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SOURCE: Children InternationalSUMMARY:
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Kansas City, MO, November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ -The latest Government estimates from OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) indicate that of the 13.25 million people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, 5.4 million are children. Additionally, of the 4.4 million people displaced from their homes, over 1 million are children.
Jack McCanna, Children International's Vice President of Program Services, has seen areas of extreme destruction from Typhoon Haiyan firsthand and is participating in the recovery process. Mr. McCanna explains, "One of the highest priorities has been implementing child-friendly spaces for the children who already have and continue to endure so much as a result of Haiyan. Many children have lost their homes and loved ones. Providing them with safe spaces and caring adults trained to address issues they are facing is extremely important." He notes, "Teachers are even asking for simple items such as makeup – so that they can look as though things are 'normal' instead of appearing like refugees themselves to the already traumatized children."
The OCHA report notes the need to protect women and children since the lack of electricity and infrastructure place women and children at risk. Mr. McCanna explains further that one of the top concerns is that displaced children are very vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking, and this is a serious problem since 90 percent of the daycare capacity has been destroyed in the most heavily affected zones."
Children International’s Award-Winning Crisis Response History in the Philippines
Over the years, Children International has implemented various disaster-recovery efforts in the typhoon-prone country, running the spectrum from disaster-preparedness training and drills to providing permanent housing for families who were forced to resettle after their houses were buried under mudslides.
Last year, Children International Philippines of the Bicol region received the Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian Assistance by the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As a result of receiving the award for three consecutive years, Children International also received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its work in disaster relief. In addition, Country Director Pio Salvador received special recognition for his “invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk reduction and management.”
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.
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Direct: (816) 943-3730
KEYWORDS: Children International, typhoon haiyan, Haiyan, Children, child friendly spaces, vulnerable, Philippines
By: Paul Farrow, Senior Vice President, People & Safety
There are few true turning points in the history of a company. I believe Goldcorp’s inaugural Day of Remembrance will be recognized as one of those landmarks.
On October 30th, across our entire business from northern Canada to southern Argentina, every single operation and office stopped production for a company-wide Day of Remembrance. This day was an opportunity to stop and think about safety; how to identify risks and make our operations safer; and to pay respect to grieving family and friends who have lost their loved ones in industrial accidents over the years.
Amongst the executive team who participated in events at various sites, I joined the Wharf team in South Dakota in a deeply impactful meeting. The families of those who lost their lives attended sessions at various sites and were invited to address the attendees. As they shared their powerful and emotional stories, we were all deeply touched by how these families were impacted by the loss of their loved ones. Their messages to care, think, stay alert and stay safe so that our families don’t have to suffer - as they have - left a profound impact on everyone who participated.
Over the past 18 months we have worked alongside other mining companies to research and analyze the causes of fatalities and Potential Fatal Occurrences. What we have seen is an industry-wide decrease in the number of injuries. Unfortunately, the industry has not achieved similar reductions in the occurrence of fatalities. Our track record as an industry demonstrates that we are not yet Safe Enough for Our Families and clearly we still have a lot of work to do. This focus on eliminating fatalities will continue to be our highest priority.
The purpose of the Day of Remembrance was to not only educate but to encourage employees to speak up and intervene if they see something that they feel is unsafe. If we are going to create sites that are Safe Enough for Our Families, we need to work together, to look out for each other and be accountable to ourselves, our coworkers and our families.
We need to go beyond thinking “what are chances something could go wrong”, and also consider “what are the consequences if something does go wrong.” We can’t get comfortable or complacent around the equipment and environments we are working with every day.
The Day of Remembrance will become an annual event at Goldcorp and going forward we will continue the momentum from this day through additional activities to support our focus on safe production, including: leadership training for supervisors and managers; positive flash reports to share safety behaviours done well; and access to incident investigations for all employees, focused on Potential Fatal Occurrences or PFOs.
We are only interested in safe production, not production that sacrifices anyone’s well-being. We will only get there if we all work together and do our part.
KEYWORDS: safety, People, Remembrance Day, responsible, Mining
November 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) has named Citi (NYSE: C) as the winner in two categories in the 2013 Corporate Citizenship Awards competition. Citi received the Best Partnership award, together with the National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC), for its work promoting college success in the United States, and also received the Best Economic Empowerment Program award for its efforts to invest in and advance entrepreneurship around the world. The winners of the 2013 Citizens Awards were announced on November 21 during a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.
For the Best Partnership Award, more than 11,500 online votes were cast by the public, with Citi and NCTC coming out on top for Financial Aid U (FAU). Since 2008, Citi’s partnership with NCTC, with funding and leadership support from the Citi Foundation, has provided students with access to millions of dollars in federal and state grant and loan funding by assisting families in completing their tax returns and the highly correlated Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through these efforts, FAU has helped put more than 8,000 students on the path to earning a college degree.
Citi was also recognized for the Best Economic Empowerment Program for the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA), led and funded by the Citi Foundation. Since 2005, the CMAs have awarded more than 5,500 successful microentrepreneurs with resources and support to continue to grow, improve their enterprises and create more jobs. The program now operates in 35 countries and to date the Citi Foundation has committed $14.7 million to the CMAs.
