SOURCE: Rebuilding TogetherDESCRIPTION:
WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, is working with Choice Hotels International to renovate the garden and outdoor space at the Civitan Foundation, Inc., an organization that offers a year-round camp, life skills training and employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun and Choice Hotels volunteers will provide free critical repairs to the recreation and garden space of Civitan’s newest facility, Civitan Village. Volunteers will install new wooden stairs and deck, landscape the grounds, and paint a new masonry wall.
“Rebuilding Together and Choice Hotels International are working together to provide the Civitan Foundation with a functional outdoor space, which will not only improve the lives of the program participants, but also will serve as a development tool allowing these individuals work to establish their personal life goals,” said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “We appreciate the support of Choice Hotels International and its employee volunteers to make this community as well as others around the nation safe and healthy.”
The Civitan Foundation’s Day Training Program provides an opportunity for personal independence based on the principle of ‘community helping community.’ Individuals work towards their own goals through guidance on daily living skills, education, positive social interaction, money management, exercise, nutrition, computer skills, arts and crafts and self-care. The program will also offer volunteer and employment opportunities through partner organizations.
“Our associates want to take real action and show how serious we are about supporting those in need; so we’re giving them the day away from the office to do just that,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International.
About Rebuilding Together:
Rebuilding Together is a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 187 local affiliates complete more than 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of 100,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us- visit www.RebuildingTogether.org.
About Choice Hotels:
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 30 other countries and territories. As of September 30, 2013, 371 hotels, representing more than 29,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 84 hotels, representing approximately 7,200 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories. The company's Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, as well as its Ascend Hotel Collection membership program, serve guests worldwide. All hotels are independently owned and operated.
Choice Hotels International offers the Choice Privileges rewards program. With more than 19 million members worldwide, is one of the fastest growing hotel loyalty programs in the travel industry.
Additional corporate information can be found on the Choice Hotels International, Inc. web site, which may be accessed at www.choicehotels.com.
Choice Hotels, Choice Hotels International, Choice Privileges, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection are proprietary trademarks and service marks of Choice Hotels International Inc.
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SOURCE: The Elsevier FoundationSUMMARY:
Note to Editors: Authors Dr. Donna Dean and Janet Bandows Koster are available for interview.
An e-book and hard copies of this book are available for review.
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Chicago, IL, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ – “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices,” a new book from the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) that addresses work/life integration and satisfaction issues faced by those in STEM careers, will premiere at the AAAS national conference in Chicago, February 15. The project was funded by the Elsevier Foundation.
Although work/life satisfaction is typically regarded as a women’s issue, “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices,” finds that it is an issue that crosses gender lines. Co-authored by Donna Joyce Dean, Ph.D., an expert on scientific and technical workforce issues, and Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director of AWIS, the book was developed to provide both academic and private sector STEM work environments with the tools they need to retain their workforce, especially women.
"The issue of developing STEM talent is at the top of the national conversation, but the attrition of top talent from the scientific workforce severely hampers countries’ ability to lead in innovation and stay globally competitive in these disciplines,” said Janet Bandows Koster, AWIS Executive Director & CEO. “Women make up 51% of the overall U.S. workforce but account for only 25% of STEM workers. More significantly, women who have advanced degrees in STEM are far more likely to leave related occupations than women in other professions.”
“Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” was developed as a result of the largest global survey ever undertaken about work/life integration issues among scientists. More than 4,000 researchers in both academic and corporate settings responded to the study that revealed 83 percent work more than 40 hours per week and that half those said that work demands conflicted with their personal lives at least two to three times per week. The survey’s findings raised serious concerns about retaining the necessary level of scientific talent required to sustain innovation. The data showed that key factors including lack of flexibility in the workplace, dissatisfaction with career development opportunities and low salaries, are driving many researchers of both genders to reconsider their profession.
“Many institutions and organizations have begun to recognize the need to address this issue,” said co-author Dr. Donna Dean. “The book provides case studies of successful, well-researched programs that are models for both academic as well as corporate workplaces. Each chapter offers practical tools that can be rescaled to develop programs similar to those described in the case studies.”
The Elsevier Foundation funded the development of “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” as part of their commitment to the research community. “Millions of dollars are being invested to encourage young people to consider STEM based careers,” said David Ruth, Executive Director, Elsevier Foundation. “The Elsevier New Scholars have created evidence-based programs that address the work/life challenges of STEM employment, including dependent-care responsibilities, dual-career relationships, mentoring, as well as the ability to travel to professional meetings. If we want to retain our STEM workforce we have to help those professionals be both successful and satisfied in this career choice. We are proud to support the development of this book.”
“Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” is currently available through Elsevier Store for $44.95. Read more at: http://www.elsevier.com/connect/new-book-proposes-solutions-for-stem-workforce-retention
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About the Authors
Donna J. Dean, Ph.D., is a consultant on leadership and talent development. She has presented more than 60 workshops and seminars at universities and professional meetings in the past three years on those topics, many in her roles as Executive Consultant to the Association for Women in Science and Career Consultant to the American Chemical Society. Prior to 2010, she was Senior Science Advisor for five years with Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a government relations firm. She has 27 years of experience in research and science policy at the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Her training includes the B.A. in chemistry (Berea College), Ph.D. in biochemistry (Duke), postdoctoral research (Princeton), and executive leadership (Harvard JFK School of Government). Recent honors include the Berea College Distinguished Alumnus Award for her career achievements in the public sector and advocacy for underrepresented groups in science and engineering. She is a fellow of the Association for Women in Science, AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Washington Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dean has been a pivotal leader on scientific and technical workforce issues, in women’s health, and in career development strategies for young scientist. She has written two books, “Getting the Most out of Your Mentoring Relationships: A Handbook for Women in Stem” (Springer 2009) and “Equitable Solutions for Retaining a Robust STEM Workforce: Beyond Best Practices” (Academic Press, 2014). She currently is on the Advisory Board for the AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity and the Senior Women’s STEM Council, University of Maryland.
