Press Release – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 (New York, NY) – Last month, prolonged rainfall in southern parts of Louisiana resulted in catastrophic flooding that submerged thousands of houses and businesses. The state of Louisiana continues to deal with a significant level of flooding and one of the worst natural disasters in recent years. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers has partnered with State Representative Edward “Ted” James and the Urban League of Louisiana to help individuals and families who have been affected by this devastating disaster.
Thank you to the product donors who have already donated to help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers make a difference in the lives of those affected by this disaster. To date we have been able to collect over $2 million of product to help those in need. Some of the key donors include:
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K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.
About Urban League of Greater New Orleans:
Established in 1938, the mission of the Urban League is to enable African-Americans and other communities seeking equity to secure economic self-reliance, parity and civil rights. Programs of the Urban League’s three Centers of Excellence are focused in the areas of education and youth development, workforce and economic development and public policy and advocacy. For more information on the Urban League, visit us online at www.urbanleagueneworleans.org and/or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@ULGNO).
Joy Junction’s all-around approach provides for short and long-term support tailored to an individual’s unique needs
Press Release – Albuquerque, NM – Joy Junction, New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, is celebrating 30 years of implementing accessible methods of support for local homeless individuals and families by providing food, shelter, counseling and even long-term transitional housing.
In 1986, Dr. Jeremy Reynalds, founder of Joy Junction, set out to open a unique emergency homeless shelter that would provide creative solutions for short and long-term homelessness without the added hurdle of presenting excessively burdensome documentation. Joy Junction’s uniquely accessible process provides homeless individuals with immediate access to support and resources, even at times of the night when no other facility is open.
“Having been in their position at one point in my life, I founded Joy Junction to be able to serve the homeless in ways that I had a hard time finding when I was homeless,” said Reynalds. “For us to be able to continue to serve as many as 300 individuals a night, including many children on a daily basis, means that we’re doing something no one else is able to provide.”
In addition to Joy Junction’s unique accessibility approach, the shelter aims to help homeless individuals and entire families get back on the road to being “whole” again.
For families with small children, Joy Junction strives to help create as normal of a life as possible for children in the shelter; this means providing the necessities for school including clothes, shoes, lunch, and other essential accessories for learning.
In the case that support is needed for longer periods of time, Joy Junction never denies shelter, food or other resources to individuals or families. In fact, Joy Junction’s long-term transitional housing facilities provide individuals and families a resource that allows them the additional time needed to get back on their feet.
In partnership with local outreach programs, Joy Junction offers individuals and families resources for job opportunities, pastoral counseling, healthcare services, including addiction therapy, and other services based on their need.
Joy Junction operates as a donations-only charitable organization, with no federal, state or local funding, which allows it to be run as a Christian ministry.
For additional information about Joy Junction, visit www.joyjunction.org.
About Joy Junction
Joy Junction has been helping the homeless of Albuquerque for 30 years. In 1986, Jeremy Reynalds founded Joy Junction, now New Mexico’s largest emergency homeless shelter, in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
Joy Junction currently serves as many as 300 people every night at its South Valley based homeless shelter — and hundreds more through its mobile food outreach. Monthly, Joy Junction serves more than 16,000 meals to those in need.
Press Release – WASHINGTON – The race for a clean economy received a significant boost today with the launch of Activation Energy, a pioneering nonprofit that aims to drive hard energy technologies to market faster and more efficiently. In one of its first moves to enhance the energy innovation ecosystem, Activation Energy is partnering with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to help expand the reach and impact of the Lab’s groundbreaking energy innovation program, Cyclotron Road. Cyclotron Road recruits the highest-level science and engineering talent from across the country and embeds them at Berkeley Lab to launch new energy technology startup companies.
Activation Energy will launch today at Activate 2016, where Cyclotron Road innovators are presenting to energy industry and finance leaders.
Today, Activation Energy (AE) will announce:
“Through our partnership with AE, we can position our innovators to work with corporations and investors to drive their technologies to commercial scale,” said Ilan Gur, founding director of Cyclotron Road. “Meanwhile, AE can leverage the insights we gain to develop new services that support energy innovators at a national or even global scale.”
