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.
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KEYWORDS: kfc thailand, yum!, yum brands, soccer
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Lilly is proud to play a small role in supporting the work of a truly inspirational man, Joe Mamlin, M.D., and the organization he helped create to assist the people of Kenya that lack access to basic healthcare.
Mamlin is one of the forefathers of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). He remains a central figure to the organization, which was created in 2001 as a response to the HIV crisis in Kenya. AMPATH has since grown into a highly respected international research and care consortium.
Led in Eldoret by medical teams from the Moi University Teaching and Referral Hospital, AMPATH provides care based on individual needs—from treating diabetes to preventing hunger-related complications—and has been nominated three times for the Noble Peace Prize.
Lilly became a part of the AMPATH story in 2002 when Dr. Mamlin saw a need for insulin and asked his colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine to contact us for donations. Over the years, our donations became even more diverse as we added mental health and oncology products to each growing shipment.
Nearly $60 million worth of product later, Lilly donations enable initiatives, such as the revolving fund pharmacy and mental health services, to flourish for the 3.5 million people AMPATH serves in Kenya and surrounding countries.
Watch this video to learn more about the remarkable Dr. Mamlin and our partnership with AMPATH.
You can learn more about Lilly’s efforts to improve global health through our recently published 2012-2013 Corporate Responsibility Highlights.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly, AMPATH, Corporate Responsibility, HIV, mental health, diabetes, Kenya, africa
SOURCE: Trend MicroDESCRIPTION:Week of February 4, 2014
To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week. What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.
INSTAGRAM RULES: Chicago Now’s Tween Us blog shares the basics on Instagram for parents who have kids already savvy on the app. The important things noted in the article are reminders that Instagram profiles can be public or private, the age requirement is 13 years old and that your physical location may be known when you’re posting photos from Instagram if you haven’t turned geotagging off. The most important thing to remember is to try out the apps your kids are using and ask them how they’re using them. As a parent, knowing how these services work is the first step to helping your kids be safe on them. For another great guide form our friends at ConnectSafely, go to their Parents’ Guide to Instagram.
NYC SCHOOLS TEACH SOCIAL MEDIA LITERACY: The New York City Department of Education recently released Social Media Guidelines for New York City Schools and have approached in a way similar to other types of education such as health and dating. As the blog CoolMomTech points out, while parents may give kids the access to technology via phones or home computer use, it helps kids to learn about in terms of the academic and social context they may use social media for and in school. It includes guidance to kids on where to get help if you’re being bullied online and how to adjust your privacy settings.
ANOTHER ANTI-BULLYING APP: The new StopIt app attempts to prevent cyberbullying through a four-pronged approach using features that are customizable for each child. According to founder Todd Schobel “StopIt’s approach to cyberbullying is different from the recent, somewhat controversial approach of monitoring — or spying on — kids through their social media pages. StopIt is poised to create a culture where children feel empowered to take action when being cyberbullied or viewing as a bystander.” I think tools like this can be helpful, but it’s not the real answer to stopping bullying or cyberbullying. As our friends from the Cyberbullying Research Center have said, the schools where cyberbullying is most prevalent are the ones where the school culture and climate allows it to thrive. It has nothing to do with how many cell phones the students have. Kudos for StopIt to help in some way, but let’s all remember, bullying does not start or end because with technology.
FACEBOOK GIVES US PAPER: This week, Facebook turned 10 and launched a new app that basically organizes what you and others have posted in yet another way. Read more about how it works from Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe.
OBAMA ON PRIVACY: U.S. President Barack Obama touched on privacy issues in his most recent State of the Union address. In the address, he reinforced a call to reform intelligence surveillance programs, saying U.S. intelligence agencies require the trust of people inside and outside the country. Obama promised to work with Congress to reform these programs, likely meaning those at the NSA exposed by Edward Snowden. “The vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence here and aboard, that privacy of ordinary people is not being violated,” Obama said.
See you next week!
KEYWORDS: Bloggers, Cause Marketing, Marketing, PR, Social Media, Twitter, Facebook, paper, cyberbullying, media literacy, social guidelines
SOURCE: Trend MicroDESCRIPTION:
Week of January 27, 2014
To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week. What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.
TWITTER IN SCHOOL: A teacher at a Milwaukee school is gaining notoriety for encouraging Twitter use in the classroom. Chris Lazarski , who teaches public policy, joined a national San Francisco-based program that encourages kids to tweet their reactions to current events. Lazarski says with proper oversight, students learn an important lesson on how to use Twitter for research and communication. An incredible way to promote media literacy in our schools!
TEACHER’S PLEA GOES VIRAL: A Scotland teacher who wanted to show her young students how widely a photo can spread on Facebook, posted her photo with a handwritten plea on Jan. 13th. It has since been shared more than 163,000 times on Facebook alone and viewed in 90 countries. Additionally, she’s experienced victimization by internet trolls and someone set up a fake account with her likeness. The teacher said this has been a valuable lesson as many of her students were not aware of variety of privacy settings on Facebook and how easily their information could be viewed by the public. Another great way to teach media literacy and promote online safety and privacy in school.
FACEBOOK VS. SNAPCHAT: It appears Facebook see Snapchat as a real threat, especially after the former tried and failed to buy the latter. Snapchat is the first app that does not rely heavily on Facebook’s community for any reason. And it did something first that really appealed to people: make the photos disappear. It will be interesting to watch how these companies will continue to evolve overtime to remain competitive: Snapchat to maintain its uniqueness, and Facebook to copy them. There are already new arrivals to join the fight, including last month’s launch of Confide, the messaging app that lets your texts disappear. I think whoever does best to never lose sight of the customer experience will always win, and among youth, this means creating something apps and features that meet some emotional need. This is the reason Snapchat became so popular, not because it was an anti-Facebook option.
