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Kansas City, MO, November 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Disaster-response teams from Children International are providing immediate and long-term recovery needs on the ground in the Philippines. The organization announced today that three 40-foot containers of relief supplies are en route to the typhoon-ravaged country.
Children International’s professional staff of 200 in the Philippines is focusing efforts on the crisis situation left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. “The process has two concurrent tracks,” explains Jim Cook, the organization’s president. “While we are on the ground now assisting those in need, we are also utilizing our long-term distribution networks – established over 30 years of working in the Philippines – to provide assistance. We are utilizing that established network to determine the most effective, swift assistance we can provide in the region.”
Children International Philippines Country Director Pio Salvador reports that families continue to sift through what little remains of their shredded homes in Legazpi, just north of the area that experienced the brunt of the Super Typhoon. Local staff are providing immediate aid and counseling for children traumatized by the disaster.
Children International’s Award-Winning Crisis Response History in the Philippines
Over the years, Children International has implemented various disaster-recovery efforts in the typhoon-prone country, running the spectrum from disaster-preparedness training and drills to providing permanent housing for families who were forced to resettle after their houses were buried under mudslides.
Last year, Children International Philippines of the Bicol region received the Best Civil Society Organization on Humanitarian Assistance by the Republic of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. As a result of receiving the award for three consecutive years, Children International also received the Hall of Fame Award in recognition of its work in disaster relief. In addition, Country Director Pio Salvador received special recognition for his “invaluable contribution in the field of disaster risk-reduction and management.”
About Children International
Children International prepares children and youth to escape the traps of poverty by supporting their critical needs, building resilience, and engaging them in transformative activities. Children International accomplishes this by providing crucial benefits and compassionate care through easily accessible, modern community centers. Children International’s presence, programs and supporters have a positive impact on children, youth, families and communities; provide protection; encourage self-sufficiency; and serve as catalysts for change.
For more information about Children International, visit www.children.org.
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When people talk about green building, they’re usually focused on the environmental impact, such as water, waste and energy efficacy, and aren’t necessarily thinking about how the people working inside or their overall well-being are affected. Today, 68% of Adobe's square footage is LEED certified -- and growing. As a leader in LEED-certified buildings and as a founding partner of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Building Health Initiative, we’re looking to make the connections between green building workplaces and healthier, more collaborative and creative employees.
The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about the health effects of existing buildings and change the way builders and contractors choose products that are not only better for the environment, but also for our own well-being. As part of the initiative, Adobe has taken the Building Health Challenge – a pledge to promote health and wellness and take actions to catalyze industry change in building healthy places. Our first action is a study that will measure our existing LEED certified workspaces and how they contribute to a more collaborative, creative, innovative and healthy work environment for our employees.
For Adobe, creating “sustainable” workplaces for our employees is a priority. It’s important to us that our employees come to work each day and feel that working here enables their creativity and collaborating with colleagues is easy. We want our employees to view their workplaces as healthy and that they feel good while working. A few examples of this are most visible in our open workspaces:
Studies by Carnegie Mellon, among others, have demonstrated that productivity in green buildings is .4% to 18% higher than in conventional buildings, due to better lighting, cleaner, fresher air, and greater access to daylight and outside views. And according to the USGBC, a 1% increase in productivity is worth more than the entire cost of utilities for most companies.
We are excited to be a part of this drive towards sustainability and will continue to keep you updated on where our efforts are focused and how we’re progressing.
KEYWORDS: Environment, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, Building Health Initiative, featured-post, LEED, sustainability, sustainable workplaces, U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC
NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Cohen Children’s Medical Center announced it has partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Toyota to bring the Buckle Up for Life program, a national, community-based injury prevention program, to New York.
Building on a partnership that began in 2004 between one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals - Cincinnati Children’s - and the global automotive manufacturer - Toyota, the Buckle Up for Life program is designed to help save lives by educating communities about the number one cause of death of children under the age of 12 in the United States--motor vehicle crashes.
Car crashes are the number one killer of children in the United States between the ages 1 and 12.[i] Only 1 out of every 4 child car seats are properly installed.[ii]Furthermore, due to multiple factors, Hispanic and African American children are 10 times less likely to be properly restrained in a vehicle[iii].
