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Girl Scouts Target GM’s Waste for Their Sustainability Project


GM is a believer in the circular economy where people design items so they stay in use. The company and its suppliers work often with the next generation of leaders to help them see items not as they are, but what they can become – key to ensuring sustainability remains top of mind long into the future.

General Motors Sustainability Newsletter - December 2017

At GM’s Lansing Assembly Plant, Biodiversity Efforts are for the Birds
It all started in 2004 with a nature habitat initiative at GM’s Lansing Delta Township site in Michigan. With help from numerous NGOs, community and supplier partners over the next couple of years, the LDT site established a wildlife habitat. The project included more than 20 acres of diverse woodlands, 40 acres of restored prairie, and 15 acres of wetlands. It was the first GM site to earn Wildlife Habitat Council certification in 2006.

Head Start Boot Drive

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Boots On The Ground at Sanofi Pasteur – As the first of a two-part program focused on helping local Head Start families in need, hundreds of Sanofi Pasteur employees donated snow boots, hats, gloves, and other wintertime essentials to approximately 225 Monroe county Head Start children. Pictured, L-R, are Sanofi Pasteur employees Judy Olsommer, Ellyn Schindler, and Denise O’Connor. Judy and Denise are co-leading this year’s collection drive program.

Wells Fargo Commits $50 Million to American Indian/Alaska Native Communities

Wells Fargo’s five-year financial commitment will primarily focus on environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, and diversity and social inclusion

Wells Fargo has committed $50 million over the next five years to help address the economic, social, and environmental needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities. The company will expand philanthropy programs, work to improve products and services that meet the financial and banking needs of American Indian/Alaska Native communities, award grants to national nonprofits serving these communities, and help create a greater awareness of their culture, history, and contributions.

Aflac Employees Lay the Groundwork for a Better Tomorrow

Aflac and Habitat for Humanity: Built on Community
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Since 2007, more than 2,100 members of Aflac’s Columbus, Georgia, team have strapped on hardhats and tool belts with Habitat for Humanity. The program is so popular that Aflac holds lotteries to determine which employees will get the chance to participate. This year, 175 employees built Aflac’s 11th Habitat house, to the great delight of resident Marion Dantzler. Meanwhile, 50 employees at Aflac’s Columbia, South Carolina, location worked alongside new Habitat for Humanity homeowners during a five-day renovation project, completing the team’s second home construction.

KeyBank Provides $8.3 Million in Total Financing for Affordable Housing in Cincinnati

Morgan Apartments will serve families earning between 30% and 60% AMI
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CLEVELAND, November 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ - KeyBank Community Development Lending & Investment (CDLI) has provided a total of $8.3 million in 9% LIHTC financing to The Model Group, Inc. and Over-the-Rhine Community Housing, Inc. (OTRH) for the acquisition and renovation of Morgan Apartments, a 48-unit scattered site, affordable multifamily housing project in Cincinnati, OH. KeyBank arranged a $7.8 million construction loan and a $450,000 permanent loan, using the FHLB of Cincinnati’s Community Investment Program (CIP).

De Beers Secretaries Use Their Special Day to Help Young Girl Students

Administrative employees from Debswana have celebrated Secretaries’ Day by making a donation to boarding students at a Remote Area Dwellers hostel near the company’s Orapa mine in Botswana.

The aim of the P7,000 donation of toiletries and sanitary pads by a total of 32 secretaries from the Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa mines was to support young girls in the hostel at Khwee Primary School in the challenges of developing into young women. It was also a demonstration of Debswana’s value of showing its people care.

Each young girl was given three packs of pads, washing powder, a face cloth and toiletries such as toothpaste, bath soap, body lotion and roll-on deodorant. 

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Names Sodexo SVP Gerri Mason Hall as New Chair

Under Mason Hall’s leadership, Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation will focus on programs that help end hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow
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GAITHERSBURG, Md., November 22, 2017 /3BL Media/— Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation announced that Gerri Mason Hall, senior vice president of human resources services, Sodexo North America, became the new Chair on September 1. As Chair, Mason Hall will lead the Foundation’s efforts to mobilize partners that are developing long-term solutions to end childhood hunger in America based on the belief that no child should be hungry today or risk being hungry again tomorrow.

Chance the Rapper Surprises CPS Students as Jewel Announces $1M Donation


Chance, fresh off his stint hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend, was at Michele Clark Magnet High School with President of Jewel-Osco Doug Cygan, who presented Chance’s Social Works organization with a $1 million check to benefit CPS. 

Cygan said the check was the largest given out in Jewel-Osco history. The company, he said, wanted to donate to a charity it felt supported giving back to the community and supporting Chicago’s youth.

“I hope in this crowd there’s the next president of Jewel-Osco,” Cygan said.


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