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Allergan’s See America Furthers The Fight Against Preventable Blindness With #EyePic Campaign

Campaign featuring Milo Ventimiglia, Victor Cruz, and Alexandra Daddario promotes vision health and raises money for the American Foundation for the Blind

Press Release – DUBLIN, IRELAND – July 11, 2017 – Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN), a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, today unveiled #EyePic, an exciting new online awareness campaign as part of the See America initiative to fight preventable blindness and visual impairment in the United States. #EyePic will use the power of social media to broaden awareness of preventable blindness, promote discussion around eye health and ultimately encourage all Americans to visit their eye doctors for comprehensive eye exams.

Allergan has partnered with television star Milo Ventimiglia, professional football player Victor Cruz and actress Alexandra Daddario to engage with their friends and followers through entertaining video content and launch #EyePic by posting a photo of their eyes and tagging two friends to do the same. For every #EyePic posted, See America will donate $10 to the American Foundation for the Blind*, a national non-profit founded in 1921 to better the quality of life for Americans already suffering with vision loss.

“Sight is one of life’s most amazing and delicate gifts,” said Jag Dosanjh, SVP of US Eye Care at Allergan. “We’re launching #EyePic on social media to spread the word about preventable blindness, in a forum where people can easily join the fight. With the help of Milo, Victor, Alexandra and the many Americans who will be posting their own #EyePic, we will encourage proactive eye care and communicate important facts about preventable blindness in America.”

Not all blindness is preventable; today in the United States, there are more than 20 million Americans living with vision loss [1]. By supporting the American Foundation for the Blind’s vital programs and services, Allergan is helping to create a more inclusive society for Americans with visual impairments.

“We are grateful for Allergan’s support,” said Kirk Adams, President and CEO of the American Foundation for the Blind. “The American Foundation for the Blind is committed to creating a world with no limits for millions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired, like myself; and we are heartened that Allergan is supporting our mission.”

To get involved with #EyePic, follow three easy steps:

  1. Post a picture of your eyes
  2. Add #EyePic
  3. Tag two friends to do the same

To watch the videos and learn more about #EyePic, visit www.SeeAmerica.vision.

*up to $50,000

About See America

Allergan, a global leader in eye care for nearly 70 years, recently launched See America to fight against preventable blindness and vision impairment in America. See America has set out to make vision health a priority across the U.S., increase awareness of diseases that cause preventable blindness, and bring critical access to vision care to those who need it most. To find out more about See America, visit www.SeeAmerica.vision

About The American Foundation For The Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB fulfills its mission by broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. Headquartered in New York, AFB is proud to house the Helen Keller Archives & Gallery and honor the more than 40 years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly for AFB.

About Allergan Plc.

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma. Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceutical, device, biologic, surgical and regenerative medicine products for patients around the world.

Allergan markets a portfolio of leading brands and best-in-class products for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, urology and anti-infective therapeutic categories.

Allergan is an industry leader in Open Science, a model of research and development, which defines our approach to identifying and developing game-changing ideas and innovation for better patient care. With this approach, Allergan has built one of the broadest development pipelines in the pharmaceutical industry with 70+ mid-to-late stage pipeline programs currently in development.

Allergan’s success is powered by our more than 18,000 global colleagues’ commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what is right.

With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives every day.

For more information, visit Allergan’s website at www.Allergan.com.

Allergan Forward-Looking Statement

Statements contained in this press release that refer to future events or other non-historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect Allergan’s current perspective on existing trends and information as of the date of this release. Actual results may differ materially from Allergan’s current expectations depending upon a number of factors affecting Allergan’s business. These factors include, among others, the difficulty of predicting the timing or outcome of FDA approvals or actions, if any; the impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance of and continued demand for Allergan’s products; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties detailed in Allergan’s periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to Allergan’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and Allergan’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2017. Except as expressly required by law, Allergan disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

References

[1] National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2015, www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.


