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Pimsleur® Language Programs Offers Free Tagalog Language Course To Aid Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Relief And Recovery Efforts

NEW YORK, Nov. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Simon & Schuster’s Pimsleur® Language Programs announced today that it is offering free downloads of 15 lessons of its Tagalog language program to support aid agencies and volunteers helping the millions affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which tore through the Philippines two weeks ago.

Pimsleur, a leading publisher of foreign-language learning programs, has made the courses available free of charge on its website at, and has authorized their digital resellers, including iTunes and, to provide the Tagalog downloads free through the end of the year.  

By providing aid workers with a way to communicate with victims, Pimsleur hopes to ease relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the crisis. While Tagalog is not the primary dialect in the areas most severely hit, it is one that is generally understood, and will be more comprehensible to more people than English will. The ability to communicate will be especially crucial in more remote and rural areas where English is not widely spoken and where widespread damage has occurred.

“In the aftermath of a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, the ability to speak to victims is critical.  With our programs, volunteers will be able to speak basic phrases almost immediately,” said Robert Riger, Vice President & Director of Pimsleur Language Programs. “Our thoughts go out to those impacted by this disaster, and we’re eager to help in the relief effort.”

Pimsleur has donated to relief efforts in the past, providing free course downloads after both the Japanese tsunami in 2011, and the Haitian earthquake in 2010. The company’s Haitian Creole course was downloaded free of charge over 6,000 times by individuals and organizations supporting relief efforts in Haiti.

In partnership with the USO and The Boston Foundation, Pimsleur has also distributed more than 22,600 free Pashto or Dari courses to U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan through its, “Free Afghan Languages” program.

This year, Pimsleur is celebrating its 50th anniversary by launching the Pimsleur Course Manager App and publishing a hardcover edition of Dr. Paul Pimsleur’s classic How to Learn a Foreign Language. Pimsleur offers audio-based language learning programs in 50 languages available on CD, MP3 and as software.

About Pimsleur

Pimsleur® is an audio-based language-learning program that follows the Pimsleur Method™ developed by Dr. Paul Pimsleur 50 years ago. The Pimsleur Method teaches foreign languages the same way you learned your first language as a child, acquiring the vocabulary of the new language, along with the melody, rhythm, and intonation as used in everyday conversation. Pimsleur offers audio-based language learning programs in 50 languages, ranging from Albanian to Vietnamese.  Part of Simon & Schuster Audio, a division of CBS, Pimsleur has its Editorial and Production group based in Concord, Mass. with management in New York City.

For more information about Pimsleur, visit

Lifeway Foods Responds to Typhoon Haiyan Crisis with Charity Miles Sponsorship – Company Begins ‘Giving Tuesday’ Early to Aid Philippines Disaster Victims

Lifeway to Provide Additional $20,000 Donation to the World Food Programme – Charity Miles App Tracks Run and Walk Distances to Raise Funds for Charitable Organizations

NEW YORKNov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Charity Miles, LLC is pleased to announce that Lifeway Foods, Inc., (NASDAQ:LWAY), a leading supplier of kefir cultured dairy products, today announced its sponsorship of the Charity Miles app in support of the victims of the recent Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines.  Charity Miles is an award winning iPhone/Android app that enables people to earn corporate sponsorships for charity while walking, running or biking.

Lifeway is sponsoring Charity Miles user’s donations to various charities for five weeks, with the campaign running fromNovember 12th to December 17th.  With ‘Giving Tuesday,’ the holiday held December 3rd to encourage the support of charitable organizations, falling during the overindulgent holiday eating season, Lifeway hopes the sponsorship will inspire healthy living as part of the charity participation.

In addition to sponsoring Charity Miles generally, Lifeway is also providing an additional $20,000 matching incentive to the World Food Programme, the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, through Charity Miles.  Therefore, whenever someone uses Charity Miles for any charity during the campaign, Lifeway will donate an additional 25¢ per mile through Charity Miles in support of the World Food Programme’s Haiyan relief efforts.

Typhoon Haiyan holds the unofficial mark for the strongest ever recorded cyclone to make landfall and has caused several thousands of deaths and affected millions of others. The United Nations World Food Programme is mobilizing food and logistics supplies and communications equipment to assist the government-led emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan.

“Typhoon Haiyan is a major disaster that compelled us to take immediate action to support Charity Miles and the United Nations World Food Programme,” said Lifeway President and CEO Julie Smolyansky, who is also a member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneurs Council. “The World Food Programme is tackling the massive logistical problems caused by the storm, as much of the transportation infrastructure was damaged and many supplies will need to be airlifted. The aftermath of the storm is shocking, and we knew we had to contribute to help provide desperately needed food and equipment supplies to the region.”

