Walgreens Invites Americans to Get Seriously Silly and Welcome Red Nose Day Back to the U.S.

Red Nose Day’s official retail partner makes more Red Noses available and expands Red Nose Day merchandise to help raise funds to fight kids’ poverty

Championing everyone’s right to be happy and healthy, Walgreens proudly returns as the exclusive retail partner of the second annual Red Nose Day, helping raise funds to fight kids’ poverty. The campaign’s iconic Red Noses – which people wear in support of the official Red Nose Day on Thursday, May 26 – returned to store shelves at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide this morning, officially kick starting the nine-week charitable campaign.

Following the sell-out success of last year’s inaugural Red Nose Day, Walgreens is going beyond the nose in 2016 and raising funds through the sale of new Red Flair merchandise, also available nationwide starting today. From red hats and springy novelty headbands to oversized sequin bowties and Red Noses for cars (to name a few), Walgreens is making it even easier for Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause.

“Helping people live happy and healthy lives is our passion at Walgreens, and participating in Red Nose Day lets us do just that for those who need it most: kids living in poverty in the U.S. and abroad,” said Alex Gourlay, president of Walgreens. “Topping last year’s success is a challenge we’re ready for. We have more Red Noses, new Red Flair and several other fun ways for everyone in the Walgreens family – from our valued customers and vendor partners to our passionate team members – to get involved in this powerful campaign.”

The Return of the Red Noses        
Between now and the official Red Nose Day in May, Walgreens hopes to sell significantly more Red Noses than the 5 million it sold last year. To help meet its goal, Red Noses and Red Flair hit Walgreens shelves two weeks earlier this year, giving Americans even more time to “Get Seriously Silly” in support of a great cause. Starting today and continuing through June 4, Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide will sell Red Noses for $1 each and Red Flair items for between $1-$5.99. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund.

Beyond purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair for themselves, Americans can further support the cause by purchasing Red Noses and Red Flair products for their schools or workplaces, or organize fundraisers in their community. Cash donations can also be made at any Walgreens location.

Walgreens commemorated the return of the laughs and Red Nose Day fun with the help of actor and comedian Ravi Patel (Grandfathered, Masters of None), who helped deliver the first batch of Red Noses and Red Flair to Walgreens shelves in Chicago, the retailer’s hometown. Accompanied by Walgreens team members, Patel arrived at Walgreens flagship store in a Red Nose Day-adorned armored truck. With security in place, a briefcase full of Red Noses and Red Flair handcuffed to his arm and a store full of unsuspecting shoppers, Patel successfully delivered the Red Nose Day fun to Walgreens. The event was captured on film and is posted on the Walgreens YouTube channel.

#RedNose Road Trip & Challenges
Together with Walgreens, Patel will continue the fun online by inviting Americans to “Get Seriously Silly” on social media with weekly #RedNose challenges. Starting today and continuing every Monday leading up to Red Nose Day, Patel will accept the weekly #RedNose challenge from Walgreens with a silly video and task Americans to join in. The challenges include “Share your four-legged friend’s #RedNose look,” “Share your #RedNose Mom & Me Flair selfie,” and “Share your #RedNose landmark photo,” among others. People can share their silliest pictures and videos answering the challenge on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #RedNose.

Weekly #RedNose challenge videos will be featured as part of a new Walgreens “50 States, 50 Stories” video series to live on Walgreens.com/RedNoseDay. In the series, Walgreens takes Red Nose Day on the road in search of powerful stories showing people both supporting and benefitting from Red Nose Day. The uplifting, fun-filled stories will showcase real people’s charitable Red Nose Day efforts in action across the country.

Walgreens “nose” consumers aren’t the only ones who know how to have fun for a great cause. Later this week, Walgreens executives will issue a Corporate Challenge to colleagues at other companies encouraging them to share funny videos and show America their silly sides. In the coming weeks Walgreens Facebook page will show just how silly corporate America can get to help fight kids’ poverty around the world.

Beyond the Nose
In the UK, Red Nose Day has raised more than $1 billion since it launched over 25 years ago and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives. The inaugural Red Nose Day event in the U.S. took place last May and raised more than $23 million to help kids in need in America and abroad.

