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Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Sustainability NGO Energy Vision Names Matt Tomich As Its New President

[New York, NY – January 29, 2016] Energy Vision, a national non-profit which researches and promotes technologies and strategies for a sustainable, low-carbon energy and transportation future, has a new leader. As of January 2016, Matthew P. Tomich is the organization’s president.

Matthew P. Tomich

Matthew P. Tomich

Tomich succeeds Joanna D. Underwood, who founded Energy Vision in 2006 and led it through its first decade. She continues to play a full-time leadership role as chair of Energy Vision’s board. “This is an exciting transition,” she said. “Matt has worked so capably to expand our research and outreach agenda. By stepping up as the leader of the organization, he’ll bring fresh energy and strength to our efforts at a time when advancing the global clean fuels agenda is more important than ever.”

“I’m proud to be able to continue building on Energy Vision’s remarkable first decade,” said Tomich. “In our second decade, we’ll expand EV’s leadership role and deepen our impact as we help shape the sustainable energy and transportation future.”

In 2015, the energy industry news site Breaking Energy named Tomich one of New York’s Top Ten Energy Entrepreneurs. He has worked with Energy Vision since January 2012, first as Research and Operations Associate, and for the past two years as Vice President. At EV he conducted original research on the vast production potential for renewable natural gas (RNG) made from organic wastes, which has been published in numerous articles and reports.

In 2013, he launched a series of workshops in partnership with US Department of Energy “Clean Cities” affiliates that introduced RNG across the country and has since built a network of industry and government leaders working to implement clean energy solutions. He has presented Energy Vision’s work as a speaker at energy and sustainability conferences across the US and Canada, and in China.

Prior to joining Energy Vision, Tomich worked with a pioneering green chemistry startup based in Kansas City. A California native who grew up in Kansas, he holds a B.A. in Geology from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from Kansas State University.

SAG Awards® Ceremony Auction Begins TODAY Featuring Signed Collectibles from Nominated Actors & Ensembles, Set Visits & More

Auction Benefits the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Children’s Literacy & Assistance Programs

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 29, 2016) – The SAG Awards® Ceremony Auction begins today, Friday, January 29 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT) at The SAG Awards Ceremony Auction offers movie and television fans the chance to win autographed collectibles signed by many of this year’s nominated actors and casts, including a script and poster of “The Revenant” signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu, a “Spotlight” photo signed by the cast and a Boston Globe clipping with an embossed Moleskine notebook, an embossed leather bound “Room” script signed by the cast, and more. Also up for bid are set visits to “E! News” and “EntertainmentTonight,” “The Magic Castle Experience for four” donated from Patrón Tequila, as well as premium items and unique experiences provided by the networks, studios, and SAG Awards sponsors. The auction closes Monday, February 8 at 9 p.m. (ET) / 6 p.m. (PT).

Proceeds from the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s signature children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online ( where professional actors read to close to 6 million children in classrooms and online every month. The auction also supports the Foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Program for performers in need.

The following is a list of items up for bid at the SAG Awards Ceremony Auction organized by autographed memorabilia & collectibles, experiences, and premium items.

Autographed Collectibles and Memorabilia

  • “The Revenant” script signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • “The Revenant” poster signed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • “Room” leather bound and embossed script signed by the cast
  • “Spotlight” photo signed by the cast and Boston Globe clipping with embossed Moleskine notebook
  • “The Big Short” poster signed by the cast
  • “Transparent” poster signed by the cast
  • “Downton Abbey: A Celebration” cast signed book with all 6 seasons on DVD
  • “I Smile Back” poster signed by Sarah Silverman including the book “I Smile Back”
  • “Mr Robot” episodic photo signed by Rami Malek and Christian Slater
  • “Orange is the New Black” poster signed by the cast
  • “House of Cards” edition of Cards Against Humanity
  • “Beasts of No Nation” book signed by the cast with tote bag
  • “Straight Outta Compton” mini-posters signed by the cast
  • “Trumbo” poster signed by the cast
  • “Mattel Barbie Carol Burnett Went With The Wind” doll signed by Carol Burnett
  • “Annie” poster signed by Carol Burnett
  • “Poltergeist” poster signed by JoBeth Williams
  • “Clambake” poster signed by Shelley Fabares
  • “Spinout” poster signed by Shelley Fabares
  • “Girl Happy” poster signed by Shelley Fabares
  • “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” poster signed by the cast
  • “The Grinder” pilot script signed by the cast
  • “Sicario” script signed by the cast
  • Showtime memorabilia package
  • San Francisco 49ers football signed by Eric Reid #35

