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Vigilant Global and LaSalle Students Take FIRST Robot to Oshawa

Thu, 2014-03-06 09:30

SOURCE: Vigilant Global


The construction period for the international FIRST Robotics competition came to an end on Tuesday, February 18th. For the students of team 3985 (LaSalle Community Comprehensive High School) and their Vigilant Global mentors, the construction of the robot went on right down to the wire. The mentors’ eleventh hour purchases at Canadian Tire and Reno-Depot and endless supply of local pizza helped the team power through; letting the students finish their bot with two minutes to spare on the deadline. With a core launch mechanism that had been completed only two days before, the last few days rush forced both students and mentors alike to spend countless sleepless hours on putting the pieces together and making sure they were functional.

For LCCHS and their Vigilant Global mentors, the competition will begin the weekend of March 8th when they head to Oshawa, Ontario for a practice run of their robot before this year’s big Montreal debut. Oshawa will be their trial and error; a perfect opportunity to test the robot’s performance and make alterations if necessary.

The Montreal competition will be from March 20th to the 22nd this year at the Uniprix Stadium, and be available for live stream on the FIRST site.

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KEYWORDS: Event, Community, Engagement, robotics, First Robotics Quebec, community, youth engagement, Youth Fusion, LaSalle


CITGO and PS Food Mart Charities Launch Fifth Annual "Fight Hunger Give Hope" Campaign to Assist Local Families

Thu, 2014-03-06 09:30
Annual Program Will Raise Funds for Local Food Pantries

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


HOMER, Mich., March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- PS Food Mart Charities is proud to announce the launch of the fifth annual "Fight Hunger Give Hope" campaign in support of local food banks. From March 3 through March 16, 31 participating PS Food Mart stores in Michigan and Ohio will join together with a goal to raise more than $50,000 to help local food banks feed families in need across the region.

PS Food Mart Charities was created in 2010 by Michigan-based CITGO Marketer Folk Oil Company and is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Folk Oil Company owns and manages 31 PS Food Mart locations in South Central Michigan and Northern Ohio that give back to their respective communities by providing financial support to local food pantries.

"We always want to benefit the communities where PS Food Mart owns and operates its stores," said Jim Linton, vice president at Folk Oil Company. "We established the 'Fight Hunger Give Hope' campaign five years ago and it is exciting to see how the program has evolved."

The program encourages customers to visit their local PS Food Mart location to purchase $1 or $5 certificates, which are posted around the store as a sign of customers' support. Each $1 donation will provide six meals and a $5 donation will serve 30 meals to those in need.

"Hunger is an issue in many communities across the country and thanks to the generous donations we receive each year, we are able to put food on the tables of thousands of families in the area," continued Linton. "We are thankful for all those who have, and will, take part in the campaign and through the support of our partners and customers, we hope to continue our dedication to the program and its mission for years to come."

PS Food Mart Charities is supported in its efforts by CITGO Petroleum Corporation, which participates in a wide variety of local charity and community programs. For more information about PS Food Mart and Folk Oil programs that support the local community and to find the closest PS Food Mart Store near you, visit www.PSFoodMart.com.

CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Michigan own and operate more than 300 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities, including Homer. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.

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KEYWORDS: Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Fueling Good, PS Food Mart Charities, Fight Hunger Give Hope, hunger relief, Folk Oil Company, fighting hunger, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

First Nonprofit Foundation Selects GIFTS Online to Maximize Grants and Minimize Overhead

Thu, 2014-03-06 06:45
Powerful grants management system enables small foundation to operate more efficiently and effectively with only one employee

SOURCE: MicroEdge


New York, NY, March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – MicroEdge LLC, the leading provider of solutions for the giving community worldwide, announced that First Nonprofit Foundation has selected GIFTS Online as its grants management solution.

First Nonprofit Foundation is a Pennsylvania-based, private grantmaking organization that focuses its giving on bolstering the nonprofit sector in the United States. Founded in 2003, it originally focused solely on educational causes and awarded few grants. Then, in 2013, the foundation expanded its scope to become a grantmaking foundation with a wider range of interests. This change called for a streamlined grants management process, which led the organization to acquire GIFTS Online.

GIFTS Online—MicroEdge’s fully-hosted, online grants management solution—equips giving organizations of all types and sizes with powerful grants management tools to work more efficiently, improve results and effectively collaborate to make a greater impact. Its high level of scalability lets it easily meet the needs of larger organizations, while its easy to use, intuitive interface and powerful functionality make it the perfect choice for smaller giving organizations with fewer resources.

Because First Nonprofit Foundation operates with only one fulltime employee—CEO, Joe Geiger—acquiring a system that is both powerful and yet easy to use was critical. The foundation’s needs are not uncommon in today’s philanthropic community; more and more small foundations need to operate effectively with very few staff members in order to maximize the amount of dollars they can award as grants. This generally calls for a system that has extensive capabilities, yet is not cost prohibitive for organizations of that size. First Nonprofit Foundation found that combination in GIFTS Online. “We did not want to make a huge investment into software that we would have to manage on our own servers, and be concerned about data backups, emergencies, etc.,” said Mr. Geiger. “When we looked at GIFTS Online, we found that it would allow us to manage our grants free of the concerns we had. Plus, the pricing was right for us.”

The foundation was also drawn to GIFTS Online’s ability to streamline the grants management process, which is particularly important for small foundations with limited human resources. When the organization began to award more grants following their 2013 shift in focus, time spent on the grant process suddenly became an important variable. “Our previous process of managing grants manually in spreadsheets proved to be extremely time consuming and often resulted in us having to redo work that had already been done,” said Mr. Geiger. “That experience helped us understand that we could not manage the number of grants we wanted to award unless we had a system to help.”

Having now acquired GIFTS Online, the foundation is eager to see how the system will allow them to grow and evolve, as well as meet the goals they have set for the future. “We believe that GIFTS Online will allow us to realize our goals of a fully ‘paperless’ grant cycle, operating with significant overhead efficiencies, and the ability to award the maximum number of grants with the resources available,” continued Geiger. “We also feel that it will allow us to be consistent with our mission statement going forward. So overall it was the right system for us and we’re excited about the opportunities for improvement it will bring.”