This year, Red Nose Day’s nine-week campaign will culminate in a live, two-hour broadcast on NBC airing on May 26 (9-11 p.m. ET). The Red Nose Day Special will feature popular comedians, top musicians and Hollywood stars in an engaging mix of comedy, live musical performances and short, compelling films shedding light on the cause.

For more information on Red Nose Day and how to get involved, visit walgreens.com/RedNoseDay and Walgreens on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com), one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 8 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,173 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Walgreens digital business includes Walgreens.com, drugstore.com, Beauty.com, SkinStore.com and VisionDirect.com. Walgreens also manages more than 400 Healthcare Clinic and provider practice locations around the country..

About Red Nose Day
Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc, a
registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Money raised goes to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes money to organizations whose work helps to achieve Comic Relief Inc.’s vision of a just world free from poverty. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. was held on May 21, 2015 and raised more than $23 million. Funds raised benefited children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs addressing literacy, education, healthcare, and nutrition. The second annual Red Nose Day will be held on Thursday May 26, 2016.  The day’s events will culminate in a two-hour entertainment TV special on NBC, featuring the country’s favorite comedians, musicians and Hollywood stars.

Comic Relief Inc. and Comic Relief UK are independent organizations related through their shared vision of a just world, free from poverty; and with the same mission to effect positive change through the power of entertainment. In the UK, Red Nose Day has been going for 30 years and is an inspiring cultural phenomenon that unites people from all walks of life in the interest of saving and changing lives across the globe.

* Until June 4, 2016, for each Red Nose purchased Walgreens will donate $0.50; and for each Red Nose Flair item purchased (Beads, Bow Ties, Headbands, Sunglasses, Pens, Mugs, Cups and Hats) Walgreens will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to Comic Relief Inc.’s Red Nose Day Fund, which helps lift children out of poverty in the U.S. and overseas. For more information about the Red Nose Day Fund, visit rednoseday.org. No portion of purchase is tax deductible.

FMTC’s March for Babies Fundraiser

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The FMTC team is participating in the March of Dimes – March for Babies. Many members of the FMTC family have been personally affected by premature birth, the loss of a newborn child, and birth defects, which makes this issue dear to our hearts. We know there are many other families who have also been affected, and we’re taking a step to help fight it.

March of the Dimes raises money to support programs that help mothers have healthy pregnancies and fund research to find causes and preventions for premature birth, which is the #1 killer of babies. So far they have:

  • Helped 500 communities participate in fighting premature birth across the nation.
  • Raised funds to help 200 researchers look for causes and preventions at 5 Prematurity Research Centers.
  • Brought health education, programs and prenatal care to moms-to-be with a total of 554 community grants.

Please partner with us and donate to help our team reach our fundraising goal of $1,500. The event ends soon on May 14th so please donate here as soon as you can!

Students Show Off Their Coding Know-How At Samsung Developer Conference

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Winners of Samsung Mobile App Academy join professional developers at the company’s annual conference in San Francisco

Student developers will stand alongside professionals at the Samsung Developer Conference in San Francisco today. The students, chosen from the five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, made apps to address issues in their local communities. Winning apps include an interactive pill chart to incentivize children with serious illness to take their medication, a system for diagnosing pulmonary illnesses and a game to teach kids coding.

A summer program held at universities across the country, Samsung Mobile App Academy offers students in grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to learn coding from actual developers and create a marketable app of their own. The goal is to help the students develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills critical to careers in the digital age. Participants are asked to focus their apps in one of four categories: health, education, environment and community investment/sustainability.

The five winners of the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy will be announced at the conference. They are:

  1. Emily Waite, a senior at Franklin High School in Franklin, Mass., won the Grand Prize, including a $20,000 scholarship, for her app Med Kid, which helps children who are seriously ill take their medications accurately.
  2. Maya Varma, a senior at Presentation High School in San Jose, Calif., won Second Prize, including a $10,000 scholarship, for her app iBreathe, which helps diagnose early five prevalent pulmonary illnesses.
  3. Quymbee Chen, a senior at Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, NY, won Third Prize, including a $5,000 scholarship, for her app Code Clash, a game for kids to learn code.
  4. Gayathri Sridhar, senior at Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose, Calif., won Fourth Prize, including a $1,000 scholarship, for her app Forte, which helps teens cope with depression.
  5. Noa Schwartz, a senior at Brookline High School in Brookline, Mass., won Fifth Prize, including a $500 scholarship, for her app Connexercise, designed to reinvent the workout experience.

