American Airlines and Madison House team up to change lives




The American Airlines Do Crew, at Regan National Airport (DCA) are changing lives for some individuals on the autistic spectrum.

The Madison Fields Farm and Madison House Autism Foundation teach life skills and develop employment opportunities and increase housing options for adults on the spectrum to increase housing options.

“It became clear this cause had a touch point to many of our American Airlines families,” said Brandon Duggins, former manager on duty at Reagan National Airport and current general manager for American in Rochester, New York. “Many of us have a family member or a friend who have been faced with autism.”

American Do Crew employee volunteers have increasingly become involved with Madison House. In fact, American is the largest airline to join up with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority to sponsor local families through this organization.

“My godson is autistic,” said Renee Drayton, Premium Customer Service representative, DCA. “This cause is very near and dear to my heart. Plus, this is a lot of fun and such a beautiful place.”

Do Crew volunteers paint living quarters, clear horseback riding trails, build picnic tables

Because of the partnership with American, the farm is now home to an eight-acre corn maze in the shape of the American Airlines flight symbol.

The Maryland farm and corn maze also happens to be directly below the southbound flight path into Washington Dulles International Airport.

“We’re excited to share some of its beauty with our American Airlines volunteers, by land and by air,” said James Baird, Madison Field’s new farm director.

FedEx Teams Up to Deliver Supplies and Aid to Haiti


FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) has delivered more than 30 tons of emergency supplies in an effort to provide assistance to the people and communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.

FedEx supports these disaster relief efforts through its humanitarian organization relationships with Direct Relief, International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International.

“The devastating reality is people in Haiti are relying on the delivery of humanitarian aid for life’s most basic necessities,” said Jenny Robertson, director of Global Citizenship and Reputation Management at FedEx. “The FedEx network and our people who power it are equipped to deliver these critical supplies where they’re needed most.”

FedEx has worked with Direct Relief for more than a decade to deliver medical resources during times of disaster. The organization’s aid filled a charter flight that took off from the Memphis World Hub and arrived in Port-au-Prince Wednesday, October 12. Supplies included medication, medical equipment, hygiene kits and tents that can be used as pop-up health facilities.

“Hurricane Matthew dealt a doubly cruel blow to Haiti, causing tragic loss of life and vastly increased risks and harm while at the same time damaging the health facilities and infrastructure critical to responding,” said Thomas Tighe, president and CEO, Direct Relief. “That’s why an aggressive, targeted response is so important and why FedEx’s leadership to take care of the transportation barrier is such a critically important step.”

A second charter flight landed in Haiti October 13, filled with 35,000 pounds of relief supplies from International Medical Corps and Heart to Heart International. Together with these two organizations, FedEx delivered 11,000 hygiene kits, medicines and medical supplies.

With many health facilities damaged, inaccessible, or non-functional as a result of Hurricane Matthew, the urgently needed aid will reach the most affected areas of Haiti, including Grand’Anse and Sud.

“FedEx’s swift action in the wake of Hurricane Matthew makes it possible for our teams to save lives and alleviate suffering in some of the hardest hit communities in Haiti,” said Nancy Aossey, president and CEO of International Medical Corps. “FedEx knows that speed saves lives, and that every hour counts. They are making it possible for our teams to deliver urgently needed supplies and bring lifesaving medical care to those in need, helping stop the spread of cholera—a disease that has the potential to be far deadlier than the storm itself.”

The relief effort is part of the company’s FedEx Cares initiative, through which FedEx will invest $200 million in more than 200 global communities by 2020 to create opportunities and deliver positive change around the world. FedEx is also a participant in where a percentage of online orders can give back to your favorite cause.

Brita Sponsors Team to Pitch XPRIZE Concept To Eliminate Water Insecurity

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It’s a fact that can seem shocking to the average American.  Worldwide, more than 650 million people – double the population of the United States – lack access to safe drinking water. Now, a team of specialists sponsored by Brita is setting out to design a potential XPRIZE that can solve that problem.

Brita, America’s leading water filtration brand, is sponsoring a team at the XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit, presented by The Roddenberry Foundation. The Brita sponsored team’s challenge is focused on extending access to safe drinking water and ensuring people around the globe have information about the safety of their water supply. The challenge devised by the group also aims to help address economic challenges for low-income families when they are not able to use tap water. The Brita team, led by William Sarni, managing director and practice leader, water strategy, Deloitte Consulting LLP, includes one Brita research and development team member and other diverse specialists.

