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Lutheran World Relief Prepares for Typhoon Hagupit Relief, Commits Initial $50,000 to Aid Relief Efforts in the Philippines

Team prepared to assess needs on the ground in the most affected areas

BALTIMORE, MD (December 5, 2014) – In preparation for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to make landfall December 6 local time in the Philippines, Lutheran World Relief, a U.S.-based humanitarian agency, has made an initial commitment of $50,000 to assist those most affected and will be on the ground to assess needs and develop a plan to aid in both short- and long-term recovery. The storm is predicted to cause widespread damage and affect millions in an area still recovering from last year’s Super Typhoon Haiyan.

“We are monitoring the situation closely through our staff on the ground and with those here in the U.S. and are prepared to respond,” said Daniel Speckhard, president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief. “We send our support and prayers to those in the region. We will stand beside them during the recovery and rebuilding, and we urge donors to join us and help give what they can to the relief efforts of what is predicted to be a devastating storm.”

Lutheran World Relief is accepting donations for this emergency. Please give online at lwr.org/hagupit. Donors can also call 800-597-5972 or send a check to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Indicate “Philippines Typhoon” on your check.

Lutheran World Relief staff in the Philippines and from its Baltimore headquarters plan to travel Monday to some of the most-affected areas to assess damages, identify needs, and further develop a response plan.

The teams will meet with representatives of the United Nations, government agencies, local partners, churches and community groups to coordinate a response. Lutheran World Relief’s response will likely include a cash-for-work program and a shelter program similar to the programs it implemented following 2013’s Typhoon Haiyan. That response assisted more than 23,000 people through short-term work assignments clearing storm debris from schools, parks, roads and other public spaces, and distributed more than 5,000 shelter repair kits, providing shelter for more than 26,000 people.

Depending on needs on the ground, Lutheran World Relief’s response to Typhoon Hagupit may also include distribution of handmade Quilts, School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Personal Care Kits. Following last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, Lutheran World Relief provided more than $800,000 worth of these donated items to an estimated 69,000 people. To learn more about donating Quilts and Kits, please visit our website.

“Awareness of the coming storm and the potential damage is very high,” said Femia Baldeo, Lutheran World Relief’s country director in the Philippines. “Because Typhoon Haiyan hit just one year ago, communities haven’t completely recovered yet, and this storm could have significant impacts in the same areas. But thanks to the work of Lutheran World Relief and other nongovernmental organizations building relationships with the local governments, there is an amazing sense of preparation and calm around this emergency. So much work has gone into helping communities prepare for emergencies that, compared to the frenzy before Typhoon Haiyan, most people are feeling organized and ready for this storm.”

Lutheran World Relief has been working on the ground in the Philippines for several years leading the quality and accountability efforts for much of the country in tandem with local groups, community leaders and government officials. The organization has been highly active in previous relief and recovery efforts, including implementing cash for work, shelter, water, and sanitation programs and organizing trainings for hundreds of NGO and government staff to better prepare for and guard against the worst impacts of future disasters.

For more information about Lutheran World Relief and its programs, visit: www.lwr.org

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Chair of Angelica Fuentes Foundation sign collaboration agreement in Mexico

Foundation commits 1 million dollars to gender equality and women’s economic empowerment

Mexico City 4 December 2014 – During an official visit to Mexico, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary General of the UN and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, UN Women, met with businesswoman and philanthropist, Angelica Fuentes to discuss the important role that private sector can play in accelerating women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and helping UN Women to reach its objectives by providing adequate funds and serving as advisors.

During the meeting Angelica Fuentes Foundation announced a donation of US$ 1 million dollars to fund programs dedicated to social, economic and political empowerment of women, a primary focus for Angelica Fuentes and her philanthropic endeavors. These funds will support four initiatives: the Fund for Gender Equality, the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action; a study on women’s economic empowerment in Latin American and the Caribbean and the HeforShe campaign.

Angelica Fuentes Foundation contribution will bolster UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) in Latin America and the Caribbean region on a range of strategic issues, from national advocacy for decent work legislation and social protection services to engaging women’s collective action and participation in key political spaces and structures, where the Fund has already invested US$ 17 million on high-impact women’s initiatives since 2009.

The Executive Director expressed UN Women’s deep appreciation for Ms. Fuentes’s strong support and to the promotion of gender equality in Mexico, and regionally in Latin America. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also commended the important contribution of committed business and foundations, such as Angelica Fuentes Foundation, as leaders and role-models, to empowering women, offering family-friendly work practices and working towards closing wages gaps between men and women.

About UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

Fundraisers First, Fashionistas Second

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San Francisco, November 2014 – How do you make philanthropy current? You dig deep into the closets of fashionistas and give back. This was the catalyst for founding Union & Fifth, the e-commerce retailer that finds its unique merchandise from the closets of people characterizing all walks of life, to then donate its proceeds to change the world.

Founded by sisters-in-law Pamela Trefler, philanthropist, and Christena Reinhard, professional fundraiser — Union & Fifth takes an altruistic spin on a consumer driven industry to actively make a change on the footprint of commerce. With a December 2014 launch, Union & Fifth will by synonymous with the motto “Fundraisers first, fashionistas second.”

While seeking a way to give back and rallying others to be involved along the process, the brand formed its innovative and effective way of re-selling designer labels, but with a twist. Union & Fifth does not pocket their profits, instead funds will be donated to a wide variety of charities selected by donors. The company’s doors are open to any and all individuals who wish to donate, and are happy to give individual’s proceeds to any non-profit of their choice.

CHARITIES WE LOVE:

Below are a few of the amazing non-profits that we are currently featuring on our site. We cannot wait to see this list grow as more people donate to the charities they are passionate about.

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Buy a Valentino bag from Union & Fifth, and the proceeds will help someone in need — simple, yet profound.

Upon cleaning out their first closet in 2012, they raised $40,000 after the consignment split. This was the “Aha” moment that opened their eyes to a niche that would change the way people shop and give.

While much of the industry has gone the way of fast-fashion, Union & Fifth brings back to life the idea that quality and great pieces can span generations. Christena describes their efforts as “Effectively changing the face of fundraising; Union & Fifth is a way to put into motion a beneficial cycle of shopping – knowing you are giving back by opening your closet, or being a customer. It gives a deeper meaning to retail therapy.”

Union & Fifth plans to join celebrities, the style crazed and the philanthropically driven, to create a new trend in fashion. The synergy created between charity and style will forever change the life cycle of clothing, the way we shop, and the way we support our favorite causes.

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Helping Drug Addicted Peoples for Drugs Free Life

By Fahad Hassan

Islamabad Pakistan

New Life (Nai Zindgi in urdu) is a rehabilitation center with a mission to create a drugs­free and healthy society. We have a team of dedicated professionals who is working day and night to give the addicted and psychiatric patients a new life.

History and Aim

Founded in 1991 and till date we rehabilitate thousands of people and now they are living a drugs­free happy life. Our goal is to strengthening and empowering the communities to solve their problems through collective action and participation and to motivate the peoples to avoid from using drugs which is the core program of the New Life. We committed to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by Narcotics proactively advancing research for better understanding, better treatments and a cure; educating the public and healthcare professionals about all forms; advocating for universal Anti Narcotics screening; and providing support services and resources vital to the society. We focused mission to provide quality health and social services to underserved communities, by using innovative and participatory approaches and to provide the free medical treatment to the general public.

Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo

We are currently running a fundraising campaign at Indiegogo.com for expanding our rehabilitation center so we can serve more and better.

For More details and contributions please visit our campaign page at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/helping-drug-addicted-peoples-for-drugs-free-life

FeedingNYC and LivePerson Announce Thirteenth Annual Event Providing Thanksgiving Dinners to Local Families in Need

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FeedingNYC, a nonprofit organization based in New York, announced plans for its annual event to be held on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. LivePerson, the leading sponsor and organizer of FeedingNYC, will host employees and friends, along with more than 400 volunteers, to organize and hand-deliver over 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to displaced families in New York City.

In the days leading to Thanksgiving, volunteers gather to assemble holiday meals, which are then distributed to shelters throughout the city. The shelters include those partnered with Women in Need, Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, and City Harvest. Thanks to the generosity of FeedingNYC partners, sponsors and crowdsourced funding, nearly 35,000 Thanksgiving meals have been donated to families facing hunger during the holiday season.

“Every year, friends, family and members of the community come together for a day to pack thousands of meals and personally deliver them to local families who cannot afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Our goal is to take this opportunity to meaningfully connect with the local community, and thanks to the dedication of our sponsors and volunteers, we are able to host FeedingNYC for the thirteenth consecutive year,” said Robert LoCascio, Founder of FeedingNYC and CEO of LivePerson.