About First Nonprofit Foundation
First Nonprofit Foundation strongly believes in the resilience and provision of quality of life in the United States provided by nonprofit staff and volunteers. As such, the Foundation offers grants to programs that advance leadership in the sector, enhance and reward top management practices, fund programs that represent great need, or are uniquely replicable. To learn about First Nonprofit Foundation, visit www.firstnonprofit.org.

Additional Information on GIFTS Online
Visit www.microedge.com/GIFTSOnline to learn more about the features and benefits of GIFTS Online, view video demo recordings, and access a host of free grantmaking resources.

About MicroEdge
Established in 1985, MicroEdge, LLC is the leading provider of software and services to the giving community worldwide. MicroEdge solutions deliver a powerful, integrated, and open framework for efficient and effective charitable giving. The company is committed to providing the best technology toolset for foundations, corporations, government agencies, donors, advisors and financial institutions. Together, these tools help organizations to work with one another to raise, invest, manage and award charitable currency. MicroEdge is headquartered in New York City with regional offices throughout the U.S. and supports thousands of clients worldwide. MicroEdge is part of the Vista Equity Partners portfolio of software and technology-enabled companies. To learn more about Vista Equity Partners, visit www.vistaequitypartners.com. To learn more about MicroEdge, visit www.microedge.com.

Media Contact: 
Kathy Krais 
800.899.0890 ext. 3966 

MicroEdge is a trademark and/or service mark of MicroEdge, LLC. AngelPoints, GIFTS, GIFTS Alta, GIFTS Alta Blueprint, and GIFTS Online are trademarks of MicroEdge, LLC. All other company names or marks mentioned herein are those of their respective owners.

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KEYWORDS: First Nonprofit Foundation, MicroEdge, Grants, GIFTS Online, grantmaking organization, educational causes

Mary Kay Joins Forces with California Domestic Violence Advocates at the Capitol March 6

Thu, 2014-03-06 06:35

SOURCE: Mary Kay


Sacramento, March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Mary Kay Inc. and members of the Mary Kay independent sales force, together with the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (the Partnership) are coming to the State Capitol to raise awareness about the importance of domestic violence program funding. As part of the annual Legislative Action Day on March 6th, Mary Kay representatives will help educate California lawmakers about crucial counseling, education and prevention programs, and the importance of state support for these life-saving services.

“Mary Kay believes that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship which is why we are deeply committed to preventing and ending domestic violence,” said Theresa Flores, Manager of Government Relations for Mary Kay Inc. “The opportunity to partner with The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence goes a long way in raising awareness about this often silent epidemic so victims are no longer in the shadows and lawmakers can help make meaningful change to protect women and their families.”

Partnership Executive Director Kathy Moore said that alliances with corporate partners are a key part of the Partnership’s public policy and education efforts.

“Domestic violence affects the entire community, not just the individual couple,” she said. “Mary Kay’s long-term commitment to this issue makes them an ideal partner to remind lawmakers that all their constituents have a stake in domestic violence services.”


About the Partnership
The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is California’s statewide domestic violence coalition, with organizational and individual members across California. Working at the local, state and national levels for nearly 30 years, the Partnership has a long track record of successfully passing over 100 pieces of legislation, and working statewide on behalf of adult domestic violence victims and youth victims of teen dating violence.  As the unified voice for California’s domestic violence agencies, the Partnership works to inspire, inform and connect all those concerned with this issue, because together we’re stronger. With offices in Sacramento, the Partnership’s member programs span the entire state.

About Mary Kay
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3.5 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. Discover what you love by connecting with a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area at marykay.com.


Camille Hayes, Public Affairs Specialist, camille@cpedv.org
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Phone: 916-444-7163; cell: 916-764-9230; Fax: 916-444-7165

Tweet me: .@MaryKay Joins Forces with California Domestic Violence Advocates @CPEDVCoalition at the Capitol March 6 http://3bl.me/yhtvw4

KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, domestic violence, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, Ending Domestic Violence, California


Symantec's Volunteer of the Quarter: Melaney Smith

Thu, 2014-03-06 05:20
By Melaney Smith, Symantec Senior Principal Information Security Analyst

SOURCE: Symantec


I spent five years of my childhood living at a children’s home, where my parents lived and worked as “house parents” for one of the cottages there.  Most of the children had been removed from unsafe or unstable homes, with no other family able to care for them.  Everything they had, from their clothing to their food, was made possible by the generosity of strangers. I was keenly aware how fortunate I was to have parents; to live in the same home as my siblings; to have grandparents and aunts and uncles; to get to choose my own clothing from a store, or make a wish list for Santa at Christmas – things that are a normal part of many children’s lives in America today. 

This early, up-close glimpse of poverty and need helped me realize at an early age that the people affected by it are individuals, each with their own story. They are helped when other individuals, each with their own stories, make the decision to do something. Every hour spent, every dollar donated, works to build a whole that is so much bigger than the sum of its parts.

Continue Reading: http://bit.ly/1fJND57

Tweet me: #Symantec Volunteer of the Quarter: “Don’t spend too much time thinking about it – ACT” http://bit.ly/1fJND57 @BFK_Athens #CSR

KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Volunteerism, Books for Keeps, reading, Employee Engagement, Symantec, volunteerism

#DardenDigest: Getting Back on my Feet and in my Running Shoes

Thu, 2014-03-06 05:20

SOURCE: Darden Restaurants


Last July I was driving home, and a drunk driver going 80 miles per hour crossed over the median in the road and hit my car in a head-on collision. My foot got caught between my brake and clutch pedals, resulting in 100 stitches and various rods needing to be placed in my foot. I was an avid runner before this accident, and now, doctors didn’t know if I’d even be able to walk for at least three months. They thought it would be about six months before I could even walk well.

Continue reading at Darden Digest

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KEYWORDS: darden, Darden Restaurants, Seasons 52, Race, running, Drunk Driver, injury, community, support

Recognizing Programs that Empower Girls and Women

Thu, 2014-03-06 05:10

SOURCE: Cisco Systems Inc.


As we prepare to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, I am reflecting on so many factors that led to where I am today. My mother grew up in India when the path for most women was not one of higher education and a professional life. Yet, with the support of her family, she pursued an advanced degree and became an internationally acclaimed scientist. At a time when arranged marriages were the standard, she met my father and they wed in a non-traditional “love marriage.” With her quiet strength, she was a pioneer, and her experience and outlook helped shape who I am and the path I have taken.

