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Disney Publishes Progress Against Citizenship Targets

Wed, 2014-03-19 08:00

SOURCE: The Walt Disney Company


Burbank, CA, March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ - Disney today published its 2013 Citizenship Performance Summary.

The summary focuses on Disney’s FY13 performance on 30 targets.

Highlights include:

-Meeting or exceeding all of its environmental targets set during 2009, including reducing net direct greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent and electricity consumption by more than 10 percent

-Increasing global oversight across its operations, from planning and sourcing to international labor standards and chemicals management, with the creation of the Integrated Supply Chain Management organization

-Donating nearly $370 million in cash, products, and in-kind support to organizations around the world and 667,000 volunteer hours to strengthen communities and brighten the lives of kids and families

Disney continued to engage external stakeholders in the review and development of the Performance Summary by working with organizations such as Ceres.

The summary is available online at thewaltdisneycompany.com/citizenship/reporting

Follow Disney Citizenship on Twitter at @CitizenDisney. Read the Disney Citizenship Spotlight HERE

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Empowering Girls Is A Human Right and Part of Sustainable Development

Wed, 2014-03-19 07:00

SOURCE: Justmeans


(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Many of us are shaped by what we experience as a child. In high-income countries, girls have lives often full of possibilities and choices, while for those girls in in low- and middle-income nations, they live in a world fraught with harsh realities and limited choices. Right now, there has never been a better time to raise our voices in support of the health and empowerment of girls and women to ensure they are a top priority in global development. We need to build a world where girls’ and women’s rights are recognised as human rights, where access to sexual and reproductive health services is guaranteed to everyone, especially young people, and every pregnancy is planned.

The global community recognises that empowering women and girls is crucial, not only because it is a human right, but also an indispensable tool for addressing the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals and to advance sustainable development.

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Sangeeta Haindl - I enjoy being a staff writer for 3BL Media/Justmeans on topics - Social Innovation, Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurs. When I am not writing for 3BL Media/Justmeans, I wear my other hat as owner of Serendipity PR. Over the years I have worked with high-profile, big, powerful brands and organisations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from my industry. I believe in the power of serendipity for business and superheroes. I also am a Twitter lover and believe that social media is a digital constellation:connecting people in an easily explored galaxy. I would also describe myself as a Spiritual Entrepreneur, Conscious Explorer and Futurist. I enjoy helping others, paying it forward and being a mum.


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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Social Change, Women, Justmeans, sustainable development, Women's Rights, social innovation

RSF Capital Management Honored on B Corp‘s ‘Best for the World’ List

Wed, 2014-03-19 05:00

SOURCE: RSF Social Finance


Today, RSF Capital Management was recognized for creating the most positive overall social and environmental impact by the non-profit B Lab with the release of the third annual ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list. The ‘B Corp Best for the World’ list honors 92 businesses worldwide that earned an overall score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company’s impact on its workers, community, and the environment. Honorees were recognized among micro, small, and mid-sized businesses.

RSF Capital Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of RSF Social Finance and was formed in 2008 to manage all of RSF’s lending activity to for-profit social enterprises. RSF Capital Management provides senior working capital and subordinated term debt to businesses meeting a rigorous social enterprise profile.

Each honored company is a Certified B Corporation.  They use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems and have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today there are over 970 certified B Corporations, across 60 industries and 32 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business.

“Employees, consumers, investors, and policy makers increasingly want to support companies that create a positive impact in the world and the Best for the World honorees are the best of the best,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab, the non-profit organization that certifies B Corporations and governs the independent third party standard used to generate the comparable assessment of corporate impact. “It’s particularly inspiring that 21% of the 2014 honorees are first time winners but long time B Corps. They’re winning the race to the top.”

Other highlighted companies include CDI Lan, a Brazilian education and training company generating income and employability in low income communities through internet cafes, d.light design, a manufacturer and distributor of solar lighting and power products providing access to reliable, affordable, renewable energy for nearly 30 million people in 60 countries, and Sunrise Banks, a Minnesota community bank supporting affordable housing, small business development, and not-for-profits.

Click here for more information and to see the full list of honorees.

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KEYWORDS: Community, Positive Change, Social Actions, RSF Social Finance, B Corporation, B Corp Best for World, Social Impact

Join Global Water Challenge in Raising a Toast to Water

Wed, 2014-03-19 05:00

SOURCE: Global Environment and Technology Foundation


Why toast to water? Because water does all of us a big favor, and we're grateful. Every day, water enables us to live life as we know it. Here's to joining forces to do what no person, company, organization or government can do alone.

Here's to returning the favor.

But first, here's to water.

Join Global Water Challenge this week to lead up to World Water Day on March 22 by taking a photo or video in which you raise a toast to water. Simply upload it to your favorite social media site with #ToastToWater and become a part of the world's largest toast to water. CHEERS!

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KEYWORDS: Environment, Conservation, Environmental Business, Water, Non-Profit, Socially Responsible Investing, Media and Communications, Social Media, Sustainable Marketing, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Social Change, Social Actions, toast to water, World Water Week, water

CITGO Fueling Good Project Supports After-School Program for At Risk Youth

Wed, 2014-03-19 04:50

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


CLARKSDALE, Miss., March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ -- CITGO Petroleum Corporation today announced the Spring Initiative of Clarksdale, Miss. as a 2013 Fall Fueling Good winner. The Coahoma County organization will receive $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to supply student transportation to the after-school program for at-risk middle school students.

Spring Initiative's mission is to provide an atmosphere that fosters education by promoting positive mentor relationships and creative expression. Since August 2011, the organization has played a key role in transforming the lives of students across the Clarksdale area, a region suffering from high poverty rates and low academic performance. Recognizing the need to support the next generation, Spring Initiative's program empowers youth to develop their full potential so that they have the freedom to choose their life's path according to their talents and desires.