“We are gratified by this recognition of our programs that have enabled thousands of low-income individuals to take the critical steps to realize their college dreams or provided them with support to sustain, grow, and improve their businesses,” said Pamela Flaherty, President and CEO of the Citi Foundation. “These programs both exemplify Citi’s commitment to advance economic progress in communities where we operate and our work with high-impact partners to expand financial inclusion.”
The BCLC’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honors excellence in corporate responsibility. BCLC founded the “Citizens” Awards in 2000. Year after year, Citizens Award winners epitomize the continued evolution of the corporate citizenship field, defining its movement from the periphery of business activity to the strategic alignment with the sector’s core. Companies and chambers of commerce from around the world compete for the Citizens, making them one of the most coveted opportunities in corporate citizenship.
“Citi’s double recognition last night highlights their incredible scale and impact around the world,” said U.S. Chamber Foundation’s BCLC Executive Director Marc DeCourcey. “Their work to empower students and communities will help generations to come.”
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.
Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi
About the Citi Foundation
The Citi Foundation is committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of individuals and families, particularly those in need, in the communities where we work so that they can improve their standard of living. Globally, the Citi Foundation targets its strategic giving to priority focus areas: Microfinance, Enterprise Development, Youth Education and Livelihoods, and Financial Capability and Asset Building. The Citi Foundation works with its partners in Microfinance and Enterprise Development to support environmental programs and innovations. Additional information can be found at www.citifoundation.com.
About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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KEYWORDS: Education, Philanthropy, Community, Citi
I took on the exciting challenge of leading Symantec’s global corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainability department eight years ago. Overseeing the CR efforts for a global company such as Symantec is demanding yet very rewarding, and never more so than now. When Symantec’s CEO, Steve Bennett, introduced our new company strategy, Symantec 4.0, earlier this year, he announced a renewed commitment to CR and the desire to lead in three key areas: Our People, Your Information and The World. He reaffirmed what I’ve always believed: CR is at the heart of who we are as a company that strives to protect and manage information, working to ensure that everyone can be free to focus on achieving their goals. Our very business goals are tied to a greater social purpose, making CR inherent to our business and built into our priorities and values. Corporate responsibility isn’t just something we do; it’s becoming an authentic part of who we are.
Fueled by Symantec 4.0, we lead the industry with our cyber awareness efforts, sharing research and partnering with organizations such as Common Sense Media and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to develop an online safety curriculum. In FY13, we made significant commitments to supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); cyber awareness; and literacy education around the world, particularly in ways that can benefit girls and women and contribute to equal opportunity for them. It’s a companywide goal to strengthen gender equity and diversity.
In my role, I drive the global implementation of community investment efforts, lead Symantec’s executive diversity steering committee, and oversee the company’s CR strategy and activities. Symantec is committed to prioritizing and expanding its CR program, beginning by merging its CR and diversity and inclusion efforts into one program, overseen by me in my new role as vice president of Corporate Responsibility. In this newly created role, I will continue to lead Symantec's global CR and sustainability department, and will also serve as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer, managing Symantec’s Diversity and Inclusion Program. A globally diverse, inclusive and engaged workforce will stimulate Symantec’s success in this 4.0 transformation and deliver value for our customers.
Read the full post on the Symantec CR in Action blog here.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Cecily Joseph, csr
The SAP Social Sabbatical is a one month assignment for top employees who work in international, cross functional teams to empower organizations in the education and entrepreneurship sector in emerging markets. Ekua Odoi from Germany came to Shanghai to work together with international colleagues for social fashion label 'NuoMi'.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 248,500 customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
KEYWORDS: SAP, Social Sabbatical, Emerging Markets, Education, entrepreneurship, NuoMi, Ekua Odoi
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation, today announced that it will provide $25,000 in grants in honor of #GivingTuesday, a national movement when charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations will come together on Tuesday, December 3 to create a national day of giving back. As part of CVS Caremark's #GivingTuesday initiative, CVS Caremark colleagues who volunteer their time are invited to nominate a local organization in their community to receive a grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will randomly select 25 organizations from colleagues' submissions and announce the grantees on #GivingTuesday.
"CVS Caremark colleagues bring our values of caring and collaboration to life all year long by volunteering with organizations that are helping the people we serve, every day," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We're excited to participate in #GivingTuesday to honor our colleagues and their commitment to their local communities and are proud to join a national movement that promotes the spirit of volunteerism and giving back."
#GivingTuesday is a national campaign created in 2012 to spark a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It celebrates charities, individuals, schools, businesses and other community organizations who come together to support charitable causes, and encourages everyone to participate in a national day dedicated to giving back. #GivingTuesday aligns with the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and its mission to make a positive impact in the lives of people by investing in local communities.
