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Detroit Lions Running Back Jahvid Best Partners with The Northern California Breathmobile

Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best recently partnered with the Northern California Breathmobile®, pledging support and helping to raise awareness for asthma management and treatment in Bay Area children. “My family and I are pleased to work with the Northern California Breathmobile, helping to improve asthma management in children and making it possible for them to lead productive lives,” said Best.

As a child, Best suffered from asthma and has overcome this chronic illness to excel as a football player in college at the University of California, Berkeley and now with the NFL Detroit Lions. Best recently created the Best Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to educate and increase awareness of key issues affecting children, particularly asthma. In October, Best will participate in a charity flag football game on behalf of the Northern California Breathmobile, which will appear on the hit Tyra Banks show, America’s Next Top Model.

“The assistance of the Best Foundation will make it possible for the Breathmobile to help more children with asthma management at schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as in the Bay View/Hunter’s Point area of San Francisco,” said Dr. Washington Burns, Director of the Northern California Breathmobile.

Asthma is a major health concern in the United States. Over 25 million Americans (one in twelve) have asthma. Asthma disproportionately affects low-income populations and the disease can be fatal. Patients, both adults and children, become less productive in school and work when they are afflicted asthma. While there is no cure, patients can learn to manage the disease and as Best demonstrates, lead active, productive lives.

The Breathmobile program is an innovative step forward in reducing asthma disparities by teaching low-income populations to manage asthma. The Breathmobile is a 33-foot Winnebago van equipped to function as a mobile asthma clinic, with pulmonary function testing, skin testing, a health risk assessment system and electronic medical records. The Breathmobile makes regular visits to schools (each school is seen repeatedly, every 4-6 weeks) bringing asthma specialists to evaluate, treat and educate patients and parents about asthma management.

A primary contributing factor to asthma attacks is the environment, with air pollution playing a major role. Other elements include substandard housing, lack of access to healthcare, hereditary factors, and socio-economic status.

Prescott-Joseph Center for Community Enhancement, Inc. is a nonprofit entity organized in 1995. The Center serves as a friendly, helping hand primarily for the community of West Oakland. For more information, visit http://www.prescottjoseph.org.

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Fullcircle Innovations Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Fullcircle Innovations joined 1% for the Planet (1%), pledging a portion of its sales to support non-profit organizations focused on sustainability. Fullcircle Innovations is a great addition to the network. By signing on to 1%, it shows they’re really walking the walk in their sustainability efforts,” says Terry Kellogg, 1% CEO. “They’re using generosity as a tool with which to build their business and enabling valuable environmental work along the way. We’re excited to welcome them to the 1% family.”

“We are happy to join the 1% for the Planet family and contribute even more to speed up the sustainability changes that our planet needs.” Says Flavio Souza – Founder / CEO of Fullcircle Innovations. Members of 1% contribute one percent of revenues directly to any of the approved non-profit environmental organizations in 1%’s network. Non-profits are chosen based on referrals, track record and environmental focus. Over 1,600 non-profits worldwide are included in the 1% program.

“We’ve been averaging at least one new business member a day, and have exceeded over 1,200 members in 38 countries, and a network that has funneled over $50 million of critically needed funds into the hands of environmental non-profit groups to date,” comments Kellogg.“We are thrilled by the support we have gained as it proves the environmental ethic is trickling upward to larger corporate entities. The shared belief that you can do well as a business by doing the right thing with respect to the environment is clearly apparent. There’s a paradigm shift happening here and it’s happening organically.”

About 1% for the Planet
Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder and CEO of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, 1% for the Planet is a growing global movement of over 1,200 member companies in 38 countries that donate 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide. Each day, more than one new business joins the 1% for the Planet movement. As a network, the 1% community has become a global frontrunner in funding the work of environmental groups around the world. To learn more about 1% go to: www.onepercentfortheplanet.org

About Fullcircle Innovations
Fullcircle Innovations is about meaningful digital innovations.
It works for the convergence of high-tech and green-tech with the goal that information becomes not just knowledge but wisdom. Our treasures are: GreenITers.comEcoAppsFree.com and our inspired individuals.

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If You Donate A Dollar, You Can Produce A Scholar–PUT KIDS 1ST

We’ve launched a campaign called “If You Donate A Dollar, You Can Produce a Scholar.” While we understand times are hard financially for everyone, we are asking for your contribution of a dollar for our youth service programs.