“By activating the wisdom of the crowd through incentive competitions such as XPRIZE, our team seeks to help solve the issue of safe drinking water, a problem that continues to persist, particularly in the developing world,” said Sarni. “I’m honored to lead this Brita-sponsored team to enable us to democratize access to safe drinking water and real-time water quality and quantity data.”

The Summit, which begins tomorrow, will bring together nine international teams that have been selected to design potential XPRIZE competitions that aim to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in the areas of: water, cancer, ALS, empathy, nutrition, and housing.

XPRIZE is a nonprofit that designs and implements innovative competition models to solve the world’s grandest challenges. At the Visioneers 2016 Summit, the nine teams will present ideas for the next XPRIZE challenge to a group of 200 evaluators, including prominent CEOs, government leaders, innovators, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. Collectively, this group will determine which concept or concepts become the next global XPRIZE competition.

“It’s unfathomable for many Americans to think about a world where you can’t just turn a handle and get clean, safe drinking water,” said Ed Huber, general manager of Brita. “Access to good water needs to be a fundamental human right and as a company that makes its living providing great tasting water to people in North America, we are excited to play our part in trying to make water insecurity a thing of the past, throughout the world.”

The XPRIZE Visioneers 2016 Summit will take place September 29 through October 2 in Los Angeles.

About Brita
Brita® markets a variety of products, including water pitchers, faucet filters and bottles, that make it easy to get healthier, great tasting water from any tap. Brita products are marketed by The Clorox Company. The Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX) is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with about 8,000 employees worldwide and fiscal year 2016 sales of $5.8 billion. For more information, visit

Brita products are available at multiple stores, where every purchase donates to your favorite cause. Among the iGive participating stores that feature Brita products are Target, Walgreens, Sears, and


About Deloitte
Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including 80 percent of the Fortune 500. Our people work across more than 20 industry sectors to deliver measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to make their most challenging business decisions with confidence, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthy society.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

BJ’s and Boston Children’s Hospital reach half-way point to Blood Donor Challenge

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BJ’s Wholesale Club is helping Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH) increase its registered donor base of blood donors by 5,000 through the end of this year.  Since March, more than 2,500 Massachusetts residents have registered as a blood donor through Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile drives, including stops at BJ’s Wholesale Club locations.

“Registering as a blood donor is an easy way to make a difference in the lives of children and families,” said Bob Eddy, chief financial officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “We thank every new registered donor and look forward to reaching our goal by the end of 2016.”

Across the United States more than 41,000 blood donations are used every day – that’s 1.23 million donations per month.  Locally, patients at BCH are in need of 24,000 blood transfusions each year, but that is more than three times the number of blood donations the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile receives over the same period.
To help, local BJ’s locations will continue to host the Boston Children’s Hospital – Bloodmobile throughout the year.

In April 2014, BJ’s Charitable Foundation continued its ongoing support of BCH by donating $250,000 to support the Bloodmobile, which includes the following features:

  • A high-tech blood center in a 40-foot custom coach with all of the equipment available at the hospital-based blood center.
  • Outfitted with five-beds.
  • Ability for technicians to collect different blood components, such as red cells and platelets, for many different patient needs.
  • Donor screening, donating and post donation taking only 30 minutes.

To register or find a local blood drive, visit

About BJ’s Wholesale Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states. Online shoppers who wish to make a donation with their online shopping through BJ’s should visit

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics,  many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, offers the most payment options.

Visit, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

About Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 404-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on our social media channels: @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Teaming With World Travel & Tourism Council to Recognize Best in Sustainable Tourism partner Enterprise

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is teaming with the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as a category sponsor of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The annual WTTC awards are among the highest accolades in the global travel industry and represent the gold standard in sustainable tourism.

These awards recognize best practices and are based upon the principles of:

  • environmentally friendly operations;
  • support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage; and
  • the social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

For the second consecutive year, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is the exclusive sponsor of the WTTC’s People Award. This award honors organizations dedicated to the concept of “capacity building” – a long-term investment in the tourism workforce to enhance employee skills, competencies and abilities through local training and education.

“Travel and tourism careers already account for a significant part of our economy, providing an estimated 284 million jobs across the global market,” said Greg Stubblefield, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand. “And we are committed to helping build an even more robust and inclusive global talent pipeline through this industry-leading WTTC initiative.”