In the Zone at the Conference

Grand Prize winner Emily Waite and Third Prize winner Quymbee Chen will present their apps to attendees at the third annual Samsung Developer Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco on April 27 and 28. This year’s conference focuses on the Internet of Things, the interoperability between devices and applications, and virtual reality. Samsung Mobile App Academy winners will be stationed in the Innovator Zone on the showroom floor, with other talented students who participated in similar Samsung programs in regions around the world. The students also will meet Samsung professionals who develop software for a living, giving them the opportunity to meet leaders in STEM fields and likeminded innovators.

Waite got the idea for her digital pill chart from watching her cousin and friend, both with serious illnesses, have to take a lot of medication at the one time. “For my app, I wanted to create a fun way to incentivize children to take their medications,” said Waite. App users receive icon gifts when they take their medicine as well as complete doctor visits. Waite recently decided she will attend Cornell University in the fall and major in mechanical engineering.

Chen chose to make education the focus for her app, as she enjoys tutoring middle school students in computer science. She said: “I wanted to design an app that teaches kids how to code, but I wanted it to be fun, so I modeled it after a popular cartoon. The app trainer pushes the users to improve, while teaching them about computer science topics in ways kids can relate to.”

All five winners participated in the 2015 Samsung Mobile App Academy, attended by a total of 350 students nationwide. The program, which is free and attended by students who are required to go through an application process, lasted five days and focused on a custom coding curriculum. Last summer, Samsung Mobile App Academy programs were held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts; University of California Berkeley in Berkeley, California; Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Rice University in Houston, Texas; University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland; and University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

“These students are well on their way to mastering the art of app creation. They have shown their forward-thinking and creativity through their projects. We are excited to have them at our annual Samsung Developer Conference in recognition of their enthusiasm for STEM and for making a difference in the lives of people around them,” said Ann Woo, senior director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America.

For more than a decade, Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative has been focused on helping youth in underserved communities across the United States gain access to quality healthcare, technology resources and STEM education. In addition to Samsung Mobile App Academy, which started in 2011, the company also supports STEM education through other national programs, including the Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Learn more about the Samsung Developers Conference at www.sdc2016.com.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com and for the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow on Twitter @SamsungNewsUS.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies that redefine the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space with the open platform SmartThings, our broad range of smart devices, and through proactive cross-industry collaboration. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, and for the latest news, feature articles and press material, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at news.samsung.com

 

Southwest Airlines Will Contribute More Than $3.2 Million In Complimentary Travel For Patients To Receive Medical Care And Family Support Through Medical Transportation Grant Program

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today that 73 nonprofit hospitals and medical organizations from across the nation will benefit from the Southwest Airlines® 2016 Medical Transportation Grant Program, with the total impact reaching 97 facilities. Through the program, participating nonprofit hospitals and medical programs provide complimentary, roundtrip air travel to families who need to travel for specialized medical care to lessen the financial burden of serious illness.

“Southwest Airlines has a nearly 45-year tradition of treating our Employees and Customers like family.  Families support each other during both good and challenging times, and we’re honored to be able to serve our communities during a time of great need,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. “The opportunity to connect someone to the things that are most important in their life drives us to find a network of hospitals and organizations that support this mission and provide the best possible treatment to their patients.”

Since the Southwest Airlines Medical Transportation Grant Program’s inception in 2007, more than $19.6 million in free transportation has been distributed to organizations in 26 states. “I knew this was one of those situations where I needed to be home, no matter the cost,” shares Sarah Zawatski, a caregiver to her mother who received treatment at Banner University Medical Center Phoenix. “With this generous gift, I was able to fly out and not give too much care to the cost of the airline ticket. My care and attention needed to be focused on my mom.”