Working closely with Berkeley Lab, industry partners, and the Leadership Council, Activation Energy will identify and help fill critical institutional gaps in the pathway from lab to market. For instance, AE will offer Cyclotron Road innovators strategic guidance and services, educational programming, and access to a tailored network of hard technology mentors and advisers. AE will also work with its partners to create new pathways to market for energy entrepreneurs by developing programs and financing vehicles that accelerate the deployment of next generation energy technologies.
“We have watched an exciting experiment unfold at Cyclotron Road and have been amazed by the program’s ability to attract the nation’s best and the brightest hard technology innovators,” commented Om Nalamasu, CTO of Applied Materials and member of the new Leadership Council. “We are thrilled about the launch of Activation Energy, which enables us to help cultivate the entrepreneurial talent we need to stay competitive.”
“Through Activation Energy and the Cyclotron Road program we can support innovators with game-changing ideas as they mature through the critical early phase of development.” said Leadership Council member Liesl Schindler, global manager of external technology collaborations at Royal Dutch Shell.
AE is managed by seasoned energy financing and ecosystem experts, including: Jeff Anderson, former managing director of CalCEF and founder of Clean Economy Network (now Advanced Energy Economy), Matt Price, former vice president at Enlighted Inc. and venture principal at Nth Power, Nicole Systrom, founder of Sutro Energy Group and director of philanthropic partnerships at PRIME Coalition.
“Activation Energy aims to fill institutional gaps and remove barriers for energy innovators,” said Anderson. “In doing so, we aim to dramatically accelerate the transformation of our energy sector. Transforming our energy system will require transforming the way we innovate. Our new partnership in support of Cyclotron Road aims to do just that.”
More information about Cyclotron Road and its annual competition is available on Cyclotron Road’s website, cyclotronroad.org.
More information about AE is available on AE’s website, ActivationEnergy.org.
Activation Energy is a registered 501c3 non-profit that works with industry, investors and government partners, filling critical institutional gaps and removing barriers to enable hard technology innovators to drive breakthrough energy technologies to market faster and more efficiently.
Customers Give BIG for Kids
Press Release – Columbus, Ohio (September 29, 2016) — Continuing its commitment to giving back to health care and children in need, Big Lots (NYSE: BIG) announced today the launch of its national point-of-sale campaign to support Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Building on the success of last year’s campaign, which raised $2.2 million dollars, Big Lots will again collect donations to help kids everywhere.
Beginning Sept. 29th, Big Lots will offer customers opportunities to donate at its 1,445 store locations, as well as online. Funds raised will support Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the lifesaving research and monumental quality of care it is committed to providing patients on both a national and global level. To donate, please visit biglots.com/give4kids.
David Campisi, Big Lots Chief Executive Officer and President, stated “Nationwide Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the country with patients from all 50 states and over 40 countries throughout the world. Their team of medical professionals are committed to life saving care and research that is second to none. We are proud to be their partner and proud to help take bold steps forward for our kids’ health and future.”
Mr. Campisi continued, “Last year, we raised over $2 million and we have set a goal of $3 million for this year’s campaign. Our customers have been so generous to Give Big for Kids and our team of over 38,000 associates is energized around the cause. They are doing it one, two, and five dollars at a time. Each of us can help – the impact adds up quickly.”
The six-week program will also include shopping sprees in seven markets across the country including California, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. These shopping sprees will be led by Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions from each market who will have the opportunity to shop at their local Big Lots store for gifts to send back to the hospital for patients and families to enjoy. Hospital Patient Champions are children who are being treated or who have been treated at Nationwide Children’s and serve as ambassadors at various hospital events and programs.
As America’s largest children’s hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital receives more than 1.2 million patient visits each year. In 2015 alone, children from all 50 U.S. states and 41 countries sought care at the hospital because of its premier staff, state-of-the-art facilities, revolutionary research and available lifesaving treatments, many of which are only available at the institution.
To learn more about Big Lots, speak with a company representative or arrange a store visit, contact the Big Lots Media Hotline at 877-251-0243 or visit BigLotsMedia.com.
About Big Lots, Inc.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) is a unique, non-traditional, discount retailer operating 1,445 Big Lots stores in 47 states with product assortments in the merchandise categories of Food, Consumables, Furniture, Seasonal, Soft Home, Hard Home, and Electronics & Accessories. Our vision is to be recognized for providing an outstanding shopping experience for our customers, valuing and developing our associates, and creating growth for our shareholders. Big Lots supports the communities it serves through the Big Lots Foundation, a charitable organization focused on four areas of need: hunger, housing, healthcare and education. For more information about the company, visit www.biglots.com.
About Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 11,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.2 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. Nationwide Children’s remains true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.
To date, SABRE has donated more than $1.2 million dollars to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, with additional funds being raised for charitable organizations dealing with sexual assault, rape and abuse.
“Our brand mission is to help people live a safe, healthy life with peace of mind,” says CEO David Nance. “We aren’t just dedicated to creating life-saving products–we’re committed to saving lives with our actions as well.”
Over the years they’ve joined hands with numerous charitable organizations to help raise money and awareness through the sale of specially created products.
In addition to their pink NBCF collection, they have created a number of red products that benefit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network. RAINN uses the donations to give sexual assault survivors a chance to share their stories and the resources they found helpful with others.
Additionally, SABRE has partnered with Kuros!TM–a socially conscious company that is placing pepper spray in the hands of low-income women in developing nations. Each blue Kuros! TM Spray that’s purchased gives women at high risk of sexual assault a fighting chance.
The next time you’re in the market for a new pepper spray, turn to SABRE for a product that’s not just life-saving—it’s life-changing.
Be sure to check out their entire product line at http://www.sabrered.com/.
Former athletes Bryan and Diane Schwartz, co-founders of #FamilyGoals—a nonprofit applying the lessons of sports to help families win—spearheading grassroots campaign to educate parents about Hollywood’s efforts to undermine the 2005 Family Movie Act, removing their rights to filter movies and TV shows in the home
Press Release – (Jacksonville, FL—September 29, 2016) Former athletes Bryan and Diane Schwartz, co-founders of #FamilyGoals—a nonprofit organization applying the lessons of sports to help families win—have launched a new grassroots campaign from their home in Jacksonville, Florida, where Schwartz once played with the hometown Jaguars. Their #SaveFiltering petition drive was created in support of family-friendly companies like VidAngel, a filtering service empowering parents to remove unwanted content from movies and TV shows. Led by Disney, a group of Hollywood studios are engaged in a legal action that, if successful, would eliminate the ability for families to filter.
The Schwartz’s campaign is educating parents about their rights under the 2005 Family Movie Act to filter movies and TV shows in their homes, and asking Disney put parents and consumers first, and end its dispute with VidAngel.
“More than 30,000 families to date have joined #SaveFiltering and are asking Disney to put parents and consumers first, end their dispute against VidAngel, and come up with a workable business solution that keeps movie filtering intact. This is fundamentally about good corporate citizenship and serving the public interest, both of which benefit if Hollywood will do the right thing and celebrate, rather than trying to eliminate, content filtering,” said Bryan Schwartz, a former NFL linebacker, pastor, and co-founder of #FamilyGoals.
“Like every family, we love watching movies together. Before VidAngel came along, our choices were limited because so many films we wanted to see had cursing, sex, and violence that we didn’t want to expose our kids to. This amazing filtering service totally changed our family life, giving us access to terrific content that is customized to meet the needs of our kids,” said Diane Schwartz, mother of seven, co-founder of Family Goals, and former NCAA all-American volleyball player. “We know so many families that feel that same way, and we’ve decided to speak out on their behalf and let the collective voices of parents be heard.”
To learn more about #SaveFiltering, go to the following links:
October Sales of Pink Wipers Raise Money and Awareness for National Breast Cancer Foundation
Press Release – Newton, MA – Henley Enterprises, Inc., the largest franchisee of Valvoline Instant Oil ChangeSM is raising funds and increasing awareness for National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Throughout the month of October a portion of the sales of pink wipers will be donated to NBCF. The wipers are available at over 210 participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations in 12 states.
Now in its fifth year, the campaign has raised more than $55,000 for NBCF.
“This campaign gives back to the communities in which we serve. The pink wipers are a highly visible product that many Americans can rally behind. The blades allow individuals who have been affected or know someone affected by breast cancer to show their support” states Don Smith, founder and CEO of the Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchisee.