“People have lost their homes and livelihoods, and the damage to infrastructure is substantial. Our thoughts are with the families affected by this terrible storm, and the United Nations World Food Programme is ready to assist in any way it can,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Praveen Agrawal.

To participate in the Lifeway Foods fundraiser, download the Charity Miles app in the iTunes App Store or Google Play and log every run, walk or bike in the app. Join others supporting the Philippines by using hashtag #GivingTuesday.

In the spring of 2013, Lifeway and Charity Miles worked together to support The One Fund Boston fundraising initiative benefiting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.

About Lifeway Foods, Inc.
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Fortune Small Business’ Fastest Growing Companies for the fifth consecutive year, is America’s leading supplier of the cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir. Lifeway Kefir is a dairy beverage that contains 12 exclusive live and active probiotic cultures, including ProBoost™. In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of Frozen Kefir and probiotic cheese products. Lifeway also sells frozen kefir, kefir smoothies and kefir parfaits through its Starfruit™ retail stores.  

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Barbour Announces Matching Donation as part of Annual Coat Drive

Barbour Partners with Nonprofit One Warm Coat to Help Keep Families Warm this Winter

Milford, N.H. November 14, 2013 – For the sixth year, Barbour is partnering with One Warm Coat to host its annual coat drive to benefit the communities surrounding Barbour’s retail locations. To give back this holiday season, Barbour has committed to donate a sweater or shirt for every coat turned in at a Barbour retail store.

Looking for a way to extend their contribution, Barbour chose to pledge a sweater or shirt to make a deeper impact on the local charities. In past years, Barbour has offered a discount off a new jacket for those who donated a coat at a Barbour store.

“Our commitment to match every coat donation with a Barbour shirt or sweater turns the focus back on the true meaning of this program and that is to give back to those in our neighborhoods and communities in need of assistance during this holiday season.” said Christopher Sapienza, Head of Barbour Retail, North America. “We hope our customers will help us meet our goal of collecting 1,500 coats at Barbour retail stores to trigger a donation of 1,500 shirts or sweaters to our charity partners.” 

Beginning Nov. 15 through Dec. 31, Barbour’s retail locations will be accepting any worn coat in wearable condition for men or women.  All coats collected will be donated to each store’s local charity partner and distributed directly to local area residents in need. The following charities have been selected:

Join Barbour and support those in need this winter by dropping off coats during regular store hours at your local Barbour store. Local Barbour store hours can be found at

About One Warm Coat:

One Warm Coat is a community service effort assisting in the collection of clean, reusable coats and jackets for donation to local individuals free of charge. Since its inception in 1992, close to three million coats have been collected and distributed to those in need at no cost. 

About Barbour:

As Barbour enters its second century of operations, the company pledges to continue to meet the needs of its customers through growth and new product introductions, while also adhering to the standards of quality established by John Barbour more than 100 years ago.

J. Barbour & Sons is a century-old British company headquartered in South Shields, England.  They produce a complete line of lifestyle clothing inspired by the British Countryside … most notably waxed cotton and quilted jackets, and a full range of contemporary and classic knitwear, shirts, trousers, headwear and accessories.  The Heritage collection draws inspiration from Barbour’s rich archives taking key features from iconic pieces and styling them with a twist to create garments for today.  A family-held business, Barbour employs more than 500 people worldwide and owns and operates one factory in South Shields, England.  Consumers are invited to call Barbour Inc., the U.S. subsidiary in Milford, NH at 800.338.3474 for a catalog or a name of a local retailer, or visit the Barbour Web site at


Beverly Hills, Calif. (November 21, 2013) (GNUS: OTCBB): Genius Brands International announced today the premiere of a brand new episode of Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, featuring an animated Bill Gates who voices his own character. The Gift episode debuts Sunday, November 24 at 9 a.m.. ET/6 a.m. PT on the Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families.

In The Gift, The Secret Millionaires Club kids visit an African village with a challenge from philanthropist Bill Gates to solve the community’s lack of electricity. Meanwhile, one club member’s competitive nature arises when a local boy’s invention threatens to outshine his own. 

“We created Secret Millionaires Club with Warren Buffett to empower kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives, as well as others’,” says Genius Brands International Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward. “The series features several prominent guest stars, and we are delighted that Bill Gates agreed to participate in this very special episode about how rewarding it can be to give back.” 

“I was happy to join my friend Warren Buffett in an episode called ‘The Gift’ that helps underline the importance of giving for kids and addresses the need for clean energy and a healthy planet,” commented Bill Gates. 

