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Summer Reading Gets Easier with JetBlue’s Soar with Reading

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With summer in full swing, many kids are enjoying the outdoors, time with family and, freedom from the classroom. But, with school on pause, young children can experience what is called the “summer slide” – a decline in reading ability and other academic skills during the summer months.

A Look at the 2018 PositiveNRG Week

During positiveNRG Week, 952 NRG employees in 16 states volunteered at more than 70 nonprofit organizations and donated $36,500 to charitable causes
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PositiveNRG Week is our annual week-long philanthropic initiative where companywide volunteer opportunities are available for employees. For the 11th year, NRG employees dedicated a week to making a positive impact in their communities. During positiveNRG Week, 952 NRG employees in 16 states volunteered at more than 70 nonprofit organizations and donated $36,500 to charitable causes.

Read the full report at: www.nrg.com/sustainability

Common Impact Announces New Board Members as Organization Expands the Reach of its Mission

Bhavani Pyla and Michi Kono join Common Impact Board of Directors, expanding the organization’s leadership team and presence in New York City
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NEW YORK, July 16, 2019 /3BL Media/ — Common Impact, a national nonprofit leader for corporate skills-based volunteerism, has announced the appointment of two new board members. Bhavani Pyla and Michi Kono join the organization’s board of directors to support Common Impact’s continued expansion as interest in and demand for pro bono service and effective community and employee engagement grows.

America’s Housing Crisis Is a Chance to Change the Narrative and Fix the Future

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by Zane Fischer, CEO, Extraordinary Structures 

A Good House is Hard to Find

Death and taxes may be certain, but food and shelter are non-negotiable. In the United States, we waste a lot of food, but we’re running out of houses. In a society ostensibly dedicated to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, the right to protection from the elements seems distinctly absent.

RFK Human Rights, The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and Discovery Education Join Forces to Promote Human Rights Education at National Youth Convention

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We don't need to be heroes or martyrs to become human rights defenders, what we need is to care about others and take a stand when we see injustices, be them big or small. That's the beauty of it, that all of us can and should become defenders. - RFK Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation Programs Director Angelita Baeyens

Teck Releases 2018 Economic Contribution Report

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July 17, 2019 — Teck has released its third annual Economic Contribution Report, detailing the direct economic benefits created in the communities and jurisdictions where we operate, including payments to suppliers, employee wages and benefits, and payments to governments.

In 2018, Teck provided economic benefits including:

Aflac Reports on Effort to Give Children With Cancer Huggable Robots

Aflac says some of the money for the Aflac Duck robots comes from donations from agents.
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By Allison Bell 

A foundation affiliated with Aflac Inc. has given toy robots that look like the Aflac Duck to children who are facing cancer in about 200 U.S. hospitals and clinics, Aflac said today.

The Columbus, Georgia-based company started distributing My Special Aflac Duck robots last year.

JetBlue’s Soar with Reading Initiative Lands in New York City Placing Free Book Vending Machines in Each of the Five Boroughs

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  • JetBlue Invites Customers, Crewmembers and the Community to Share #BookDrop Moments and Inspire Book Donations to Communities in Need
  • JetBlue Welcomes Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, as the Latest Soar with Reading Partner and Ambassador
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  • JetBlue Invites Customers, Crewmembers and the Community to Share #BookDrop Moments and Inspire Book Donations to Communities in Need
  • JetBlue Welcomes Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, as the Latest Soar with Reading Partner and Ambassador

World Population Day 2019: Addressing the Environmental and Social Impacts of Rapid Population Growth

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In the wake of the world’s population reaching 5 billion people, World Population Day was established in 1989 by the UN. The purpose of this day is to bring attention to the environmental and social impacts of rapid population growth.

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