"This year we are seeing so many dynamic campaigns - like this one from CVS Caremark - coming together to form one community. There is so much energy and entrepreneurialism throughout the #GivingTuesday movement," said Henry Timms, #GivingTuesday founder and interim executive director of 92nd Street Y. "It has been humbling to see an idea that took root in one of 92Y's core values - repairing the world - resonate with people, organizations, and business entities around the world who have taken it upon themselves not only to inspire giving, but to support the volunteers and local heroes in their own communities."
CVS Caremark will announce its #GivingTuesday grantees on December 3 through social media. For more information about #GivingTuesday, please visit http://community.givingtuesday.org.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation. CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com, or through the Web site's press room www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
Joanne Dwyer, CVS Caremark
Eva Pereira, for CVS Caremark
KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, cvs caremark charitable trust, volunteerism, giving tuesday, #givingtuesday, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility
SOURCE: PwC LLPDESCRIPTION:
Jodi Singer, Corporate Responsibility Communications Director, has been at PwC for 14 years. Prior to joining the CR team over a year ago, Jodi held various roles in PwC’s Sales and Marketing organization, most recently on the Marketing & Sales Innovation team where she developed and rolled out PursuitTM – the PwC way for creating opportunities and winning work – across the firm and to global offices. She’s passionate about community service and volunteers with a number of organizations. Jodi has taught financial literacy at her children’s schools, as part of Project Belize, and with her colleagues in the Philadelphia schools.
On November 2, I joined 15,000 other people at a Philadelphia charity walk to raise money for children and adults with special needs. As captain of “Team Inspiration,” I rallied 40+ team members to raise almost $12,000 for a cause near and dear to my heart. We raised more money than in any of the past four years I led this team, and I strongly believe communications was the key to our success.
Communicating to mobilize a 40+ person team and various community organizations may sound like a big task, but it’s nothing compared to my day job. As Corporate Responsibility (CR) Communications Director, I’m tasked with educating 39,000 people across the US firm about our CR strategy and programs and inspiring them to get engaged.
Communicating internally to inspire engagement is a universal challenge across industries, and faced by corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses alike. Many communications professionals ask the same questions: What are the best channels to reach people? How do we break through information overload and get people to pay attention to ourmessages and take action? How do we measure the ROI of internal communications? Are these some of your challenges? They’re certainly ours.
Over the years, we’ve done some things well, but perhaps more importantly, we’ve learned some valuable lessons about what doesn’t work. For example, we diligently leverage multiple communications channels to share news about CR, including our daily internal PwC News e-mail, partner-specific and firmwide messages from our chairman (a huge supporter of CR), and our Intranet site. However, we often talk to individuals who aren’t aware of our programs. They’ve never heard of PwC’s Earn Your Future youth education commitment, The PwC Charitable Foundation’s Dollars for Doers Program, or our local Green Teams. Why don’t they know about these programs if we’re communicating through so many channels? Because we need to do a better job of reaching our people with the right messages based on what’s most meaningful to them at that point in their lives and careers.
How? Three questions help us strategize:
1) First we asked ourselves what motivates our people at different stages in their careers?
For our junior staff, typically it’s sharing how PwC CR supports their passions– whether it’s teaching financial literacy, participating in a “green” challenge, or volunteering at their favorite nonprofit – and will help them develop key skills and provide them with valuable networking opportunities. Reaching this group with action-oriented communications about volunteer opportunities is critical.
For managers and directors it’s more about how CR can help them get to the next level by growing their leadership skills – whether it’s becoming a board member, leading an office volunteering event, or leading an office interest group like the women’s networking circles, diversity/minority group, GLBT circles, or the Disability Caregivers Network. Being engaged for this group could also mean supporting their partners’ interests as well as keeping their staff motivated and happy. When managers and directors demonstrate their commitment to CR, their staff realizes they, too, can take some time to get involved. CR engagement in these activities = happier, more productive employees who may be less likely to leave the firm. Communicating via human-interest stories helps us connect particularly well with our people at this level.
For our partners, what’s critical is continuing to connect CR to our firm strategy and how our programs enhance our brand, drive operational efficiencies and inspire employee engagement. Strategic messaging from our chairman that highlights the high-level connection CR has to key value drivers is effective here.
2) Then we have to look at when’s the right time to communicate? It’s difficult to connect with 39,000 people. Many of our consultants travel frequently and may miss a lot of local messaging. In addition, there’s a three to four month quiet period when our tax and audit professionals are under deadline, and communications outside of client work are discouraged. However, even when the stars align and it’s the perfect time to communicate, not everyone will readPwC News on the day we run a CR feature, a local office promotes an event, or we share an Intranet update. Not everyone tunes into “town hall” meetings and not all partners read the bi-weekly partner communication. People are busy and CR isn’t always top of mind.
3) That’s why it’s critical to make sure we’re using the right channels. We’ve heard business area- (e.g., Tax, Audit, Consulting) specific messages are more relevant to the manager, director and partner population, and we’ve been exploring how to better align with each area’s communications strategy and calendar. Our associates and senior associates – often Millenials – spend a lot of time on social media, so we leverage some of those platforms to reach our people internally. In addition, we work with each of our geographical markets to customize messages that inspire people to get involved locally. Across the firm, our people−from interns to partners−are on the go, which makes creating mobile-friendly CR messaging, a must for effective communications. And that extends across our many platforms, including our CR web page, our Giving site, our market leadership newsletters, and many other communication channels.