Experiences, Tapings and Packages

  • The Gift of Magic: Magic Castle Experience for 4 sponsored by Patron Tequila
  • “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider” set visit for two
  • “E! News” live taping for two

Premium Items

  • Champagne Taittinger 6L Bottle signed by 21st Annual SAG Awards recipients
  • Three-month home delivery of FIJI Water

On Saturday, Jan. 30 the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, including the announcement of the outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances honorees, begins at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT) and will be webcast live on, and The live simulcast of the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT and TBS begins later, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT).

About the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation envisions a world where all artists can realize their dreams, and children are empowered to create their own. It is an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, independent from SAG-AFTRA, and relies solely on support from grants, corporate sponsorships, and individual contributions to maintain its programs. The nonprofit gives back to the professionals of SAG-AFTRA, their families, and communities. The SAG-AFTRA Foundation provides vital assistance and educational programming to guild professionals while serving the public at large through its signature children’s literacy programs. For 30 years, the Foundation has granted more than $17 million in financial and medical assistance through its Catastrophic Health Fund and Emergency Assistance Programs, and $6.5 million in scholarships to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents. In addition, the nonprofit has offered 6,200 free educational workshops, panels and screenings to union performers nationwide and its children’s literacy programs have brought the love of reading to more than 100 million children worldwide. For more information, visit

Connect with the Foundation:
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Hashtag: #SAF

The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment, Inc. and simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT). TBS and TNT subscribers also can watch through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. In addition, TNT will present a primetime encore of the ceremony immediately following the live presentation. The telecast is available internationally, including to U.S. military installations through the American Forces Network. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit

Honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances will be announced from the red carpet during the SAG Awards Red Carpet Pre-show, hosted this year by People deputy editor of entertainment JD Heyman and entertainment reporter Caroline Moderressy-Tehrani, which will be webcast live on, and beginning at 6 p.m. (ET) / 3 p.m. (PT).

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® celebrate the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA, which this year number 116,741. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles.

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Portland Producer Announces Global Release of the Documentary: Revolution of the Present A Primer for Global Citizenship

“The Planet is Being Shaped By Human Intention and Action. It is Radically Different Than Anything We’ve Ever Seen.” – Revolution of the Present

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Featuring twenty international thought leaders, Revolution of the Present, the documentary feature film by Director Marc Lafia and Produced by Portland resident Jose Fernandez, dares the viewer to begin examining a profound new present, this revolution of the present, so that we can better shape our collective future. Just released on Vimeo, iTunes, and Amazon Prime this January (coming soon to GooglePlay), the film unravels the complexity of the contemporary moment, examining western presumptions and narratives. In the post colonial world of identity politics, social media, global warming, screen and algorithmic computational technologies, it asks if there is room for the individual and participatory politics in the networked cultures of today.

The Film for Those Who Want to Break Free of the Matrix

Revolution of the Present examines the strange effects —on cities, economies, people— of what we might call accelerated capitalism. Set against a visually striking array of sounds and images, twenty international thinkers speak to the complexity and oddity of this contemporary moment as they discuss what is and what can be.