“We are excited to be a partner of the Buckle Up for Life program,” said Debora Riccardi, Director of Community Outreach at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “The number of children dying unnecessarily in motor vehicle-related crashes remains high and we aim to raise awareness of the importance of being properly secured in motor vehicles, preventing injury and helping to save lives. Buckle Up for Life is a monumental initiative and we are so proud to be part of this national movement.”
Multi-year, Multi-million Dollars Funds Buckle Up for Life Expansion
As part of Toyota’s ongoing commitment to provide safety programs to passengers and drivers of all ages, the company announced in September that it increased funding of Buckle Up for Life by six million dollars over the next three years, allowing the program to expand from the current eight cities to a total of 17 cities by 2016. This investment is added to the more than two and a half million dollars of support Toyota has provided over the past nine years. To-date Buckle Up for Life has had tremendous results, including providing more than 40,000 child car seats to families in need. In one city alone, the use of proper child car seats by program participants nearly tripled.
In additional to partnering with Cohen Children’s Medical Center, this year Buckle Up for Life has also partnered with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital (Memphis, TN) and Phoenix Children’s Hospital (Phoenix, AZ). They join successful programs already in place with local hospital partners in Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Orange Country, CA, and San Antonio.
“At Toyota, we are strongly committed to the belief that driver and passenger safety is a universal need and something everyone should have access to,” said Latondra Newton, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer of Toyota Motor North America Inc. “That is why we partnered with Cincinnati Children’s to create Buckle Up for Life and now expand to even more cities. We consider today to be both a celebration of all we have achieved and a call to action for the tremendous amount of work still to be done.”
Buckle Up for Life Pledge
The Buckle Up for Life pledge is a national call to action inviting the public to take a pledge to Buckle Up for Life and share the safety with loved ones. Visit the Buckle Up for Life website, www.BuckleUpforLife.org or join the more than 170 million members of the Causes community at www.causes.com/Toyota to take the pledge.
"With North Shore-LIJ, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Toyota partnering together, we are finding a solution to the problem of poor car seat safety to better protect our children,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Representative for the 3rd District of New York. “I'm proud to join with Cohen Children's Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Toyota as they introduce Buckle Up for Life right here in New York. This innovative partnership will help save lives by educating our communities about the importance of wearing a safety belt and proper car seat installation."
KEYWORDS: Cohen Children's Medical Center, Toyota, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, BUCKLE UP FOR LIFE, injury prevention, community, philanthropy, safety
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Medtronic announced today a grant of $100,000 to the Philippines Red Cross to support relief efforts in the areas affected by the Super Typhoon Haiyan on November 8.
Medtronic employees wishing to assist directly with local recovery efforts are allowed five days of paid leave in order to serve as needed. Additionally, employee donations to qualified disaster relief organizations will be doubled through Medtronic’s Matching Grants program.
Medtronic, Inc. (www.medtronic.com), headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world. Through Medtronic Philanthropy, it supports Red Cross and Red Crescent societies worldwide to respond to natural disasters.
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SOURCE: Darden RestaurantsDESCRIPTION:
When you first enter the new Red Lobster situated in the heart of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, you’ll immediately notice it’s not like your typical Red Lobster. Having lived in the Queens, New York, area for more than 50 years, I know that incoming businesses need to respect the surrounding community and I’m excited for how we’ve integrated Harlem’s rich and cultural heritage into all our restaurant details. We want to offer a fresh seafood experience for both Harlem residents and visitors in a new, sleek restaurant design that is different from any other Red Lobster in the country.
KEYWORDS: darden, Darden Restaurants, Darden Digest, Red Lobster, Harlem, New York, community, Apollo Theater, Grand Opening
SOURCE: BNY MellonDESCRIPTION:
November 13, 2013 /3Bl Media/ - BNY Mellon, the global leader in investment management and investment services, announced today it is making an initial corporate donation of US$100,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to support relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The company is also donating a further $25,000 to help Stop Hunger Now ship 100,000 packed meals to the Philippines. BNY Mellon will match employee individual donations toward Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts, dollar for dollar, through the company’s Disaster Relief Matched Giving Program.
Steve Lackey, Asia-Pacific Chairman, BNY Mellon, said: "It has been so difficult to witness the catastrophic losses experienced by the victims and their families of Typhoon Haiyan. Our thoughts are with our local staff, their families and countrymen during this difficult time."