We’re also weighing the benefits of communicating less frequently but more concisely by putting “the ask” and the “what’s in it for me?” up front, as well as using more infographics, photos, videos and fewer words to tell our story. Will people be more likely to pay attention to messages knowing they contain key information OR will we lose an opportunity to reach people by not communicating more regularly? It’s a balancing act.
The data shows we are reaching people – thanks to more focused CR programs and a more focused communications strategy to connect with them. For example, in FY13:
And so, we continue to move forward and strategize about how we can reach even more of our population by communicating more efficiently and effectively.
What do you think? What’s your biggest communication challenge? What’s the best way to capture your attention and inspire you to get involved?
KEYWORDS: PwC, Corporate Responsibility, Employee Engagement, PwC's Earn Your Future
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, November 21, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) announced today it has received a $50,000 sponsorship from Mary Kay Inc. The two powerhouse organizations partnered to create two new participation patches that showcase the life skills that many young girls will need as they grow into successful women.
The Mary Kay Entrepreneurial Leadership patch and the Mary Kay Healthy Relationships patch are designed to inspire the next generation of female leaders, encouraging girls from kindergarten through high school to develop entrepreneurial skills and to understand healthy choices for a balanced life.
“Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is thrilled to partner with Mary Kay Inc. in educating girls on how to achieve financial success and make healthy living decisions,” said Colleen Walker, Chief Executive Officer for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “Mary Kay has always focused on enabling women to achieve personal growth, financial improvement and the ability to touch lives around the world. These are traits we want Girl Scouts to emulate. At Girl Scouts, our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Every step to empower girls and young women is a step in the right direction.”
The Mary Kay Entrepreneurial Leadership patch program launched this month, and has the potential to reach more than 21,000 girl members who participate annually in the world’s largest girl-run business, the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls will be able to earn this patch as they build a lifetime of skills that include: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. This patch is intended to engage and encourage Girl Scouts to become entrepreneurs at a young age and to build their financial literacy skills.
The Mary Kay Healthy Relationships patch program launches in spring 2014 and will provide support for Girl Scouts as they complete requirements for the It’s Your Story – Tell It! Journey. This is the Girl Scout’s highly-acclaimed leadership program that teaches girls about having a strong sense of self, healthy eating and living, and healthy relationships. The patch, which aligns with Mary Kay’s initiative to prevent relational aggression, will teach girls how to respect themselves and others, appropriate in-person and online behavior, and take a deep dive into peer pressure and confidence building.
“Girl Scouts and Mary Kay are two iconic organizations with rich histories,” said Sheryl Adkins-Green, Mary Kay Inc.’s Chief Marketing Officer and former Girl Scout. “We are honored to have the opportunity to help shape and encourage entrepreneurial skills and life skills with Girl Scouts. The young women who are Girl Scouts today are the future leaders of tomorrow.”
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.
About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 33,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas
Jennifer Yepez, 972-349-2458
KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Texas, financial literacy, healthy living, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, enriching women's lives, 50th Birthday
SOURCE: Darden RestaurantsDESCRIPTION:
I’m a pushover for a great quote. I have quote envy for folks who can create emotion and inspire with just a handful of carefully selected words or the perfect turn of phrase. Man, I wish I was that good! For now, I just Bogart the really good ones, whip out the dry erase marker and scribble them on the mirrors around the house, hopeful the deeper meaning of life sinks in with the family. November 15 was National Philanthropy Day, which celebrates all things philanthropic and kicks off our Restaurant Community Grants program.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Darden Restaurants, Darden Digest, community service, Restaurant Community Grants, philanthropy, holiday season, Season of Giving
SOURCE: FedEx CorporationSUMMARY:
It’s that time of year when FedEx delivers holiday joy around the world. One of our most meaningful traditions matches the FedEx global network with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation – delivering live Christmas trees to military bases overseas and throughout the U.S.DESCRIPTION:
It’s that time of year when FedEx delivers holiday joy around the world. One of our most meaningful traditions matches the FedEx global network with the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation – delivering live Christmas trees to military bases overseas and throughout the U.S.
This year marks the ninth annual “Trees for Troops” program delivered by FedEx. Today, FedEx volunteers in Thorntown, Ind., are officially kicking off this year’s initiative as they prepare hundreds of fresh trees destined to military members stationed in the Middle East. For military personnel serving abroad, the trees will provide a living connection to their holiday traditions at home.
Once the international shipment goes out, FedEx Freight team members will hit the pavement with more than 17,000 freshly cut trees that will be delivered to more than 60 U.S. military bases throughout the first two weeks of December. In many cases, these deliveries will be greeted with holiday festivities for troops and their families at the bases.
This is my sixth year working with the Trees for Troops program. As an Army veteran, I am glad FedEx supports these very deserving men, women and families, “ said Stan Bradford, freight flow analyst, FedEx Freight. Bradford coordinates the logistics of the tree pickups and deliveries. “These people do so much for our country and anything we can do to put a little holiday cheer in their lives makes us feel like we’re contributing to something bigger.”
