Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Love 146

December 24, 2013 in Appaman News

The next charity chosen for our annual Five Weeks of Giving program is a pick from Jenna, a foundation called Love 146, which is dedicated to ending child trafficking and exploitation.

According to the organization,”Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.’ We hold that to be true.”

Jenna says, “I was first introduced to this foundation through my church who is a big supporter of this cause. It’s something that most people do not give a second thought to as a real issue in the world. The more I work with children and spend time with my niece and nephew the more children are brought to the forefront of my mind. When I heard about this issue the thought was so appalling, and I couldn’t believe this was still a relevant problem. I am so lucky to live among family and friend who deeply love and care for their children. I wish that same love to be shown to children all around the world. This foundation is working hard to abolish the trafficking and enslavement of children through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement.”

Learn more at Love416.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – UNICEF

December 20, 2013 in Appaman News

Susan’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is an organization beloved by many: The United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.

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UNICEF is an influential organization that works in 190 countries on behalf of children’s wellbeing. They believe that nurturing children is the cornerstone of human progress and work on a grassroots level to  help communities overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

According to UNICEF: “Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy. It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV. And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. “

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – United Cerebral Palsy Association

December 16, 2013 in Appaman News

Erica’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Erica says,

“The United Cerebral Palsy Association was founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson. When UCP was established there were very few resources available to those with disabilities. Since it’s inception UCP has served to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy while providing support for people with disabilities and their families. UCP is committed to improving the quality of life of those with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. This is a cause that is dear to me, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the United Cerebral Palsy Association during our 5 weeks of giving.”

For more information about the Association, visit their website at www.ucp.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Skin Cancer Foundation

December 11, 2013 in Appaman News

And now, it’s time for Alyssa’s pick for Appaman’s annual Five Weeks of Giving program, where each Appaman employee choose a charity close to their hearts to receive a holiday donation.

Alyssa’s choice is the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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ABOUT THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION:

Since the start of the Skin Cancer Foundation in 1979, the organization has set a standard for the education and the prevention of skin cancer. They stress the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.

According to the foundation, “Each year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Almost 9,000 people die from melanoma in the U.S. every year. Nonmelanoma cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have reached critical levels, with squamous cell carcinoma killing 2,500 people each year.”

Alyssa says, “Right now I have a close family friend fighting melanoma and I personally get skin cancer screenings every six months, following my doctors orders. Hopefully with the outreach that the Skin Cancer Foundation has and the work they do in educating people on the dangers of improper sun exposure they can help make the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases continuously decrease.”

For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Hour Children

December 4, 2013 in Appaman News

It’s time to highlight the next charity chosen by an Appaman staffer as part of our annual Five Weeks of Giving.

This week’s pick comes from our production manager, Nicole, who chose Hour Children in Long Island City, Queens.

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ABOUT HOUR CHILDREN

Founded more than 25 years ago, Hour Children was named to acknowledge the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of his mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of her release.

The organization’s vision is to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Their mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.

Nicole says, “The head quarters of the organization is on my block and I have come to be familiar with the children, mothers, and volunteers over the past seven years. The organization has grown in this time by upgrading their thrift shop and building new housing for the families involved in the program.It is an inspiring organization that is helping improve the lives of children and their families in our community.”

For more information, visit www.hourchildren.org.

Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Why Hunger

November 27, 2013 in Appaman News

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is underway. Every year, each staff member has the opportunity to choose a charity that means something to them, and Appaman makes a donation in the employee’s name.

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Doing a little something extra for others is our favorite way to get into the holiday season. We hope you’ll get on board and be encouraged to donate to a cause that is important to you. Need inspiration? We’ll be providing some info about each organization chosen by the Appaman staff members, so check back each week to learn about which causes are important to us.

Our first charity, chosen by Lynn Husum, is Why Hunger.

ABOUT WHY HUNGER

It is truly a shame that in 2013 there are people suffering from hunger in our own backyards. To help end this tragic reality Lynn will donate her Five Weeks of Giving weeks of giving to WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

For 28 years, WhyHunger has been challenging the idea that anyone should go hungry and changing the way we nourish our country through Hungerthon, an annual radio campaign to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in America. Hungerthon 2013 will help more families secure healthy, affordable food and invest in more long-term sustainable solutions to end hunger than ever before.

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Pay it Forward – Erica Atkins

December 21, 2012 in Appaman News

For Erica’s Seven Weeks of Giving contribution, she chose to donate to Mack and Third.

Erica says,

“Mack and Third is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to the homeless population of Detroit, Michigan, along with the food banks and shelters that serve them. Their annual summer concert Mack and Third Live, is an event which provides food, toiletries, medical screenings and dental services to homeless attendees.

I discovered Mack and Third while listening to an interview of the artist Kem. Raised in Detroit, he overcame addiction and homelessness to eventually become a successful singer, songwriter, and producer. I am always touched by stories of people who triumph over formidable circumstances and use their platform to help others. Mack and Third’s commitment to the Detroit community is a shining example of this.”

Learn more at www.mackandthird.org

Pay It Forward – Alyssa Miller

December 18, 2012 in Appaman News

It’s time for Alyssa’s pick for Appaman’s Seven Weeks of Giving!

“This year for my Pay it Forward I would like to make a donation to Charity: Water, an organization that brings clean drinking water to developing countries by drilling wells. Right now they have funded 6,994 projects and 2.7 million people will have access to clean water because of their projects. As a result of their efforts, children can spend more time in school instead of walking for water. I also love knowing that 100% of all donations go directly to funding projects in the field and that you are able to track every donation you make.

If you would like to know more about Charity: Water and learn how to make a donation visit them at www.charitywater.org.”

Pay it Forward – Katie Luscombe

December 14, 2012 in Appaman News

For Appaman’s Seven Weeks of Giving program, Katie chose to “pay it forward” to the Listening Ear Crisis Center in East Lansing, Michigan (home of her alma mater, Michigan State University…go green!).

Katie says,

“The Listening Ear defines crisis as ‘any situation in which your normal coping mechanisms are ineffective or unavailable.’ Their free, confidential crisis center & hotline has been open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year since July 15, 1969, providing compassionate support for callers and walk-in clients from all walks of life. The all-volunteer staff participates in 65 hours of empathy-based training to help clients cope with difficulties including depression, grief, suicide, loneliness, sexual assault, and more. They also provide free sexual assault counseling, advocacy, and community education.

I volunteered as a crisis counselor from 2004-2006, so I can say from experience that the training program is second to none, and the staff is incredibly caring and dedicated. My experience with The Ear was easily one of the most highly educational experiences of my college career, and I’m very happy to be able to give back to an organization that directly improves (and often saves) lives.”

Learn more at TheEar.org

Pay it Forward – Lynn Husum

December 10, 2012 in Appaman News

For Lynn’s “Pay it Forward” contribution, she chose to donate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

We are all subject to our surroundings and some people are more fortunate than others. Many young people are never given the opportunity to make changes. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America tries to make these changes possible for young people.

Their mission statement:

“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

This is a mission to be proud and one we can stand by at Appaman. This is why Lynn has chosen to give her donation to them. Learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of America at www.bgca.org.