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SOURCE: Raytheon CompanyDESCRIPTION:
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 11, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Reflections on service and sacrifice mark Veterans Day ceremonies from California to Massachusetts as Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and its employees honor the men and women of the armed services. Throughout the month of November, Raytheon is also leveraging social media to encourage citizens to express their gratitude and appreciation for veterans by using the hashtag #HT4H (Hashtags4Heroes).
"Today and every day we honor those who defend our security and freedom at home and around the world," said Pamela Erickson, Raytheon's vice president of Corporate Affairs. "At Raytheon, we believe deeply in our mission to protect our servicemen and women and bring them home safely. We are honored to serve those who sacrifice so much."
Recognizing Military Families at Walt Disney World® Resort
The company hosted more than 1,000 service members and their families at the Shades of Green® Resort at the Walt Disney World®Resort, which is operated as an Armed Forces Recreation Center by the U.S. Army in support of all branches of the U.S. military, their families and guests. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Belle and other Disney character favorites were on hand at the annual breakfast as Raytheon paid tribute to the sacrifice of military families in service to the nation. The company also renewed its sponsorship of the Shades of Green® Resort's Raytheon Wounded Warrior Suite, which provides wounded service members and their families with a 1,200-square-foot ADA-compliant suite that can accommodate up to 10 adults and four children.
Empowering Veterans Through Education
Raytheon is committed to empowering veterans through education to help with their transition to post-military life. Programs include the Wounded Warrior Project's® Transition Training Academy, which helps wounded veterans re-integrate and re-educate themselves, andStudent Veterans of America, which supports veterans enrolled in college to help them reach their higher education goals and attain a degree. To learn more about Raytheon's armed services support initiatives, visit http://www.raytheon.com/media/armed_services/.
Raytheon Company, with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 91 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems; as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at www.raytheon.com and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.
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KEYWORDS: Raytheon, millitary, vets, Veterans, Walt Disney World, shades of green
SOURCE: Mary KayDESCRIPTION:
So, do you consider yourself a Republican or a Democrat? Are you a liberal or a conservative? Maybe somewhere in between? These are emotionally charged questions these days. But there are some issues that transcend politics. Some issues aren’t “red” or “blue” – they’re just black and white.
Long before the government shutdown, Obamacare and debt ceilings – before Iraq and Afghanistan – even before 9/11, hanging chads and Monica Lewinsky – there was an issue that was also controversial and even now struggles to get attention. Mary Kay Inc. took on the prevention and end of domestic violence as its main philanthropic focus almost 20 years ago in the mid 1990’s. We were one of the first companies in America to get involved by supporting a bill sponsored by then US Senator Joe Biden from Delaware called the Violence Against Women Act. Before 1995 there were no federal dollars or support for local police departments and district attorneys to arrest and prosecute those who beat women they claimed to love. Get this, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in a relationship at some point in their lifetime and 1 in 3 young women will experience abuse in a dating relationship. Astounding! These women are our mothers and grandmothers, aunts and sisters, co-workers, neighbors and friends – our daughters. Some of you reading this have been in an abusive relationship. Maybe you’re in one right now.
One of the most meaningful parts of my job is the opportunity to see how Mary Kay’s efforts at giving back actually make a difference. So, last week when Vice President Joe Biden visited Love is Respect and the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, Texas for a tour and to say thanks to all of those organizations, including Mary Kay, that have committed themselves to this issue, we had a front row seat. Mary Kay is the lead sponsor of the Love is Respect text for help service – the nation’s first texting program designed to help young people with healthy dating and relationships. Because let’s face it, young people aren’t going to pick up a phone and call a 1-800 number these days to get help or advice – but they might text – and we saw firsthand, along with the Vice President, that in fact young people are texting for help.
So, for a moment, let’s put partisanship aside and recognize that getting a chance to be in the same room with the Vice President of the United States of America while he thanks Mary Kay for a job well done in the ongoing work to end violence against women, is pretty darn cool.
And by the way, if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse and needs help, send the text “loveis” to 22522.
Today's blog post is from Crayton Webb. Crayton is the Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Mary Kay, Inc. For more information about this and other ways that Mary Kay is committed to ending domestic violence, please visit www.marykay.com/dontlookaway.
KEYWORDS: Mary Kay, the mary kay foundation, Don't Look Away, Loveisrespect, violence against women, NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE, healthy dating, Biden, 1 in 3, 22522, Text for Help
SOURCE: Waggener EdstromDESCRIPTION:
Digital Persuasion in Action Rule 2: How Ritz-Carlton Uses Social Media as the Fuel to Build Relationships Online and Offline
By John Trybus
“Luxury” and “responsibility” are not always words that are used together, but that doesn’t have to be the case. For The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, social media is a crucial strategy to build relationships with key stakeholders around its social commitments that then lead to offline engagement, according to digital persuader Sue Stephenson, the company’s vice president of Community Footprints.