HIGH-SCHOOL HACKERS EXPELLED: Students at a prestigious high school in Southern California have been expelled for hacking teachers’ computers to change their grades and steal tests. They had help from an adult tutor, but aside from the story of why these students felt compelled to act in this way, possibly because of extreme academic pressure, this story highlights two other things for me. One is that kids are quite capable of hacking although we should strongly discourage this and help them understand it is morally, ethically, and legally wrong to do it. Second, we should always question the security of systems in our schools, especially since our children’s data is increasingly being stored and transported through these systems.
See you next week!
KEYWORDS: Cause Marketing, Marketing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Community, People, Social Change, Social Actions, Teen Action, Youth Action, Facebook, snapchat, online safety, digital citizenship, digital literacy, media literacy
(3BLMedia/Justmeans) - While we all can see that journalism is changing, yet globally, the majority of high-profile journalists and editors are still male. Although there have been considerable changes in the prospects for women working in the media in the past few decades, women are still in the minority in the top journalistic roles. Relatively few are rising to senior jobs and the pay gap between male and female journalists remains a wide one. Moreover, as women get older, it is difficult for them to retain a place in journalism.
There has been a lot of chatter about the under-representation of women in newsrooms. One media giant doing the talking and actually doing something, too is Bloomberg. This January, Bloomberg’s news editor-in-chief Matt Winkler participated in a panel discussion on women in journalism at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Winkler not only raised the issue about the lack of women in newsrooms, but also about the absence of female sources in stories.
KEYWORDS: Justmeans, Bloomberg, women, news, journalism, Matt Winkler, National Press Club, Newsrooms, media
We are delighted to announce the Paul Polak Scholarship from MFA Design for Social Innovation at SVA NYC. Paul has been a friend, advisor and inspiration to our program, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives he has changed through his work to end poverty. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student in the class of 2016.
Applications to DSI are open. Apply at dsi.sva.edu/apply. Applicants will automatically be considered for the Paul Polak Scholarship; no separate application is required.
About Paul Polak:
For the past 30 years, Paul has worked with thousands of farmers in countries around the world—including Bangladesh, India, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Nepal, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe–to help design and produce low–cost, income–generating products that have already moved 22 million people out of poverty. Before establishing International Development Enterprises (IDE), Paul practiced psychiatry for 23 years in Colorado. To better understand the environments influencing his patients, Paul would visit their homes and workplaces. After a trip he made to Bangladesh, he was inspired to use the skills he had honed while working with homeless veterans and mentally ill patients in Denver to serve the 800 million people living on a dollar a day around the world. Employing the same tactics he pioneered as a psychiatrist, Paul spent time “walking with farmers through their one-acre farms and enjoying a cup of tea with their families, sitting on a stool in front of their thatched-roof mud–and–wattle homes.” Paul’s ability to respond with innovative solutions–such as the $25 treadle pump and small farm drip–irrigation systems starting at $3—helped IDE increase poor farmers’ net income by $288 million annually.
Paul Polak was named one of the world’s “Brave Thinkers” by The Atlantic, along with Barack Obama and Steve Jobs, for being willing to “risk careers, reputations, and fortunes to advance ideas that upend an established order.” Dr. Polak has been recognized by Scientific American as one of the world’s leading 50 contributors to science. He was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the western states, and received the Florence Monito Del Giardino award for environmental preservation in 2008.
Dr. Polak is the author of “Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail,” and with Mal Warwick, “The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers.” His work has been featured in articles in Business Week, the Economist, the New York Times, Forbes, and National Geographic.
Paul is Founder and CEO of Windhorse International, a for-profit social venture with the mission of inspiring and leading a revolution in how companies design, price, market and distribute products to benefit the 2.6 billion customers who live on less than $2 a day, combining radically affordable technology with radically decentralized supply chains to earn profits serving bottom billion customers.
The first division of Windhorse International, Spring Health Water (India), sells affordable safe drinking water to rural Indians through local kiosk owners using a simple electro-chlorination technology. Spring Health aims, within ten years, to reach at least 100 million customers who live on less than $2 a day. Prior to founding Windhorse International, Dr. Polak founded D-Rev: Design Revolution, a non-profit design incubator for technologies that serve customers living on less than $4 a day. In 1981, Dr. Polak founded International Development Enterprises, a non-profit organization that has brought nearly 20 million of the world’s poorest people out of poverty by making radically affordable irrigation technology available to farmers through local small-scale entrepreneurs, and opening private sector access to markets for their crops.
MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York City is the first graduate program in the rapidly growing field of social impact design. It was created for designers who want to work at a strategic level within business, government and the social sector to solve the major challenges humanity faces, and to offer non-designers an opportunity to use design to create positive impact.
The two-year, 60-credit program prepares graduates to work in complex systems, expanding the methodologies of design to large engagements—from the invisible systems of beliefs and mental models that drive behavior to the forms of visual design that engage and inspire participation. They learn to scale the impact of research, mapping, game theory, informal systems and economies, metrics and data visualization. MFA Design for Social Innovation students work with real clients throughout the program, gaining hands-on experience with multinational corporations, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs around the globe. The curriculum encompasses a broad range of issues, including conservation, health, food and agriculture, poverty, women’s rights, social justice, fair trade, education and community revitalization.