The Washington Chiefs Inc (WCI) supports and services include mentorship, social activities, and vocational training. The WCI also offers information and referral services, and works to educate the community about the need for mentorship to disadvantage children. We are widely recognized for our work with children in the area to improve public policy and keep children issues in the hearts and minds of decision-makers, donors and volunteers.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable organization that embraces community service as an integral part of its mission. Members are required to act as the core of positive youth-oriented programs and project wholesome images throughout their respective neighborhoods.

We exemplifies leadership, strength, and responsibility to our community. The Chiefs symbolic logo of crossed battle axes represents the team’s respect for its players, is opponents and the community.

The Chiefs organization is designed to:
* Elevate academic excellence among at-risk youth,
* Extend outreach efforts to disenfranchised youth with low-economic communities,
* Nourish and develop self-discipline and self-reliance, and
* Encourage healthy lifestyles in disadvantaged, yet talented youth of all ages.

Our programs are designed to reach these youngsters and young adults through structured, supervised recreational activities, tutoring and mentoring programs, social skills development workshops and health education seminars.

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Foundation for a Healthier America Fights Childhood Obesity with FUN Programs

Our children are among our most precious resources. Cincinnati nonprofit organization COFHA is on a mission to conquer childhood obesity one child at a time.

“Our mission is to teach children the importance of making healthy choices as early in life as possible” says COFHA co-founder Dwight Quinn.

Quinn, along with his co-founder Joan Dreier, launched Conquer Obesity – Foundation for a Healthier America in 2010 to provide FUN (Friends & Us Networking Together) programs and activities for children as well as parents in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. “We believe our programs will have the most impact on the children, when parents and guardians also get involved,” states Quinn. “We’ve created family fun activities, encouraging parents to become coaches, trainers and volunteers.”

The nonprofit foundation also strives to be the most current and effective health education resource of child nutrition and physical activity. Serving as a grant maker, innovator and volunteer, COFHA will conduct research to identify developing trends in childhood obesity and educate school children using entertaining presentations.

“Our goal is to seek healthy choices and to identify, evaluate and promote programs needed to change how we as people, look at obesity,” states Quinn.”This is a practical starting point to improving our overall human condition. Our future is dependent on this investment in our children.”

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Help Street Children Reaches Out to the Children of Haiti

Experts estimate that political instability and extreme poverty left thousands of Haitian children living on the streets long before the earthquake that brought Haiti into the public eye. Help Street Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping street children around the world, is reaching out to give these children the resources they need to build a better future.

“Our main purpose is to provide special protection for the world’s most vulnerable children,” says Guy Ali, president of Help Street Children. “We believe that every child should be given a fair start in life, regardless of their background.”

Statistics show that over half of Haiti’s population is under the age of eighteen. Many of these children were orphaned by the earthquake. Others were given up to other family members to raise or forced to work the streets long before the disaster struck.

“These children are deprived of affection and protection. They do not have access to food and education, and are constantly under the threat of all kinds of violence, including sexual abuse and exploitation,” said Sylvana Nzirorera, former UNICEF Haiti Communication Officer.

Many of Haiti’s children will die in the streets or become criminals in order to survive. Help Street Children is fighting to give these children a second chance by offering them food, water and an education. The dire situation in Haiti, however, has overstretched the organization’s resources.

“[We’re] in desperate need of any type of donation for the children of Haiti,” says Ali. “Your donation will help street children.have access to clean drinking water, meals and an education.”

The organization is currently looking for donations to buy food, clothes, shoes and balls to keep the children occupied and off the streets. Soccer is a favorite pastime for the Haitian people.

Sponsors can choose to make a cash donation for Haiti street children or purchase a bag of Hispaniola coffee from HelpStreetChildren.org. $5 from each bag sold will go toward providing desperately needed supplies for Haiti’s children while supporting Haitian farmers.

“The earthquake couldn’t break the spirit of the Haitian people. Even after so much pain [and] suffering…they remain defiant and unbroken,” says Ali.”Help Street Children needs your help to make the lives of street children as normal as possible.”

For more information, visit Help Street Children on the web at
www.HelpStreetChildren.org.

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Golden Rule Services Providing Hope and Independence to Individuals with Special Needs

“Our mission is to provide opportunities to individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities for growth and independence in their community. Our task is one of discovery: our discovery of what a person values and what things are hassles to him; his discovery will be of his desired choices. We strive to listen to each individual and let him create his own place based on his dreams, desires and needs.”

Golden Rule Services Providing Hope and Independence to Individuals with Special Needs

These heartfelt words were spoken by Daniel Armond, the co-founder and president of Golden Rule Services, to the families of the men and women with special needs working within the program to achieve independence and a higher quality of life.

