100,000+ NONPROFITS COUNT ON US.
GENEROSITY UNLEASHED: $830 MILLION IN DONATIONS
SOURCE: Tupperware BrandsDESCRIPTION:
The tornadoes that hit Oklahoma—first in Shawnee, then Moore— on May 20, 2013 were devastating to the people who live there. Some lost loved ones, suffered injuries and lost everything they own. Many families have been affected by this horrific storm and Red Cross Spiritual Care Teams are working with partners to comfort those affected.
Tupperware Brands Corporation is partnering with the American Red Cross to assist with the relief efforts following the devastation of the Oklahoma tornadoes. Tupperware Brands has established this giving site so that you can make a contribution to help with the recovery efforts in the affected communities.
HOW TO HELP – Click on the following link to make a donation. Donate Here. Your gift will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to those in need.
KEYWORDS: Tupperware Brands, Oklahoma, disaster relief, Red Cross
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 24, 2013 / 3BL Media/ PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Feed The Children, one of the country's largest disaster and hunger relief organizations, is ready to hit the road once again with corporate partner Fazoli's for the Breadsticks for Hunger Tour. And because the organization is one of the primary relief organizations for assistance to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma, which is located just miles away from its headquarters, it's hoping the tour will generate donations to replenish the resources it needs to combat childhood hunger in America and disaster relief in Oklahoma and other parts of the country.
The Breadsticks For Hunger Tour kicks-off in Lexington, Fazoli's home market, on May 30 with a food distribution for over 400 families. It will travel across America in a customized food truck making stops in 22 cities, including Oklahoma City, handing out Fazoli's breadsticks in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Feed The Children. As a part of the tour, Fazoli's has created a new flavor of Lemon Ice named "Giving Grape Lemon Ice" and will donate $1 to Feed The Children for every one it sells throughout the summer. Fazoli's is also encouraging businesses in each market to donate as well, with an incentive of $50 off any future catering order if the company donates $250 or more to Feed The Children. Last year the tour raised $50,000, plus donations of 9 tons of food. Those interested in tracking the tour can go to www.breadsticksforhunger.com.
Cathy Hull, Fazoli's Chief Marketing Officer, is excited to get the tour started. "Fazoli's is pleased to once again partner with Feed The Children," said Hull. "After seeing the difference the two organizations made in the lives of so many families last year, we're committed and eager to do the tour again. This year, we are also calling on local businesses and organizations for their support, with an incentive of $50 off a catering order for donations of $250 or more to Feed The Children."
At the Lexington kickoff event, a semi-trailer will be used to distribute food and essentials. Assistance in the distribution will be provided by the Hope Center in Lexington. Each family will receive a 25-pound box of food and a 10-pound box of personal care items. The boxes are designed to help a family of four for up to one week. More than one in four children living in Lexington, 26.5 percent, is considered impoverished. And according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 16 million American children are at risk of hunger.
"We sincerely appreciate Fazoli's for its ongoing support to our mission," said Feed The Children Vice President of Strategic Initiatives Jill vanEgmond. "Our organization was personally impacted by the tornado in Moore, with seven of our employees losing their homes to the storm. It has also stretched the financial resources of our organization, especially since it occurred just before the summer months when the need for hunger assistance increases because schools are out and breakfast and lunch programs end."
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children's mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life's essentials. A BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity, Feed The Children is one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day. Here in the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies. For more information, visit www.feedthechildren.org.
An American family favorite for more than 20 years, Fazoli's ranked #2 overall among large national fast-food chains in the prestigious Zagat Survey. With a premium menu of freshly prepared Italian entrees, oven-baked sandwiches and salads, a new service style featuring table service and a contemporary new restaurant design, Fazoli's is expanding throughout the country. Founded in Lexington, Ky. in 1988, Fazoli's was acquired by Sun Capital Partners in 2006.
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KEYWORDS: Feed the Children, breadsticks for hunger, fazoli's, Oklahoma, csr, sustainability, childhood hunger
SOURCE: Project PhoenixDESCRIPTION:
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2013 /3BL Media/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), Univision, and Project Phoenix announced the launch of Diasporta, an innovative partnership to engage diaspora communities, ethnic sports leagues, and sports companies, foundations, and media outlets in a collaborative process to tackle development challenges using sports in the developing world. The announcement was made at the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum in Washington, D.C. on May 14, 2013.
Diasporta aims to channel the widespread interest and shared passion for sports among diverse diaspora communities to contribute back to countries of origin and affinity. As a bridge for diaspora engagement, Diasporta will promote the role of sports in sustainable community development, particularly to support recovery, reconstruction, and resilience efforts. By leveraging the networks created by ethnic sports leagues and affinity groups, Diasporta will inspire and mobilize global diasporas in an effort to help rebuild communities by supporting infrastructure projects and community programs that engage sports as a platform. Efforts such as mentor linkages, will create enhanced opportunities for youth, as well as skills training and professional development.