"Every day our staff and volunteers drive up to 45 minutes before the program to pick the students up and transport them to the Education Building where Spring is housed -- and we have between two and four 45 minute trips after the program each day to drop the students off at their homes," said Bianca Zaharescu, Spring co-director. "Having the funds to pay for gas is fundamental to our success, and goes a long way in supporting student participation and retention in our program. We thank CITGO and the Fueling Good program for their support in helping to make that mission possible."

In addition to daily transportation, Spring Initiative conducts college visits and field trips to encourage students to dream big; for many, college has never been considered. To date, Spring's students have improved both their educational abilities and goals.

"It is Spring Initiative's mission to support students through a program that gives children the tools and confidence to pursue a bright future filled with academic competence and determination," added Anja Thiessen, Spring co-director.

Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good programs have rewarded more than 220 organizations, 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 at www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

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.

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KEYWORDS: Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Fueling Good, after-school programs, at-risk Youth, Education, community, Spring Initiative, Gift Cards

A "Win, Win, Win" Relationship for Hope Connections and Business Partners American Odyssey Relay (AOR) and Specialties Inc.

Wed, 2014-03-19 04:45

SOURCE: America's Charities


Facing cancer is scary enough, but thanks to Hope Connections for Cancer Support (Hope Connections) and their free programs, no one is prevented from getting the help they need.  And thanks to support from remarkable community business partners like American Odyssey Relay (AOR) and Specialties Inc., Hope Connections is able to help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness and hope – all at no cost to participants. 

As a relatively new, small nonprofit organization incorporated in 2005, Hope Connections is interested in creating long term, mutually beneficial relationships with companies that believe in its mission.  Specialties, Inc and American Odyssey Relay are two examples of how companies and nonprofits can work together to support both entities.  “Not only have they helped us out,” says Hope Connections CEO, Paula Rothenberg, “but both companies, who met through Hope Connections, are now working together.”

How These Business Relationships Were Formed

American Odyssey Relay (AOR):

Bob Fleshner, founder and race director of the American Odyssey Relay (AOR), was a founding member of Hope Connections’ Board of Directors.  He became involved because his mother was a breast cancer survivor and he intimately understood the emotional impact cancer has on a family. 

When Bob started AOR, he decided to make Hope Connections one of the beneficiaries of the event, in honor of his mother. “We are proud to support Hope Connections for Cancer Support.  We are approached on a regular basis by charities wanting to be the beneficiaries of the American Odyssey Relay.  These contacts only reaffirm for us that we already have chosen a great organization that delivers top-notch support for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers, efficiently, appropriately and free of charge.  As someone whose family was touched by cancer I know firsthand how important the work of Hope Connections really is,” says Bob.

In addition to donating a portion of the proceeds of AOR to Hope Connections, Bob created a special “Spirit Award” which is underwritten by a sponsor, with the sponsorship dollars from the award being donated to Hope Connections. 

As American Odyssey Relay continues to grow, it brings Hope Connections greater visibility and additional opportunities for AOR’s runners to support the event beneficiaries.  More than 2,000 runners participate in the annual American Odyssey Relay event and Bob personally encourages participants to support Hope Connections along with the second beneficiary, a veteran’s charity he chose in honor of his father. 

This year, Bob has added a raffle, the proceeds of which will be split between the two charities. Hope Connections actively participates in the event, providing dozens of volunteers, recruiting teams to run the relay, and promotes AOR through their website, program calendar and email communications.

Specialties Inc.:

In 2011, Hope Connections honored Specialties Inc., a promotional products company, with a Partnership Award at their Celebration of Hope Gala.  From experience serving on the Board of Directors of City at Peace with Specialties Inc. President, Joel Kaplan, Hope Connections’ CEO, Paula Rothenberg reached out to Joel in 2005 when she started Hope Connections.  She asked Joel to serve on the Hope Connections golf tournament committee.  Joel agreed and ever since, his company has provided pro bono help and substantial in-kind support through product donations and prizes for the golf tournament each year.  His employees also participate in the tournament, encouraging other tournament players to support Hope Connections.

Additionally, the team at Specialties Inc. supports Hope Connections financially through their 10+10 initiative. Hope Connections purchases its promotional products through Specialties Inc. and promotes the 10+10 initiative to their community. Anyone who purchases products from Specialties Inc. as a referral of Hope Connections’ gets a 10% discount and Specialties Inc. donates another 10% to Hope Connections. 

“We want to increase our business with clients we enjoy working with and for,” says Specialties Inc. President, Joel Kaplan. “If I can help fundraise and make a profit doing it, it’s a good way to do business. And American Odyssey Relay has become a client—they’re getting a good product, Hope Connections is benefitting from the work I do with AOR, and I get a client in Bob who is a great new client—win, win, win.” 

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KEYWORDS: Business & Trade, Human Resources, Marketing, Media & Communications, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, America's Charities, cause marketing, corporate philanthropy, coporate nonprofit partnerships, Employee Engagement, corporate sponsorship, Corporate Pro Bono, employee volunteers


Smartphone Apps Help Prevent Domestic Violence

Wed, 2014-03-19 03:15

SOURCE: Mary Kay


As spring break is full swing around the country, many high school and college students will be traveling with friends. Although spring break is meant to be a time of rest and relaxation, we’ve all heard the stories of spring break gone wrong.

Spring break could be the perfect stage for dating violence. According to Break the Cycle, the leading dating abuse prevention program exclusively to young people, one in three U.S. adolescents experiences abuse from a dating partner. About 70 percent of college students say they have been sexually coerced.

Make sure you and/or the teens in your life are prepared. Check out these two free apps that can help.

