March 8, 2016

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and while this day means different things to different people, it’s often seen as a time to reflect on progress and celebrate as women continue to make meaningful  contributions to social, economic, cultural, and political achievements worldwide.

At Albertsons Companies (which includes our 18 banners such as Albertsons, Safeway, ACME, Shaw’s, Star Market and others), we strongly support qualified women-owned businesses and a diverse supplier base. The mission of our Supplier Diversity Program is to promote supplier participation reflective of the diverse communities in which our family of stores does business, while encouraging economic development.  We will continue to work towards offering a greater selection of local products as well as products from women-owned businesses and other diverse suppliers. Many of the entrepreneurs, whose products or services we have accepted, have expanded their businesses through our vast distribution network of more than 2,200 neighborhood grocery stores in communities across the country.

One of our top suppliers is Sun Belle Inc., a certified Women Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) led by President and Founder Janice Honigberg. The Sun Belle team has vast experience growing, shipping, handling, marketing and merchandising fresh produce commodities, particularly raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.   Honigberg herself has an impressive track record. Not only does she speak at least four languages, but she has built the successful multinational company she envisioned when embarking on her career and is celebrating Sun Belle’s 30th anniversary this year. In addition to introducing the first greenhouse grown tomato on the vine to the American market in 1992, Honigberg identified the Erika raspberry grown in a test plot in the Italian Alps and brought it to the Americas in 2007 where it is flourishing in Mexico and soon will be grown in the United States.

Another of our top suppliers, Jelmar, LLC, is a certified WBE cleaning-product company led by President and CEO Alison Gutterman. They have a vast array of product lines including the well-known Tarn-X and CLR cleaners. Jelmar received the Safer Choice U.S. EPA 2015 Partner of the Year award for their outstanding leadership in advancing Safer Products in the Formulator – Manufacturer Category. Jelmar was also one of the first WBE’s to feature the women-owned business logo on its products.  According to Gutterman, she is very passionate about the role of women in the global economy and the importance of consumers knowing that women are major contributors to the entrepreneurial marketplace throughout the world.

Our Fair Trade CertifiedTM suppliers are also a great example of diverse female contributors to the global marketplace. Fair Trade USA empowers women to be leaders in their communities. The certification program requires freedom from sexual harassment, and provides access to education, women’s health services and certain job rights. Thanks to customers who purchased Fair Trade Certified products such as coffee, produce, and seafood from any of the Albertsons Companies family of stores over the past two years, more than $730,000 in Community Development Premiums was sent directly back to the producer communities. In addition to receiving a fair wage for their products, producers can vote on how to best use these premiums to develop their own communities (such as scholarship funds, women’s co-ops, or maternity leave funds). Empowering women through new opportunities can help them imagine a future where they can they be their own boss.

These are just a few of the many women who inspire us at Albertsons Companies and enable us to offer quality products on our shelves. Who inspires you?

– See more at: http://www.justmeans.com/article/albertsons-companies-celebrates-international-womens-day#sthash.eZgzmvQU.dpuf

February 24, 2016

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From America Charities Blog:By Sarah Ford on February 22, 2016

There is growing importance that corporations and nonprofits align strategically, work to identify mutually beneficial goals, and work in partnership to deliver transformational experiences [i.e. to employees, customers, other stakeholders] while meeting real nonprofit needs (Source: America’s Charities Snapshot 2015 – The Corporate DNA).

Last year I touched upon this subject in a blog post featuring a cause marketing partnership between America’s Charities member Dress for Success and Talbots.

Dress for Success® is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

Through customer donations and a percentage of proceeds from store events in Spring 2015, Talbots, a women’s apparel chain, ended up collecting more than 4,000 boxes of clothing and was able to donate $500,000 to Dress for Success.

This year, Dress for Success’s powerful partnership with Talbots has grown to include O, The Oprah Magazine, and their goal is to double the monetary and clothing donations they received as a result of last year’s partnership.

Talbots and O, have joined forces to launch an unprecedented spring collection that is for women, about women, supporting women and dressing women. The collaboration was created to support Dress for Success in an effort to empower more women in the workforce.

As part of the collaboration, O Magazine’s Creative Director, Adam Glassman, teamed up with Talbots’ design team to create the exclusive O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection.  

Shop Talbots Oprah Collection February 22 – April 3, 2016:

Starting today February 22 through April 3, as we head into Women’s History Month, this limited-edition 7-piece collection is available at Talbots stores nationwide, with 30% of the net proceeds benefitting Dress for Success.