Golden Rule Services offers these men and women a unique opportunity to learn and grow under the watchful eye of the organization’s trained professional staff and caring staff members. Every participant in the programs at Golden Rule Services is seen not as a person with a disability but as a person with the potential for achievement.

“The difference and uniqueness in the approach of Golden Rule Services is that instead of focusing on the deficits or disabilities of an individual, we focus on the potential and abilities; instead of dwelling on past failures, we focus on future successes,” states Armond. “Emphasis is placed on a person’s capabilities rather than his or her limitations.” Anyone interested in volunteering to be part of the program or in making a donation can do so by visiting www.GoldenRuleServices.org.

This spring, the non-profit organization celebrates fifteen years of reaching out to the members of their Texas communities. The “Music in Motion” Extravaganza is scheduled to take place on May 20, 2010 at the Grand Opera House in Galveston, Texas and will feature performances by Elvis Tribute Artist Harvey McFadden, a tribute solo by one of the Golden Rule participants, a silent auction and plenty of singing and dancing for all. The organization is still looking for sponsors for the event. Interested parties can contact Event Coordinator Staci Staats at 832-588-0793.

“Our Golden Rule [is] to treat people as we would like to be treated,” states Armond. “We are.deeply grateful for all the help that you can extend to us as we continue to grow and empower our individuals.”

For more information, visit Golden Rule Services on the web at
www.GoldenRuleServices.org.

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Medicine in Need (MEND) Receives $3 Million Grant From The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

MEND is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a new grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to explore and apply a set of formulation technologies to allow a live attenuated malaria vaccine candidate to be manufactured, transported, and stored by significantly less complex and less costly means than it currently requires. In addition, progress on this project should have, by extension, beneficial implications to the broad and growing field of live vaccine research and development.

Medicine in Need (MEND) Receives $3 Million Grant From The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation

At this time, one of the most promising candidates in the malaria vaccine pipeline (developed by Sanaria Inc.) is composed of attenuated, purified, cryopreservedPlasmodium falciparum sporozoites (PfSPZ). Attenuated PfSPZ have been demonstrated to protect greater than 90% of individuals for at least 10 months without additional immunization when administered by mosquito bite. Currently the Sanaria TM PfSPZ Vaccine is stabilized by cryopreservation at temperatures below -140°C. MEND is working with Sanaria to find alternative approaches to product thermostabilization, an important consideration as clinical trials of the vaccine progress.

Sanaria has been highly successful in the creation of a robust and reproducible manufacturing process that meets regulatory requirements of the FDA, and the PfSPZ Vaccine has entered Phase I clinical testing. Additional clinical trials are planned, with the ultimate goal of future commercial availability of the vaccine to prevent the hundreds of millions of cases and one million deaths caused by malaria annually.

About Malaria:
Malaria is a parasitic disease that claims the lives of nearly 3,000 Africans each day – the vast majority are children under age 5. African governments spend an estimated 40 percent of healthcare budgets on malaria control efforts aimed at education, prevention and treatment. Along with the cost of healthcare, an estimated $12 billion in productivity and resources are lost annually due to malaria. The greater than 250 million people who become sick with the symptoms of fever and headache aren’t able to go to work or school, and healthy family members are forced to leave work to care for their ill relatives. While drug therapy, when properly administered is generally very effective, resistance to the current front line antimalarial artemesinin has recently been found in Western Cambodia, and introduces further cause for concern.

About Medicine in Need (MEND):
MEND is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization devoted to the successful development and manufacture of affordable and effective vaccines and drugs for diseases of poverty with characteristics that allow their widespread use and sustainability.

We accomplish our mission by applying appropriate advanced technologies (either those we have in-house or sourced from an external network) to a candidate’s basic formulation, manufacturing process, and/or route of administration.

MEND has offices and laboratories in Pretoria, South Africa, Paris, France, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our pipeline consists of several partnered or individual product candidates encompassing vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for a wide range of infectious diseases endemic to the developing world.

About Sanaria Inc:
Sanaria Inc. was founded in 2003. The company’s primary mission is to develop and commercialize attenuated whole parasite malaria vaccines that confer high-level, long-lasting protection against Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite responsible for most of the malaria associated severe illness and death worldwide. Sanaria’s corporate headquarters, administrative, research, development, and manufacturing operations are located in Rockville, Maryland. The company’s Web site is
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A Video Name Tag Authorized Reseller pledges $10.00 to the Clinton Foundation for Haitian Relief Fund

George Mandell, an authorized reseller for the Recom Group, Inc. was touched deeply by the earthquake in Haiti and as a result of that, he is going to donate $10 for each unit sold of the Video Name Tag, a device that is providing businessess in many sectors an easy and effective way to deliver important news to customers regarding their new offers, products, daily specials and services.