Love is Not Abuse
The Love is Not Abuse iPhone app is designed to teach parents about the dangers of teen dating abuse.  App users receive text messages, emails and phone calls in real-time mimicking the controlling, abusive behaviors teens might face in their relationships. Users will also learn the warning signs, how dating abuse manifests itself in teen relationships, what steps to take and more. Learn more at www.loveisnotabuse.com.

Circle of 6
The Circle of 6 app for iPhone and Android makes it quick and easy to reach the six friends you choose before dating violence happens. Need help getting home? Need an interruption? Two touches lets you contact friends to tell them where you are and how they can help. Icons represent actions, so your potential abuser can’t tell what you’re up to. Although it’s designed for college students, it could be helpful to anyone.  It’s fast, easy-to-use and private. See more at www.circleof6app.com.

If you find these apps helpful or know of other apps that can help, let us know!  We love finding ways technology helps us for good.

Stacy Frye Graves is managing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation blog. You can reach her at stacy.graves@me.com or follow her on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/stacy_f_graves/mary-kay/.

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KEYWORDS: domestic violence, 2014, DV, smartphone, Love is Not Abuse, Circle of 6, March, Mary Kay, Mary Kay Foundation


Children International and Planet Water Collaborate on World Water Day Project

Wed, 2014-03-19 01:10
Water Project Brings Clean, Safe Water to Thousands in the Dominican Republic

SOURCE: Children International


Kansas City, MO, March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ -  Children International and Planet Water are collaborating on a project that consists of building five AquaTowers in five days leading up to World Water Day on March 22. The project is taking place in the Dominican Republic at schools and Children International community centers, and will meet the daily water needs of thousands of people.

The communities that will be impacted by the project have access to water, but have no means of purifying it. The AquaTowers serve as water filtration systems that rid the water of contaminants that can make people sick, including bacteria, viruses and pathogens. After each AquaTower is installed, Planet Water and Children International will provide water, health and hygiene education to the communities, including topics such as the importance of hand washing.

Lack of clean water, along with poor hygiene and sanitation, can cause illness and even death. For the sake of the children in its program and the communities where they live, Children International participates in a number of wide-ranging sanitation, hygiene and water projects, such as the AquaTowers for World Water Day in the Dominican Republic. The project’s emphasis on providing impoverished people with access to clean water supports Children International’s vision – that children in its program graduate as healthy, educated, self-reliant adults with the ability and drive to break free from poverty while improving their own communities. Children International believes that healthy children have a better chance at overcoming poverty and leading happier, more successful lives.

With funding partner Timberland’s hands-on help and other Children International donors, two AquaTowers were built at primary schools in Santiago on Monday and Tuesday, and three additional AquaTowers will be built Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at Children International community centers in Boca Chica and Bayaguana, as well as a local school in Bayaguana. Timberland, the global outdoor lifestyle brand, has operated its own footwear factory in Santiago since 1982. 

When the World Water Day project kicked off on Monday, Children International president Jim Cook said, “Obtaining clean water is one of the greatest challenges facing impoverished children and their families. This collaboration with Planet Water will provide access to clean, safe water for thousands of people – and ease their anguish over the effects of contamination on their children.”

Planet Water’s CEO and founder Mark Steele concurs. “As one in eight people worldwide do not have access to safe, clean drinking water,” he said, “Planet Water is pleased to provide our AquaTower solution to benefit the communities served by Children International.”

Learn more about Children International’s clean water and sanitation projects or make a donation here.

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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About Planet Water Foundation

Planet Water is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization focused on bringing clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and education programs on water-health and hygiene. The organization’s projects are focused on schools, children and rural communities that lack access to clean, safe water. Planet Water has completed projects in 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Information about Planet Water is available at http://www.planet-water.org.



Christy Howard
Public Relations
Children International
Direct:  (816) 943-3730
Email: choward@children.org

Brittany Gelbach
Public Relations
Children International
Direct: (816) 943-3832
Email: bgelbach@children.org

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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, world water day, Planet Water, Timberland, Dominican Republic, water, Hygiene, Health, sanitation, AquaTowers


Toyota to Fund Film with Kentucky Commission on Women

Wed, 2014-03-19 01:05
$100,000 Gift Will Help Raise Awareness of Women’s Contributions to History of Kentucky

SOURCE: Toyota

FRANKFORT, Ky., March 19, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Kentucky’s place in the history books is often held by men: Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Boone, Henry Clay and Muhammad Ali, to name a few.  A new partnership between Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. and the Kentucky Commission on Women will take aim at this oversight and tell the stories of women who have made great contributions to society and whose impacts continue to affect us today.

At the 50th anniversary celebration for the Kentucky Commission on Women, a group that has consistently sought to protect and enhance the status of women in the Commonwealth, Toyota announced a $100,000 grant that will fund the Kentucky Women Remembered film project: a full length documentary that will tell the stories of up to 30 significant female contributors to Kentucky’s history.  Appalachian author Verna Mae Slone, African-American aviator Willa Beatrice Brown, and the first female Kentucky governor, Martha Layne Collins, are just a few of these women whose stories will be told.

The final product -- a 60-minute PBS-style film -- will be promoted to target audiences through conferences, screenings and events hosted by the Kentucky Commission on Women, said Eleanor Jordan, executive director.  The film is scheduled to be completed by December.

According to Madeline Abramson, Chair of the Commission, the primary motivation for the film project is to enlighten students.  “Our goal is to distribute this film on Kentucky’s outstanding women to every school system in Kentucky.  This valuable information should be included in every history curriculum.” 

Additionally, the documentary will be accessible through DVD and streaming online media.

Documentarian Michael Breeding, whose most recent project was a film on the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, has been retained to produce this important film for all Kentuckians.  Other films produced by Breeding include The Keeneland Legacy: A Thoroughbred Tradition, Imperial China: The Art of the Horse in Chinese History, and numerous projects for the Kentucky Humanities Council.
“At Toyota, one of our main tenets is ‘respect for people.’  And, as part of that, we have a long history of supporting women both in and outside of the workplace,” said Wil James, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.  “The accounts of women from Kentucky’s history whose creativity, intellect and strength have impacted the Commonwealth should be readily available for all to see. We are honored to be supporting the Kentucky Women Remembered film project and its mission to celebrate the past as it empowers our younger women of Kentucky who represent our future leaders and innovators.”