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Dr. Bronner’s Donates $1 Million to Non-Profit TERI to Support Autistic and Special Needs Community

Top-Selling Soap Brand Supports Development of International Therapeutic Training Facility Called the “Campus of Life”

Press Release – VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, has pledged $1 million over the next 4 years to the San Diego-based non-profit TERI. The donation will support the organization’s plans to expand its Southern California operation to include a new, state-of-the-art facility called the “Campus of Life,” which will support programming for children, adults and seniors with autism and other special needs. The Campus of Life will provide an innovative and therapeutic environment, and conduct cutting edge research as a world-class, international center of community, acceptance and empowerment for individuals with developmental disabilities.

“After I visited TERI for the first time, I understood immediately how our business principles and our All-One mission align with everything that TERI stands for,” says Michael Milam, Chief Operating Officer of Dr. Bronner’s. “I was eager to have the rest of our executive team visit. The work that TERI does is so deep and powerful, one visit is really all you need to want to support their mission,” explains Milam.

The first facility of its kind, the Campus of Life is set on 20 acres in San Diego County and will function as a hub for TERI’s programs, specifically designed to advance the standard of care for individuals of all ages with special needs. Comprehensive, career-focused certification programs designed for individuals with special needs will be available in fields such as culinary arts and food service, agriculture, sustainability, and the arts.

“TERI isn’t just an organization that helps people with special needs lead a better life, it’s a place that gives them a zest for life. Their advanced holistic programming for individuals and their families is effective, much-needed and life-affirming at the same time,” says Michael Bronner, President of Dr. Bronner’s. “We are honored to donate to the Campus of Life and encourage our fellow San Diego area businesses and community leaders to join us in support of this inspiring and exemplary project,” Bronner continues.

TERI, which stands for “Training, Education, Research, Innovation,” was founded in 1980, and has grown to serve over 650 individuals and their families, many of who have needs that cannot be met by other existing programs. This includes comprehensive, life-quality services to persons who have autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, brain trauma, severe behavioral disorders, dual diagnoses, and learning disabilities. Recognized and used as a model program in California and throughout the U.S., TERI also trains professionals and agencies in more than seven countries.

“One in five children are born with developmental or learning disabilities, and there are families desperate for services to fill the gap in what’s provided,” says Cheryl Kilmer, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TERI. “The Campus of Life will take our mission to the next level as we work to change the way the world views and helps children and adults touched by special needs. As we seek additional support to expand the opportunities in providing services, we are grateful for Dr. Bronner’s contribution in recognizing the need for compassionate and creative care to support this population,” explains Kilmer.


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Plus Size Fashion Retailer Torrid Announces Foundation to Support Women

Torrid Foundation Seeks to Help Women, Change Lives

Press Release – Los Angeles, CA, August 4, 2017 – Torrid, one of the fastest growing retailers in the country announced today the launch of the Torrid Foundation which aims to raise funds in support of non-profit organizations that are dedicated to helping women. The Foundation is an extension of the company’s core values aimed at empowering women, whether by making women look and feel great every day or by bringing inclusivity to the biggest stage in fashion at NYFW: The Shows.

“At Torrid, we are dedicated to helping all women feel confident,” says Torrid CEO, Kay Hong. “But we want to do more to help support and raise awareness for women’s causes that can make a real difference.”

Torrid is raising funds for the Torrid Foundation through direct donations, rounding up both online and in-store purchases, events and possible product proceeds. One of the groups the Torrid Foundation will be supporting is Soroptimist/LiveYourDream.org whose Live Your Dream Awards® program is dedicated to ensuring disadvantaged women have the opportunity to reach their full potential through education and training grants. For details go to Live Your Dream Awards® at LiveYourDream.org

To learn more about how you can help women and change lives, go to Torrid.com/give

The Torrid Foundation is a component fund of the California Community Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

ABOUT TORRID

Torrid designs and retails fashion apparel, lingerie, swimwear, accessories and footwear for stylish women sizes 10 to 30. Our exclusive collections inspire women to feel sexy, confident and downright irresistible. Torrid has over 500 stores across the U.S. and Canada, in addition to its online shopping destination, Torrid.com. Follow Torrid on Facebook (Facebook.com/Torrid), Instagram (@Torridfashion), Twitter (@Torridfashion), YouTube (YouTube.com/Torridfashion) or Pinterest (Pinterest.com/Torridfashion)