Travel Industry Leadership

Enterprise Holdings’ annual revenues place it near the top of the global travel industry, exceeding all other rental car companies, as well as most airlines, cruise lines, hotels, tour operators and online travel agencies. In addition, Enterprise Holdings is the only company in the international car rental industry – and one of a handful in the global travel industry – to complete a sustainability report in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 “Core” Guidelines.

“As the world’s largest car rental company, we are in a strong position to help drive sustainable solutions and policies around the globe,” noted Stubblefield, who is a member of the WTTC as well as the U.S. Travel Association’s CEO Roundtable. He also serves on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which – as the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce – provides counsel on current tourism industry concerns, emerging issues and government policies.

“Travel and tourism represents one of the fastest growing segments in the global economy, so it’s especially important that the growth of our sector is managed responsibly,” Stubblefield added. “The WTTC awards are an opportunity to honor organizations that benefit local communities, support cultural diversity and advance biodiversity conservation, all within a viable and profitable business model.”

Furthermore, the WTTC is working closely with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), a United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. The WTTC and UNWTO are working together to improve the understanding of the importance of travel and tourism to social and economic development worldwide.

The WTTC’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize businesses and organizations whose commitments to sustainability and long-term vision have not only helped to shape international standards for environmentally and socially responsible tourism, but also have demonstrated how tourism can be a force for good. The extensive three-part application process begins with a written submission that is evaluated by an independent judging panel of sustainable tourism experts. Finalists are then visited on-site by experts who verify the claims made in their applications. Winners and finalists will be honored at a special Awards Ceremony during WTTC’s 2017 Global Summit April 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Applications for the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are now open, and candidates will be able to apply until Nov. 14, 2016. For more information, visit

One Lucky Community Dog Park To Receive $30K & Helping Hand From Beneful® Team

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Seven community dog parks across the country are vying for a Dream Dog Park makeover through the Beneful Dream Dog Park promotion. Today through November 1, dog lovers can help decide which of the seven parks will receive $30,000 for park improvements by heading to In addition to the monetary donation, the dog park that receives the most votes by November 1 will also receive dog park equipment valued at up to $5,000 and hands-on volunteer support from the Beneful Dream Dog Park team.


The Lucky Seven
Dog parks from seven communities are participating in the special promotion, including:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana;
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas;
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma;
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia;
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

Each dog park has its own unique features and needs for improvements. Depending on which park is ultimately selected via votes, the $30,000 donation could be used towards many different types of enhancement projects– from extra benches and tables, to shade structures and landscaping, to water features and agility equipment – to meet the dreams and desires of local dogs and owners.

Cast a Vote
Dog lovers everywhere can weigh in daily with their votes. They should visit to learn about the promotion and the seven participating dog parks. Votes can be cast daily by sharing a post on Twitter or Instagram using both #BenefulDogPark and the desired park’s promotion-specific hashtag:

  • Boomer Street Dog Park near Milwaukee, Wisconsin: #BenefulDogPark #Milwaukee
  • Broad Ripple Dog Park in Indianapolis, Indiana: #BenefulDogPark and #Indianapolis
  • Millbrook Dog Park in Raleigh, North Carolina: #BenefulDogPark and #Raleigh
  • Leash Free Zone Dog Park near Dallas, Texas: #BenefulDogPark and #Dallas
  • PAW Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: #BenefulDogPark and #OklahomaCity
  • Piedmont Park Dog Park in Atlanta, Georgia: #BenefulDogPark and #Atlanta
  • Swope Dog Park in Kansas City, Missouri: #BenefulDogPark and #KansasCity

To celebrate Beneful’s new dry food recipes – which offer real beef and chicken as the number one ingredient – and the dog park promotion, the Beneful team will be hosting special events at select Walmart stores October 1-2. Check out the event list on to see if the team will be in your neighborhood where you can join them to cast your vote and receive a sample of the new Beneful dry food, while supplies last.

Since launching the Beneful Dream Dog Park Project six years ago, the Beneful team has provided more than $2 million in funding to build new dog parks and improve existing ones in more than 20 communities nationwide. To learn more about Beneful’s Dream Dog Park Project and the community dog parks it’s supported, or read up on its variety of healthy dog foods and treats, visit The Beneful team also shares out ongoing #DreamDogPark updates on social media – follow and connect with the team on, and @Beneful on Instagram and Twitter.