Project Phoenix, a non-profit organization established by Haitian sports icon and CNN Hero, Boby Duval, and Delos co-founder, Morad Fareed, to impact desperate communities through creating bold sport projects and partnerships, is the centerpiece example of Diasporta's mission. Launched through a Clinton Global Initiative 2012 commitment, the Phoenix Stadium is a 12,000 seat professional soccer stadium complex to be built in Cite Soleil, Haiti. The stadium, designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata, will also house LADH, a youth development program that provides impoverished children with a safe, clean, and supportive environment where they can learn the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork—and offer a soccer academy, elementary and middle school dormitories. It will be landscaped with edible gardens, a small lake containing tilapia, a composting and recycling plant, as well as serve as the new centerpiece.
Diasporta seeks to build partnerships in support of Project Phoenix. A media partnership with Univision is also helping to raise awareness of the project. Univision's News and Sports divisions will offer support and coverage of the projects as they grow and develop. Univision is the most-watched Spanish-language television network in the country and one of the top five networks in the United States regardless of language.
"Soccer is one of the passion points for the Caribbean and Hispanic community and the launch of Phoenix Stadium is the perfect centerpiece for Diasporta. When complete, the project will increase access to play and education for Haitian youth, and be a great example of solidarity in the Americas," says Stephen Keppel, Director of Empowerment Initiatives, Univision Network News.
One of the first Diasporta activities will take place on June 8 in Miami, Fla. at the highly anticipated exhibition soccer match between the reigning World Cup Champions, Spain, and the Haitian National Team. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support Project Phoenix.
"Diasporta's support and vision is invaluable to the Phoenix Stadium's mission," says Boby Duval, Founder of Project Phoenix. "Diasporta will enhance our effort by bringing the right partner-mentors to the table."
Diasporta is made possible by a consortium of synergetic private, public, and civil society institutions that are committed to utilize the convening power of sports to tackle global challenges. The founding members of the Diasporta partnership are International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA), Univision, and Delos Living. For more information, please visit www.diasporta.org.
About International diaspora Engagement Alliance
The International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) promotes and supports diaspora-centered initiatives in entrepreneurship, volunteerism, philanthropy, diplomacy, and social innovation in countries and regions of diaspora origin. IdEA is a non-partisan, non-profit partnership platform that engages global diaspora communities, the private sector, civil society, and public institutions in collaborative efforts to support economic and social development. To learn more about IdEA, please visit www.diasporaalliance.org.
About Univision News
Univision's award-winning News division is committed to informing the country's fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through: "Noticiero Univision," the Network's evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Sunday public affairs program "Al Punto" (To The Point); newsmagazine shows "Aqui y Ahora" (Here and Now) and "Primer Impacto" (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on "Despierta America" (Wake Up America). In the last year, Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching approximately 96% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMas, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching approximately 89% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to news, and an additional suite of six cable offerings - De Película, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia; UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company's platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive, a network of products and offerings including Univision.com, which continues to be the No. 1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Movil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please Univision.net.
About Project Phoenix
Project Phoenix is a non-profit organization that resulted from a commitment made by Morad Fareed of Delos—a Wellness Real Estate™ company—and Boby Duval of L'Athletique D'Haiti (LADH)—a youth development program that provides underprivileged youth with a safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork—at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative to build a 12,000 seat professional soccer stadium in Cite Soleil, one of the poorest areas in Haiti and a designated United Nations red zone. More information on Project Phoenix is available at www.project-phoenix.org.
About Delos LLC®:
A U.S.-based real estate developer, Delos® is the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, which incorporates amenities that help sustain both the environment and enhance residents' health and well-being. In 2012, Delos introduced the WELL Building Standard™ with President Clinton, the world's first building standard focused exclusively on enhancing people's health and well-being in direct, evidence-based ways through the built environment. Delos designs include an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests will improve various aspects of individual occupant health including: cardiovascular, respiratory and sleep health, orthopedic health, weight and metabolism management, stress reduction, mood enhancement, cognition and memory enhancement, health literacy and health behavior motivation. More information on Delos is available at www.delosliving.com.
About Fondation L'Athletique D'Haiti
Fondation L'Athletique D'Haiti (LADH) is a nonprofit youth development program that provides underprivileged youth with a safe, clean, supportive environment where they can learn firsthand how the discipline of sports and the structure of teamwork can enhance skills, enrich lives and change futures. More information on FLADH is available at www.lathletiquedhaiti.org.