On Saturday, March 5, all Talbots stores across the country will hold “Spring Style Shopping Parties,” where women nationwide can shop at 25% off (excluding the capsule collection), enjoy refreshments, and make donations to Dress for Success. Donations of nearly new office-appropriate attire will be accepted at any Talbots location from March 3 to March 6, while monetary donations will be accepted at the register of each store through April 3.

Talbots Oprah Collection Benefits Dress for Success Women

This collaborative cause marketing effort between Talbots and O is a fantastic example of how businesses can align their corporate values in a way that mutually benefits their brands and a nonprofit like Dress for Success.

Click here to shop and support Dress for Success through O, The Oprah Magazine for Talbots Capsule Collection. To learn more about Dress for Success and other ways to support their work, click here.

February 18, 2016

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As a part of its effort to deliver humanitarian relief around the world, The UPS Foundation has partnered with United Nations agencies and NGOs to support Syrian Refugee crisis aid. This infographic shows how UPS provides logistics expertise and financial support.

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February 17, 2016

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Florida-based Pelican Water Systems responds to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, with the donation of 25 drinking water systems, complete with replacement filters, to the Whaley Children’s Center.

Flint, Michigan, has been in the news following the detection of dangerously high levels of lead in city drinking water. First reported in January of 2015, ongoing testing has detected levels as high as 397 parts per billion in some homes. While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that there is no level at which lead in the water is safe, they generally only get involved when lead levels reach 15 parts per billion or greater. Pelican Water Systems CEO, Iain Whyte, said in a recent on-air Cumulus Flint radio interview, “We’ve continued to monitor the situation to try and work with people locally and see if we can educate them as to the best ways to remove lead and other impurities in the water.”

City officials urged residents to stop consuming city water in October of 2015 after high levels of lead were found in children’s blood samples. Residents were also advised not to use unfiltered water for cooking or bathing, ultimately prompting state officials to issue a “state of emergency” in December of 2015. President Barack Obama would one month later declare a state of emergency.

The consumption of lead through water can have serious and long-term health implications including damage to the nervous system, stunted growth in children, and the development of some learning and behavior disabilities.

In that same interview, Whyte said, “The NSF-certified countertop drinking systems are small, compact and tested to eliminate 99.4% of lead.” Obviously, the filters do need to be checked regularly, but the systems have been tested to be very effective in removing lead from the water supply. Offering up to a year of purified drinking water through the use of additional filters, Pelican Water Systems provides some of best longevity for water filters on the market today.

The increased lifespan of Pelican Water Systems’ filters ensure that residents of Flint, Michigan, who have been impacted by the water crisis have access to safe, purified water over the span of several months.

About Whaley Children’s Center
Whaley Children’s Center is dedication to providing child trauma survivors with the necessary tools to reach their full potential. Through the leadership of a dedicated staff and the work of tireless volunteers, the Whaley family facilities have provided care, and treatment to hundreds of abused, neglected, and at risk children and families throughout Michigan for nearly a century. Based in Flint, Whaley Children’s Center is dedicated to treating their patients with fairness, dignity, and respect. More than just a treatment center, Whaley works to be leaders in the community as well. When paired together, a dedication to service and topnotch treatment provide hope to children and families who have survived trauma.

About Pelican Water Systems
PelicanWater.com is the official, factory-direct retail website for Pelican Water Systems, providing professional knowledge and leading technologies in whole house water filtration, countertop water filtration systems, UV bacteria disinfection systems, as well as salt-free water softening and conditioning systems. Pelican Water products use cutting-edge technology and enable customers to go green by eliminating wasteful and harmful salt brine discharge that is polluting our valuable fresh water resources.

For over a decade, Pelican Water has stayed true to their mission statement: being a company that helps families enjoy cleaner, safer, better-tasting water in their homes in an environmentally-friendly way. Pelican Water has been and continues to be the global market leader in salt-free water softening system. For more information about Pelican Water Systems, visit PelicanWater.com.

February 9, 2016

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Every year, over 3.2 million young students are subjected to bullying either in person or through Social Media. The very sad fact is that these young children are taking their lives only because they are taunted regarding their sexual preferences, weight, color, religion, class or creed.

EveryGirlClub has a very big problem with this and they want to stop the hurting – permanently.