Secret Millionaires Club, created in partnership with and starring an animated Warren Buffett, features a group of kids who have adventures in business. Secret Millionaires Club empowers kids by helping them understand the world they live in, teaching them about the impact their decisions have on their own lives…and teaching them to have the confidence to be the best they can be. Along the way, they meet stars like basketball great Shaquille O’Neal, rapper Jay Z, singer, actor and comedian, Nick Cannon and, of course, Bill Gates, who impart words of wisdom from their own life experiences. 

In addition to the series, the Secret Millionaires Club brand offers kids even more ways to learn with a new range of products created to enrich and inspire, all grounded in Warren Buffett’s life lessons. The new line includes “Business in a Box,” created in partnership with toy company TCG and exclusively sold at Toys”R”Us, which teaches kids how to grow their own business and the fundamentals of financial literacy through interactive play. On DVD from Cinedigm, Secret Millionaires Club: Volumes 1 and 2 are available on  The new book, Secret Millionaires Club: Warren Buffett’s 26 Secrets to Success in the Business of Life by co-authors Amy Heyward and Andy Heyward and published by Wiley, features all of the same lessons included in the animated series and is available at

Giving Gratitude: Make It Personal

Dear UniversalGiving Supporters,
As we head into the holidays, I want to thank you.  Thanksgiving is a time of giving gratitude, and the holidays are a special time with treasured family and friends. At UniversalGiving, we are so grateful for all the donors and volunteers who use our free service.  As you know, 100% goes direct to the cause!
We have thousands of donors who have given to more than 200 countries and territories, reaching some of the most isolated areas of the world.  We provide trusted ways to give for long-term development, or during a crisis situation.  Our NGOs are responding right now to the typhoon in the Philippines; you can help them provide water and shelter, and emergency medical supplies.

UniversalGiving works with nonprofits that deliver the most impact to those in need. Many people don’t know about them. But this holiday, someone should. With UniversalGiving, you can reach a nonprofit leader working 12-hour days to provide scholarships for people to attend schoollearn how to readhave safe childbirth, or plant a tree, through your thoughtful contributions.

Here are Two Ways you can make the holidays meaningful — and personalized.
1) Give Gifts to Multiple Friends in One Fell Swoop
We have gifts in broad array this year. You can reach outstanding nonprofits in Lebanon, Brazil, El Salvador, Norway, France or the hundreds of countries on our site.  Give a gift that would best reflect your friend’s values or their heritage.  Or, give a Gift that inspires you!  Educate a friend on an issue they might not already know about. 
2) Raise for A Cause: Create a Personalized Page
You can easily list the Projects or Organizations that mean the most to you. Send it to your friends and family, and your social networks. (We’ve made that easy for you!)   
It’s not that you shouldn’t receive any physical gifts, but doing this will fill your heart, and plant a seed of giving in others’ minds…Be a part of UniversalGiving’s movement to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”  
As a Grateful CEO leading UniversalGiving, I thank you for your support on behalf of our nonprofit partners worldwide.  Personalize your holidays this year through UniversalGiving—and affect many lives.  Thank you and Much Gratitude!
A Grateful CEO,

    Pamela Hawley
    Founder and CEO

92Y, Mommy Nearest and giggle Join Forces to Help New Yorkers Celebrate #GivingTuesday on December 3

NEW YORK, NY (November 19, 2013) – On Tuesday December 3, New York residents, businesses and charities are encouraged to take part in a global movement, #GivingTuesday, a national day for giving following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and CyberMonday that serves as the kick-off to the holiday giving season and uses the power of social media to change the way people think about giving, while encouraging people to support the causes they care about.

To help New Yorkers do their part on #GivingTuesday, the 92nd street Y and Mommy Nearest, the local resource for mobile parents, have collaborated to launch a clothing and toy drive with drop off locations at 92Y and at all giggle locations in Manhattan. 

All items will be donated to charity partners The Salvation ArmyBaby Buggy and Room to Grow. This #GivingTuesday initiative will highlight the importance of charity for the next generation of givers and so parents are encouraged to bring their children with them to donate. 

Importantly, to recognize the generosity of those who donate;

  • Mommy Nearest will setup a free Holiday 2013 photo “motorbooth” outside of 92Y.  Families can step inside the mobile photo booth to take memorable holiday photos with a seasonal backdrop and fun props.   Parents can use the photos for their 2013 Holiday cards, checking an item off their to-do list while giving back. 
  • For each item donated, children will be given “Giving Stickers” to be placed on a giving therMOMeter.  For every donation made, Mommy Nearest will match the donation by giving $1 to one of the day’s charities.  Throughout the day, collections will be tracked and shared across social media. 
  • Individual participants will also be encouraged to share their donations across social media by taking an #UNselfie with Mommy Nearest Brand Ambassadors. 