“We do need new concepts. New ways of thinking about what is a profoundly new reality.” – Revolution of the Present

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“People are frustrated with the current course of humanity,” says Fernandez. “Our film provides viewers with the historical context to understand our complex present- as well as act as a primer for responsible global citizenship. As Duke University Professor Michael Hardt says in the documentary, ‘it often seems as if the forces of domination are so stacked against us…we need to try to discover the ways in which we really are the forces of innovation….forces that create the new, and therefore can once again change the world’ (sic).”

As the impact of human civilization makes our planet more and more precarious for her inhabitants, our need to collaborate and dialogue has never been greater. Be a part of the conversation. View the trailer and film for FREE here. Get info at and share thoughts @RevOfThePresent.

Teva Announces 2016 U.S. Community Partner Organizations

PHILADELPHIA, /CSRwire/ – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE: TEVA) today announced the U.S. organizations selected as part of Teva’s 2016 Community Partnership Program. Now in its fifth year, this exciting Teva program provides charitable funding and employee volunteers to qualified local organizations that support patients and their caregivers in geographic areas where Teva has business presence.

Teva is the proud recipient of two prestigious 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Awards honoring both the Community Partnership Program as well as the Volunteers in Medicine program that assists communities in developing free healthcare clinics for America’s uninsured.

“Through our Community Partnership Program, Teva is committed to improving the overall health of our communities where we live and work and share our goal of improving healthcare around the world,” said Denise Bradley, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Reputation. “Working with these inspiring organizations allows us to provide meaningful assistance to patients in need.”

2016 Community Partners:

Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Area)

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Education Plus
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Julia’s Grace Foundation
  • Surrey Services for Seniors

Kansas City Area

  • Shadow Buddies Foundation
  • Spofford
  • YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Northern New Jersey/New York City

  • Bryan’s Dream Foundation
  • Community Hope

Cincinnati, OH

  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Lighthouse Youth Services

Forest, VA

  • American Cancer Society
  • Free Clinic of Central Virginia

Salt Lake City, UT

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities

“We are excited to partner with organizations that are committed to improving the lives of patients on a daily basis,” said Laurie Thibodeau, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility. “The partnership with these organizations demonstrates Teva’s continued commitment to its patients around the world, preservation of the environment and our commitment to ensuring Teva employees can achieve their fullest potential by supporting those in need.”

To learn more about Teva’s recent innovative CSR and sustainability achievements and to access the CSR Citizenship Highlights Report, click here.

Click here to learn more about Teva’s 2016 Community Partners.

About Teva

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions to millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva’s net revenues in 2014 amounted to $20.3 billion. For more information, visit

St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Sport Clips Haircuts Partner to Support Childhood Cancer Research

National hair care franchise commits to donating $1 million to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation over next three years

LOS ANGELES (January 28, 2016) – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, is proud to announce a new partnership with Sport Clips Haircuts, a national hair care franchise with almost 1,500 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Expanding upon the support of many of its locations, Sport Clips has signed on as a St. Baldrick’s national partner, generously committing to donate $1 million over the next three years to support the most promising childhood cancer research.

“St. Baldrick’s is excited to join forces with an organization that so closely aligns with our signature head-shaving events,” says St. Baldrick’s CEO Kathleen Ruddy. “We appreciate the ongoing support from Sport Clips and can’t wait to see where the next chapter of this partnership takes us and what promising research we are able to fund because of their support.”

During the three-year partnership Sport Clips will support St. Baldrick’s by providing volunteer stylists for local St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, promoting the mission of St. Baldrick’s at its store locations, and organizing its own St. Baldrick’s head-shaving events, among other activities.

“St. Baldrick’s shares in Sport Clips’ belief that being successful and having fun can go hand-in-hand, and the contribution St. Baldrick’s has made to childhood cancer research is a true testament to this,” says Gordon Logan, Sport Clips Founder and CEO. “Through our partnership, we look forward to hosting fundraising events and doing what we do best – cutting hair – to support St. Baldrick’s important mission.”