“This is an honest testimonial, not a plug for our business. It is so sad to read almost every day that a child took their own life because of constant peer harassment. It is something that is very close to my heart and I felt I had to make an effort to help, in some way, to stop teen bullying,” said EveryGirlClub co-founder A’Leigh Rey. “These kids should feel free to be how they we born.”

EveryGirlClub has created a “Married to the Cause Ring” to benefit, 100% of net profits, to the STOMP Out Bullying campaign primarily. Charity wristbands have been historically popular to raise awareness to one’s cause, but EveryGirlClub decided to change things up.

“I think the rings are cool. The wristbands are great but a little ‘been there, done that’ we wanted to do something a bit different,” said Rey.

EveryGirlClub is an online subscription box company that provides monthly products for girls going through that tough transition of puberty, delivering discreet supplies of feminine hygiene/sanitary kits, disposable razors, acne kits and body odor solutions.

“Our cause rings come in a pack of three – small, medium and large, so people can share with their friends, to spread the word. Teen bullying needs to stop, and if there is anything we can do to help, we will. We need to stomp out bullying!” said Rey.

Please visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org and http://www.dosomething.org to support our mission. Thank you.

EveryGirlClub, LLC. offers one time and recurring monthly subscription orders of personal feminine sanitary and hygiene products. We ship worldwide. For more information please visit our website at: http://www.everygirlclub.comor email us at: everygirlclub@gmail.com

February 2, 2016

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WARREN, Mich., Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rise to the (charity) challenge! The eighth annual 2016 Art Van Charity Challenge competition kicks off February 1 with Cindy Crawford, international supermodel, businesswoman and philanthropist, reprising her role as the campaign’s official ambassador for the second consecutive year. Crawford plans to inspire nonprofit organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio to raise $3 million during this year’s spirited competition.

“We are delighted that Cindy has embraced the Art Van Charity Challenge by lending not just her name, but her deep commitment to this extraordinary community initiative,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “The fundraising bar has been set high for this year’s competition and I look forward to seeing how participating charities rise to the occasion.”

On February 1, the Art Van Charity Challenge, powered by CrowdRise, will begin accepting applications from Midwest nonprofit organizations focusing on children, health care and human services. Art Van Furniture will award a total of $300,000 in grants to fundraising nonprofits, with this year’s top prize increasing to $100,000. Other grants awarded will range from $1,500 to $50,000. The competition lasts five weeks, from May 18 to June 22, 2016.  To date, the Art Van Charity Challenge has raised the most funds out of all CrowdRise challenges in the Midwest.

“Each of us has been touched in our lives by someone in need of the services these wonderful charities provide,” said Crawford, who lost her brother to leukemia when she was nine years old and has helped raise money for the Leukemia Foundation of America and other special causes. “It is a privilege for me, and fulfilling on so many levels, to again play a role in supporting so many deserving organizations through the Art Van Charity Challenge.”

The Art Van Charity Challenge raised $2.3 million in 2015, over $22 million in the past seven years, and donated more than $7 million to participating nonprofit organizations. The Art Van Charity Challenge supports more than 260 charity partners in the communities it serves. For more information, visit artvancharitychallenge.com.

About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 100 stores throughout Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana, including freestanding Art Van PureSleep mattress stores, Art Van Flooring stores, and Art Van Furniture franchise locations as well as a full service e-commerce website. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit artvan.com for more information.

January 29, 2016
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As the holidays come to a close and students are returning to school, teachers across the country will have a special announcement for more than 37,200 students.  Their classroom project has been funded!

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of AT&T employees during the company’s holiday giving campaign; more than $200,000 was donated through employee’s gifts and the company’s match to fund projects on DonorsChoose.org. Through DonorsChoose.org, teachers post classroom projects that they need help funding. Once that project is funded, the resources are shipped directly to the school. AT&T’s support of DonorsChoose.org is part of the company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which drives innovation in education to help students succeed in school and beyond.

Through this funding, students will be able to participate in classroom projects such as:

  • Learning the scientific process and collaboration by building and testing simple machines using LEGOs with a lab partner in Chicago.
  • Building a model home powered by the sun and wind with state-of-the-art data wireless sensors and a built-in graphing analysis application in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
  • Partnering with a local artist who airbrushes and sells fishing tackle, to teach students the trade with their new airbrushes and glass fusion kiln in Kalkaska, Michigan.
  • Creating book clubs where dance students will be able to learn more about their craft by reading Michaela DePrince’s “Talking Flight” in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I am so proud of my fellow employees for supporting students and teachers this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish during their second semester!

