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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

PRESS CONTACT
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Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

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Hays PureWater Launches $10,000 Campaign To Save Lives

WASHINGTON, IA, November 25, 2014 — /EPR NON PROFIT NEWS/ — 783 million people live each day without clean water and 3.4 million die annually from a lack of pure water. To combat these staggering statistics, Washington-based nonprofit, Hays PureWater, launched a crowd-funding campaign. The money raised will fund 30 Khlor Glen technology units to purify water for 150,000 individuals. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 by December 1st.

Hosted on crowd-funding platform IndieGoGo, the project offers nine sponsorship levels. Each level includes novelty “rewards” for donors, ranging from stickers to t-shirts to a trip to Haiti. The rewards are unique, innovative and hands on, giving donors a sense of ownership in the project. For just $2,500, an investor can travel to Haiti (all inclusive) to see the life changing benefits first hand.

The Khlor Glen is a simple unit that turns salt water into chlorine. The chlorine treats infected water, removing deadly impurities and toxins in just one hour. It’s solar powered and easily used in remote areas, where clean water is most needed. “It will also impact malaria zones as it can be used as a bug repellant and protect from disease,” says founder John Hays. “Even just using the chlorine produced by the unit as a sanitizer can cut down on so many infections that the natives in these areas don’t even know exist.”

In the last eight years, Hays PureWater distributed over 4,000 purifying units around the world, changing entire communities by implementing this system. It’s proven to work. Hays builds each system with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. Nothing is outsourced, ensuring the most effective product for the lowest cost. Now all they need is help from their community to change the lives of those in need once more.

See the crowd-funding campaign here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hays-purewater-providing-clean-water-globally

ABOUT Hays PureWater
In 2006, after traveling around developing nations on missions trips, John Hays began to create a low cost, portable solution for water purification. John, who worked with municipal water works for over 30 years, put his experience to use and developed the Khlor Gen system. Through the years, the design and look has been changed and improved, but the mission has stayed the same. The organization exists to provide people with clean water, reaching out to them through word and deed. Eight years and 4,000 units later, that mission continues full steam ahead. For more information, logon to www.hayspurewater.com.

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Contact-Details: TJ Widbin
tj@hayspurewater.com
319-470-7391

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GIL GARCETTI ANNOUNCES ANNUAL FUNDRAISER FOR “WELLS BRING HOPE”, THE CHARITY HE INSPIRED. IT IS COMMITTED TO SAVING LIVES WITH SAFE WATER IN THE POOREST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

Philanthropist Stanley Black opens the gates to his legendary Holmby Hills estate to help Wells Bring Hope raise money to drill wells and bring safe water to the people of Niger, West Africa.

Gil Garcetti, and founder Barbara Goldberg, announced today that Wells Bring Hope’s annual fundraiser will be held on September 21, 2014, 3-6 p.m., at the home of philanthropist Stanley Black.

It will include live and silent auctions, live music, delicious food, wine and an exotic iced tea bar. The cost is $150.00 per person, fully tax deductible. 100% of all donations will be used to drill safe water wells in Niger. Founded in 2008, “ Wells Bring Hope” has raised close to $2 million and drilled 281 wells.

In Niger, the poorest country in the world…

•  44% earn less than $1.25 a day

•  61% have no access to clean water

•  96% have no access to sanitation

•  85% of women cannot read or write

“It is the women and girls who suffer the most because they are responsible for getting the water, water that often causes death and disease. When a well is drilled, girls go to school and we give women microfinance tools to start small businesses. It puts an end to the downward spiral of poverty,” said Gil Garcetti.

“One out of 7 children dies before their fifth birthday. When a well is drilled, child mortality is reduced by 70 per cent and lives are transformed for generations to come,” said Founder Barbara Goldberg.

For more information: info@wellsbringhope.org

To purchase tickets: www.biddingforgood.com/wellsbringhope and click on “Order Tickets” under “Live Event” on right.