Since coming to Kentucky in 1988, Toyota has supported many initiatives that create opportunities and encourage advancement for women in the Commonwealth.  Previous efforts include the Women Leading Kentucky Program, which provides business women with professional development programs in their communities; Young Women Lead, which offers learning opportunities for high school students in Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Louisville and Ashland; and the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, Ky., which helps women in Appalachia focus on completing degrees and preparing for careers. 

At the event, Gov. Steve Beshear highlighted the importance of honoring the history of all Kentuckians and how essential it is that all residents of the Commonwealth learn about those who came before them.

“The women whose lives will be memorialized in this production deserve to be held in high regard,” Beshear said.  “Their contributions to the Commonwealth have been unrecognized for far too long.  It is thanks to Toyota’s steadfast support of diversity initiatives that we are now telling more than half of the story.

This film is one of the latest initiatives of the Kentucky Commission on Women.  Jordan expressed her thanks to Toyota and her excitement that this project will see fruition and her hopes that the finished product will impact the lives of those who watch.

“This documentary project is long overdue and necessary for the next generation to learn of the largely unrecognized achievements by women who have shaped our history,” Jordan said.  “Thanks to the generosity of Toyota, we are well on our way to making this historical content relevant, accessible and exciting.”
About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988.  The Georgetown, Ky. plant employs about 7,000 full time team members and represents a $5.9 billion investment.  TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components.  Current annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines.  Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $45 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky. www.toyotaky.com

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.                              

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Kentucky Commission on Women
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Postcards from Peru: Insights and Musings from the Symantec Service Corps

Tue, 2014-03-18 11:05
By Lora Phillips, Symantec Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility

SOURCE: Symantec


After four weeks in Peru, the Symantec Service Corps (SSC) team has achieved many milestones, both for their clients and their own personal growth. The team made their final client presentations on Friday, before packing their bags to return home.

As the end neared, they took the opportunity to reflect on what they've learned and how they plan to apply these learnings to their Symantec roles. The team is also sharing some of their extracurricular activities, including rafting trips and futbol games---as well as their first stops when they return home.

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KEYWORDS: Diversity, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Volunteerism, pro bono, Symantec Service Corps

Toyota Plant Partners with Kentucky State University to Develop Top-Notch Mechanical-Engineering Students

Tue, 2014-03-18 09:05
Provides $375,000 in Scholarships Aimed at Minority Candidates

SOURCE: Toyota


FRANKFORT, Ky., March 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ – A unique scholarship program was unveiled today that matches Toyota’s need for mechanical engineers with that of top incoming students at Kentucky State University in Frankfort. 

The Toyota Engineering Scholarship program – made possible via a five-year, $375,000 grant from the automaker – will tie in directly with its manufacturing operations in Georgetown, Ky., 21 miles from Frankfort.  Through this program, Toyota will develop a deeper and richer pipeline to employ students with engineering degrees.
“The auto industry in general has a shortage of talented engineers coming out of college,” saidWil James, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.  “Young engineers need to understand that our Georgetown plant, with its robotics, and cutting-edge technology, is the wave of the future.”
Kentucky State University, beginning next fall, will supply Toyota with up to five engineering candidates.  The incoming freshmen, picked from a pool of high-achieving STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students, will receive full-ride scholarships – the first three years at Kentucky State on a pre-engineering curriculum, the last two at the University of Kentucky.  After the five-year period, the students will have an undergraduate degree from Kentucky State and an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky.
The Toyota program dovetails into an existing reciprocity agreement Kentucky State has with the University of Kentucky allowing it to send pre-engineering majors to Lexington to complete an engineering degree.  This is the first time a “specific” engineering major will be targeted (mechanical).
“I am very excited about this opportunity for those of our students who want to pursue a career in engineering, and I am excited about continuing our partnership with a company that’s respected the world over for its innovation.  Toyota has been an excellent partner over the years and has demonstrated a high interest in the success of Kentucky State University’s students,” said Mary Evans Sias, Ph.D., president of Kentucky State University.
In addition to the full scholarships, students in the program will receive other key benefits: 

  • Each will work with various Toyota mentors, helping the student in regard to career choices, etc.  Also, Kentucky State will provide mentoring on the academic/student side; 
  • Co-op employment opportunities/internships at the Georgetown plant where they will receive hands-on training/understanding of the auto-manufacturing process; 
  • Once engineering degree is completed, employment opportunities exist at Toyota’s Georgetown plant in advanced manufacturing roles such as stamping, plastics molding, engine machining, and vehicle-assembly operations, among many others. 

Sias noted that the U.S. Department of Labor has projected that by 2018 the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million job openings in the science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.  “Increasingly, Kentucky State University is responding to the national need for more qualified graduates, especially qualified minority graduates, to fill those high-tech careers,” she said.
“Toyota and KSU both know that producing knowledgeable and skilled graduates means a more capable workforce, a richer economy and a stronger nation.  We appreciate Toyota’s continued support through the Toyota Engineering Scholarship program, and we expect more great things to come as a result of our work together.”


About Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

Toyota’s largest plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) started production in May 1988.  The Georgetown, Ky. plant employs about 7,000 full time team members and represents a $5.9 billion investment.  TMMK currently produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza as well as four-cylinder and V-6 engines and other engine components.  Current annual capacity is 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines.  Since 1987, TMMK has donated more than $45 million to non-profit organizations throughout Kentucky. www.toyotaky.com
About Kentucky State University
Kentucky State University was founded in 1886 as a school dedicated to the sole purpose of training teachers for the African American school-age population.  More than 125 years later, KSU has expanded its mission to offer a liberal arts education that prepares a diverse student population to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society.  KSU is also a land-grant institution with programs to study and address agricultural and family life issues offered through the College of Agriculture, Food Science and Sustainable Systems.  It has one of the top aquaculture programs, a KSU Program of Distinction, which is recognized nationally and internationally.  Overall, KSU’s faculty and staff work to serve community needs through quality educational programs, outreach and research.
For more information about Kentucky State University, visit www.kysu.edu.

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Rick Hesterberg                                                                                             
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.                                     

Felicia Lewis
Kentucky State University

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KEYWORDS: toyota motor, manufacturing, Kentucky, tmmk, plant engineers, STEM, philanthropy, Kentucky State University, scholarship

LG Electronics Invests In Youth And Future Student Athletes As Part Of 2014 NCAA® March Madness® Initiatives

Tue, 2014-03-18 05:20
LG Coaches Cook-Off™ to Benefit Local Schools During NCAA Final Four® Weekend; Competition to Feature Fan-Favorite NCAA Coaches Drew and Kennedy; Schools to Receive LG ENERGY STAR® Certified Refrigerators, HDTVs, Computer Monitors

SOURCE: LG Electronics USA, Inc.


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Mar. 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ - LG Electronics USA, an official NCAA Corporate Partner, will be back at the Men’s Final Four (April 5-7 in North Texas) to host its annual fan-favorite LG Coaches Cook-Off™ competition.

This year’s participants include Baylor University head coach Scott Drew and Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy, who will be helping North Texas elementary school coaches compete for a grant for their school to promote fitness, while receiving LG ENERGY STAR certified products for each of their schools.

Giving back to the local community, LG collaborated with Project Fit America, an organization dedicated to helping schools create opportunities for children and young adults to be active, fit and healthy through a unique physical education grant program. Project Fit America issued an open call to North Texas schools to apply to participate in the cooking competition for a chance to receive support from LG for new indoor and outdoor physical fitness facilities and a curriculum to help physical education teachers incorporate them in their lessons.

“LG’s March Madness focus this year is ‘Do Game Day Right.’ To us, that has many meanings, whether it’s investing in future student-athletes or delivering the ultimate game day experience through our products,” said William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. “We wanted to ensure our presence at the Final Four lasts beyond just a few days, so helping local student athletes have access to fitness facilities and education for years to come is a natural fit.”

Numerous schools made inquiries to apply prior to the closing date. This week, Project Fit America will identify the four finalists from the submissions and invite their coaches to participate in LG’s signature event – the LG Coaches Cook-Off on April 5 – which will be a key part of LG’s on-site activities at this year’s Men’s Final Four.

While the winning coach’s school will receive the LG Project Fit grant, each finalist school will receive a variety of LG products, including ENERGY STAR certified computer monitors, HDTVs and refrigerators.

“At Project Fit America, we’re passionate about the positive impact physical fitness can have in fostering healthy living and building important life skills,” said Stacey Cook, executive director at Project Fit America. “LG shares our passion, and we’re honored to work with them to help North Texas students have access to the proper fitness facilities to build the skills needed for a bright future.”

As with previous LG Coaches Cook-Off competitions, distinguished NCAA coaches have agreed to put their culinary skills to the test for a good cause. With both Drew and Kennedy currently coaching at Texas schools, their competitive drive will be at an ultra-high level.

Each team will have 30 minutes to cook a selection of tasty game day treats using a full suite of high-performance appliances in the LG Kitchen at the Tip-Off Tailgate presented by Infiniti at AT&T Stadium. LG appliances at each team’s disposal include:

·         LG’s French-Door refrigerator with its innovative Door-in-Door™ feature, which allows easy access to commonly used items without opening the main refrigerator door, and its ENERGY STAR certification meaning it helps save energy and money.

·         LG’s single-oven electric range with quicker preheating using an infrared heating element and LG’s EasyClean™ technology, which allows cleaning in as little as 20 minutes using only water*.

·         LG’s high-performance five-burner, 30-inch radiant cooktop as well as an LG microwave with convection technology for optimal cooking performance.

·         LG’s ENERGY STAR certified Steam Dishwasher with EasyRack™ for simple loading and TrueStream™ technology, which features cleaning performance that virtually eliminates the need to prewash dishes.

Fans attending the Tip-Off Tailgate will be able to watch the coaches’ progress during the culinary showdown on LG’s 55-inch class (54.6-inches measured diagonally) LED Smart TVs in high-definition picture quality as the contestants scramble to combine ingredients.

For more information on LG’s events at the NCAA Final Four, please visit http://www.lg.com/ncaa/ or lglockerroom.com.


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About the NCAA

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.  The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions—AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola—and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners—Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Burger King, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG Electronics USA, Lowe’s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reese’s (Hershey’s), Unilever and UPS.


About Project Fit America

Project Fit America (PFA) is a national non-profit public charity dedicated to getting kids fit. PFA donates fully funded cardiovascular health and lifetime fitness education programs to schools, grades K-12. Formed in 1990 as a (501) (c) (3) corporation, PFA donates 75 cents of each dollar received to schools for the sole purpose of developing exemplary model schools for cardiovascular health and fitness. The vast majority of our sponsors have been hospitals and healthcare organizations.  Since our founding sponsorship drive we have generated over $11 million.  This has resulted in the development of exemplary programs for fitness in education in over 870 schools in 300 cities and 42 states.


    About LG Electronics USA

A proud Corporate Partner of the NCAA, LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $52 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. In the United States, LG Electronics sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions, all under LG’s “Life’s Good” marketing theme. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.lg.com.