Waggener Edstrom recently sat down with Sue to discuss how Ritz-Carlton communicates its deep commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) to a wide-range of audiences, including: current and prospective guests (who they refer to as “Ladies and Gentlemen”), investors, nonprofit partners and CSR influencers, among others.
Sue explained that the company takes a two-pronged strategy to build relationships via social media: the brand’s digital platforms integrate messages about the company’s social values directly to consumers while a dedicated CSR Twitter handle, which Sue and her team operate, allows Ritz-Carlton to have a deeper conversation about more in-depth CSR topics among those interested in that information. The result is that the famous luxury hotel company is able to take online relationships offline and make them broader and richer through focused conversations.
“The power, and the thing that we enjoy most about social media—in my case, particularly @RitzCarltonCSR—is that it enables you to engage. It enables you to get feedback, and it enables you to develop further relationships,” Sue explains.
How does The Ritz-Carlton Company use social media platforms to develop relationships and engage with current and new audiences?
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KEYWORDS: Ecotravel & Tourism, Cause Marketing, Green Marketing, Interactive Marketing, Social Media, Twitter, Community, Engagement, Positive Change, Waggener Edstrom, #DigitalPersuasion, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Corporate Social Responsibility, csr
SOURCE: Houghton Mifflin HarcourtDESCRIPTION:
BOSTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ — For the third consecutive year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) has partnered with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) on a school-based fundraising contest to raise money for childhood cancer research. Students and classes will read The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies and, using the business concepts they learn, run lemonade stands, with all proceeds going to the Foundation.
As part of “The Great Lemonade War Contest,” schools will compete against each other to determine who can raise the most money through their lemonade stand project or other events. HMH will donate copies of The Lemonade War to participating schools, while the Foundation will provide schools with resources to help them along the way, including a program guide, a personal fundraising page, and access to a fundraising specialist for additional guidance.
The school that raises the most money will win a visit from Ms. Davies and an ALSF co-founder, with runner-up schools receiving Skype visits and classroom sets of books. Previous seasons have seen over fifty schools participating, raising more than $50,000. Registration is now open at http://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/great-lemonade-war. Fundraising will kick off on Monday, February 10, 2014 and run through Friday, April 11, 2014, and the winner will be announced mid-April.
“HMH is committed to making a difference in the lives of children through the power of books, and Jackie Davies and The Lemonade War are the perfect ambassadors to do just that. We are thrilled to partner with ALSF once again in this wonderful cause,” said Gary Gentel, President of HMH Trade Publishing.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996¬–2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since that first stand, the foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501 (c)3 charity, has raised more than $50 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream, funding more than 200 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
“It is an honor and privilege to once again partner with Jacqueline Davies and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for another Great Lemonade War contest,” said Jay Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. “The Lemonade War series teaches kids so many important lessons, including one of the lessons that our Foundation was built upon – that you are never too young to make a difference in the lives of others. I look forward to once again seeing these schools compete with each other, yet coming together to help us find better treatments and ultimately cures for all kids with cancer.”
The popular series for young readers began with The Lemonade War in 2007, which introduced readers to business concepts; The Lemonade Crime tackled justice on and off the playground; The Bell Bandit focused on family relationships; and The Candy Smash explored the right (and cost) of keeping secrets.
In the forthcoming The Magic Trap (April 1, 2014; HMH Books for Young Readers)—the fifth and final book in the series— the characters take on the challenges of magic and illusion, all while discovering some hidden truths about their own family.
A Spanish edition, La guerra de la limonada, translated by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada, will be available in March 2014.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing
For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade division has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook formats. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World™ dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters including Curious George®, The Little Prince and The Polar Express. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.
About Jacqueline Davies
Jacqueline Davies, whom Books for Kids calls “one of the best writers for the middle grades around,” has also written picture books, including The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon. Her books have been Junior Library Guild selections, named to the IndieNext list, and received numerous starred reviews. Ms. Davies, who frequently travels the country doing in-school writing workshops, lives in Needham, Massachusetts, with her family. To learn more about Jacqueline, her books, and the lemonade stand fundraiser, visit Jacqueline’s website at
Executive Publicity Director
HMH Books for Young Readers
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, The Great Lemonade War Contest
SOURCE: Automatic Data Processing, Inc.DESCRIPTION:
ROSELAND, N.J., Nov. 11, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced it has partnered with Workforce Opportunity Services, a nonprofit charitable organization, to pilot an employment training program for U.S. veterans in El Paso, Texas and Augusta, Georgia. Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that places talented, driven military veterans in scholarship programs to help prepare and secure post-service employment.
"ADP has a long history of actively recruiting and employing military veterans and is proud to rank as a Top 10 Company for Veterans according to DiversityInc Magazine," said Rita Mitjans, chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer at ADP. "Partnering with WOS aligns with one of our core pillars of corporate social responsibility – employability. When individuals have the skills and opportunity to succeed, it is good for society and good for our business."