BNY Mellon is a major supporter of the Red Cross in times of greatest need and has designated Red Crosses as the supported charities in its Disaster Relief Matched Giving Program. BNY Mellon and its employees around the globe donated more than US$33 million and volunteered more than 50,000 hours in 2012. Learn more about BNY Mellon’s philanthropic programs at www.bnymellon.com/csr.
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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 September 30, 2013, BNY Mellon had $27.4 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, and $1.5 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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KEYWORDS: Environment, BNY Mellon, International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, Philippines, typhoon haiyan, Stop Hunger Now, Steve Lackey
SOURCE: FedEx CorporationDESCRIPTION:
As the world watches the tragic aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), all of us at FedEx share in the grief as we see the extent of the destruction. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, survivors, loved ones and first responders affected by this storm.
Internally, our first efforts were accounting for our own team members who live and work in the Philippines. We are grateful that they are all accounted for and safe. Yet, we know that so many families are still waiting for word on their loved ones and waiting for food, water, and supplies. Like so many around the globe, our thoughts turn to “How can we help?”
We are honored to work closely with disaster relief organizations (American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart and Water Missions) to donate transportation of equipment and relief supplies to impacted areas. While many agencies on the ground are still assessing needs, we are pleased to report that our first flights with aid are on the way.
Water on the Way
Last night, one of our planes left from Charleston, SC with two large “Living Water Treatment Systems” from Water Missions. Each unit can serve up to 5,000 people per day after a disaster. In addition, 10 potable water chlorinators were also on board to help respond to the huge need.
Other agencies have large efforts are underway and we will update this blog post as those great works finalize
In the meantime, many of our customers are also asking how you can help. We encourage anyone wanting to support the relief effort to contact the disaster relief organizations directly. Due to logistical challenges in the affected areas, these organizations prefer monetary support over the collection of new and used items.
About FedEx and Disaster Relief
Disaster relief is in our DNA. For decades, FedEx has been honored to deliver critical supplies, services and expertise to support victims of disaster. For more information, read our latest report on Global Programs in Disaster Readiness, Relief and Recovery or visit the Disaster Relief section of our website.
KEYWORDS: FedEx, typhoon haiyan, Philippines, disaster relief, Super Typhoon, Direct Relief, heart to heart international, Water Missions International, Salvation Army, American Red Cross
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
November 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ - The Small Business Administration this week launched Veterans Small Business Week, a seven-day series of events designed to engage former members of the military and ensure they have the tools they need to start or grow a business. Keeping that spirit alive throughout the month as the nation prepares to honor and show its appreciation for veterans, members of the armed forces, and military families on Veterans Day, Capital One Financial Corporation and Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, announced that they will bring together women business owners and business growth experts from across the country to participate in the second Women Veterans Entrepreneur Corps (WVEC) Conference, November 18-19, 2013, at the Capital One Conference Center in Plano, Texas.
WVEC, the result of an ongoing partnership between Capital One and Count Me In, is designed to help teach and inspire women veteran entrepreneurs to fuel the growth of their small businesses and create new jobs for veterans and civilians across the country. The conference is part of Capital One’s $800,000 commitment to support WVEC, a training and mentorship program designed to help established women small business owners who are veterans, spouses/domestic partners of veterans, or daughters of veterans conquer daily business challenges and plan ahead for future growth and success.
“Capital One is excited to partner with Count Me In to host the second WVEC Conference,” said Sanjiv Yajnik, President of Financial Services, Capital One. “The breadth of information presented at this event can empower women business owners and entrepreneurs to take their businesses and ideas to the next level. At Capital One, we understand the value small businesses bring to local economies and through our partnership with Count Me In, we are combining our expertise in small business development with our commitment to help entrepreneurial women veterans grow their businesses –– a step that not only benefits them personally but also supports local economies and job growth.”
The conference provides an opportunity for the participants to meet and network with other women entrepreneurs and will feature a business pitch competition that will allow women business owners a chance to give a two-minute business pitch and receive real-time, expert feedback to help them hone their concepts. The winners of the competition will have an opportunity to join Count Me In’s celebrated Business Accelerator Program, a nine-month intensive business education program designed to help women grow their businesses significantly within 18 to 36 months. In addition, attendees will participate in a variety of panels and workshops, some of which will be led by established women veteran small business owners. Capital One professionals will also offer coaching and mentoring during the event.