Janet Bandows Koster, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Women in Science has served as executive director and chief executive officer of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) since July 2006. She has over 25 years of experience leading organizations in both the United States and overseas with particular expertise in global gender and workforce issues. A significant facet implicit to the mission of AWIS is the transformation of outmoded workplace structures. In rigorous, competition-driven work such as scientific research, where scientists are expected to publish papers, apply for and maintain grants with multiple research projects, manage postdocs and graduate students, teach undergraduate courses, and participate in their respective disciplinary societies, truly attaining “work-life balance” can be elusive. As Executive Director and CEO of AWIS, Bandows Koster has authored numerous reports and presented at professional meetings about issues at the nexus of gender and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). She is Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator on several federal grants including AWARDS (Advancing Ways of Awarding Recognition in Disciplinary Societies) which partners with 20 disciplinary societies to increase women’s contribution to the research enterprise. Bandows Koster holds degrees in international relations as well as an MBA in international business. Most recently, she has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Society of Women Engineers as Director of International Initiatives. She is a Certified Association Executive, a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives.
Founded in 1971, the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is the largest multi-discipline organization for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). AWIS is dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. AWIS reaches more than 15,000 professionals in STEM with members and chapters nationwide. Membership is open to any individual who supports the vision and mission of AWIS.
About The Elsevier Foundation
The Elsevier Foundation is a corporate charity funded by Elsevier, a global provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The Elsevier Foundation provides grants to knowledge centered institutions around the world, with a focus on developing world libraries, nurse faculty and scholars in the early stages of their careers. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants worth millions of dollars to non-profit organizations working in these fields. Through gift-matching, the Foundation also supports the efforts of Elsevier employees to play a positive role in their local and global communities. www.elsevierfoundation.org
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KEYWORDS: elsevier foundation, STEM, women, Science, AAAS, women science, AWIS, workforce retention
SOURCE: BNY MellonDESCRIPTION:
NEW YORK, February 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ — BNY Mellon’s Legal Department is one of seven to receive an Outstanding Legal Department Award from the New York Law Journal. The recognition is for setting a pro bono standard in the State of New York and nationally with its comprehensive, employee-led pro bono program providing exceptionally high-quality legal work for many of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) nominated BNY Mellon for the honor, to be awarded on March 10.
“Since the inception of their program in 2012, BNY Mellon is setting the pro bono standard in New York and nationally with its comprehensive employee-led pro bono program and exceptionally high-quality legal work for many of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Its pro bono leadership is unmatched,” NYLPI stated in its nominating letter. “The pro bono efforts of the company’s legal department have made a significant positive impact on New York’s underserved.”
Over the last year, BNY Mellon has worked on a wide variety of direct service projects that include:
The NYLPI also stressed that under the leadership of Jane Sherburne, senior executive vice president and general counsel, the Pro Bono Committee chaired by Deborah Kaye worked tirelessly to establish this program. “BNY Mellon’s attorneys have consistently exhibited extraordinary commitment and compassion for their pro bono clients,” they wrote. “They have expanded access to justice to New York City’s most isolated and underserved residents, making an immeasurable difference in their lives.”
“Our imperative has been to provide the leadership and the tools to enable our in-house lawyers to give back. Our lawyers want to do pro bono work, and they do it eagerly, and our Committee has developed a wide variety of projects for pro bono work in each of our geographic locations across the globe,” Sherburne said. “Our most successful projects in New York are those that have involved excellent partnerships with law firms and non-profit organizations, allowing us to do amazing things together.”
BNY Mellon, a global leader in investment management and investment services, has a longstanding heritage of philanthropy and community partnership dating back to the founding of the company in 1784. BNY Mellon encourages team and individual volunteering and fundraising year-round in the 35 countries in which it operates, and has contributed $200 million globally to strengthen and improve its communities over the past six years.
BNY Mellon is a global investments company dedicated to helping its clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. Whether providing financial services for institutions, corporations or individual investors, BNY Mellon delivers informed investment management and investment services in 35 countries and more than 100 markets. As of Dec. 31, 2013, BNY Mellon had $27.6 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.6 trillion in assets under management. BNY Mellon can act as a single point of contact for clients looking to create, trade, hold, manage, service, distribute or restructure investments. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Learn more at www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.
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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Volunteering, csr, Leadership, Legal Excellence, volunteer, pro bono
Seeds of Hope
Boeing photographer Bob Ferguson recently accompanied Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, on a trip to Indonesia for a firsthand look at one of the company’s many Global Corporate Citizenship programs. On the island of Bali, they visited with local farmers who are learning to become more self-sufficient and better at their trade – with Boeing’s help.
Of the 17,000 island that make up the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is perhaps the best-known, an island paradise that conjures up images of smoldering volcanoes, rice-terraced mountains, paddy fields and a vivid Balinese Hindu culture.
And, of course, there are those inviting, postcard-perfect Bali beaches where the tourists come to soak up the sun. But Ketut Suratna sees an entirely different side of Bali life. He’s a farmer, a resident of Bangli, one of Bali’s poorer districts tourists usually don’t visit.
He became a farmer out of necessity – to feed his family and eke out a meager living.
“Many of the villagers here depend on farming for a living,” Suratna explained as he showed a small group of visitors the farm plot where he toils daily to produce crops such as eggplant and chili under hot and humid conditions.
“Farmers like me have been struggling in recent years because we cannot afford to buy seeds,” Suratna said. “The use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is also costly and poses health risks to us.”
That’s where Boeing is helping through its Global Corporate Citizenship programs.
Since November 2012, Boeing has sponsored a project known as "Saving Indigenous Plants-Seed Saving Partnership with Bangli Farmers."