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CITGO Helps Onslow Community Soup Kitchen Deliver Meals To Those In Need

Tue, 2014-03-18 04:45
Non-Profit Named CITGO Fueling Good Project Winner

SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum Corporation


JACKSONVILLE, N.C., March 18, 2014 /3BL Media/ - CITGO Petroleum Corporation has named the Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen a Fueling Good Project winner for its ongoing efforts to provide meals and support for elderly and at-risk individuals across Onslow County. The non-profit has been awarded $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to help with fuel costs as it delivers meals to those in need.

"This is the second time in three years that we have been recognized by CITGO for fueling good," said Don Herring, chairman of Onslow Community Outreach. "Our success is a testament to the tremendous amount of support the program has in the Onslowcommunity. We appreciate everyone who voted for us and the generosity of CITGO in making this program possible."

Since 1990, the Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen has provided underprivileged members of the community with the essentials they need, including food, shelter and medical assistance. The Soup Kitchen serves more than 100,000 meals every year, driving 31,000 miles annually to deploy soup kitchen trucks in impoverished areas. In addition, the organization provides emergency shelter and medical help.

"The Soup Kitchen started with one stove and a pot of soup nearly 25 years ago. Today, we prepare more than 100,000 meals each year to help reduce hunger and malnutrition," added Herring.  "Our organization is dependent on the dedication of our volunteers and the exceptional generosity of community partners like CITGO. Without them we wouldn't be able to thrive year after year."

Onslow Community Outreach Soup Kitchen is one of nine CITGO Fall Fueling Good program winners selected from more than 400 organizations through a nationwide online vote. More than 25,000 votes were cast to help identify the latest winners in one of four categories: Environmental Protection and Conservation; Education and Social Investment; Energy Assistance; and Health.

Since 2009, the CITGO Fueling Good Project has rewarded more than 220 organizations, 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 at www.Facebook.com/CITGOFuelingGood and view videos of past winners at www.youtube.com/CITGOFuelingGood.

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.


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Women at Baxter Make an Impact Worldwide

Tue, 2014-03-18 03:30

SOURCE: Baxter International Inc.


Baxter: Feature Story

International Women's Day and Women's History Month in March shine a spotlight on the contributions of women, including achievements related to the workplace. Baxter prides itself on building an inclusive and diverse environment in which women and men can thrive and advance on a personal and professional level.

The company is involved in initiatives to attract and develop talented women in the organization, and provides employees with opportunities to come together through internal communities and business resource groups, or BRGs. These groups provide a forum for employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives.

One of these BRGs, Baxter Women Leaders, has been growing steadily since launching in Baxter's Northern Illinois locations, and now includes chapters in California, Belgium and in the Asia Pacific region. In Belgium, where Baxter's headquarters for Belgium and Luxembourg, a large manufacturing facility and a research and development center are located, the Baxter Women Leaders chapter has made it a priority to create a local initiative to support careers for women in all roles and levels at the company.

Hélène Laroumanie, leader of the Belgium chapter and senior manager, process development at Baxter, says, "It's important to us to foster a culture that develops, leverages and promotes the capabilities of women at all levels. Our Baxter Women Leaders chapter provides employees with connections, insights and tools to succeed in their careers."

Last year, Baxter's employees in India created a community called Baxter Women in Action Network, or BAX WIN, that provides female employees across the country with opportunities to network, collaborate and develop professionally. During the group's launch event, India's leadership team reiterated its commitment to hiring and developing women employees as a focus and long-term priority.

Ongmu Gombu, Baxter's director, HR for India and the lead for BAX WIN, said, "Through this initiative we hope to connect the maximum number of women employees in the area so they can discuss and share experiences and learn from each other. This community reaffirms our focus and seriousness towards driving diversity initiatives across the country."

Developing Talent at Baxter
This culture of strong female leadership is evident from inspiring stories of women at Baxter who are advancing in their careers and making a positive difference in their communities.

As a high school student in Mountain Home, Ark., Amber Williamson had only a mild interest in technology. However, after a teacher encouraged her to get involved with the school's FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team, Amber was hooked. Six weeks of building a robot and interacting with mentors from Baxter, a sponsor of the team, opened her eyes to career paths in engineering.

Seven years later, Amber is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with an engineering degree and works at Baxter as an engineer at its Mountain Home facility, where she designs, manages, installs and supports equipment used to produce medical devices.

"I came across those who did not believe I was serious about my career choice or that I could make it through the grueling curriculum," Amber shares. "I proved them wrong."

Since college, Amber has been giving back to the program that helped her on her career path. Last year alone, she volunteered more than 550 hours mentoring students in the FIRST program as they designed and built a robot. She hopes she can inspire other young people—especially girls—to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Tippawan Jitpimolmard, Baxter's Thailand country manager, also believes in the power of education to transform young minds. As an invited lecturer at several universities, she dedicates her free time to sharing best practices in business and ethics with pharmaceutical students, who also benefit from a personal educational grant that she makes every year.

She tries to inspire by example in her professional life—whether she's working closely with the Thai government to increase access to treatment for patients with end stage renal disease and hemophilia, serving as the founder and president of the Marketing Pharmacy Association of Thailand, or working as a partner with the Habitat for Humanity Foundation in the rebuilding efforts following 2010 floods in the country.

"I feel that it's important to be guided by ethics in the work that we do," explains Tippawan. "In the healthcare industry, we have the ability to make a powerful positive impact on critically ill patients as well as in the communities in which we live and work."

Tippawan is the company's first female country manager in Thailand, and she recently achieved another "first" in the country. She was named "Business Role Model of the Year 2013" by the Foundation of Science and Technology Council of Thailand (FSTT)—the first female pharmacist in the private healthcare sector to be recognized by FSTT for the award. Presented to business professionals in the applied sciences and technology field, the award recognizes individuals who have gained business success while maintaining the highest standard of ethics and making significant contributions to country, community and society development.