In 2016, Southwest will provide more than $3.2 million in free transportation to caregivers and patients seeking medical treatment. Participating hospitals include:

Angel Flight Central, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix Transplant Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, Children’s Hospital Corporation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Inc., Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Children’s Mercy, Children’s National Hospital, Cook Children’s, Craig Hospital Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dell Children’s Hospital, Emory Healthcare, Froedtert Hospital Foundation Inc., Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation, Long Island Jewish Health System , Loyola University Health Systems, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Massachusetts General Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Angels, Mercy Medical Center, Miracle Flights for Kids, National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction for NYU Langone Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Patient Airlift Services, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Piedmont Healthcare Foundation, Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, a Division of Duke University Health System, Inc., Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation – San Diego, Riley Children’s Hospital-IU Health, Rush University Medical Center, Scripps Health, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Shepherd Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, SSM St. Mary’s Health Center Foundation, St. Joseph’s Foundation and Barrow Neurological Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation, Stanford Health Care, Tampa General Hospital, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The Johns Hopkins Hospital & Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital, The Nemours Foundation, Children’s Hospital, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UCLA Medical Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University Medical Center Tucson, formerly University of Arizona Medical Center, University Medical Center, Lubbock/University Medical Center Foundation, University of Chicago Medicine, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science Systems, University of Minnesota Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Visit the NUTS About Southwest blog and www.southwest.com/medicalgrant to learn more about the positive impact of the Medical Transportation Grant Program. To learn about qualifications for travel assistance through the designated organizations, please contact the Social Work, Travel/Concierge Service, or Patient Assistance Department directly at the hospitals and medical organizations listed above, as each has unique guidelines for the administration of tickets.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.  

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 49,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest proudly operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Service to Long Beach, California, our 98th city, will begin June 5, 2016.

Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent data, Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded. The Company operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world, the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity.  That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to view video on-demand movies and television shows, as well as more than 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners. Southwest created Transfarency℠, a philosophy which treats Customers honestly and fairly, and in which low fares actually stay low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free®  to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some airlines may allow free checked bags on select routes or for qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply. In 2014, the airline proudly unveiled a bold new look:  Heart.  The new aircraft livery, airport experience, and logo, showcase the dedication of Southwest Employees to connect Customers with what’s important in their lives.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic whenever the carrier enters new markets.  With 43 consecutive years of profitability, Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2014 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at SouthwestOneReport.com.

 

Kiehl’s Since 1851 Supports Environmental Causes With New Product Launches And In-Store Programs

Kiehl's Since 1851 Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado / 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from Kiehl's Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, featuring art by Nikki Reed and Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton will benefit Recycle Across America(TM). To date, Kiehl's has already raised $300,000 for the non-profit, supplying recycling labels to 4,500 schools. (PRNewsFoto/Kiehl's Since 1851)

In honor of Earth Day and the brand’s commitment to the environment, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to announce two new products and programs that directly impact the environment.

First, the company will donate $50,000 to Recycle Across America™, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion around recycling, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. These funds will be used to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels for 650 K-12 schools in the United States.

The funds will be raised from Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, featuring art by socially conscious influencers Nikki Reed, Gabrielle Reece & Laird Hamilton. 100% of net profits, up to $50,000, from this Earth Day campaign will benefit Recycle Across America™. To date, Kiehl’s has already raised $300,000 for the non-profit, supplying recycling labels to 4,500 schools, including School Districts in San Diego, Houston, Scottsdale and Culver City.

“We’ve been working with Recycle Across America since 2012. Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our values,” says Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. Through our Recycle & Be Rewarded program, Kiehl’s has collected 3,000,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf. We hope to reach the 3,500,000 mark this year!”

In tandem with the launch, Kiehl’s is encouraging its customers to recycle by giving every customer a complimentary Kiehl’s tote with every purchase of $100 or more, in any Kiehl’s store and at Kiehls.com, through April 27th. The company is also celebrates its own renewed Recycle and Be Rewarded! program, in which customers at Kiehl’s stores are rewarded with free product for bringing in their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled more than 3,000,000 bottles. In order to further decrease the company’s environmental footprint, it is no longer issuing printed Recycle and be Rewarded! cards. Instead, customers’ recycle count will be tracked digitally.

