said Becky Lyons, chief operating officer, Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful’s valuable partnership with The Sherwin-Williams Company continues to provide key awareness tools and resources that actively engage communities in impactful graffiti eradication practices.”
“Sherwin-Williams is excited to once again partner with Keep America Beautiful on the Graffiti Hurts program. It is rewarding to see the growing national impact this program has on graffiti abatement, awareness, and education in cities and towns across America,” said Harvey Sass, president & general manager, Diversified Brands Division, The Sherwin-Williams Company. “As local governments continue to face budget constraints, providing these resources to communities is a meaningful way for Sherwin-Williams to activate groups dedicated to graffiti prevention and eradication.”
Local governments, police departments, youth groups, downtown associations, crime prevention organizations, and other groups dedicated to eradicating graffiti vandalism are encouraged to apply. (Businesses that make or operate graffiti-removal equipment or technologies are not eligible.)
Proposed projects can address graffiti prevention and education, eradication, or enforcement of local anti-graffiti laws. Programs that focus on prevention initiatives, including Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), and engaging and educating youth are encouraged.
The deadline for all applications is July 10,2013. All interested communities and organizations should complete the online application available at kab.org/grants. Grant winners will be announced by Oct. 9, 2013.
The following organizations were the recipients of the 2012 Graffiti Hurts Grant Program awards:
$2,500 cash grant recipients
$2,500 Sherwin –Williams paint supply certificate recipients
Q-Star FlashCAM recipient
About Keep America Beautiful and its Graffiti Hurts® Program
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org. Graffiti Hurts® is a community-based graffiti prevention program of Keep America Beautiful that provides resources to help communities assess the graffiti problem, initiate graffiti prevention activities, and educate youth and adults about the impact of graffiti vandalism on neighborhoods. For more information, visit graffitihurts.org.
KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, Non-Profit, Philanthropy, Volunteering, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Development, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Volunteerism, Youth Action, Keep America Beautiful, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Graffiti Hurts, graffiti, graffiti prevention
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
There is nothing like the bond between sisters. We laugh together, cry together and occasionally disagree. If you have a sister you know what I’m talking about. Over the weekend my two sisters and I ended up watching a special on “Women in the World” together. It was a great show to watch with my 28 year-old and 11 year-old sisters on our girl’s night.
During this special there was a focus on the issue of domestic violence and its evolution from the 70s until now. As we watched my sisters and I had a hard time picturing a world where reported instances of domestic violence were not taken seriously, especially when today there are public figures, companies and government legislation that publicly take a stand to prevent domestic violence.
We were surprised that one in three women will experience physical or emotional abuse in their lifetime. I never thought my family could become part of a statistic, but there we were. Three young women, sisters, who could possibly one day experience domestic violence.
This show made me think about the great work Mary Kay does to prevent and end domestic violence, especially the latest results from the Mary Kay Truth About Abuse survey. Polling more than 800 domestic violence shelters nationwide, this survey revealed that most women seeking assistance from abuse are between the ages 18-32—an age range my older sister and I fall into. It’s frightening to know that the cycle of abuse is on the rise while those seeking help from abuse are getting younger.
The good news is there’s hope. There are programs committed to preventing and ending this epidemic. Mary Kay has partnered with Love is Respect for the nation’s first text for help program geared towards providing information on healthy dating relationships. Let’s share this information with as many people as we can to keep another sister, mother or daughter from becoming “one in three.”
Today's blog post is from Virginia Hock. Virginia is a coordinator in Mary Kay's Corporate Communications department. You can follow Virginia on Twitter @vhock.
KEYWORDS: domestic violence, abuse, Mary Kay, truth about abuse survey, love is respect, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:
Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. , June 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – This Tuesday, June 18th, Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms and Vice President of Development Renee Resko will travel to Dallas, Texas to present Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly and Southwest Employees with the 2013 Humane Award. The presentation will be made at the organization’s Winning Spirit Awards, concluding with the prestigious distinction honoring the entire Southwest team who assisted with the November 2012 Hurricane Sandy rescue of 47 orphan pets.