This year’s sponsors include BDO, Eisner Amper LLP, FlatRate Moving, The Gansevoort Hotel Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Joyride Coffee, Manhattan Mini Storage, McGladrey LLP, Monster Savings, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Pier Sixty The Lighthouse, Proskauer Rose LLP, StructuredWeb, Wegmans, and William Gallagher Associates. FeedingNYC will once again be headquartered at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. Volunteers will arrive at 6:00 AM to begin packing boxes, provided by Manhattan Mini Storage, with turkeys and fixings and then load them onto large trucks for delivery.

FeedingNYC is still accepting donations. To make a donation, please visit www.crowdrise.com/FeedingNYC2014. For more information on FeedingNYC, please visit www.feedingnyc.org.

About FeedingNYC

FeedingNYC is an annual charity event sponsored by The Dream Big Foundation, a nonprofit organization that was conceived by LivePerson CEO Rob LoCascio in the aftermath of 9/11 when the employees and friends of LivePerson first assembled and hand-delivered turkey dinners to disadvantaged families around New York City for Thanksgiving. With the support of the local community and corporate sponsors, the project which began with serving 40 families in Harlem in 2001 has since grown to deliver meals to more than 35,000 families throughout the five boroughs. Please visit www.feedingnyc.org to learn how to get involved.

About LivePerson

LivePerson, Inc. (NASDAQ: LPSN) offers a cloud-based platform that enables businesses to proactively connect in real-time with their customers via chat, voice, and content delivery at the right time, through the right channel, including websites, social media, and mobile devices. This “intelligent engagement” is driven by real-time behavioral analytics, producing connections based on a true understanding of business objectives and customer needs. For more information, please visit www.liveperson.com. To view other global press releases about LivePerson, please visit pr.liveperson.com.

Utah Votes via Social Media on The Community Foundation of Utah’s New Look for “Love Utah Give Utah” Day of Giving Campaign

CLEARLINK donated design and digital marketing expertise as a way to creatively give back to communities across Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) November 25, 2014 – After two weeks of voting via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, powered by CLEARLINK and akavit, today The Community Foundation of Utah unveiled the new Love Utah Give Utah logo. Nearly one-thousand votes were cast, with a social media reach of over 100,000 people.

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The winning Love Utah Give Utah logo

Chosen by the online public, the new logo design is part of getting Utah ready for an even bigger and better 2015 fundraising campaign. The new look will help Love Utah Give Utah develop a strong identity, and more clearly identify the campaign as one of The Community Foundation’s efforts to benefit the people, places and causes of Utah.

Five logo designs were submitted by local Salt Lake City web designers at CLEARLINK. Adam Palcher, Senior Designer at CLEARLINK designed the winning logo. “I wanted to help Love Utah Give Utah expand its reach in the coming year and evoke a feeling of community, while reflecting the unique aspects of Utah,” said Palcher a 6 year web designer and 3 year CLEARLINKer.

CLEARLINK, a Salt Lake City based marketing and sales leader and long-standing partner of the Community Foundation of Utah, donated design and social media marketing services as a way to creatively give back to the local non-profit community. CLEARLINK and Akavit’s social media strategy did more than drive “Likes.” The voting campaign focused on connecting people active on social media to The Community Foundation of Utah’s movement to make Utah a better place.

“It was important to us that Utah communities had a voice in the new look for Love Utah Give Utah,” said Blair Hodson, Director of Initiatives at The Community Foundation. “We appreciate the donors and sponsors in our state and want them to be proud of our efforts. The support of local businesses like CLEARLINK in this effort reflects the commitment to giving-back that runs deeply throughout Utah.”

The 2015 Love Utah Give Utah day of giving is set for March 26, and will harness the non-profit community and all their champions in unison for 24 hours of fundraising. Organized by the Community Foundation of Utah, Love Utah Give Utah 2014 raised $1,058,839, gathering 15,311 donations from 10,562 unique donors and benefiting 460 schools, universities and non-profit organizations throughout the state of Utah.

Non-profits and schools who would like to take part in the 2015 event can register in January 2015. Watch for further details from The Community Foundation of Utah.