The project is administered through the IDEP Selaras Alam Foundation. A local nongovernmental organization with the Indonesian Development of Education and Permaculture, or IDEP. the foundation was established in 1999 to promote what It calls the "Cycle of Resilience." Organic farming features prominently within this framework and the foundation works closely with local farmers to educate and train them on the use of renewable farming techniques to achieve long term sustainability
Suratna and nine other farmers from the Bangli district are included.
Seed saving is a traditional farming practice of organically growing and preserving indigenous plant seeds in their original form for use from year to year, as opposed to purchasing seeds each year from commercial seed suppliers that might be genetically modified. Apart from training the Bangli farmers on sustainable and organic seed production, the foundation assists them in the packaging, marketing and sale of these seeds across Bali.
The BangIi farmers have so far produced more than 15 plant seed types ranging from beans to cucumber; eggplant, lettuce and tomatoes, according to the foundation project coordinator, Nyoman Sudiana.
"It's a simple but powerful concept," Sudlana explained."We produce local organic seeds, which are then sold and spread across the island of Bali. This generates income for the farmers and the markets that sell the seeds. Meanwhile we're promoting the goodness of growing and consuming organic food." Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia, visited with the Bangli farmers last year to see their progress firsthand.
"When we sat down with them in the fields their faces expressed gratitude," Boyce recalled."It conveyed how the Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship program has helped empower the lives of these otherwise struggling farmers with the knowledge and tools they need to establish a steady source of income to improve their quality of life."
For Suratna, with this empowerment comes a renewed sense of pride in being a Balinese farmer."Before, I worried each day if there was going to be enough food on the table for my family,” Suratna said."Now, I hope we Bangli farmers have sowed the seed of inspiration in fellow farmers near and far so that they, too, will consider organic farming to help protect our environment and livelihood."
KEYWORDS: Conservation, Farming, Local Farming, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, People, Social Change
SOURCE: Sears Holdings CorporationDESCRIPTION:
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Feb. 12, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- In 2014, Sears Home Services will set out to restore homes and buildings in the communities in which their nearly 8,000 technicians, project consultants and contractors live and serve. Sears Home Services has teamed up with nonprofit Rebuilding Together to help identify homes and community projects in need of assistance.
The program kicks off today with DIY expert and TV personality Ty Pennington and nearly 80 volunteers from Sears Home Services donating their time to participate in the renovation of three local homes and an old church that is being converted into the new Tampa Heights Community Center. Upon completion, the community center will serve approximately 200 children by teaching computer skills, encouraging healthy eating habits, providing other learning opportunities and more. Rebuilding Together focuses on providing critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes at no cost to service recipients.
"What I think is amazing about the 'Building Community Together' initiative is that you have local people helping to improve the lives of their neighbors," said Pennington. "I am so excited to be part of this effort and help kick things off. Hopefully, this will inspire people around the country to volunteer in their communities and support what Sears Home Services is doing."
After Tampa, the initiative will continue in other communities around the country including the Sacramento, Chicago andPhiladelphia areas.
BUILDING COMMUNITY TOGETHER: TAMPA, FLA.
In addition to Sears Home Services' in-kind material and labor donations, Craftsman tools along with Sears Home Improvement, Outdoor Living, Home Fashions, Tools and Kmart Pharmacy business units also donated materials. Funding by local supporters was provided by: Arc Document Solutions, Atelier Architecture, Beck Group, CGM Services, The Columbia, Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling, PNC Bank, Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay, Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union Foundation, Spychala Engineers and Ulele.
"The 'Building Community Together' project extends the mission of Rebuilding Together by helping more low-income homeowners and community centers in need of critical repairs," said Charley Shimanski, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. "Through this partnership we are able to continue our relationship with Sears Homes Services and skilled trades associates. These individuals play a critical role in the much needed work that we provide to homes and community centers."
SEARS HOME SERVICES: HIRING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Accompanying the launch of the "Building Community Together" initiative, Sears Home Services is announcing a robust hiring effort. The effort kicks off today with February as National Hiring Month at which the team is looking to fill more than 1,000 product repair service technician, project consultant, call center support, and various home improvement positions nationwide.
"Sears Homes Services is the nation's largest home services provider including repair and home improvements– we provide more than 52 million solutions for homeowners annually, so you know we are serving your community," said Chris Granger, vice president of Sears Home Services. "Our team members live in the local areas they serve and they're eager to provide solutions to their neighbors. This hiring initiative is part of our commitment to provide even better service to our customers and Shop Your Way members. We are making the pledge to give back to the communities we serve and to hire and invest locally to join Sears Home Services."
Sears Home Services also supports the Sears Heroes at Home program, which assists military families facing hardship by completing repairs and other necessary improvements to their homes. Another way that Sears Home Services supports our military veterans is by encouraging them to explore opportunities with Sears Home Services. Military veterans are a part of the fabric of the company dating back to General Robert Wood, Sears Chairman after WWI. That commitment continues today with over 30,000 veterans in our ranks including 1,500 still serving in the Guard and Reserve.
And don't forget, Sears Home Services offerings now qualify for Shop Your Way points! Earn 10 points for every $1 you spend on qualifying purchases and redeem your points your way from Sears and Kmart*!
About Sears Home Services
Sears Home Service, the nation's largest product repair service provider, is a key element in Sears Holdings active relationship, providing more than 52 million solutions for homeowners annually. This business delivers a broad range of retail-related residential and commercial services across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands. Sears Home Services also includes HVAC services, home improvement services (primarily siding, windows, cabinet refacing, kitchen remodeling, roofing, carpet and upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, and garage door installation and repair). For more information about Sears Home Services, visit the website at www.searshomeservices.com.
Sears Home Services is a division of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), the nation's fourth largest broadline retailer with more than 4,000 full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit the website at www.searshomeservices.com.