For Tippawan, her accomplishments and success are the result of her own dedication, skills and hard work, as well as the support she's received from Baxter during her career with the company.

"My professional journey has been rewarding for me," she says. "I appreciate working for a company that values my talents and expertise and provides me with opportunities and support to advance even further in my career."

Fostering an Inclusive Workplace
Since her days as one of the few women in her engineering classes, Amber has taken away an appreciation for the insights that different backgrounds can bring to the table.

"Inclusion is something to be embraced," Amber says. "I tell young women considering careers in engineering that they have a fresh new outlook that their peers may not possess, which makes them an asset to any company."

To read more about Baxter's efforts in global inclusion and diversity, click here.

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Video: Symantec’s VP of Corporate Responsibility Speaks on Gender Diversity at “Honoring Progress” Event

Mon, 2014-03-17 12:15
By Lora Phillips, Symantec's Senior Manager, Global Corporate Responsibility

SOURCE: Symantec


Last month, Symantec’s Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Cecily Joseph, spoke at a San Francisco event - "Honoring Progress: The 2013 Gender Equality Practices.” The event, attended by over 100 Bay Area professionals, focused on programs to increase workplace diversity and support the empowerment of women in the corporate world.

The event was cosponsored by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and Calvert Investments in partnership with the Bay Area Council, the Institute for Women's Leadership, and Assemblymember Phil Ting.

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Sappi's Ideas that Matter Program Featured in People Magazine: Teen Gives 4,000 Soccer Balls to Kids Around the World Who Can't Afford Them

Mon, 2014-03-17 07:15
Charity Ball has hand-delivered over 3,500 new, quality soccer balls to children in developing countries

SOURCE: Sappi Fine Paper North America


By Sharon Cotliar, People magazine article originally published 03/13/2014 at 02:55 PM EDT

One minute, 10-year-old Ethan King was standing alone, kicking his soccer ball around a dusty, deserted field during a trip to Mozambique, and the next, dozens of kids were playing soccer with him.

"It was crazy," says the Grand Haven, Mich., resident. "Everyone was screaming and laughing and having fun."

That's when it hit him, he says, "how much joy a single soccer ball could bring." After a couple of kids showed him their soccer balls, made of balled-up trash bags and twine, the competitive soccer player says, "I felt really bad knowing that I had seven soccer balls in my garage back home and these kids didn't even have one or have access to buy one."

Since that day in 2009, King resolved to change that. King, who had been visiting the country for two weeks with his dad, started by giving away his soccer ball, the first of 4,000 balls that have been hand-delivered to kids in 22 countries since King, now 14 and a high school freshman in Michigan, began Charity Ball in 2010.

"This came from the heart," says his father, Brian King, 44, an executive director at Vox United, who was repairing water wells in Mozambique, when Ethan discovered his passion for giving. His mom Lorie, 45, says, "We just fanned the flame."

It was Ethan, who called corporations asking for donations, and spoke to kids and parents about Charity Ball's mission, on the sidelines of soccer games. For a $25 donation, Charity Ball guarantees that a brand new soccer ball will be hand-delivered to kids who can't afford to buy one.

Individual donors, corporations and other groups can also sign up to deliver balls through the website charityball.org. "Anyone can apply to take soccer balls with them to a place they are traveling to," explains Ethan, who returned to Mozambique last summer to help organize a soccer tournament and deliver balls.

Kids like Marques Nhongonheia, 10, and Divino Filipe, 11, from Mozambique, are among the recipients. "Now I own a ball that I can share with my friends and have a team for kids our age," says Filipe.

Says Nhongonheia: "Now we are playing with the same type of ball. I am just like one of those players we watch on television. The ball I received from Charity Ball has inspired me to take soccer seriously. "

To date, the nonprofit, first created at the Kings' kitchen table, has inspired 75 corporations and 1,000 people to help hand deliver soccer balls to kids in developing countries.

"I've learned you don't have to be a celebrity or be a certain age to make a difference," says Ethan. "I just wanted to do more because I knew I could."

For more, go to Charityball.org and watch a short documentary called Pass the Ball, about Ethan King's work.


“Pass The Ball” is made possible through a generous grant from Sappi Fine Paper North America and the Ideas That Matter program. Sappi's annual Ideas that Matter program is a highly respected grant program aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects in support of charitable causes. Since 1999, the program has awarded over $12M to talented designers working with non-profit programs and organizations around the world. For more on Sappi’s Ideas that Matter, visit http://www.na.sappi.com/ideasthatmatterNA



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To the Power of 9...

Mon, 2014-03-17 06:00

SOURCE: GlaxoSmithKline


There is a kind of magic that can happen when a business and a nonprofit team-up to tackle a tough community issue. So, just think of what can come from a partnership between a business and not one, but eight, nonprofits.

At GSK, we believe the results of a partnership can be exponentially greater when the organizations come together in a very intentional way and commit to a common agenda. In Denver, we are bringing organizations together for a greater collective impact.

We’re excited to announce The Youth-Driven Healthy Recreation Centers Collective, an innovative 18-month partnership supported by a $500,000 GSK IMPACT Grant, and led by LiveWell Colorado. The partnership between GSK and eight nonprofits will engage youth as change agents for a healthier community in three Denver neighborhoods: Globeville, Elyria-Swansea and Northeast Denver.

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Keep America Beautiful Kicks Off the 16th Annual Great American Cleanup to Transform Public Spaces into Beautiful Places in Communities Coast to Coast

Mon, 2014-03-17 02:45
Leading Corporations Partner with National Nonprofit and Its Affiliate Network to Engage and Educate Volunteers to Improve Their Community’s Environment

SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful


STAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, announced today the launch of the 16th annual Great American Cleanup.

The Great American Cleanup is the country’s largest community improvement program that kicks off each spring and engages 4+ million volunteers in more than 20,000 communities.