About CLEARLINK:

CLEARLINK partners with the world’s leading brands to increase their reach, drive and fulfill valuable transactions, and deepen insight into consumer behavior. CLEARLINK has delivered millions of customers to its brand partners over the past ten years through its customized marketing, sales and analytics platform. CLEARLINK, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and established in 2003, employs over 1,200 local sales, technology and marketing professionals. For an opportunity to join the growing CLEARLINK family, visit http://www.clearlink.com/jobs.

About The Community Foundation of Utah and Love Utah Give Utah:

The Community Foundation of Utah is a catalyst for philanthropy that is visionary, diverse, and inclusive. For more information go to http://www.utahcf.org.

About Akavit:

Akavit bridges the gap between a traditional marketing agency and a software development company. Seven years and countless awards in, Akavit’s fingerprints are all over the newest trends of the global digital landscape. Delivering technical solutions on par with the best software development companies, while taking into account strategic, marketing and business objectives to create big ideas. Akavit builds stunning digital experiences that sell. It’s in our DNA. http://www.akavit.com

SDSU Greek Community Statement on Sexual Violence

InterFraternity Council will suspend all social activity.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) — The leaders of San Diego State University’s Greek community issued the following statement today regarding sexual violence on the SDSU campus.

Sexual violence is a significant issue on our campus and on college campuses across the country. As campus leaders, we are committed to ending sexual violence. We recognize that we must change attitudes and practices in our community to accomplish this goal.

Recently, it was alleged that fraternity members acted in an inappropriate and disrespectful manner toward campus community members who were participating in a Take Back the Night march. The university is currently investigating these allegations. To the extent such allegations are true, this conduct is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU. We do not condone this type of behavior, which has led us to the following decision.

Greek student leaders, with support from President Elliot Hirshman, Vice President of Student Affairs Eric Rivera, SDSU’s Sexual Violence Task Force and other members of the university administration, will immediately take proactive steps toward addressing this extremely serious issue and the Greek community’s role in it.

Specifically, the InterFraternity Council will voluntarily suspend all social activities in order to focus on educating its members about sexual assault prevention. The Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will be providing programming and education for its members and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council will be educating all of its members on the impact sexual assault has on their diverse communities.

Every member of the Greek community will be required to undergo sexual violence and bystander training. We will all participate in events and activities that promote an end to sexual violence. Moreover, we will meet regularly with each other and administrative leaders to determine better ways to regulate ourselves and our members.

Our intention is to become leaders on this issue by bringing together our community, as well as others in the campus community, to discuss, create and implement policies and procedures in the effort to end sexual violence on our campus.

The statement was signed by J. Cole, President, Associated Students; Brittany Sidler, President, Panhellenic Council; Marc Hess, President, InterFraternity Council; Mireya Meza, President, United Sorority and Fraternity Council; and Ezinne Ofoegbu, President, National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Quote from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman

“I commend the leaders of the Greek community for recognizing our shared responsibility to end sexual violence and taking these proactive steps to address this critical issue. We must work as one community to create the substantive changes necessary to end sexual violence on our campus. The steps outlined today are the beginning of what must be a sustained effort to change attitudes, culture and actions and the university is committed to working with, and supporting, our Greek community as it pursues these essential efforts.”

Quote from Vice President of Student Affairs, Eric Rivera

“We are pleased to see the Greek community step forward and acknowledge they have an important role to play in this ongoing discussion and cultural change on our campus. We have many tools and programs already in place for them to take advantage of. And we will work collaboratively with them to support their ongoing efforts to make our campus more safe.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

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New Proxy Resolution Urges Exxon Mobil To Return Capital To Shareholders In The Face Of Global Climate Change & Carbon Asset Risk

Arjuna Capital and As You Sow File Shareholder Proposal Asking Exxon Mobil to Return Capital to Shareholders Rather than Invest in High-Cost High-Carbon Projects.

BOSTON AND OAKLAND– (November 25, 2014) – In a first of its kind proposal, Shareholders Arjuna Capital/Baldwin Brothers Inc. and As You Sow seek increased dividends or share buybacks from Exxon Mobil given structural challenges facing the industry — historically high capital expenditures, decreasing profitability, and global climate change. This represents the first shareholder proposal asking a company to return capital to shareholders in light of climate change risk.

Exxon Mobil wrote a report in response to Arjuna Capital and As You Sow’s shareholder proposal this spring on the potential for stranded assets associated with climate change. Exxon ignored major risk factors projected by the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Wall Street energy analysts regarding stranded carbon assets – i.e. that the company’s most-costly projects may become uneconomical in a low demand or low oil price environment.