At the WVEC Conference and Competition, participating women will:
“The enthusiasm and determination that women small business owners, especially those who are veterans, bring to their business ventures is unparalleled,” said Nell Merlino, Founder and President, Count Me In. “Through the WVEC program, Capital One and Count Me In are providing a strong community of support, as well as essential tools and resources needed to help these women grow their small businesses quickly and sustainably, allowing them to significantly contribute to the growth of local economies and create new jobs.”
The WVEC Conference and Competition will feature an exciting roster of informative and inspiring speakers and small business growth experts from the military and civilian business world, including:
The WVEC program builds on Capital One’s three-year, $4.5 million commitment to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative, a program that provides job fairs and workforce training initiatives across the United States for veterans and military spouses. In March 2012, Capital One, the U.S. Chamber and National Chamber Foundation announced “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
Capital One’s partnership with Count Me In is aligned with its commitment to helping aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses of every size grow and thrive – whether it’s directly through their products and services, or through innovative partnerships and programs like WVEC that provide tailored business training, mentoring, and other professional support and resources.
About Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence
Count Me In is the leading not-for-profit provider of business education and resources for women interested in growing their micro-businesses into million-dollar enterprises. Founded in 1999, the organization inspires and instructs thousands of women business owners online, at live events, and through peers, coaches and experts to significantly increase revenues and create new jobs. CMI has developed a reputation nationally and internationally for accelerating business growth and positioning women in the forefront of global economic recovery. For more information on Count Me In programs and resources visit www.countmein.org.
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a Fortune 500 company with more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Its subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., offer a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One applies the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. Capital One recognizes that helping to build strong and healthy communities – good places to work, good places to do business and good places to raise families – benefits us all and Capital One is proud to support this and other community initiatives.
KEYWORDS: Count me in, capital one, women veterans, Veterans, job creation, economic growth, conferences, events, small business administration, WVEC, Women Veterans Entrepreneurship Corps Conference
SOURCE: The Clorox CompanyDESCRIPTION:
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) has donated $150,000 to the American Red Cross Pacific Typhoon Fund to aid in recovery following the devastation of Typhoon Hainan in the Philippines. The company has also established a microsite through the American Red Cross that enables employees and others to donate to relief efforts.
Clorox’s business in the Philippines has provided relief goods to feed the 100 families of its impacted distributors, who are in an area with little news coverage or aid. Local Clorox employees have also signed up to pack relief goods with the Department of Social Welfare.
Clorox is donating its current local product inventory, which will be distributed this week, and working to import a container of Clorox® bleach that will be delivered directly to the Red Cross.
Additionally, the company is working with an ad agency partner to spread the word on proper disinfecting techniques. The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of bleach for helping control the spread of pathogens that can cause infections and other health threats.
For more information on cleaning and sanitizing with bleach after an emergency, visit http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/bleach.asp.
The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,400 employees and fiscal year 2013 revenues of $5.6 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Clorox Healthcare™, Health Link®, AppleCare® and Dispatch® products, Green Works® naturally derived products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poet® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and KC Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, and Burt's Bees® and god® natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of the company's brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. Clorox's commitment to corporate responsibility includes making a positive difference in its communities. In fiscal year 2013, The Clorox Company Foundation awarded about $4 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at nearly $15 million. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com.
KEYWORDS: typhoon haiyan, disaster relief, American Red Cross
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 13, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- CITGO Marketers and Retailers in the Greater Milwaukee area are working with local music halls for the "Fuel Up & Get Down" promotion through April 30, 2014. A total of 160 CITGO locations in the Greater Milwaukee area are offering customers the opportunity to receive up to two tickets per person for an event at Pabst Theater, The Riverside Theater or Turner Hall Ballroom.
Customers who make four CITGO fuel purchases of at least eight gallons will have the chance to receive a free event ticket. The process works like this: Once four fill-ups have been completed, customers can fill out a simple form near the register inside participating locations. Customers who bring four receipts from purchases dated between Nov. 4, 2013 and April 30, 2014, along with the completed form to the box office at The Riverside Theater or Pabst Theater will be eligible to receive one free ticket for every four receipts submitted, up to two per person. Receipts are redeemable for any event in the given date range while availability and supplies last, but customers must collect event tickets at least 14 days prior to the event date.
"Playing an active role in these types of community activities is one of our favorite things about being part of the CITGO team," said Tom Reinsch of Condon Oil, one of the participating CITGO Marketers. "At Condon Oil, we love brainstorming new ways to get involved in the community and when we had the chance to be part of this opportunity, we jumped at it."