About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a leading broadline retailer providing merchandise and related services and is part of Shop Your Way, a social shopping experience where members have the ability to earn Points and receive benefits across a wide variety of physical and digital formats through shopyourway.com. Sears, Roebuck offers its wide range of home merchandise, apparel and automotive products and services through its Sears-branded and affiliated stores in the United States and Canada. Sears, Roebuck also offers a variety of merchandise and services through sears.com, landsend.com, and specialty catalogs. Sears, Roebuck offers consumers leading proprietary brands including Kenmore, Craftsman, DieHard and Lands' End -- among the most trusted and preferred brands in the U.S. The company is the nation's largest provider of home services, with more than 8 million service and installation calls made annually. For more information, visit the Sears, Roebuck website at www.sears.com or the Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com.
*Shop Your Way Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. Subject to full program terms available at shopyourway.com.
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Today is the launch of Safer Internet Day, an annual awareness campaign promoting safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. In celebration of Safer Internet Day we are featuring a two-part series discussing the importance of this campaign, ways to get involved, and tips for staying safe online. Our first post is from Anne Collier, Editor ofNetFamilyNews.org. On Thursday, we’ll hear from Marian Merritt, Symantec’s Director of Cyber Education and Online Safety Programs featuring tips from students on how to stay safe online.DESCRIPTION:
Join ConnectSafely.org, Symantec, and a whole host of US nonprofit organizations (see list below) and corporations in celebrating the United States’ largest Safer Internet Day (SID) to date on Tuesday, February 11. Started by the European Commission more than a decade ago and now celebrated in more than 100 countries, SID is an awareness raising campaign to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world.
The campaign hasn't attained a whole lot of awareness in the US until it got a big boost a little over a year ago, when – under then-Sec. Janet Napolitano – the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commissionagreed to work together to make the Internet better for youth. Then the Brussels-based Insafe Network, which coordinates SID activities for the EC, appointed ConnectSafely as the United States’ official SID Committee.
There are a number of ways you can join the celebration, from watching our SID event (streamed live on the Webhere) to sharing "One Good Thing" you've seen or done to make the Internet, or the world, a better place by using the Internet. ConnectSafely's One Good Thing campaign is our own U.S. version of Europe's theme for SID 2014 – "Let's create a better Internet together" – an opportunity to illustrate how people all over the country are alreadymaking the Internet better, one kind word or deed at a time.
A word about the event: At our SID event in Washington, D.C. we'll have two panel discussions: one made up of student leaders who will talk about all aspects of teen life with digital media – positive, negative and neutral – and one made up of social media executives representing Instagram, Google/YouTube, Xbox Live, Tumbler and Twitter. The youth panel will be moderated by Yahoo tech journalist Dan Tynan, and the social media industry panel will be moderated by high school student leader Aidan McDaniel of Warm Springs, W. Va. From the auditorium's first few rows, more than two dozen students from around the country will be helping moderators and panels keep the discussion lively. US Sen. Charles Schumer will wrap up the event with some remarks.
So do join us. Safer Internet Day is an important reminder that it takes all of us – individuals, families, schools, corporations and governments – to make our global, increasingly social and user-driven Internet better.
SID Non-Profit Partners & Corporate Supporters include: Non-profits (National 4-H Council, National PTA, Committee for Children, Common Sense Media, the Family Online Safety Institute, iKeepSafe, the Internet Education Foundation, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and the National Cyber Security Alliance) Corporate (Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sprint, Symantec, Trend Micro and Twitter)
Anne Collier is the Editor of NetFamilyNews.org and Co-Director of ConnectSafely.org.
KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, safer internet day, cyber security, online safety
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
This week’s post is by Ana Farrell, Mary Kay Independent Senior Sales Director, of Ballwin, Missouri.
Every girl loves a chance to dress up, fix her hair, try a bold new lipstick and have a fun place to go looking and feeling great!
A little black dress, amazing shoes, yummy munchies, lively music and prizes all add up to the perfect setting for fun and girlfriend time.
During the last 13 years of my Mary Kay business, I’ve attended a mix of events that helped me come up with the idea. Plus, I love shoes! So I combined my love of shoes and my desire to raise money for The Mary Kay Foundation℠, and the Little Black Dress event was born!
With the help of my Future Area and sister Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors, I’ve hosted Little Black Dress events in Philadelphia, Dallas and St. Louis for the past seven years. We all enjoy seeing each other and sharing in the fun with our guests.
For about two hours, guests enjoy snacks and mingle through our Beauty Bars to discuss the products. We display the product on colorfully decorated tables, with seasoned Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and Sales Directors on hand to help. Our guests can also donate to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to get tickets for prize drawings, which go on all evening.
My favorite part of the evening is our Sexy High Heel contest, which gets very competitive! We have two categories: independent sales force members and guests. So we double the fun, and everyone feels like a model! Each participant donates $1 to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ to participate. Then, the ladies walk across the red carpet, and the audience votes on the sexiest high heel.
Between contests, we educate our guests about The Mary Kay Foundation℠. Because the two causes are very dear to many of us, this event really connects both independent sales force members and guests at the heart level.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Mary Kay, Little Black Dress, the mary kay foundation, Ana Farrell
February is the month when the U.S. and Canada celebrate and remember important events in th e history of the African diaspora in those countries. This tradition goes back to 1970 and is an important part of the yearly calendar. The contribution of LGBT African-Americans is also now being remembered.
It’s not only in politics, arts and culture that Black History Month thrives. Some of the events in the calendar can surprise people who focus on those areas. For example, on February 22, African American aviation pioneers will be the focus of an event in Washington, D.C. as Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions that African Americans have made to flight and space exploration.
Later in March, the National Black Law Students Association will hold their Annual Conference in Millwaukee, Wisconsin. The event promotes the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.
