(3BL Media/Justmeans) - When we think of children within our society we associate them at school learning, laughing and hanging out with their friends. Yet according to the United Nations, the number of child soldiers in the Central African Republic has more than doubled to as many as 6,000 in recent months as self-defence militia have sprung up to counter waves of attacks by former rebels. Now world powers, led by France, are rushing to contain a crisis that Paris and U.N. officials have warned could lead to genocide in this region, which slipped into chaos after rebels ousted the president in March. Some 400,000 people have fled their homes since the uprising and the reprisal killings that followed.
UNICEF, the U.N.’s children’s agency, has warned of a complex crisis that has seen local communities set up self-defence groups to halt abuses by the northern, mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance that swept to power. This has led to an increase in the number of children involved. UNICEF believes that boys and girls younger than 15 are working as child soldiers.
Central African Republic is rich in gold, diamonds and uranium, but decades of instability and the spill over from conflicts in its larger neighbours have kept it mired in crises. This area is a forgotten crisis at global level and the situation is very tragic. However, in spite of the area’s fragile state, UNICEF is holding immunisation and back-to-school campaigns to increase the maternal and infant mortality rates in the country which ranks among the lowest in social indicators. This agency is also working with armed groups to release children conscripted into the army.
KEYWORDS: Central African Republic, child soldiers, UNICEF, Justmeans, Children, Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, best practices, Green Companies, Social Entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, social innovation, Social investment
Baja Calif., Mexico, Dec. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Commemorating 10 years since breaking ground Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) donated $10,000 (USD) today to the Boys and Girls Club of Tecate and three Toyota trucks to local nonprofit partners, including:
Team members, suppliers and special guests at the Tijuana home of the Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck celebrated with their local community. Tacoma has been named one of the best cars for the money for outstanding quality and good value by US News & World Report.
“The dedication of our Mexico team has contributed to the facility’s manufacturing excellence,” said Osamu “Simon” Nagata, president of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. “Their efforts strengthen our vision of building great trucks, while contributing to the local community and supporting economic development in the region.”
Toyota Motor Manufacturing de Baja California (TMMBC) represents over $180 million (USD) with capacity to build 57,000 Tacomas and 200,000 truck beds per year. Last October, Toyota announced it would increase TMMBC’s capacity to 63,000 annually starting mid-2014. This increase will create more than 50 jobs bringing total TMMBC employment to 1,180.
“Demand for trucks is strong and TMMBC’s product is making a unique contribution
to Toyota’s competitiveness,” said Joe DaRosa, TMMBC president. “Thanks in part to team members’ spirit and can-do attitude we are well positioned to meet next year’s capacity increase.”
KEYWORDS: Toyota, toyota motor, manufacturing, baja, California, engineering, TMMBC, Boys and Girls Club, nonprofit
SOURCE: Home Depot FoundationDESCRIPTION:
ATLANTA, Dec. 2, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Home is a special part of the holiday season, but for the more than 3 million veterans living with a service-connected disability and the nearly 60,000 veterans who are homeless, home can be a challenge during the holidays and throughout the year. To help ensure our nation’s veterans have a safe place to call home, The Home Depot® Foundation will donate up to $100,000 to Operation Homefront this holiday season. Between #GivingTuesday (December 3) and New Year’s Eve (December 31), The Home Depot Foundation is inviting people to share their support for veterans by tweeting using #TeamDepot. During that time period, The Home Depot Foundation will donate $1 to Operation Homefront for each #TeamDepot tweet, up to $100,000.
“Veterans have given so much of themselves to ensure our freedom, yet so many face housing challenges – from accessibility to homelessness to maintenance,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “We’ve committed $80 million over five years to ensure every veteran has a safe place to call home and partnerships with nonprofits like Operation Homefront are vital to achieving our mission.”
Operation Homefront is a national partner of The Home Depot Foundation and together the organizations have repaired, rehabilitated and retrofitted the homes of wounded warriors including:
The Home Depot Foundation also supports Operation Homefront Villages where the families of wounded warriors live free of charge while their loved ones receive extended medical care and rehabilitation – often for six months to two years – near major military and VA hospitals in Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas, and San Diego, Calif.