The new shareholder resolution calls on Exxon Mobil (XOM) to protect investor value by “increasing the amount authorized for capital distributions to shareholders through dividends or share buy backs,” rather than invest in high-cost, high-carbon oil projects.

Exxon Mobil has maintained that none of its carbon assets will be stranded, based on projections of unabated global energy demand and a belief that global governments will not take meaningful action to curb global warming. Despite pressure from shareholders, the company has failed to stress test the impact of governments reacting appropriately to limit climate disruption to agreed upon international targets.

The recently announced U.S./China agreement to reduce carbon emissions stands in contrast to Exxon’s outlook and could cut demand substantially. The International Energy Agency (IEA) states that, “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2° C goal” needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

In addition to the likelihood of reduced demand, the cost of oil and gas exploration and development is dramatically increasing and Exxon Mobil is making extremely risky bets on new energy exploration that run counter to the assessments of leading market experts.

According to Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI), 39 percent of Exxon Mobil’s potential capital expenditures through 2025 requires an oil price of $95 per barrel to be economical, and 17 percent requires a price of $115 per barrel. By the end of 2025, CTI expects high cost projects to represent 35 percent of Exxon Mobil’s potential future production.

The resolution states: “In light of the climate change related risks of decreasing profitability and stranded asset risk associated with planned capital expenditures on high cost unconventional projects, Exxon Mobil commit to increasing the amount authorized for capital distributions to shareholders through dividends or share buy backs.”

Natasha Lamb, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital said, “This proposal is breaking new ground by asking Big Oil not to break ground on high-cost, high-carbon projects. Exxon Mobil should return capital to shareholders rather than gamble with investor resources. A fossil fuel volume play in the face of global climate change is simple folly. We should not be in a rush to find and burn all the carbon we can, regardless of cost and irreversible climate impact, but instead focus on value, figuring out how to do more with less.”

“Exxon has taken a public position that demand for oil will continue to grow, no matter how warm the globe gets, no matter how harsh the impacts of that warming, and regardless of technology changes allowing for cheaper, cleaner renewable fuels,” said Danielle Fugere, President of As You Sow. “The recent U.S.-China accord on carbon emission reductions is just the latest indication that ExxonMobil’s view of the world does not square with reality. Our goal is to protect shareholders from the clear and inevitable changes to the global economy that mean ExxonMobil is likely to have substantial stranded carbon assets if it continues on its current path.”

The shareholder proposal notes that “(m)assive production-cost inflation over the past decade has made the industry particularly vulnerable to a downturn in demand.” The Arjuna Capital and As You Sow proxy resolution cites the following analyst reports:

  • According to Bloomberg, capital expenditures by the largest oil companies has risen five-fold since 2000, yet overall industry production is nearly flat.
  • Goldman Sachs notes in the past two years no major new oil project has come on stream with production costs below 70 dollars per barrel, with most in the 80-100 dollar range, raising the risk of stranded, or unprofitable, assets.
  • Kepler Cheuvreux declares a “capex crisis” as companies invest in higher cost, higher carbon unconventional crude to stem conventional crude decline rates. Since 2005, annual upstream investment for oil has increased 100 percent, while crude oil supply has increased 3 percent.

For the full text of the Arjuna Capital/As You Sow shareholder resolution, go to: http://www.asyousow.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/exxonmobil2015carbonbubble.pdf.

This proposal reflects increasing investor concern about the issue of stranded assets and builds on a shareholder initiative started in 2013 and coordinated by Ceres, in which shareholders representing $3 trillion in assets under management, asked 45 companies for increased disclosure about whether they are implementing strategies to address carbon-related risk and avoid stranded assets.

Last year, shareholders built on this campaign by filing resolutions at 10 fossil-fuel companies. The resolutions sought reports from companies on the risk of stranded assets associated with the increasing likelihood of action to prevent climate change. Filings included a successful withdrawal of a resolution to Exxon by Arjuna Capital and As You Sow in which Exxon agreed to prepare a report on its risk of stranded assets. Exxon released the report, acknowledged the growing problem of climate change, but failed to admit to any potential for stranded assets. Last year, As You Sow also filed carbon asset risk resolutions at Chevron, Anadarko, Hess, and CONSOL Energy.

This year, shareholders will continue to file resolutions seeking greater disclosure and action to address the risk of stranded assets from structural changes associated with higher cost supplies and reduced demand.