 

January 28, 2016

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Donations will provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for approximately 10,000 Flint public school students.

Bentonville, Ark., January 26, 2016 Walmart today announced support for the Flint, Mich., community through donations, education and online services. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will collectively donate water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for the balance of the calendar year. That translates to 176 truckloads, or up to 6.5 million bottles of water, to help with relief efforts for those affected by the water crisis in Flint.

In addition to the water donation, the companies are encouraging others to support the Flint community by working with Good360, where nonprofits operating in Flint are listing their needs online.  Walmart and its suppliers will continue to work closely in the Flint community and are encouraging the public to get involved by visiting www.good360.org/flint to make donations that will go directly to local nonprofits serving the community.

“The water crisis is personal to us here in Flint. Those affected include our own associates, customers and their families,” said Beth Harris, store manager at Walmart, Flint, Mich. Our associates are proud to be a part of the effort to help our friends and neighbors.”

“At Walmart, we take pride in using our strengths to help communities like Flint during times of crisis, as we’ve done around the world in times of need,” said Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of Corporate Affairs for Walmart. “We’re working to ensure that the children of Flint, the city’s most vulnerable citizens, have access to safe water.”

Walmart has already donated 14 trucks of water, or 504,000 bottles, and 1,792 water filters to the Flint community since July 2015.  Coca-Cola has donated nearly 78,720 bottles of Dasani to local food banks and foundations and to approximately 40 associates living in the affected area. Nestlé Waters North America has already donated five truckloads, or more than 190,000 bottles, to Flint community organizations since October 2015. PepsiCo has donated almost 95,000 bottles of water to Flint and the families of the company’s employees over the past four months.

“We are grateful for Walmart and their suppliers’ support during this crisis,” said Bilal Tawwab, Flint Community Schools Superintendent. “With their generous support, District students will have access to clean drinking water, and more importantly, the ability to focus on their education.”

“PepsiCo believes that access to safe water is a basic human right,” said Tony West, executive vice president, PepsiCo Government Affairs. “We are committed to supporting the communities where we operate, and our collective action today will allow Flint school children and their parents to focus on their education rather than where they can find clean water.”

“Nestlé Waters is proud to team up with Walmart to expand our ongoing work to provide clean, safe bottled water for Flint residents,” said Cameron Lorrain, plant manager for the Michigan-based Ice Mountain® and Nestlé Pure Life® brand operations. “We will continue to work in partnership with other companies, local officials and relief organizations to ensure that families in Flint have access to a steady supply of safe drinking water.”

“We are committed to supporting Walmart and other groups in water relief efforts for the Flint community,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president of Community Relations, Coca-Cola North America. “This critical initiative to provide bottled water to the two Flint school districts builds on our heritage of supporting disaster relief work around the world. Over the past 19 months, we have donated bottled water, volunteer hours and supported our employees in the affected area and will continue to look for ways to help meet the community’s needs.”

Walmart has a long history of providing aid in times of disaster by donating emergency supplies, such as food and water, home and personal products, and by creating ways for associates and community members to locate and help one another. Over the past 10 years, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have provided more than $50 million in cash, in addition to in kind support, in response to events such as typhoons in Mexico and the Philippines, tsunamis in Asia, floods in the U.K. and Canada, tornadoes in the U.S., Africa’s Ebola epidemic and many other tragedies. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation also invested $7.2 million over the past 10 years to build community resiliency.

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About Walmart

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT:NYSE) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our nearly 11,600 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2015 revenue of $485.7 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

 

About Philanthropy at Walmart

By using our strengths to help others, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation create opportunities for people to live better every day. We have stores in 28 countries, employing more than 2.2 million associates and doing business with thousands of suppliers who, in turn, employ millions of people. We are helping people live better by accelerating upward job mobility and economic development for the retail workforce; addressing hunger and making healthier, more sustainably-grown food a reality; and building strong communities where we operate and inspiring our associates to give back. Whether it is helping to lead the fight against hunger in the United States with $2 billion in cash and in-kind donations or supporting Women’s Economic Empowerment through a series of grants totaling $10 million to the Women in Factories training program in Bangladesh, China, India and Central America, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are not only working to tackle key social issues, we are also collaborating with others to inspire solutions for long-lasting systemic change. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.