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KEYWORDS: international diaspora alliance, Diasporta, Phoenix Stadium, Cite Soleil, Haiti, 2013 Global Diaspora Forum
May 24, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Toyota Financial Services (TFS), as part of its Making Life Easier for YOUth initiative, recently awarded a new Corolla to the 2012-13 Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BCGA) National Youth of the Year Winner Trei Dudley. The vehicle presentation took place at Crown Toyota in Lawrence, Kan. on May 14. Dudley was joined by Club teens from Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, where she was a member for 10 years and worked as a junior staffer, as well as Club teens from nearby Boys & Girls Club of Wyandotte County. Representatives from Toyota and the Lawrence community, including Mayor Michael Dever, also attended the event.
National Youth of the Year is BGCA’s premier recognition for teen Club members who have made outstanding contributions to their family, school, community and local Club while overcoming personal obstacles. Nominations begin at the Club and continue through the state, regional and national levels. Participants are chosen on local and state levels, with five regional winners meeting each September in Washington, D.C., to compete for the National Youth of the Year title. Five judges individually interview each candidate and select the national winner.
“Trei embodies the spirit of the Youth of the Year program,” said Al Smith, group vice president, TFS Service Operations & Corporate Planning. “She has been a mentor for other students and worked to improve her community all while overcoming obstacles and maintaining high academic standards. Toyota is proud to join with BGCA in support of such an extraordinary young woman.”
The oldest of eight children, Dudley overcame poverty and domestic violence through support from Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence and her community. Her mother, Cathy Brittain, attended the vehicle presentation and expressed her appreciation for the new car.
“When your kids are little and you’re living day to day, you wonder how their futures will turn out, how you can make things better for them,” she said. “I will forever be thankful to Toyota for all they have done for Trei. With Toyota’s support, her future is so much brighter.”
Dudley is a graduate of Free State High School in Lawrence and attends the University of Arkansas, majoring in business.
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, nearly 4,000 Clubs serve some 4 million young people 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 and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Club programs promote 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 http://bgca.org/facebook and http://bgca.org/twitter.
KEYWORDS: Toyota, toyota financial, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, making life easier for youth, Trei Dudley
SOURCE: 3BL Media, LLCDESCRIPTION:
What do disaster relief, social impact, strategic mission alignment, pro bono, human rights activism, and employee engagement have in common? They’re all terms now used to define corporate volunteerism, circa 2013. Volunteerism in the workplace no longer means just an annual day of giving, in employee work hours and donations. Those traditional practices continue, particularly at legacy corporations with a long history of philanthropy and corporate citizenship. They are good practices, to be sure. Many charities, nonprofits, and community organizations depend on philanthropic dollars and the helping hands of volunteers from business to achieve their goals. But for today’s more dynamic companies and younger work force, the traditional ways are not always enough.
What I heard at the recent VolunteerMatch Client Summit is that corporate volunteerism is now evolving into a variety of diverse, innovative, and more in-depth programs. The many different titles of those attending the Summit indicated the wide range of contemporary volunteerism practices: director, community engagement; reputation and social impact manager; VP of partnerships; and program manager are a few examples. The variety and the larger scale of current volunteer programs are being largely driven by a younger, millennial work force that is asking for deeper engagement in such activities through the workplace. Because of this paradigm shift, new volunteer initiatives are now being more fully integrated into business plans, from daily operations to long-term strategies.
Volunteer activities are becoming part of the basic DNA of companies, just as CSR and sustainability ideas are now included in core business models. Volunteering is becoming a practice that many companies and organizations, and their employees and stakeholders, work at every day, in the course of business as usual. That has implications for the bottom line, from employee retention and productivity to the development of new markets for products and services. A new metric, a dollars and cents measurement of ROI, is being applied to what has historically been a generalized "good works" statement. This new volunteerism is turning into a tangible asset in the overall corporate tool kit to complete the work of business.
I’m John Howell for 3BL Media.
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KEYWORDS: VolunteerMatch, VolunteerMatch Client Summit 2013, volunteerism, disaster relief, Social Impact, strategic mission alignment, pro bono, human rights activism, Employee Engagement, csr, CSR Minute, 3bl Media
SOURCE: CVS CaremarkDESCRIPTION:
WOONSOCKET, R.I., May 24, 2013 /3BL Media/ --The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, today announced that it will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross to support the organization's tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma and Texas. In addition, the Charitable Trust will match tornado relief donations to the Red Cross from CVS Caremark's employees up to an additional $25,000, resulting in a potential combined donation from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark colleagues of at least $75,000.
"Our thoughts are with everyone in Oklahoma and Texas who have been affected by the recent devastating tornadoes," said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Caremark. "The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and the American Red Cross have partnered for several years to provide relief to communities impacted by natural disasters. We hope that the contributions of our private foundation and our colleagues will help these communities recover quickly."
CVS/pharmacy has also provided support for tornado relief efforts in Moore, Oklahoma. The Company donated over $5,000 in food, water and personal care products to Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based non-profit organization that provides hope and resources for those without life's essentials. Feed the Children has launched a campaign to aid tornado victims in the town of Moore (www.feedthechildren.org).