Arjuna Capital is the sustainable wealth management platform of Baldwin Brothers Inc., an SEC-registered independent financial advisory firm established in 1974. For more information visit www.arjuna-capital.com.

As You Sow is a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. For more information visit www.asyousow.org.

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Local Companies Gathered At OC Food Bank In Celebration Of National Family Volunteer Day

Families Break Food Bank Record for the Largest Numbered of Food Boxes Assembled in One Day

GARDEN GROVE, CA [November 24, 2014] – On Saturday, November 22nd, more than 1,500 volunteers representing ten of Orange County’s local companies broke the OC Food Bank record for the largest number of food boxes assembled in one day. Families assembled 34,887 (prior record was 32,435) food boxes that will be delivered to at-risk local seniors throughout the holiday season.

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The OC Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County, is ensuring that thousands of seniors living on fixed incomes will receive the food they need to remain healthy this holiday season and live independently in their own homes. With this year’s drought, many seniors have been unable to pay for the rising cost of groceries. The OC Food Bank’s National Family Volunteer Day is dedicated to providing nutritious shelf-stable food to Orange County’s most vulnerable seniors.

The family members of employees from the Disneyland Resort, Wells Fargo, Ingram Micro, First American, Experian, KPMG-LLP, Edison International, Broadcom, Pacific Life, and Traneworked side by side to package 506 tons of food, making this one of the largest National Family Volunteer Days events in the country.

“It is so inspiring to see families from Orange County’s most successful companies come and spend their Saturday giving back to the community,” said Mark Lowry, Director of the OC Food Bank. “The turnout was beyond impressive and we hope many more families follow their lead and get involved in supporting our holiday campaign this year.”

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With nearly one in four Orange County residents struggling to put food on the table this Thanksgiving, the OC Food Bank is calling on the public to support hungry children, working families, and seniors by participating in their Hope for the Holidays Campaign. If you are interested in more information on how you can help end hunger this holiday season and feed Orange County’s most vulnerable, please contact (714) 897-6670 x3404, mmorrill@capoc.org, or visit www.capoc.org/h4h. Together, we can eliminate hunger and poverty in Orange County.

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God’s Love We Deliver Races To The Finish At The 21st Annual Race To Deliver

God’s Love We Deliver Celebrates the 21st Annual Race to Deliver

BROOKLYN, NY, Nov. 24, 2014 — On Sunday, November 23rd, God’s Love We Deliver held its 21st Annual Race to Deliver in Central Park. The Park was bursting with over 5,300 runners, and 200 children joined in the Kids’ Races. The festive pre-Thanksgiving mood lit the morning.

Celebrating its 21st year, the Race to Deliver is one of God’s Love We Deliver’s largest annual fundraisers. It is a 4 mile run/walk in Central Park, followed by multiple-distance Kids’ Races. The Race to Deliver symbolizes the daily race to ensure that no one faces the dual crises of hunger and illness. The 21st Annual Race to Deliver was a huge success for God’s Love We Deliver. It was a beautiful morning in Central Park as everyone raced for a wonderful cause.

This year, money raised at the Race will fund 40,000 meals and nutrition education and counseling for our clients living with severe illness. A $10 donation to www.racetodeliver.org funds one nutritious meal.

Many wonderful individuals and organizations supported this year’s Race to Deliver. Noah Neiman, Celebrity Fitness Personality, Nike sponsored trainer, and Master Trainer For Barry’s Boot Camp led invigorating warm-ups for the participants. Fox 5 anchor Ben Simmoneau welcomed Race participants and congratulated the winners at the awards ceremony. God’s Love would also like to thank New York Road Runners and event sponsors M.A.C AIDS FUND, Global Brands Group, Fox 5, Gramercy Tavern and Simon & Schuster.

At the Kids’ Races, runners ages 2 to 12, dashed in their own races, by age. At the end of each Race, the children involved in the Kids’ Races received their own awards. God’s Love Leadership Council members Katy and Greg Williamson and God’s Love Board members Scott Bruckner and Sylvia Vogelman cheered on and congratulated the runners of the Kids’ Races.

God’s Love We Deliver is continuing to raise necessary funds from the Race to Deliver. Donations can be made at www.racetodeliver.org and the Race to Deliver website will be available until December 21.

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About God’s Love We Deliver

God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by one of our Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its 29 year history, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization. For more information on the Race to Deliver, visit racetodeliver.org.

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