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PRE® Brands Partners with Common Threads to Help Fight Childhood Obesity, Donating a Portion of Local Ground Beef Sales to Youth Cooking and Nutrition Programs

Better-for-you Food Brand Sets Goal to Send 300 Underserved Chicago Kids to Cooking School

Press Release – CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2017 – PRE® Brands, purveyors of better-for-you food, including a line of 100% grass fed and grass finished premium beef, will donate a portion of proceeds for every package of ground beef sold in the Chicago area during the month of August to Common Threads. The funds will bring the nonprofit organization’s practical cooking and nutrition programming to underserved Chicago youths. Consumers can help PRE Brands reach its goal of serving 300 new children by purchasing specially labeled ground beef at grocers in Chicagoland including Mariano’s, Meijer, Heinen’s and Treasure Island.

Founded in Chicago by Chef Art Smith, artist Jesus Salgueiro and CEO Linda Novick O’Keefe, Common Threads brings health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The programs are statistically proven to make significant health and wellness impacts, as participants have demonstrated increased nutrition knowledge, vegetable liking and consumption, communication to the family about healthy eating, self-confidence in their cooking skills and frequency of cooking at home.

“We believe that combining nutrition know-how with the joy of cooking from an early age is one of the best ways to instill a lifetime of healthy habits,” said PRE Brands’ founder and CEO Lenny Lebovich. “We couldn’t be more pleased to encourage local children to get involved with their families in the making of healthy and delicious meals in their own kitchens.”

As part of the partnership, PRE Brands Culinary Manager Sarah Russo developed an array of meals for families of four, under $15, with simple recipes and ingredients designed for the whole family to join in on, available on PRE’s website and social media channels. Local youths were also invited into the PRE kitchen to cook with Russo and further fuel their inspiration to turn their passions into careers.

PRE Brands is a Chicago-based startup founded in 2015, dedicated to moving the food 2.0 movement forward and giving consumers healthy, high quality food. PRE is now available in more than 600 retail locations nationwide. The brand is building on this success by continually expanding its product portfolio, landing in new retailers and forging new partnerships. As one of the few 100 percent grass fed beef brands that’s Whole30 approved, the brand aligns with a wide variety of whole food diets, and is beloved by chefs and foodies alike.

For recipes and more information on PRE and its partnership with Common Threads, visit www.pre-brands.com/cook. For more information on Common Threads, visit www.commonthreads.org.

About PRE® Brands:

PRE® Brands is a Chicago-based consumer packaged goods startup focused on providing the best tasting 100 percent grass fed beef the world has to offer. PRE believes in using a modern approach to traditional methods to deliver consumers the great taste they love, without any health, safety, or animal welfare compromises. Through its revolutionary selection criteria called, Our Taste Standard, the company has mastered the art of bringing shoppers the most delicious grass fed beef in the world, with relentless consistency. As one of the few Whole30 approved grass fed beef brands, all PRE Brands’ products adhere to the highest quality standards, boasting fewer calories, less fat, and higher Omega-3’s and CLA’s than traditional USDA choice beef, without any added hormones or added antibiotics. Available in individually packaged steaks (Ribeye, Strip, Sirloin and Filet Mignon), 16 oz. ground beef (85%, 92% and 95% lean) and 24 oz. chuck roast and new dual pack 1/3 lb. hamburger patties. PRE Brands products are sold at grocers across the U.S., and online on Amazon Fresh, Jet.com and Instacart.com. To learn more, visit www.pre-brands.com.

About Common Threads

Founded in 2003 in Chicago, Common Threads was created to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education. By integrating preventative health programs into school districts and community organizations, Common Threads not only helps combat the rising number of diet-related diseases, but also cultivates a culture that embraces a healthier lifestyle and celebrates diversity through food. The organization envisions a community of learners that embraces healthy cooking, healthy eating and healthy living as both a life choice and a human right. The nonprofit is committed to reaching 1 million children by 2020 and hopes to eventually make its programs an integral part of childhood education for all. To learn more, visit www.commonthreads.org


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CloudCherry Partners with Utah Animal Adoption Center

CloudCherry to host local volunteer and employee give back day on August 2nd

Press Release – Salt Lake City, UT, August 2, 2017 – CloudCherry, a next generation customer experience software turning reactive customer feedback into real-time conversations along the customer’s journey, today announced an ongoing, social good partnership with the Utah Animal Adoption Center, a non-profit, non-euthanizing animal shelter that rescues and finds homes for an average of 1,000 dogs and cats each year.