ADP and WOS are currently recruiting candidates for the program. Candidates will be selected in December, 2013, each of which will receive scholarships to begin their six month classroom training programs to begin in January, 2014. This scholarship includes a weekly stipend, health benefits, and full tuition. The veterans will study at the Georgia Institute of Technology (partnering locally with Georgia Regents University) in Augusta or the University of Texas at El Paso, depending on their location. At the end of the semester, the veterans will begin a one year paid consulting period at ADP and are anticipated to be hired as full time employees one year later.
Terry McGreehan, vice president and general manager of ADP's Augusta and El Paso offices, said: "We are fortunate to have operations near Fort Bliss and Fort Gordon, as well as strong academic partners at the University of Texas at El Paso and Georgia Tech, which is partnering with Georgia Regents University. What's more, we are excited about our partnership with WOS, which has a proven expertise in creating viable opportunities to help veterans find new careers."
Ed Hurley-Wales, vice president of diversity and inclusion and a U.S. Navy veteran who lead the WOS-ADP engagement said, "We have found that veterans possess strong leadership skills, commitment to innovation, teamwork, and ethical values, all of which are hallmarks of ADP's corporate culture."
"WOS has had great success in supporting Veterans in their transition from the military to civilian life," said Dr. Arthur Langer, founder and chairman of WOS. "We are very excited to partner with ADP to bring even more career and educational opportunities to our returning veterans—and to help demonstrate how much value they bring to corporate America."
Veterans interested in learning more about ADP's partnership with WOS can click here or visit:
About Workforce Opportunity Services
Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that helps companies build strong talent pipelines through unique work-study programs. WOS accomplishes this by placing talented, driven military Veterans in scholarship programs that teach them actionable corporate skills as well as interpersonal, and communication skills. WOS students complete a semester of classroom instruction, and then, by their second semester, WOS places them in part-time jobs in companies where they can employ those skills in the real world. To learn more, please visit WOS' Web site at http://www.wforce.org.
With more than $11 billion in revenues and more than 60 years of experience, ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) serves approximately 620,000 clients in more than 125 countries. As one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing and human capital managementsolutions, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes. ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world. For more information about ADP or to contact a local ADP sales office, reach us at 1.800.225.5237 or visit the company's Web site atwww.adp.com.
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KEYWORDS: military, Veterans, career, Programs, workforce, ADP
SOURCE: MetLife Inc.DESCRIPTION:
November 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ - Research Triangle Park, NC – More than seventy-five technologists were brought together by MetLife, a leading global life insurance and employee benefits company, to develop innovative solutions to improve the coordination of health care for U.S. military veterans. MetLife tackled the issue, which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has faced for years, by hosting a first-of-its-kind, 32-hour "TechJam" on November 1 and 2 at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters in North Carolina. The event challenged participants to develop a robust Electronic Health Record solution in support of VA’s mission to serve veterans, service members, and their families. Through facilitation by MetLife, participants made their solutions available publicly through open source code.
From 10 participating teams, a panel of expert judges selected the following winners:
Overall winner: Infusion (Stephen Jakisa, Peter Newhook, Matt Pavelko, Noah Santorello)
Individual category winners:
o Data integration and augmentation: Awesome Nighthawks (Hunter Enoch, Scott Ilkenhons, Noah Morgan, Christian Matson)
o User experience: DB Global Technology Cary (Venkatavasishta Chemudupati, Sarah Kahn, Nick Mason, James Pujals, Aditya Samant, Vish Sonagara)
o Predictive analysis: Islington Green (James Dixon, Ian Cillay, David Green, Ian Henshaw)
o Mobile: vCare (Srinivasa Raaghavan Ramanuja Seshaadri, Sumit Bhattacharjee Bhattacharjee, Indranath Bhattacharya, Sushil Sahoo, Anirban Banerjee, Bhartarshabh Katiyar)
The challenge for the MetLife TechJam originated from the tremendous volume of veteran medical data and records typically spread between different physicians and across VA’s 1,500 facilities. Blue Button, a program that provides veteran health information in a simple text file, allows veterans to download their personal health information from their My HealtheVet account. In an effort to improve upon the current system, MetLife and VA drew inspiration from the MetLife Wall, a MongoDB-based application that brings together customer data from more than 70 systems.
"MetLife is dedicated to innovative approaches to technology solutions, and we believe that the data-driven solutions created at the TechJam will deliver invaluable benefits to veterans and others," said Gary Hoberman, MetLife CIO and SVP of Regional Application Development. "We are proud to have brought together some of the brightest minds in technology to help facilitate faster and easier sharing of vital health information, enable coordinated care and ultimately better the lives of our nation’s veterans."
Similar to the challenges facing the broader U.S. health care system, VA has been challenged by the fragmented nature across its health system. Ensuring the streamlined coordination of care has been heralded by many as a promising way to improve health outcomes for patients, especially those with chronic conditions. It is believed that as many as 80 percent of Americans 65 and older – a group that represents an estimated 44 percent of all veterans today – suffer from at least one chronic condition and almost 50 percent have multiple chronic illnesses. Many patients with chronic illnesses see multiple physicians to help manage their condition, which further necessitates care coordination.