Moore, Oklahoma is home to two CVS/pharmacy stores and a MinuteClinic retail medical clinic inside one of the CVS stores. The stores are open and serving the prescription and emergency supplies needs of the community. The CVS/pharmacy on SW 19th Street in Moore will remain open 24 hours a day to serve customers. The MinuteClinic is also open and staffed by nurse practitioners who are providing critically-needed healthcare services in the community, such as tetanus shots and dressing changes.
"The dedication of our colleagues who live and work in Moore to keep our locations open, along with our many other colleagues from nearby markets who are providing assistance in this community, is an inspiring realization of our organization's purpose to help people on their path to better health," said Merlo.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: 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 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 http://info.cvscaremark.com/investors or through the Web site's newsroom at http://info.cvscaremark.com/newsroom.
CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,400 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at http://info.cvscaremark.com.
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KEYWORDS: cvs, cvs caremark, cvs caremark fyi, tornado, tornado relief, Oklahoma, Texas, American Red Cross, employee donations, cvs caremark charitable trust
SOURCE: Union PacificDESCRIPTION:
05/13/2013 4:01 PM
(ENTRAVISION) ODESSA, TX. – Con el aumento en transito en el Permian Basin, la empresa ferriovaria Union Pacific espera que con estos nuevos anuncios espectaculares, las personas tengan mas cuidado al cruzar las vias de tren. "Nosotros tenemos una campaña que se llama, 'Ciudado Con el Tren,' o, 'Always Expect a Train,' esto incluye anuncios por la calles," dijo Raquel Espinoza, portavoz de la empresa Union Pacific.
Esto anuncios incluye calles que hoy en dia se encuentran saturadasde personas conduciendo vehiculos comerciales.
"Las personas andan de prisa y andamos muy distraidos con los celulares y diferentes cosas, es importante que cuando uno va cerca de las vias enfocar, especialmente para asegurar que uno seguro," dijo Espinoza.
El parar en vez de tratar de ganarle al tren, evitara un tragico accidente, ya que un tren no tiene la capacidad de detenerse de inmediato como un automobil.
"Un tren no se puede parrar inmediamente se puede tomar mas de una milla para parase completamente," según Espinoza.
Existen varios consejos que no solo evitara ser multado, hasta le podria salvarle la vida.
"Donde la calle se topa con las vias y hay señalmientos o diferentes cosas que marcan y dicen, aquí hay vias y hay que tener ciudado, y legalmente uno tiene que sederle el paso al tren, y si viene un tren hay que pararse." ella dijo.
Para conocer mas sobre la campaña, "Cuidado Con el Tren," puede ingresar a la pagina Web, ciudadoconeltren.com.
KEYWORDS: Eco-Living, Consumption & Travel, Marketing, Media & Communications, People, Social Action & Community Engagement, seguridad, ferrocarril, prevencion
Accenture has awarded Back on My Feet (BoMF), a national nonprofit, a grant of $300,000 to expand skills based training initiatives. With this grant, Accenture's total support to BoMF comes to $619,000 since 2011. BoMF promotes running as an effective way to help those experiencing homeless improve their lives and achieve financial independence.
The current grant will support the "Next Steps" program of Back on My Feet. This program combines personal training fwith access to housing opportunities, financial literacy courses, financial aid, job skills training, including engagement with employers to help BoMF members gain new jobs.
Michael Scimo, Managing Director, Human Capital & Diversity, North America, Accenture, said: "Skills to Succeed combines the passion, experience and commitment our people have for nurturing talent and giving back to the community. We share Back on My Feet's commitment to providing people with the skills they need to open the doors to economic independence and long-term employment."
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.
KEYWORDS: Green Companies, nonprofit organizations, Cause Global, best practices, funding, Accenture, back on my feet
NEW YORK, May 24, 2013 /3BL Media/ – Toyota yesterday announced a $250,000 donation to support relief and rebuilding efforts for victims of the tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma and the greater Oklahoma City area on May 20. Funds will be allocated to immediate response and for mid-to-long term needs in the areas of food, small business revitalization and home rebuilding. Toyota will also match employee contributions.
“On behalf of Toyota, we express our sincere condolences to everyone impacted by this devastating tornado. Our thoughts are with the affected families as they work to rebuild their lives,” said Latondra Newton, group vice president of philanthropy and chief diversity officer.
Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. To date, Toyota has contributed nearly 700 million to philanthropic programs in the United States.