The device is easy to carry around with you because of it’s size but the video screen is much clearer than LED screeens as it’s organic OLED.

If anyone is interested in this marvelous product and who wishes to be part of the donation process and still get something in return, please visit the website of Video Name Tag and purchase one for a friend, family member or yourself.

Their website is: http://www.videonametag.com/

Mr. Mandell will also make it more affordable for you as he is offering a $10.00 credit for every unit ordred by providing all of you with a Discount Code to enter at the end of the order. The Discount Code is:

Discount Code: George135

He wants to help those people in Haiti as he has seen the damage and he’s put himself in their shoes as it would be heartbreaking for him and his loved ones, so he fully understands the strife and inconveniences that they are going through and he wish them God’s love in every way.

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Brave Duo Complete Charity Abseil

Two daring employees from Chester-based ACF Car Finance Limited are celebrating after completing an abseil down a 250ft building for charity.

Nicole Davies, 23, and Jane Whittle, 25, braved the dizzy heights of the landmark Opal 3 building in Leeds, on Sunday 27th September, to help raise vital funds for BEN, the automotive industry charity.

The brave duo, who both work for the company’s Marketing Department on Chester Business Park have so far raised over £600 for BEN, which provides care and support to employees and their dependents in times of need.

Speaking about the abseil, Marketing Executive Nicole said: “I’m thrilled to have completed the abseil. It was a lot scarier than I’d imagined, as we were quite a distance from the building when we were abseiling down it.

“I’m delighted to have gone through with it though. I feel a great sense of achievement for taking part and raising money for such a good cause. Jane and I would like to thank all of our work colleagues, friends and family who have offered their support and donations so far and hope the donations will continue to come in so we can smash our original £500 target.”

BEN currently offers help, support, financial fundraising assistance and advice to over 15,000 people in their own homes every year. The Fund also provides a home to over 350 disabled and elderly people in one of four nursing and residential centres. If you would like to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/nicole-davies-.

ACF Car Finance is a privately owned UK company which specialises in providing quality used cars and arranging car finance. The company is a market leader in its field, stocking a wide selection of quality used vehicles, most between two and four years old, all of which undergo a 136 point vehicle quality inspection and an independent M.O.T provided via their car credit service.

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Charity Fishing Tourney: A REEL Success

Puerto Vallarta was the destination for anglers and golfers who participated in this year’s BJ’s Restaurants Hook the Cure Tournament powered by IOTEC. The nearly sold-out tournament took place on November 6th and 7th and reeled in a whopping $345,000 NET for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The IGFA-qualifier brought two dozen boats and 40 teams. The competition started on Friday morning as anglers met early at the docks and eagerly awaited the strike of six marking the start of the catch and release competition coordinated by Kim and Ed Moore of Marina-based Charter Dreams.

Weekend festivities included a pre-tournament Mexican fiesta and fireworks show at Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa; Friday night concert by RCA Recording Artist Chris Young who celebrated his #1 song on the country charts; golf at Vista Vallarta’s challenging Nicklaus course; a lively dockside weigh-in party with food and beverage provided by Andale Restaurant and an awards gala and auction, sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by Los Angeles radio personality Shawn Parr. For those that just wanted to relax, Villa Premiere’s world-class spa was just a few steps away. Puerto Vallarta rental agency, PVRPV, provided volunteers for the festivities.

As excited spectators and sponsors filled the Marina, most boats made it in by five in anticipation of the results. The team of Tom Paige and Jon Louis were rewarded with a 2010 IGFA Offshore World Championship entry in Cabo San Lucas as OVERALL CHAMPIONS with five dorado and seven released sailfish. Lucille Zabel and Lydia Francis captured the coveted MOST RELEASED BILLFISH award while Craig Porpoat and David Bales garnered the BIGGEST DORADO AWARD and Anchorage’s Kris Kile took home the CHAIRMAN’S AWARD. Awards were donated by Gray’s Taxidermy of Puerto Vallarta.