Please direct questions about MFA DSI and the Paul Polak Scholarship to firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Education, Energy, Environment, Food & Farming, Finance & Investment, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Business Innovation, Graduate Scholarships Design, College Scholarship, Paul Polak, Zero-based design, graduate school, design, Design for Social Innovation, alleviate global poverty, anti-poverty, children in poverty, business fights poverty, access to clean water, clean water, treadle pump, India, africa, Africa and Southeast Asia, Business Opportunity
SOURCE: Sears Holdings CorporationDESCRIPTION:
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Feb. 7, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Kmart announced its Shop Your Way℠ members and customers donated a record $21.9 million to the 10th annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® Thanks and Giving®fundraising campaign during the 2013 holiday season – the single largest corporate partner donation ever to the St. Jude campaign.
“We’re so proud and thankful of the generosity from the millions of Shop Your Way members, customers and Kmart associates who contributed to this historic fundraising achievement,” said Edward S. Lampert, Sears Holdings Chairman and CEO. “Through its research and care, St. Jude helps young patients from the communities Kmart serves across the country and around the world. This year’s unprecedented results show how much the cause touches the hearts of Kmart shoppers and associates alike.”
Since it began its relationship with St. Jude in 2006, Kmart has raised more than $59.2 million through in-store and online donations. Funds raised support research and treatment in the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. The hospital recognized Kmart as its Corporate Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and last year named the St. Jude LIFE and After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart in the company’s honor.
"The incredible support we received from Kmart and its loyal Shop Your Way members during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign is critical in our fight to end childhood cancer," said Marlo Thomas, national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. "St. Jude is where doctors send some of their toughest cases because we have the world's best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers. Kmart's ongoing commitment helps us continue that lifesaving work while staying true to my father's founding promise that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should have to worry about is helping their child live."
Kmart’s total was part of an overall record fundraising year for the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, which raised more than $97 million for the hospital.
St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 52 years ago. With the continued support of partners like Kmart and its loyal members and customers, St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade and won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Kmart, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is a mass merchandising company and 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. Kmart offers customers quality products through a portfolio of exclusive brands that include Sofia by Sofia Vergara, Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. For more information visit the company's website at www.kmart.com | Sears Holdings Corporation website at www.searsholdings.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/kmart.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
Sears Holdings Corporation
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KEYWORDS: KMart, Shop Your Way, St. Jude Children's research hospital, thanks and giving, Fundraising
SOURCE: Darden RestaurantsDESCRIPTION:
At Olive Garden, our goal is to treat everyone like family and to provide our guests with special experiences of gathering around the table with loved ones. Each holiday season, Olive Garden restaurants select deserving families from our local communities to host for a special holiday meal on us. This past holiday season, I’m thankful to have been able to give a gift of a holiday meal to a very deserving family who also happens to be part of our Olive Garden family.
KEYWORDS: darden, Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden, family, Reunion, Air Force, holidays
SOURCE: Quest DiagnosticsSUMMARY:
Founding Chairs from Quest Diagnostics, Drew University, and the Borough of Madison receive award from NJ State Senator Richard Codey
CECP CEO Daryl Brewster delivers keynote to CEOs on the business value of doing good, recognizing Madison as a modelDESCRIPTION:
Madison, NJ, February 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – The Chief Executive Council For Madison(CECM) (watch feature video) was presented with the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Award for Innovation in Governance by State Senator and Former Governor Richard Codey at their biannual meeting and anniversary celebration. The award highlights exemplary local government programs that provide innovative and practical approaches to solving municipal problems and concerns. The honor was presented at a January 22nd meeting where CECM convened local and national leaders to build further collaborations to strengthen the community, celebrate progress over the last year, and learn about national trends impacting the local area. View a video of the event.
“Congratulations to the Borough of Madison and its partners -- Quest, Drew and all of the Chief Executive Council for Madison executive members for your innovation. Your work makes a difference in the lives of the people of New Jersey,” said State Senator and Former Governor Codey, when presenting the award to the founding chairs.
In its first year, CECM committed to supporting the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3), adopting the town of Union Beach, NJ, whose infrastructure and families were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and creating an ‘Emerging Leaders’ initiative that would foster the next generation of leaders in Madison. The community helped the Society exceed its local CPS-3 enrollment goals, provided more than $300,000 of support to Union Beach, and partnered with Junior Achievement to create an ‘Emerging Leaders’ speaker series at Madison High School and Drew University with participating executives
The Chief Executive Council for Madison was founded by Steve Rusckowski, CEO of Quest Diagnostics; Madison Mayor Bob Conley; and Dr. Vivian A. Bull, President of Drew University to connect local corporate chief executives living in or leading businesses in Madison for networking, collaboration for collective community impact, and education leadership. Also in attendance were Mayor Paul Smith of Union Beach, NJ, and executives from Junior Achievement, Madison Area YMCA, Wells Fargo, Realogy, Pfizer, Prudential, Investors Bank, and others.
“Making a difference in people’s lives extends far beyond our primary job of providing diagnostic insights,” said Steve Rusckowski. “We’re happy that the collaborative work of the Chief Executive Council for Madison has been recognized, but we’re more happy about the results we’ve achieved. I think Mayor Conley, Dr. Bull and the CECM members would agree that 2013 was a building year for us and 2014 is just getting started. I look forward to the great things to come.”