In other product news, Kiehl’s has introduced a new skincare formula using quinoa husk extract, derived from discarded quinoa husks, meaning that what was once considered waste is now a unique skincare innovation. For the first time in a facial skincare product, quinoa husk extract has been formulated into the company’s new anti-aging overnight treatment, Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions™ Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate. The formula offers accelerated cell turnover to reveal refined texture, improved skin tone and softer, more radiant skin.

Quinoa Husk Extract is sustainably sourced from the protective outer shell of the Quinoa seed without chemical alteration and with minimal environmental impact. In this formula, its powerful exfoliating properties work to help accelerate surface skin’s nighttime cell turnover process to release dull surface skin.

In partnership with Bolivian suppliers and a foundation that sustainably source the quinoa husk from local farmers, and promote the conservation and responsible use of natural Bolivian resources, Kiehl’s use of this ingredient targets to provide  in 3 years socio-economic development for 250 Bolivian farms and their families as well as contribute to protect the environment. Kiehl’s is strongly supporting the project to restore and enrich the soils in order to prevent erosion through the planting of native legumes, bushes and herbaceous plants.

For more information on these projects and to find a Kiehl’s store near you, please visit www.kiehls.com.

About Kiehl’s Since 1851:
Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the generations. In addition to Kiehl’s freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl’s products are available at www.Kiehls.com, by mail order at 1-800-KIEHLS-2 as well as through select specialty retailers worldwide.

About Recycle Across America:
Recycle Across America® (RAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which has developed the first ever society-wide standardized labeling system for recycling bins to help eliminate the public confusion surrounding recycling. The standardized labels are being used by some of the most notable companies in the world and are resulting in more than 50% increases in recyclables being collected — with significantly less trash being thrown in the recycling bins. As a result, the economics of processing recyclables becomes more viable and stable, thereby allowing more companies to commit to using recycled materials in their manufacturing. For this reason, RAA and the standardized labels have been identified as a world-changing solution by Ashoka Innovators for the Public, and have been referred to as “…one of the top environmental fixes taking root today,” by the New York Times. For more information, visit: www.recycleacrossamerica.org

Women of Worth by L’Oréal Paris

Women of Worth

Our Mission

The Women of Worth program is inspired by L’Oréal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy, “Because I’m Worth It” and recognizes the achievements of real women who embody the spirit of the L’Oréal brand—women who possess self-confidence and are committed to distinguishing their own lives by making a difference in the lives of others. Women of Worth is a celebration of women who have made a difference through volunteer work in their communities.

Nominate a Woman of Worth

Nominate a Woman Of Worth and L’Oréal Paris will make a $10,000 donation to her most cherished charitable cause.. Additionally, one Woman Of Worth honoree and her cause will be selected by the public at large via online voting and will be recognized as the National Woman Of Worth Honoree. Her charity will receive a donation of $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris in her name.

All honorees will receive national recognition for both her cause and her efforts.

Who is eligible for the Women of Worth Award?

Award nominees must be women, legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, consent to be nominated and 18 years of age or older at the time of nomination. All award nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Impact (50%)

     – the project’s success in addressing an important problem or critical barrier to progress and nominee’s demonstration of impact as a result of their activities. Impact is defined as the effect of an activity on the social fabric of the community and/or the well-being of individuals or families. Impact can be measured by evaluating the programs or activities implemented by nominee and reviewing if the number of people served exponentially increased since the nominee began work.

  • Community Needs and Solutions (20%)

     – nominee’s ability to meet an unmet community need or concern. Community needs are broadly defined as providing food, shelter, and access to healthcare, providing arts programming or activities, strengthening educational programs, or providing enrichment activities that benefit children.

  • Passion (20%)

     – success of nominee’s work in epitomizing the statement, “Because You’re Worth It,” and the spirit of the Women of Worth program (honoring exceptional women making a beautiful and exceptional difference through their volunteer work.)

  • Innovation (10%)

     – ability of nominee’s activities to reflect an innovative or interesting approach to meeting community needs and nominee’s employment of unique solutions to solving the problem.

What is the nomination deadline for the 2016 Award?