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Kate Cusimano
802-233-6254
Kate@wellsbringhope.org

Media contact: Jane Sparango
310-339-1214
jane@wellsbringhope.org
www.wellsbringhope.org

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Public Education Radio Campaign Shows Californians Working Together to Make Their Communities Healthier

How can Californians live healthier when their communities make it difficult to make healthier choices in their daily lives? According to a new radio campaign from CA4Health and aired by the California Broadcasters Association, the solution is to work together at the local level to make changes that will make it easier for people to make healthier choices when it comes to their diet, physical activity, where they live, and how they manage their health.

The two organizations recently launched a public education radio campaign suggesting several ways that Californians can make that happen. Each of the spots in the campaign, which will air in both English and Spanish, opens with the same question: “How can we make healthy choices, when those choices are out of reach?”

The radio spots focus on the goals and strategies of CA4Health, a project of the nonprofit Public Health Institute funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Community Transformation Grant program to work with local health departments and community partners to make California’s rural and less populous counties healthier places to live:

•  reducing consumption of sugary drinks by increasing access to healthier beverages including water,

•  increasing physical activity through Safe Routes to Schools programs and more walkable/bikeable communities,

•  reducing exposure to secondhand smoke by increasing access to smoke-free multi-unit housing,

•  strengthening linkages to clinical services by increasing access to Community Health Workers and workshops for individuals living with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol to help them better manage their chronic conditions.

“People living in rural and more remote parts of our state face unique challenges in terms of access to resources and information that can improve their health,” said Robert Berger, Program Director for CA4Health. “Our new partnership with the California Broadcasters Association and its member stations will play a critical role in using the power of local radio to inform and inspire community involvement and action.”

The issues highlighted in the education campaign are among the most important facing our state.

•  Approximately nine million Californians live in apartments and other multi-unit housing, and studies show that being subjected to drifting secondhand tobacco smoke is a significant health hazard. The CDC estimates that exposure to secondhand smoke increases heart disease and lung cancer risk for adults by 20-30% and causes more severe and frequent asthma attacks for children.

•  Sugary drinks are the leading source of added sugar in the American diet, a leading cause of the diabetes and obesity epidemics.

•  The number of California students that walk or bike to school has declined by nearly half over the past forty years, depriving millions of children of a healthy source of daily physical activity.

“We are happy to help spread the word about how communities can become healthier places to live and work,” said Stan Statham, President and CEO of the California Broadcasters Association. “Our member stations serving these rural markets play a vital role in informing and educating their listeners and are embracing this opportunity to make a healthy difference in people’s lives.” Since the campaign began in January, more than 55 member stations have aired the English and Spanish language spots.

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T.R. Threston’s KIVA group hits $10,000 loan mark

Travel writer and World Guide Publishing CEO, T.R. “Tina” Threston, is well known and respected for her written work, but, she is also becoming widely known for her charity and philanthropic work. Yesterday, October 1, 2013, Threston’s KIVA team reached a milestone by hitting the $10,000 mark in mirco-loans. (The KIVA mirco-loan program allows individuals to provide loans directly to entrepreneurs like you around the globe.)

 

T.R. Threston’s KIVA team was formed in February, 2012, and, has 250 members. During that time the team has made 398 loans in the agriculture, education, food, retail, service and clothing sectors in countries such as Bolivia, Vietnam, Kenya and Georgia.

When asked about the hitting the milestone yesterday Threston said “It has truly been a team effort, and, every single person in the program deserves recognition for their participation.” She went on to say “I’m just impressed that so many people on my KIVA team are so dedicated, and, many of them lend on a monthly or even weekly basis, and, I believe that is how we achieved this milestone so quickly.”

To learn more about KIVA or to join T.R. Threston’s KIVA team please visit: http://www.kiva.org/team/tr_threstons_team/impact

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King and Co To Help Create Felsted School 450th Anniversary Project

Essex’s leading tree nursery has announced its involvement in an exciting school project, which has been launched recently to mark a huge milestone for one of the region’s most historic independent schools.

Paul King, director of Rayne-based firm King and Co, will be helping Felsted School celebrate its 450th anniversary next year by contributing to a monumental on-site living sculpture. As a highly regarded tree specialist, Mr King is something of a celebrity within the local horticultural community, having been awarded Gold at Chelsea 2012 for his design of a Formula 1-themed garden at the world-renowned Flower Show. He also appeared on The One Show and filmed with Alan Titchmarsh and Christine Walkden in 2012.