CECP CEO Daryl Brewster shared with CECM members that the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer found that 84 percent of those surveyed agree that businesses should play a role in solving societal issues while also making a profit. He reiterated that a clear connection between business strategy and community needs is no longer nice to do, but a must do.
“One of most important pillars of the work that CECP promotes for companies to engage in effective societal investments is collaboration,” said Brewster. “Madison is a case study for other communities to take note of to bridge across sectors and put the talents of a variety of people to work for the community.”
Looking forward to 2014 impact and beyond, the group announced, in honor of Dr. Bull, the Vivian A. Bull CECM Emerging Leaders Fellows Program at Drew University, funded by member organizations and executives, to support learning internships and ‘Emerging Leader’ education activities, and the establishment of the CECM Inspiring Leadership Award, presented in its inaugural year to Jim Burnet, Assistant Borough Administrator of Madison for his pivotal role in bringing together stakeholders to help CECM take life in its first year.
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. The company offers the broadest access to diagnostic information services through its network of laboratories and patient service centers, and provides interpretive consultation through its extensive medical and scientific staff. Quest Diagnostics is a pioneer in developing innovative diagnostic tests and advanced healthcare information technology solutions that help improve patient care. Additional company information is available at QuestDiagnostics.com. Follow us at Facebook.com/QuestDiagnostics and Twitter.com/QuestDX.
Quest, Quest Diagnostics, and all associated Quest Diagnostics registered or unregistered trademarks are the property of Quest Diagnostics. All third-party marks are the property of their respective owners.
About CECP: The CEO Force for Good
CECP is a coalition of CEOs who believe societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance. Through convenings and thought leadership, CECP is a global nonprofit organization that fosters collaboration among Fortune 500 companies striving to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems through the skills and resources of their companies. Companies affiliated with CECP—150 at the CEO level and 50 at the company level--together have more than $6.5 trillion in annual revenue and more than 14.5 million employees, and invest more than $14 billion annually in cash and non-cash in the communities around them. For more information visit cecp.co.
About Drew University
Drew University is a private, liberal arts university located in Madison, N.J., just 29 miles west of New York City. Ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly, Drew is also listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. Drew has a total student enrollment of 2,019 in three schools: The College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School. The undergraduate program offers degrees in 30 different disciplines, while Caspersen and the Theological School offer degrees at the masters of arts and doctorate levels.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Quest Diagnostics, Chief Executive Council For Madison, Innovation, American Cancer Society, CECM, community
SOURCE: Bank of AmericaDESCRIPTION:
Feb. 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - The Tory Burch Foundation (TBF) and Bank of America today announced the launch of Elizabeth Street Capital, an initiative designed to provide early-stage women entrepreneurs in the United States with access to low-cost capital, mentoring support and networking opportunities to grow their businesses, creating communities of women entrepreneurs.
The Elizabeth Street Capital initiative will launch with an investment of $10 million in low-cost capital from Bank of America and additional funds for operating expenses shared by TBF and Bank of America. The initial launch will support women entrepreneurs in Boston, Charlotte, Las Vegas, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, but will expand to additional markets over the next two years.
This unique partnership brings together TBF’s network of early-stage women entrepreneurs with one of the world’s largest financial institutions. The loans will be administered through nonprofit entrepreneurial loan centers (also known as Community Development Financial Institutions or CDFIs) that support low- and moderate-income communities. In the initial markets, participating partners are Accion East (Boston and New York), Self-Help (Charlotte), Nevada Microenterprise Initiative, in partnership with VEDC (Las Vegas), Entrepreneur Works (Philadelphia) and Opportunity Fund (San Francisco). Bank of America is the largest supporter of CDFIs among major financial institutions.
Tory Burch, founder of TBF, stated: “When we started our foundation, we understood that women entrepreneurs need access to capital as well as access to business networks, and by partnering with Bank of America, we are thrilled to be providing help to women across the United States. The combination of loans, mentoring support and peer networking expertise opens up new opportunities for women looking to build and grow their businesses.”
Thomas K. Montag, co-chief operating officer of Bank of America, said: "Bank of America and the Tory Burch Foundation recognize a huge opportunity to support women-owned businesses. Research has shown that women entrepreneurs need better access to capital and more opportunities to build strategic business relationships. The Elizabeth Street Capital initiative will help address these issues and provide loans and mentoring to women ready to take their businesses to the next level."
Elizabeth Street refers to the New York City location of Tory Burch’s first boutique, the launching pad for a business that has grown into a global brand with nearly 120 boutiques and a presence in more than 50 countries around the world. The name speaks to the hard work and passion that drive successful entrepreneurial ventures and to the enormous potential of women-owned small businesses.
Andrew Plepler, Corporate Social Responsibility executive, Bank of America, said: “Tory and team recognize that supporting women-owned businesses, both financially and by sharing expertise, can have a dramatic impact on the local economies, paving the way for future generations. This program has the potential to be a real catalyst for advancing women’s economic empowerment.”
The program will launch with a TBF signature event this evening at the Bank of America Tower in New York City.
About the Tory Burch Foundation
The Tory Burch Foundation launched in 2009 to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families. The foundation provides small business loans, mentorship and entrepreneurial education, enabling women to start and grow their own businesses. For more information, visit www.toryburchfoundation.org.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 50 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users and more than 14 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Noelle Bell, Corporate Communications
Bank of America
+1 (980) 388-6791
Frances Pennington, VP Global PR & Brand Communications
+1 (646) 723-6629
KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Fashion & Apparel, Finance & Investment, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, bofa, Bank of America, tory burch, elizabeth street capital, CDFI, Mentoring, entrepreneurs, csr, tory burch foundation
SOURCE: Bank of AmericaDESCRIPTION:
CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Today, Bank of America, Points of Light Corporate Service Council (CSC) and Hands On Charlotte will host a local service project that will kick-off a two-day Points of Light CSC Meeting. The meeting, hosted by Bank of America, will gather more than 100 corporate social responsibility professionals from over 60 of the world’s largest and most successful companies to highlight local successes and discuss best practices in corporate volunteerism.