I, too, had the support of my family to pursue dreams of a college degree and professional career, and to be a wife and mother. But many girls and women are not afforded these opportunities, a lack of access which leads to millions trapped in a cycle of poverty, abuse, and poor health—an inherent inequality—where 66 million girls around the world are not in school, 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence each year, and the number 1 cause of death for girls ages 15 to19 is childbirth.

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KEYWORDS: cisco csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, International Women's Day, csr, Cisco, Empowering Women

ConAgra Foods Partners With P&G And Enlists Award-Winning Artist Hunter Hayes To Help End Child Hunger In America

Thu, 2014-03-06 03:10
Child Hunger Ends Here® Campaign Provides An Easy Way for Consumers to Help the Nearly 16 Million Kids Struggling with Hunger in the U.S.

SOURCE: ConAgra Foods Inc.


OMAHA, Neb., March 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- More than one in five of all children1 and more than one in four Latino children1 in this country may not know where their next meal is coming from. ConAgra Foods and P&G are building a community of people to make a difference and help donate up to 7 million meals in 2014 through the Child Hunger Ends Here program. Look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America3, the leading domestic hunger-relief organization.

The 2014 Child Hunger Ends Here campaign is supported by Hunter Hayes, who will lend his voice to spread awareness for child hunger while asking consumers to take action by entering a code found on participating ConAgra Foods and P&G products. In his new hit single, "Invisible," Hayes brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States. 1 For every download of "Invisible" on iTunes, Child Hunger Ends Here will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals 2. As a presenting sponsor of Hayes' "We're Not Invisible" tour, kicking off March 20, Child Hunger Ends Here will be activating efforts across the country encouraging consumers to take action in the fight against child hunger. The campaign will also be supported with retail promotions, national TV integrations and a social media campaign.

"I'm proud to partner with ConAgra Foods' Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger," says Hayes. "My new single 'Invisible' speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door."

Consumers can easily participate by going to their local grocery stores and looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked packages of 42 select ConAgra Foods and P&G brands, including Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Healthy Choice®, Hunt's®, Pampers®, Bounty®, Tide® and Pantene®, then visiting www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal3 will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through June 2014 for P&G brands and August 2014 for ConAgra Foods brands. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary equivalent of a 100,000-meal donation ($11,111).

"For more than 20 years, ConAgra Foods has provided funds, expertise and food to fight child hunger, and while there's been progress, child hunger continues to be a problem across America. We created the Child Hunger Ends Here program in 2010 to raise more awareness of this serious issue, and we've made it simple for consumers to get involved by starting with a code – one code equals one meal," says Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods. "Now, by partnering with P&G, we hope to have an even bigger impact and encourage more consumers to help us end child hunger in the U.S."

By partnering with P&G, participating Child Hunger Ends Here brands are doubled, making it easier for consumers to join the fight against child hunger.

"We are incredibly grateful for ConAgra Foods' ongoing commitment to fight domestic child hunger, and we are delighted that this year our longtime partner P&G will join the robust Child Hunger Ends Here program," says Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America, "Through our national network of food banks, we help feed 14 million children each year, which we could not accomplish without the support of our partners and the engagement of their consumers."

In addition to partnering with celebrity talent, ConAgra Foods enlists its own talent for the company's Month of Service in April. Employees at locations nationwide will volunteer at local Feeding America food banks, pack boxes of food and serve meals. The company hopes to exceed the more than 7,000 hours employees volunteered during last year's Week of Service.

Since 1993, through their partnerships with Feeding America, ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation have provided more than 325 million pounds of food and invested more than $37 million in capacity building, child hunger programs and groundbreaking research. The Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity primarily funded by the company, has a $10 million, 5-year commitment to Feeding America, the largest donation ever made to Feeding America specifically to fight child hunger.

For more information, visit www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com. You can also follow the discussion at Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere, or follow along on Twitter and Instagram at @ChildHungerEnds.

About ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's largest packaged food companies with branded and private branded food found in 99 percent of America's households, as well as a strong commercial foods business serving restaurants and foodservice operations globally. Consumers can find recognized brands such as Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Egg Beaters®, Healthy Choice®, Hebrew National®, Hunt's®, Marie Callender's®, Orville Redenbacher's®, PAM®, Peter Pan®, Reddi-wip®, Slim Jim®, Snack Pack® and many other ConAgra Foods brands, along with food sold by ConAgra Foods under private brand labels, in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise, club and drug stores. Additionally, ConAgra Foods supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products as well as other vegetable, spice, bakery and grain products to commercial and foodservice customers. ConAgra Foods operates ReadySetEat.com, an interactive recipe website that provides consumers with easy dinner recipes and more. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com

About ConAgra Foods Foundation
The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the nearly 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and live in food insecure homes where they may not have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America and 4H that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. For more information, please visit www.conagrafoods.com or www.facebook.com/conagrafoods The ConAgra Foods Foundation is primarily funded by ConAgra Foods.

About Procter & Gamble (P&G)
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About Hunter Hayes
Four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, Hunter Hayes, is a multi-talented performer, musician, producer, and writer. His brand new single, "Invisible," off his forth-coming release due this May, showcases Hunter's growth not only as an artist but as a songwriter, taking the listener on an emotional journey lyrically; "Trust the one who's been where you are, wishing all it was, was sticks and stones. Those words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone and you're not invisible." 

His critically acclaimed Atlantic Records self-titled album garnered three consecutive No. 1 singles, selling over eight million singles to date while the album itself has been certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. His current Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for his No. 1 single "I Want Crazy" marks his fourth Grammy nomination off his debut release. Hunter is currently featured as one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" and has played over 500 dates since 2011. The Louisiana native has headlined sold out venues across the US and Canada and recently wrapped the sold out CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes' Let's Be Crazy tour this past fall.

1 USDA Household Food Security in the U.S. 2012, (Sept. 2013)

2 For every "Invisible" song iTunes download between 1/27/14 and 4/4/14, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal (11.1¢) to Feeding America, up to 1 million meals. Valid in U.S. and Puerto Rico only.

3Enter the eight-digit code found on participating products. For every ConAgra Foods code entered, ConAgra Foods will donate 11.1¢ and for every P&G code entered, P&G will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. ConAgra Foods codes must be entered by 8/28/14 and P&G codes must be entered by 6/16/14. ConAgra Foods will donate up to 5 million meals with a guaranteed minimum donation of 1 million meals ($111,111) and P&G will donate up to 2 million meals with a guaranteed minimum of 1 million meals ($111,111). Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. See ChildHungerEndsHere.com for complete details and a list of participating brands. Valid in U.S. and Puerto Rico only. © ConAgra Foods, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 2014 Proctor & Gamble.