Many different types of exciting shows occur at these great venues, including musical artists like John Legend and Sheryl Crow, comics like Jim Gaffigan and acapella groups like Straight No Chaser. There is something for everyone to enjoy, including A Christmas Carol as the holidays approach. With six months of events to choose from, there are definitely plenty of options and more exciting events to come.
"Working with our Marketers to help drive traffic to their stores with incentives that support the local community is the ultimate goal of our field marketing initiatives," said Alan Flagg, general manager of light oils marketing with CITGO. "And with 160 locations offering the chance to win tickets for fun, family events, it's a great way to kick-off the holiday season and help families enjoy some festive activities at affordable prices."
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned stations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers own and operate nearly 300 locations in Wisconsin and are proud to support their communities, including Milwaukee. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.
KEYWORDS: Citgo, Music, music events, concerts, Fuel up & get down, millwaukee, Pabst Theater, The Riverside Theater, Turner Hall Ballroom
ATLANTA, November 13, 2013 /3BL Media/ – UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced its $1 million pledge in support for recovery efforts in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The pledge is a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise to provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for the long-term needs.
“UPS and its partners quickly moved our Global Humanitarian Relief Program to urgent response mode and together have set into motion a multi-faceted relief effort,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are immediately contributing $500,000 to provide urgent relief. We will monitor progress and on-going needs and will contribute an additional $500,000 later to support the near-term recovery needs of these communities.”
UPS’s financial and in-kind contribution for urgent response totaling $500,000 is comprised of several grant recipients:
UPS will also commit at least $500,000 in additional financial support over the coming months to help speed long-term recovery efforts in the Philippines. The company is currently working with its humanitarian relief program partners to assess recovery needs in local communities.
Moreover, UPS has assigned Oliver Bartolo to the UN World Food Programme’s Logistics Emergency Team in the Philippines to assist the Global Logistics Cluster to coordinate relief efforts to areas hardest hit by the typhoon. The company is also in close coordination with its local operations people as well as with key customers in order to help facilitate a more efficient response to relief efforts.
Leveraging UPS’s expertise in logistics during disasters is an area where the company has proven it can make a big impact. In fact, providing humanitarian relief is an ongoing program. Last year, UPS supported more than 200 humanitarian relief programs in 35 countries. This includes programs that prepare communities for a crisis, providing them with urgent relief when a crisis occurs and post-crisis recovery phase support. Through a combination of in-kind shipments, technical and expertise sharing and funding of relief organizations, UPS contributed in excess of $6.5 million in 2012. This includes areas impacted by natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac as well as global refugee crises in the Sahel and Middle East. To read more about UPS’s efforts, please visit Aidmatrix case study
“UPS has a long history of working with disaster relief organizations to deliver critical, life-saving aid to communities in need around the world,” said Martinez. “The victims of Typhoon Haiyan are facing many hardships. By donating financial and logistical support to organizations that will provide assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead, we are helping ensure impacted citizens have a reliable, efficient and predictable path back to recovery.”
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for leading the organization’s philanthropy and corporate citizenship efforts. In 2012, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $97.5 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
KEYWORDS: UPS, typhoon haiyan, typhoon, disaster relief, Donation, csr, philanthropy
SOURCE: Whirlpool CorporationDESCRIPTION:
BENTON HARBOR, Mich., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Today Maytag® brand and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) announced the selection of five finalists in the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Awards – America’s Vote competition. The Dependable Leader Awards recognize Boys & Girls Club professionals and volunteers who are committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, and are dependable and exceptional role models. America’s Vote is an extension of the Dependable Leader Awards, inviting people across the U.S. to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online at www.bgca.org/Maytag.
The 2013 America’s Vote finalists are:
“This is the first year Maytag and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been given the honor of selecting the final winner of the Maytag Dependable Leader Awards to the general public,” said William Beck, senior brand director, Maytag. “All of the America’s Vote finalists are making enormous impacts within their respective communities. We are eager to see which finalist America chooses.”
The winner of America’s Vote will join 24 other Dependable Leaders across the country also honored this year. In recognition of their achievements, they each received a $20,000 financial grant to help his/her Club deepen its impact in its community. The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows Maytag brand to give back to Boys & Girls Clubs professionals, Club youth and volunteers who continue to give tirelessly of themselves to the Clubs and the youth they work with.