To kick off the ongoing partnership, CloudCherry will host a local volunteer and employee give back day on Wednesday, August 2nd from 12:00PM – 4:00PM MDT. About a dozen volunteers from CloudCherry will visit the shelter to help with outdoor work and animal care to fulfil CloudCherry’s initiative to give back to the Salt Lake City community.

The Utah Animal Adoption Center was founded in 1983 to rescue dogs and cats from the euthanasia lists throughout the Salt Lake Valley and provide them with happy homes. Jennifer Archer, Board President at UAAC stated, “It’s great to have partners who are just as committed to the center’s success as we are. We are excited to grow our partnership with CloudCherry and work together to provide these animals with forever homes.”

Vinod Muthukrishnan, CEO of CloudCherry shared, “We are thrilled to be working with the Utah Animal Adoption Center and alongside the UAAC staff who work tirelessly to protect and nurture these animals. CloudCherry is committed to animal welfare and we hope our continuous volunteer efforts will help keep these animals happy and ready to be adopted.”

About CloudCherry

CloudCherry is a next generation customer experience software turning reactive customer feedback into real-time conversations along the customer’s journey. The Customer Experience Management (CEM) solution measures customer satisfaction and delivers outcome-driven results in an easy to use solution. CloudCherry’s mission is to help organizations gain actionable insights and spark a proactive conversation to improve customer experience in the moments that matters most to customers along their buying journey. www.getcloudcherry.com


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The Clara Lionel Foundation and ofo Jointly Fund the Global Scholarship Program

The Partnership Launches an Inaugural Bike Program and Enhances Education Access for Girls in Malawi

Press Release – New York, NY (August 1, 2017) – The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and ofo, the world’s leading bike-sharing platform, today announced a comprehensive five-year partnership called “1 KM Action” to provide funding to CLF’s Global Scholarship Program and support dynamic educational programs in Malawi. ofo is committed to funding scholarships that help hundreds of girls attend secondary schools in Malawi and will donate bikes to those scholarship recipients to combat some of the regional transportation challenges contributing to Malawi’s high drop-out rates.

The first batch of ofo bikes have been put into use in Malawi and already gained positive feedback from students and teachers. More bikes will be delivered for this program.

“I’m so happy about the Clara Lionel Foundation’s new partnership with ofo because it will help so many young people around the world receive a quality education, and also help the young girls of Malawi get to school safely, cutting down those very long walks they make to and from school all alone.” said Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

In January 2017, Rihanna traveled to Malawi in her role as Ambassador for the Global Partnership for Education and with Global Citizen, to spend time with educators, government officials, and students to identify ways to collaborate to build a better educational future for Malawians. There are approximately 4.6 million learners in primary school in Malawi but only 8% of students complete secondary school. The drop- out rate is staggering and girls are disproportionately impacted. The long distances that they have to travel to get to school is a major contributing factor. Determined to do something about it, the Clara Lionel Foundation and ofo joined forces to provide bikes and scholarships to girls in Malawi.

“We are delighted to work with Rihanna and the Clara Lionel Foundation on this innovative initiative as we are keen to help improve education accessibility for students living in poverty.” said ofo founder and CEO Dai Wei, who spent one year as a volunteer teacher in the poverty-stricken region in China after graduating from college. “We believe in unlocking every corner in the world with equal access to education as well as with our bike-sharing scheme.”

In addition to the unique collaboration in Malawi, ofo also carried out “1 KM Action” to support CLF’s Global Scholarship program to provide scholarships to students from China, Brazil, Barbados, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana, and Jamaica who are accepted to an accredited four-year college or university in the United States. ofo will provide scholarships to students, particularly to those interested in studying topics related to the environment and sustainability.

About the Clara Lionel Foundation

The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education, health and emergency response programs around the world. With the voices of Rihanna and her fans, CLF also engages in global advocacy with the goal of improving the quality of life for young people everywhere. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.