To find drop-off locations in New York City and to follow along on this wonderful day of giving, visit: 

“#GivingTuesday can have a significant impact on the lives of fellow New Yorkers if we can encourage participation on the individual level,” said Joshua Milstein, CEO, Mommy Nearest.  “We’ve seen amazing things from communities that come together and we hope to inspire others to share their own stories of giving.  Social sharing has, and always will be, a key element to the success of #GivingTuesday.”

The 92Y is located at 1395 Lexington Avenue, near the corner of East 92nd Street.   All activities will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.  

Participating giggle locations, include their Soho location at 120 Wooster Street, Upper East Side location at 1033 Lexington Avenue
near 74th Street, and Upper West Side location at 352 Amsterdam Avenue
between 76th and 77th Street, open at 10 a.m. EST.

For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow #GivingTuesday ( on Twitter.

About Mommy Nearest

Mommy Nearest is a free mobile app that quickly pinpoints your location and tells you where the nearest parenting need is. Local resource sections include: Dining, Fun, Hygiene, Health and Shopping.  Mommy Nearest is currently available for parents and caregivers in the New York City area and will be expanding their comprehensive service to Boston, Chicago and San Francisco in early 2014.  Mommy Nearest is available for free on the iPhone via the App Store or Android devices via Google Play.  For more information, please visit: or follow Mommy Nearest on Twitter @MommyNearestNYC.

About giggle offers the best in baby gift registry and baby products. Their collection includes must-have baby items, pre-sorted to include only the most healthy, stylish and innovative products available — from fun, bright bedding and furniture to gear, toys, baby care, cleaning products, and more.

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Montreal (Canada) 20 November 2013 – At its 28th General Assembly held on 18-19 November in Montreal (Canada), the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) announced the seven projects shortlisted for the World Design Impact Prize 2013-2014 cycle.

In alphabetical order, the shortlisted projects are:

  • ABC (A Behaviour Changing) Syringe
  • BioLite HomeStove
  • Family By Family
  • Laddoo Project
  • Leveraged Freedom Chair
  • Potty Project
  • Refugee Housing Unit

The World Design Impact Prize is an award programme that recognises excellence and diverse ways of addressing societal challenges. It leverages Icsid’s vast global membership network to champion possible solutions to global issues like poverty and the effects of industrialisation and consumerism on sustainability and society. “Now in its second iteration, it is bringing attention to some great projects that are promoting an expanded definition of industrial design and that have an enormous potential to address issues of societal significance,” stated Dr. Brandon Gien, Icsid President. “The worlds growing economies are looking for solutions in many areas and the submissions for the World Design Impact Prize can meet these needs.”

An extensive assessment of the projects was overseen by an international review panel that selected the seven projects because of the opportunity they create in recognition of the value of industrial design but more importantly on social wellbeing. These projects are reimagining distribution systems and the role of the designer, as well as are pushing the boundary of what creating an artefact means. Projects such as Family by Family, the Ladoo Project and the Potty Project are creating large impact by being systems based and infrastructure light while ABC Syringe, BioLite HomeStove, the Leveraged Freedom Chair and the Refugee Housing Unit are reimagining how products serving marginalised and at-risk communities can better address the challenges they are attempting to address.

Commenting on the shortlisted nominations, Icsid Senator and Chair of the Review Panel, Dr. Mark Breitenberg said, “We are looking for design that is innovative, that is breaking new ground in the field, that leads to progress, and advances the profession of design. We are looking for the project that has the greatest impact and is thinking about design as a way to solve problems. We want the winner of the prize to plant a seed, and showcase a lot of the extraordinary work that is being done in humanitarian design around the world.”

The finalists will be announced on 24 January 2014 and the award will be presented at the World Design Capital® (WDC) International Design Gala in Cape Town (South Africa) in February 2014.

Pakems Donates Shoes to Denver’s Homeless

Colorado Shoe Company Gives 700 pairs to Denver Rescue Mission

Denver, CO (November 20, 2013) – Today at 10:00 am Pakems, a Colorado-based footwear company, is donating 700 pairs of its lightweight, water-resistant and warm shoes to the Denver Rescue Mission for distribution to area individuals and families in need. Pakems, created by Colorado businesswoman, Julie Adams, are lightweight, packable shoes, designed for men and women on the go.


“We take our role in our community very seriously,” says Pakems founder Julie Adams.  “We have been extraordinarily fortunate, but we also know that there are many men, women and children here who struggle.  We’re happy to donate some of our shoes, knowing that they’ll be going to people who need them.”  