Starting at 12:00 AM (EST) on Nov. 12 through midnight, Nov. 29, people can visit www.bgca.org/Maytag to learn more about each of the five finalists and the exemplary work they are doing in their communities. They can then vote for the finalist that they believe stands out as a Maytag Dependable Leader. Voting is limited to one vote per email address per day.
“America’s Vote provides a truly engaging way to showcase and honor the work that Boys & Girls Clubs professionals, Club youth and volunteers are doing every day to help youth across the country achieve great futures,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “We are excited to see each of the finalists’ local Clubs and communities, as well as people across the U.S. rally around these exceptional leaders to select the final recipient of the Maytag Dependable Leader Award and grant.”
Boys & Girls Clubs provides services and support to enable youth to reach their full potential as high-performing adults. With a heritage of dependability dating back more than 100 years, the Maytag brand mission is to build high-performing products consumers can count on. The partnership between Maytag and BGCA seeks to recognize and promote dependability – a quality that is at the core of what the Club’s staff and volunteers do every day and is central to Maytag brand.
About Maytag Brand
For more than a century, Maytag brand appliances have been synonymous with dependability and durability. Through the commitment of Whirlpool Corporation, Maytag brand’s enduring tradition of quality production and performance continues to thrive. Exceptionally durable, commercial-grade components are found in many Maytag brand appliances – including Maytag® Maxima® front-load and Maytag® Bravos® top-load washers and dryers. Maytag brand is part of the Whirlpool Corporation, the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $18 billion in 2012, 68,000 employees, and 65 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. For more information on any Maytag brand appliance, visit www.maytag.com.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native American lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at www.bgca.org/facebook and bgca.org/twitter.
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BELLEVUE, Wash., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Outerwall Inc. is joining its employees and Americans in supporting the Super Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts of U.S. Fund for UNICEF. Americans can donate their spare change at Coinstar® donation-enabled kiosks across the United States and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will receive funds within 48 hours. While the full impact of the disaster is still being assessed, as many as four million children are believed to be affected by the emergency, according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. UNICEF is airlifting lifesaving emergency items, including essential medicines, nutrition, safe water and hygiene supplies along with shelter equipment to the Philippines.
To make a donation at a Coinstar kiosk, individuals simply select the “donate” option from the menu, choose U.S. Fund for UNICEF Disaster Relief (code 5556), and pour in any amount of change to support relief efforts providing food, shelter and other assistance to Super Typhoon Haiyan victims.
"We are putting the power of our nationwide network of Coinstar locations to work to support the areas impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan," said J. Scott Di Valerio, chief executive officer of Outerwall Inc. "Spare change and micro-donations add up quickly and depositing coins at a Coinstar kiosk is an easy way to help the people impacted by this horrible disaster get back on their feet.”
"We greatly appreciate Outerwall’s commitment to supporting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s disaster relief fundraising efforts,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “By collecting donations, Outerwall will help UNICEF deliver aid to children and families in the Philippines who need it most."
Consumers can find a nearby Coinstar kiosk with the donation option by visiting www.coinstar.com. Individuals can also donate directly to U.S. Fund for UNICEF at www.unicefusa.org/philippines or by texting RELIEF to 864233 (UNICEF) to donate $10.
About Outerwall Inc.
Outerwall (Nasdaq: OUTR) has more than 20 years of experience creating some of the most profitable spaces for their retail partners. The company mission is to create a better everyday by delivering breakthrough kiosk experiences that delight consumers and generate revenue for retailers. As the company that brought consumers Redbox® entertainment, Coinstar® money services, Rubi™ coffee, and ecoATM ® electronics recycling kiosks, Outerwall is leading the next generation of automated retail and paving the way for inventive, scalable businesses. Outerwall kiosks are in neighborhood grocery stores, drug stores, mass merchants, malls, and other retail locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Learn more at www.outerwall.com.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
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SOURCE: The Walt Disney CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Burbank, Calif., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will donate half-a-million dollars to Save the Children and the American Red Cross to support humanitarian aid and rebuilding efforts related to the recent tragedy in the Philippines. In addition, eligible donations from employees to organizations involved in disaster relief will be matched, dollar for dollar up to set limits, by Disney Employee Matching Gifts: A Program of The Walt Disney Company Foundation.
“Our hearts go out to the millions of people in the Philippines affected by this tragedy,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “We hope this donation and our employee matching gift contributions will help families begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastation.”