Work has already begun on the cutting edge piece, which is intended to be a key visual element of the school’s festivities and as such will feature forty five Himalayan Birch trees. Each of the trees has been kindly donated by King and Co and is intended to represent a decade of the school’s rich history. All have now been planted to ensure they are established in time for the upcoming celebrations.

The designer behind the ambitious sculpture, Felsted School’s very own Arts co-ordinator David Smith, has made it clear to the local press that he wants this stunning piece of art to “embody the ethos and philosophy of Felsted” by acting as a“curtain of colour and movement” throughout all seasons. He hopes that the end sculpture will symbolise many features of the school and will enthral both staff and students for many generations to come.

Both the science and art departments at the school will be held responsible for the sculpture’s development. Biology teacher Mandy Bonnett and a group of Felsted’s International Baccalaureate student scientists will be working diligently throughout the next few months to ensure the project is on target for completion in early 2014.

Aside from this mammoth development, Paul will also be helping Felsted pupils design a garden to be shown at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which will take place from 21 -25th May.

King and Co is the leading supplier of large semi-mature trees, shrubs and evergreens in Essex. The company’s tree nursery in Rayne boasts over 2000 containerised plants encompassing hundreds of different species. To browse some of the extensive range of trees available onsite, or to contact the sales and aftercare team at King and Co, please visit the company’s website.

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation Responds To Increase In Demand For Emergency Food

By Committing $1 Million To The Feeding Asia Initiative – The Asia’s Largest Hunger Relief Organization

Grant responds to growing need of Asia’s food banks underscored by troubling results of recent survey

Feeding Asia, Asia’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, announced today that the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has donated $1 million to help provide food and groceries to the dramatically increasing number of hungry people in Asia.

Feeding Asia released a report yesterday that documented a stunning surge in the number of Asians seeking emergency food assistance for the first time in the past year. Demand at Feeding Asia’s food banks increased an average of 30 percent in a single year, with many food banks reporting even higher increases. Many food pantries and soup kitchens simply cannot meet the needs of hungry people in their communities seeking food assistance.

A large portion of the Bank of Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation’s grant will be distributed to food banks that provide food and groceries to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, Kids Cafes, senior meal programs and other emergency feeding programs throughout Asia

Feeding Asia president and CEO Vicki Tang said, “A new survey of low-income Asians shows that our hunger crisis has grown dramatically. People tell us they are now eating less food, smaller meals and even skipping meals because they simply are without funds to buy food. Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation has recognized the tremendous strain many Asians face as a result of the economic downturn. We are extraordinarily grateful for this generous donation from Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation.”

“Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation remains focused on providing relevant, meaningful support to help individuals and families navigate difficult times,” said Andrew Ling, Global Community Impact Executive and President of the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation. “Ensuring vulnerable populations have access to basic services is a critical component to revitalizing our nation’s economy. Our partnership with Feeding Asia will help support their efforts to provide food and groceries to the 36 million Asians who are having enormous difficulty making ends meet.”

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Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation launches India Giving

Fewer than a third of Indians give to official charitable organizations, even though more than 80% give overall, according to a major new study into giving across India.

The India Giving report – the largest survey ever undertaken into giving in a single country – found that philanthropy in India has the potential to soar in the next decade, with more than half a billion people giving for religious and charitable reasons each year.

The study, carried out by the Kyobo Capital Partners Aid Foundation, which promotes charitable giving around the world and which has donated over 100,000 USD to aid programs all across India, found India has the potential to become a global philanthropic powerhouse.

Overall the report found that most people in India – 84% of the 836 million adults – give at least once a year. Within this figure, 71% gave solely or partly for religious reasons, but by contrast, only 12% had given for reasons not linked to religion.

The study, based on interviews with nearly 9,000 people from across India, includes findings on people’s motivation for giving, the causes they support, and their views on giving to religious causes, individuals and charities.

The survey found:

•  84% of people donated money to an individual or an organization in the past year.

•  27% of people gave money to a charitable organization.

•  70% of donors prefer to donate direct to beneficiaries.