The 2016 Women of Worth Call for Nominations closes on April 29, 2016.

How do I nominate a Woman Of Worth?

There are two methods of entry:

  • Method #1

     – To enter online, visit www.womenofworth.com, complete the nomination form, and follow the online instructions to submit your nomination.

  • Method #2

     – To enter by mail, send a completed Official Nomination Form by first class mail, with proper postage affixed to: “Women Of Worth Award” c/o The Points of Light Institute, 600 Means Street, Suite 210 Atlanta, Ga 30318.

Timberland Celebrates Service Driven Employees

Timberland’s Path of Service™ program offers full-time employees up to 40 paid community service hours. Employees who serve all of their available hours in a year earn membership in Timberland’s 40’s Club. Several 40’s Club members at Timberland’s headquarters in Stratham N.H. hold up mugs and certificates received at a recent 40’s Club recognition event.

At Timberland, there is a strong sense of pride among employees for the company’s established heritage of environmental and social justice, which is rooted in a long-standing commitment to service. This dedication to service is still alive today. President Stewart Whitney and the Timberland community recently celebrated a group of its employees at a special event recognizing the group’s outstanding commitment to service with an induction into the company’s “40’s Club” program. The program, which was conceived to infuse volunteerism into the company’s DNA and culture, honors employees who serve all of their 40 paid community service hours each year.

Service has been a way of life at Timberland since 1992, when the company started its Path of Service™ program to motivate all employees to embrace service, not just the sustainability or corporate responsibility teams. “Employees are proud of their club membership and it’s like a badge of honor,” said Atlanta McIlwraith, Senior Manager of Community Engagement and Communication. “If you walk around our global headquarters building you’ll see certificates and pins from every year displayed in employee’s work spaces. People challenge each other to get into the club each year and our membership numbers are growing.” In 2014, Timberland employees volunteered over 72,000 hours and 77 employees at Timberland’s global headquarters served all 40 of their available hours. These employees represented 18 percent of employees at that location. Since the program began, Timberland employees have volunteered more than one million hours of community service around the globe.

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Alex and Ani Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters

Honor special bonds with a set of bangles celebrating two of the sky’s most connected constellations and benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they need someone to lean on – someone who will protect them and keep them on the right track. The Big Dipper, like a safe haven, watches over the Little Dipper, symbolic of the unbreakable bonds we share. Across the expansive sky, these beloved groupings of stars are constant reminders that we’re never truly alone.

Shop the new Big and Little Dipper Set of Two Charm Bangles, and ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price with a minimum donation of $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

This campaign is valid through 5/9/16.

Diction defender strives to help teach – Verizon Innovative App Challenge

Diction Defender Strives to Help Teach
Denver-based student group wins Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge Best in Nation Award to create gaming app to strengthen writing skills

More than 10 percent of today’s public school students are English language learners (ELL) and even more students speak a language other than English at home. This includes a group of students from Denver-based Altona Middle School who were recently selected as the Best in Nation winners in the fourth annual Verizon Innovative App Challenge.

Four students from Altona Middle School submitted their app concept for “Diction Defender,” a gaming app that will help teach sentence fluency and composition. The idea for the Diction Defender app came while the students were brainstorming ideas of how to not only help ELL students, but anyone learning English. The Innovative App Challenge encourages middle and high school student teams to develop a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in the students’ communities or schools.

Diction Defender is a survival game where players are stranded on a desolate island and to escape, they must make good sentences based on certain requirements. The players must then go through a number of levels to earn rewards such as costumes, tools and badges. The app will also have multiplayer mode for users to work together, collaborate and learn new writing skills to move up the leaderboard.

“We hope Diction Defender will cater to those who struggle when it comes to writing one’s ideas and thoughts,” says team captain, Advika Jayanti, age 12. The team wants users to be able to learn through an interactive game without realizing it.

“English was one of our struggles – some of our parents were immigrants and don’t speak fluent English,” added Rachel Su, age 12.

The team reflected on how much time and attention to detail were involved in creating an app that was both useful to a broad range of users while remaining unique enough to stand out. “Once we got the idea, we spent many days working on it, even staying after school and working during our break,” said Jeffrey Hew, age 12.

Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge is designed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The 2015-2016 competition marked the first year that submissions could come from nonprofit and community organizations along with schools.

Through their hard work, the team now holds the title of Best in Nation, receiving $20,000 for their school’s STEM program, along with LG tablets for each team member. They will now turn their concept into a real, working app with help from an MIT coding expert to help launch their winning app in the Google Play store.  Additionally, they will present their app at the National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in July.

The Verizon Foundation created the Innovative App Challenge to spark greater student interest in STEM as early as middle school.

It is predicted that the United States may be short nearly three million high-skilled workers by 2018. While the education system currently sees enough talent in math and science to fill the need for traditional STEM workers, less than 25% of those students enter STEM majors in college and of those that do, 38% of students who start with a STEM major do not graduate with one.1

In June, members of the nine winning teams will present their apps in person at the National TSA Conference in Nashville, courtesy of Verizon.

Earth Day Eco-Tees: Let’s Save the Forests!

Earth Day Eco-Tees: Let’s Save the Forests!

Hey humans! As co-habitants of Planet Earth, you might already know that April 22nd is Earth Day-but in case you didn’t, we’re here to tell you we’re doing our part—and here’s how you can help.

Design by Humans has teamed up with the National Forest Foundation and for every tee you buy from our new Eco-Collection in the month of April, we’ll plant a tree.

 

The National Forest Foundation is committed to restoring and sustaining our forests, and with your help, a small portion of the Earth’s resources can be replenished and enjoyed by future generations and sasquatches.

Maybe you can’t get yourself to a forest, are allergic to sap, or maybe you don’t own a shovel…no matter what, we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is get yourself some new threads from our Earth Day Eco-Collection, and we’ll take care of the rest. And as a bonus: your tee, and every tee DBH prints is produced using environmentally-friendly, water-based, phthalate-free inks.

Show your support for your home planet this year. Plant a tree, and look good in the process by rockin’ these tees!

And recycle, always recycle.

To create this collection, we challenged our artists to help us make the world a better place by submitting their very best environmental, nature, wildlife and eco-friendly themed artwork. Here are some of our favorites! You can view the entire collection HERE.

Earthlings by PhilWassellArt From the lowly human to the mighty ant (they’re super strong, look it up), we are all Earthlings. PhilWasselArt keeps it simple and classy on this one, with vibrant colors and plethora of pretty pets to adorn your bod. Dolphin, seahorse, kiwi, the gang’s all here…it’s a regular dream team. Show your support for your fellow space travelers with this awesome colorblock offering from Switzerland.

Meltingsun by Rurara Finally…a shirt that embodies a love for nature AND mind-altering experiences! And of course, by that we mean the natural high one gets from communing with nature. Don’t mind us little deer; just keep drinking from that trippy Technicolor stream made from the melted center of your universe. breathes deeplyBring your Earth Day festival experience to a whole other level with this tasty abstract from Indonesian designer Rurara.

No More Machines by Machmigo Of course we all know how the machines will soon become self-aware and take over in a bid to overthrow everything and subjugate the human race…but what happens next? They run out of power, get rusty, and get taken over by kudzu vines, of course. This robo-jerk found out the hard way that nature always wins, in this beautiful watercolor illustration by U.S. designer Machmigo.

Think Greens by Akhyarisme How eco-conscious are you? Unless you have a tree growing out of your brain, not eco-conscious enough. Subtle old-world styling and bold green shading will remind yourself and others to “think green” this EarthDay, courtesy of Akhyarisme’s thoughtful conservation-themed tapestry design.

Garden of Verses by Radiomode You’ve always heard of Mother Nature…but did you know she has an old man? Yeah, he wears a bowler hat. This sharp and colorful design from artist Radiomode out of Antarctica (Say WHAT???!!!!!), is reminiscent of Bob Ross meets a Clockwork Orange, but it looks gorgeous in the process. Plus, you should buy this tee just to help this guy pay for his crazy internet bill.

 

So there you have it. Any one of the tees from our Eco-Collection will help us to help make the world a better place, thanks to the National Forest Foundation-so do your part and look good doing it!
Check out the entire Eco Collection