For more about The Home Depot Foundation’s efforts to address veterans’ housing needs, follow The Home Depot Foundation on Twitter @homedepotfdn, #TeamDepot, and like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/homedepotfoundation.
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 $55 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 $340 million to nonprofit organizations improving homes and lives in local communities. To learn more and see our associates in action, visit www.homedepotfoundation.org.
About Operation Homefront
About Operation Homefront: A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families’ service members and wounded warriors. Operation Homefront has met more than 750,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. Nationally, 95 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
Lisa Walsh, The Home Depot Foundation
770-384-4281 or Lisa_Walsh@homedepot.com
Ben Owens, The Home Depot Foundation
770-433-8211 x 84133 or Benjamin_Owens@homedepot.com
KEYWORDS: giving tuesday, The Home Depot Foundation, The Home Depot, Veterans, veteran, philanthropy, Team Depot, csr
SOURCE: Run Walk RideDESCRIPTION:
Congratulations to Geraldine Carter, Co-Founder and Director of Climate Ride, the latest featured peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.
Click here to read more about what drives Geraldine - what inspired her to start Climate Ride and her plans to tackle a 50K trail run with 8000+ feet of elevation gain!
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 - email@example.com
+1 (914) 921-3914
KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Environment, Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Fundraising, peer-to-peer, athletic event fundraising, Geraldine Carter, CLIMATE RIDE
SOURCE: Avista UtilitiesDESCRIPTION:
It’s part of our DNA...sharing our time, talent and treasure with those most in need in the communities Avista serves. This year is no exception.
KEYWORDS: Energy, csr, community, Donation, low income, Avista, employees, talent
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
The guest blog comes from Lilly's Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access, Dr. Evan Lee.
Today, we mark World AIDS Day to commemorate the lives lost and raise awareness of the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS. There is great cause for optimism this year. Growing access to antiretroviral drugs is keeping people alive longer and stopping the spread of new HIV infections. A new report by UNAIDS shows a 33 percent reduction in new HIV infections since 2001.
The World Health Organization estimates that expanding preventive HIV treatment to include children and uninfected partners of people living with AIDS could save as many as three million more lives and prevent 3.5 million more HIV infections by 2025. And encouraging new research has reinvigorated hope for an AIDS vaccine.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Corporate Responsibility, Eli Lilly & Company, Lilly, AIDS, HIV/AIDS, World AIDS Day, world health organization, UNAIDS
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - This November has been the month where organisations have made dreams come true for children. One of the best stories by far this year has been about the ‘Batkid’ when San Francisco rallied for 'Batkid' Miles Scott, a leukaemia survivor who is now in remission. Scott was able to pretend that he was Batman for the day, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Miles, who is five years old, participated in events across the city including fighting mock crimes and receiving an honour from the mayor.
Make-A-Wish Foundation received pledges from more than 10,000 people to lend a hand. According to local television, the young boy thought he was just on his way to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero, but then he heard a broadcast from San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr appealing for help from ‘Batkid’! The young superhero saved a damsel in distress, who was tied to cable car tracks along a major street. A San Francisco Chronicle live blog of the day's events showed hundreds of people cheering Miles on during the rescue mission.
There’s also another great, out-of-this-world tale to tell; the main characters of this story are Walt Disney and Skype. For nearly 30 years, the Walt Disney Company has dedicated time and talent to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), bringing happiness, hope and laughter to children and families when they need it most. Disney supports the hospital through a variety of initiatives, from Disney characters making hospital rounds a little brighter to Disney VoluntEARS who have given their time and raised money for the hospital.
So this November, the Walt Disney Company continued its tradition by teaming up with Skype to connect the stars of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with the young patients at CHLA. These children, from their hospital beds, were able to attend the U.S. premiere of the film with a little magic and the help of an oversized monitor that virtually whisked them to the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. Thor: The Dark World’s cast of stars—Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins—all chatted directly with the patients via Skype as they made their way down the red carpet, answering questions and trading stories with these special guests.
Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.