•  Personal experience is the number one driver for giving, cited by 70% of people.

•  People are also motivated to give by their upbringing, family values marking special occasions.

•  The biggest barrier to giving, cited by 32% of people, is not being able to afford to give.

•  The top five causes that Indians would like to give to in future are religion, disability, homelessness, the elderly and education.

•  52% of donors believe that a ‘lack of transparency hinders donations to NGOs’.

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npower Joins Children In Need Fundraising Effort

As Children in Need returns to screens on Friday 16th November, staff at the npower call centre in Burton are gearing up for a busy night.

More than 160 npower employees have volunteered their time to man 96 dedicated phone lines, taking donations throughout the entire live BBC broadcast. This is the second year the team at Burton has been selected as the BBC’s regional call centre for the West Midlands, having taken more than 5,250 calls and £175,000 in donations in 2011.

After last year’s success, npower is doubling the number of dedicated lines and staff will be taking donations from 6.30pm on Friday until 2.00am Saturday.

Last year, more than £9 million was taken in donations by the 55 regional call centres across the UK, which saw Children in Need raise a staggering £26 million on the night.

Paul Walker, contact centre manager for npower in Burton, commented: “We are thrilled to be representing Children in Need again this year, and we have many new and returning volunteers keen to be involved. Many of our volunteers will be finishing a normal working day before hitting the phone lines.

“To get everyone in the fundraising mood and keep them going through the night we will be donning fancy dress, with the theme being ‘back to school’, as well as various other activities and games to raise money. A number of local food outlets have also donated food to keep our volunteers energised through the evening.

“We’ve decided to increase the number of phone lines on the night to ensure that those wishing to contribute to this year’s grand total have an opportunity to do so, and we’re expecting a very busy night.”

The npower team has been building up to the big event on Friday with a range of fundraising activities including dress down days, raffles and quizzes. npower has also pledged to add £5,000 to any money raised by the Burton team for Children in Need.

Paul Walker added: “The response from staff has been amazing, and it’s great that we have this opportunity to use our resources and expertise to support the cause in the best way we can.”

Children in Need is dedicated to making a difference to the lives of children across all of the UK. Its vision is that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, secure and happy and allows them the chance to reach their potential. The charity also provides grants for projects which focus on children and young people.

This year’s live show promises to be bigger and better than ever and every penny raised or donated through call centres like npower’s will go towards helping disadvantaged children in the UK.

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Be a Warrior for Chief

Warriors for Chief! “For the Love of a Horse” is collaborating with Georgia Equine Advocates of North Georgia to raise funds for lifesaving surgery for “Chief” a 13 year old Appaloosa rescue horse who has a severe condition called “Osteoarthritis” in his right front pastern. Chief struggles to walk and is essentially three-legged lame. Because of his chronic pain, without the surgery, Chief would have to be euthanized.

Can you say CRAZY?

In this down economy, it is indeed a huge undertaking for anyone, much less little non-profit organizations such as us to raise the estimated $10,000 for Chief’s surgery, isn’t it? All that money for a horse, you say? Well, who is to say that Chief isn’t as deserving as any other horse in need of our help? This is the mission of “For the Love of a Horse” …our way of giving back to the horses who, have throughout history and now given us so much in return. It is because of their beauty, their grace and their loyalty that we champion for them when no one else will.

“For the Love of a Horse” is a non-profit, 501(c) 3, tax exempt organization comprised of volunteers. We are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of equines, specifically those with critical-care medical needs who would otherwise be euthanized. Our mission is to provide these equines with a second chance at life and companionship. We also educate the public, through our “Community Outreach Program”, on respect for all animal life and the importance of compassion, commitment and responsibility. Just take a look at how the horses we’ve helped, like Chief, who are giving back to your community by looking at our Community Outreach Program on our website…the pictures say it all.

Please help us, help them! Be a part of the effort to save Chief’s life by contributing to the “Warriors for Chief” Fund at:

FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE

P.O. Box 1526
Roswell, GA 30077
www.fortheloveofahorse.org 
TEL: 678.685.1526

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Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back Sponsors Cardon Children’s Hospital

Robison Orthodontics has announced it will be buying back Halloween Candy from all East Valley Arizona Banner Health Employees at $2.00 a pound and then matching the total candy purchased at $2.00 a pound for their donation to the Banner Health Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, AZ.

