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Keep America Beautiful Brings Great American Cleanup to Hometown of Stamford, CT


Keep America Beautiful, in collaboration with the East Side Partnership, lived up to its call-to-action to #cleanYOURblock by conducting a Great American Cleanup event on June 20 at a number of locations in Stamford, Connecticut, home of its national headquarters.

East Side Partnership, the driving force in promoting the transformation of Stamford's East Side for more than a decade, joined iconic national community improvement nonprofit Keep America Beautiful in cleaning up, greening up and beautifying various locations during the Stamford Great American Cleanup event.

Creating a Learning Environment Ripe for Success

by Principal Ricardo Rosales, North Hollywood High School in Los Angeles

Summer vacation has begun for so many of us, but I am still thinking about the 520 high school seniors who received diplomas this month from our school, with 64 percent headed to four-year colleges and universities. That percentage is higher than it was last year, and I’m grateful to our dedicated teachers and so many other contributing factors that contributed – including the benefits of a more positive learning environment.

De Beers Sports Programme Helps Kids Follow Their Dream

De Beers Group has announced plans to spend R1.1 million (US$82,600) as part of its Dream Fields programme to boost sports development for young people in South Africa this year.

As a start, De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) has donated football and netball equipment to 13 primary schools in the Blouberg area, close to its Venetia mine.

The Dream Fields programme, launched in October 2015 and supported by the Ponahalo Fund, has established a league with 28 participating schools, all in Blouberg. The young boys and girls compete in netball and soccer with weekly training and matches.

How Innovation Is Helping to End Hunger

By: Shondra Jenkins

In the world of fighting hunger, innovation comes in many forms. It can come from a new use of technology—like our Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholar Jack Griffin, who developed an app that uses GPS to tell people in need where they can find a food bank. Other times, it can be using an old technology in a new way, such as using food trucks to create mobile kitchens that bring hot meals to people in need, a method employed by other Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation grant recipients.

Domtar's Featured Difference Maker: Karen Calder, Executive Director of Classroom Central


In the months following 9/11, Karen Calder searched for a way to better serve her community. One day, she read a feasibility study about a new project called Classroom Central, a proposed nonprofit aimed at providing school supplies to children living in poverty. The study moved her to tears.

Marathon Gives De Beers Group's Young Entrepreneurs a Chance to Shine

De Beers Group played a major role in the staging of a high profile marathon run in the Botswana capital of Gaborone.

The company arranged for prime exhibition space to be allocated to the De Beers Youth Innovators initiative, giving 15 young entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their talents to the 6,000 runners and a variety of corporate leaders, as well as the opportunity to gain media exposure.

Kago Ramokate, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, said: “It’s great to see initiatives like these, particularly where the ministry is not the lead. It’s inspiring to see the enthusiasm from the youth and their drive to market their product.”

Writing a Code for Success on Comcast Cares Day

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At Comcast NBCUniversal, we look to give back to our communities year round and in so many ways, including sharing the excitement and enthusiasm of how technology can strengthen communities and empower people to build better futures.

Cisco’s International Volunteers Make a Difference in China


Note: The leadership team of Cisco’s Connected Asian Affinity Network (CAAN) would like to thank its executive sponsors and supporters for supporting this international give back the initiative. This program would not have been possible without them.

Bullying Victim Finds Confidence Through Volunteerism


Fourteen-year-old Lucas Smith clearly remembers one of the first times he was bullied. He recalls being just four or five years old when some kids picked on him, taking off his glasses and throwing them in a sandpit.

“It was not a fun day,” said Lucas. “I felt really sad after that, and I had to call my parents to get more glasses because I can’t really see that well without glasses.”

Bowl Me Over! Arrow Electronics Employees Raise $15K to Support Junior Achievement Business Week

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They came, they saw, they went bowling. And they also raised $15,000 in scholarship money.

Earlier this month, 150 Arrow Electronics employees gathered at Bowlero in Centennial, Colo. to participate in the 2017 Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon, raising enough scholarship funds to send 43 high school students to this summer’s Arrow-sponsored Junior Achievement Business Week camp.


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