The story made national news as stranded orphaned dogs and cats (from Save A Pet on Long Island and from New Jersey shelters rescued by Delaware County SPCA) were flown across the country to Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe on November 17th. The East Coast shelter pets had been waiting for forever homes when the storm hit and left their facilities uninhabitable. With remaining East Coast shelters reaching full-capacity and unable to provide resources for all of the homeless pets in need, Helen Woodward Animal Center hoped to take them in but lacked the resources to transport the orphan pets to the West Coast. The missing link arrived in an impressive 48-hour turn-around with a chartered plane coordinated by Center friend, John Reilly, President of Sea World San Diego, and donated by the generous leadership at Southwest Airlines. BP who provides Southwest’s fuel donated nearly 5,000 gallons of fuel to the life-saving flight, as well. The Southwest aircraft was staffed with an animal-loving crew of pilots and flight attendants, each of whom donated their time and hearts to the homeless dogs and cats.
Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Communication and Strategic Outreach credited the entire team with the emotional rescue. “Helping these animals find their forever homes and making room for the many animals displaced by the Hurricane is something we were happy to do, but wouldn’t have been possible without the generous spirit of our Employees and partners.”
Since that time, a unique bond has developed between both organizations. Local Southwest Employees have remained devoted to the cause of finding homes for orphan pets, donating manpower and countless hours to multiple Helen Woodward Animal Center fundraisers such as the Puppy Love 5K Run/Walk and the annual Spring Fling Gala. Now on a first-name basis with many of the Southwest team volunteers, Center staff has been moved and impressed by their consistent dedication.
The Humane Award is presented annually by Helen Woodward Animal Center President, Mike Arms, to a person or entity that has made a significant positive impact on the animal welfare world – devoting their time, energy, and resources to improving the quality of life for orphaned animals. Past recipients include Kristen Bell, Diane Keaton, Betty White, Tippi Hedren, and Linda Blair. This year’s presentation is a very personal one for those who were there to see the homeless pets carried off the aircraft in the arms of Southwest Employees and ultimately delivered into the arms of forever families.
“We are honored to be included in this employee recognition event,” stated Center Vice President of Development Renee Resko. “It’s an incredible group of people and we feel privileged to honor the individuals who made this rescue possible.”
For more information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or the Hurricane Sandy rescues, please contact PR Manager Jessica Gercke at (858) 756-4117 x 335 or log on to www.animalcenter.org. You may also stop by in person at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.
About Helen Woodward Animal Center:
Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and the Animal Center Education Services program, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world.
KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, Hurricane Sandy, animals, pets, Helen Woodward Animal Center, orphaned pets
SOURCE: Home Depot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
Alexandria, Va., June 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Expanding on an already vibrant partnership, The Home Depot® Foundation has pledged $2.075 million in new grants to Volunteers of America affiliates to address the critical need for housing and services for U.S. military veterans.
The grants include funds totaling approximately $1.475 million for 15 Volunteers of America homeless veterans programs in nine states. These grants will be used to refurbish or build housing for up to 767 male and female homeless veterans. This includes a $500,000 pledge to help renovate Navy Village Apartments in San Pedro, Calif., operated by Volunteers of America Greater Los Angeles. The former naval housing property ultimately will provide 76 two-bedroom units of affordable housing for formerly homeless veterans, including 50 units set aside for women vets and their families. The remaining $100,000 will be provided to Volunteers of America’s national office.
Since beginning its partnership with Volunteers of America in April 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has pledged almost $5 million to the organization over three years to benefit homeless veterans. Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations addressing veterans’ needs. Nationally, it serves more than 10,000 homeless veterans each year in 46 cities.
Affiliates and housing programs receiving new grants from The Home Depot Foundation include:
In addition to the grants, Volunteers of America affiliates are supported by Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force. Team Depot volunteers have already made a difference at Volunteers of America homeless veteran housing sites across the country.
About Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and many others. Through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and health care, Volunteers of America helps almost 2.5 million people in over 400 communities. Our work touches the mind, body, heart and ultimately the spirit of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services. Learn more at www.voa.org.
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to improving the homes of U.S. military veterans through financial and volunteer resources to help nonprofit organizations. The Foundation has committed $80 million to these efforts over five years.
Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer program, thousands of Home Depot associates volunteer their time and talents to positively transform neighborhoods and perform basic repairs and modifications to homes and facilities serving veterans with critical housing needs.
Since its formation in 2002, The Home Depot Foundation has granted more than $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
David Burch, Director, Communications
Volunteers of America
Catherine H. Woodling, PR & Communications Manager
The Home Depot Foundation
KEYWORDS: The Home Depot, The Home Depot Foundation, Volunteers of America, corporate philanthropy, Team Depot, Veterans
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
McLean, Va., June 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Capital One Bank and Capital One Foundation today announced a $425,000 partnership with Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA—an organization providing support services for individuals with disabilities and special needs—to help veterans, wounded warriors and their spouses transition to civilian life and navigate meaningful career paths. The partnership is part of a national workforce development initiative by Capital One focused on helping to match job seekers—including returning veterans—with higher quality jobs and to train and retrain workers to compete for jobs based on local community demand. This announcement was made in tandem with the recent Capital One Bank, Easter Seals and Corporate Immersion-sponsored “How Hiring Our Nation’s Veterans Can Impact Your Bottom Line” Flag Day workshop on Friday, June 14, where approximately 35-40 small businesses from the Washington metropolitan area gathered to address best practices in veterans’ employment and gain essential insight to help reduce staff costs, recruit a highly effective workforce and retain talent.
“The future economic competitiveness and long-term success of a community is directly tied to the quality and skills of its workforce,” said Tony Pica, senior vice president and Mid-Atlantic Business Banking Group executive market president, Northern Virginia at Capital One Bank. “As we think about developing our workforce, we must support our veterans who are returning home and looking to transition their unique skills into gainful civilian employment. We’re proud to support our veterans during their transition by helping them not only prepare for new job opportunities but also secure those jobs and keep them.”
Capital One’s commitment to Easter Seals will specifically support the organization’s new Veteran Staffing Network (VSN), a nonprofit staffing agency exclusively for veterans and their families. The VSN will provide comprehensive, wrap-around support services to both the veterans transitioning to civilian life and the businesses seeking to hire military servicemen and women. These wrap-around services provide access to programs designed to meet additional needs that may impact access and retention of employment, including:
“Easter Seals understands the needs of veterans and their families. We are able to assist veterans in forging meaningful career paths and to connect them with long-term employment opportunities,” said David Muir, Jr., senior vice president of the Veteran Staffing Network at Easter Seals. “We are extremely grateful to Capital One for its generous contribution and support, which will allow us to help more veterans and families to enter the workforce and reintegrate within their communities.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time since September 2001 was approximately 9.9 percent in 2012, nearly two percentage points higher than the national average for the general population. For select groups, such as veterans of ages 18 to 24 years old (20.4%), the average unemployment rate was markedly higher. A recent Career Builder survey showed that 65 percent of companies said that they would be willing to hire a veteran over another equally qualified candidate, and 29 percent of companies said that they are actively recruiting veterans. The Veteran Staffing Network aims to close the gap between job-ready veterans and businesses looking to hire veterans. The VSN also stays connected with veterans and their families to ensure job success and retention by pairing them with mentors and staying engaged with their employers.
The Veteran Staffing Network builds on Capital One’s three-year, $4.5 million commitment to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, a program that provides job fairs and workforce training initiatives across the United States for veterans and military spouses. In March 2012, Capital One, the U.S. Chamber and National Chamber Foundation announced “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. In addition, Capital One last year announced a three-year $800,000 investment in Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence to help women veteran small business owners grow their businesses.
About Veteran Staffing Network
The Veteran Staffing Network (VSN) of Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA is a self-sustaining social enterprise model that serves the entire military community. VSN provides clients top-tier talent while simultaneously reducing veteran unemployment and is redefining veterans employment and temp-to-perm placement services. For additional information visit www.vsnusa.org.
About Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA
Easter Seals is the region’s leading provider of intensive inter-generational human services that address the holistic and evolving needs of individuals and families to maximize their independence, inclusion and contributions to society. For nearly 100 years, Easter Seals has been answering the call of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, enabling them to achieve their potential. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities and military families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. For additional information visit www.eseal.org.
About Capital One Foundation
Capital One Foundation provides funding to support programs for safe and affordable housing, financial literacy, workforce and economic development, school improvement, and early childhood education. With a focus on programming and non-profit development that drives education-centered community revitalization, and using a test-and-learn approach, the Foundation identifies best practices and proven successful metrics and models that can be translated across geographic scope and then shared with the broader community. The Foundation’s grant-making serves national and local organizations that inform or implement best practices in the Foundation’s focus areas or operate programs in the designated geographic focus areas which include various parts of Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, New York and New Jersey.
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, 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.
KEYWORDS: Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, capitol one bank, capitol one foundation, csr, Easter Seals, Disabilities, sustainability, Partnerships
SOURCE: Vigilant GlobalDESCRIPTION:
Vigilant Global has always been outspoken about the cause that is closest to its heart; youth education. In Montreal youth education comes in several forms, many of which are underfunded. With FIRST robotics, Vigilant worked with high school students in a lower income area of Montreal at a school with a high-dropout rate. Everyone at Vigilant felt that we’d made a difference in the community with the robotics program, which has lead us to look into other organisations with a similar purpose.
Perspectives I High School (part of the English Montreal School Board) is a school for teens between 13 and 16 years of age, who have a history of behavioural issues. The school provides a modified curriculum to push under-motivated students to achieve academic success. This curriculum allows for collaboration with external organizations such as the ArtSmarts program, which fosters special creative projects within the classroom to fulfill specific student needs rather than assign standardized assignments.
This year’s ArtSmarts project at Perspectives involved touring and interviewing the owners of some of Montreal’s most famous restaurants, followed by the production of a video documenting the project and a painted mural to capture the students’ experience.
Vigilant Global has decided to help sponsor the ArtSmarts project at Perspectives I for next year, in the hopes that creative endeavours such as this one will spark students’ interest and help them succeed in the areas they previously thought themselves incapable of succeeding. We believe that every child and teenager deserves a chance to be encouraged and to grow and excel, and we support the tailoring of learning environments to the needs of specific student groups. We would like to thank ArtSmarts and Perspectives I for contributing to the community, and we hope that our sponsorship will help make a difference for these students.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Teen Action, Youth Action, students, artsmarts, art programs, creative school, perspectives high school, Vigilant Global, community, youth education
Philadelphia, Pa., June 17, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Will Armstead, regional general manager for ARAMARK Corrections in Florida, will be honored with a Gold Jefferson Award for Public Service, one of the nation’s top honors for community service and volunteerism. Armstead will receive the award this week during the Jefferson Awards national ceremonies in Washington, D.C., which will recognize several Americans for their exemplary volunteer service
“Every day ARAMARK employees devote their personal time and skills to enrich and nourish the lives of others, impacting millions of people,” said Eric Foss, ARAMARK CEO and President. “Building local communities is part of our culture and values and a core focus for our business. I am extremely proud of Will, and the other employees that we are recognizing for their outstanding volunteer service.”
The Jefferson Awards is part of ARAMARK’s commitment to encouraging and celebrating volunteer service and providing meaningful opportunities for employees to contribute to their communities. Since 2008, more than 250 employees have been recognized for their passion for public service through the ARAMARK Outstanding Volunteer Awards. Armstead is one of 60 employees honored by ARAMARK this year as outstanding volunteers for their work and impact.
Armstead, of Stuart, Florida, was recognized for his commitment to multiple organizations that provide services and support to families, including Boys and Girls Clubs, The Alzheimers Community Care Board, and the PACE Center for Girls. Armstead also helps lead ARAMARK volunteer efforts in South Florida through ARAMARK Building Community (ABC), the company’s philanthropic and volunteer program that enriches lives by improving family health and prepare youth and adults for the workforce in partnership with local community centers.