KEYWORDS: Venture Philanthropy, funding, Cause Global, best practices, Green Companies, Social Entrepreneurship, nonprofit organizations, Social investment, social innovation
November 27, 2013/ 3BL Media/ - On Thanksgiving Day, a UPS “Browntail” aircraft will depart Louisville, KY, loaded with approximately 15,000 pounds of donated vital medical relief supplies, valued at $1.5 million, headed for Cebu, Philippines, to assist the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. The shipment was made possible by the Catholic Diocese of New York and the Harmony for Peace Foundation in Pennsylvania.
The airlift request came to these two agencies from the Philippine Consulate General’s office of New York and Alto Broadcasting System-Chronicle Broadcasting Network (ABS-CBN) Foundation International, both of which are coordinating their relief efforts with the Philippines Department of Health. The 747 “Browntail” will be loaded with medicine as well as medical equipment and depart long before sunrise on Thanksgiving Day for its 8,325 mile journey.
"I would like to thank UPS for agreeing to air ship these medicines and medical supplies that are badly needed right now in the typhoon-devastated areas in the Philippines,” said Consul General Mario De Leon, Jr., Philippine Consulate General Office, New York. “These supplies will be used to treat the more than 25,000 people who have been injured by the typhoon, to extend preventive care to the survivors and to help prevent an outbreak of serious diseases. Getting these medicines and medical supplies to the Philippines is very critical.”
“Our relief efforts in the Philippines continue and it is a privilege for UPS to utilize its expertise and resources to deliver urgent, life-saving supplies throughout the impacted areas of the country,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation, and Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk. “The people and communities devastated by Typhoon Haiyan are facing many hardships. By moving desperately needed medical items to Cebu, UPS and UPSers on the ground are helping the government and relief organizations ensure that these communities have a reliable, efficient and predictable path back to recovery.”
On November 13, UPS announced a $1 million pledge in support for recovery efforts in the Philippines. The pledge was a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for long-term recovery needs.
Leveraging UPS’s expertise in logistics during disasters is an area where the company has proven it can make a big impact. Last year, UPS supported more than 200 humanitarian relief programs in 35 countries. This includes programs that prepare communities for a crisis, supplying them with urgent relief when a crisis occurs, and, giving post-crisis recovery phase support. Through a combination of in-kind shipments, technical and expertise sharing and funding of relief organizations, UPS contributed in excess of $6.5 million in 2012.
VISUALS: UPS truck with relief supplies being unloaded and staged to load to aircraft.
High resolution photos are downloadable at pressroom.ups.com
KEYWORDS: typhoon haiyan, Philippines, UPS, medical supplies, diaster relief
SOURCE: Tupperware BrandsDESCRIPTION:
November 27, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Tupperware Brands Corporation (NYSE:TUP) today announced donations totaling nearly one million dollars to help the company’s sales force members and residents of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The donations will include water-tight products to store personal belongings, food and supplies. In addition, Tupperware Brands will make a monetary donation to the American Red Cross for their efforts to aid the people hardest hit by the storm.
With over one million people displaced and many still in need of food and basic necessities, Typhoon Haiyan has led to a serious humanitarian crisis across the Philippine Islands. Tupperware Brands, which has sales force members living and working in the Philippines, is taking action.
“Whenever something like this happens in the world, we see the true DNA of our global company. The relief response by our people happens naturally,” said Tupperware Brands Chairman and CEO Rick Goings. “Our thoughts continue to be with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. We lend support to the communities in which we operate during this time of tragedy and tremendous need.”
Relief donations from Tupperware Brands will include:
Tupperware Brands is also encouraging sales force members and customers worldwide to join with them and make a donation to the American Red Cross through Tupperware’s Chain of Caring Program to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Tupperware will match every dollar donated, up to $30,000.To make donation, click here.
Tupperware Brands Corporation
KEYWORDS: American Red Cross, disaster relief, Philippine, Rick Goings, Tupperware, Tupperware Brands, typhoon haiyan
More than 200 TransCanada employees, family and friends participated in the recent Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 2013 Walk to Cure Diabetes in Houston. The event was captured on video and drew more than 15,000 walkers. As a chief sponsor, TransCanada was out front and center leading the fight against the disease, and many employees dedicated the day to their friends and loved ones affected by the disease.