For more information, visit www.claralionelfoundation.org and follow updates on Instagram and Twitter at @ClaraLionelFdn

About ofo and 1KM Action

Found in 2014, ofo is the world’s first and largest bike-sharing platform. ofo is created for sharing and aims at unlocking every corner of the world by making bikes accessible to everyone. As of today, ofo has connected more than 6.5 million bikes in 150 cities across five countries, been generating more than 25 million daily transactions and provided 2 billion times of efficient, convenient and green services.

“1 KM Action” is a collaboration between ofo and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme), aiming to encourage low-carbon, sustainable, and eco-friendly short-distance bike trips.The partnership is built to raise public awareness of climate change and rural education, and will also provide financial support to innovative projects that address urban environmental challenges.


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Hunter Douglas Has Habitat For Humanity Covered

Hunter Douglas has donated privacy blinds for Habitat homes for a quarter-century

Press Release – (PEARL RIVER, NY – AUGUST 1, 2017) – Habitat for Humanity is not just building better homes but stronger, healthier communities, with help from long-term partners like Hunter Douglas. This summer marks the 25th year of partnership between Hunter Douglas and Habitat for Humanity. As a global manufacturer of custom window treatments, Hunter Douglas is committed to help Habitat build safe, stable, affordable housing alongside homeowners across North America and abroad.

Habitat partners with families to help build secure, quality homes, providing a path to improved living conditions. In any home, window shades are a finishing touch providing privacy, comfort, energy efficiency and personal style. Hunter Douglas provides privacy blinds for all new and rehabilitated Habitat homes in the US. Over the last quarter-century Hunter Douglas has donated nearly 9,200 privacy blinds each year for over 220,000 windows. Included in these are products with cordless lift systems, ensuring that homeowners and their families are supported and protected by efficient, child-safe window treatments.

“Hunter Douglas is honored to stand beside Habitat for Humanity—which brings hope, light, and stability to so many families worldwide,” said Ron Kass, Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Douglas North America. “We know that there is a direct correlation between housing quality and the homeowners’ wellbeing. We are so grateful for the work they do to build and strengthen all of the places we call home, and we look forward to continuing to build together in the future.”

Hunter Douglas associates and business partners have worked side-by-side with Habitat homeowners in their local communities for over 20 years, building homes and relationships from the ground up. Hunter Douglas has also committed resources to a number of critical Habitat for Humanity initiatives worldwide:

  • In 2015, the company created a month-long two-for-one employee match program that resulted in a $300,000 donation to Habitat’s earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.
  • In 2016, the company donated window coverings to Habitat’s flood recovery work in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • In April 2017, a team of 12 employees from the Netherlands traveled to Lesotho, Africa, to help build a new home with an 85-year-old grandmother and her two orphaned grandsons.
  • In July 2017, the company sponsored Habitat’s 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Hunter Douglas employees and associates helped build homes alongside former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, volunteers and future homeowners in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba, while a third group participated in a Toronto, Ontario build.

To learn more about Hunter Douglas, its products, and corporate social responsibility programs, visit www.hunterdouglas.com.

About Hunter Douglas

Hunter Douglas Inc., headquartered in Pearl River, NY, is the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window treatments in North America and a major manufacturer of architectural products. The company is a national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, covering windows in every Habitat home built in the U.S. and Canada. Hunter Douglas branded products are designed, developed and custom-crafted in the U.S. Get details at www.hunterdouglas.com or call 1-800-274-2985.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.


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Innovative eMentoring Program Launches in Detroit to Support Student Growth in Reading and Writing

Press Release – DETROIT – July 31, 2017 – This summer Motor City students between third and fifth grade are connecting one-on-one with adult eMentors from around the country. This program, coordinated by Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media, and implemented in partnership with the Detroit Public Library and Matrix Human Solutions uses the new CricketTogether platform to enhance student learning in the classroom and beyond.

Students are paired with employees of multiple partner companies to read intriguing articles and exchange thoughts about the content, and life, building one-on-one virtual learning friendships in a safe, collaborative environment. Mentors provide the catalyst to build student literacy, critical thinking, and real world problem-solving skills, as well as increase students’ understanding of careers and the world beyond their classrooms.

