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A Sweet Surprise for a Couple in Their 90s

Florida lineman met couple after Hurricane Irma knocked out their power and he never forgot them

For Duke Energy lineman apprentice Shawn Tillis, rest and normalcy have erased the exhaustion of restoring power after Hurricane Irma drenched and devastated much of Florida five months ago. But one memory remains strong.

When Tillis thinks about Hurricane Irma, he remembers Mary Schwartz, a woman with an “angelic face.”

Mary Schwartz and her husband, Larry, both in their 90s, live in a modest house along the Rainbow River in Dunnellon, Fla. Larry Schwartz takes care of his wife of more than 70 years. She is confined to an electric bed.

Xylem Volunteers Participate in EarthEcho’s Water Challenge on World Water Monitoring Day

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Last fall, Xylem Watermark volunteers from Yellow Springs, Ohio spent World Water Monitoring Day with EarthEcho at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, participating in water education activities for more than 100 students from surrounding schools. Volunteers joined EarthEcho co-founder and President Philippe Cousteau Jr.

‘Plogging’ - Scandinavian Fitness Trend of Collecting Litter While Jogging Comes to America

New European exercise craze integrated into a health app for first time, with support from Keep America Beautiful
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STAMFORD, Conn., February 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Lifesum, has become the first health app to allow its users (25 million internationally) to log and track ‘plogging’: an emerging environmentally conscious exercise craze from Scandinavia in which people integrate the collection of litter within their jogging workout. The move has been supported by Keep America Beautiful, which has served as the nation’s nonprofit steward of litter prevention for more than six decades.

Astellas Employees Prepare Meals for Safe House Residents

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Our employees recently prepared approximately 65 meals for the women & children of @Safehouse_FL, a shelter for those surviving domestic abuse. Read about one of their previous experiences volunteering with this organization: 

PANDORA's 12th My School Project

PANDORA’s longest running charity initiative allows PANDORA employees in Thailand a chance to give back to their local community.

In some areas of Thailand, especially rural areas, school buildings can ​be run-down and filled with old equipment, which may lower the quality of education. PANDORA’s ‘My School Project’ gives employees in Thailand a chance to give back to their local communities.

Each year, PANDORA’s employees in Thailand can nominate the school that they once attended for My School Project. Once a school has been chosen, the project of both renovating and building facilities begins with the materials paid for by PANDORA.

Green Glove Dryer Now in Every Elementary School Classroom in Jackson County


An innovative collaboration between Consumers Energy and a Michigan business is helping keep students in over 500 elementary classrooms warm this winter.

Paramount Viacommunity Film Vies for Top Spot at Boston College Festival

by Stuart Winchester

​Each year, thousands of Viacom employees around the world unite for Viacommunity Day, helping to rebuild and revitalize their local communities with a series of service projects. At Paramount Pictures – which for the past two years has had the highest percentage of employees from any Viacom company division participating in projects – the day has special resonance.

Empowering Kids to Learn About Money

It’s never too early to teach kids about saving money. PNC’s School Bank Program offers on-site learning to enhance elementary and middle school classroom curriculum.

With pen and paper in hand, 10-year-old Brycen Carter eagerly awaits customers to approach him during lunch hour. Perched atop a stage in his school cafeteria, Carter sits behind a table draped with a PNC- branded tablecloth alongside two fellow fifth graders from Eastside Elementary in Anderson, Ind.

Every month, a handful of students like him are trained to volunteer as tellers for the PNC School Bank Program.

Consumers Energy’s 130-Year History Profiled in New TV Program

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Consumers Energy has been providing energy to Michigan homes and businesses for over 130 years. That long and colorful history was the subject of a story by Jackson, Mich., television station JTV-TV. The “True Story” special gives particular emphasis to the energy provider’s connections with its hometown of Jackson, from its founding by the Foote brothers through its innovations and challenges over the last decades and more. There’s even a clip from a promotional video featuring Ronald Reagan before he became president!

Timberland Celebrates Record Number of Volunteer Champions


Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland recently celebrated a record number of volunteer champions at its Stratham, New Hampshire global headquarters with its annual recognition breakfast. Since 1992, Timberland has offered employees paid time to serve their community through the brand’s Path of Service™ Program. Employees who serve all 40 of their available service hours in a year earn membership in the company’s 40’s Club. In 2017, 163 Stratham employees served all their available hours and were welcomed into the 40’s Club.


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