"The ideas and technologies that emerged out of the TechJam are a tremendous advancement into our ongoing efforts to improve veteran data management," said Joe Paiva, Chief Technology Strategist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "Veterans need a system that can help them be informed, active participants in their medical care. In order to achieve this, veterans need a system that helps break down the silos that can hinder them from receiving the most comprehensive and coordinated care possible. Few companies have been able to offer a solution that takes into account the complexity of the VA system, so we are thrilled at the opportunity to enhance our veterans’ lives with this technology. These solutions will be revolutionary for both medical providers who serve our vets and veterans themselves."
The panel of TechJam judges included:
Joe Paiva, Chief Technology Strategist, Department of Veterans Affairs
Harold Kudler, MD, Associate Director – Clinical, Department of Veterans Affairs
Marty Lippert, EVP, Head of Global Technology & Operations, MetLife
Gary Hoberman, Senior Vice President and CIO of Regional Application Development, MetLife
Charles Coleman, Senior Executive, IBM
Brian Harry, Technical Fellow, Microsoft
Gregory Hopper, Office of the CTO - Strategic Planning Team, NetApp, and Adjunct Professor, Duke University
Dennis Kekas, Associate Vice Chancellor, North Carolina State University
MetLife was supported in organizing the event by several partner organizations, including Microsoft, Infusion, and MongoDB. Partner companies provided the software and technology to power the competition and development of solutions. They also served as on-site mentors who assisted and collaborated with competitors throughout the event. Another partner, Veracode, will be providing a second chance prize for most secure solution in the coming weeks. The MetLife TechJam brought together talent from local universities and tech companies, including IBM, DB Global Technology, Cognizant, Tata Consultancy Services, and Duke University.
The MetLife TechJam kicked off as MetLife broke ground on its new global technology hub in Cary, N.C. MetLife’s move to North Carolina is projected to create a combined 2,600 jobs in Cary and Charlotte by the end of 2015.
For more information about MetLife Global Technology & Operations, including job opportunities, visit www.metlifegto.com. MetLife GTO is on Twitter. Follow @ML_TechandOps at https://twitter.com/ML_TechandOps.
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin
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KEYWORDS: Finance & Investment, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Technology. Innovation & Solutions, MetLife Citizenship, MetLife, Veterans, metlife foundation, Financial Inclusion
SOURCE: American Cancer SocietyDESCRIPTION:
November 11, 2013 /3BL Media/ - HOPE (Health Opportunity through Partnership in Education), together with Washington National Insurance Company, have donated $100,000 to the American Cancer Society to further support the organization’s lifesaving cancer research programs. To date, HOPE has contributed $350,000 to support the Society’s mission to save lives and finish the fight against cancer through investing in cutting-edge scientific research.
The $100,000 gift will supplement an existing research grant and expand the ongoing research of Dr. Xiaoting Zhang, an Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Zhang’s promising research seeks to understand the function of MED1, a protein found in breast cancer cells. Dr. Zhang’s goal is to more fully understand the role of MED1 and ultimately apply this new knowledge to help cancer patients overcome critical issues faced during chemotherapy, including high toxicity, resistance and unwanted side effects.
HOPE, a non-profit organization formed in 1982, provides charitable funds to promote good health and to encourage scientific research and disseminate information concerning the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and other serious diseases and accidents
HOPE has long been associated with Washington National, a subsidiary of CNO Financial Group, Inc. HOPE members and Washington National’s more than 175,000 policy certificate holders generously contribute to the HOPE foundation to support and promote its mission through partnerships with established non-profit organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.
“We are pleased to support the American Cancer Society and Dr. Zhang’s work in researching the causes of breast cancer, hopefully leading to new treatment options,” said Barbara Stewart, president of HOPE. “The generous contributions made by Washington National certificate holders and HOPE make this gift possible.”
“The American Cancer Society would like to thank HOPE and Washington National Insurance Company for this substantial gift,” said Bill Chambers, PhD, National Vice President, Extramural Research for the American Cancer Society. “Research is at the heart of our mission and this generous gift will strengthen our research program.”
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, cancer research, corporate philanthropy, Hope, Washington National Insurance Company, American Cancer Society
Danny Raymond says his love for fishing and the outdoors started in the womb. He’s sure he was born with a rod and reel in his hand. Raymond, a log truck driver for Weyerhaeuser’s Western Timberlands business, and his wife Karen, who provides administrative support at the Eugene, Ore., office, share a passion for advocating and educating their community on the conservation of fishery resources.
“Absolutely,” Danny says. “The more people understand, the better the choices they make. This is an exciting time for us to be advocates.” The Raymonds were recent recipients of Weyerhaeuser’s companywide “Volunteer of the Quarter” award.
Even before they married in 2004, the Raymonds knew many local salmon and steelhead runs were at risk. They’d seen streams decline in quality and carrying capacity and wondered what they could do about it.