Sixty volunteers from 36 major companies around the country such as Bank of America, Deloitte, FedEx, General Electric, Hasbro, IBM, Nielsen, Southwest Airlines, Target, Wells Fargo and others will leverage their professional knowledge and experience during the two-hour service project that will help at-risk Charlotte residents with workforce readiness. Many of the residents receiving services during the event will come from local Charlotte nonprofit agencies including: Hope Haven, Inc., Urban League of Central Carolinas, Charlotte Bridge Home, Mecklenburg County Women's Commission (New Beginnings Program) and Charlotte Area Fund.
“This service event is an opportunity for Points of Light CSC members to work together. Member companies represent more than 3.6 million employee volunteers around the world. But today they are bringing their energy and talent to Charlotte,” said Jenny Lawson, Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Points of Light Corporate Institute. “We are thrilled to lend our professional expertise to help local residents get back into the job market and make an impact on the local economy.”
In addition to the service event, A Billion + Change will lead a community conversation and breakfast event earlier in the day hosted by The Ritz-Carlton called, “Leading the Change in Charlotte.” Major companies such as Bank of America, The Ritz-Carlton, Riggs Partners, Deloitte, Blackbaud, Inc., and the Corporation for National and Community Service will highlight their local successes and discuss how they are making a difference in the City of Charlotte and beyond with pro bono and skills-based service. The event will seek to build on the momentum of A Billion + Change movement in its new phase, aiming to inspire 5,000 companies to do pro bono, thereby leveraging $5 billion in pro bono service to communities.
"Volunteerism is a powerful way for companies and employees to be part of the solution to pressing needs in our communities," said Kerry Sullivan, Bank of America Charitable Foundation president and Chair of the 2014 Corporate Service Council. "By coming together to share ideas and ways we can advance meaningful volunteer opportunities for our employees, we can continue to move the dial on national service."
Business as a solution engine for social change continues to be a hot topic among CSR leaders and Points of Light CSC members. This year’s agenda will highlight the great work of CSC members and thought-provoking topics in the field such as how to build a strong community of employee engagement or how to advance strategies for measuring success in the service sector. Points of Light will also award the Daily Point of Light Award to Bill Muckerman, a sales executive from Mooresville, N.C., for his work with Hands On Charlotte and several other local organizations.
Two events during the CSC meeting will be open to the public: A Billion + Change will host “Leading the Change in Charlotte” at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Charlotte, NC on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 8:30-10:15 a.m. and the CSC will host the Connecting to Charlotte with Hands On Charlotte Service event on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. For more information on either event, please email Sarah Boison, Marketing Manager for Points of Light Corporate Institute at email@example.com.
About the Points of Light Corporate Institute
The Points of Light Corporate Institute is the go-to resource for community-minded companies looking to build and expand effective employee volunteer programs. With our global network of 250 affiliates and a team of experts, we can help you create a high-impact, customized volunteer program, engage your employees, learn best practices, network with other leading companies and gain national visibility for leadership and excellence. Learn more at: http://www.pointsoflight.org/corporate-institute.
KEYWORDS: Events, Conferences & Webinars, Bank of America, Points of Light Corporate Service Council, CSC, Hands On Charlotte, charlotte, Corporate Social Responsibility, volunteerism
SOURCE: Children InternationalDESCRIPTION:
Kansas City, MO, February 6, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Children International is launching its first container library in Nairobi, Kenya, this week. The 40-foot container can house thousands of books and will give children in Nairobi the opportunity to increase their knowledge through reading. The new container library is only one part of Children International’s larger Community Literacy Program.
Container libraries are compact libraries that have been converted from secondhand 40-foot containers. These large steel shipping containers, usually used to transport items via ship, rail or truck, are fitted with shelving, storage cupboards and other library furniture and equipment. The 40-foot containers provide affordable, safe and versatile shelter for several projects, such as a library, and can be relocated fairly easy if necessary.
Children International’s new container library in Nairobi will serve hundreds of students from local schools. Teachers can bring their students to the library to read and borrow books. Additionally, the students will be able to visit the library in their free time and will be allowed to take books home over the weekends. Teachers from nearby schools and local youth will volunteer to work in the libraries.
According to UNICEF statistics, in Kenya only 52 percent of boys and 48 percent of girls enroll in secondary school, and only 87 percent of adults are literate. Through the Community Literacy Program, Children International promotes the love of reading, a culture of literacy and the acquisition of knowledge among schoolchildren, youth and adults by providing quality textbooks, children’s books and reference materials for classrooms and libraries. Children International is able to do this through their strong partnerships with communities and other organizations, both locally and nationally. Children International operates its Community Literacy Program in 18 countries worldwide and has operated the program in Kenya since 2009.
Read more about Children International’s work through the Community Literacy Program in Africa – Reading Tents in Uganda Foster Learning with Thousands of Books.
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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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, literacy, reading, library, books, Education, Nairobi, Kenya, Children, Children International
SOURCE: America's CharitiesDESCRIPTION:
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - America’s Charities became the newest member of Ideagen 100, a collective impact platform that includes a network of member organizations, bringing together collective intellect, influence, and measurable actions that alleviate complex social problems.
