Category : Communitas Awards

Communitas Awards Winner: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Winner: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Location: Kansas City, MO
Business Type: Post Graduate Education
Nomination Title: We Care Community Service
Category: Company Sponsored Volunteer Project

NEW MED STUDENTS INTRODUCED TO COMMUNITY THROUGH “WE CARE” COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY

At most schools, orientation is a chance to get familiar with a new setting, make some new friends and perhaps engage in social time. At the Kansas City University of Medicine-College of Osteopathic Medicine, you get all that and a chance to do something for your new community at the same time.

Incoming medical students get introduced to their new community through a one-day, citywide community service project in the neighborhood surrounding the campus and beyond. During their orientation on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, all 255 new students participated in the University’s 14th annual “We Care” Community Service Day.

Students, faculty and staff joined forces to partner with 10 area non-profit organizations at 13 different project sites benefiting lower-income residents of Kansas City, primarily those living within the Northeast Neighborhood where the University is located. Students, faculty and staff served more than 1,000 hours in this single half-day effort to benefit those in need in Kansas City, Mo.

According to Sara Selkirk, executive director of community and student affairs for the University, through this annual event the University introduces new students to the community and to the University’s emphasis on service. “Medical school is only the beginning of their commitment to a career of service,” Selkirk said. “We believe it is important to place emphasis on the aspect of caring for people and community even before a student attends their first class.”

Community Service Day projects included a variety of tasks, ranging from sorting and repackaging food at a local community food bank, building closets at a women’s shelter, tutoring children and adults in the urban core, and assisting with beautification projects throughout the historic Northeast neighborhood of Kansas City.

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Communitas Award Winner: Acadian Home Builders Association

Winner: Acadian Home Builders Association
Location: Lafayette, LA
Business Type: Nonprofit Trade Association
Nomination Title: Home for the Holidays
Category: Philanthropy

Throughout its 51-year history, the Acadian Home Builders Association in Lafayette, Louisiana, has donated nearly a million dollars to various shelter related agencies and construction related education programs.  AHBA members have made this continuing commitment to their community, even though AHBA is itself a non-profit trade association, which depends upon member dues and yearly projects to fund its own operations.

In November, 2005, the Acadian Home Builders Association established a new project geared to providing a more stable and predictable source of funding.  It’s called Home for the Holidays and each year, the builder-members and associates build and raffle a new home, with the profits dedicated to funding AHBA’s shelter and education related charities.

Since its inception, AHBA’s Home for the Holidays has awarded more than $955,000 to its adopted charities, including Habitat for Humanity, The Children’s Shelter of Acadiana Youth (for abandoned & abused kids), Faith House (for victims of domestic violence), St. Michael’s Center for Homeless Veterans   and this year has established a special fund with the Community Foundation of Acadiana dedicated to retro-fitting homes for returning war veterans with special disabilities.

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Union Bank

2012 Communitas Award Winner Union Bank Location:  California Business Type:  Bank Nomination Title:  Union Bank Community Matters Category:  Community Partnership   UNION BANK COMMUNITY MATTERS PROGRAM Union Bank  places a strong emphasis on diversity, inclusion and service, both in its communities and among its employees. Union Bank reaches out to its community through various diversity […]

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Reliv Foundation Builds Home for Orphans in Haiti

2012 Communitas Award Winner Reliv Kalogris Foundation Location:  Petite-Anse, Haiti Business Type:  Nonprofit provides nutrition for those in need Nomination Title:  Reliv Foundation Builds Home for Orphans in Haiti Category:  Making A Difference   Sixty children orphaned by the January 2010 earthquake in central Haiti, are living in a new home courtesy of Reliv International’s […]

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Quota International’s We Share Foundation

2012 Communitas Award Winner

Quota International’s We Share Foundation
Location: Washington D.C.
Business Type: Nonprofit Community Service Organization
Nomination Title: Hand-in-Hand World Service Program
Category:  Organization’s Specific Program

Quota International’s Hand-In-Hand World Service Program Changing Lives Together in Developing Countries

Quota’s Hand-in-Hand World Service program serves people in dire need in developing countries. It connects 6,000 Quotarians around the world who care with Quotarians in 19 Quota clubs in India, Fiji, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Suriname who have designed unique service projects to meet the needs of their local communities. Quota members are all volunteers who enjoy working together to make an impact in their community and their world.

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We Are Proud to Salute 2010 Communitas Award Winner Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey (Hackensack, NJ)

We are proud to salute 2010 Communitas Award Winner Gilda’s Club Northern New Jersey (Hackensack, NJ), which prides itself on providing comfort for cancer survivors as well as being environmentally responsible. Created in honor of former Saturday Night Live performer Gilda Radner, who succumbed to cancer in 1989, the club provides free support for persons […]

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We Are Proud to Salute 2010 Communitas Award Winner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Detroit, MI)

We are proud to salute 2010 Communitas Award Winner Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Detroit, MI), which is championing faith-based health and wellness challenges in the African-American church communities throughout the state. Nominated for its Body & Soul Blue initiative in the Grand Rapids and greater Flint African-American communities, the insurance provider is prescribing […]

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We Are Proud to Salute 2010 Communitas Award Winner Brunet-Garcia Advertising (Jacksonville, FL)

2010 Communitas Award Winner Brunet-Garcia Advertising (Jacksonville, FL) is literally changing the face of the nonprofit community in northeastern Florida. In addition to donating to various nonprofit agencies and launching three websites devoted to civic involvement, the full service advertising-public relations provider has instituted a formal corporate policy of offering five monthly hours of company […]

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We Are Proud to Salute 2010 Communitas Leadership Award Winner Farm Credit Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan)

2010 Communitas Leadership Award Winner Farm Credit Canada (Regina, Saskatchewan) has taken a strong leadership role in its continued effort to fight hunger throughout Canada. The nation’s leading agricultural lender, FCC initiated its 2009 Drive Away Hunger (DAH) program to raise awareness about this critical cause for the national media and the general public. The […]

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