So far, the TransCanada team has raised more than $45,000 for JDRF and the company will match up to $15,000 of employees’ contributions.
Watch the video on our blog.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, TransCanada, TransCanada Corporation, TransCanada Corp., houston, diabetes, juvenile diabetes, Walk to Cure Diabetes
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
LAKE CHARLES, La., Nov. 27, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- Local CITGO Marketer JEI, Inc. is fueling good in the Lake Charles community and giving back to loyal customers with Customer Appreciation Days on Dec. 2, Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at its CITGO Cash Magic locations in Sulphur, Lake Charles and Vinton, La. Fueling Good Ambassadors Adam and Diego, Miss Louisiana 2013, Jaden Leach, and representatives from local non-profits Care Help and Colors with a Cause will be on-hand to visit with customers about the important work they do in the community.
"We owe so much to our customers and wanted to find a way to show them how much we care. Living and working in this community, we know how much people want to help fuel good, so having the CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip team seemed like a great opportunity," said Herb Hargraves, director of fuel and retail sales at Cash Magic Truck Plaza. "We're excited that Adam and Diego, Miss Louisiana, and some great organizations will be here to celebrate with us."
The following Customer Appreciation Day events are three of the final stops for the 2013 CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip and all will feature Adam, Diego and Miss Louisiana. Each location will also be collecting gently used clothing for the important work done by Care Help:
"The donation that we received from CITGO as a Fueling Good winner has helped take our message out to more people throughout Louisiana and raise awareness about cancer," added Todd Parker, president of Colors for a Cause. "We are excited CITGO has invited us to participate and look forward to spreading the word on why Colors for a Cause is so important to so many families."
Colors for a Cause helps Louisiana families as they battle cancer by providing financial assistance for mortgage/rent, utilities, travel expenses for medical treatment, and also conducts a Christmas Outreach program to help provide these families with funds and/or gifts for the children of the family. For more information about Colors for a Cause, please visitwww.colorsforacause.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CFACLA.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned locations. CITGO Marketers in Louisiana own and operate more than 100 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities. In addition, the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery employees support many local organizations, including the Literacy Council, the United Way, E.K. Key Elementary School and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO locations and the CITGO refineries, visit www.CITGO.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
KEYWORDS: JEI Inc, Citgo, Customer Appreciation Events, Fueling Good
For the holiday season, New York Cares runs a program called “Winter Wishes”, with the goal of providing holiday gifts to many disadvantaged NYC children and teens. The children and teenagers send in letters with their gift requests, and these are then sorted and handed out to volunteers.
To support this effort, 25 Addison employees volunteered to screen the letters, which entailed reading the letters and logging the gift requests. Requests were then passed on to other groups who have volunteered to buy, wrap and send the gifts. An in-office event was held at Addison, and, in total, we read and processed 986 letters in just over three hours.
This event, alongside our participation in the Winter Coat Drive, rounds out our successful Addison volunteering calendar for the year.
If you would like to know more about the program, or volunteer to donate a gift, you can do so here.
KEYWORDS: Environment, Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Volunteering, sustainability, winter, wishes, holidays, Giving
TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – On a night dedicated to recognizing the hard work of its supporters and volunteers, Trenton, N.J.,-based nonprofit One Simple Wish got a little recognition of its own. Toyota delivered a Highlander to founder and CNN’s top 10 “Hero of the Year” Danielle Gletow with help from legendary hip-hop artist Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. who is a personal supporter of the organization. The event also celebrated the first delivery of the 100 vehicles awarded to nonprofits in Toyota’s 2013 100 Cars for Good philanthropy program.
Guests helped fill the Highlander’s cargo space with gifts, school supplies and personal care items for foster children who benefit from One Simple Wish’s work. McDaniels performed classics and a soon-to-be released song from a new album, in addition to giving some insight on a comic book collaboration addressing relevant social messages, including homelessness and adoption. The inspirational celebration kicked off an exciting time for the 100 Cars for Good program, as 99 additional nonprofits will receive their new vehicles over the coming months.