Keli Knappage, a Sport Clips area manager in Texas, has volunteered her time to shave heads at the St. Baldrick’s Trinity Hall event in Dallas for more than a decade and is currently raising money for this year’s event. She is just one of many who are excited to see the two organizations working together to give every child a chance at a happy, healthy childhood. For her, shaving heads is the least she can do to help.

“It’s a lot, a lot of fun,” Knappage shares. “I think volunteering with St. Baldrick’s is the best thing I do all year.”

To learn how you can get involved visit, and connect with St. Baldrick’s on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo

About St. Baldrick’s Foundation

As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation believes that kids are special and deserve to be treated that way. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to innovative explorers who bring with them the promise of a future free from childhood cancers. Kids need treatments as unique as they are – and that starts with funding research just for them. Join us at to help support the best cancer treatments for kids.

About Sport Clips Haircuts

Sport Clips Haircuts is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. It was established in 1993 and started franchising in 1995. The sports-themed haircutting franchise, which specializes in haircuts for men and boys, is ranked by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the “Fastest-Growing Franchises” and in the top 20 in the “Franchise 500.” There are currently almost 1,500 Sport Clips stores open in the U.S. and Canada. Sport Clips is the “Official Haircutter” of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), offers veterans preferential pricing on haircuts and franchises, and was named as one of the “Top 50 Franchises for Veterans” by USA Today and one of the “2016 Best for Vets: Franchises” by Military Times. Our “Help A Hero” program has raised almost $4 million to help deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members call home through the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ and to provide scholarships for veterans transitioning to a civilian career. Sport Clips is a proud sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing’s NASCAR drivers Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, and partners with numerous NCAA and professional sports teams. To learn more about Sport Clips, visit

Barnard College Receives Largest Combined Gift in 126-Year History

$70 Million to Support State-of-the-Art Teaching and Learning Center

NEW YORK, Jan. 28, 2016Barnard College today announced that it has received the three largest gifts in its history, totaling $70 million, from three prominent New York families—$25 million from Cheryl Glicker Milstein and Philip Milstein; $25 million from The Tow Foundation on behalf of Leonard Tow and daughter Emily Tow Jackson; and $20 million from Diana T. Vagelos and P. Roy Vagelos—each of whom have supported the College for three decades. The gifts, which will aid in the creation of a 128,000 square foot, state-of-the-art teaching and learning center, are also a key component in Barnard becoming one of the first liberal arts colleges among its peers to institute a distinct technology requirement, beginning with the class of 2020.

“Barnard was founded on the idea that women deserve equal education and opportunity and, for more than 125 years, the College has provided the highest standard of liberal arts education to young women of intellect and ambition from all walks of life,” Barnard President Debora L. Spar said. “We are deeply honored by the exceptional generosity and long friendship of the Milstein, Tow and Vagelos families. Their gifts are transformative in every sense, allowing our campus to be as trailblazing, expansive and inspiring as our faculty, students and alumnae. With their gifts for this magnificent building, they have helped ensure that Barnard has the physical and technological capacity necessary to grow and deliver on its mission for decades to come.”

Donors Inspired by their Barnard Experiences

The Milsteins’ $25 million gift is their largest to Barnard. English major and theatre minor Cheryl Glicker Milstein ’82, for whom the College’s Glicker-Milstein Theatre is named, serves as vice chair of Barnard’s board and chairs its development committee. Philip Milstein, 1971 Columbia College alumnus, Columbia University Trustee Emeritus and Ogden CAP Properties principal and owner, serves on Barnard’s real estate committee. The couple is noted for their thoughtful philanthropy in education, medicine and the arts, particularly in New York City. They have four children, three of whom are Barnard and Columbia alumni: Toby (Barnard Class of 2014), Meredith (Columbia Class of 2009), Joshua (Columbia Class of 2010), and Laurence, a junior at Yale University.