According to Bob Huston and Jeff Jennison, 2009 event chairmen, $1.3 million NET was generated for cystic fibrosis patient care, research and education since the tournaments inception just four years ago. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 40,000 people in the United States and Mexico. A defect in the CF gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that leads to chronic, life-threatening lung infections and impairs digestion. When the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1955, few children lived to even attend elementary school. Today because of research and care supported by the CF Foundation with money raised through donations from families, corporations and foundations the median predicted age for people with CF is nearly 37 years.

In addition to BJ’s Restaurants and IOTEC, significant financial support was provided by Norm Wilson and Sons, O’Connell Family Foundation, Toshiba, Watson Land Company, Ron and Ann Hallagan, Toshiba, Millie and Severson, William Close Family and Lee & Associates.

Plans are underway for the Fifth Annual Hook the Cure slated for early-November 2010. Information about the ultimate fishing, golf and spa adventure benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is available by contacting Gary Green, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Director of Corporate Development, at (714) 494-4623 in the US or 322 150-7214 in Puerto Vallarta. A new Hook the Cure website will be unveiled shortly at www.hookthecure.com and will feature an interactive photo gallery thanks to Nuevo Vallarta resident and award-winning photographer Jay Ailworth.

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First Nations Development Institute Releases Research Report On 7871 Organizations

First Nations Development Institute recently completed a research project on 7871 charitable organizations, their institutional structures, and best practices for their management. This research resulted in a report titled Charitable and Sovereign: Understanding Tribal 7871 Organizations.

In 1982, Congress passed the Indian Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act, codified as Section 7871 of the Internal Revenue Code, treating tribal governments as state governments for a variety of specified tax purposes. One of these purposes was to allow tribal governments and their programs to receive tax-deductible donations. Many tribes have used the 7871 tax code to develop tribal charitable and philanthropic organizations. These organizations include educational scholarship programs, economic development organizations, and grant making foundations.

First Nations’ research revealed that while there are a large number of these so called “7871 organizations” that provide social service, economic development, educational, and other charitable programming, only a small number of them are actively raising external funds. Most such programs are funded by tribal governments or federal funding streams. However, as tribes look to diversify both their programs and funding streams, an increasing number of tribal programs are using Section 7871 to facilitate fundraising as charitable organizations. Use of the Section 7871 designation to create philanthropic and charitable entities is increasingly popular as tribes seek ways to protect their sovereignty while still promoting philanthropic activities.

The report had the following additional key findings:

1. There is great programmatic and organizational diversity among 7871 organizations.
2. There are significant barriers to fundraising for 7871 organizations.
3. The myth of “rich gaming tribes” persists as a barrier to fundraising for 7871 organizations.
4. Federal legislation is inconsistent in its treatment of 7871 organizations and their eligibility for federal grant programs.
5. There are a large number of tribes that have spun off 501(c)(3) organizations to remove barriers to fundraising.
6. There is a need to establish best practices to reassure prospective donors to 7871 organizations.

“We hope this report will raise awareness about the important role that 7871 organizations play in providing services to tribal members,” stated Michael E. Roberts, President of First Nations Development Institute. “There is still a lot of confusion about what these organizations are and what they do. We hope this report will clarify many issues.” One goal of the report is to educate program officers at foundations so they are more comfortable working with 7871 organizations. “We hope to educate members of mainstream philanthropy on this topic,” stated Sarah Vermillion, Vice President for First Nations Development Institute.

First Nations’ research included a national survey and case studies and interviews with five active or former 7871 organizations. This research was funded by the Cultures of Giving Fund, established at the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors with major support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

To download a free copy of this report, visit our website at www.firstnations.org and follow the links from the home page.

For more than 28 years, using a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations serves rural and reservation-based Native American communities throughout the United States.

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The Great Homecoming and Bill Partridge Retirement Celebration will be held November 13th at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center

A Great Homecoming and Retirement Celebration is scheduled for November 13, 2009 at the Azleway Boys’ Ranch Training Center, 158992 County Road 26, Tyler Texas. Founder and CEO of Azleway, Inc., Billy M. Partridge, will be retiring after 30 years of service and dedication to the needy children of East Texas. Bill started Azleway with only seven children. Today, Azleway serves more than 1,000 abandoned and abused children a year from over ninety Texas counties.

Everyone is welcome to share in the love that this great man has brought to Azleway. Former children of Azleway, current and former employees, current and past board members, donors, sponsors, friends, family and acquaintances are all invited for an evening of refreshments, appetizers and memories. Presentations will be held at 6:00 p.m.

Donations are currently being accepted to build the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage at Azleway Boys’ Ranch. $160,000 is needed to complete the cottage that will house ten boys in need of the love, care and attention that they so dearly need in their lives.