Later in March, the National Black Law Students Association will hold their Annual Conference in Millwaukee, Wisconsin. The event promotes the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.http://
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, black history month, Southwest Airlines, National Black Law Students Association, National Congress of Black Women, Education, LGBT, domestic violence
SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCSUMMARY:
Auburn Hills, Mich., February 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine awarded its 2014 Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) Visionary Award to Kevin Ward, Head of Fastener Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. Ward was honored at the 28th BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference and Awards Gala on February 6-8 in Washington D.C.
The BEYA Conference honors outstanding leaders in the STEM fields and provides excellent opportunities for professional development, networking and recruiting.
Ward is the latest in a long line of Chrysler Group employees who have received important professional recognition from various diversity organizations, including Black Engineer of the Year, Women of Color, HENAAC Great Minds in STEM and others, reflecting the Company’s strong commitment to attracting and developing a diverse, talented workforce.
“Kevin is an accomplished engineer and outstanding leader dedicated to the creation of exceptional products and to the development of young, talented engineers in our Company,” said Mark M. Chernoby, Senior Vice President, Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC. "Kevin’s vision, drive and technical expertise have made him a valuable member of the Chrysler Engineering Team and a respected leader across the Company."
Ward was appointed Head of Fastener Engineering at Chrysler Group in 2011. In this position, he is responsible for leading and managing all design, development, testing and release of torque/fastening components for Chrysler Group vehicles. He joined the Company as a project lead in Supply Chain Management in 1999.
Ward is active in the community serving as a youth minister in his church. He also serves as mentor to youth in his community and to young engineers at Chrysler Group.
“I owe much of who I am to the strong African-American leaders who met adversity and paved the way for my success,” Ward said. “Inspired by these outstanding people and role models, I know that it is both my responsibility and privilege to lead and inspire the next generation. I am very appreciative of this recognition of my career accomplishments.”
U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine also honored Modern Day Technology Leaders (MDTL) at the conference, “bright, high performance, women and men shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology who demonstrate superior technical skills and leadership capability, generally at professional through senior manager levels.”
The following Chrysler Group employees earned MDTL recognition for 2014:
Both employees demonstrated consistent technical competency and commitment to shaping the careers of younger technical professionals..
About U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine
U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology provides black technology news and information about black engineering, black technology, black entrepreneurs, black engineers, black education, black minorities, Black Engineer of the Year Awards and historically black colleges and universities from black communities in U.S., UK, Caribbean, and Africa.
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, FIAT and Mopar vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, SRT Viper and Fiat 500. Fiat contributes world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, engineering, Visionary Award, 2014 Black Engineer of the Year, BEYA Conference, Kevin Ward, Chrysler Group LLC, employee recognition
Military personnel and their families give so much – their time, their energy, sometimes even their lives. FOX6 and Toyota are teaming up to salute our Veterans and their families with a special contest just for them – the chance to win a 2014 Toyota Highlander! One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Highlander LE Plus – V6 AWD with loads of standard features (click here for more)! Toyota will even cover the sales tax, license and title fees. This incredible package is valued at approximately $33,199!
Now through February 19th, 2014, we invite you to nominate a Veteran, or the family of a Veteran, to win this amazing grand prize. Tell us, in 150 words or less, who they are, when and where they served, which branch of the military, and why you’re nominating them to win the Highlander. You can nominate yourself if you are a Veteran.
All entries will be reviewed for eligibility and six (6) finalists will be selected. We’ll feature each of the six (6) finalists and determine the grand prize winner on Studio A, live from the Auto Show on February 28th, 2014. The grand prize winner will be determined as follows: each finalist will randomly select an envelope – only one of those envelopes will have the Congratulations! Letter safely tucked inside – whichever finalist holds the Congratulations! Letter in their hand will be our grand prize winner and the happy owner of a beautiful, brand new 2014 Toyota Highlander!
Original source: FOX6
KEYWORDS: Toyota, Veterans, military personnel, highlander, FOX6
With 66 companies submitting videos and more than 60,000 participants casting votes, this year’s film festival resulted in a frenzy of activity over the last few weeks. Now the voting has closed and the results are in. The top ten videos are listed below. Each video is unique in its own right and touches on important issues within our communities. Congratulations to our top ten finalists!
CSX Transportation: This video was successful in helping to capture and share the power of collaboration in meeting human needs on a larger scale than any one of the organizations might be able to do on its own. In this video five organizations partner to sort, pack, and help distribute more than 79,000 items of new clothing to youth who benefit from 130 safe-place shelters across America.
Dow Chemical Company: In an innovative partnership, Dow India has joined forces with Trailblazers, an organization focused on providing environmental education training, to “Multiply the Message” for teachers and students across India. The effort helps educate and train teachers in this critical area of study.
GlaxoSmithKline: This video tells the story of one volunteer in GSK’s PULSE Volunteer Partnership. Since its launch in 2009, PULSE has sent nearly 400 GSK employees from 45 countries to serve 85 non-profit partners in 56 countries. Employees work on three- or six-month, full-time, skills-based assignments. The story is one of many that speak to the heart of GSK’s mission to do more, feel better, and live longer.
Health Care Service Corporation: This video submitted by Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) displays its partnership with Loveisrespect, a national initiative that prevents dating abuse and promotes healthy relationships. The partnership enhances immediate, peer-to-peer assistance, and provides tailored, on-the-ground community outreach, education, and training through “Start Talking,” a campaign that spans Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Honeywell International: When Colorado Springs was devastated by the 2012 Waldo Canyon and 2013 Black Forest wildfires, Honeywell Hometown Solutions provided immediate assistance to employees that were affected by the fires. In October 2013, Honeywell International hosted a Giving Ceremony for the heroic firefighters who risked their lives to save our communities. This video showcases how their generous donations to the Humanitarian Relief Fund helped people of Colorado Springs recover and rebuild following the devastating wildfires, and demonstrated appreciation to the brave firefighters who saved their communities.