“Barnard students have an unparalleled foundation that enables them to handle anything the world puts in front of them. And as the global society continues to evolve, so do the needs and demands of a Barnard education,” Cheryl Glicker Milstein said. “Two generations of our family have benefited enormously from Barnard, so Philip and I wanted to be part of this singular opportunity to ensure that its physical campus matched the learning needs of the thousands of future women leaders who will walk through Barnard’s historic gates.”

Similarly, the $25 million gift from Leonard Tow and Emily Tow Jackson ’88 is also the family’s first of this magnitude to Barnard. Leonard Tow was awarded a master’s degree in 1952 and a Ph.D. in 1960 from the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He taught at the Columbia Business School from 1958-60. A cable television and cellphone pioneer who began his career as a professor, Leonard has long been an active donor in medicine, education and the performing arts—areas of particular interest to Tow and his late wife, Claire. Emily Tow Jackson is a Barnard trustee who co-chairs the Committee on Governance and Nominations and sits on the executive committee. She studied history while at Barnard and today leads The Tow Foundation, which has created a number of programs at the College. These include teaching and faculty research awards, as well as public service internships and travel study grants for students.

“Barnard vigorously prepared Emily for her current leadership role, not just with our family foundation, but also as a strong voice among a new generation of philanthropists seeking real change,” said Leonard Tow, whose granddaughters, Olivia Tow (Columbia Class of 2015) and Molly Tow (Barnard Class of 2015), are also alumnae. “We are excited about deepening our relationship with Barnard to create a 21st century space on campus where students will have access to all the tools needed to bring their dreams to fruition, and faculty will benefit from a physical environment that fosters fresh, collaborative exchanges.”

“What is particularly special about Barnard is that it offers students the unique experience of attending a liberal arts college for women within the larger sphere of an Ivy League university,” Emily Tow Jackson said. “The new teaching and learning center will not only transform the campus itself, but will enhance scholarship and research opportunities for students and faculty alike.”

Diana Vagelos ’55 majored in economics at Barnard and today serves as vice chair of the board, chairs the committee on campus life, and sits on the executive committee. Together, Diana and husband Roy Vagelos, who is a 1954 alumnus of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and chair of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and former CEO of Merck & Co., are renowned for a range of volunteer and philanthropic initiatives. In keeping with their interest in the life sciences, their $20 million gift will create the teaching and learning center’s computational science center and an endowed director position for this center as well as an endowed chair in chemistry. The couple’s earlier $15 million gift to Barnard was the lead donation to build The Diana Center, a campus hub for student life that opened in 2010.

“At Barnard in the 1950’s, I was a scholarship student encouraged to pursue the study of the exciting and challenging field of economics.” Diana Vagelos said. “It is especially satisfying for us at this time to be helping Barnard students enter the age of ‘big data’ produced by the rapidly developing digital revolution.”

This distinctive facility, which will open in August of 2018, is designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and will be built by Turner Construction. The center will give faculty and students double the amount of classroom, laboratory and study space; provide an enhanced library, special collections and archival space; house the College’s signature programs, the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and Barnard Center for Research on Women; and create a new computational science center as well as a digital commons with five innovative teaching labs that utilize new media and digital technologies.

“Sharp intellectual curiosity, rigorous training and an open, bold approach to life have been among the hallmarks of a Barnard education,” Spar said. “These generous gifts from the Milstein, Tow and Vagelos families are in keeping with this deeply embedded spirit. Thanks to them, Barnard has a creative solution to ensure that our four-acre space will never constrain our mission, but continue to serve as our students’ gateway to a world without limitations.”

Founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of the few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men. Today, as the world-renowned liberal arts college for women at Columbia University, Barnard College remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional.