In 2007, they joined an Oregon chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association. CCA is the nation’s largest marine-resource conservation group, with more than 30 years of fisheries-management experience and more than 90,000 members. Soon they were devoting most of their spare time to the organization. For the past three years, Danny has been Eugene’s chapter president and fundraising chairman. He’s also on CCA’s state board.
Salmon and steelhead spend one to five years in the ocean before returning to the streams where they hatched. They then spawn and die, and in doing so provide nutrients to the interior ecosystems. On rivers and streams where incoming fish are removed from the system — through sport or hatchery capture — the waters are deprived of these bodies and their important nutrients. Eventually, the system’s ability to feed invertebrates and young fish is diminished.
The Eugene CCA chapter’s standout event is the “No Carcass Left Behind” fish toss that takes place four times a year in streams around the area. Members recruit volunteers from Weyerhaeuser, local schools and surrounding communities. Teams transport spawned-out fish carcasses from state hatcheries to nearby creeks, where they’re tossed into the water. The practice contributes to the growth of tiny invertebrates that feed the young fish that repopulate the streams and promote a healthy environment. “It’s definitely a hands-on activity, a little smelly and slimy,” Karen says, “but it’s a whole lot of fun to chuck the fish.”
Since 2007, they estimate they’ve “distributed” nearly 100,000 pounds of salmon carcasses into local creeks. The waters are regaining their health. A newspaper article recently reported that Fish & Wildlife agents witnessed salmon spawning in an area where they haven’t spawned in countless years.
When the Raymonds aren’t chucking salmon, they’re taking kids on fishing trips and campouts for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Danny takes part in a Mackenzie River float trip that’s intended to transition veterans back into the community. They’re active in their church, too. Right now, Karen is involved in a confirmation program for middle-school kids. She’s also been involved with a sewing group that provides quilts to men and women in the military.
“Because of their passion, values and commitment to be environmental stewards for their community, the Raymonds are our Volunteers of the Quarter,” says Ann Leyva, program manager for the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund. “The selection committee chose the Raymonds for the honor because of the uniqueness of their work, their creativity, and that they continue to have a significant impact on their community, the wildlife, and the waters, and set a wonderful example for others.”
Learn more about Weyerhaeuser’s employee involvement efforts
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KEYWORDS: Environment, Human Resources, Weyerhaeuser, Volunteers, planet, fisheries, employees, csr, sustainability
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
When I traveled to South Africa last year, I had the opportunity to meet Mashinie Ntayithethwa and his family, who live in the rural, rugged terrain of the Eastern Cape – a place where distances are vast and poverty is unrelenting. He has diabetes and struggles to make the difficult journey to the local clinic. Until recently, his options for care have been few.
But we’re working to change that—for him and for people living in impoverished communities around the globe.
Through our global health programs, we are exploring new approaches to diabetes and tuberculosis care for people in need. Our goal: to find new solutions that can be scaled up and replicated around the world.
Starting today, you can learn more about our global health efforts through a new website: www.lillyglobalhealth.com.
The site highlights Lilly’s two signature corporate responsibility programs—the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and the Lilly NCD Partnership. You’ll find overviews of the programs, our partners, the latest news, photos, and videos such as this 1-minute clip of our work with the Donald Woods Foundation in South Africa.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Global Health, NCD, non-communicable disease, tb, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, Lilly, Eli Lilly and Company, diabetes
MCHENRY, Ill., Nov. 8, 2013 /3BL Media /PRNewswire/ -- Medela today announced it will make a $7,000 donation towww.Breastcancer.org. Trading their traditional yellow hues for pink for just one day, Medela employees proudly donned their best pink on Friday, October 25, to promote breast cancer awareness. For each person dressed in pink, Medela committed to donating $10, with a final donation totaling $7,000. Participation and enthusiasm was high in the McHenry, Ill., headquarters, and field employees from across the country sent in their pink photos.
"We at Medela are proud to support breast cancer awareness in October and throughout the year. Going pink for a day was a unique way we could demonstrate our support for all of those touched by breast cancer," said Carolin Archibald, president, Medela, Inc.
In a recent interview, Marisa Weiss, M.D., of Breastcancer.org reminded Medela Moms of the benefits of breastfeeding with respect to breast cancer prevention: "There are plenty of small steps women can take to lower their risk of developing breast cancer. One great thing that women can do is breastfeed their babies. Breastfeeding is something any woman can (and should) try, regardless of age, culture, education or income. And there is no threshold for breastfeeding; any breastfeeding is beneficial, but the longer you do it, the lower your risk."
Medela provides the most technologically advanced, superior-quality breastpumps and breastfeeding accessories to nursing mothers around the world. A longtime champion of breastfeeding and a Healthy People 2020 Consortium member, Medela is the only company to develop products based on research by the world's leading lactation experts. As a result, Medela's breastpumps are the number one choice of healthcare professionals and healthcare facilities worldwide, including more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals.
Medela has developed an extensive line of products to meet the diverse needs of nursing mothers. These products include hospital-grade, double- and single-electric and manual breastpumps; breastfeeding accessories such as pump cleaning products, breast care products and specialty feeding devices; and maternity and nursing intimate apparel.
Founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson in Zug, Switzerland, Medela continues to grow under the ownership of the Larsson family. Medela serves customers through a worldwide network of distribution partners in more than 90 countries and its 15 subsidiaries in the United States, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, Poland, China and Spain. The company entered the United States more than 30 years ago; its U.S. headquarters are located in McHenry, Illinois.
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KEYWORDS: Donation, breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pink, Medela
SOURCE: Mars, IncorporatedDESCRIPTION:
ROYCO® has joined with Shoprite Mobile Soup Kitchen, a partnership with Shoprite grocery stores in South Africa that provides food for up to 500 people in 10 cities in the country Read more
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established Mars’ roots as a confectionery company. In the 1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom with a dream of building a business based on the objective of creating a “mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders” – this objective serves as the foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has annual net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 72,000 Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, KITEKAT®, BANFIELD® Pet Hospital and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®, EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN’S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®, MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™, THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA®, WISDOM PANEL® and SERAMIS®.
For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us: facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars, linkedin.com/company/mars.
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New York Times Square!
Check out this snapshot of Amway One by One on the Jumbotron in New York City Times Square:
If you are in the area, you may see our thanks and call to action for the big day on November 20. Feel free to share and use our hashtag #amwayonebyone.
We would also love to see your photos on Instragram. Just tag them with #amwayonebyone and you will see them begin to pop up on our map around the world, especially on the Amway Universal Children’s Day November 20 … less than two weeks away!
*Note that to make it to the Instagram map, you have to tag your location, and be sure your privacy settings are set to public.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, #amwayonebyone, Amway, Children, NYC, New York, Times Square, Amway Universal Children's Day, November 20
Education is a wonderful thing, but in this day and age it’s most powerful when it leads to real jobs. That’s the idea behind SAP’s latest partnership with the World Bank to provide disadvantaged people in Africa with skills training, mentorship, and eventually jobs.
“We want to connect education to job growth. It’s not only about just training the next generation of IT professionals, but also making sure that they’re employable and employed,” says Goutam Dev, Business Manager, Office of the CEO at SAP Africa.
SAP’s collaboration with the World Bank aligns with a shared focus on education and skills development, notably through the former’s Skills for Africa program which I wrote about earlier this year. SAP’s commitment to this worthy endeavor starts at the highest company level. Skills for Africa is sponsored by SAP Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe and Pfumgwa Serima, CEO of SAP Africa. Serima visited the U.S. a couple of weeks ago to sign the agreement with the World Bank. In addition to meetings with public and private sector leaders in Washington, D.C., Serima was a panelist speaker at the 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Chicago.
Posted on Forbes.
KEYWORDS: SAP, World Bank, Skills for Africa, jobs, africa, Education
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On October 5th, Samsung and ENERGY STAR kicked off its ENERGY STAR Day celebrations with Rebuilding Together in New Orleans. Rebuilding Together gathers hundreds of volunteers to help improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners nationwide.
This year, Rebuilding Together in New Orleans offered the opportunity for ENERGY STAR partners to take on one house and make it more energy efficient for a local family-- naming it the "ENERGY STAR House." EPA and its partners came together to give this home an energy efficient makeover, bringing energy savings to a family in need.
"Samsung is a good company and I'm glad they're working with Rebuilding Together to do this for us," said Bertha Lucas, whose home was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "I'm really grateful because I couldn't afford to buy another washer and dryer. I'm just so grateful and so thankful."
As the trusted resource for energy efficiency, EPA is using its ENERGY STAR Day celebrations to kick off its "Do 1 Thing ENERGY STAR" promotion. Projects like this rebuilding effort to show that there are many things that a family can "do" with ENERGY STAR, to save energy, money and protect the environment. Learn more at energystar.gov.
KEYWORDS: Samsung, Energy Star, New Orleans, rebuilding together, DO 1 THING ENERGY STAR, EPA, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability
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HIGHLANDS, N.J., November 8, 2013 /3BL Media/ – For the Highlands Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902, the impact of Superstorm Sandy still lingers more than a year later. The post’s hall, located at 331 Bay Ave., sustained severe flood damage from the storm and continues to recover.
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KEYWORDS: scripps, Scripps Networks Interactive, Verizon, New Jersey, NJ, rebuilding together, #CSR, VFW, HGTV, DIYNetwork, Superstorm Sandy, Highlands, Highlands Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6902, Frank Nolan, Tom Arnone, Frank Pallone, Jayne Mayer, Annette Brun
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Every year when the holiday season rolls around, I can’t help but think of all the things in my life that make me thankful. Personally, my family, health and education always top that list.
But to me, the season isn’t just about feeling grateful. It’s also a time to show our thanks by paying it forward. Whether it’s a kindness done for a friend, a helping hand for a stranger in need or simply a few coins dropped in the bell ringer’s red bucket outside the department store – it all reflects gratitude and a desire to give back.