Promotion Rules
Promotion begins at 9:00:01 a.m. ET on September 15, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2016. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 years of age or older at time of participation. No purchase necessary to participate. Limit of one (1) vote per person, per Twitter or Instagram account, per day, throughout the promotion period. For full details and official rules, please visit by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Checkerboard Square, St. Louis, MO  63164.

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HanesBrands Provides Clothes for Flood Victims

HanesBrands Gives to Flooding Victims

HanesBrands is providing more than 23000 items of clothing to Louisiana residents impacted by the devastating flooding. The company is partnering with Fashion Delivers to distribute three trailer load of first-quality product.

Fashion Delivers is a New York based charity that that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. This donation, By HanesBrands includes: T-shirts, socks, bras, underwear and other apparel.

We have all seen the devastation the Louisiana floods have caused on so many levels – especially to the lives of the thousands of people directly affected, “HanesBrands is happy to provide this assistance and hope that it can provide some real help in this time of need,” said Chris Fox, HanesBrands vice president for corporate social responsibility.


HanesBrands is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Playtex, DIM, Bali, Maidenform, Bonds,JMS/Just My Size, L’eggs, Wonderbra, Nur Die/Nur Der, Lovable, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices, community philanthropy and environmentalism. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at HanesBrands is a proud partner with to enable shoppers to give back to their favorite cause with their online purchases.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Founded 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed worldwide.

Purina Cat Chow Donates Five Million Meals

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Purina Cat Chow  will deliver five million meals to Rescue Bank, a program of, as part of its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program, which supports the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Purina Cat Chow asked cat people across the country to participate in its “Nutrition to Build Better Lives” program during the month of July. For every bag of Purina Cat Chow purchased from July 1 – 31, including those purchased through merchants such as PetSmart, PetCo, Pet360, and PetFood Direct, the brand donated meals.

Since 2013, Purina Cat Chow has supported animal shelters across the country and has donated more than $1,857,500 in food, supplies and renovations to advance the rescue, nutrition and adoption of cats in shelters and animal welfare organizations.

Rescue Bank is a non-profit organization that receives and distributes high-quality pet food and other supplies to a network of pre-qualified animal welfare organizations throughout the United States. These organizations are able to use the savings from their food budgets for critical veterinary care and other expenses to increase the adoption of healthy pets.

About Nestlé Purina PetCare
Nestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness.


GoDaddy Offers a Path Forward

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GoDaddy is offering “Path Forward” for mid-career professionals returning to the workplace. The world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced its participation in the Path Forward Return To Work program. The program reinforces GoDaddy’s commitment toward building a diverse and inclusive workforce, while also identifying incredible talent.

Three, 18-week paid interns will be hired. The professional being considered are mid-career professionals, many of whom who have taken at least two years out the workforce to care for kids, parents or other loved ones. The program runs from October through February 2017 and potentially provides interns the ability to earn a full-time position upon successful completion of the program. GoDaddy will provide participants with practical work experience and Path Forward will provide training and networking events designed to help ease the transition back to work.

The internship opportunities are available for engineering positions, and applications are being accepted now at

“GoDaddy is an inspiring company that is prioritizing creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are thrilled to partner with them to help those who have taken time off from work for caregiving get back to their careers,” said Tami Forman, Executive Director or Path Forward.  “Partners like GoDaddy understand that great talent can sometimes come from unexpected places, and this program helps them tap into a new source of diverse, skilled, highly-motivated professionals.”

This program is another step in GoDaddy’s commitment to achieve greater workplace diversity and inclusiveness. The company is a vocal leader for gender diversity in the technology industry and recently signed the White House ‘Fair Pay Pledge’ aimed at balancing the gender salary gap and the White House ‘Tech Inclusion Pledge designed to increase workplace diversity. In 2015, GoDaddy also released its salary data, comparing men and women in like-roles and will continue to pursue opportunities to create a more diverse workforce.

About GoDaddy

GoDaddy powers the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures. With more than 14 million customers worldwide and more than 63 million domain names under management, GoDaddy is the place people come to name their idea, build a professional website, attract customers and manage their work. Our mission is to give our customers the tools, insights and the people to transform their ideas and personal initiative into success. To learn more about the company, visit GoDaddy offers a one-time $10 donation to your charity of choice through

About Path Forward

Path Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to eliminate the bias faced by people who take time off from the paid workforce for caregiving responsibilities and to support gender equality in the workforce. Path Forward creates programs that empower people to return to the workforce after a career break and implement these programs at companies that want to help. Learn more about Path Forward and sign up to get updates about our upcoming programs at