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.

Pay it Forward – Summer Walker

December 5, 2012 in Appaman News

Read all about Summer’s choice of charity!

“For this year’s Seven Weeks of Giving, I have chosen the Food Bank for New York City as my charity. Tragically, each year millions of people go hungry in the USA and many of these people live right here in New York City. In addition to distributing up to 400,000 meals a day, Food Bank helps the NYC community by running nutrition education programs and providing income tax service for the economically disadvantaged. They also do massive amounts of research and lobbying to help find long term solutions to food poverty in our country. Now more than ever, especially with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it’s important that we provide support to important institutions like Food Bank NYC. Check them out and offer your support at http://www.foodbanknyc.org/.

Pay it Forward – Stephanie Fishman

November 30, 2012 in Appaman News

For Stephanie’s “Pay it Forward,” she chose to donate to Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc.

In her words:”Every holiday season, I participate in their ‘All Wrapped Up’ program, which connects donors to local individuals in Bergen County, New Jersey who are in need of a little holiday cheer! Every year I ‘adopt’ 2 seniors/disabled individuals, and I get a wish list from their caseworker as to what they may need. Most years, a warm winter coat is first on the list, along with basic necessities and grocery store gift cards. When I meet with the caseworker to drop off the gifts, I get to see the excitement in the faces of some of the members at the senior or rehab center. I feel very lucky to be able to help someone have a better day. I always want to contribute to this organization through other programs as well, so your donation to the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, Inc can help in so many ways — a literacy class for a single mom, a training session for a mentor, a service call for a repair in a disabled individual’s home — so THANK YOU Appaman, for your immense generosity and kindness!”

You’re welcome, Stephanie, and we are sure your charity will appreciate the donation. If you would like more info on this charity click here.