Tweet me: .@ChildHungerEnds Here campaign provides easy way for consumers to help ~16 Mil kids struggling w/#hunger in the U.S. http://3bl.me/d4dkb4

KEYWORDS: ConAgra, P&G, Proctor & Gamble, Hunter Hayes, child hunger ends here, Feeding America, hunger-relief, child hunger relief, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

Beauty That Counts: It's Time To Talk

Wed, 2014-03-05 10:30

SOURCE: Mary Kay


I’ve discovered in the last few months there are three things that terrify me as a mother of a 16 year old daughter: driving, dating and drugs. I’m not sure if terrify is even a strong enough word for the angst I feel about the “3Ds” as I call them. I think I’m like most parents who want to instill in our kids the roots and morals to become responsible adults while keeping their dreams alive and giving them the confidence and wings to soar.

Each day I pray my daughter will have the foundation, maturity and intelligence to make wise decisions, especially in today’s world when they’re exposed to so much at an early age. So that’s why I try to listen to her about everything and talk to her about everything.

I know it can be tough at times to get our kids to put down the cell phones and just talk, so sometimes we have to listen first. If you can overcome the excessive usage of the word “like,” just listen when you are driving your children to cheerleading, soccer, lacrosse, football, music lessons, basketball, gymnastics and their 7.5 trillion other activities. When I’m driving my daughter and her friends around, I just listen. I’m pretty proud to know that my daughter and her friends already have an expectation of not only of how they will be treated, but also of how they will treat others. Respecting each other and understanding boundaries are important for all teenagers – especially girls.

When I think about the fact that females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly three times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner, and that violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade; it is all the more critical to have conversations with our children about these issues.

Because of this, I was so proud to support Mary Kay’s partnership with Love Is Respect for “It’s Time to Talk Day.”  It’s Time To Talk Day was an annual awareness day that encouraged conversations about healthy dating relationships with parents and adults. The event was held in New York earlier this month. The idea is to start the conversation with our children about healthy relationships. Loveisrepect developed tons of tools and resources that can be used to help with the conversation. Even if you haven’t talked to your child about healthy relationships, don’t worry. You still have time to talk…and listen. 

Enjoy these photos from the event, and tell me your tips for talking to your children about critical issues.

Today’s blog post is from Jill Wedding, Mary Kay’s Director of Consultant Marketing. Jill has worked at Mary Kay since 1989 in a variety of roles.  Her greatest role to date is that of Mom.

Tweet me: Beauty That Counts: It's Time To Talk http://3bl.me/3p3dfb from @MaryKay @loveisrespect

KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, Pink Changing Lives, jordyn wieber, csr, dating, Loveisrespect, New York, Corporate Social Responsibility, teen dating, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Morris Chestnut, girls, boys, social responsibility, healthly relationships, teenagers


Southwest Airlines Continues its Proud Tradition of Celebrating Women's History Month

Wed, 2014-03-05 09:00

SOURCE: Southwest Airlines


DALLAS, March 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is proud to celebrate its continued commitment to women at Southwest and in the communities it serves by hosting an array of activities throughout the year.  At Southwest, women make up more than 40 percent of the Company.  Additionally, nearly 35 percent of the Company’s total leadership roles are held by women. Southwest champions diversity and inclusion and the causes that matter most to its Customers and Employees.  

“At Southwest Airlines, we believe in an inclusive work environment that values differences and celebrates the unique perspectives and talents of our People,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. "We also extend those values to the communities we serve through community partnerships throughout the nation, including more than 30 relationships with organizations that invest in women’s leadership development, empowerment, and recognition.  Through those meaningful relationships, we are able to strengthen the communities in which our Customers and Employees work and live.”

Here’s how Southwest proudly gives back to women in the community:

Annually l Leadership Women, Dallas
Southwest Airlines, a founding sponsor and participant, has proudly supported Leadership Texas and Leadership Pipeline as Official Airline for more than 30 years.  Focused on advancing and improving the personal, economic, and professional status of American women, these programs focus on giving participants the tools and knowledge to make a positive difference in their communities. 

March-November | Leadership California, California Issues and Trends Program (CIT), Sessions I-IV, Los Angeles
Southwest Airlines proudly serves as the Official Airline of Leadership California’s four-part CIT Program.  Participants will learn more about California’s dynamic government, celebrate California’s heritage, explore the opportunities and challenges of California’s global business and economy, and focus on sustaining quality of life in California through innovation.

March 8 | International Women’s Day, Dallas
Southwest Airlines is recognizing International Women’s Day with conversation and learning opportunities at its Headquarters.

March 20 | Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Induction Ceremony, Denver
Southwest Airlines is proud to support the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony honoring the women who have shaped the state of Colorado and the nation’s history with courage and leadership.

April | Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), Latina Action Day, Sacramento
Southwest Airlines is proud to be the Official Airline of Latina Action Day, which facilitates dialogue between corporate and community Latina leaders and elected officials on public policies affecting Latinas in California. 

April 3 | Dress for Success, Something to Share Gala, New York
Southwest Airlines is proud to support the Something to Share Gala where 800 to 1,000 of Dress for Success’ friends and supporters gather to share in the transformation of Dress for Success clients from disadvantaged women to empowered professionals, excelling in both their careers and personal lives.

April 4 | University Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Continuing Education, Women Leaders Conference, Milwaukee
Southwest Airlines is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Women Leaders Conference, which celebrates women who have pioneered their fields and uncovers their proven methods for success. Attendees will learn from accomplished women, discover what inspires them, and harness the energy to empower themselves.

April 4-5 | Women’s Foundation of California, Los Angeles
Southwest Airlines is proud to be the Official Airline of the Women’s Foundation of California’s 2014 Conference, Giving Circle Network.  The conference will provide a place where Giving Circle leaders and other women philanthropists can find opportunities for networking, mentoring, and inspiration. 

May 14 | CABLE, Power of Inclusion Luncheon, Nashville
As a Gold Sponsor of the event, Southwest proudly joins CABLE as they recognize Nashville individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations that championed all types of diversity and developed innovative methods to enhance diversity and inclusion. Nominees are evaluated and selected by CABLE’s panel of experts on Diversity Best Practice.