For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit
KEYWORDS: tornado, Toyota, Moore, Oklahoma, philanthropy, disaster relief, rebuilding efforts, employee donations
Eric Dominguez, Corporate Director Engineering, Utilities & Environmental Affairs for Caesars Entertainment, sat down with Glenn Hasek of Green Lodging News to discuss Caesars' commitment to sustainability and one of the company’s most successful projects --- a 5-megawatt cogeneration facility that was installed at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation
KEYWORDS: Corporate Social Responsibility, Green Business, Green Economy, Green Professionals, Sustainability Professionals, Sustainability Business, Energy, Alternative Energy, Carbon Footprint, Environmental Business, Clean Tech, Green Innovations, Sustainable Solutions, sustainability, Caesars CodeGreen
SOURCE: Eli Lilly and CompanyDESCRIPTION:
Guest blog from Amy Sousa, Communication Director for Lilly's emerging markets business area. Amy wrote this blog from Zandspruit, South Africa, where she is currently volunteering as part of our Connecting Hearts Abroad program.
Like a lot of volunteers, I did my research ahead of time. On the history, the climate, the healthcare system, the greatest challenges facing the poor.
“I came open,” said one of my fellow volunteers. “Open to help, to do what I need to do, open to the experience.”
Now that I’ve been at the HOPE Centre healthcare clinic located in Zandspruit, an informal settlement in Johannesburg, South Africa, I see that as the better approach. The HOPE Centre provides treatment and education to local residents about health issues, especially diabetes and hypertension.
Unfortunately, openness still won’t protect you from the shock of seeing thousands of shacks leaning against each other for support, sewage running through the streets, and limited access to basic healthcare, water and electricity. But openness will keep you from being overwhelmed by the magnitude of need.
KEYWORDS: Health and Wellness, Eli Lilly and Company, The Lilly NCD Partnership, diabetes, Project HOPE, South Africa
You’ve set up an employee volunteer program. Now you need volunteers. After all, the program won’t run itself. Luckily you’ve got a large pool of employees ripe for the picking and all you have to do is get them interested in participating. But how? We've got some best practices for maximizing engagement in your volunteer programs, including:
- Set goals and embrace transparency
- Leverage your employees' opinions
- Orient and train employees
- Bring friends and family into the equation
- Focus on skills-based volunteering
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KEYWORDS: volunteer programs, Employee Engagement, csr, sustainability, MicroEdge, Volunteers, community, best practices
SOURCE: Brown-Forman CorporationDESCRIPTION:
Louisville, Ky, May 23, 2013, /3BL Media/ – Early Times Mint Julep, the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby, and Yellow Cab teamed up to offer over 1,000 vouchers for safe rides at select locations in Louisville during Kentucky Derby week in an effort to encourage people to plan ahead to keep drunk drivers off the roads.
In partnership with Yellow Cab, Early Times Mint Julep was present at nine locations from April 29 to May 1 with a specially-designed Kentucky Derby themed taxi featuring Early Times Mint Julep insignia. Patrons signed the taxi as their personal pledge to drink responsibly, and each person who pledged received a taxi voucher valued at $15 which patrons can redeem toward their safe ride home with Yellow Cab, courtesy of Early Times Mint Julep. In celebration of Kentucky Derby 139, 139 taxi vouchers were offered at three locations on each date:
Monday, April 29 – St. Matthews corridor
Tuesday, April 30 – Baxter Avenue corridor
Wednesday, May 1 – Fourth Street Live!
Each voucher is valid for $15 and may be used with Yellow Cab as well as sister companies Checker Cab and Cardinal Cab. All vouchers are for use during Kentucky Derby week only and must be redeemed by midnight on Sunday, May 5, 2013.
“The partnership with Yellow Cab encourages our community to enjoy their Kentucky Derby celebrations and get home safely,” said Rob Frederick, director of corporate responsibility for Brown-Forman, parent company of Early Times Mint Julep. “This exciting week brings friends and family together, and there’s no better way to enrich the Kentucky Derby experience than with a safe ride home.”
About Yellow Cab:
Yellow Cab of Louisville traces its origins to 1893 when it began as the Louisville Carriage Company. Yellow Cab and its sister companies, Checker Cab and Cardinal Cab, are locally owned. Yellow Cab is the oldest and largest taxicab service in the greater Louisville area with approximately 230 taxi cabs. For more information on Yellow Cab, visit www.goloucab.com.
About Early Times Kentucky Whisky:
Early Times Mint Julep, 30% ABV, is the “Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby” made at the Brown-Forman Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. Early Times Kentucky Whisky is one of the fine spirits produced and marketed by Brown-Forman Corporation, a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality consumer products, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Tequila Herradura, el Jimador Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Canadian Mist, Old Forester, and Korbel California Champagnes. Early Times reminds you to drink responsibly. For more information on Early Times Kentucky Whisky, visit www.earlytimes.com.
About Churchill Downs®:
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2013 and its 2013 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 27-June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com.Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
The best TIMES are enjoyed responsibly.