Humana: This video successfully demonstrates the vital role corporate social responsibility plays in helping the communities Humana serves become healthier. A $100,000 donation enabled New Heights Therapy Center in Folsom, La., to build a unique, wheel-chair accessible riding facility that offers an opportunity for more children and adults with disabilities to gain new freedom and confidence, set new goals — and reach new heights.
LoyaltyOne: This video showcases LoyaltyOne’s annual Holiday Charity Drive, which brings seasonal cheer to families in need, and gives associates a chance to come together, make a difference and reflect the spirit of teamwork, focus, and creativity that drives everything the company does.
Mary Kay Inc: With just $5,000, Mary Kay Ash launched her dream company to help and inspire women around the world. The company recently turned 50, and launched a Global Makeover Contest to celebrate with woman around the world. Mary Kay awarded a $50,000 grant to 50 makeover contest winners in the U.S. to the charity of their choice. This video celebrates those winners and their stories. Mary Kay celebrates women and all that one women can do with a dream.
Northwestern Mutual: A cancer diagnosis for a child creates a “domino effect” that affects the patient and family. In partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Starlight Children’s Foundation, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Program funds childhood cancer research and provides support families fighting this disease.
Thermo Fisher Scientific: Thermo Fisher created this video to create awareness about STEM education and ways corporations can be involved,. There is a shortage of qualified professionals to fill the STEM careers in the U.S., and Thermo Fisher Scientific is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers to help fill these roles.
If you did not get an opportunity to watch all of the video submissions, entries can still be viewed on the Center website. In the next few weeks the top ten video finalists will be reviewed by a panel of judges who will choose the winner during the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference in Los Angeles on March 24.
Learn how you can attend the 2014 International Corporate Citizenship Conference and hear live the announcement of the Boston College Film Festival winner. Visit www.BCCorporateCitizenship.org today.
KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Reporting, Ratings & Rankings, Film Festival, CSR Films, CSR Videos, CSR stories, Corporate citizneship, community involvement, Community Engagement, Boston College, Cener for Corporate Citizenship
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AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer C.N. Brown Company will host three days of events Feb. 13-15 at the newest CITGO Big Apple Food Store location at 362 Riverside Drive in Augusta, Maine. Customers can enjoy special pricing on fuel and items inside the store as well as chances to win C.N. Brown Gas Cards, CITGO Gift Cards, and 100 gallons of heating oil.
"We thought Valentine's Day weekend would be the perfect time for us to show our love for our customers, including our new neighbors in Augusta," said Jeffrey Jones, general manager of C.N. Brown Company. "Our partnership with CITGO allows us to make a huge local impact. The CITGO sponsorship of Miss Maine, whose platform is 'Big Brothers Big Sisters: Start Something Big,' really resonates with our mission to better our community through social programs."
Miss Maine 2013, Kristin Korda, will co-host the grand opening events, welcome customers and promote special discounts from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. On Saturday, she will be joined by Miss Maine's Outstanding Teen, Daphne Ellis.
All three days, visitors will be able to enter a raffle to win $25 C.N. Brown Gas Cards, $5CITGO Gift Cards, and 100 gallons of heating oil. In addition, C.N. Brown representatives will pump gas and model proper use of the new dispensers, show guests around the new facilities, including the Dunkin Donuts® franchise, and sign-up customers for the C.N. Brown rewards tag loyalty program, the CITGO Rewards Card, and the C.N. Brown "Bundle and Save" electricity and heating oil package.
"At our new Big Apple Food Store, customers can take care of their energy needs in one convenient stop: gasoline, heating oil and electricity. The friendly staff is committed to legendary customer service and to making a difference in the community by supporting organizations like Miss America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association," added Jones.
Since 1948, C.N. Brown Company has provided quality products, employment opportunities and community support with 140 stations across New England. As the owner of Big Apple Food Stores, Red Shield heating oil locations and independently operated gasoline stations across Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, the locally owned, family business plays an important role in the communities it serves. The more than 900 C.N. Brown Company employees are also committed to fueling good by supporting a wide range of charitable and community programs.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. Independent CITGO Marketers, such as C.N. Brown, own and operate more than 400 CITGO locations in Maine, New Hampshire,Vermont and Massachusetts and are proud to support their neighborhoods.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.
The CITGO name, logo, trade dress and all related marks are registered trademarks protected by federal law. All other registered trademarks or trademarks are property of their respective owners.
KEYWORDS: CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Citgo, C.N. Brown Company, community, social programs, Big Apple Food Store
Miyoshi City, Japan, February 11, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Miyoshi City and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) signed an agreement here to strengthen coordination of disaster aid activities. The agreement forms part of Toyota's ongoing commitment to working with local stakeholders to create disaster-resilient communities.
Toyota will work with Miyoshi City in Aichi Prefecture to provide humanitarian assistance and regional recovery support through: 1) post-disaster rescue and relief; 2) provision of temporary evacuation sites following a major disaster; 3) provision of food, drinking water, and other daily necessities; 4) cargo handling assistance at Miyoshi City relief supply facilities; and 5) assistance in planning local recovery activities. Toyota will also exchange disaster-related information with the city government to facilitate implementation of support measures.
At the signing ceremony held at Miyoshi City Hall, Miyoshi City Mayor Kenji Onoda said: "As we prepare for possible future disasters, we are grateful for this disaster aid agreement with Toyota which provides reassurance to our city." TMC Senior Managing Officer Naoki Miyazaki stated: "Toyota is proud to fulfill its role as a local business by helping Miyoshi achieve its goals of becoming a safer, more self-dependant city, where people can live with peace of mind. We will provide all possible support in the event of a disaster."
Through the agreement, which follows a similar agreement with Toyota City made in October 2013, Toyota aims to contribute to the recovery and disaster preparedness of the region with a concentration of Toyota plants (including Toyota City and Miyoshi City) through stronger collaboration and cooperation between local businesses and municipalities.