The blades come in both traditional black with a small pink ribbon and full pink for those who wish to make a bolder statement. They fit 98% of cars, trucks, and SUVs manufactured after 2003.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change will be kicking off the month long campaign October 1st with a ‘Pink Out Day’ including pink give-a-ways at participating locations. Double donations will be made to NBCF on pink wipers sold this day. For more information and a location list visit www.viocPINK.com, and follow the campaign with #PinkOilChange.
About Henley Enterprises, Inc.
Henley Enterprises, Inc. founded in 1989, is the largest Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchisee. They operate over 200 service centers across twelve states including: California, Delaware, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
About National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®
Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education and support services to those affected by breast cancer. A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for twelve years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Patient Navigation, Beyond The Shock®, breast health education, and research programs. For more information, please visit www.nbcf.org.
Press Release – Sept. 28, 2016 – AUSTIN, Texas — A $20 million gift from Fort Worth oil and gas investor Bobby Patton Jr. and his wife, Sherri, will support faculty and graduate student endowments in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.
The gift will also support experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates as well as excellence funds to support priority programs in the college.
Bobby Patton, a Plan II student in the early 1980s, said the liberal arts have always been a passion for him, and his experiences in Plan II inspired him to make the gift. Plan II is a four-year interdisciplinary arts and science honors major in the College of Liberal Arts.
“I like to call this an investment rather than a gift,” Patton said. “After I left UT I realized just how important liberal arts were to my life. They taught me how to learn and how to keep on learning.”
A member of the UT College of Liberal Arts Advisory Council, Patton principally operates oil and gas properties in Texas and Kansas and has additional investments in many other sectors, including ranching and insurance. A partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management, he became part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.
“I deeply appreciate Bobby and Sherri Patton’s incredible investment in the liberal arts,” said President Gregory L. Fenves. “Their generosity will help UT educate leaders who can face society’s greatest challenges, and for whom a liberal arts education is essential.”
Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said the gift would significantly boost efforts to build excellence throughout the college, which offers more than 50 majors in 22 academic departments and in more than 30 centers, institutes and programs.
“The recruitment of top faculty and top graduate students go hand in hand, ultimately benefitting every student who enrolls in liberal arts courses.” Diehl said. “Bolstering experiential learning will also greatly enhance undergraduate opportunities in areas such as study abroad, internships, leadership and research. We are grateful to the Pattons for this truly transformative gift.”
Born and raised in Fort Worth, Patton received a B.B.A. from The University of Texas as well as a J.D. from St. Mary’s University and LL.M. from Southern Methodist University. He serves on the board of Security Benefit Corporation and also serves as the tournament chairman of the Crowne Plaza Invitational PGA Tour event at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Sherri Lynn Patton also earned a law degree from SMU and later served as an assistant district attorney in Dallas.
Press Release – Cincinnati, OH – Two of Aleppo’s hospitals, the M2 and the M10 were attacked around 4 a.m. Damascus time putting them out of service. The attack coincides with a planned work strike (non-emergency only) today by doctors, medical staff and humanitarians for three hours in Syria (2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Damascus time) to protest against the continued targeting of medical facilities and health professionals.
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UOSSM and its humanitarian partners actively support the action of our medical staff on the ground in hospitals throughout Syria. Aid workers are exhausted and need the international community to act. With a clear voice they say: “Stop the killing which claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians in the past few days, stop the daily bombings, stop the systematic attacks of health facilities and medical staff, stop the agony of the people of Aleppo and Syria. Doctors are not enemies.”
Incoming images are disturbing, they show an escalation in the indiscriminate violence against civilians including images of mutilated children, torn bodies and hospitals running on over full capacity using every inch of the hospitals (including the floors) to provide care to the wounded. Dr. Bakry Maaz, an orthopedic surgeon in Syria said, “Over the last five years of war, we have never seen so much deaths and injury in our hospitals as we did this weekend. Today, there are about 573 killed in Aleppo and more than 1,600 wounded in less than 10 days. This massacre is taking place before our eyes and aid workers are powerless against the annihilation of the civilian population.”
Dr. Khaula Sawah, CEO of UOSSM USA said, ” We have repeatedly condemned these attacks against medical facilities and civilians. These crimes against humanity are unacceptable and must be stopped. We call for emergency action to be taken now to stop the indiscriminate killing and bloodshed. For over 20 days no one has been able to bring any type of aid into Aleppo and not one patient have we been able to transport out. The situation is dire and the outcome is disastrous. We, again, demand immediate action be taken and we call on the international community to hold all parties accountable for their actions and war crimes against humanity.”