Early Times Mint Julep, 30% ALC/VOL (60 PROOF) 1.0L
Prepared and Bottled by Early Times Distillery Company, Louisville, KY.
©2013 EARLY TIMES is a registered trademark
KEYWORDS: Brown Forman, responsible drinking, csr, yellow cab, kentucky derby, safe driving, drunk driving, Early Times Mint Julep
SOURCE: Southwest AirlinesDESCRIPTION:
DALLAS, May 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Ellen Torbert, was honored today with the Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award. This award, presented by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area (WTS), honors women and organizations that have made a significant contribution in promoting diversity and cultural awareness within their organization, the transportation industry, or in a project/activity that supports the WTS goals and mission.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized by the Women’s Transportation Seminar San Francisco Bay Area. I feel privileged to work for a Company that recognizes that our unique cultures make us who we are, therefore, we value and embrace the diversity of all our Employees and Customers,” said Ellen Torbert, Southwest Airlines' Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion. “Southwest Airlines has a long history of celebrating its People, and I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of my Company.”
In her role, Ellen provides leadership, vision, and advocacy as Southwest continues its work to foster an inclusive work environment. As part of Ellen's responsibility for Southwest's diversity and inclusion efforts, she provides coordination and leadership to the Company’s supplier diversity, diversity recruiting, and training efforts.
Since Southwest’s beginnings nearly 42 years ago, the LUV airline has always approached business differently—instituting the ten-minute turn, democratizing the skies with affordable air travel, delivering Legendary Customer Service—the list goes on and on. One thing that has remained constant since Southwest took to the skies four decades ago is doing the right thing, and it always comes From the Heart. To learn more about how Southwest Airlines champions Diversity and Inclusion, visit http://www.southwest.com/citizenship.
ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
KEYWORDS: Southwest Airlines, diversity, Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award, Women's Transportation Seminar
SOURCE: CITGO Petroleum CorporationDESCRIPTION:
On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, local Long Island CITGO Marketers joined Miss New York, Shannon Oliver, in hosting CITGO “Fueling Good Day” at John Philip Sousa Elementary School, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School and Manorhaven Elementary School as part of a new partnership between CITGO and the Miss New York Organization to promote education, one of the four CITGO pillars of good. Oliver, an ambassador for the Miss New York Organization and for Fueling Good, spoke to the elementary and middle school students about the importance of diversity awareness in helping future generations eradicate bullying and break stereotypes. CITGO Marketers and representatives were also on hand to talk about education and gave teachers the opportunity to participate in the new CITGO Fueling Education Promotion in which they could win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms through ClassWish.
KEYWORDS: miss new york, shannon oliver, Citgo, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, csr, Corporate Social Responsibility, anti-bulling, long island, CITGO Fueling Education Promotion, Fueling Good Day, John Philip Sousa Elementary School, Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School, Manorhaven Elementary School, Miss New York Organization, ClassWish
May 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ - UPS announced a coordinated plan with its key disaster relief partners that will provide urgent relief as well as strategic support for the long-term recovery efforts needed in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as Cleburne and Shawnee, following the devastation caused by the tornadoes that struck there earlier this week.
"In addition to the $550,000 cash and in-kind support contributed to the American Red Cross's Annual Disaster Giving Program last month, we're pledging an additional $250,000 to execute the plan we have developed with our partners, which will provide urgent relief and support for the long-term recovery needs of these communities," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation.
UPS's financial and in-kind contribution is comprised of several grant recipients:
UPS is already moving a shipment of equipment that will be used to provide communications service to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the city of Moore, the local Fire Department and other disaster response groups. UPS has also been in daily contact with the American Red Cross staff since the tornadoes touched down to assess the areas in most need of assistance, offering in-kind support as well as the help of our trained Logistics Action Team.
Earlier this year, as a leading member of the American Red Cross's Annual Disaster Giving Program, UPS contributed to help enable the organization to respond to the nearly 70,000 disasters that occur throughout the year. UPS believes in giving support before disasters occur so relief agencies will have funds and in-kind support at their disposal to act immediately when a disaster strikes.
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 crises in the Sudan and the Congo.
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 the Oklahoma tornadoes are facing many hardships. By donating financial and logistical support to organizations that will provide assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead, UPS is helping ensure impacted citizens have a reliable, efficient and predictable path back to recovery."
KEYWORDS: UPS, Oklahoma, disasters, The UPS Foundation, Red Cross, Moore, Eduardo Martinez
SOURCE: Lincoln Financial GroupDESCRIPTION:
Lincoln Financial Group Distribution (LFGD) Sales Team Visits Teach For America (TFA) School To Discuss Importance of Math Skills
On May 7, Lincoln Financial Group held its final Teach For America (TFA) Career Speaking Day at the Antonia Pantoja Charter School in North Philadelphia. Four members of the Lincoln Financial Group Distribution (LFGD) Annuities team demonstrated how they use math every day in their jobs by role-playing different sales scenarios. Ron Major, Manuel Mejia, Raymond Petrilla and Lorenzo Amaya demonstrated concepts like the difference between simple and compound interest, as well as saving and investing money.