America’s Charities will join fellow Ideagen member organizations, such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Partnership for a Healthier America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the American Red Cross, in a quest to share innovative solutions to vexing social challenges. The first Ideagen Summit of 2014 is March 3, at the Harvard Club in NYC.
“America’s Charities is proud to join this vitally important cross-sector collaboration project,” stated Steve Delfin, President and CEO, America’s Charities. “The Ideagen Summit is an exceptional platform as our focus is on bringing public and private sector employers together with charities to build sustainable partnerships with meaningful impact.”
America’s Charities is a mission-driven organization that connects public and private sector employers with charities to engage employees in greater giving. The organization helps the nation’s most trusted charities thrive by generating more investments and sustainable revenue through employee engagement programs and by helping them achieve higher levels of performance and demonstrable impact in addressing critical needs.
The addition of America’s Charities provides tremendous value for Ideagen’s network, and the opportunity to contribute innovative change among all member organizations. Other Ideagen representatives include the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Aspen Institute, Lincoln Education, US-Qatar Business Council, American Fuel and Petrochemical Association, EdVenture Partners, as well as other national organizations.
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KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Community, Engagement, collaboration, cross-sector collaboration
This year SAP is honored to have two videos in the 2013 Boston College Corporate Citizenship Film Festival and voting is now open. To vote please visit the website here.
The first video shows the SAP Social Sabbatical in action. The social sabbatical is a one month volunteer assignment for top employees who work in international, cross-functional teams to empower organizations in emerging economies. These organizations are in the education and entrepreneurship sectors. Ekua Odoi from Germany came to Shanghai to work together with international colleagues for social fashion label 'NuoMi'. This After four weeks, CEO Bonita Lim called the team and their results “heaven sent”. NuoMi is just one of 16 organization that benefited from SAP’s know-how and expertise in 2013.
Good Future and Hope Foundation was set up in 2011 with financial and volunteer support from SAP. The group helps children and orphans in great need across the world, providing them with safe and long-term accommodation, sufficient food, and basic medical care and schooling.
This video features 33 children living in the Good Future and Hope orphanage in Uganda who were brought from the streets and extreme misery and provided with education thanks to SAP’s support. SAP’s involvement in this project gives future to those who would otherwise be abandoned.
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, Good Future and Hope Foundation, volunteer, uganda
SOURCE: PwC LLPSUMMARY: DESCRIPTION:
Heather Lofkin Wright is the US Director of Community Service at PwC. Heather focuses on developing strategies and corresponding programs to help busy people give back in easy and meaningful ways that grow the firm’s sustainable culture of giving. In her three-year tenure in this role, PwC’s Charitable Giving Campaign has doubled in number of participants and dollars raised, and the firm’s volunteer hours have grown three-fold.
As the US Director of Community Service for PwC, my goal is to create meaningful ways for people to give back; opportunities that make them feel good about their contribution while making an impact in the community and shaping the story of the collective generosity of our PwC people. You might then question my sincerity (or sanity) when I tell you to stop asking millennials to fill out pledge forms.
But here’s the thing: It isn’t the ask that needs to go away, it’s the way you are positioning the question that needs to change.
Our PwC millennial workforce studies repeatedly demonstrate that today’s young adults place high importance on corporate responsibility, with over half reporting in the most recent study that they would consider leaving an employer whose values no long matched their own. Yet America’s Charities 2013 giving culture survey saw participation in workplace giving dropping from an average of 41% of employees in 2006 to 33% in 2012. The desire to give back and make a difference is there, so why the decline in participation? Corporate community strategy has to evolve from a check the box activity to an invitation to contribute to the community in a personally fulfilling way−only then can you achieve a sustainable giving culture.
We celebrate diversity at PwC and recognize that 39,000 different people may care about 39,000 different charitable organizations. They also give back in different ways – when, where, and how it meets their own needs. In our recent CEO Survey, over 50% of CEOs cited changing consumer behaviors as a concern for 2014. If you think donors and volunteers aren’t consumers, you don’t know your audience.
On both individual and institutional scales, today’s philanthropists are not donating their time and money; they are investing it in their community, in their personal development, in their professional network and in their reputation. So if pledge cards have gone the way of the typing pool, how are millennials giving back and how do you engage them?
1) Choice: by providing these consumers with over one million charities, thousands of volunteer events, pro bono and board seat opportunities, there is something for everyone.
2) Impact: look at the success of models for online giving that enable you to “shop” your donation – instead of asking consumers to throw their money in a pot and blindly accept that they are making a difference, these platforms are able to tell you exactly what you will get when you choose an individual project to fund. We Corporate Social Responsibility professionals are increasingly on the line to demonstrate impact to attract participants – and that means so are NPOs.
3) Collaboration: survey respondents who participated in PwC’s 2013 Charitable Giving Campaign cited “being a part of our collaborative impact” as the number one reason they give back through the firm.
4) Thanks: a pile of tax receipts can’t hold a candle to a hand written thank you note from a child, paid time off to volunteer, or a report on the generosity of your workforce.
5) Ease: to compete for space on people’s to do lists, charitable giving and volunteering must utilize the same innovations as top retail and electronic invitation sites to put giving-back literally at people’s fingertips and minimize barriers to signing up.