Since 2005, FedEx has shipped more than 122,000 real Christmas trees to service members and their families at more than 60 bases in 17 countries. If that’s not the definition of “spreading holiday cheer,” then I don’t know what is!
You can also support Trees for Troops by donating to the program or purchasing fresh trees at one of the more than 30 Christmas tree retail locations during the official Trees for Troops Weekend, Dec. 6-8. Find out more information at http://www.treesfortroops.org/
KEYWORDS: FedEx, Trees for Troops, Spirit Foundation, Paula Bosler
SOURCE: FedEx CorporationSUMMARY:
MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 20, 2013 – FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid and medical supplies to communities across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 lbs. of both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, November 23.DESCRIPTION:
MEMPHIS, Tenn., November 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), Direct Relief and Heart to Heart International have teamed up to deliver more than $10 million worth of relief aid and medical supplies to communities across the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The shipment, containing nearly 200,000 lbs. of both pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Saturday, November 23.
“FedEx team members around the globe are committed to assisting with the recovery effort,” said Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx Corp. “As we have done throughout our 40-year history, FedEx is using its global network and logistical expertise to connect non-profit organizations and their relief supplies to the communities most in need.”
The FedEx relationships with Heart to Heart International and Direct Relief date back to 1995 and 2003, respectively. Throughout the years, FedEx has activated its global network to deliver critical and life-saving support to lessen the pain and loss experienced by victims of natural disasters.
"With a disaster of this magnitude, it is imperative that Heart to Heart International rapidly respond with critically-needed aid and supplies,” said Krystal Barr, interim CEO, Heart to Heart International. “Our relationship with FedEx has made that possible for us to do around the world for nearly two decades, and now again for our Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) relief effort. Working with FedEx and with Direct Relief, we know we can make a positive impact for the people of the Philippines."
The FedEx charter flight departing on Saturday will carry nearly 200,000 lbs. of relief supplies destined for communities in and around Cebu. Onboard cargo includes:
"The relief effort to help people in the Philippines presents obvious, huge logistical challenges. FedEx providing its unique airlift, logistics, and medical supply-chain technical expertise is just a tremendous boost to Direct Relief's focus on supplying critically needed medications and medical supplies that have been requested by Filipino partners,” said Thomas Tighe, President and CEO of Direct Relief. “We are deeply thankful that FedEx, as it has so often in emergencies with Direct Relief, has taken such a huge step to help Filipinos who have survived a brutal event and are in critical need of assistance."
In addition to the shipment of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals departing this week, FedEx also teamed up with Water Missions International earlier in November to deliver two “Living Water Treatment Systems” capable of filtering more than 5,000 gallons of water per day. Those water treatment systems are now in use in the Philippines to meet the vital needs of those impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.
To learn more about FedEx’s disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, visit http://blog.fedex.com/TyphoonHaiyanRelief
About FedEx Corp.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $45 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.
Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
About Direct Relief
Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 U.S. states and 70 countries. It works with more than 1,000 health clinics across the U.S. to assist in emergencies and an ongoing basis, providing them with free medications for people in need. Direct Relief is among the largest medical suppliers to Haiti in response to the 2010 earthquake, has top charity ratings, including four-star and "top notch" rating from Charity Navigator, and a 99% fundraising efficiency rating from Forbes magazine. For more information, visit www.DirectRelief.org.
About Heart to Heart International
Heart to Heart International is a non-profit humanitarian medical aid, training and disaster relief non-governmental organization (NGO) that is committed to connecting people and resources to a world in need. Since its founding in 1992, Heart to Heart International has delivered medical aid and supplies worth more than $1 billion to more than 150 countries, including the U.S. Heart to Heart International responds to crises and natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers. Heart to Heart International broadens access to healthcare by providing continuing medical education opportunities and lab standards training around the US and the globe, and works with U.S. safety-net clinics to help increase their capacity by providing medical equipment, supplies and volunteers that are vital to operations. The organization has been named to Forbes magazine's “America’s
200 Largest Charities”, the “Philanthropy 400” and is a Charity Navigator 4-Star charity three years in a row. For more information on its programs and ways to get involved, visit hearttoheart.org and find Heart to Heart International on Facebook.
KEYWORDS: Thyphoon, Phillipines, FedEx, heart to heart international, Direct Relief
Outside magazine has published an excellent in-depth proﬁle of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The article concludes with a ringing endorsement for the work, promise and achievements of SCA:
This is where Jewell’s true passion lies, and she’s already made it a top priority. There are easy ﬁxes she can make: she can direct park and refuge managers to reconceptualize their most accessible areas to attract underserved communities. She can empower young Park Service rangers and reach the millennials where they live, on social media. But she has an opportunity to go even bigger, to create a signature program under her watch. To do that, she could revamp Interior’s partnership with the Student Conservation Association, which provides high school and college students paid, hands-on internships in parks and wilderness areas. SCA is one of America’s greatest programs, but it’s largely unknown outside of outdoor culture. It could become a public-service option as famous as teach for America or a brand as strong as outward bound. Franklin Roosevelt had the Civilian Conservation Corps; a supersized SCA could be Obama’s next-gen public-works project. With a one-month stint in SCA, you’ll hook a kid on the outdoors for life.