The Walt Disney Company is committed to working with humanitarian organizations to help rebuild affected communities and assist families. Today's announcement is part of Disney's ongoing disaster preparedness and response program. As a proud sponsor of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, Disney provides support for disaster relief services, as well as comfort and hope to children in impacted communities.
About The Walt Disney Company
The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. Disney is a Dow 30 company and had annual revenues of $45 billion in its Fiscal Year 2013.
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KEYWORDS: The Walt Disney Company, The Walt Disney Company Foundation, Save the Children, The American Red Cross, American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, Save the Children’s Emergency Fund, typhoon haiyan, Disaster Releif, Disney Citizenship, Disney
SOURCE: Johnson ControlsDESCRIPTION:
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Johnson Controls, a global diversified multi-industrial company with established core businesses in the automotive and building industries, is getting behind the men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve by signing the statement of support for the Employee Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
In a ceremony held today honoring veterans at the company’s headquarters in Milwaukee, Alex Molinaroli, chief executive officer of Johnson Controls, signed the document which affirms the company’s support for its employees who put on the uniforms of the Guard and Reserve.
“Johnson Controls recognizes the sacrifice our employees and their families make when they join the Guard and Reserve and we are committed to help them succeed in their careers as civilians and members of our armed forces,” said Molinaroli.
By signing the statement of support, Johnson Controls pledges to provide its supervisors with the tools needed to manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve and to encourage opportunities to employ members of the Guard and Reserve as well as veterans.
Employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the Guard and Reserve,” said Paul Mock, national chairman of the ESGR. “Thanks to support from companies like Johnson Controls, the men and women of the Guard and Reserve are able to help protect and defend this great nation.”
Additionally, Johnson Controls has once again been named a top employer for hiring veterans by GI Jobs Magazine.
Helping the company to be a veteran’s employer of choice is the Johnson Controls Veterans Engagement Team (VET), made of up employees who are advocating on behalf of veterans and military members and their families. VET was formally recognized and chartered by the company in 2013.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense Office established in 1972 to develop and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between service members and employers. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.
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KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, National Guard, reserve, support, Johnson Controls, csr
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Nov. 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust today announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross in support of relief efforts underway in the Philippines following this weekend's devastating Typhoon, which has impacted an estimated 4.3 million people in 36 provinces, with a potential total donation of up to $100,000 through the matching of CVS Caremark employee donations.
CVS Caremark is working with the Red Cross to establish a dedicated online donation portal for any of its approximately 200,000 employees who want to contribute. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will match employee donations up to $50,000.
"We know support is critically important at this time given the large number of people affected and potential for further damage in the Vietnam Peninsula," said Eileen Howard Boone, President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "We are providing support to the American Red Cross as it helps the Philippine Red Cross with disaster relief specialists and equipment, as well as family tracing services to help those that are trying to find missing loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of those across the region who have been impacted by this massive and devastating disaster."
For information about the American Red Cross, please visit http://www.redcross.org/.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation CVS. CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education, disaster relief and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at www.investor.cvs.com, or through the Web site's press room www.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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Nov 12, 2013
Over the past few days, we’ve been in frequent contact with our colleagues in the Philippines.
If you follow recent news reports, you know about how Super Typhoon Haiyan blasted through the country late last week. There is inconsistency in the report of numbers impacted, mainly because communications are nearly impossible in areas that are decimated by winds and flooding. But we do know that thousands of people have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands are displaced, and millions are affected.
At this time, all 120 Amway employees are safe and accounted for, although many are trying desperately to reach family members in affected areas. Efforts are underway to assess the impact on Amway Business Owners, as well as assessing damage to our business and distribution centers in Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao City, Mandaluyong City and Pangasinan. Fortunately, the populous capital of Manila, where our headquarters is located, did not take the brunt of the storm.
Amway communities are resilient, and we expect to see positive signs of recovery soon, as well as a spirit of generosity and assistance to emerge from the rubble. Senior leaders at Amway have committed to an initial $100,000 contribution to help out with relief efforts. We will work through local staff and aid agencies to make sure it is put to use with the most urgent needs. And we will continue to monitor the situation and work with local leaders to provide further assistance if needed.
