Albertsons named Corporate Citizenship Award finalist
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation earlier this week named 24 finalists for the 2017 Corporate Citizenship Awards, including Albertsons as part of the "Disaster Relief and Outreach Initiative" category. Mastercard and The Walt Disney Company were also named finalists in that category
“Each and every day businesses act as a powerful force for good on both a local level and around the world,” stated Marc DeCourcey, SVP U.S. Chamber Foundation. “This year’s finalists are reminders of how businesses continue to make a positive impact in communities and work toward making the world a better place.”
During the August 2016 floods in Louisiana, which caused roughly $8.7 billion in damage and destroyed more than 60,000 homes, Albertsons activated its Disaster Relief and Outreach Initiative to serve a critical need in impacted communities. Efforts included fundraisers, food and product donations, logistic assistance and cash donations. Store facilities coordinated with sister stores and vendor partners—and even transformed into emergency shelters and command centers for the local the fire and police department, mayor’s office and the Department of Homeland Security.
This year, USA TODAY Network will join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the media partner for the 18th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards and Corporate Citizenship Conference on November 14 – 15, 2017 in Washington. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of corporate citizenship and business leaders and will be named during a gala on Nov. 15.
The U.S .Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
The Rite Aid Foundation selects 2017 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients
CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Rite Aid Foundation announced earlier this week that 428 students have been selected as 2017 Folds of Honor scholarship recipients through its KidCents program. The scholarships, totaling more than $2 million, are the second round of scholarships to be awarded by The Foundation's KidCents program as part of a previously announced three-year, $6 million commitment to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of fallen or disabled service members.
"The sacrifices of our military heroes and their families are great and while no words will ever fully express our gratitude, The Rite Aid Foundation remains committed to providing educational support to the children helped by Folds of Honor," stated Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. "We're proud to honor each of this year's more than 400 scholarship recipients, the largest group of recipients since our partnership with Folds of Honor began in 2015, and we look forward to working with the organization and honoring our military heroes by educating their legacy."
Starting this week and through Oct. 20, Rite Aid associates will recognize students receiving the scholarships during special in-store celebration events. In addition to the scholarship, each student will receive a commemorative certificate and Rite Aid gift card.
Including this year's scholarships, to date, The Rite Aid's Foundation's KidCents program has awarded nearly $5.2 million to fund educational scholarships through Folds of Honor.
"The support we've received from The Rite Aid Foundation's KidCents program, Rite Aid associates and customers is second to none and has made a true and meaningful difference in the lives of nearly 600 Folds of Honor students and families across our great country," said Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor Founder. "Together with The Rite Aid Foundation, Folds of Honor will answer our call of duty by serving the children of our military heroes, making sure they and their loved ones – true American heroes – aren't forgotten."
Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $32 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $81 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.
CVS Health Foundation, partners take aim at campus smoking
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — In its latest public health effort to curb smoking, the CVS Health Foundation is partnering with the American Cancer Society and Truth Initiative to provide grants to help U.S. colleges and universities push for smoke- and tobacco-free campus policies. The grants are part of the organizations’ efforts to expand the number of campuses that prohibit smoking and tobacco use.
The availability of grants coincides with the organizations awarding $1.2 million in grants to 126 schools working toward tobacco-free campuses, including Stanford University, 34 historically black colleges and universities and 49 community colleges. The grants are part of CVS Health’s five-year, $50 million Be The First initiative, which supports education, tobacco control and healthy behavior programming all aimed at creating the first tobacco-free generation.
"We are at a critical moment in our nation's efforts to end the epidemic of smoking and tobacco use, and expanding the number of tobacco-free college and university campuses is an important step in our efforts," CVS Health Foundation president Eileen Howard Boone said. "We're confident our strategy will drive a significant decline in the number of new college-age smokers, and contribute to the progress being made where a tobacco-free generation in the U.S. seems possible."
According to a recent CVS Health survey, 73% of Americans and 8-in-10 current U.S. college students indicated their support for policies looking to curb smoking and tobacco uses on campuses. Additionally, 57% of U.S. college students said that a tobacco-free campus was important to them when considering applying to or attending a college.
"While we have made great progress driving down the smoking rate to 6 percent among youth, the prevalence of smoking by young adults is 14.2 percent and those who attend college have a higher risk of initiating and experimenting with smoking," Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative, said "With 99 percent of smokers starting before age 26, college campuses are critical in preventing young adults from starting tobacco use, aiding current smokers in quitting and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke for all. We are thrilled to be working with the CVS Health Foundation to provide grants to minority-serving institutions, HBCUs, and community colleges to give them the tools to go tobacco-free and be the generation that ends smoking."
Since 2016, the CVS Health Foundation has awarded more than $3 million in grants to 146 colleges and universities.
"Tobacco is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is responsible for approximately 30 percent of all cancer deaths, killing up to half of its users," American Cancer Society CEO Gary Reedy said. "By partnering with the CVS Health Foundation to create tobacco-free campus environments, we can reduce youth tobacco exposure, prevent students from becoming addicted, and ultimately, reduce the number of people who get sick and die from cancer and other tobacco-related diseases."