Armstead said his parents “preached about giving back to others,” and encouraged him to volunteer in his Brooklyn neighborhood. He joined the Army when he graduated from high school, and benefitted from a number of mentors who also encouraged his volunteerism.
During his military career, which included two combat tours in Iraq, and in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, he often worked with children and families. Following his active service, he worked for a VA medical center before opening his own business, then joining ARAMARK Corrections in Kansas. He later took a position in Florida, and now manages food services for 13 correctional facilities in Florida.
As a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization for several years in Kansas, he knew that there were many others, beyond the child he was mentoring, who needed help.
“This child could have cousins, brothers, friends…I saw 15 or 20 more kids that needed attention,” he recalled. His passion led him to be selected to serve on the organization’s board, where he became aware of another mentoring program for troubled children. Soon he was serving on the board of the Alliance Against Family Violence.
When he and his family moved to Florida, and wanted to connect to people in the community, they started to volunteer. Armstead visited Boys and Girls Clubs frequently to gain a better understanding of what the children needed. He also became involved in The PACE Center for Girls, which helps girls ages 12 to 18 return to school. His volunteer work further extends to the needs of the elderly and he advocates for the elderly and their families through his work on the Alzheimers Community Care Board of Directors. He has also helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations, and spent countless hours mentoring and tutoring children.
“As a company, ARAMARK is known for taking charge in building communities,” he said. “We have some really, really dedicated people at ARAMARK who do a great job…it’s awesome.”
Armstead and his wife Rachel have seven children, and he said he is a high-energy person who can always find time to help others.
“There are 24 hours in a day. There’s plenty of time to give back to your community,” he said.
Co-founded in 1973 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards celebrate America’s commitment to public service. The awards are given each year by the American Institute for Public Service, which recognizes American citizens devoted to community and volunteerism.
About ARAMARK Building Community
ARAMARK Building Community enriches lives by helping families improve their health, secure jobs and move out of poverty. In partnership with community centers around the world, employee volunteers lend their nutrition, culinary, job readiness and facilities management expertise to ensure people can succeed. ARAMARK provides a range of resources, and since 2008 has invested more than $7.5 million in volunteer expertise, cash and in-kind resources to strengthen the capacity of local community centers, involving 18,000 ARAMARK volunteers through over 500 volunteer activities. Nearly 3.5 million individuals and families served by community centers in nearly 52 cities have been aided by the program. Visit ARAMARK for more information. Please join us on Facebook.
ARAMARK delivers experiences that enrich and nourish people's lives through innovative food, facility, and uniform services. Our more than 250,000 employees around the world demonstrate our corporate responsibility values every day, and we are recognized among the Most Admired Companies by Fortune and World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
KEYWORDS: volunteerism, community service, Jefferson Awards, community relations
SOURCE: Cone CommunicationsDESCRIPTION:
Even the most popular and successful awareness campaigns can sometimes grow stale over time. What can organizations do to reinvigorate massive social impact campaigns? One nonprofit behemoth has taken to social media, showing it can be both agile and timely, breaking world records and showing impact in turn.
(RED) recently launched a massive social media campaign to refresh its seven year-old commitment to raising awareness and funds to eliminate AIDS in Africa through ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Just last week, (RED) partnered with Mashable in an effort to break the world record for most Vine videos in a 24-hour period.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Guest blog from Rob Friedman, senior director of executive communications at Lilly. Rob describes his first-hand encounter with people afflicted with tuberculosis in poverty-stricken areas of South Africa. This is the first of two blogs underscoring the importance of our corporate responsibility efforts alongside partners in economically challenged areas of the world.
I saw the face of death today.