Employees remark that their CricketTogether student pen pals help them be better parents, friends, aunts and uncles. They say they are more aware of what kids think and how they express themselves. The eMentors also said they see their own communications skills enhanced as they think more deeply about what they’re reading and how to best to communicate their ideas.

The project is funded by Sony Corporation of America, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Chromebooks for the students were provided by Google.

Libraries Without Borders saw the platform’s potential to equip other community leaders with tools to expand their impact. “It is our goal to find the great local nonprofit organizations, and to expand the efficacy of their services by equipping them with new tools,” said Allister Chang, executive director of Libraries Without Borders. “We want to support our local partners to innovate without risk. In this case, we were deeply impressed with what Matrix Human Services and the Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library were already doing, and saw tremendous potential for them to expand their reach and impact by equipping them with the CricketTogether platform.”

Companies providing employee mentors are attracted to how flexible CricketTogether’s online Employee Engagement program is. It enables company employees to easily and remotely volunteer as an eMentor from anywhere, at any time. With a commitment of just a few hours per month, eMentors are making meaningful and life-changing impact as a role-model and friend, inspiring students with their unique professional and personal real-life experiences, while challenging students to change the way they see the world — and themselves.

Nina Zolt, founder of Cricket Media, said, “CricketTogether takes our mission of maximizing educational equity and teacher empowerment through digital media to a new level. Building on what we have learned from more than 20 years of experience offering students and teachers the opportunity to combine great content with access to caring adult role models, this new platform creates an environment in which students are more motivated to learn as they discover life beyond their neighborhoods, exploring potential careers and interests. This learning experience is fully digital and accessible 24/7—managed in the cloud in a manner to provide safety and security for students, along with the ability for schools and districts to scale quickly and efficiently.”

This initiative is launching at a time when literacy rates in Detroit are widely acknowledged to be some of the lowest in the country. Students who are not reading and writing at grade level by the end of fifth grade are less likely to catch up and realize academic and personal potential.

Many attempts to improve student literacy have missed some of the most important elements: personal connection, conversation and role models/mentors. In many schools, the focus on standardized reading tests has served as the sole criterion of literacy progress and, consequently, elementary school literacy programs have become mechanized and test-driven rather than content- and meaning-driven. Many students do not have the opportunity to pause on a point that they find interesting when reading a text to further explore the questions and ideas that may raise. Students also may not understand how their studies pertain to their future; the importance of literacy skills to higher education and future employment.

The Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media eMentoring Program began June 26 and continues through August 9. Plans are currently being developed to expand one-on-one eMentoring opportunities for hundreds of other children across Detroit.

To learn more about CricketTogether, visit www.crickettogether.com

To learn more about Libraries Without Borders, visit https://www.librarieswithoutborders.org/

About Libraries Without Borders

Libraries Without Borders is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations whose mission is to expand access to informational, educational, and cultural tools for disadvantaged communities. Libraries Without Borders won the Google Impact Challenge in 2015 and the International Literacy Award from the Library of Congress in 2016.

About Cricket Media

Cricket Media, Inc. is a global education company providing award-winning content and safe and secure collaborative learning networks. Cricket Media’s 11 popular media brands for toddlers to teens include Babybug®, Ladybug®, Cricket® and Cobblestone™. Cricket Media promotes education equity through its free global community, ePals, and CricketTogether™, its 1:1 eMentoring program safely combining Cricket content, caring eMentors, and a powerful collaborative learning platform. Cricket Media serves millions of teachers, students and parents in over 200 countries and territories through its platform and NeuPals, its joint venture with China’s leading IT services company Neusoft. Cricket Media also licenses its content and platform to top publishing and educational companies worldwide.


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Insure Pro Awarded $5,000 for Utah County Search and Rescue Through Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award

Call for Community Support to Help Increase Total Donation to $10,000

Press Release – DRAPER, Utah (July 27, 2017) — Insure Pro has earned a 2017 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award for demonstrating extraordinary volunteerism to make positive change happen in their community. The award includes $5,000 to use towards its community work with Utah County Search and Rescue, which is committed to serving the visitors and citizens of Utah County by providing rescue services at no cost.