About Azleway
The mission of Azleway is to provide a home, school and treatment opportunities with intervention and prevention strategies to children and their families from a faith based perspective in order to increase their abilities to succeed in life.

For more information about Azleway or to donate to the Bill and Dana Partridge Boys’ Cottage Fund contact Aleta Lewis at (903) 566-8444 ext. 212 or see our website at www.azleway.org.

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Tracesmart Employee Heads To Africa To Aid Charity

Tracesmart this week sees one of its employees travelling to Africa to help the South Wales charity, The SAFE Foundation. Louise Hewlett, Tracesmart’s Communications Executive will head out to Uganda on a fact-finding mission to help progress SAFE’s volunteer project, a new initiative for professional or like-minded people that are keen to get involved in third-world projects.

Just before embarking on her long journey, Louise Hewlett commented on her trip, “This is my first time in Africa, it’s taken a long time to organise, but it’s great that we will soon be in Uganda. The plight of these African children is incredible and shocking at times; it’ll be good to see where exactly the money we have raised is invested and to be able to further research the new volunteer initiative we have launched. I’m looking forward to an exciting and rewarding trip.”

Louise has worked at Tracesmart for nearly 4 years where she has helped raise the company’s profile via numerous media activities. Tracesmart’s primary activity in the consumer market is to provide an intuitive online facility to find relatives and friends, offering in addition, a powerful name and address search service utilising the electoral roll at the principal data source. Since its launch www.tracesmart.co.uk has grown to become one of the UK’s leading web based people tracing portals.

SAFE, an acronym for Support, Aid, Fun and Education, was founded in 2005 to assist in the provision of grants and materials that could contribute to poverty relief in developing third world countries and more specifically support remote or smaller projects, often, unable to access mainstream relief funding. Louise, in her spare time, has been actively involved with the aid organisation for over four years and introduced SAFE to Mike Trezise, the people search company’s Managing Director. The charity has since become one of Tracesmart’s charity of choice, as part of its corporate social responsibility program.

Tracesmart’s Communications Manager, Owen Roberts remarked, “It’s of no surprise that Louise devotes so much of her spare time with SAFE and is very vocal and passionate about the charity. It’s a great, noteworthy cause that we at Tracesmart are happy and proud to support. We wish Louise well on her travels and every success for the project.”

For those who wish to find out more about The SAFE Foundation and its projects, or perhaps make a donation, you can visit The Safe Foundation.

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First Nations Receives $800,000 Grant

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $800,000 grant f r o m a new program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF), created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. First Nations will also provide an additional $200,000 in funding to the project bringing the total budget to $1 million (80% Federal funds and 20% nongovernmental sources) over two years.

The objective of the grant is to enable nonprofit organizations to contribute to the economic recovery and help Federal, State, local, and Indian/Native American Tribal governments ensure that the information and services described in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) reach disadvantaged and hard-to-serve populations. The grant to First Nations is f r o m the Nonprofit Capacity Building program which made one-time awards up to $1 million to experienced lead organizations to provide nonprofit organizations — or project partners — with capacity building training, technical assistance, and competitive financial assistance. A minimum of 55% of the Federal funds awarded must be provided to project partners through a competitive (subgrant) process.

Specifically, through this grant project, First Nations will work to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, whether secular or faith based, to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their (Native American) communities. With SCF funding, First Nations Development Institute will provide nonprofit capacity building services to targeted rural and reservation-based Native American communities in the United States. Project participants will be selected f r o m 22 targeted Native American communities located in Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah that have excessive poverty and low income statistics according to the U.S. Census.

Services will include providing comprehensive organizational effectiveness assessment for each of the organizations or groups selected; culturally appropriate training in organizational development; program development; collaboration/community engagement; leadership development; evaluation of effectiveness and development of individualized, tailored and culturally appropriate technical assistance plans. Recipients will be formally organized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, tribal§7871 organizations or community organizations which have not achieved this status. Recipients will be Native American-controlled and will serve the targeted rural or reservation-based Native American communities. Native American groups that are faith-based will be eligible to participate in this SCF-funded project, as long as the programs or services that will improve in capacity as a result of this project will not include inherently religious activities. Additionally, First Nations will provide $440,000 in grants to rural and reservation-based Native American nonprofit organizations and community groups for the purpose of capacity building in the areas listed above.

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Every Day 5,760 More Children Become Orphans

The statistics are startling: it’s estimated that there are 143 million orphans worldwide. Even though many children are adopted, many more grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen – with no family to belong to and no place to call home.