Youth and climate change: those could be the overriding themes of a great Jewell administration—and the foundation of Obama’s environmental legacy.
“We need warriors for that battle on climate change,” Jewell told me when I caught up with her again in July, at a youth summit in Seattle. The secretary seemed clear and conﬁdent in her message. “If I don’t get these young people engaged, they’re not going to care about and support the outdoors. I only have three and a half years. So I gotta get going.”
KEYWORDS: Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell, Department of Interior, SCA, Student Conservation Association
SOURCE: General MotorsDESCRIPTION:
DETROIT, November 21, 2013 /3BL Media/– The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is headed south for the winter thanks to a $400,000 grant from the GM Foundation.
The Orchestra, led by Music Director Leonard Slatkin, will perform with Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Olga Kern during a tour of Southern Florida that will take place from Feb. 25 to March 4, 2014.
“Touring, domestic or otherwise, is an imperative part of sharing this orchestra’s art with a broad and diverse audience,” said Slatkin. “Thanks to the generosity of the GM Foundation, the DSO will be on the road for the third time in a year. We’re really looking forward to seeing our friends in Florida again.”
Over the last decade, the GM Foundation has donated more than $84 million to support Detroit nonprofit organizations and cultural institutions. This includes nearly $2 million to help the DSO bring its performances to Detroit, and to New York’s Carnegie Hall where the orchestra performed in May 2013.
“The GM Foundation is committed to showcasing the best of Detroit to stakeholders across the country,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard. “The DSO is one of the city’s finest jewels and this tour will build upon Detroit’s national reputation of having the finest musicians and live entertainment.”
Performances will include Gould’s Spirituals for Orchestra in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (featuring Olga Kern), Brahms Violin Concerto (featuring Hilary Hahn), Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini (featuring Olga Kern), and three pieces by Ravel: Mother Goose Suite, Pavane for a Dead Princess andBolero.
The tour is comprised of the following venues and dates:
Violinist Hilary Hahn’s probing interpretations, technical virtuosity, and commitment to new music have brought her love of classical music to a diverse audience. At age 33, her international fame and recognition, including two Grammies, multiple Diapason “d’Or of the Year” and “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik” prizes, seven Echo Klassik awards, and the 2008 *Classic FM / Gramophone* Artist of the Year, are a testament to her talent and drive.
Olga Kern, the striking young Russian Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition - whose performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 made her the first woman to achieve this distinction in more than 30 years - made her New York City debut in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in May, 2004. Eleven days later, she returned to New York to play at Carnegie again, this time on the stage of the Isaac Stern Auditorium at the invitation of Carnegie Hall. Kern is a magnetic performer with one of the most prodigious piano techniques of any young pianist.
About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
About the DSO
The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to Go mobile app.
KEYWORDS: GM Foundation, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Hilary Hahn, Olga Kern
November 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ - At this week’s Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' conference, FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions announced the Collective Impact Forum – a resource for practitioners and funders who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change. The initiative aims to increase the effectiveness and further adoption of collective impact to address social and environmental problems, and reinforce ways in which collective impact is different from other forms of collaboration. The Collective Impact Forum includes communities of practice, in-person convenings, and an online community and resource center launching early next year.
Since the 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review article introduced the concept, collective impact has grown into a transformative movement. Though collective impact has proven to be a powerful approach in tackling a wide range of issues in communities all over the world, many practitioners lack the resources and connections they need to be successful in this work. The Collective Impact Forum provides them with access to tactical tools, training opportunities, and the shared knowledge of peer networks. The Collective Impact Forum is built in partnership with many others working to accelerate the collective impact movement (see below).
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, collectiveimpact, collective impact forum, Networks, community, Forum, Social Action, collaboration, FSG, Nonprofits, Aspen Institute
SOURCE: Enbridge, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
For well over 60 years, the Canadian Mainline system has been the backbone of Enbridge’s Liquids Pipelines operations. Stretching from Edmonton to Gretna, Man., where it crosses the international border, the Canadian Mainline system allows Enbridge to transport 65 per cent of Western Canada’s crude exports.
For more than 60 years, we’ve also been an integral component of the towns and cities near the Canadian Mainline right-of-way. At Enbridge, we believe in strengthening the communities where we live, work, and play. And as we continue our work along the Canadian Mainline right-of-way, we’re proud to say that we will continue to deliver on our promise – making communities near our projects and operations better places to live – well into the future.
HARDISTY, Alta. – Horton Hears a Who? Definitely a hit in Hardisty these days.
So are numerous other Dr. Seuss classics, the Fancy Nancy series, Splat the Cat, Winnie the Pooh and friends, and Harry Potter’s tales from Hogwarts.
Hardisty, Alta., is home to one of the most important crude oil storage hubs in Canada – and the Hardisty and District Public Library creates its own little hub of activity most days, thanks in large part to its collection of children’s books.