Milestone for Malala: $100,000 to the Malala Fund Thanks to Generous Donors & Shoppers


We’re thrilled to report that thanks to the thousands of donors and shoppers (including kids, parents, and corporations) that came together to support the Malala Fund through Schoola, we are sending $100,000 to support education initiatives in the most vulnerable communities in the world. Malala herself had this to say to all those who got involved to make this possible:


  • 17 schools did clothing drives for Malala. 382 other schools are engaging in special projects and on their way to following suit.
  • 6,597 individual donors are cleaning out their closets to benefit the Malala Fund. Anyone can donate by mail by requesting a bag here.
  • Top brands Gymboree, Tea Collection, ModCloth and Athleta got involved by donating thousands of new-with-tags items—from kids’ clothing, to cocktail dresses, workout apparel and warm winter coats to be sold on our site to benefit the Malala Fund.


Our founder, Stacey, cites this milestone as one of the most exciting for Schoola yet: “I couldn’t be prouder of the Schoola community today. Thanks to their incredible generosity we have received over 15 tons of clothing in the past 60-90 days all in support of Malala’s vision that every girl receive the education she deserves. Schoola’s mission is to help children realize their full potential—whether that means raising money to purchase basketballs in Boston or elementary school books for girls in rural Pakistan. I couldn’t be more thrilled that our community is embracing the idea of turning their used clothes into educational opportunities for girls. I hope this is the first of many $100,000 checks we write to the Malala Fund and other worthy causes advocating that children be given every opportunity to realize their fullest potential.”

$100,000 is a fantastic start, but it is far from over. You can get involved today by shopping one of these beautiful collections, donating, or sharing the live results tracker. More exciting opportunities to shop and do good will be announced later this spring.

With My Own Two Hands, J.Crew and EDUN Collaboration Helps Build Greenhouse to Feed African Children

The greenhouse will provide daily meals for 42 children at St. Ann’s Orphanage in Kenya

Laguna Beach, Calif. – January 26, 2016With My Own Two Hands, an Orange County-based non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned children in Africa, announces the addition of a greenhouse at the St. Ann’s Orphanage in Kekopey, Kenya, which was built with funds raised by With My Own Two Hands. The greenhouse will greatly benefit the orphanage by diminishing the need to purchase greens and vegetables to feed the children. By selling leftover produce to the surrounding community, the greenhouse will ultimately generate an income for the orphanage, furthering their financial independence.

Funds for the construction of the greenhouse were raised through a collaboration between With My Own Two Hands, J.Crew’s Garments for Good and EDUN, a fashion brand devoted to sourcing production, encouraging trade and providing jobs in Africa. The collaboration featured a children’s t-shirt designed by EDUN, which was inspired by the Ndebele people of South Africa and the beautiful geometric patterns that decorate the outside of their homes. The t-shirts were produced entirely in Kenya and sold through J. Crew’s Garments for Good website.

“We’re very thankful for the opportunity to partner with great companies like J.Crew and EDUN,” said Lindsey Pluimer, founder and CEO of With My Own Two Hands. “The funds raised from this project are already making a difference in these children’s lives, which were so difficult before arriving at St. Ann’s. The children do not have consistent access to iron rich diets and we know this greenhouse will fill that need and really allow them to thrive. This greenhouse is also another step in the process towards achieving financial independence and stability.”

“We initially got involved with the St. Ann’s Orphanage because EDUN’s factory was so close by. The founder of the orphanage, Irene, introduced us to the children and we knew that it was something we wanted to support,” said Ali Hewson, founder of EDUN. “The collaboration between J. Crew’s Garments for Good, EDUN and With My Own Two Hands has been such a pleasure to work on. We’re looking forward to seeing the completed greenhouse and all the much needed produce it will provide to these amazing children.”