With education among those things I value most, I am fortunate enough to work for a company that supports educational programs and collaborates with organizations like Teach For America
This month, we launched “FedEx One Rate, Countless Possibilities Through Education,” a nationwide effort to allow our customers to effortlessly give back during the holiday season, and continue the FedEx commitment to education.
Now through December 23, FedEx will automatically donate $1 to Teach For America for every One Rate transaction and every use of #CountlessPossibilities, up to $200,000. You can help us reach our holiday giving goal by shipping via FedEx One Rate from a FedEx Office location or online.
Each day, Teach For America teachers reach 750,000 students in underserved communities. Through this program supported by FedEx One Rate, we will help to bring creativity and innovation to our education system, helping that energy live on through a new generation of students. We’re thankful to be able to provide teachers and students with this boost as they head into the new year.
For more information and to participate, customers can visit a FedEx Office or visit www.fedex.com to ship. Visit the Countless Possibilities website for more information on how to give simply by sharing a message in social media.
KEYWORDS: citizenship, csr, Education, Teach for America, FedEx, One Rate, FedEx One Rate
Greg Matte, thinks of Canada’s veterans every day, not just on Remembrance Day. That’s because he is a retired Brigadier-General and the National Executive Director of Helmets to Hardhats Canada - an organization that helps retired and transitioning active-duty military members of the Canadian Forces connect to quality career and training opportunities in one of Canada’s most challenging and rewarding industries – the building and construction industry.
“Canada’s veterans have so many qualities that lend themselves perfectly to the construction industry,” says Matte. “They are resilient, resourceful and adapt well to new challenges. They can think on their feet in stressful situations, they know how to work as team players, or better yet, how to lead a team towards completing a task. Veterans are an excellent means of helping Canada meet its needs for skilled workers, and an excellent fit for this industry.”
Since its inception approximately 18 months ago, Helmets to Hardhats Canada has launched its website and online application system, registered over 1600 veterans and developed almost 70 employer partnerships across Canada.
One of those employers, TransCanada, not only partnered with Helmets to Hardhats Canada but also made a $1 million commitment to get the organization started in early 2012.
Learn more about TransCanada's ongoing support for military veterans through several ongoing partnerships on our blog.
KEYWORDS: TransCanada, TransCanada Corporation, TransCanada Corp., Veterans, Military Veterans, Remembrance Day, Helmets to Hardhats
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2013 /3BL Media/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Veterans Day and in recognition of their dedication and commitment to service, AARP is offering a 30 percent membership discount for veterans, their families, and anyone interested in annual or multi-year memberships and renewals from November 8 through November 15, 2013.
To join, visit www.aarp.org/veteransday or call (888) 464-4366.
AARP will donate 10 percent of each discounted membership to USO Warrior and Family Care Programs, a comprehensive program that helps to provide long-term care for wounded, ill or injured warriors. In 2012, AARP and its members donated $169,000 dollars to USO Warrior and Family Care Programs as a result of the Veterans' Day membership drive. This year, AARP hopes to reach or exceed its 2012 contribution.
"AARP commends the millions of veterans that have bravely served and sacrificed for our country," said AARP Executive Vice President Steve Cone. "We also want to recognize the unsung heroes who are often overlooked: the parents and caregivers of our veterans, many of whom have made countless sacrifices to care for their loved ones as they return from war. AARP thanks our veterans and their families for their courage and we extend our appreciation for the men and women who selflessly defend our freedom."
On November 11, USO is kicking off Every Moment Counts, a national campaign to rally Americans to show their gratitude to our troops by committing to help USO create and provide real, everyday moments for our troops and their families. To learn more about Every Moment Counts and show your gratitude for the sacrifices our troops and their families make everyday, visit www.USOMoments.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Espanol, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
KEYWORDS: AARP, Veterans, veterans day, Senior Citizens, Not For Profit
WALLDORF , November 7, 2013 /3BL Media/ — As part of SAP’s commitment to help build more sustainable economies, four years ago PlaNet Finance and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) came together to form the StarShea Network. Now the non-profit collective has transitioned to an incorporated, stand-alone business. Started in 2009 to help 1,500 women in rural Northern Ghana manage and grow their shea nut business, the newly named StarShea Ltd. has grown to a network of more than 10,000 women and emerged as one of the worldwide market leaders of organically produced and fairly traded hand-crafted shea butter.
Women shea nut farmers and butter producers often get a low rate of return on their product. Harvesting and processing shea nuts is arduous and a lack of information on commodity markets, limited financing options and poor supply chain traceability means producers are subject to market instability and limited ability to negotiate on price. To address these challenges, SAP and PlaNet Finance teamed up to create the StarShea Network by providing a combination of mobile technology, education and microfinance.
