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Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: Finding Forever Families for Children in Foster Care

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John had a very interesting story in foster care. He was in seven placements and had no behavior issues of his own, but his three siblings needed specific care to work through their trauma. Due to these needs, several placements disrupted, or broke down. Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters do their best to keep sibling groups together, but sometimes the best thing for the child on their caseload is to be removed from the sibling group. In John's case, that was recommended. Once John was placed with a family on his own, we saw him thrive.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Meet the Wendy’s franchisee biking across America for children in foster care
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Where the rubber meets the road. A cliché for where the hard work takes place, but for Wendy’s franchisee Ed Anderson, it’s truly where he plans to raise $1 million for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. After months of training, Ed will strap on his bike helmet, pump up his tires and hit the road for a two-month bike ride across America, all in the name of foster care adoption.

Finally, A Place To Call Home

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Samantha had been in foster care for eight years and during that time was separated from her brother. It was a traumatic experience made worse when a pre-adoptive home broke down, but little did Samantha know there was a ray of sunshine around the corner. After speaking with her Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter, Samantha revealed that she really liked her best friend's family and that she had grown close with them. It took some time and a structured plan, but Samantha was adopted by her best friend's family and now her best friend is her sister.

Join Our Growing List of Adoption-Friendly Workplaces

Apply by May 31 for annual ranking by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
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The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is celebrating its 10th year of honoring companies that offer the country’s most impressive adoption benefits, through the 100 Best Adoption- Friendly Workplace list. Since the list’s inception in 2006, The Wendy’s Company has earned the coveted title of Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace because of their deep commitment to offering employees substantial financial assistance and paid leave. 

Wendy’s Franchise Owner Plans “Tour de Adoption”

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Wendy’s Franchisee Ed Anderson is training day in and day out for a bike ride across America. He tells the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption exactly what is driving him to raise awareness about foster care adoption and how you can help.

“Dave Thomas’ commitment to giving back drives me to help and do much more,” Ed wrote in a letter.

When I First Met My Child

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Families come in all shapes and sizes and not all families meet on the day a child is born. Did you know there are over 130,000 children waiting to be adopted from foster care in the U.S. and Canada? That is more than 130,000 children who just want a forever family, someone to help them with their homework and tuck them in at night.

Regions Foundation Gift Buys Bloomberg Terminals for Haslam College of Business

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Originally posted on TNToday

A recent gift from the Regions Foundation has allowed UT’s Haslam College of Business to purchase four additional Bloomberg terminals, a system that allows finance professionals to monitor and analyze real-time market data, and place trades.

Building a Workforce for the Software Economy

By Nicole Anderson and Scott Smith
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Being able to continue providing the quality products and services our customers demand starts with our employees. We must have the skilled, prepared talent that can meet and exceed the challenges of our business.

We’ve turned to innovative work-and-learn programs to help our current and future employees adapt to the ever-changing world of technology. These programs provide a new and innovative way to help address a rapid overhaul of our employees’ skills.

Holland America Line Wraps Up Successful Year of Seattle Giving with Community Impact Award from Seattle Business Magazine

Seattle’s Hometown Cruise Line honored for work supporting community events, non-profits and fundraising activities
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SEATTLE, November 25, 2015 /3BL Media/ — Each year in its headquarters city of Seattle, Washington, Holland America Line contributes to many local non-profit organizations through sponsorships, board participation and employee volunteerism. The company also supports a wide-range of non-profits and philanthropic efforts throughout the United States and around the world where its premium cruise ships sail. Seattle Business Magazine recently recognized the cruise line’s philanthropic efforts with a Community Impact Award.

Help Us Support Local Heroes at Your Neighborhood Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, and Vons

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In honor of Veterans Day, Albertsons Companies would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all who have served our country, both active military as well as veterans. There are nearly 22 million veterans in the U.S.; these brave individuals are our friends, neighbors, relatives, customers, suppliers, and employees. Last year, as an organization we donated more than $1 million to help these service members in our communities.

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