“As another successful 100 Cars for Good comes to a close, it’s just the beginning for the charities who have new vehicles to broaden and support their good work,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “We are proud to give back to so many inspiring groups and strengthen our commitment to supporting communities around the country.”
Every day between Oct. 1 and Nov. 19, online voters selected two 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to win new Toyota vehicles to support their work. This year’s winners included a range of worthy causes from a group that provides water sports for disabled children in Alabama to an animal rescue group in rural Wyoming. To see the full list of winners, visit www.100carsforgood.com.
Another winning charity is Boston-based food rescue Lovin’ Spoonfuls, which gives healthy, perishable food a second chance to feed the hungry. The nonprofit saves food that would otherwise be discarded from grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants then delivers it to 27 food banks, shelters and organizations with immediate needs. Thanks to online voters, a new Tundra won through 100 Cars for Good will help Lovin’ Spoonfuls rescue about 5,000 additional pounds of food a week.
“We believe everyone should have access to fresh produce, dairy and proteins regardless of their situations,” said Lauren Palumbo, Lovin’ Spoonfuls operations director. “As we are a direct distribution system, with no storage facility, a vehicle is the only way we can expand our work. We are grateful to Toyota to be part of such an inclusive, generous program.”
Moved by the nonprofits’ work and enthusiasm, thousands of people across the country went online every day throughout the program to cast votes for the nonprofits they felt were most deserving of a new vehicle. Winning nonprofits chose among the Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sienna, Sienna Mobility or Tundra, which will also come with a six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from Toyota Financial Services. Since 100 Cars for Good began in 2010, Toyota has provided 300 vehicles through this signature philanthropic program.
Voters selected Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, Calif., as one of the 2013 winners. The organization will receive a Tundra to facilitate its work delivering care packages to deployed military members, their families, veterans and first responders. The group sends more than 100,000 packages annually and would like to reach an estimated 7,000 homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area.
“Normally we pay shipping companies to pick up and deliver the boxes, but the new vehicle will enable us to transport the packages directly to veterans and other local recipients, creating a personal connection and saving funds,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. “We appreciate all our supporters who voted for us and made this exciting expansion possible.”
To learn more about 100 Cars for Good, visit www.100carsforgood.com.
Toyota partners with a wide variety of 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 from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good.(NYSE:TM) For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to American nonprofit groups. For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit www.toyotainaction.com.
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.
KEYWORDS: Toyota, philanthropy, 100 Cars for Good, Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels, nonprofit
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
Homer, Mich., Nov. 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – PS Food Mart locations across south-central Michigan and Toledo, Ohio encouraged employees, customers and neighbors to support families in need through the recent Pop-Tarts® fundraising campaign. During the month of October, 31 locations donated 70,000 Pop-Tarts to local food pantries chosen by the store manager of each participating location.
"We are thrilled that our customers were so eager to help us fight hunger in our community,” said Ed Heath, vice president operations for PS Food Mart. “With the holiday season fast approaching, we wanted to do our part to start the season of giving and the generosity of PS Food Mart employees and customers helped make this campaign a success.”
This year’s event was such a success due to the PS Food Mart team’s planning efforts. The executive team worked together to take on various responsibilities throughout the campaign resulting in one of the best executed and most effective fundraisers PS Food Mart has ever done.
PS Food Mart employees encouraged customers to purchase Pop-Tarts for $1 and donate them to a local charity. Six Jackson, Mich. locations led the charge with their donation of 13,622 Pop-Tarts. A large portion of this went to the Jackson Community Food Pantry and the Jackson YMCA. In addition to the Jackson-area locations, other participating locations donated to food pantries across Michigan and Ohio, including Homer Caring and Sharing Food Pantry in Homer, Mich., Christ Apostolic Church Food Pantry in Albion, Mich., Doris Klaussen Center in Battle Creek, Mich., East Toledo Family Center and Toledo Northwest OH Food Bank, both in Toledo, Ohio.
PS Food Mart Charities is supported in its efforts by CITGO, 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.