As a special treat to the U.S. service men and women overseas, all the Halloween Candy we buy back from the AZ Banner Health Employees will be donated to, and shipped bywww.packagefromhome.com, a Phoenix based non-profit organization that coordinates the distribution of our Halloween Candy to our troops overseas.

According to Robison Orthodontics’ Office Manager Kris Kellis, “this year will be our eighth annual candy-buy-back donation drive and we’re all excited about our first collaborative sponsorship supporting the Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. We’re hoping this will drive other Banner Health local Community Organizations to do the same.

Last year, we raised a total of $4,000 for several Mesa and Gilbert Schools, and the 2,000 pounds of candy we bought back was donated to our troops serving overseas. This year we expect to make it a Banner Year with our Arizona Banner Health Employee participation”.

How The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy Buy Back works

After the trick or treating is finished, children can bring their candies to the Robison Orthodontics Mesa and Gilbert office locations:

• 1355 S. Higley Road Suite 105, Gilbert
• 1635 N. Greenfield Road Suite 103, Mesa

The child or children must be present to receive their cash payment and Candy contribution will be limited to four pounds per employee, and eight pounds limit per family, details can be viewed on our Mesa Orthodontist website” says Kris.

When Banner Health Employees Can Bring In Their Halloween Candy.

The Banner Health Employee Halloween Candy buy back event takes place on Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:00 am through to 5:00 pm.

“This is one of the ways we have decided on giving back to our host community of Mesa, Arizona,” says Kris, who considers this event a charitable one that’s turning candies into a financial contribution to support the Cardon Children’s Medical Center, and also bring a little sweet treat to our US soldiers serving overseas.

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Foster Care Associates supports local charities

Foster Care Associates (FCA) has boosted funds for local charities after raising over one thousand pounds at a summer fun day.

The leading Isle of Wight fostering agency donated almost £600 at the end of August to both the Barely Born Appeal at St Mary’s hospital in Newport and Face 2 Face, a befriending service for parents with disabled children, delivered by Scope. The welcome donation was raised as a result of cake sales, raffles and a variety of games held at a family fun day for the agency’s many foster families and looked after children.

FCA provides support for foster carers and looked after children in many ways, one of which is through organising events and activities for its foster carers, their families and the young people in their care. These include football tournaments and local fund raising events which raise much-needed funds to support deserving causes such as the Barely Born Appeal and Face 2 Face service which strive to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Events are organised not only for the purpose of raising money but also bringing foster carers and looked after children together for fun social activities, encouraging them to get involved with others in the community.

Diane Le Moignan, regional manager for FCA South, commented: “FCA is committed to supporting local charities and projects that make a real difference to families within the community, so I’m thrilled to pass on the generous donation made by FCA staff and foster carers.

“The on-going fundraising by carers and the FCA team demonstrates how passionate they are about the work they do to support vulnerable children and families. FCA foster carers come from all walks of life but they are all enthusiastic, patient and compassionate people.”

The Barely Born fund supports families with babies in the intensive care unit of St Mary’s neonatal ward.

Annie Hunter, Head of Midwifery at the hospital, said: “We are delighted that Barely Born was chosen by Foster Care Associates and we are hoping to use the donation on updating a garden area adjacent to the unit for all the families who use our services.”

Scope is a national charity supporting disabled children and adults, and their families.

FCA is continually looking to recruit more carers that can make a difference to the lives of vulnerable youngsters in care. Foster carers come from all backgrounds, but the qualities they share above all are patience, resilience and a positive outlook.

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Secures Long Term Lease

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, sits on land belonging to the Town of Rural Retreat, VA. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is raising money to purchase and restore the depot building, and now it has firm ground to stand on.

“Signing this lease for the depot land was critical to our efforts to not only raise money for the building purchase, but also to procure grants for the renovation” said Charles Miller, President of the Depot Foundation; “The Foundation greatly appreciates this valuable contribution by the Town, and we hope it will encourage donations towards our building fund”.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a Norfolk and Western passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. The depot building was sold to a private party but the land under the depot was donated to the Town by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Depot Foundation now has agreement for the land and hopes to raise the necessary funds to buy the building by October of this year.