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Lincoln Financial Group, has had an ongoing partnership with Teach For America. Since September, the company has worked with this eighth-grade class in particular. The students, many of whom speak English and Spanish, have been recipients of school supplies donated by the company’s Radnor and Philadelphia employees, and have participated in a pen pal program with them, among other activities.
For more information about Lincoln Financial Group, please visit our website at www.lfg.com or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/lincolnfinancialgroup to learn more about our corporate social responsibility initiatives.
KEYWORDS: People, Social Action & Community Engagement, Lincoln Financial Group, Teach for America, Philadelphia, volunteer, community, csr
SOURCE: Capital OneDESCRIPTION:
NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - LIFT, a national organization working to help families facing tough times achieve economic stability and well-being in the United States, has announced Capital One’s commitment to a multi-year investment totaling $1 million toward LIFT’s work to expand economic opportunities for people striving for a better future for themselves and their families. In addition, the investment includes in-kind services for on-the-ground community support from Capital One’s regional associates. This announcement was made at the LIFT Annual Spring Benefit—the organization’s flagship fundraising event of which Capital One is the premiere sponsor—held last night at the Highline Ballroom in Manhattan.
“At both Capital One and LIFT, we understand that poverty is a complex and multi-faceted problem and all of its associated issues—unemployment, homelessness, hunger, illiteracy, health care costs, and more—are interlinked,” said Heather Cox, LIFT national board member and executive vice president, U.S. Card Operations at Capital One. “Working together, we hope to help reshape the national conversation on poverty in a manner that recognizes the inherent dignity, value and potential of all individuals and works to find solutions to this complicated issue.”
This multi-layered, multi-year partnership comes as an expansion to current regional engagements where Capital One is a key supporter of LIFT’s comprehensive and customized wrap-around services to families. This support enables LIFT to further address the multi-generational cycle of poverty in six key U.S. cities: Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Los Angeles.
“This partnership is a critical step forward in our ability to advance our work. The fact is that millions of our neighbors are in—or on the verge of—economic crisis. And our experience has shown that moving past crisis to economic stability requires more than income. It requires strengthening a person’s confidence, making sure they have people in their corner, and navigating to the resources they need to stabilize their lives, like decent jobs and safe housing,” says Kirsten Lodal, CEO and co-founder of LIFT. “Quite simply, at LIFT we believe we all need the same types of support—confidence, connections and resources—to get through shaky ground moments in our lives, regardless of our neighborhood or our background. We are proud to have Capital One as a partner in these efforts.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 50 million Americans—one in six individuals—live below the poverty line. According to the federal poverty measure, a family of four is considered below the poverty line if it earns less than $23,550 a year, which translates into an average of $16 per person per day to cover basic daily needs, such as food, bus fare to doctor’s appointments and utility bills.
LIFT aims to establish a new standard for holistic and enduring solutions in our country’s fight against poverty through its comprehensive and compassionate model that helps its clients to secure better-paying jobs, safer homes, valuable education and training, and the means to afford healthcare, transportation and food.
During the organization’s Annual Spring Benefit, entitled “LIFTing Our Veterans,” LIFT celebrated a year of remarkable growth and achievement, and formally launched its New York office’s Veteran’s Initiative—a veterans-serving-veterans model of support where veterans can work collaboratively with a LIFT advocate to locate employment, housing, and other critical services. The event featured a Capital One sponsored concert by the New Directions Veterans Choir, an award winning a cappella group that consists of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. The group members, all of whom have experienced moments of crisis such as homelessness and unemployment, shared their journey to solid ground and stability with guests. To learn more about LIFT or its event Annual Spring Benefit, visit www.liftcommunities.org.
About Investing for Good
Through Investing for Good, Capital One focuses on four areas that are key building blocks of economic opportunity: Affordable Housing, Education, Financial Literacy and Small Business and Workforce Development. To maximize the impact of Investing for Good, Capital One examines local market needs and uses data-driven insights to develop innovative programs and engage in meaningful partnerships with nonprofits to provide the wrap-around support needed to address the most pressing economic issues challenging the long-term economic prosperity and well-being of individuals, families and businesses. An important aspect of Investing for Good is sustaining strong relationships with nonprofit partners, and using Capital One resources to help extend the capacity of nonprofit partners to deliver on their missions and serve their constituents. In 2012, Capital One was ranked number five in The Civic 50, a ranking of America’s most community-minded companies. More information on Capital One’s Investing for Good initiative can be found at www.CapitalOneInvestingForGood.com
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, 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. We apply the same principles of innovation, collaboration and empowerment in our commitment to our communities across the country that we do in our business. We recognize 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 we are proud to support this and other community initiatives.