Next week, we hold our first global volunteer event, the Amway Universal Children’s Day, in honor of the anniversary of the Amway One by One Campaign for Children. We already planned for volunteers in the US to assemble 10,000 personal hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc) for future disasters. We have decided to send all 10,000 kits to the Philippines thorugh our partner, International Aid, as we know the recovery will be slow and much help is needed.
Our hearts go out to those affected by this catastrophe, and we encourage others to help see the Philippines recovered and restored.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Amway, One by One, typhoon, Philippines, tragedy, help, Typoon Haiyan
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., November 12, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Verizon is calling on its employees and customers to join in assisting the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated a wide area of the central Philippines. Verizon has committed a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross Philippines Typhoon Appeal Fund to support disaster relief in the area, and the Verizon Foundation will match Verizon employees’ donations of $25 or more, up to $1,000 per employee, to Save the Children.
Verizon will also waive charges for long-distance calls and text messages to the Philippines from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7 to support its customers who are trying to communicate with their families and friends.
All calls made from a Verizon residential landline to the Philippines will be rated at $0.00 per minute, from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7. Customers with Verizon World Plan (300 or 500 minutes of international calling) can call the Philippines without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.*
All Verizon Wireless post-paid customers will also receive free calling to the Philippines from Nov. 8 through Dec. 7 as well as free text and multimedia messaging to the Philippines for the same time period. Post-paid customers are those who receive a monthly bill from the company.
Verizon Wireless has activated its text-to-donate program, allowing its U.S. customers to make a $10 donation to any of the following organizations:
· Text RELIEF to 25383 to give to Catholic Relief Services
· Text AID to 80077 to give to HOPE Worldwide
· Text AID to 50555 to give to Operation USA
· Text DONATE to 20222 to give to Save the Children
· Text RELIEF to 864233 to give to UNICEF
· Text AID to 27722 to give to World Food Program USA
· Text HOPE to 777444 to give to WORLD VISION
Text-messaging fees will be waived and 100 percent of each donation goes directly to the nonprofit organization. Verizon Wireless postpaid customers will see their donations on their next regular monthly bill. For customers using the company’s prepaid services, donations will be deducted from their prepaid balances.
“Typhoon Haiyan is one of the worst natural disasters the Philippine people have ever experienced, and the need for support and relief is immediate and immense,” said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon vice president of global corporate social responsibility and president of the Verizon Foundation. “With operations around the world, Verizon and its employees run to crises such as Haiyan, and we’re committed to helping citizens of Tacloban and other communities as they begin to recover from this devastating storm.”
* Only per minute usage charges for such calls will be waived. All other fees including taxes, surcharges, monthly recurring charges (MRCs), minimum spend levels (MSLs), monthly minimum charges (MMCs), etc will continue to apply. If waived charges appear on a customer bill, credits will be issued in a future billing statement.
About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation helps people to live healthy, safe and independent lives by addressing disparities in education, healthcare and sustainability. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than half a billion dollars to improve the communities where Verizon employees work and live. Verizon’s employees are generous with their donations and their time, having logged more than 6.8 million hours of service to make a positive difference in their communities. For more information, visit www.verizonfoundation.org.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 101 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with nearly $116 billion in 2012 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 178,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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SOURCE: The Walt Disney CompanyDESCRIPTION:
For nearly 30 years, The Walt Disney Company has dedicated time and talent to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), bringing happiness, hope and laughter to children and families when they need it most. On Monday, we continued the tradition by teaming up with Skype to connect the stars of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with some very special VIPs. Patients at the Los Angeles-area hospital attended the U.S. premiere of the film with a little magic and the help of an oversized monitor that virtually whisked them to the glitz and glamour of the red carpet.
The action wasn’t just limited to the screen. Thor: The Dark World stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Sir Anthony Hopkins chatted directly with patients via Skype as they made their way down the red carpet, answering questions and trading stories with the guests of honor. After the children spoke with the actors and actresses who bring these characters to life on screen, they received a visit from Thor, who joined them at the hospital for their very own premiere of the film.
This evening was simply another part of a great longstanding relationship between The Walt Disney Company and CHLA. For decades, we have been entwined in a mission of compassion and care, as Disney characters have made rounds a little brighter while Disney VoluntEARS have given their time and raised money for the hospital. Monday’s collaboration with Skype at the Thor: The Dark World premiere is another example of how CHLA and Disney create out of this world experiences for some very special children.
KEYWORDS: Disney, Marvel, Thor, Skype, Children's Hospital Los Angeles