The Denver Rescue Mission is the Rocky Mountain area’s oldest Christian charity, offering a growing range of services for people in need since 1892.  According to Adams, “It’s impossible not to support the longstanding work of the Denver Rescue Mission, especially this time of year. It’s our way of giving thanks to them for what they do.” 

Shipping coordinator, Marcy Schroedel, reached out to UPS and asked that a truck and driver be donated for the move. “UPS immediately agreed and saw it as a way to give back. I was shocked at how willing a large company jumped at the chance to help,” Schroedel said.

Pakems are engineered to be lightweight and packable so they can easily be taken anywhere. Every pair are sold with a matching bag that can be worn over the shoulder like a small messenger bag. These shoes are fast becoming the before-and-after shoe for winter activities and just a great shoe to wear around the city when the weather turns colder.

This winter they will help the men and women of the Denver Rescue Mission stay a little bit dryer.

Denver Rescue Mission Storage Facility

5725 E. 39th

Denver, CO.  

**The above address is the storage facility for the Denver Rescue Mission.  The best way to enter is from 39th Street (not Holly). 

The contact at the Denver Rescue Mission is:

Alexa Gagner – 720-201-2776

About Pakems

Headquartered in Denver, Pakems offer the outdoor enthusiast lightweight, packable and comfortable shoes, ideal for before and after sports activity. Available at Christy Sports and through a growing list of online and catalog retailers (e.g. Sahalie, The National Ski Patrol Shop, Visit or call 303.204.5265 Has Compensated Worldstock Artisans $100 Million

Twelve years of selling international artisan goods online

SALT LAKE CITYNov. 20, 2013 –, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSTK) this month reached the milestone of having paid over $100 million to’s artisan suppliers around the world. Worldstock Fair Trade® is one of’s socially responsible stores, found on the online shopping website and Patrick M. Byrne, chairman and CEO founded in 2001 after he met a small group of artisans in Cambodia that are land-mine survivors. 

Through, provides international market exposure to third-world artisans’ handcrafted products. Between 60 and 70 percent of the sales price on each item is returned to artisans or their suppliers located in over 50 countries. The handmade crafts, furniture, home decor and jewelry items come from small villages in Afghanistan, Colombia, Nepal, Malawi, Guatemala, Ghana and Kenya, to name a few. 

Among the 20,000 products on are handmade bronze singing bowls from Nepal; handcrafted brass and copper hammered cuff bracelets from India; wooden, hand-carved walnut oil twist stools from Thailand; and leather messenger bags from Colombia.

“When you buy handmade crafts from Worldstock, you do much more than just shop for unique gifts, you help people in these countries support their families, gain dignity and develop their villages while maintaining their ancient cultural traditions,” states Byrne. “Overstock is proud to pay artisans or their suppliers double the customary amount returned by other importers. Overstock is not looking to make any profit from these sales and any profits we have made we have donated to charity.” has donated profits to charities such as Solace International that support international humanitarian efforts by bringing schools, clinics, drinking water and sustainable cottage industries to these communities.

All orders have Carbon Neutral Shipping at no additional cost to customers. This process balances the carbon emissions of shipping to promote clean energy and reforestation. All orders over $50 ship free.

This week, USA Network releases its spotlight of in its “Character with a Cause” on-air vignette series. This series spreads the word about good corporate citizens that make a difference in the world by supporting a worthwhile cause. “Character with a Cause” offers an opportunity for a real person working on behalf of the cause or a beneficiary of the cause to relay the pro-social message to USA viewers in a positive, uplifting and inspirational way.

About (NASDAQ: OSTK) is a discount online shopping retailer based in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells a broad range of products including furniture, rugs, bedding, electronics, clothing, jewelry and cars., a fair trade department dedicated to selling artisan-crafted products from around the world offers additional unique items.  Main Street Revolution supports small businesses across the United States by providing them a national customer base.  The Nielsen State of the Media: Consumer Usage Report placed among the top five most visited mass merchandiser websites in 2011.  The NRF Foundation/American Express 2011 Customer Choice Awards ranked #4 in customer service among all U.S. retailers. sells internationally under the name  Overstock Shopping ( and regularly posts information about the company and other related matters under Investor Relations on its website.

About USA Network

The #1 network in all of basic cable for an unprecedented seven straight years, USA Network is seen in over 102 million U.S. homes.  USA is a leader in scripted programming with a powerful stable of originals, spectacular live television and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, a broad portfolio of acquired series and entertainment events.  A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV.  USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at  Characters Welcome.

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