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January 27, 2016

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Makers of Vita Bone® dog treats and Supreme Source™ grain-free pet food will help nonprofit continue serving people in need through animal visits

OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — American Pet Nutrition (APN), the family-owned pet food company known for such trusted brands as Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks and Supreme Source™ premium grain-free dog and cat foods, and the nonprofit Pet Partners (www.PetPartners.org) are teaming up to help people through animal-assisted interactions. APN supports Pet Partners – the nation’s largest nonprofit to promote animal-assisted therapy, education and other activities – as a new corporate sponsor.

With APN’s help, Pet Partners will continue to bring the healing power of pets to people in need – from patients, the elderly, veterans and other deserving groups. Pet Partners provides animal-assisted interactions with dogs and 8 other species. With the highest-caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners evaluates handlers and their animals for visiting programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice facilities, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools and other settings.  Last year, Pet Partners teams made more than 1 million visits in all 50 states to people in need.

“All of us at American Pet Nutrition have dedicated our careers to the health and happiness of pets everywhere, because we know what joy they can bring,” said Bill Behnken, president and chief executive officer of American Nutrition, Inc. “That’s why we’re pleased to be part of the great work that Pet Partners is doing. Their therapy teams make a positive impact in people’s lives every day.”

Behnken and the APN family share Pet Partners’ belief that the relationship between human and animal is a meaningful connection that enhances the lives of both people and pets.

“We are excited to have the support of APN and look forward to the company’s assistance with our efforts to educate, demonstrate and advocate animal-assisted therapy,” said Traci Pryor, senior director, national strategic partnerships at Pet Partners.

A family-owned American company, APN is committed to providing the highest quality and safest pet food and treats on the market. Founded in 1972 by Bill’s father, Jack Behnken, the pet food maker still adheres to the philosophy Jack exhibited when he asked the question: “If our pets are family members, shouldn’t we apply the same attention to quality and safety to pet food, that we apply to our own?” Bill expects the same level of quality implied by the answer to that question from more than 40 years ago to every product that goes out the door today.

“We still develop our own recipes based on the highest-quality ingredients. And by following the strictest safety and quality standards, we continue to earn the trust of consumers across the country,” said Bill.

About Pet Partners

Pet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting animal-assisted therapy, activities and education. Nearly forty years since the organization’s inception, the science that proves these benefits has become indisputable. Today, Pet Partners is the nation’s largest and most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams providing animal-assisted interventions. For more information, visit www.petpartners.org. To Support Petpartners through iGive visit: https://www.iGive.com/PetPartners

About American Nutrition

The late Jack Behnken founded American Nutrition in 1972 under the mantra, “Do it better!” This philosophy still guides the company’s commitment to delivering the safest, highest-quality pet foods on the market. Today, the family-owned company is also known as American Pet Nutrition and exceeds FDA, AAFCO and USDA industry-wide pet food standards. American Pet Nutrition’s trusted brands include Vita Bone® Biscuits and Chewy Sticks, Beggar Dog™ Biscuits and Supreme Source™ grain-free dog and cat foods. For more information, visit www.americanpetnutrition.com.

American Nutrition Products are available at Petsmart

January 25, 2016

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A total of more than $1,350,000 in AANT products was donated to non profit organizations, including Crossroads Homeless Shelter, Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, Women’s Resource Center (helping domestic abuse survivors), Amos House Shelter, We Share Hope (serving the poor), local veterans and Rhode Island foster children.

For two years running, AANT has partnered with Edesia, a global nutrition non profit, which supplies nutritional packets to malnourished children worldwide. In 2015, with the help and support of thousands of AANT Consultants throughout the U.S., the company donated 50,000 Plumpy’Nut® Nutritional Packets to this important cause.

“We are a company for and about people – helping people live happier and healthier lives through the best and safest products as well as a business opportunity that has no limitations,” explained AANT president, Kim Anderson. “We live and breathe this mission every day – and we do everything we can to pay it forward. We have been blessed beyond measure – and it’s our responsibility to never take that for granted.”

About Ava Anderson Non Toxic® 
Ava Anderson Non Toxic is solely focused on the mission of its founder, Ava Anderson, to share important information about harmful chemicals in products used daily and to provide a solution in the form of the safest full line of personal care and home products on the market today. The company offers over 90 products in 17 categories, including home cleaning products, baby care, cosmetics, sunscreen, hair care, pet care, and more through the direct selling business model. Independent business owners are empowered to share the company’s mission and, as a result, are able to enjoy personal, professional and financial rewards.

Select Ava Anderson products are available through Amazon.