In a perfect world, there would be no orphans and no need for adoptions. Families would stay intact, and children would be raised by loving parents and/or grandparents, but this is not the reality for all too many orphans.

Won’t you join with me in caring for the urgent needs of poverty-stricken orphans throughout the United States? Together we can make a difference for precious children who are alone in the world.

Invest in a better world for orphaned children …

We are seeking generous partners to provide resources that will give these children a future filled with hope. In addition to financial donations, please consider other ways that you can help. Orphanages can use a variety of material resources – cars, property, computers, medical supplies, clothing, furniture, bedding, toys, etc. Your contribution will bless disadvantaged orphans as well as impact future generations.

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Cincinnati Home Stagers And Realtor Donate Time And Money To Provide Living Hope Transitional Homes

Living Hope Transitional Homes, www.lhth.org is a private, nondenominational, nonprofit organization that helps homeless women ages 18-30 with children ages 10 and under. It provides loving encouragement, secure housing and spiritual renewal that gives women a living hope that never fades as they learn skills that allow them to become stable and independent through their Life Skills Program.

Two local ASP (Accredited Staging Professional) home stagers, local real estate agent and consignment shop owner made a dream come true for Living Home Transitional Homes by designing, funding and providing labor to give Living Hope a new jungle themed playroom.

Design execution, labor and funding
Staging To Sell – Home Staging – Rita Basquette, ASP
www.Staging-to-sell.com 513-608-5066

Elite Staged Properties – Home Staging – Becky Ballentine, ASP
513-315-0164

Labor and Funding
Jim Basquette Real Estate Group of Huff Realty
Jim Basquette, Realtor
www.JimSellsHomes.com 513-703-6523

Funding
2nd Chance Consignment – consignment shop – Sue Hater
Glenway Crossing
www.Shop2ndChance.com 513-451-1451

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Governor Rick Perry to be Honored at Dallas Downtown Pregnancy Center “Light of Life” Event

Join the Downtown Pregnancy Center for its annual “Light of Life” fundraising dinner and gala. Keynote speaker, Texas Governor Rick Perry, will be honored for his leadership in the pro-life cause as the Downtown Pregnancy Center celebrates 252 babies saved last year.

Who:
• Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas
• Carolyn Cline, Executive Director, Downtown Pregnancy Center
• DPC Clients sharing personal stories

When:
Saturday, September 26, 2009
VIP Reception with Governor Perry – 5:30 – 6:15 pm
Dinner & Gala – 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Where: The Fairmont Hotel – 1717 N. Akard Street – Dallas TX 75201

Downtown Pregnancy Center (DPC) is Empowering Women Through Knowledge. Founded in 1994 to serve women and their partners who found themselves in an unplanned pregnancy, all services provided are confidential, and offered without cost to clients. The DPC provides pregnancy testing, sonograms, options counseling, and STD screening and treatment in addition to sexual health, prenatal and parenting education. Clients are invited to join the EARN WHILE YOU LEARN program where they can earn vouchers to purchase needed maternity and baby items while participating in educational programs. The compassionate care given by the dedicated staff and volunteers of the DPC provides a safe place for women to make an informed decision during a difficult and challenging time in her life. Please visit: www.downtownpc.org.

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Virgin Games Set To Raise 10k For Charity Kids Company

On Saturday 18th September, the team at Virgin Games will be putting on their best red cycling shorts and embarking on a charity bike ride from London to Brighton. Setting off from the company’s HQ in Hammersmith, the team of 40 employees will be braving the 84 kilometres with the aim of raising a target of £10,000 for their chosen Virgin Unite charity, Kids Company. Founded by Camilla Batmanghelidjh in 1996 in order to provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people, Kids Company are supported by Virgin Unite who pledged to raise 2.5million by April 2010. As part of the Virgin Group, the London to Brighton charity bike ride is part of Virgin Games contribution to this goal.

Regularly offering their time and support to Kids Company, previous activities have included the Virgin Games team pulling together to redecorate an East London School and most recently arranging a sports day for children in Hackney. This year, the team of mixed cycling abilities will set off together at 8am and hope to reach their final destination of Brighton beach by 4 pm having raised £10,000 with all stragglers accounted for! Keen cyclist Warren Eloff, Product Manager, who regularly cycles into work is tipped to lead the pack and CEO, Simon Burridge who is sitting on the saddle for the first time in 20 years , is set to surprise his team with his ‘dusted down’ cycling skills!