That collection was recently bolstered by a grant from Enbridge, a development that has boosted kids’ word power in the east-central Alberta town of about 600.
KEYWORDS: Enbridge, Hardisty, libraries, Education, Community Investment, Mainline, Life Along the Mainline, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, literacy
SOURCE: Eastman Chemical CompanyDESCRIPTION:
SAN MATEO, Calif., Nov 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- AtHoc, Inc. today announced that Eastman Chemical Company has successfully implemented the AtHoc Interactive Warning System (AtHoc IWS) for its next generation, emergency mass notification system. By selecting an IP-based mass communications platform, Eastman unifies traditional analog, digital, IP, mobility and radio technologies into one complete, fully integrated interactive crisis communication system designed to quickly reach its workforce in any situation.
The industry widely acknowledges Eastman for its exceptional market leadership, as shown by a five-year return to shareholders that few other specialty chemical companies can match.
The investment in the AtHoc solution reflects Eastman's strong culture of safety and underscores its commitment to zero injuries in the workplace. The initial IWS implementation resides in the Kingsport, Tenn. corporate headquarters. This mega-plant has a workforce community of 10,000 employees and contractors.
Eastman began the Strategic Safety Improvement Initiative in 2011 to effectively improve the safety of all employees and contractors. To that end, the team developed extensive criteria that balanced specific solution requisites for a mass notification communication system, including:
-- A network-centric IP solution with mandatory integration with Microsoft Lync VoIP
-- The option to deploy as a private, public or hybrid cloud to comply with user privacy and enterprise-level security needs
-- Integration with the Eastman Active Directory
-- Integration with legacy devices and radio systems
-- Interactive communications
-- Proven track records in system performance and customer satisfaction
-- A commitment to a longstanding customer/provider partnership
With these essential components defined, Eastman set out on a rigorous 18-month formal research process that culminated in the selection of the AtHoc IWS solution.
"Our team assessed multiple vendors," explained Keith Bennett, area supervisor for Plant Protection Services at Eastman. "During visits to AtHoc customers like Texas A&M University and the United States Air Force, we witnessed AtHoc's commitment to customer success. AtHoc demonstrated technical solutions, innovation and a proven culture of long-term partnership with their customers."
By transforming the IP network into an interactive end-to-end mass communication system, AtHoc introduces the convergence of physical security and safety into the IP environment. The AtHoc solution has brought to reality the concept of enterprise-wide reach and accounting for all personnel during an emergency.
"We are excited to be working together with Eastman as we open new possibilities in environment, health and safety for the chemical industry," said Sanjay Saini, AtHoc vice president of operations. "As a direct result of our collaborative relationship, we have made product enhancements that are transforming the way global enterprises can better protect and account for their people."
AtHoc is the recognized leader, innovator, and trusted partner in network-centric interactive crisis communication systems. AtHoc's products are used for physical security, employee protection, personnel accountability, staff recall and regulatory compliance for military, homeland security, government, healthcare, industrial, and commercial organizations.
Millions of end-users worldwide rely on AtHoc's unified notification systems for their emergency alerting and critical communication needs in organizations such as Microsoft, USS-POSCO Industries, the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Baylor Health, Scott & White Health System, Raymond W. Bliss Army Medical Center, UCLA, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
AtHoc was recently awarded Government Security News' (GSN) 2012 Homeland Security Award for Best Mass Notification System and has also been recognized by Gartner, Inc. as a leader in its Magic Quadrant for Emergency Mass Notification Services and by IHS Inc. as The Fastest Growing Mass Notification Software Supplier. For more information about AtHoc, please visit www.athoc.com
About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2012 pro forma combined revenues, giving effect to the Solutia acquisition, of approximately $9.1 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.
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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Business, safety, environment, Health, athoc interactive warning system
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
This guest blog comes from Andrew McLaughlin, communications consultant for Lilly Global Manufacturing and communications chairperson for Lilly's 2013 United Way campaign.
At Lilly, we recently completed our 2013 United Way fund-raising campaign. This fund-raiser is an annual opportunity for Lilly employees and retirees across the U.S. and Puerto Rico to support the communities in which we operate.
We’re very proud of our 2013 result. For the third year in a row, we set a record, raising $12.6 million! This amount exceeds our 2013 goal, and it’s the most we’ve ever collected for United Way. Our Chairman, President, and CEO, John Lechleiter, Ph.D., presented a check to United Way at a special ceremony today.
It’s a privilege to give to our communities and see them thrive, and there’s no better partner to help us do that than United Way. United Way provides a simple and efficient way to help build our communities by empowering children, individuals, and families to succeed.
KEYWORDS: Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly, Corporate Responsibility, United Way, Fundraising, fund-raising, Charity
Gavin DeGraw to celebrate with residents of Lindenhurst, NY with a free concert. Lindenhurst won Applebee's Most Thankful Neighborhood challenge by posting the most Thank You messages on and leading up to Veterans Day (more than 23,000!) These messages of appreciation for veterans and active duty live on ThankYouMovement.com.DESCRIPTION:
KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Applebee’s neighborhood of Lindenhurst, NY, will host a free concert by multi-platinum recording artist and Applebee’s Thank You Movement Ambassador Gavin DeGraw after contributing more than 23,000 messages of appreciation for veterans and active duty servicemembers as part of Applebee’s 2013 Veterans Day effort.