Pop-Tarts is a registered trademark of Kellogg North America Company.
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 nearly 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.
KEYWORDS: PS Food Mart, Pop-Tarts, fighting hunger, Fundraising, Michigan, Ohio, PS Food Mart Charities, Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Fueling Good
SOURCE: Keystone Human ServicesDESCRIPTION:
We have received a lot of questions lately about why we breed dogs to become service dogs when there are so many dogs in shelters looking for good homes. This is an excellent question, and it’s one that we’ve given a lot of thought to over the years.
Susquehanna Service Dogs
+1 (717) 599-5920
KEYWORDS: service dogs, breeding, Susquehanna Service Dogs
SOURCE: Enbridge, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
FREDERICTON, N.B. – Next spring, when the ice covering the St. John River floodplain begins to melt, several species of waterfowl will make their way home to New Brunswick.
Ducks like the Hooded Merganser and Goldeneye migrate north to nest, have babies, and raise a brood.
But trees with deep cavities, where these birds like to nest, have become sparse, either toppling over in old age or disappearing along with their natural wetland habitat. That’s where Ducks Unlimited Canada and its sponsors step in to provide Mother Nature a helping hand.
KEYWORDS: EGNB, Enbridge, Ducks Unlimited Canada, ducks, bird sanctuary, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, DUC Atlantic, Enbridge’s Volunteers in Partnership, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
Employee Volunteer programs are great ways to engage your people and the community. The impacts they make go well beyond the hours spent and projects completed.
Our friends at True Impact specialize in tracking the social and business impacts of employee volunteerism. They have a wealth of helpful articles available on their research blog that dig deep into the measurable outcomes of employee volunteer programs (we know you love measurable outcomes!) We want to focus on a few key points that can provide you with a good starting point for thinking about what makes a volunteer program effective.
Different Ways to Make a Difference
A key focus of True Impact's research is looking into the difference between skills-based volunteerism – management of operations, market research support, accounting – and 'traditional' activities – food preparation, construction, handy work. You can learn more about the measurements they used and see two years’ worth of findings in their Volunteer ROI Tracker here. We wanted to extract a few key points to share with you:
1. Team-Building: Where Traditional is still Tops
Where more traditional volunteer activities – construction projects, food preparation – really shine is team building. Getting to know your coworkers in new situations and seeing them in a different environment can be a key part of team building, and group volunteer projects provide ample opportunities for new relationships.
Benevity (www.benevity.com) is a software social enterprise whose platform and products enable companies to build social responsibility and giving back into their businesses to increase the social impact of their programs and to attract, retain and engage customers, employees and partners. Benevity’s award winning employee giving and volunteering solution, Spark, is used by some of the most notable companies in the world, ranging in size from a few hundred to more than 100,000 employees.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, benevity, csr, sustainability, employee giving, community
SOURCE: Children InternationalSUMMARY:
Kansas City, MO, November 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ The inaugural class of the Children International Inspire Award™ honorees have dedicated a total of 242 years of service to children in impoverished communities around the world.
The recipient of the International Inspire Award™ for 2013 is Pampa Sinha, a volunteer from Children International’s Sahay agency in Kolkata, India. Although her daughter has graduated from Children International’s program, Pampa continues her volunteer efforts by contributing to the overall program with emphasis on the organization’s youth program, nutritional program and community awareness. She has volunteered with Children International for the past 15 years and was inspired by her father, a rickshaw puller. She explains that she was from a large family with extended family members living together, and although it was difficult for her father to make ends meet, “He still helped countless people without expecting a farthing in return.” She volunteers so she can be like her father and “experience the same happiness and joy that my father did” by helping others.
The Inspire Award™ was designed to celebrate the outstanding contributions of volunteers who live in and are part of the impoverished communities Children International serves. These volunteers dedicate their time and energy to enhancing the lives of children in their communities.
Jim Cook, president of Children International, explains, “We are delighted to recognize the contributions of Pampa Sinha and to honor the work of the dedicated volunteers globally. Children International’s volunteers are extraordinary, and we deeply appreciate their time and commitment to the children and youth in the communities where the volunteers live. They enable us to better understand their communities and are a crucial link in the two-way communication between Children International and the community.”