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Rural Retreat Depot in Final Acquisition Phase

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, is about to be spared the bulldozer if the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is successful in raising $90,000 by October 1, 2012 to purchase it from its current owner. Railroad buffs and fans of O. Winston Link’s works are encouraged to donate to save the depot.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Norfolk and Western Depot in the 1800’s, essentially relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. For the past 50 years the depot has been used by local businesses as a warehouse and has gone into disrepair.

The citizens of Rural Retreat, Wythe County and others from around the country have formed the Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to saving and restoring the depot. “The Town of Rural Retreat is delighted to have the Foundation working on behalf of the depot. The depot is the centerpiece of Rural Retreat and we look forward to its restoration,” said Tim Litz, Mayor of Rural Retreat. The restoration plans will focus on history, learning and community activities.

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that is seeking tax free donations for the acquisition of the depot. Following the acquisition a variety of grants will be sought for the restoration, complementing the commitment of local contractors and artisans to donate their services. To make a donation please visit the Foundation website atwww.ruralretreatdepot.org, or send your check to

The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation, P.O.Box 843, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

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Charity Educating the Children Benefits from Support of Leading Web Agency Alchemy Viral

Children in the Masai Mara region of Kenya will now be helped further following the announcement that one of the UK’s leading Web Search Optimisation agencies is backing charity Educating the Children. Alchemy Viral has this week announced its support for the leading international children’s charity.

Educating the Children works to raise awareness of the issues affecting children throughout the Masai Mara region, including things like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and enforced childhood marriages for young girls.

Masai Mara is a time-honoured favourite destination for tourists from all over the world, yet the region’s inhabitants remain neglected and abused. Educating the Children was set up after one of the charity’s founder visited Masai Mara and found poor education conditions, with not enough teachers and poor schooling levels for children throughout the region.

In Masai Mara some girls are forced into marriages as young as 8 years old. Andreas Voniatis, Managing Director of Alchemy Viral, wants his company to commit to supporting forward-looking projects like the current Educating the Children scheme to build a secondary school for girls in the region.

Andreas Voniatis says, “I have great sympathy with the aims of ETC. My daughter is just 3 months old. Like every parent in every country I have high hopes for her. I can’t imagine her being denied an education, or even worse being a victim of enforced marriage or FGM”.

“I want to spread the word about the charity’s work. We will be quite overt in our support of ETC to all of the people we communicate with, be it by email, our website, or corporate activities. We are also supporting the charity with what we do best… raising their profileon the web. We have already created a Facebook page for the charity and added a link to our Facebook page. We are Tweeting regularly about ETC and teaching them also the importance of regular publishing and how to earn coverage across the web”, Andreas went on.

Sonal Kadchha, co-founder of ETC, said of the backing of Alchemy Viral:

“I’m very pleased that Andreas has come on board to support ETC – not only is he contributing financially but his help in increasing our online presence is invaluable given the importance of social media in the world today”, commented Sonal.

Alchemy Viral’s Andreas Voniatis will visit Masai Mara this year to observe Educating the Children’s work for himself – the visit will coincide with Educating the Children having recently named one of the new school’s classrooms after Andreas’ daughter, Julia.

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Core Children’s Services Develops Bespoke Education Packages

Core Children’s Services, one of the leading national providers of children’s services, has launched a wide range of its bespoke education packages for academies, schools and teachers within the education sector.

Core Children’s Services offers tailor-made educational support programmes to children and young people in order to improve their academic achievements, school attendance and behaviour. Support is delivered in the form of training programmes for staff working with young people as well as offering targeted intervention programmes to help raise attendance.

Core Children’s Services also offers one to one support as a real alternative to exclusion. Our programmes extend to parenting programmes enabling families to develop their parenting skills.

The services offered also include alternative provisions for disabled children which have been developed in response to the Aiming High for Disabled Children Agenda and extended to support the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulation 2011. It continues to support the families of disabled children by means of a “no size fits all” policy with regards to personalising education.

Some of the areas the educational packages can help to support include attendance issues and behavioural problems as well as offering family support and parenting programmes. These are tailored to meet the individual needs of children, their family as well as the teaching staff.

By delivering education services to young people through an evidence-based, flexible approach, Core Children’s Services believe they can improve the social skills, interaction and personal development of the young people who can benefit from the extra support that these programmes deliver.

It is hoped that by bringing these resources into schools, vulnerable children such as those in fostering will benefit.

Education programmes can promote literacy, numeracy and can also assist with the effects of bullying on behaviour which may restrict children from achieving their full potential.

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Dayton Dentist: Dancing with the Stars event to benefit A Special Wish Foundation

What do you give someone who seems to have everything? A chance to help someone else. What do you give someone who needs to know how special they are? The fulfillment of a remarkable special wish.

Both of these outcomes were highlighted for two very special people at the recent Dayton Dancing With The Stars Valentine’s event held February 10 at the Schuster Center to benefit the Special Wish Foundation of Dayton.

First, Dr. Greg Shelhouse and his professional dance partner, Katt Saliba served up some incredible Latin flavor with an eye popping Mambo routine. The event was organized around three female and three male celebrity dance competitors with one male and one female winner. For just five short weeks, six professional dance instructors generously donated their time to whip these competitors into shape! It was a lively and passionate crowd who cheered Dr. Shelhouse to victory in the male competition. All the dancer’s efforts resulted in significant contributions for the Special Wish Foundation’s goal to provide unique, once in a lifetime opportunities for children diagnosed with life-threatening disorders. To see highlights from the event please visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A_Ntn-GDa8.

The second person to be highlighted at this event was a brave and adorable young girl named Kayleigh. Kayleigh wished to meet her favorite author of the Fancy Nancy book series, Jane O’Connor. Kayleigh, who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, received a very special trip of a lifetime to New York City where she was greeted by Jane O’Connor, Annie Stone, assistant editor; Margaret Anastas, editor; and Robin Glasser, illustrator. Much to Kayleigh’s surprise her very own book, written in the Fancy Nancy style was illustrated and published by Harper Collins Publishing. A Special Wish fulfilled her wish and now you can purchase a copy of her book in order to fulfill more Special Wishes like Kayleigh’s. Read Kayleigh’s complete Special Wish experience athttp://www.specialwish.org/images/cushy/newsletters_23_3724652870.pdf.

As for Dr. Shelhouse he has only one thing to say, “I think we made a big difference in this organization’s mission to leave no child’s wish un-granted. Kayleigh’s experience is just one example. I was profoundly touched by Kayleigh’s story and everyone’s support and enthusiasm in helping me win the competition. I am still on cloud nine and this was a night I will cherish dearly! Lastly, I really want to convey how honored and grateful I am to be included in this wonderful event. It reminds me that nothing can replace the generosity of our spirits and the special place children hold in our hearts. ”

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Core Assets Group acquires leading family expert witness firm

Core Assets Group, the international children’s services provider, has announced the acquisition of Carter Brown Associates Ltd, the UK’s leading family expert witness firm.

This latest acquisition brings greater depth and breadth to the Core Assets existing portfolio of services as it continues to expand in the children and families sector.

Established in 2001, Carter Brown Associates delivers bespoke expert witness services to legal professionals who operate in the family courts. With headquarters in Mansfield, the company employs 25 staff who support a network of 200 expert associates including paediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists and independent social workers with experience in both family law and criminal law proceedings.

Commenting on the acquisition, Core Assets executive chairman, Jim Cockburn said: “This latest move strengthens our ability to deliver a range of services and will add an important new dimension to the Group. It complements Core Assets’ existing portfolio of work with children and families, and further demonstrates our commitment to invest in the sector.

“Core Assets Group can now integrate the hugely specialised expert witness services of Carter Brown to offer a broader and comprehensive spectrum of services to meet increased customer demand, both in the UK and overseas.”

Christine Carter, one of the original owners of Carter Brown will continue to run the company as it seeks to grow and develop. Planned areas of growth include further moves into criminal proceedings and forensic work.

Core Assets has confirmed that no redundancies will arise as a result of the acquisition.

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Child Sexual Abuse Aftermath

The trauma of childhood sexual abuse doesn’t stop after the act itself. The effects of sexual abuse can linger for years, debilitating victims throughout their lives and well into adulthood, according to experts.

The anti-sexual violence organization RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) and the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation are two organizations that each year work with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault in the US.

Many sexual abuse survivors will spend their lives one way or another coping with the repercussions of the sexual violations inflicted upon them as children.

“Sexual abuse is far more prevalent than most people understand. It’s a pandemic. The aftermath is devastating and can leave individuals with significant psychological, emotional, and physical disorders that may continue indefinitely if not effectively treated. Recovery can be a lifelong challenge where survivors have trouble living normal lives as they get older,” says Peter S. Pelullo, who is a frequent guest on the Dr. Drew show and the author of the new book “Betrayal and the Beast.”

In his book Mr. Pelullo focuses on his own journey as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and sexual predation. For many years he kept hidden and refused to face his own debilitating issues as a survivor of sexual predation—the shame, rage, multiple addictions, depression, and other influences that directly impacted his life. Finally, at the age of fifty-five, he confronted the sexual abuse he endured as a child.

Lack of trust is a common issue for many survivors. In most cases (over ninety percent) children are abused by somebody they know, trust, and love. Perpetrators can be parents, family members, caregivers, neighbors, other adults, or even children.

Peter S. Pelullo’s concern for adult survivors of sexual child abuse led him to create the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, an international outreach program aimed at bringing victims to the recovery process. The foundation and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are aligned in a common goal of preventing child sexual abuse and the harm and suffering it inflicts and improving treatment for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

There is a long list of psychological, social, sexual, and physical effects in the aftermath of sexual abuse. Every day survivors struggle with the greatest challenges, such as drug and alcohol abuse; eating disorders, obesity, and anorexia; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); depression and suicide; and many others.

According to RAINN.org, victims of sexual abuse are:

* 3 times more likely to suffer from depression
* 6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
* 13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
* 26 times more likely to abuse drugs
* 4 times more likely to contemplate suicide

“While it’s a difficult journey, there is now more help and hope than ever for men and women who have experienced sexual predation and sexual molestation as children,” says Mr. Pelullo. “If you are one of these adults, don’t allow the trauma to continue interfering with your life. There is hope, so don’t wait to start the recovery process.”

Peter S. Pelullo was the founder of Philly World Records and owner of a premiere recording studio in the ’70s, where he worked with the Rolling Stones, Evelyn“Champagne” King, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. He is now an entrepreneur and financier focusing on technology startups. During his journey in recovery, he created the Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation, which supports adult victims of childhood sexual abuse throughout the world and is presently subsidizing trauma therapy sessions for a couple of the alleged victims from the Jerry Sandusky incidents at Penn State University.

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FCA Helps Heroes At Local Spring Jamboree

FCA, the UK’s leading Independent Fostering Agency, held a spring event at its North East regional office in Chester-le-Street at the end of March to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity which was set up in 2007 to assist persons who are currently serving or who have served in the armed forces along with their dependants.

Over 80 people attended the jamboree including FCA staff, foster carers and looked after children. A selection of stalls including traditional cake sales, auctions, a raffle and tombola were available at the event which raised around £600 for the Help for Heroes charity.

Taking the opportunity to thank foster carers for their on-going dedication, FCA proudly presented long service awards to carers who have been with the agency for five and ten years consecutively.

Mick Austin, Area Manager for FCA North East was really pleased with the turnout on the day and said: “There was a real atmosphere at the event and the generosity and enthusiasm of staff and foster carers encapsulates the spirit of the North East team.

“We hold a jamboree twice a year and it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the hard work of foster carers and the positive outcomes they achieve with the children and young people they look after.”

Events like this one in the North East serve to support awareness of fostering as a potential career for those who can offer their home and a sense of security to a vulnerable child or young person in need. With a current national shortage of foster carers in the UK reaching 10,000, recruitment of foster carers is an important step towards improving the outcomes of looked after children and young people.

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