For more information on With My Own Two Hands Foundation, including ways to get involved, visit

About With My Own Two Hands

With My Own Two Hands Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned or disadvantaged children in need. With the belief that diminishing poverty must start with the children, the organization’s goal is to provide an education to children in need while making sure they have the necessities of shelter, water, and food. For more information, please visit

About EDUN

EDUN is a global fashion brand based in New York. In respect of its mission to source production and encourage trade in Africa, EDUN mixes its modern designer vision with the richness and positivity of this fast-growing continent. EDUN is building long-term, sustainable growth opportunities by supporting manufacturers, community-based initiatives and partnering with African artists and artisans.
Founded by Ali Hewson and Bono in 2005, LVMH invested in EDUN in 2009. Danielle Sherman was named Creative Director in April 2013. For more information please visit

About J.Crew

J.Crew Group, Inc. is an internationally recognized omni-channel retailer of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. As of December 3, 2015, the Company operates 287 J.Crew retail stores, 99 Madewell stores,,, the J.Crew catalog,, the Madewell catalog, and 159 factory stores (including eight J.Crew Mercantile stores). Certain product, press release and SEC filing information concerning the Company are available at the Company’s website

Keeping Californians in Home, Out of Institutional Care

SDSU receives $8 million to develop a statewide training academy for social workers that will help keep elderly, blind and disabled Californians out of institutional care.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2016) — The Social Policy Institute in San Diego State University’s School of Social Work has been awarded a three-year, $8 million contract to develop a statewide training academy for social workers and other partners who will help elderly, blind and disabled Californians remain safely in their homes and communities and out of institutional care. This translates into increased quality of life for the vulnerable individuals served, and cost savings for California taxpayers.

The funding, which comes from the California Department of Social Services’ (CDSS) Adult Programs Division, will allow SDSU’s Social Policy Institute to develop a comprehensive training program for social workers who assess eligibility for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS). Each year IHSS programs support more than 500,000 elderly, blind and disabled individuals who would otherwise be in institutional care.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the Social Policy Institute to bring together the training expertise of the Academy for Professional Excellence and the resources of the Center on Aging to improve the wellbeing of those served by the IHSS program,” said Steve Hornberger, director of the Social Policy Institute.

The statewide IHSS Training Academy in partnership with the Academy for Professional Excellence will design and deliver competency-based training to increase the quality and outcomes of care for those served. It also provides stakeholder support, policy analysis, and research. The contract will allow the Social Policy Institute to:

  • Support the IHSS workforce through design and delivery of state-of-the art competency-based training on IHSS best practices
  • Collaborate with policy makers, providers and family members to ensure that California’s IHSS provides quality services and support
  • Evaluate training curriculum and continuously improve the content and methods for learning
  • Provide technical assistance, consultation and research to stakeholders across the state

“The IHSS Program makes a daily difference in the lives of those it serves. By providing support and assistance to remain safely in their homes and communities, those receiving care are afforded quality of life and the dignity of self-direction,” said Lori Clarke, the IHSS Training Academy director.

Through this training program social workers and other key partners will be trained to:

  • Uniformly assess and authorize IHSS program benefits to consumers
  • Promote choice and self-direction in daily life for IHSS consumers
  • Support those served in achieving the level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being that is possible and desirable for each individual
  • Facilitate the highest quality of care and outcomes for those served
  • State  IHSS policies and procedures

The IHSS Training Academy at SDSU will work closely with the Academy for Professional Excellence, which holds the contract for Adult Protective Services training, and has strong working relationships with the counties and other IHSS partners. The Academy delivers competency-based, culturally appropriate training using a variety of modalities, including in-person trainings, online trainings, webinars, coaching sessions, simulation trainings, and mobile applications. The Academy has been serving the Southern California health and human services agencies for the past 20 years.

As part of the contract, faculty from SDSU’s Center on Aging, in consultation with the Social Policy Institute and IHSS, will conduct research that will be used to improve the quality of services for IHSS consumers, as well as improve effectiveness of the training program.

For more information on the Social Policy Institute, or to learn more about the IHSS grant, contact Steve Hornberger directly at

2015 Utah Human Trafficking Case Data Released

1,600 survivors reached out for help in U.S. in 2015, a 24 percent increase over 2014; 519 percent increase in cases handled nationwide since 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 28, 2016) – Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors, released 2015 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline today. In 2015, 22 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTRC from Utah, which included 15 cases of sex trafficking and 3 cases of labor trafficking. In 2014, 22 human trafficking cases were reported. Since 2007, the NHTRC has received reports of 89 cases of human trafficking in Utah.

In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States and overseas to the NHTRC and Polaris’s BeFree Textline. A total of 1,636 survivors of sex and labor trafficking reached out to the hotlines, a 24 percent increase over 2014. The hotlines identified thousands more potential victims through the calls of friends, family members, service providers, community members, and others. In total, 25,696 cases of human trafficking have been reported through the NHTRC and Polaris’s BeFree Textline since December 2007, establishing the largest data set on human trafficking in the U.S.

Case and call data from the NHTRC for all 50 states and D.C. is available at

Locations of human trafficking cases reported to the NHTRC in 2015

Locations of human trafficking cases reported to the NHTRC in 2015

“From the domestic servant forced to work for little pay who required emergency shelter to the young girl made to sell sex online against her will who texted us for crisis support, survivors of human trafficking are reaching out to the national hotline more than ever,” said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. “The national human trafficking hotline is a lifeline for victims of modern slavery in America. More survivors calling the national hotline means more women, children, and men are being connected to life-changing support through the incredible work of more than 3,000 service provider partners across the country.”

Click here to download a summary of the NHTRC and BeFree statistics.

A groundbreaking report from Northeastern University funded by the National Institute of Justice was published on January 25th and found that requiring the NHTRC number to be posted in public areas was the most effective way to increase the number of human trafficking arrests. The NHTRC has provided over 6,500 tips to law enforcement since 2007, including more than 1,400 in 2015, and does so with the consent of the caller or when required by law. Click here to read the Northeastern report.

Notable in the national 2015 data is a significant increase in the number of survivors who reached out for help. While the NHTRC and BeFree hotlines serve a variety of individuals, the primary goal is to reach as many victims and survivors as possible to ensure they can be connected to help if they want it. In 2015, the NHTRC and BeFree Textline were contacted by 1,636 survivors through more than 4,089 signals (calls, texts, emails, and webforms). In 2014, 1,322 survivors contacted the hotlines through 3,112 signals. This represents a 24 percent increase in individual survivors who reached out from 2014 to 2015, as well as a 31 percent increase in signals from survivors.

Also of note is a 10 percent increase in total reported cases to the NHTRC since 2014, with a 15 percent increase in reported sex trafficking cases. While the cases of labor trafficking reported to the NHTRC decreased from 818 in 2014 to 721 in 2015, Polaris largely attributes this decline to a chronic and critical lack of awareness of labor trafficking within the United States.

Key 2015 data for the United States at the national level includes:

  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
    • 5,544 cases of human trafficking reported in the U.S.
    • Of those cases:
      • 4,136 (75%) were sex trafficking
      • 721 (13%) were labor trafficking
      • 1,660 (30%) involved U.S. citizens
      • 1,041 (19%) involved foreign nationals
    • Click here for more data
  • Polaris’s BeFree Textline
    • 177 cases of human trafficking reported in the U.S.
    • Of those cases:
      • 146 (82%) were sex trafficking
      • 11 (6%) were labor trafficking

Polaris emphasizes that the data are not intended to represent the full scope of human trafficking, but rather from incoming communications received through the NHTRC and Polaris’s BeFree Textline. Breakdowns of case data are non-cumulative. Cases may involve multiple victims and callers do not always provide specific demographic information.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a 24-hour, confidential, multi-modal hotline serving the United States and U.S. territories. Experienced hotline specialists provide around-the-clock crisis support and connect human trafficking victims and survivors to shelter, counseling, legal aid, and other life-saving resources where available. The hotline also receives tips of suspected human trafficking cases and equips the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The NHTRC is operated by Polaris and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other private donors. Polaris launched its BeFree Textline in 2013 to offer the same services via text. Currently, the BeFree Textline operates from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST.

People can receive help or report a tip of suspected human trafficking by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 or by sending a text to Polaris at “BeFree” (233733).

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