As disasters can cause large-scale damage to communities, company operations and supply chains, Toyota is reorganizing its business continuity management systems and bolstering its preparedness for potential large-scale natural disasters based on the idea that post-disaster humanitarian support and rapid regional recovery systems are indispensable.
KEYWORDS: Miyoshi City, Toyota, disaster aid, community, humanitarian assistance
SOURCE: Trend MicroDESCRIPTION:
Tuesday, February 11 is Safer Internet Day, a day when many organizations, governments, schools, individuals, and communities raise awareness and help educate the public on safe, responsible technology use. Although it has its roots in the EU and has been celebrated there since 2004, the 11th Safer Internet Day is being marked today in multiple countries worldwide. Here’s a great map to show you just how big it has gotten over the years.
Each year, there is a theme for the day and it’s interesting to see how the themes have changed over the years. They have largely reflected the newest technology and/or concerns of the time. What is interesting, and what many of us in this field have witnessed over the years, is that there has been a dramatic shift in the messages. Early on, the focus was squarely on safety – and a heavy emphasis on risks and dangers of the Internet. In recent years, there has been a heavier emphasis on personal responsibility and participation in shaping our own and our communities’ online experiences. A list of the themes since 2004 can be seen here. In the past, themes have included topics like blogging, safe social networking, cyberbullying, and smart mobile phone use. This year’s theme goes beyond any particular technology or even individual person’s safety or risk. The theme is “Let’s create a better Internet together.”
To someone who’s been in this field for years, it is a welcome shift. But to others, I realize it probably requires some explaining. This is more than just a feel-good message to rally around. Yes, we are tired of the negative, fear-based messages that some organizations feel is the only way to educate people on using technology in the best ways. But this is not just a reflex and rebellion against that. There is something much more practical and useful in believing that the path to an Internet where people can be free to create, consume, communicate, and connect requires something from all of us.
Together is Better
There are many examples that support the concept of working as a community to make the Internet better, safer, more secure, or more productive.
Take open source software like the Linux operating system. It’s built and improved upon by thousands of developers working together. The fact that it’s open makes it more transparent. When asked about the security and privacy of Linux in light of global concerns of spying governments, executive director of the Linux Foundation, Jim Zemlin, replied “The whole world can see every line of code in Linux. This is one of the reasons Linux [and] open-source software overall is a safer than closed software. The transparency of the code ensures it’s secure.”
In essence, there’s a community of people who make sure it’s safe and are constantly making it better.
Or take bullying prevention. According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about 24% of kids have experienced bullying online and 16% have engaged in it. You can look at this and see the glass mostly empty or flip these numbers and recognize 76% of kids have never been bullied and 84% don’t engage in it. The relevance of looking at the numbers this way is in the guidance that many bullying prevention experts give: help students, especially those who are not part of bullying in any way, create an environment where they can help stop it or prevent it from thriving online in the first place. Stick up for someone on a Facebook page. Show kindness and support on Twitter. Empower them to respond as an online community where kindness trumps cruelty.
There are more examples of how community action can result in a better Internet experience for us – too many to enumerate. But like anything worth doing – raising a child, re-building a town, discovering a cure – it takes far more than one person to do it successfully.
Teaching by Example
So the question beyond working as communities is, how do we teach this to others?
In the US, there is finally a larger coordinated effort to celebrate Safer Internet Day, led by our friends at Connectsafely.org who were appointed the local hosts. The campaign that they have created to support this year’s SID theme is called One Good Thing. They have called upon people across the country to share the good things they have done or seen others do online.
This is a great interpretation of the larger global theme of creating a better Internet together. Much more happens online everyday but it’s not written about. They don’t end up in the headlines. They don’t shock us. But it’s important to give them a stage. By showcasing positive examples of how people use the Internet to do good things, we are teaching by example. Rather than telling kids what NOT to do, we’re showing them what they can and should do.
We recognized this need last year through our annual “What’s Your Story?” youth video contest. Each year, we asked contestants to focus their entries on a theme. Like Safer Internet Day, we focused on specific risks or technologies in past contests. This led contestants to focus on the negative, because we asked them to talk about risks. But on Safer Internet Day last year, we asked contestants in multiple countries: “What does the good side of the Internet look like?” The results were amazing and inspiring, and even though there was recognition of risks, it wasn’t the entire focus of the videos.
With the global attention to the positive side of the Internet and our belief that we need to teach kids how to use the Internet safely, responsibly and successfully through leading by example, we are excited to be supporters of Safer Internet Day. We ask that you join us in making this day and every day a reason to show kids how powerful the Internet is and that like any other tool that could be used for harm, it can also be used to do amazing things – for themselves or the world around them.
WATCH the Safer Internet Day US event LIVE in Washington DC @ 9am US Eastern
OR FOLLOW ME on Twitter – I will be live tweeting from the event @lynettetowens
For more on tips and advice on online safety, media literacy, and digital citizenship, follow Lynette @lynettetowens or Trend Micro @TrendISKF
KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Twitter, Positive Change, People, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, internet safety, safer internet day, online safety, privacy, Youth, better internet, Internet
SOURCE: Bacardi LimitedDESCRIPTION:
Bacardi has new gains in its ongoing efforts to decrease impact on the environment. Family-owned Bacardi reduced energy use by more than 25 percent and water use by an impressive 54 percent.
About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized spirits and wines. The Bacardi brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, the world’s best-selling and most-awarded rum, as well as the world’s most-awarded spirit; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world’s leading super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most-awarded blended Scotch; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth and the world's favorite Italian sparkling wines; CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, one of the most popular premium tequilas in Mexico and the United States; and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S®, the fastest-growing global Scotch whisky brand; ERISTOFF® vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and ST. GERMAIN®, a super-premium elderflower liqueur.