6) Camaraderie: opportunities that promote and enable an organic spirit of familiarity and trust between co-workers should not be overlooked. The PwC Charitable Foundation is powered by donations from our PwC people. They give because they know that their donation makes it possible to provide direct, emergency aid to PwC colleagues who experience unexpected financial hardship, and helps to fund the “Dollars for Doers” program, which makes grants to the charities where they volunteer their time.
And in case you hadn’t guessed it, we aren’t talking only about millennials here. Who doesn’t want choice, impact, collaboration, thanks, ease and camaraderie? By listening to the changing landscape of how people give back, we can grow our participants, increase impact, and in turn, inspire others to join us. Whether through time, dollars, or skills, I’m continually impressed by our people’s generosity and look to continue to evolve our approach to sustain our commitments over time.
KEYWORDS: Giving, Corporate Responsibility, csr, millennials, Employee Engagement
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesSUMMARY: DESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, Feb. 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is proud to celebrate its continued commitment to the African American community by hosting a variety of activities throughout the year. The Company champions diversity and inclusion and the causes that matter most to its Customers and Employees. Please visit Southwest’s YouTube channel to learn more about how Southwest Airlines gives back to the African American community.
“At Southwest Airlines, we are constantly striving for ways to further develop our Culture that values the unique perspectives and talents of all our People,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. "Through the years, we have built meaningful relationships with nonprofit organizations who work to strengthen the communities we serve. We are proud that through these community partnerships, we are able to champion the causes that matter most to the African American community.”
Here’s how Southwest proudly gives back to the African American community:
Feb. 8 | 4th Annual Washington Informer African American Heritage Tour: From Civil War to Civil Rights, Washington, D.C.
Southwest Airlines proudly supports the African American Heritage Tour to promote education about and appreciation for African American heritage.
Feb. 22 | African American Pioneers in Aviation Day, Washington, D.C.
Southwest Airlines celebrates significant contributions African Americans have made to flight and space exploration.
March 11-16 | National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wis.
Southwest proudly sponsors the NBLSA as they promote the educational, professional, political, and social needs and goals of Black law students.
April | Jenesse Center, Inc., Silver Rose Awards, Los Angeles
Southwest Airlines proudly supports Jenesse Center, Inc., in their efforts to provide victims of domestic violence with a comprehensive, centralized base of support to assist them in addressing their immediate crises and changing the patterns of their lives.
July 17-20 | NAACP Youth Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics Program, Las Vegas
Southwest sends students to compete in a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students.
September | Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., Women of Power Series Luncheon, Hampton, Va.
Southwest Airlines brings together African American women to learn about and celebrate empowerment through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
September | National Congress of Black Women (NCBW) Annual Luncheon, Washington, D.C.
Southwest Airlines proudly supports the National Congress of Black Women at their annual luncheon. The NCBW is dedicated to the educational, political, economic, and cultural development of African American Women and their families.
Since Southwest’s beginnings more than 42 years ago, the LUV airline has always approached business differently—instituting the ten-minute turn, democratizing the skies with affordable air travel, delivering Legendary Customer Service—the list goes on and on. One thing that has remained constant since Southwest took to the skies is doing the right thing, and it always comes from the heart. To learn more about how Southwest gives back to the African American community, visit www.southwest.com/blackhistory.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, black history month, diversity
SOURCE: SymantecSUMMARY: DESCRIPTION:
As we saw at CES this year, the "Internet of Things" is here to stay. With more and more platforms, social networks and search engines monitoring our actions and mining our data, questions around how we manage the ownership and distribution of this data are rising. We only have to look at the targeted ads in our Facebook feed or even consider Google's recent purchase of Nest, a home hardware tech startup, to see that personal data is already a hot commodity. So how do we deal with the challenge of data privacy? And not just the current threats that are out there, how do we prepare for the data breaches we can't even fathom yet? When we look at the rapidly changing world of data privacy and compare that to the skills gap that currently exists with our students (American students ranked 32 in the world in mathematics and 22nd in science), there is a possibility the future could leave us vulnerable. This is why we in the tech space and other STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) focused industries need to continue to place a strong emphasis on investing in STEM education.
The idea of data security and data privacy is continuously expanding and changing. As Bloomberg pointed out in their coverage of the hacker economy, consumers can no longer limit their concerns to someone stealing their credit card. Cybercriminals are continuously looking for ways to benefit from hacking into people's personal data as its value grows, which is why an understanding of data management is so important. We need our next generation to not only think about data protection but how to manage the sharing of data, so we can continue to enjoy and embrace this connected world. Very simply, we must arm people with the right tools to build and protect this complex connected world of tomorrow. Combatting the declining numbers of STEM students and increasing the presence of women and minorities in the tech field is an important first step.
Attracting and engaging students from a wide range of backgrounds is essential to ensure we have the creativity and innovation needed to manage data connectivity in the future. One way to do that is to increase access to STEM resources or increase funding for STEM education. For example, at Symantec our education grantsprogram provides funds to non-profit organizations around the globe to help children and adults build their literacy in science and technology. GirlStart and the National Girls Collaborative Project are also great examples of programs focused not only on creating access to STEM studies, but increasing the number of women in these fields.
Yes, our increasing connectivity to the Internet of Things brings new levels of data exposure, and there are risks to having so many devices connected to the Internet. But it also creates an opportunity. The goal should not be to hinder the connected world but enable future generations to thrive on the information it creates.
KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Education, Jobs, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, STEM, Personal Data, Data Privacy
SOURCE: Ingersoll RandSUMMARY:
LAS VEGAS, February 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ — Trane, a leading global provider of home comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR), announced today a strategic partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as a national sponsor of the 2014 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway. Through the partnership, Trane will donate heating and cooling products for nearly 30 custom-built homes that will be given away throughout the year through local raffle drawings. The funds raised will help support the hospital’s lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving lives of kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. Read more about Trane and the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway here.
About Ingersoll Rand and Trane
Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR), advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Trane solutions optimize indoor environments with a broad portfolio of energy efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, building and contracting services, parts support and advanced control. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or trane.com.
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since we opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs we make, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org or following St. Jude on facebook.com/stjude and twitter.com/stjude.
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SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationSUMMARY: DESCRIPTION:
HOUSTON, Feb. 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Citizens Energy Corporation are pleased to announce the launch of the ninth annual CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program today. The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, the only of its kind in the United States, has donated more than 235 million gallons of heating oil to more than 1.8 million people since 2005. As in previous years, this program will assist families, homeless shelters, and Native American tribes in 25 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association, this year nearly seven million US households will need heating assistance. The typical heating oil customer who lives in the Northeast is expected to spend more than $2,000 on fuel this winter, up 35 percent from the winter of 2008-2009. Families living in older homes will spend as much as $4,000 to keep the house warm.
"We have committed to this program once again this year because we see it as a humanitarian effort that helps our most vulnerable neighbors stay warm during one of the coldest winters in history," said Nelson P. Martinez, President and CEO of CITGO Petroleum Corporation. "We can't relieve the need for everyone but this is our humble contribution to share the responsibility of improving the quality of life in our communities by using the strength of our resources to help those in need. This is one of the most important values we share with our shareholder, Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela," he added.
The CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program began as a single donation in response to the skyrocketing price of heating oil in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Ever since, CITGO has dedicated itself to providing vital energy assistance for those who are forced to make the choice between purchasing vital necessities like food and medicine and heating their homes.
Since the first year of the heating oil program, CITGO has partnered with Citizens Energy Corporation, a non-profit created in 1979 by former U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, to deliver the fuel. Citizens Energy Corporation, which has used successful ventures in the energy and health care industries to finance charitable programs in the U.S. and abroad, has provided energy assistance to families in need for more than 30 years.
"The poor are facing a terrible hardship this winter," said Kennedy. "Federal fuel assistance has dropped 40 percent over the last few years while heating oil prices have jumped by a third. With the kind of cold we've experienced this winter, the federal aid just doesn't go as far. It's a triple whammy on the poor. That's why the generosity of CITGO Petroleum and the people of Venezuela is so important – it helps fill the fuel gap for the most vulnerable among us."
The Venezuelan Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America, Claudia Salerno Caldera, who attended last year's launch of the program, expressed the support of the Venezuelan government again this year. "Helping the poor is a humanitarian principle that is inherently tied to responsible energy policy in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and one that transcends geographical boundaries," she said. "President Chavez promoted this program in response to a request for humanitarian aid at a time of high fuel prices. President Maduro has ratified this support, so that the program will continue to warm US homes as a sign of solidarity between the peoples of Venezuela and the United States."
Families struggling to pay for home heating oil can call Citizens Energy Corporation at 1-877-563-4645, to see if they are eligible for heating oil assistance. Once approved, the household will receive an authorization letter with details for arranging a one-time delivery of up to 100 free gallons of oil.
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.
Beginning in 1979 with oil-trading ventures in Latin America and Africa, Citizens Energy has used revenues from commercial enterprises to channel millions of dollars into charitable programs in the U.S. and abroad. Whether heating the homes of the elderly and the poor, lowering the cost of prescription drugs for millions of Americans, or starting solar heating projects in Latin America, Citizens Energy creates social ventures as innovative as the businesses that finance them. For more information, visitwww.citizensenergy.com.
SOURCE CITGO Petroleum Corporation
KEYWORDS: Citgo, Venezuela, Citizens Energy Corporation, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, Nelson P. Martinez, heating oil
SOURCE: ORTA AnadoluDESCRIPTION:
Parc de Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 5, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Hugs and remembrances between locals at the memorial on the 4th anniversary of the 2010 earthquake.
Our global adventurer Eric Hill was there to participate and was given he honour of planting one of the 23 trees sybolic of the 23 most affected areas. Eric spoke the former Prime Minister of Haiti, Michèle Pierre-Louis. Since leaving her position as Prime Minister she has taken on the role as Executive Director of the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL), an NGO making some incredible changes for the better in Haiti.
The GLOBAL ODYSSEY on ORTA BLU
Our friend Eric Hill’s Global Odyssey is a mission: “To visit all 194 U.N. recognized countries in world record time and film and document the exciting journey to show that awesome exists in EVERY country, especially with the people.” Eric’s journey will be one of full cultural immersion, while simultaneously raising funds and awareness in partnership with a variety of charity organizations.
To support him in his journey around the world Orta offers Dare Denim, a durable new fabric that features environmentally friendly processes and high-tech fibers, tough durability, thermo-regulation, abrasion resistance, water repellent finishes and anti-bacterial properties.
What could be a more perfect pairing? A global socially conscious adventurer wearing sustainably produced all terrain fabric, sponsored by Orta Blu. Eric will experience harsh climate extremes in both urban and natural environments, and Dare Denim covers him all fronts: hot, cold, wet, dirty and, not to mention, the perfect balance of comfort, style and endurance.
KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Environment, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, ORTA, ORTA BLU, Dare Denim, The Global Odyssey, Go with Eric, Haiti Earthquake, Sustainable jeans