Now the non-profit network has become an independent social business with many customers, including multi-national corporations. StarShea Ltd. is modeled on the social business principles of Professor Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work creating a social bank in Bangladesh. Some preliminary business results include:
The SAP® solution helps create a reliable supply chain, which generates for both buyers and farmers the security of being able to buy predictable amounts of produce at a stable quality and fair price. A mobile app developed and donated by SAP scans and traces each sack of shea nuts and each box of shea butter, which provides the product traceability demanded by global export markets. In addition, SAP software can send price and market information straight to the buyers’ mobile phone. PlaNet Finance partners have provided microloans to the network to give the women financial support so they can sell the shea nuts when the price is best, rather than when they need the money.
These initiatives have supported the women in creating an independent, sustainable business. Although SAP continues to support the business with an interest-free loan, StarShea Ltd. is no longer dependent on donations and is targeting profitability within the next few years. Organic certification was achieved earlier this year and Fair Trade certification is in process. With software and skill-based volunteers donated by SAP, StarShea Ltd. exemplifies how SAP helps the world run better.
The women are not the only beneficiaries of the partnership. SAP has also profited through its work with the network, exploring innovation opportunities through cloud and mobile technologies for high-growth emerging markets. The software solutions are potentially valuable for 500 million small holder farmers with challenges similar to the shea farmers in Northern Ghana.
In addition to supporting the innovation strategy, SAP benefits from higher employee engagement and people development. With six consecutive half-year fellowships and more than 2,000 volunteer hours, the program has provided SAP employees with invaluable skills and experience.
Robin Meyerhoff, +1(650) 440 2572, email@example.com, PST
KEYWORDS: SAP, csr, Ghana, PlaNet Finance, Professor Muhammad Yunus, shea nut farming, StarShea, StarShea Ltd., StarShea Network
Voting continues at www.100carsforgood.com through Nov. 19. Each day, five finalists representing a variety of worthy causes are eligible for public votes.DESCRIPTION:
TORRANCE, Calif., (Nov. 7, 2013) – Sometimes just a simple wish can make a big difference in a child’s life. The Trenton, N.J. based organization, One Simple Wish, which collects wish requests from foster kids and at-risk children, has been named a winner in the third year of Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good philanthropic program.
Wishes granted by the organization include help purchasing a school yearbook, tickets to the aquarium or a new bicycle. Individuals can fulfill a wish online, and the organization hosts “wish parties” around the country to deliver donated items to groups of kids.
“Sometimes there would be a large donation like 50 pairs of PJs, but we struggled to find the capacity to pick them up,” said Danielle Gletow, One Simple Wish founder and director, who is currently a 2013 Top 10 CNN Hero. “We’ve had amazing success with the organization, but a car was the one thing we couldn’t raise enough money for. Having this new vehicle will keep dollars going toward letting kids be kids.”
One Simple Wish selected a Toyota Highlander as its new vehicle, which will ease the burden on staff members who had been using their personal vehicles for pick-ups, partner visits and events, travelling more than 12,000 miles last year.
Another 2013 winner is the Brookeville, Md., based Warrior Canine Connection, which works with returning combat veterans to help train and socialize puppies, as part of a therapeutic program for PTSD and other psychological injuries. Disabled veterans benefit from the fully trained service dogs that will live alongside them. A new Sienna minivan will soon transport animals, staff and veterans throughout the D.C. area.
“One of the biggest things we find with recovering veterans is isolation and a hesitancy for some of them to leave the barracks at all,” said Molly Morelli, director of dog programs at Warrior Canine Connection. “By bringing the dogs out into the community and helping veterans come to us, we have an incredible opportunity to reach more people and serve.”
More 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like Warrior Canine Connection and One Simple Wish hope to benefit from new Toyota vehicles as voting continues at www.100carsforgood.comthrough Nov. 19. Each day, five finalists representing a variety of worthy causes are eligible for public votes.
The top two 100 Cars for Good winners every day have a choice among the Toyota Highlander, Prius, Sienna, Sienna Mobility or Tundra, which will also come with a six-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty from Toyota Financial Services. The remaining three organizations every day will receive $1,000 grants from Toyota to continue their good work in local communities. Represented causes span from a camp for kids with life-threatening illnesses to an organization helping the elderly safely remain in their homes.
“It’s a wonderful feeling to begin hearing from our winners about plans to expand their impact and reach with a new vehicle,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Voting is still open, so find a cause that speaks to you and your community and vote!”
Voting continues now through Nov. 19 at www.100carsforgood.com.
GolinHarris for Toyota
Toyota partners with a wide variety of organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good.(NYSE:TM) For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.
To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to American nonprofit groups. For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit www.toyotainaction.com.
About Toyota Financial Services (TFS)
Toyota Financial Services (TFS) is the finance and insurance brand for Toyota and Lexus in the U.S., offering retail auto financing and leasing through Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) and Toyota Lease Trust and extended service contracts and other payment protection products through Toyota Motor Insurance Services (TMIS). TFS employs 3,300 associates nationwide, and has managed assets totaling more than $91 billion. It is part of a worldwide network of comprehensive financial services offered by Toyota Financial Services Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation.
KEYWORDS: Toyota, philanthropy, 100 Cars for Good, nonprofit