June-November | POWER: Opening Doors for Women, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and Atlanta
Southwest is the Official Airline of POWER: Opening Doors for Women, which promotes and develops women leaders by providing a unique educational opportunity for women at all levels within their careers to interact and exchange ideas with thought leaders, industry experts, and their peers.  The airline will support four events held in cities throughout the country in 2014.

June 14 | 100 Black Men, Empowerment Breakfast for African American Professional Women, Orlando
Southwest Airlines sponsors the Orlando chapter of 100 Black Men as they proudly salute powerful female community leaders in Orlando. 

July 22-24 | Women Impacting Public Policy, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline and a sponsor to promote women-owned businesses and advocacy.

Sept. 17 | Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, Chicago
As a long-time supporter of the WBDC, Southwest Airlines is proud to sponsor the Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference, the oldest conference and business opportunities fair for women in business in the United States.

Oct. 25 | MANA de San Diego, Latina Success Conference, San Diego
As the Official Airline of MANA de San Diego, Southwest Airlines is proud to Empower Latinas through education, leadership development, community service, and advocacy.


In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier's performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as "The Southwest Effect," a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. With Southwest Airlines, Bags Fly Free ® (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are no change fees when you need to change your flight. Southwest's fleet offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, a majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity, live and video-on-demand TV currently available for FREE compliments of DISH, and a new, sustainable cabin interior. Southwest acquired AirTran Airways in May 2011 and by the end of 2014 intends to complete the full integration of the AirTran network into Southwest. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest and AirTran operate nearly 3,600 flights a day. Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are available online at southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

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Two ING U.S. Executives named to Savoy’s 2014 ‘Top 100’ in Corporate America List

Wed, 2014-03-05 08:00
Rhonda Mims and Edward Baker-Greene recognized for their influence, leadership and community focus



March 5, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Savoy Magazine named two ING U.S., Inc. (NYSE: VOYA) executives to its 2014 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” list featured in their 13th anniversary spring issue. The Savoy Top 100 features African-American executives, influencers and achievers impacting corporate America. Rhonda Mims, ING U.S. Foundation president and head of the ING U.S. Office of Corporate Responsibility, and Edward Baker-Greene, senior vice president, Human Resources, were both named to the list.

Mims is responsible for Corporate Responsibility for ING U.S., which encompasses community relations and community investment. Baker-Greene leads ING U.S. Human Resources for Operations, IT and Retirement Solutions. He is the immediate past chairman of The Partnership, Inc., New England’s premier organization dedicated to leadership development and talent management solutions for professionals of color.

“Creating and maintaining a culture that places a high value on diversity is critical to our business as we aim to improve the value to our stakeholders and create a high-performing culture,” said Kevin Silva, executive vice president and head of Human Resources at ING U.S. “Having two senior executives on this list demonstrates the depth of the diverse talent we have at our organization. We are all proud of their recognition.”

“The 2014 Top 100 issue features the highest caliber of executive leadership in America’s corporations,” said L.P. Green, II, publisher of Savoy Magazine. “Savoy is honored to feature such a powerful collection of inspirational leaders reaching new heights of achievement in business.”

Selection of the “Top 100 Blacks in Corporate America” began by examining the landscape of spheres of influence impacting Savoy’s readership, including corporate sector influence, scholastic achievement, career growth, community outreach and recognition. The information received from over 500 prospective candidates in diverse fields was pre-screened by the selection committee. The selection committee included the Savoy editorial board and community leaders with representatives from academia and business. After reviewing all of the profiles, the field of candidates was narrowed to the 2014 “Top 100 Most Influential” listing based upon their exemplary record of accomplishments and influence while working to better their community and inspire others.

About Savoy Magazine

Savoy Magazine is a national publication covering the power, substance and style of African-American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the African-American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy is published quarterly and distributed via subscriptions and newsstands worldwide.

About ING U.S.

ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which will rebrand as Voya Financial in 2014, 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, one institution at a time.  For more information, visit http://ing.us.  Follow ING U.S. on Twitter @ING_USA and Facebook.




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L.P. Green & Partners, Inc.
+1 (404) 841-7019

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Citi Receives U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award

Wed, 2014-03-05 06:30



New York, March 2, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Following its quarterly Board of Directors meeting, Junior Achievement USA® (JA) presented Citi with the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award for its commitment to encouraging community service and its support to the organization, which includes more than 15,000 volunteer hours in 2013. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Citi has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and it is one of 39 JA corporate partners to be honored this year. As a Gold level recipient, Citi received the highest possible recognition.

“We are grateful to receive this award on behalf of the more than 2,000 Citi volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to empowering young people through JA programs,” said Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO of Citi Holdings and Chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide’s Board of Governors. “The support of our volunteers – along with financial and technical assistance from the Citi Foundation and critical insights from JA – have enabled us to launch new youth development programs and serve as positive role models for young people across the globe.”   

“Junior Achievement volunteers are an important catalyst for our students,” said Jack E. Kosakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Junior Achievement USA. “Our volunteers share their personal and professional experiences and skills with students while delivering our programs. This helps young people to make connections between what they are learning in school and how those lessons connect to their success as adults. Junior Achievement is grateful for the support of Citi’s volunteers, who are critical to JA’s success.”

Established by President George W. Bush in 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation recognizes the important contributions volunteers make in communities and encourages more people to serve. The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created by the Council as a way to honor and thank Americans who – through their demonstrated commitment and example – inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Junior Achievement is an official certifying organization for the award and recognizes corporations with a U.S. presence whose volunteers teach JA programs throughout the world.

“Junior Achievement would not exist without its dedicated volunteers, who give of their time and talent to build communities by empowering the next generation’s success,” said Larry A. Leva, Global Vice Chairman of Quality and Risk Management for KPMG International and chairman of the Junior Achievement USA Board of Directors. “We are also setting a standard for service and fostering civic participation.”


About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

About the Citi Foundation

The Citi Foundation works to promote economic progress in communities around the world and focuses on initiatives that expand financial inclusion. We collaborate with best-in-class partners to create measurable economic improvements that strengthen low-income families and communities. Through a "More than Philanthropy" approach, Citi’s business resources and human capital enhance our philanthropic investments and impact. For more information, visit www.citifoundation.com.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches 4.4 million students per year in 118 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.7 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.

Contact Info:

Kamran Mumtaz
+1 (212) 793-7682

Stephanie Bell
Junior Achievement USA
+1 (719) 540-6171

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JK Group Goes Red to Raise Lifesaving Funds for Women’s Heart Health

Tue, 2014-03-04 07:00



Philanthropy and corporate giving are at the heart of what we do (pardon the pun). So as you can imagine, nothing gets JK Group’s tickers pumping more than a chance to give back! Recently, we had the opportunity to show a little love for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. The campaign’s goal is to spread the word about the life saving importance of healthy choices in order to combat heart disease, the number one killer of women.

To get the job done, JK Group volunteers quickly mobilized on this employee giving initiative, forming our very passionate and dedicated Go Red Team who put their hearts and souls into creating a fun-loving, heart themed event. Donning red and creating a festive space in our office, decked out with red and white hearts and balloons, they got us all in the spirit with a (very appropriate, we might add) heart healthy snack sale! Employees could pick from a myriad of munchies like fruits and veggies… and maybe a sweet treat or two. They could also buy American Heart Association pins and other fun items to show their support. And all that hard work definitely paid off! At the end of the day, our hearts were all a flutter as we counted the day’s reserve. JK Group was delighted to match 100% of all employee contributions and funds raised to help fight heart disease in women!

Thank you again to our Go Red Team and to everyone who did their part. To learn more about this very worthy campaign, check out the American Heart Association’s site at www.goredforwomen.org. And, in the spirit of the Go Red campaign, make sure you and your loved ones know the lifesaving warning signs of heart disease and stroke by clicking here.

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Hesha Patel
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Outerwall Announces New Community Grants that Integrate Employee Volunteerism

Tue, 2014-03-04 02:50
Funding and Service Activities to Support Innovative Nonprofits in Seattle and Chicago Metro Areas

SOURCE: Outerwall


Bellevue, Wash., March 4, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR), a leader in automated retail, today announced more than $250,000 in general operating grants to support Seattle and Chicago metro area nonprofit organizations that are addressing local issues with innovative solutions. In addition to providing unrestricted funding, Outerwall is collaborating with grantees to create meaningful volunteer opportunities for its company employees.

This initiative is an extension of Outerwall’s annual commitment to donate 1 percent of the previous year’s after-tax profits to charitable causes. It also aligns with the company’s goal to engage one-third of its workforce in volunteerism by 2015.

“We believe in playing an active role in the communities where our employees live and work by empowering organizations that are driving positive change,” said Nicole Trimble, Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Outerwall. “Our new grant commitments offer nonprofits the flexibility to determine how resources should be allocated to achieve the greatest possible outcomes while engaging our employees in rewarding volunteer opportunities that complement their skills and interests.”

Outerwall is awarding two types of grants, both of which will support nonprofit activities for a one-year period:

Better Everyday Grants are awarded to nonprofits that help individuals develop skills and access opportunities to “create a better everyday” for themselves, their families and their communities.

Community Connection Grants are awarded to nonprofits whose efforts align with the objectives of Outerwall’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Outerwall's corporate giving strategy is unconventional in that it integrates employee volunteerism opportunities as part of its grantee selection criteria," said Jackie Norris, Executive Director, Points of Light Corporate Institute. "This approach not only offers nonprofits skilled talent; it provides employees with valuable personal development opportunities and benefits companies by strengthening recruitment and retention.”

In addition to awarding grants directly to nonprofit organizations, Outerwall provides a matched giving program that supports employees’ favorite community causes. Outerwall employees that contribute personal time or monetary donations to nonprofits can amplify the impact of their generosity by applying for matching grants. To learn more about Outerwall’s commitment to supporting local communities, visit outerwall.com/responsibility.


About Outerwall Inc.  

Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR) has more than 20 years of experience creating some of the most profitable spaces for their retail partners. The company mission is to create a better everyday by delivering breakthrough kiosk experiences that delight consumers and generate revenue for retailers. As the company that brought consumers Redbox® entertainment, Coinstar® money services and ecoATM® electronics recycling kiosks, Outerwall is leading the next generation of automated retail and paving the way for inventive, scalable businesses. Outerwall™ kiosks are in neighborhood grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchants, malls, and other retail locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Learn more at www.outerwall.com.

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Melissa Cafiero
Outerwall Inc.
+1 (425) 943-8179

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A Sweet and Delicious Job – Former Sponsored Child Enjoys the First Taste of Success After Escaping Childhood Poverty in Guatemala

Tue, 2014-03-04 01:10

SOURCE: Children International


A Sweet and Delicious Job

By Javier Carcámo and Lindsey Quinn

Former sponsored child Shirly Alvarado lives in one of the impoverished zones at the margins of Guatemala City. Her community was formed by people termed “land invaders.” It’s a negative phrase that hits close to home: Shirly’s father had to become an “invader” – or squatter – when they didn’t have another place to live.

Families don’t intend to become invaders, but it is a consequence of limited economic opportunities and cruel necessity. “It is not that [my parents] were irresponsible,” Shirly explains, “but their luck changed for the worse. My parents rented, but all the jobs dried up and my father was fired. When we didn’t have resources to pay for a house, problems and debts began. Desperate, he decided to ‘invade’ land just at the edge of a ravine to create a small, fragile and rustled up ranch that was my home.”

Life as an invader is complicated. Families face constant harassment from the authorities and neighbors. At times, this rejection can turn into brutal attacks. Coupled with harassment is ill health and vulnerability from poor living conditions. In Shirly’s case, she lived in a shack at the edge of a gully. Conditions in the home were desperate. “I have sad memories of when it rained. I remember it well, because when we just got there, all my father could build was a house with sheet metal, cardboard and plastic canvas; but the rain came in everywhere. The wind seemed to take everything to the ravine. I was really afraid to sleep there because the water pounded on the roof. I felt the breeze, and there was a big puddle in the floor. My mother made my oldest brother and me sleep wrapped up with nylon and plastic bags. It is amazing that we survived.”

This challenging childhood, however difficult, honed Shirly’s desire for a better life. Naturally shy, the young woman worked past her fears to develop a strong personal, scholarly and spiritual life. Support from Children International helped Shirly became a promising leader: “The support from Children International was a great relief that changed everything. I had a scholarship that allowed me to study and that helped my dad continue building a better place to live. It was practically brick by brick, but he was able to give us a home.” Shirly adds proudly, “I keep in my heart that example of hard work and perseverance.”

And all Shirly’s hard work has paid off. A graduate of Children International’s Into Employment program, she works for Anfora, a well-regarded patisserie: “I am in the production area, specifically in the chocolate department. You can say that my job is sweet and delicious! They treat me very well, and I feel motivated.” Her training in food safety and processing made Shirly an enticing candidate for the company. “Anfora really valued the training I received with Into Employment,” she explained. Although not one to brag, Shirly adds proudly, “When I tell my girlfriends about the place where I am working, they say to me – A la que rayada! This means, they think I am really fortunate because Anfora is very prestigious.”

A woman with clear goals, Shirly is on her way to success. With a stable job, Shirly is able to help her family economically. She’s proud to build a better future for herself and her family. “I don’t want anyone in my family to live like that again. I’m going to work really hard to move up in the company and continue studying. This job may seem simple, but for me it is invaluable; it is my foundation, my launch pad! It’s what allows me to save money and invest in my future; above all else, it is allowing me to live better right now.”

This article is also available on the eNews Section of our website.

About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.

For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.

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Brittany Gelbach
+1 (816) 943-3832

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LBG Canada Employee Giving Program Management Trends

Mon, 2014-03-03 10:30
a case for employee engagement

SOURCE: SiMPACT Strategy Group


Employee engagement, vital to any organization, is a key driver of employee motivation. An effective way to engage employees involves having targeted community investment initiatives and employee giving programs. For these programs to be successful, proper management and administration is required. Effective communication, clear guidelines outlining when community partners are eligible for matching and executive champions for employee giving programs result in high program awareness and employee participation rates, and ultimately result in successful programs.

LBG Canada companies understand the importance of employee giving programs, as 84% currently offer matched giving programs. LBG Canada companies also recognize that effective management and administration of employee giving programs result in successful giving programs and increased employee engagement. 88% of LBG Canada companies have a communications strategy to promote employee giving programs. The attached infographic illustrates important performance statistics and trends within employee giving program management that LBG Canada companies are achieving. 

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Caesars Supports Marriage Equality with a Wedding Giveaway

Mon, 2014-03-03 10:30

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation


Alexis Petru | Monday March 3rd, 2014

New Jersey became the fourteenth state to legalize gay marriage last October, and now Caesars Entertainment is joining in the festivities, offering one lucky couple an extravagant $50,000 wedding package at one of the company’s Caesars, Harrah’s, Bally’s and Showboat resorts and casinos in Atlantic City.

Dubbed the “Love Is Love” giveaway, the prize features a wedding ceremony and reception for 100 guests, a cocktail hour, dinner, custom cake designed by celebrity chef Deb Pellegrino, two-hour open bar, photographers, flowers and entertainment. The winning couple will also receive bachelor or bachelorette parties, a day-after brunch for up to 50 guests and luxury accommodations for their guests and themselves.

To enter the contest, couples have until March 14 to make a video explaining why they’re the best duo to win the prize, and post it to Instagram tagging @Total_AC and using the hashtag #LoveIsLoveInAC. All Instagram users are invited to vote in the contest, searching the #LoveIsLoveInAC hashtag and “liking” their favorite video. A panel of judges will select the winning couple from the five most “liked” videos.

While naysayers may be quick to criticize Caesars Entertainment’s “Love Is Love” contest as a publicity stunt rather than a political statement advocating marriage equality, the company touts its long record supporting the LGBT community: Caesars scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for six consecutive years and partners with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and Human Rights Campaign.

Whether you think Caesars cares about equal rights for the LGBT community or is simply looking for good PR, it is becoming increasingly clear that LGBT discrimination is bad for business.

Last week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have given the state’s business owners the right to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers because of their religious beliefs. But before Brewer could strike down the controversial legislation, the Hispanic National Bar Association said it cancelled plans to hold its annual convention in Arizona next year, and the National Football League, set to host the 2015 Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix’s stadium, started looking for alternative venues in case the bill was signed into law. JPMorgan Chase, one of Arizona’s largest employers, also took a stand against the bill, and tech companies like Apple and AT&T urged the governor to veto it, saying the law was discriminatory and would damage the state’s business climate.

While it’s challenging to call a company that encourages the unhealthy behavior of gambling, smoking and drinking socially responsible, it is refreshing to see a corporation make such bold statements in support of marriage equality in a campaign, rather than simply quietly acknowledging the importance of acceptance and nondiscrimination in its corporate policy.

Also last week, Caesars received a climate leadership award from the Environmental Protection Agency for achieving its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This accomplishment, along with Caesars’ pro-marriage equality giveaway contest, demonstrates that casino companies can strive for good corporate citizenship–just in their own way.

Passionate about both writing and sustainability, Alexis Petru is freelance journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area whose work has appeared on Earth911, Huffington Post and Patch.com. Prior to working as a writer, she coordinated environmental programs for Bay Area cities and counties. Connect with Alexis on Twitter at @alexispetru

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Phoenix Children's Hospital Joins Forces with Cincinnati Children's and Toyota to Bring the Buckle Up For Life Program to Phoenix

Mon, 2014-03-03 07:05

SOURCE: Toyota


Number One Factor of Child Deaths in Arizona Related To Motor Vehicle Crashes Is “Lack Of Vehicle Restraint”
First National Program of Its Kind – Nearly Triples the Use of Proper Child Car Seats in Pilot City


Phoenix, Ariz., March 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Phoenix Children’s Hospital announced it partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota to bring the Buckle Up for Life program, a national injury prevention program, to Phoenix.
Building on a partnership that began in 2004 between one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals–Cincinnati Children’s–and the global automotive manufacturer–Toyota, the Buckle Up for Life program is designed to educate the entire family on critical car safety behaviors and provides free child car seats to families in need.
Car crashes are the number one killer of children in the United States between the ages 1 and 12.[i] Additionally, almost half of all African American (45%) and Hispanic (46%) children who died in crashes were not buckled up (2009–2010)[ii]. According to the Arizona Child Fatality Review Program, in 2012, 64 children died in Arizona in motor vehicle-related crashes–the number one factor being “lack of vehicle restraint”[iii].
“Proper use of seat belts, child safety seats and booster seats can significantly prevent vehicle-related injuries and fatalities,” said Sally Moffat, Director, Community Outreach and Injury Prevention at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We want to do more to protect children in vehicles and the Buckle Up for Life program will allow us to reach out to our neighboring communities in Phoenix and work closely with parents, caregivers and children–providing them with vital safety information in a way that leaves lasting impressions and saves lives.”
Toyota’s Multi-million Dollar Commitment Expands Buckle Up for Life 

As part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to provide safety programs to passengers and drivers of all ages, the company announced in September that it increased funding of Buckle Up for Life by six million dollars over the next three years, allowing the program to expand from the current eight cities to a total of 17 cities by 2016. This investment is added to the more than two and a half million dollars of support Toyota has provided over the past nine years.  To-date Buckle Up for Life has had tremendous results, including providing more than 40,000 child car seats to families in need.  In one city alone, the use of proper child car seats by program participants nearly tripled.
In addition to partnering with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, this year Buckle Up for Life has also partnered with Cohen Children’s Medical Center (New York, NY) and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Memphis, TN). They join successful programs already in place with local hospital partners in Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Orange Country, CA, and San Antonio.
“At Toyota, we are strongly committed to the belief that driver and passenger safety is a universal need and something everyone should have access to,” said Latondra Newton, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer of Toyota Motor North America Inc. “That is why we partnered with Cincinnati Children’s to create Buckle Up for Life and have increased our support.  We consider today to be both a celebration of all we have achieved and a call to action for the tremendous amount of work still to be done.”
Buckle Up for Life Website 
Beyond the community programs in cities across the U.S., the mobile-friendly, Buckle Up for Life website offers parents and caregivers easy to use tools and videos to help them identify and install the proper car seats for their child.

Buckle Up for Life is a national, community-based injury prevention program, created in 2004 in a partnership between trauma specialists at Cincinnati Children’s and Toyota. The program’s main goal is to help save lives by educating communities about the number one cause of death of children under the age of 12 in the U.S.
Buckle Up for Life works with local hospitals, churches and other trusted community partners in cities across the United States to address the economic, cultural and language barriers around motor vehicle safety. Over a six-week period, the program’s medical experts and trained specialists work closely with participants of all ages and backgrounds to deliver vital safety information in an engaging, culturally-sensitive and memorable way. To date, the program has donated more than 40,000 child car seats to families in need and has made a significant impact, including tripling the proper use of child car seats among program participants in one city.
Through an expanded multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment from Toyota in 2013, Buckle Up for Life will continue to expand to new cities each year while leading a national movement to help elevate the conversation about this critical issue. To take the Buckle Up for Life pledge, learn more about the program and find child passenger safety resources, please visit www.buckleupforlife.org.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for cancer and in the top 10 for nine of 10 pediatric specialties.
Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
The medical center is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation.
Additional information can be found at www.cincinnatichildrens.org. Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital that is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Phoenix Children's provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across over 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit www.phoenixchildrens.com.
About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants and directly employ more than 40,000 people.  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.5 million cars and trucks in 2013 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  
Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment.  As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S.  For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.  

Media Contacts

Stacy Dillier (Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
Kara Woroniec (Alison + Partners)

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AT&T at HRC’s Time to Thrive 2014: Empowering LGBTQ Youth Around the Country

Mon, 2014-03-03 05:35



By Scott Sapperstein, Executive Director, Public Affairs at AT&T

What happens when over 600 educators, counselors, administrators, LGBTQ advocacy organizations and students join together to promote safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth?  As I found out during the Human Rights Campaign’s inaugural Time to Thrive conference this past President’s Day Weekend—great things happen.

As a presenting sponsor, AT&T had the opportunity to join this inspiring group of youth-serving professionals to spread our own message of inclusion. I was humbled to share the stage with some key LGBTQ advocates including Chelsea Clinton, LZ Granderson, and Gautam Raghavan, Advisor, White House Office of Public Engagement & LGBT Liaison to the White House. It was also great to see some of our long-term collaborators such as the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) represented at the event and working toward a common goal of creating a thriving LGBTQ youth population.

This was a particularly exciting time to be representing AT&T because just this month we became the first major U.S. corporation to condemn anti-LGBTQ policies in Russia. We were proud to stand with the LGBTQ community in condemning these policies, and also in celebrating the diversity of all Olympic athletes, their fans, Russian residents and all people the world over – including and, especially, our employees and their loved ones.

After spending 72 hours interacting with some of the most important and inspiring individuals on the front lines of LGBTQ youth issues, (including the youth themselves!) I left the conference encouraged and excited by the message of inclusivity and empowerment that I know all attendees will carry with them back to their communities. But as we look to the future, we also must recognize that there are still challenges that lie ahead.

As I shared with Time to Thrive attendees, one issue I’m particularly passionate about is addressing the devastating impact of cyberbullying on LGBTQ youth. The digital world has provided more opportunities for all of us to connect, but it has also introduced a new venue for bullying, which disproportionately affects the LGBTQ community: According to a recent survey, 42% of LGBTQ youth have experienced cyberbullying, compared to 15% among their peers. I’m proud that one of my AT&T colleagues, Director of Consumer Education Andrea Brands, participated in a workshop on online privacy and safety in an effort to bring attention to this issue.

Despite challenges like these that we still must overcome, the Time to Thrive conference provided an important moment for all of us at AT&T and beyond to celebrate LGBTQ youth and to empower them to improve their lives and promote positive change in the world around them. To this end, AT&T California President Ken McNeely participated in a special session for just 50 LGBTQ youth from the Las Vegas area on entering the workforce. The session was a chance to communicate all the possibilities that the future holds for openly LGBTQ employees in the workplace – and that things do indeed get better.

I was deeply inspired by everyone I interacted with during the event, and know that they are up for the challenge of creating more inclusive communities.  I look forward to continuing our work with HRC, and to helping all members of the LGTBQ community find their own ways to thrive.

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Hope Air Bridges Distance to Health Care

Mon, 2014-03-03 03:30
TransCanada's support of Hope Air will help fund an estimated 45 flights for residents in Northern BC

SOURCE: TransCanada


With the assistance of Hope Air, triple-amputee Darlene Thomas travels to Vancouver three times a year to have her prosthetics checked and adjusted. To support this worthwhile program, two TransCanada projects – Prince Rupert Gas Transmission and Coastal GasLink – each donated $5,000 to Hope Air. The total donation of $10,000 will help fund an estimated 45 flights for residents in and around the communities of Prince George, Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Read more about TransCanada's commitment to Hope Air here....

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