“UOSSM unconditionally supports physicians and health professionals in Aleppo and throughout Syria. In such overwhelming circumstances in the Syrian crisis, an action such as a work strike is the only way for these professionals to protest the impossible working conditions and humanitarian catastrophe,” Dr. Sawah added.
Aid Worker Casualty Data:
Since 2012, UOSSM has been providing emergency medical relief and healthcare services to the Syrian people affected by the crisis, working primarily inside Syria and with Syrian refugees in Turkey.
FULLY operates Bab Al-Hawa Hospital; Major Referral hospital in Northern Syria / serves +14,000 patients and conducts +1,300 surgeries per month
Partially supported 120 hospitals and 200 medical points with $13 M in medications and consumables sufficient to operate 130,000 surgeries
+ 825,000 patients treated at our 9 primary health care centers and 9 mobile clinics with over 1,000,000 consultations
+ 2,872 newborns delivered at the Burnas Maternity Hospital and other UOSSM specialized maternity centers
+ 128,000 people benefitted from our mental health care and psycho-social support centers
+ 9,000 medical staff have been trained and qualified at UOSSM’s training centers
Presenting sponsor Stanley Black & Decker brings fundraising contest to Hartford nonprofits
Calling all Greater Hartford-area nonprofits: Brackets For Good, challenges you to a friendly competition and a chance to win $10,000!
Indianapolis-based non-profit Brackets For Good hosts online, bracket-style fundraising tournaments every March in communities around the United States. Participating nonprofits rally enthusiastic donors to out-fundraise their opponents in order to advance. Through the excitement, localized marketing, and corporate involvement, nonprofits earn increased exposure, gain access to free fundraising tools, and are introduced to new donors.
Brackets For Good has raised more than $2.75 million for local charities since 2012. Due to this overwhelming success and popularity, the tournaments have expanded from Indianapolis to Louisville, Ann Arbor, St. Louis, and Twin Cities. This year, we are excited to continue growth into several other markets including Hartford, Cincinnati, Miami, Denver, Nashville, and Baltimore.
To participate, charities in the Greater Hartford-area and the surrounding towns can register free at https://hartford.bfg.org/city by Oct. 28, 2016. Fourteen Hartford-area nonprofits have already registered to be considered to play in the 2017 tournament, which begins Feb. 24.
The Brackets For Good tournament in Hartford is made possible by the support of local businesses dedicated to the community.
“Stanley Black & Decker is committed to building a better tomorrow,” said Tim Perra, Stanley Black & Decker, Vice President of Communications. “It’s not just the homes we help build with our tools, or the schools we protect with our security systems. It’s also a commitment to stepping up and bettering our local community, which has been an important part of our culture for nearly 175 years. Partnering with Brackets For Good is a fun and impactful way we can support 64 organizations that are serving the Hartford community.”
Brackets For Good 2017 Hartford sponsors include: Stanley Black & Decker, Lids, and Bloomerang.
“Brackets For Good exists because we believe that communities are strengthened when more people learn about and support local organizations that operate in service to the community,” said Reid McDowell, Partnerships & Marketing Director of Brackets For Good. “In both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, it’s clear that Hartford organizations are dedicated to the strength and health of their community. This dedication to the community is what drove us to expand to Hartford. I’m looking forward to a fun and impactful March.”
For more information, visit https://hartford.bfg.org/city.
About BRACKETS FOR GOOD
Brackets For Good is an Indianapolis, IN based 501(c)3 charitable organization focused on activating new donors, and increasing awareness for other nonprofit organizations through competitive, online fundraising at no cost.
About STANLEY BLACK & DECKER
Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 and FORTUNE 500 company, is the world’s leading provider of tools and storage, the world’s second-largest commercial electronic security company, and a leading engineered fastening systems provider, with unique growth platforms in the Oil & Gas and Infrastructure industries. Well-known brands include: STANLEY, BLACK+DECKER, DEWALT, Porter-Cable, Bostitch, Facom, Mac Tools, Proto, Vidmar, Lista, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com.