Simon Burridge, CEO at Virgin Games and Virgin Unite trustee comments: “At Virgin Games we are passionate about Virgin Unite and the work that Kids Company carry out in the communities they work with. We believe Kids Company are a great charity and realise our support is all the more important now, with the current economic climate making it harder for them to achieve the funding they need to keep up the great work they are doing with young people all over the capital. I can’t think of more deserving charity to be brushing the cobwebs off my cycling shorts for!”

Visit http://www.virginunite.com/fundraiser/Virgin-Games-go-to-Brighton to make a donation and support the Virgin Games team.

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Gala Bingo Is Launching A Fundraising Everest Game To Support Its Team Of Intrepid Employees Who Are Gearing Up To Trek To Everest Base Camp For Charity In October

It is hoped the extreme challenge, which will see a 24-strong team of employees trek 75 miles and ascending 2700 metres up the world’s highest mountain, will raise £100k for Gala Coral’s group-wide charity Sue Ryder Care.

The Everest trek is just one of a number of ongoing initiatives by Gala Coral Group, that aims to raise £1million by 2010 for the charity, which provides expert and compassionate care to people living with conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke and Huntington’s Disease.

The game started on 27 August and runs for eight weeks, with 10% of ticket sales from the new Everest online bingo game going towards the fundraising total. The game takes place weekly on a Thursday evening at 19.25 (GMT).

Paul Woodward, chief executive at Sue Ryder Care, said: “We’re delighted that a group of employees have volunteered to trek to Everest Base Camp to help raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. We hope as many people as possible support their fundraising effort through the dedicated bingo game. By supporting Sue Ryder Care, people across the country help us make a real difference to the lives of thousands of people we care for each year.”

The adventurous trek, which can cause mountain altitude sickness, DVTs and dehydration, will commence at Lukla on October 16 and finish at Everest Base Camp on November 3.

About Gala Bingo
Gala Bingo is part of Gala Coral Group’s Remote Gambling division. This division is responsible for the development, management and operation of the Group’s E-Commerce activities in the UK and worldwide through Coral.co.uk, Eurobet.com, galabingo.com and Galacasino .co.uk.

About Sue Ryder Care
Sue Ryder Care is a leading healthcare charity providing specialist palliative, neurological and community based services.

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‘People Search’ Company Employees Conquer Welsh Three Peaks

A team of employees from the people search specialists, Tracesmart, have successfully completed, the Welsh 3 Peaks Challenge. More importantly, the Tracesmart four, along with a group of 21 other walkers are anticipating raising almost £10,000 of much needed funding for the charity ‘Hospice of the Valleys’, which provides free specialist palliative care for cancer sufferers in Blaenau Gwent. The challenge was to climb the three largest mountains in Wales.

The Tracesmart team completed the course in less than 10 hours and covered a total of 20 miles – an impressive achievement for the novices who took part. The first peak to be surmounted was Snowdon, which stands at over 1000 metres above sea level. The toughest peak to walk was Cadair Idris, which they successfully tackled after Snowdon; the challenge concluded with the team conquering Pen-Y-Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Of the four strong team of walkers, three – Matthew Hopkins, Lloyd Watkin and Kelvin Morgan – work within Tracesmart’s IT department, helping to update the company’s databases such as the electoral roll. They are also instrumental in making improvements to the online facility that help users to find relatives and conduct an address search. The only female participant in the team, Rhiannon Wilcox, led the pre-event training and was instrumental in ensuring the team remained motivated during the challenge. “We knew it was going to be difficult, but all of us wanted to accomplish a major undertaking like this,” Tracesmart’s accountant explains. “It’s a personal achievement for us, and to know we have raised this money makes us feel proud of the effort we have put in.”

The Tracesmart teams’ chosen charity is the ‘Hospice of the Valleys’ in South Wales. Mathew Hopkins took part in the walk for personal reasons as his mother received care and support from the hospice when she became ill in 2000 and recently in 2009. He comments, “We used Twitter to record our progress throughout the day and were encouraged by those who made an effort to support us. It’s great to have raised so much money for the hospice and we continue to receive donations.” The team recovered well from the trek and they have hinted they would like to take part in the 2010 National Three Peaks Challenge which covers the highest peaks in the UK; Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in North Wales. Those who wish to make a donation can still do so by visiting the Just Giving website or enter any of the team members’ names in the sponsor a friend search box. Any donation made can take advantage of the government run ‘Gift Aid’ scheme, which will further boost the team’s fundraising efforts.

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