Neighborhoods nationwide submitted more than 2 million new messages of “thanks” in Applebee’s restaurants and online at www.thankyoumovement.com as part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement. DeGraw lent his song, “Soldier,” to promote the movement and Applebee’s restaurants’ annual tradition of offering free entrees on Veterans Day for veterans and active duty servicemembers.
“I’m looking forward to celebrating with Lindenhurst,” DeGraw said. “I’m thrilled to have been the voice of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement this year and for the opportunity to extend my thanks to our servicemembers for all they have done.”
The Lindenhurst Applebee’s, operated by Applebee’s franchise group Doherty Enterprises, served nearly 500 free meals on Veterans Day, a 70 percent increase compared to 2012.
“We’re thrilled to show our support for current and former members of the Armed Forces every year on Veterans Day,” said Ed Doherty, Chairman and CEO of Doherty Enterprises, which owns 100 Applebee’s restaurants in four states, “and we appreciate our neighbors in Lindenhurst for helping us earn the title of America’s Most Thankful Neighborhood by sharing their thanks to our military personnel as part of the Applebee’s Thank You Movement.”
In three years, the Applebee’s Thank You Movement has surpassed 6.7 million personal messages of thanks toward a goal of collecting messages for each of the 24 million current and former members of our Armed Forces. At www.thankyoumovement.com, visitors can add their thanks and view a live, rolling counter of messages. Veterans and active service members can also visit the site to view the heartfelt thanks of the people they serve.
"I’m incredibly proud that, for 5 years now, so many servicemembers have chosen Applebee’s on Veterans Day as we invite them into our restaurants for a free meal and the privilege of sharing their special day with us,” said Mike Archer, president, Applebee’s. “Veterans Day is my favorite day of the year, as Applebee’s Team Members across the country serve those who have so bravely served us. The Thank You Movement is an extension of that appreciation and our opportunity to honor the commitment of our servicemembers year-round.”
On Nov. 11, Applebee’s restaurants served nearly 1 million free entrees to veterans and active duty servicemembers across the country. Applebee’s has served nearly 5 million free meals on Veterans Day since beginning the program in 2009.
About Applebee's International, Inc.
Applebee’s (www.applebees.com) is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with approximately 2,000 locations in 49 states, 15 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Mo., Applebee’s restaurant takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is a DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE:DIN) brand, and is franchised and operated by Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates.
About Gavin DeGraw:
Gavin DeGraw is not a stranger to the top of the charts. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. DeGraw’s most recent release, Make A Move, was released in October and has since garnered rave reviews. The current single, the title track, is currently climbing the charts. For more information visit www.gavindegraw.com-facebook.com/gavindegraw - twitter: @gavindegraw# # #
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KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Food & Farming, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Applebee's, Gavin DeGraw, Free concert, thank you movement, Lindenhurst, NY, veterans day, DineEquity Inc, csr
WASHINGTON, Ill., November 20, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Verizon is urging its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of a late-season tornado outbreak that devastated parts of Illinois on Sunday (Nov. 17). Verizon has committed a $50,000 grant to the American Red Cross, Central Illinois Chapter for Tornado Relief to support disaster-relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will match Verizon employees’ donations of $25 or more, up to $1,000 per employee, to the American Red Cross, which helps people affected by disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes.
In addition, Verizon Wireless, working with relief organizations, will activate a text-to-donate program that enables customers to make a $10 donation to the following organizations:
· Text FOOD to 52000 to give to Northern Illinois Food Bank
· Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give to American Red Cross
Text-messaging fees will be waived, and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the nonprofit organization. Verizon Wireless postpaid customers will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be deducted from their prepaid balances.
“The Nov. 17 tornadoes brutalized communities across a wide swath of Illinois, and many residents need support,” said Brian Pascoe, region president, Verizon Wireless. “Verizon, its employees and customers are stepping up on several fronts to help those affected by these storms begin to recover.”
Since Monday (Nov. 18), Verizon Wireless has been onsite in the hard-hit community of Washington, providing first responders, customers and the general public with added wireless communications capabilities, including a disaster-relief mobile support unit where customers are able to make calls, charge phones and connect to the Internet. The company also is providing additional wireless support at two Red Cross shelters.
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 101 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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KEYWORDS: tornado, disaster relief, Illinois, American Red Cross, Verizon
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
As we approach the holiday season, the great spirit of giving is top of mind. Whether it is the generosity of our time, talents or financial resources, we find meaningful ways to give back and lend a helping hand to those in need.
While many causes are worthy of support, one of the greatest issues we face right now in Kentucky, and around the world, is to feed hungry children and families.
*Originally published November 10, 2013 by The Courier-Journal
KEYWORDS: Courier Journal, David Novak, Yum! Brands, let's end hunger, Child Hunger, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility