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Working to End Violence (Video)

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:10

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente

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As a health care organization, Kaiser Permanente knows that victims of violence and abuse have an increased likelihood of stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and early death. Recognizing that violence as a preventable public health issue, the organization goes beyond providing care to victims who visit its emergency departments and medical facilities. Watch a 3-minute video to learn the unique approach Kaiser Permanente is taking to work with organizations like Youth UpRising, Wellspace and the Public Health Institute to address violence.

Watch the video on YouTube.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9.1 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.

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KEYWORDS: Kaiser Permanente, violence, youth uprising, wellspace, Health

MLK Day of Service: What are You Doing for Others?

Tue, 2014-01-21 07:00
By Lenny Alugas, Symantec Senior Vice President, Renewals

SOURCE: Symantec

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Today – January 20, 2014 – is the MLK Day of Service, a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. It’s the only US federal holiday observed as a national day of service.

Dr. Martin Luther King was also, of course, a prominent leader in the U.S. African-American civil rights movement, and originally the holiday was instituted in 1983 – after a long struggle – to commemorate his contributions to this movement.

As the executive champion for Symantec’s Black Employees Network (SBEN) – one of many Employee Resource Groups available to employees – I encourage each of you - employees, customers, technology professionals - to ask yourself the question I opened with. What am I doing for others?

“Dr. King is an agent for change in the lives of us all,” says Eric Hylick, Symantec technical support engineer and Heathrow’s SBEN Champion. “As I’ve grown to learn more about his sacrifices, accomplishments, and leadership, I have come to have a deeper understanding of his legacy. That legacy calls all of us to be change agents, as well – all of us should think about how we can make positive changes in our own lives and all those lives we come in contact with.”

Celebrating Diversity and a Commitment to Social Good
As a way to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy, Symantec's SBEN chapter in Heathrow, Florida, will feature several guest speakers for our employees beginning the week of MLK Day and stretching into February’s Black History Month. Featured speakers include Andrew West, author, technology thought-leader, philanthropist, and entrepreneur; Pastor Riva Tims of Orlando, Florida’s Majestic Life Church, and Cecil Miller, Lockheed Martin CIO. These speakers have been asked to share thoughts on African American figures who have inspired them, and the current projects they are focused on in their own lives.

Additionally, Symantec offers a number of opportunities and incentives for employees all over the world to become involved in their local communities, and to celebrate the diversity of our entire employee base. Employees can start an SBEN chapter or join their site's local community relations committee, Green Team, or one of our Employee Resource Groups. We currently have groups focused on women employees, Black employees, Hispanic employees, LGBT employees and allies, and our newest offering, Symantec Leadership and Empowering Asian Development (SymLEAD). All of these groups provide opportunities for community outreach and social engagement. Employees can also participate in the regional volunteer opportunities offered each quarter, arrange a team-building service project for their department, or simply engage with the charitable organizations they care most deeply about.

Lastly, employees can access Symantec's Matching Gift and Dollars for Doers programs to support personal charitable and volunteer contributions. 

The MLK Day of Service website also offers project toolkits for service projects related to disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Anyone can search for volunteer opportunities in their local community here.

I believe that diversity within the workforce provides Symantec with a unique competitive advantage within the market, and that all of our individual differences should be respected and celebrated. I also believe that service is a cornerstone of integrity, something we should all strive for every day.

To learn more about Symantec’s commitment to community service, visit the Community Investment page of the Corporate Responsibility website. 

 

Lenny Alugas is Symantec's Senior Vice President, Renewals. 

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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Positive Change, Social Change, Volunteerism, Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day of Service

More Chinese Firms Focusing on Charity Work

Tue, 2014-01-21 05:30

SOURCE: Yum! Brands

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http://Companies in China are focusing more on charity, an undertaking that is considered a crucial part of corporate social responsibility.

Companies in China are focusing more on charity, an undertaking that is considered a crucial part of corporate social responsibility.

That is the message delivered during the China Charity Festival held on Jan 18, as representatives from award-winning companies, including Yum! China, Hengyuanxiang Group, and General Cable, shared their best practices of fulfilling their social responsibility in the past year.

"Social responsibility is very important for the sustainability of a company, and charity is a major part of it," said Long Weili, public affairs director of Yum! China.

Read more: http://bit.ly/LBoj48

*Originally published on China Daily Europe

 

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KEYWORDS: yum brands, yum!, china charity festival, China, Charity, Corporate Social Responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability

 

Remembering MLK

Tue, 2014-01-21 04:45
Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' -Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SOURCE: Mary Kay

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Dr. King  committed his life and his work to expanding opportunity for all. Many people around the world will pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Some will participate in a national day of service, while others will pay tribute by remembering how his influence shaped our world. At Mary Kay, we support the spirit of volunteerism and improving our communities through our corporate social responsibility work around the world.

Dr. King committed his life and his work to expanding opportunity for all. Many people around the world will pause to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Some will participate in a national day of service, while others will pay tribute by remembering how his influence shaped our world. At Mary Kay, we support the spirit of volunteerism and improving our communities through our corporate social responsibility work around the world.

View photos of Mary Kay's positive community impact throughout the world.

 

About The Blog
Mary Kay is known for its irresistible beauty products, rewarding opportunity and positive community impact. Mary Kay’s official blog, Beauty That Counts, showcases all three. Find out why women everywhere love Mary Kay.

 

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KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, Martin Luther King Jr, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, community, National Day of Service

        

New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs Tackling Complex Issues

Tue, 2014-01-21 03:30

SOURCE: MSLGROUP Americas

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The term “social entrepreneur” is being tossed around so often that I’m beginning to fear it will become as meaningless as “green.”

A true entrepreneur looks a lot like Mark Zuckerberg or Sam Walton. He (or she) is willing to risk the loss of capital in an effort to make money. He is an innovator, a dreamer perhaps, who’s not afraid to try new things. But unlike Zuckerberg and Walton, a social entrepreneur is driven first by the need to create social impact. A financial return is, in other words, the means to the end – what’s necessary to sustain the social impact.

Why all the sudden interest? Because the old ways – traditional charity, corporate check writing and government programs simply aren’t working. Today’s challenges require new thinking and new models.  At the same time, employees and other stakeholders are demanding that the products and companies they support share their values and engage people in meaningful ways. Social entrepreneurism is even fueling renewed interest in MBA programs as students increasingly search for work that’s purposeful and focused on more than just profits, Net Impact reports.

Amid all the noise, the picture of a true social entrepreneur is emerging. The Schwab Foundation describes these leaders as having:

·         An unwavering belief in the innate capacity of all people to contribute meaningfully to economic and social development 

·         A driving passion to make that happen

·         A practical but innovative stance to a social problem, often using market principles and forces

·         A zeal to measure and monitor their impact

·         A healthy impatience

As a leader in CSR and Cause – our agency purpose is, after all, telling stories that matter – we’ve been fortunate to work with some of these social entrepreneurs. Our client Gregg Ireland of Chapel Hill, NC is a great example of this. Gregg, a successful investment manager, founded Extraordinary Ventures in 2007 to create self-sustaining businesses that could employ young adults with autism.

Like many parents of a child with autism, Gregg and his wife Lori watched their 23-year-old son Vinnie “age out” of the school system and enter an uncertain world that is too often marked by waiting lists, unemployment and isolation. Over the next decade, the ranks of these young adults with autism will swell to 500,000. Without work or school, they face the loss of skills, behavior problems and in some cases, institutions.

To avoid that, Extraordinary Ventures has developed five different business ventures that employ 40 young adults with autism or developmental disabilities. The ventures include transit bus detailing, laundry, candle and soap making, office services and a meeting and event center.

Fourteen other “model” programs – most started by other parents/social entrepreneurs – have been identified by Autism Speaks through a grant from the Ireland Family Foundation. The founders of those programs will join the Irelands and about 150 others in Chapel Hill next week for a first-of-its-kind summit to help grow the social entrepreneurial movement.

A big part of the program will be sharing lessons learned – and there are many.

The Irelands say they made a lot of mistakes in their first attempts to build businesses around the skills of their son and other young adults with autism. To start with, they relied too much on a traditional non-profit approach and staff. Success came when they turned to new business school graduates who had the entrepreneurial talent, energy and creativity they needed.

Other Extraordinary Ventures lessons that can be applied to social enterprises include:

1.       Just get started. A large infusion of capital is not necessary – start small

2.       Experiment. Not every idea will work. Don’t be afraid of trial and error

3.       Focus.  Identify the societal and market need you can help fill and stay focused on it

4.       Create ambassadors for your purpose, from investors who believe to passionate supporters

 

Sheila Gruber McLean co-leads MSLGROUP’s PurPle (Purpose + People) practice in North America. She is the mother of a 16-year-old son with autism.

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KEYWORDS: Jobs, Volunteering, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change, Social Actions, autism, social entrepreneur

 

Finalists Announced for Impact Awards, Recognizing Outstanding Social Good Crowdfunding

Tue, 2014-01-21 03:00

SOURCE: StartSomeGood

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January 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ - StartSomeGood.com, the global crowdfunding platform for social good projects, has announced the finalists for the StartSomeGood Impact Award, which recognises crowdfunding campaigns that have created outstanding positive impact for their communities. 

"As far as we're aware, this is the first award that recognises crowdfunding projects not just for their fundraising success, but for the positive social impact they've gone on to make in the world," said StartSomeGood CEO Tom Dawkins.

"Enabling changemakers to create better futures for their communities is what motivates our work at StartSomeGood, and we're awed by what these finalists have managed to achieve."

With projects spanning the globe, and organisations ranging from social enterprises, to nonprofits and community groups, the finalists for the Impact Award represent the diversity and caliber of social change projects that are benefiting from crowdfunding. 

"Crowdfunding was so crucial to the success of the Tinker Tour. Getting new and existing supporters involved and excited gave momentum to our whole project." says Mary Beth Tinker of Tinker Tour who raised $50,000 through crowdfunding. 

The 2014 finalists are: 

Afghanistan-American Friendship Foundation who have used the money from their campaign to build wells and provide clean water to more than 5000 people in Afghanistan.  

Jhatkaa, an initiative driven by social innovators from India, who launched an online citizen empowerment platform which has been used to campaign for the decriminalisation of gay sex, against rape, for education rights and more. 

Kinyei who partnered with locals in Battambang, Cambodia to build a locally owned and staffed cafe providing much-needed training and employment opportunities to Cambodian youth.  

LearnToLive who used the funds from three successful crowdfunding campaigns to build a mobile health clinic which travels to rural areas of Indonesia and Laos, providing much-needed health services. 

The Rhythm Hut, an Australian music community centre who were facing eviction from their premises. They raised $25,000 to secure a new building and rescue their music programs which serve at-risk communities such as the homeless, alcoholics and substance abusers. 

Tinker Tour who embarked on a road trip across the United States with civil rights legend Mary Beth Tinker, of the famous Tinker v Demoines case. So far they've made 58 stops to spread the message of free speech and civil rights. 

The winning venture will receive $1000 provided by ethical and social investment company, Forming Circles, will be featured in an interview for Crowdfund Beat with Devin D. Thorpe and have access to StartSomeGood's advisory panel. The winner will be be determined by public vote on StartSomeGood's Facebook page. 
 
Interview opportunities and high res photographs are available for the finalists as well as representatives of StartSomeGood.com. More information on the awards is available on our blog.
 
Media Contacts:
 
Natasha Akib
Community Builder
StartSomeGood
About StartSomeGood
StartSomeGood is a crowdfunding platform for social innovation. We aim to create an "everyone a changemaker" world, where anyone with an idea for creating a better future is empowered to make it happen. We connect your dream with the people and resources you need to make an impact.

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KEYWORDS: Fund Raising, Social Change, Crowdfunding, awards, Social Impact, non-profit, social enterprise

Kaiser Permanente Volunteers Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service

Tue, 2014-01-21 02:50
King’s Challenge “What are you doing for others?” Sparks Projects Throughout Southern California

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente

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PASADENA, Calif., January 21, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Kaiser Permanente Southern California physicians and staff are volunteering their time and talent throughout January to commemorate the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Established in 2005, this will mark the tenth year in which Kaiser Permanente staff and physicians participate in various volunteer efforts from Kern to San Diego to honor Dr. King.MLK Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Dr. King once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'” The civil rights leader exemplified values that closely align with Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to social responsibility and community.

“We encourage people to strengthen communities through service and use the Martin Luther King Holiday to sign-up and volunteer at their local non-profits,” said Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP, group president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our volunteer efforts across Southern California underscore Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to community benefit, while providing a unique opportunity for employees and physicians to serve some of their communities’ most vulnerable residents.”

Projects include:

  • In Panorama City, physicians and employees are serving dinner to San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission emergency shelter clients. The organization provides homeless children and their families the basic necessities and also a foundation for family restoration, personal growth, and employment.
  • Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, Los Angeles and Pasadena physicians and staff are revitalizing Hillcrest Elementary School by expanding the community garden and through the addition of new outdoor classroom space, painting murals, planting, and much more.
  • In Kern County, employees are teaming up with the Afford Foundation, an organization that sets up community gardens for the underserved and assists senior citizens. Volunteers will be harvesting fruit from various trees at the homes of elderly and disabled individuals. The citrus fruit will be distributed to a local food pantry, Golden Empire Gleaners.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California volunteer projects are organized by staff at Kaiser Permanente medical centers, medical office buildings, and regional offices, including the Watts Counseling & Learning Center. For a complete list of MLK Kaiser Permanente projects in your area, go to http://bit.ly/1hweHmw.

For more about Kaiser Permanente’s efforts in the community year-round, visit: kp.org/communitybenefit.

About Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit program is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and reducing health disparities through community partnerships with the safety net of community clinics, public health departments, public hospitals, and other agencies. Community Benefit also helps increase access to quality health care and coverage, regardless of income, through our charity care and charitable coverage programs; supports community groups to inspire people to make positive changes for health through our Healthy Eating Active Living programs and Community Health Initiatives; and shares our medical knowledge, expertise, and research to help Southern California people live healthier lives. For more info, visit Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.

About Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.6 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

Contacts

Kaiser Permanente
Southern California Region
Sandra Hernandez-Millett
Mobile: 626-696-9051
sandra.d.hernandez-millett@kp.org

 

Tweet me: 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service commemorated by Kaiser Permanente #volunteers all month http://3bl.me/eh5s47 @KPShare 2014

KEYWORDS: Kaiser Permanente, Martin Luther King Jr, community, volunteer, day of service, non-profit

Winston-Salem State University's Road to the 2013 Honda Battle of the Bands

Tue, 2014-01-21 01:00
Watch Eight of the Nations Greatest Marching Bands Take Center Stage

SOURCE: Honda

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Experience the energy and intensity of preparing for the most celebrated marching band event, Honda Battle of the Bands, with Winston-Salem State University!

The Road to the Honda video series takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 8 bands that participated in the 2013 Battle of the Bands Invitational Showcase. 

To watch more Road to the Honda videos, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/hondabotb

For more information on the 2014 Honda Battle of the Bands, visit http://www.hondabattleofthebands.com/

About Honda Battle of the Bands
The Honda Battle of the Bands was created to celebrate, support and recognize the excellence of Black college marching bands and the unique academic experience offered by Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Honda annually awards more than $205,000 in grants to participating marching bands during the program period. Honda Battle of the Bands is in its 12th year and we look forward to many more.

About Honda
American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 1959 as the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  Honda currently produces automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, lawn mowers and engines at its eleven major U.S. manufacturing operations, using domestic and globally sourced parts. Honda’s long-standing commitment to the support and success of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities began more than 20 years ago with the establishment of the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, a program designed to showcase the academic gifts and prowess of HBCU students. American Honda established Honda Battle of the Bands 12 years ago as an effort to support HBCU music programs.

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KEYWORDS: Education, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Honda Battle of the Bands, HBOB, Music Education, Marching Bands, csr, Community Engagement, Social Action, american honda, HBCU, Honda, Winston-Salem, atlanta, Georgia Dome

Toyota Gives New 2014 Prius to East Texas Food Bank

Mon, 2014-01-20 08:05

SOURCE: Toyota

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Almost all vehicle manufacturers have a philanthropic program of some sort or other to provide vehicles to worthy non-profit organizations. Toyota is one of those that seem to make the news a little more often. They call their annual program 100 Cars For Good and as part of that initiative, a vehicle was furnished to the East Texas Food Bank.

Classic Toyota of Tyler was the setting in mid-January for the presentation of a new 2014 Toyota Prius to help fight hunger in East Texas. The car was one of 100 Toyota vehicles that will be given away by the automaker in the next 50 days to 100 different non-profit groups. The 100 Cars For Good is designed to touch lives that need help as well as engage the communities and the public in helping make the award. Toyota seeks 'votes' from the public in the decision making.

The national voting took place in October of 2013 with the program profiling five different finalists each day. Then the public could go to the internet at www.100CarsForGood.com and let their own voices be known as to which group could probably do the most good and reach the most people with the new vehicles. The top two 'winners' each day received one of five models from Toyota and the runners-up received a $1000 cash grant.

Continue reading about the East Texas Food Bank's new Toyota on examiner.com >>

Original source examiner.com.

 

Tweet me: As part of 100 Cars For Good, East Texas Food Bank gets new #Toyota Prius. http://exm.nr/1aEcELt @Toyota #nonprofit Contact Info:

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KEYWORDS: Classic Toyota of Tyler, Toyota, 100 Cars for Good, Prius, east texas food bank, community, philanthropy, nonprofit

Yum! China Moves Remote School from Hunger to Hope

Mon, 2014-01-20 08:00

SOURCE: Yum! Brands

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

​On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the Yum! China team showed their support for the next generation. Company leaders and Regional General Managers from Pizza Hut and KFC joined a delegation from the World Food Programme, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, volunteers and members of the media on a trip to Duogo primary school, a World Hunger Relief (WHR) beneficiary in the mountain city of Kunming. The aim of the visit was to witness Yum!'s WHR funds in action and bring awareness to the urgent need for aid in remote places, where children too often go to school hungry.

The group had lunch with primary school students, visited children in their homes, and donated warm clothing and nutritious food items, such as edible oil and rice. They also visited a "Love Canteen," a food storage and preparation resource donated through the WHR, which includes a gas furnace, rice-steaming cart, sterilizer and freezer.    

"It's difficult to appreciate the severity of poverty until you experience it firsthand," said Cindy Wei, with Yum! China's Public Relations Department.  "By the same token, it's also important to witness how efforts, such as World Hunger Relief, can alleviate suffering." 

More at www.hungertophope.com

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KEYWORDS: Yum! Brands, China, Yum! China, hunger to hope, pizza hut, KFC, World Food Programme, China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility

  

Jacksonville Safe Driving Advocate Bill Bade Named Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year

Mon, 2014-01-20 06:45
Eighteen Allstate employees honored for volunteerism will receive checks to donate to nonprofits of choice

SOURCE: Allstate Corporation

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 20, 2014 /3BLMedia/ – Allstate’s Bill Bade is committed to providing opportunities for teens to realize their full potential. Through The SELF Movement, the nonprofit he founded, Bill reaches thousands of teens with an important message: get involved and be heard. The Service Education Leadership Foundation empowers teens to identify and solve community problems, and emphasizes the importance of community involvement and life-long learning. Selected among more than 250 nominations from around the country, Bade was chosen as Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year. 

“I started this organization to make sure each and every teen has the same opportunity I had for success,” said Bill Bade, Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year. “Growing up, my parents made sacrifices to make sure I was involved in a lot of after-school programs, athletics and that I went on to pursue higher education. The Self Movement gives me an outlet to ensure teens in my community have those same important opportunities. ”

As part of The Self Movement, Bade devotes countless hours each week to a project he is personally passionate—safe driving. He and his SELF Movement colleagues created the “Stand Up, Speak Up and Make a Difference” video contest to give teens the ability to reach their peers with messages on the dangers of distracted driving. The contest in Duval County Public Schools attracted 75 submissions that received more than 10,000 public votes. Additionally, hundreds of local residents attended a watch party at a local movie theater for the videos, $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to participants, and $33,000 was raised for distracted driving education. 

“Bill has made a tangible difference in the Jacksonville community,” said Greg Guidos, president of Allstate Benefits in Jacksonville, Fla. “He has inspired countless teens to attend college through the scholarship program he helped create, and he’s helped save lives by helping our youth appreciate the dangers of distracted driving. His message empowers the next generation to seize the moment and influence others. “

Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year Program acknowledges company volunteers who embody the spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. The honors are awarded annually to Allstate’s top employee volunteers across the U.S. The winner receives a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. 

In addition to the national Employee Volunteer of the Year, Allstate recognizes outstanding employee volunteers on a local and regional basis. These employees were also recognized for tremendous service to their community in 2013 and each received $1,000 to a nonprofit of their choice.

Regional outstanding volunteers for 2013 include:

  • Ryan Amorosino, Farmington, Connecticut
  • Richard Baker, Tempe, Arizona
  • Darcy Bonner, Ontario, Canada
  • William (Bill) Camacho, Englewood, Colorado
  • Steve Detert, Bothell, Washington
  • Diane Eaton, Brick, New Jersey
  • Anginette Hall, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nicoletta Iorio-Cortese, New York, New York
  • Caroline Kangas, Hudson, Ohio
  • Paula Newell, Belfast, Ireland
  • Anoop Prasad, Bangalore, India
  • Don Saul, Diamond Bar, California
  • Dolores Solis, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kerry Sullivan, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jim Warneck, Woodridge, Illinois
  • Joyce Wheeling, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Justin Wozniski, Northbrook, Illinois

Allstate awards more than 450 grants each year to nonprofit organizations where Allstate employees volunteer as a part of its Helping Hands Recognition Program. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation granted more than $230,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country where Allstate employees delivered nearly 94,000 hours of volunteer service.  

To learn more about Allstate’s volunteer efforts in the community, please visit www.allstate.com/socialresponsibility.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment.  Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®. ” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities.  Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.  

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kyle.donash@allstate.com

KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Allstate, volunteerism, The SELF Movement, csr, employees, human resources

Schaumberg Toyota/Scion Presents Angel Wings Foundation with a New 2014 Toyota Highlander

Mon, 2014-01-20 03:50

SOURCE: Toyota

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Schaumburg, IL, January 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Schaumburg Toyota/Scion presented a new 2014 Toyota Highlander to Angel Wings Foundation as part of the Toyota 2013 Cars for Good program a major philanthropic initiative in which the automaker is giving away 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the course of 50 days, based on votes from the public. The 100 Cars for Good program benefits organizations that touch real lives and is the first Toyota initiative that engages the public in how corporate philanthropic donations will be awarded.

During the voting phase, which began Oct 1, 2013, the 100 Cars for Good program profiled five finalists at www.100carsforgood.com. Members of the public were able to vote for which nonprofits they believe d could do the most good with the new vehicles. The two organizations with the most votes at the end of each day won one of the five Toyota models. Runners-up receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.

“Schaumburg Toyota Scion is proud to have a role in the 100 Cars for Good Program and recognize Angel Wings Foundation for its dedication to Hanover Park” said Chris Haley, General Manager of Schaumburg Toyota/ Scion. “The 100 Cars for Good program allows us all to have a role in advancing charities work, and we couldn’t be happier to help Angel Wings Foundation into this Toyota Highlander.”

Angel Wings Foundation will use the new vehicle to help expand their reach and mission by providing residents with additional opportunities for independence.

“The 100 Cars for Good program elevates nonprofits positive impact and is an opportunity for Toyota to demonstrate our commitment to communities across America,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropic and community affairs at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “All 100 of the winners are providing extraordinary and much needed services and we thank Schaumburg Toyota Scion for its role in delivering Angel Wings’ car to help them with their important work.”

About Angel Wings Foundation:
Angel Wings Foundation is a Hanover Park-based nonprofit established in 2012 to enhance the lives of adults with epilepsy by providing independent and safe housing options.

About Schaumburg Toyota/Scion:
Schaumburg Toyota/Scion is a member of the Resnick Automotive Group which includes Woodfield Lexus, Midtown Toyota/Scion, Mercedes-Benz of St Charles and Certified Collision Center.

The Resnick family and their Foundation are staunch supporters of numerous charities including Delnor Community Health Care, CASA of Kane County, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, Cancer Wellness Center, Lambs Farm and The Emily Dorfman Foundation for Children.

About Toyota:
Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the US and its investment here is currently valued at more than $23 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed nearly $700 million to philanthropic programs in the U.S.

For more information on Toyota’s commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http:www.toyota.com/philanthropy.

About Toyota Financial Services (TFS):
Toyota financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S. offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota financial Services Corporation a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.

Media Contact:
Brian Mulvenna 
Resnick Automotive Advertising
847-994-7203 
brian@resnickautogroup.com

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KEYWORDS: Toyota, Schaumburg Toyota, 100 Cars for Good, nonprofit, angel wings foundation, community, philanthropic donations

Krystn Kuckelman - Senior National Walk Director, National Kidney Foundation

Mon, 2014-01-20 02:25

SOURCE: Run Walk Ride

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Congratulations to Krystn Kuckelman, Senior National Walk Director, National Kidney Foundation the latest featured peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.

Click here to read more about who motivated Krystn to dedicate her career to making lives better and some of the National Kidney Foundation's big goals in the coming five years.

The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council launched the P2P Spotlight series to go "up close and personal with peer-to-peer fundraising professionals." If you would like to nominate someone, please email us - info@runwalkride.com 

Tweet me: Congratulations to @nkf's Krystn Kuckelman, featured in @RunWalkRide's P2P Spotlight! http://ow.ly/sqVJ2 #runwalkride #fundraising

KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Fundraising, Kidney, peer-to-peer

 

DC Innovators Host Inaugural MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab

Mon, 2014-01-20 02:00

SOURCE: Taproot Foundation

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Janaury 20, 2014 /3BL Media/ – On January 20, 2014, during the annual MLK Day of Service, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will convene nonprofit organizations and community members in Washington, DC to continue advancing Dr. King's dream.  Organized by DC Social Innovation Project, IMPACT, and Taproot Foundation DC, the MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab will bring together skilled volunteers, community members, and local organizations for a day of impact through pro bono service.

After collaborating to present Pro Bono Week 2013, which generated over $100,000 in Pro Bono consulting for D.C. area non-profits, Taproot Foundation and IMPACT are collaborating with DC Social Innovation Project to empower the positive dreams of individuals and organizations in the D.C. area.

The MLK Pro Bono Dream lab draws inspiration from the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 meeting in which he encouraged the private legal community to assist with the work of Dr. King and others on a pro bono basis.

Skilled volunteers matched with selected organizations to assist with a pre-defined pro bono project in the areas of design and marketing, human resources, IT, and strategy. Community members interested in launching or growing a community program will meet experts in the non-profit sector, who will provide advice and guidance. Organizations signed up for a specific need will work with a skilled volunteer during the event and during the days following the event.

Date:    January 20, 2013
Venue: Meridian House - 1630 Crescent Place, N.W., Washington, DC
Time:   10:00AM – 3:00PM

Individuals and organizations may sign-up here:  http://tinyurl.com/DreamLabReg

For more information, visit:  http://taprootdc.tumblr.com/post/71368486001/mlk-pro-bono-dream-lab

2013 MLK Pro Bono Dream Lab partners:
IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit www.IMPACT-dc.com.   

DC Social Innovation Project (@DCSocialInnov) DC Social Innovation Project identifies and invests in creative, new ideas that tackle pressing social issues in Washington, DC. Each year, DCSIP supports the launch and development of four new promising programs. DCSIP supports creative and innovative new programs from small or early-stage non-profits; these may be programs in the idea, pilot or expansion phase.

Taproot Foundation (@taprootfoundSince 2001, Taproot Foundation has proven that pro bono service is a viable and reliable tool for strengthening nonprofit organizations. Today, Taproot continues to lead the global movement and seeks to build a pro bono marketplace that, like philanthropy, is large, accessible, professional and transparent. By taking lessons learned from our award-winning Service Grant Program and applying them to our innovative new program areas, we work to stimulate the supply of pro bono resources through our corporate Advisory Services practice, as well as demand for these services by giving nonprofits the tools and training that sets them up for successful pro bono engagements. Our work has evolved to include thought leadership and international field-building, convening global leaders in the social sector to guide the design and direction of the pro bono movement while focusing on infusing a pro bono ethic into business professions, professional schools, companies and nonprofits in communities across the country and around the world. Visit www.taprootfoundation.org to learn more.

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Omolola Adele-Oso
Taproot Foundation
+1 (202) 626-8563
lola@taprootfoundation.org

KEYWORDS: Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Martin Luther King, martin luther king day, Taproot Foundation, Pro Bono Service, social innovation, Washington DC, DC Social Innovation Project, impact

Business Suits Delivered to New Orleans Domestic Violence Shelters for Women Searching for Jobs

Fri, 2014-01-17 06:15

SOURCE: Mary Kay

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Jan. 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Independent Sales Directors attending the Mary Kay Leadership conference in New Orleans take time from conference activities to donate gently used professional attire to domestic violence survivors searching for jobs. The suits will be delivered to Crescent House, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans and The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children. This is part of Mary Kay Inc. and the Mary Kay Foundation’s Suits for Shelters program.

The Mary Kay Suits for Shelters program began in 2009 and collects professional attire for women who are survivors of abuse. The Mary Kay Foundation, together with the help of Mary Kay Inc. and Independent Beauty Consultants across the U.S., have donated 11,778 suits to date.

About Mary Kay
Irresistible products. Positive community impact. Rewarding opportunity. For 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $3 billion in global annual wholesale sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world. To learn more or to locate a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant in your area, please visit marykay.com.

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KEYWORDS: Women In Business, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Women, Mary Kay, domestic violence, Mary Kay Foundation, Crescent House, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, Suits for Shelters, New Orleans

Harrah’s Cherokee Wins $10K to Donate to ACS

Fri, 2014-01-17 06:00

SOURCE: Caesars Entertainment Corporation

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort won $10,000 from the Caesars Foundation to be donated to the local American Cancer Society – Making Strides Walk based on the property’s efforts to bring breast cancer awareness to its employees.

The Caesars Foundation breast cancer awareness contest was a competition among all North American Caesars casinos to identify the property that had the most employee participation in breast cancer awareness events during October. Along with recognizing the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harrah’s Cherokee hosted an entire Pink Week entitled ‘Treasure Your Chest’ to educate employees and guests about breast cancer. Contest points were awarded in several different categories including employee participation in a Beautiful Bra Pageant, volunteer opportunities, and media exposure. After the final tally, Harrah’s Cherokee reigned supreme over 47 Caesars properties.

“Here at Harrah’s Cherokee, we encourage wellness among our employees and guests because it’s the right thing to do,” Darlene Ousley, Harrah’s Cherokee wellness coach, said. “Our wellness goal is always to find that one person who needed to be reached and didn’t even know it. Whether it’s breast cancer, heart disease, or diabetes – we are always reaching out for that one.”

Continue reading the original article about the donation to the American Cancer Society on theonefeather.com.

Original source theonefeather.com.

Tweet me: Congrats @HarrahsCherokee on $10K win for ACS http://3bl.me/9k2wdy #breastcancerawareness Pink Week #employeeengagement earned it! Contact Info:

Caesars Entertainment

KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, Harrah's Cherokee, American Cancer Society, caesars foundation, breast cancer, breast cancer awareness

 

SAP Non-Profit Offers IT Training Program for Post-9/11 Vets

Fri, 2014-01-17 04:35

SOURCE: SAP

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NS2 Serves, a nonprofit established by SAP National Security Services, is recruiting for post-9/11 veterans to join an IT training and career placement program, but there are less than three weeks until the application deadline.

Up to 20 training slots are available for a three-month course that begins in Potomac, Md., on March 3, 2014.

Full-time, paid participants will be trained in software solutions that support U.S. national security missions, and graduates will gain “SAP Associate Consultant” status.

Continue reading the original article about SAP's training program for post-9/11 vets on Washington Technology.

Original source Washington Technology

Tweet me: .@SAP non-profit offers IT training program for post-9/11 vets http://bit.ly/1b8a253 #SAP #veterans @sustainableSAP Contact Info:

SAP

KEYWORDS: SAP, Veterans, post-9/11 veterans, NS2 Serves, SAP National Security Services

New Research Finds CSR is More Deeply Embedded in Business

Fri, 2014-01-17 01:00
Survey of corporate professionals finds corporate citizenship managed at higher levels, receives greater financial support

SOURCE: Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College

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Chestnut Hill, Mass., January 15, 2014 /3BL Media/ - When it comes to corporate citizenship, above-average industry performers are more likely to have a formal corporate citizenship department, a program led at the executive level, and higher budgets for corporate citizenship and charitable giving.

These are the findings of the Profile of the Practice 2013, a biennial signature research report from the Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College.

The Profile of the Practice 2013 explores how the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) dimensions of business—corporate citizenship—are managed in today’s business world, and how these practices have evolved since the last report in 2010. It is based on a survey of 231 companies that provided data on their corporate citizenship strategies, operational structures, and business practices.

“Corporate citizenship is managed at higher levels, corporate citizenship leaders are better compensated, and more companies establish both board committees and official budgeted departments to manage their programs,” said Katherine Smith, Executive Director, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. “These are all signs that CSR continues to be more deeply embedded in business as more executives realize that positive environmental, social and governance measures correlate to positive financial performance, improved reputation, and solid risk management.”

Among the reports key findings:

Increased responsibility at the top
Almost 60% of companies have an executive leading corporate citizenship. This is a 74% increase over what was reported in 2010. Close to one-third of corporate citizenship leaders are within one level of the chief executive.

More money budgeted for corporate citizenship
Almost 100% of companies have a corporate citizen- ship budget today, while just 81% reported being budgeted in 2010.

Leaders are more engaged
The chief executive is more involved in developing strategy, setting goals, and communicating corporate citizenship than reported in both 2008 and 2010. More than 25% indicate that their chief executive is highly involved in corporate citizenship program evaluation.

Reputation enhancement is an important business goal
More than 70% of companies cited enhanced reputation among the top three business goals they are trying to achieve through their corporate citizenship efforts. The next most frequently cited goals are improving employee retention (45%), improving employee recruitment (41%), attracting new customers (33%), and improving risk management (22%).

Characteristics of above-average industry performers
Above-average industry performers are more likely to have a formal corporate citizenship department, a program led at the executive level, and higher corporate citizenship and charitable giving budgets than average/ below-average industry performers.

See the full Profile of the Practice 2013 report to learn more about the structure of corporate citizenship within companies, as well as the strategy, professional development, leadership engagement, and communication of corporate citizenship efforts. Also included in the report are examples from companies on how they are successfully managing corporate citizenship, including Adobe, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, CenterPoint Energy, Citrix, Hypertherm, Inc., JM Family Enterprises, Inc., UNUM, and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

The Profile of the Practice is just one example of the research conducted by the Center for Corporate Citizenship. In 2013 the Center published the latest edition of another signature report, the Profile of the Professionals, which examines job satisfaction, professional development, motivations, and compensation of those working in corporate citizenship. Later this year the Center will publish the State of Corporate Citizenship 2014, which will look at how U.S. executives view corporate citizenship and their firms’ ESG performance in the environmental, social, and governance dimensions of business.

 

About the Center for Corporate Citizenship
The Carroll School of Management Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College is a membership-based knowledge center. Founded in 1985, the Center has a history of leadership in corporate citizenship research and education. The Center engages more than 400 member companies and more than 10,000 individuals annually to share knowledge and expertise about the practice of corporate citizenship through the Center’s professional development programs, online community, regional programs, and annual conference. The Center is a GRI-Certified Training Partner. For more information, visit the Center’s website at www.BCCorporateCitizenship.org.

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, csr, research reports, Corporate Citizenship, Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainabiity, esg, environment

Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation announce 2014 Repair Corps program

Thu, 2014-01-16 10:30
The Home Depot Foundation donating $2.7 million in 2014, bringing its support of Habitat’s Repair Corps program to $6.2 million to date; Organizations to repair and construct homes in partnership with 180 veterans

SOURCE: Home Depot Foundation

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ATLANTA, January 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot® Foundation today announced Habitat’s 2014 Repair Corps program, an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help repair, renovate or construct homes in partnership with U.S. military veterans and their families. Up to 20 Habitat affiliates across the country will participate in Repair Corps this year, working alongside the veterans and their families to improve their homes.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has donated $6.2 million to fund Repair Corps, including $2.7 million in cash and in-kind gift cards for the 2014 program, which will provide safe housing to at least 180 veterans. Each participating Habitat affiliate will complete a minimum of five repair or construction projects with funding of up to $15,000 per property.

“Habitat for Humanity truly understands the needs and challenges homeowners face in the local communities it serves,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We are proud to continue our partnership for the Repair Corps program to reach hundreds of veterans in need of critical home repairs as we work to achieve our mission to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.”

To date, Habitat’s Repair Corps program has partnered with more than 280 veteran families across the U.S. to improve their homes. Habitat grants for Repair Corps projects, supported by The Home Depot Foundation, range from new construction to home repair projects such as roofing and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and modified bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans.

More than 20 Habitat for Humanity affiliates gathered in Jacksonville, Fla., last week to discuss best practices for serving veterans and maximizing the funds and volunteer assistance from Team Depot, The Home Depot’s associate-led volunteer force, to have the greatest impact.

“There are so many positives associated with the Repair Corps program. We are delighted to continue this partnership with The Home Depot Foundation,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Being able to help veterans and their families with affordable housing solutions as well as to engage service men and women who have incredible skills and gifts to offer is a privilege for us at Habitat.” 

Funding for Habitat’s Repair Corps is part of a five-year, $80 million investment The Home Depot Foundation is making to multiple organizations to repair and renovate homes and public housing facilities for U.S. veterans.

Habitat affiliates in the following cities provide Repair Corps and other veteran services funded by The Home Depot Foundation:

• Ann Arbor, Mich.
• Bel Air, Md.
• Charlotte, N.C.
• Fairfield, Ala.
• Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Harrisburg, Penn.
• Houston
• Jonesboro, Ga.
• Lakeland, Fla.
• Los Angeles*
• Lower Lake, Calif.
• McHenry, Ill.
• Minneapolis-St. Paul*
• Mobile, Ala.
• Atlanta, Ga.*
• Oakland
• Omaha, Neb.
• Philadelphia
• Richmond, Va.
• Santa Clarita, Cailf.*
• St. Louis
• Tyler, Texas
• Waco, Texas

*Habitat for Humanity affiliates serving veterans with the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation independently from the Repair Corps program.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit habitat.org.

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 pledged $80 million to these efforts over five years, and since 2011 has invested more than $63 million to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home.

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 $380 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.

For more information, contact:

Habitat for Humanity International
Mollie Evans
(404) 962-3410
mevans@habitat.org

The Home Depot Foundation
Lisa Walsh
(770) 384-4281
lisa_walsh@homedepot.com

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KEYWORDS: Team Depot, The Home Depot, The Home Depot Foundation, Veterans, csr, veteran, philanthropy

Johnson Controls honored “Top Employer” in China

Thu, 2014-01-16 09:45
Top Employers Institute recognizes company for human resources practices for third consecutive year

SOURCE: Johnson Controls

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SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 16, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive, building, and energy storage industries, is one of only 41 companies selected as a “Top Employer” in China for 2014 by the Top Employers Institute. The institute has identified top employers since 1991 that are leaders in fostering a successful and productive work environment for employees. The institute offers assessment and acknowledgement of human resources practices by employers.

“Being honored as a top employer in China for the third year in a row is a great recognition,” said Kim Metcalf-Kupres, vice president and chief marketing officer of Johnson Controls, after receiving the award. “We believe that our continued success depends on the contributions our employees make in China and around the world. We consider it a strategic priority to attract, retain and develop a globally diverse workforce, and to foster a culture where all employees are included and engaged.”

Johnson Controls and other recipients of the “Top Employer” award were selected for excellence in dimensions such as pay and benefits, working conditions, training and development, company culture, career development and innovation.

About Johnson Controls:

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.

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Fraser Engerman
Johnson Controls
+1 (414) 524-2733
fraser.engerman@jci.com

KEYWORDS: Human Resources, Johnson Controls, employer, China, Automotive, Building, energy storage

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