LIFT works to lift families out of poverty in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC where it employs a people-powered solution to support members of the community working to secure a decent job, safe housing, the education they need to advance, or critical social services. Each client gets a team of Advocates who stick with them every step of the way during their journey with LIFT. Advocates are rigorously-trained partners and problem solvers who work side by side to set goals, and make connections to resources to help clients move their lives forward. Since 1998, LIFT has helped more than 70,000 families get access to critical resources that help them move from uncertainty to stability.
Patience B. Peabody
KEYWORDS: LIFT, community, Poverty, capital one, Investment, unemployment, homelessness, Hunger, illiteracy, health care costs
The 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte featured 260 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from five U.S. teams (Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations) and the British Armed Forces team competing over six days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition to Deloitte, the presenting sponsor, the fourth annual competition is also supported by the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, USO, Fisher House Foundation, AT&T, BP, Budweiser, Semper Fi Fund and Daniels Fund. For complete coverage of the 2013 Warrior Games presented by Deloitte, visit TeamUSA.org/warriorgames.
The Warrior Games, presented by Deloitte and organized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), are designed to introduce wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans to Paralympic sport competition and encourages them to stay physically active. The competition was held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013. Two-hundred sixty injured service members and veterans participated in the fourth annual event, representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Special Operations, as well as one international team from the U.K. Teams competed in seven sports including archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track & field and wheelchair basketball.
KEYWORDS: Deloitte, warrior games, Veterans, Paralympic
SOURCE: Chrysler Group LLCDESCRIPTION:
May 22, 2013 /3BL Media/ - In the wake of the devastating tornado that hit Oklahoma earlier this week, The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, today announced that it will provide $100,000 to First Response Team of America, a nonprofit disaster relief organization which assists local first responders with rescues and also provides help with cleanup efforts.
“We know that the road to recovery for the residents of Moore and Oklahoma City will be long,” said Reid Bigland, President and Chief Executive Officer - Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Chrysler Foundation is proud to support First Response Team of America’s efforts to help the people of Oklahoma get back on their feet.” The Ram Truck brand has an existing relationship with First Response Team of America, including donating three heavy-duty trucks to support their efforts.
First Response Team of America goes from disaster to disaster lending a hand and assisting with rubble and water rescues and cleanups, clearing roads, creating a way into the community by removing debris and pumping out floodwaters, powering up emergency rooms, nursing homes and shelters and clearing home sites for those without insurance. The team tracks weather conditions so it is positioned to be nearby and ready to assist when disaster strikes. The team’s heavy equipment includes Ram trucks, multi terrain loaders, cranes, lighting towers, plasma cutters and a hovercraft for water rescues.
Last year, the Ram Truck brand announced a partnership with The Weather Channel Companies (TWCC) and First Response Team of America. Sponsored by the Ram Truck brand, TWCC launched an exclusive cross-platform series of in-the-field “Responding by Storm” reports chronicling the works of the First Response Team of America.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Oklahoma," said Jody Trapasso, President – The Chrysler Foundation. "We are heartened by their unwavering spirit during this difficult time and we are humbled to support the relief and recovery efforts."
Chrysler Group and its brands have a long history of supporting its communities in their time of need. In the wake of last year’s Superstorm Sandy, the Ram Truck brand donated 20 Ram 1500 Tradesman trucks and $100,000 to the American Red Cross.
About Ram Truck Brand
The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand. Creating a distinct brand for Ram trucks has allowed the brand to concentrate on how core customers use their trucks and what new features they'd like to see. Whether focusing on a family that uses its half-ton truck day in and day out, a hard-working Ram Heavy Duty owner or a business that depends on its commercial vehicles every day, Ram has the truck market covered.
The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines and features that further enhance their capabilities. Truck customers, from half-ton to commercial, have a demanding range of needs and require their vehicles to provide high levels of capability. Ram trucks are designed to deliver a total package.
About The Chrysler Foundation
The Chrysler Foundation, the charitable arm of Chrysler Group LLC, has established a proud legacy of empowering people in the communities where we live and work. The Chrysler Foundation focuses on four key areas through its grant application process and volunteer activities: Education: K-12 and post-secondary education initiatives that encourage the study and pursuit of careers in business, design, science, technology, engineering, mathematics or supply-chain management; Military: support for our nation’s service members and their families in need; Multicultural / Diversity: initiatives that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations; and Youth Development: organizations and programs that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth in the transition to adulthood.
Since its inception in 1953, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
Kevin E. Frazier
Chrysler Group LLC - Corporate Communications
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Chrysler Group LLC - Corporate Communications
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KEYWORDS: oklahoma tornadoes, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, First Response Team of America, Moore, csr