This year, Safeco is offering agents an additional opportunity to help the causes they care about most. Brandon Scott, the principal broker for Insure Pro, and Utah County Search and Rescue will have their stories featured on Safeco.com with a chance to raise an additional $5,000. If the story is shared from Safeco.com at least 50 times on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, the total donation will increase to $10,000. Help them reach their goal by sharing their story at www.safeco.com/make-more-happen/share.

“We are excited to offer agents the ability to raise even more funds through social media sharing, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer in their communities,” said Gabriel Valenzuela, Safeco Insurance Mountain Region territory manager. “Safeco’s Make More Happen program recognizes agents who are committed to making a difference in their local communities, and we want to encourage them to directly support the local charities where they see the most need.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen awards focus on nonprofits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Insure Pro was selected for a Make More Happen Award based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Utah County Search and Rescue.

Scott, who is on the board of directors and serves as Quartermaster, is truly dedicated to the mission of the rescue team; in addition to handling inventory, he spends over 200 hours per year responding to emergencies and helping train other volunteers—mostly on his weekends.

Throughout 2017, Safeco will select a total of 23 independent agents for the awards and donate up to $230,000 to the nonprofits they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified insurer and the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2015 direct written premium data as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual is ranked 73rd on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2015 revenue.

For more information about Safeco Insurance, go to www.Safeco.com.


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Goose Island Beer Company Teams Up with Keep America Beautiful for Migration Week Volunteer Events

Goose Island Supporting Five Volunteer Events in Communities Across the Country

Press Release – STAMFORD, Conn. (July 26, 2017) – Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, today announced it will partner with Goose Island Beer Company on the brewery’s Migration Week Tour. Five partnership grants of $3,500 each will be used for community improvement projects in five cities during Goose Island’s international Migration Week beer and brewers’ tour.

Migration Week brings the popular Goose Island craft beer to more than 25 cities across the country and throughout the world, encouraging friends and patrons to meet their brewers and enjoy their beers. During five of the week-long tour stops, Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates and partners will conduct community improvement volunteer events. The event locations and tour dates are:

  • New York City – GrowNYC, a Keep America Beautiful partner – July 26-30
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Keep Philadelphia Beautiful – Aug. 2-6
  • Atlanta, Georgia – Keep Atlanta Beautiful – Sept. 6-10
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful – Sept. 17-21
  • Indianapolis, Indiana – Keep Indianapolis Beautiful – Oct. 11-15

“Giving back is a huge part of our company philosophy,” said Ken Stout, president, Goose Island Beer Company. “Working with Keep America Beautiful will be a great partnership, as we make stops around the country to share our beers and make a positive impact in our host cities.”

Tapping Keep America Beautiful’s National Affiliate Network, Goose Island will bring people together for various hands-on projects in participating cities. The hands-on volunteer projects will range tree planting initiatives to community cleanups. Specific volunteer event information, including time, date and location will be posted on the Goose Island website for each city. Each event will also include a Goose Island happy hour to reward volunteers for their hard work.

“The work of Keep America Beautiful is more important than ever and the need to grow volunteer service more relevant than ever,” said Helen Lowman, president & CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Through partnerships like this one with Goose Island, we can encourage and empower Americans of all ages and backgrounds to play an active role in transforming our public spaces into beautiful places.”

Consumers 21 years of age or older can participate. Find more information about projects in participating communities by visiting gooseisland.com/migration-week.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, curricula, practical advice and other resources to deliver measurable environmental, economic and social benefits. The organization is driven by more than 600 state and local affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities and government officials. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.

About Goose Island Beer Company

Goose Island Beer Company is Chicago’s original craft beer company. Since 1988, the brewery has thrived on continual innovation and a reliance on quality of ingredients. Goose Island pioneered barrel-aged beer with the renowned Bourbon County Brand Stout which sits alongside the well-balanced and award winning portfolio of beers including: Goose IPA, Goose Four Star Pils and the barrel-aged Saison, Sofie. Access to the largest contiguous hop farm in the U.S., Elk Mountain Farms in northwest Idaho, provides the Goose Island brewers with everything they need to live up to their mantra: We don’t need to be the only beer you drink. We just want to be the best beer you drink. For more information on Goose Island, please visit www.gooseisland.com.


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