Founded 152 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi employs nearly 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com
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KEYWORDS: good spirited campaign, spirits industry, sustainability, Bacardi Limited, global environmental innovation
HP LIFE free e-Learning helped Ada Bustamante create the business and life she wanted for her family. HP LIFE is a free, cloud-based training program that helps virtually anyone, anywhere learn the essential business and IT skills to start or grow a business.
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world's largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.
KEYWORDS: HP, Hewlett Packard, HP LIFE, free classes, E-learning, entrepreneurs
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
Corpus Christi, Tx, Feb. 10, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- On Jan. 29, representatives from the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and local CITGO Marketer Texas Star awarded the Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards. The non-profit was a Fueling Good Project winner for its work improving the lives of foster children in South Texas.
"We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the CITGO Fueling Good Project winners," saidJennifer Starr, executive director at Foster Angels. "We strive to give foster children in South Texas the tools they need to live happy and successful lives. Thanks to CITGO and everyone who voted for us during the promotion, hundreds of deserving children in foster care will receive the help they need."
The Foster Angels of South Texas Foundation helps meet the basic needs of foster children, including food, clothing and shelter. Foster Angels also provides life-enriching and life-enhancing experiences, such as tutoring and music, art and dance lessons. The organization will use the CITGO Gift Cards to help foster children get to work, school, soccer games, ballet classes, medical and dental appointments and so much more.
Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 charities, further helping them to do good in their own communities. Visit www.FuelingGood.com for more information. For regular updates and to join the conversation, "Like" CITGO Fueling Good www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.
The CITGO Corpus Christi refinery produces high quality fuels for the company's network of nearly 6,000 independently owned and operated CITGO locations. Over the last five years, both the company and refinery employees supported the surrounding community by providing almost 13,000 volunteer hours and nearly $6 million dollars in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives.
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 ofVenezuela. For more information visit www.CITGO.com.
KEYWORDS: Texas, foster angels, Citgo, Fueling Good, foster children, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, corpus christi, south texas
SOURCE: Run Walk RideDESCRIPTION:
Congratulations to Betty Ross, Vice President of Campaign Development of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the latest featured peer-to-peer fundraiser in our P2P Spotlight series.
Click here to read more about what drives Betty - learn more about Betty's long and illustrious career at NMSS and how she keeps the peer-to-peer fundraising fresh and relevant with new events such as the MuckFest MS, a fun and challenging 5K obstacle course.
The Run Walk Ride Fundraising Council launched the P2P Spotlight series to go "up close and person with peer-to-peer fundraising professionals." If you would like to nominate someone, please email us - email@example.com
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KEYWORDS: Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, peer-to-peer, athletic event fundraising, Fundraising, 5k
Denny’s is back for year two of its Hungry for Education (HFE) scholarship program and once again, Versaic is the engine behind the scenes. We’re making sure that it’s simple for students from high school through college to submit applications and equally simple for the Denny’s team to manage the entire process. The HFE program was so successful last year that America’s Diner has quadrupled its investment in the program, going nation-wide with the initiative and partnering with a broader group of non-profit minority advocacy organizations. This year, the AAA Scholarship Foundation, Magic Johnson Foundation and United States Hispanic Leadership Institute join Denny’s partners from last year — Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Step Up For Students, Urban League of the Upstate, U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, and The Tom Joyner Foundation.
The Versaic platform enables applicants to create accounts, fill out applications for the appropriate organizations and submit essays outlining their creative ideas for ending childhood hunger- a mission that is close to Denny’s heart, as articulated by Denny’s Chief Brand Officer Frances Allen. “Our Hungry for Education program allows us to help some of our younger guests access higher education and provides us the opportunity to continue to raise awareness of childhood hunger in the United States. We look forward to reviewing this year’s applications and identifying solutions Denny’s can implement to fight hunger in our local communities.” Well said, Frances. The problem of childhood hungers needs the spotlight that leading companies like Denny’s can shine on it.
The Denny’s HFE program is near and dear to Versaic since it was the first time a client used the Versaic system to implement a scholarship program. We’ve teamed closely with April Kelly-Drummond, director of corporate diversity for Denny’s, on implementing the program and she’s given the Versaic team kudos for our consultative approach and fast turnaround on Denny’s priorities. Taking complicated processes and making them simple is a Versaic sweet spot and that’s what April — and Denny’s — needed from us. We’re excited to be part of a process that connects young people with valuable scholarship dollars and at the same time, bring to the fore new ideas for tackling one of our most pressing problems, childhood hunger.
KEYWORDS: Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Hungry for Education, scholarship program management, childhood hunger, CSR program management
SOURCE: Yum! BrandsDESCRIPTION:
KFC Thailand has announced the winner of its 2013 KFC Seven Shoot Cup, a soccer competition for youth age 12 to 15. Assumption School from Sriracha took home the top prize – 100,000 Baht (approximately US$3,000) and a trip to Japan, where they received a private coaching session from the Urawa Red Diamonds professional team.
Started in 2009, KFC Seven Shoot is the biggest youth soccer tournament in Thailand which brings together more than 3,000 seven-person teams of kids from across the country, totaling nearly 50,000 people. The program helps participants understand the importance of physical fitness and demonstrate their talent while also allowing KFC’s restaurant general managers (RGMs) to get involved with the community.
"These kids love soccer, and we are so glad to be able to help them get some exercise and learn principles of sportsmanship that they can use for the rest of their lives. The program also attracts talent scouts from Thai professional soccer teams to recruit talents into their development programs." said Thunyachate Ekvetchavit, Marketing Director, KFC Thailand.
From May to October, KFC RGMs throughout Thailand help manage teams and organize competitions within their communities. In 2013, a total of 3,115 teams participated, with competitions held at the local, provincial and regional levels. At the final level, teams from five regions of Thailand faced off in Bangkok for the national title.
See Yum! Brands CSR Report for more community stories.
KEYWORDS: KFC, Thailand, yum, yum brands, csr