Children International has more than 7,000 volunteers who are residents in the local communities the organization serves. Each individual listed below received the highest score in her community and has been honored as a local Inspire Award™ winner:
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Direct: (816) 943-3730
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Children International, Children's international, India, Inspire Award, Volunteer Award, Volunteers
SOURCE: Children InternationalSUMMARY:
Kansas City, MO, November 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ - La clase inaugural de homenajeados para el premio Inspire™ de Children International ha dedicado un total de 242 años de servicio a los niños de comunidades pobres en todo el mundo.
Pampa Sinha, una voluntaria de la agencia Sahay de Children International en Kolkata, India, es la ganadora del premio internacional Inspire™ del 2013. A pesar de que su hija ya se graduó del programa de Children International, Pampa continúa contribuyendo como voluntaria al programa, sobre todo al Programa de Jóvenes, al programa nutricional y a las campañas de sensibilización comunitaria. Ella ha sido voluntaria durante 15 años y fue inspirada por su padre, un tirador de calesas orientales. Ella explica que viene de una familia grande donde muchos parientes vivían bajo el mismo techo, y aunque le era difícil a su padre sustentar a la familia entera, “él de todos modos ayudaba a muchas personas sin esperar a cambio ni un centavo”. Ella es voluntaria porque quiere ser como su padre, para así “experimentar la misma alegría y felicidad que mi padre” al ayudar al prójimo.
El premio Inspire fue creado para celebrar las extraordinarias contribuciones de los voluntarios que viven en las comunidades marginales que son apoyadas por Children International. Estos voluntarios aportan su tiempo y energía para mejorar la vida de los niños de sus comunidades.
Jim Cook, presidente de Children International, explica que, “Estamos encantados de poder reconocer las contribuciones de Pampa Sinha y celebrar la labor de nuestros dedicados voluntarios en todo el mundo. Los voluntarios de Children International son extraordinarios y agradecemos profundamente el tiempo y la dedicación que les dan a los niños y jóvenes de sus mismas comunidades. Ellos nos permiten tener un mejor entendimiento de sus comunidades y son un elemento crítico para la comunicación entre Children International y la comunidad”.
Children International cuenta con el apoyo de más de 7 mil voluntarios a nivel mundial. Cada uno de los siguientes voluntarios recibió la calificación más alta en sus respectivas comunidades y en reconocimiento a ello recibieron un premio Inspire™ de las agencias locales:
Para más información acerca de Children International o para apadrinar un niño, visite www.children.org.
Children International prepara a los niños y jóvenes para que superen el círculo vicioso de la pobreza al abordar sus necesidades básicas, desarrollar en ellos resiliencia, e involucrarles en actividades transformativas. Children International logra hacer esto al proveer beneficios cruciales y atención compasiva a través de modernos centros comunitarios que son fácilmente accesibles. La presencia de Children International, sus programas y sus contribuyentes tiene un impacto positivo en los niños, jóvenes, familias y comunidades; ofrece protección; fomenta la autosuficiencia; y actúa como agente de transformación.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Children International, Children's international, Premio Inspire, premio para voluntarios, voluntarios
November 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ - El Abra recently received the Sustainable Management Award from the Association of Industrialists of Antofagasta for its efforts to protect the heritage, culture and way of life of Alto Loa indigenous communities near its operations.
The Association specifically recognized El Abra for its work with the Atacamenian, Quechuan and Aymara ethnic groups in Calama and Ollagüe, Chile. El Abra supports programs and projects that aim to preserve local heritage and ancestral traditions while at the same contribute to sustainable development in the region.
For further information about Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.’s social investment commitments, please see http://www.fcx.com/sd/community/comm_invest.htm
Please see the 2012 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report for more information on all of their social, economic and environmental efforts. http://www.fcx.com/sd/pdfs/WTSD_2012.pdf
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, El Abra, Alto Loa, Indigenous Community, Freeport-McMoRan, Atacamenian, Quechuan, Aymara, Calama, Ollagüe, local heritage