We were at the Fort Grey TB hospital, outside a squatter camp in East London, South Africa. I’d never seen a squatter camp—a kaleidoscope of makeshift shacks made of every material imaginable—scrap metal, plastic, wood, cardboard, rocks, bricks, mud. No electricity or sewers, few toilets, little-to-no clean drinking water. Piles of garbage border the camp. Some 30,000 people survive there.
At the hospital entrance, we were stopped by a gate with armed guards. They took down the serial numbers of our computers, to make sure when we left we wouldn’t be taking anything extra.
We were there to see firsthand Lilly’s work on multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, known as MDR-TB, and to shoot video of the hospital, staff, and patients to help illustrate what we do.
Long, low concrete buildings served as wards, divided by sexes. We wore surgical masks, but I’ll admit to some anxiety—the thought occurred that since TB is airborne, I had a better chance of contracting it than HIV.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly and Company, tb, tuberculosis, Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, Lilly NCD Partnership, South Africa
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Tuesday evening I had the honor to attend the Project HOPE Gala in New York City, of which Lilly was a key sponsor. The event brought together supporters of this great organization to honor the achievements of Project HOPE and its phenomenal volunteers, and, yes, to raise money to continue its critical mission.
The night was a success by every measure. And being in the presence of Project HOPE president and CEO Dr. John Howe and his team is always inspiring.
Project HOPE and Lilly have had a fruitful relationship for more than 50 years. During the gala, we unveiled a new video highlighting our work to improve diabetes and hypertension care for people living in the informal settlement of Zandspruit in Johannesburg, South Africa. The video shows the important work being done there through the Lilly NCD Partnership, including when 10 Lilly employees recently spent two weeks volunteering at the site through our Connecting Hearts Abroad program.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, The Lilly NCD Partnership, Eli Lilly and Company, diabetes, Project HOPE, Zandspruit, South Africa
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 17, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire/ -- Six local CITGO Marketers representing more than 150 locally owned CITGO stations across Southeast Michigan participated in the third annual "Month of Mott" campaign, raising nearly $5,500 for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. From May 1 through May 23, participating CITGO stations sold paper "Mott blocks" for $1. All of the proceeds from this year's campaign were donated to the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital car seat safety program called "Mott Buckle Up!"
"Over the course of the past three years, we have developed a wonderful relationship with CITGO and its network of Michigan-based Marketers. We are so grateful to everyone involved in raising funds and awareness for C.S. Mott," said Gene Skidmore, development partner at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
This is the third year that local CITGO Marketers, including Atlas Oil Company, Barrick Enterprises, Bazzi Oil, Corrigan Oil Company, Dandy Oil Company and Tri-Lakes Petroleum, have raised money for C.S. Mott.
"Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of injury-related admissions for us. Through our 'Mott Buckle Up!' program, we hope to encourage best practices when installing and maintaining a car seat," added Amber Kroeker, injury prevention health educator at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. "An estimated 85% of car seats are used incorrectly, and we are doing our best to reduce that number."
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children in the United States. The goal of the "Mott Buckle Up!" program is to increase awareness of the risks associated with motor vehicle crashes while promoting proper car seat use. The program provides on-site appointments and consultations, educational sessions, car seat distribution and community engagement.
"Everyone in Southeast Michigan knows C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the good work it does for children from Michigan and around the world," said Bob Barrick, president of Barrick Enterprises, one of the participating CITGO Marketers. "It is a beacon of hope and health and we were honored to team up with our loyal customers to help C.S. Mott save children's lives through its car seat safety program."
Since 1903, the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has led the way in providing comprehensive, specialized health care for children. From leading-edge heart surgery that's performed in the womb to complete emergency care that's there when you need it, families from all over come to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital for our pediatric expertise. In 2013, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital was ranked eighth in the nation in Parents Magazine's 10 Best Children's Hospitals ranking. To learn more, go to www.mottchildren.org.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO stations. Local CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan, such as Atlas, Barrick, Bazzi and Corrigan, own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support local organizations, including the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information about CITGO, visit www.CITGO.com.
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KEYWORDS: csr, raise money, community, Citgo, Positive Change, Children, hospital, month of mott