Together with the nonprofit’s national network of community-based affiliates, organized volunteer events and experiential environment education programs are structured to beautify parks, trails and recreation areas, clean shorelines and waterways, reduce waste and increase recycling, remove litter and debris, plant trees and build community gardens, among other events to inspire generations of environmental stewards.

“Through our actions and impact, we help create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound,” said Jennifer M. Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “During the Great American Cleanup, our volunteers’ work returns on average $175 million in measurable benefits annually across the communities we serve.”

The national sponsors of the 2014 Great American Cleanup include Dow, The Glad Products Company, Lowe’s, Phillips 66, Troy-Bilt® Lawn and Garden Equipment and Waste Management.

Here is a snapshot of Great American Cleanup events taking place in March:

  • Fort Worth, Texas (March 22): Keep Fort Worth Beautiful is coordinating the annual Cowtown Great American Cleanup. More than 5,000 residents will participate in cleaning and greening sites ranging from the historic Fairmont neighborhood to Sundance Square and Trinity Trails. After the morning’s community cleanup, volunteers will enjoy the annual Earth Party featuring live music, educational exhibits and local/regional sustainability initiatives.
  • Phoenix, Ariz. (March 23): Students from the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting will gather in downtown Phoenix for the Clinton Foundation’s ninth Day of Action in collaboration with PHX Renews, a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Keep Phoenix Beautiful that aims to transform previously vacant lots in the city into vibrant and sustainable public spaces. Volunteers will be tasked with creating art murals, harvesting produce, building community gardens, planting trees, milling grain, and building benches and picnic tables, among other projects.
  • Sarasota, Fla. (March 22): Keep Sarasota County Beautiful is leading 1,000-plus volunteers to clean up one of 27 parks, beaches and natural areas across Sarasota County.
  • Tennessee (March): Keep Tennessee Beautiful partnered with Chad Pregracke, CNN’s 2013 Hero of the Year, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam to inspire residents to clean up their communities across the state. On March 7, Governor Haslam proclaimed March as Keep Tennessee Beautiful month.

The Great American Cleanup kicks off each March with events occurring from spring through fall. Keep America Beautiful and its community-based affiliates are hosting numerous events in recognition of Earth Day in April.

Later this month, the national nonprofit will announce additional organized volunteer events and experiential environment education programs for Earth Day that will take place across the country.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates and participating organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow @kabtweet on Twitter and like us on facebook.com/keepamericabeautiful.


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Kenya Boswell Named a Black Achiever in Industry by the Harlem YMCA

Mon, 2014-03-17 02:30



PITTSBURGH, March 17, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Kenya T. Boswell, BNY Mellon’s Charitable Giving Manager for the southwestern Pennsylvania region, will be honored at the Harlem YMCA’s National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry gala on March 20, 2014 in New York City. The Black Achiever in Industry event celebrates the contributions of leading corporations and their selected employees for their corporate leadership and their service to the community. Boswell is being recognized for her professional accomplishments, community involvement and commitment to diversity.

“Kenya was selected for her notable personal and professional accomplishments, as well as for championing diversity through her community work in the Pittsburgh region and with IMPACT, BNY Mellon’s business resource group for multicultural employees,” said James P. McDonald, BNY Mellon’s director of global philanthropy. “Kenya exemplifies honor and integrity, and we’re proud to have her represent BNY Mellon at this prestigious event.”

In her role as BNY Mellon’s Charitable Giving Manager for the southwestern Pennsylvania region, Boswell is responsible for managing Corporate, Tax Credit and Foundation investments that support the company’s philanthropic, business and Community Reinvestment Act objectives. She is also vice president of the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon in February 2008, Boswell worked in Duquesne Light’s Corporate Communications and Community Affairs department, where her responsibilities included managing the company’s signature Partners in Education program, developing innovative signature initiatives, such as the Power of Warmth, and identifying opportunities for executive volunteerism.

Boswell is an Advisory Committee Member for Carnegie Mellon University’s Program for Research & Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS), a Community Advisory Board Member for WQED Multimedia, a Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board Youth Policy Council Member and a member of the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics Workforce Development Committee. She was recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s Top 40 under 40 leaders in 2008 and by the New Pittsburgh Courier as one of their 2011 Fab 40 honorees. 

Boswell received a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.S. in Management from Robert Morris University and recently completed Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz Negotiation Academy for Women.

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 December 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). Additional information is available on www.bnymellon.com, or follow us on Twitter @BNYMellon.


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Children International and Planet Water Join Forces to Provide Clean Water to Impoverished Communities

Mon, 2014-03-17 01:05
Three-Year Project Will Give 70,000 People in the Dominican Republic, India and the Philippines Access to Clean Water

SOURCE: Children International


Children International and Planet Water are collaborating on a three-year project that will bring clean, safe water to 70,000 people in impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic, India and the Philippines. These communities have access to water, but have no means of purifying it. Children International and Planet Water will construct AquaTowers at Children International community centers and local schools that will purify the water and make it available for drinking and washing. Children in the communities will be taught the importance of clean water and good hygiene as it pertains to their health. Additionally, Planet Water is developing portable emergency water systems that will be stored at 10 Children International community centers in the Philippines and can be used in the wake of natural disasters.

To learn more about this collaboration, watch the video.

And for more information on opportunities to participate with Children International as a corporate or individual partner, contact Franklin Guerrero at fguerrero@children.org.

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©2014 Children International.

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.

Follow Children International on Facebook and Twitter.

About Planet Water Foundation

Planet Water is a U.S.-based, nonprofit organization focused on bringing clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and education programs on water-health and hygiene. The organization’s projects are focused on schools, children and rural communities that lack access to clean, safe water. Planet Water has completed projects in 10 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Information about Planet Water is available at http://www.planet-water.org.

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