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Communitas Awards Accepting Nominations Through Aug. 2, 2010 for Excellence in Community Service & Corporate Social Responsibility

Communitas Awards is now accepting nominations through August 2, 2010 to recognize exceptional businesses, organizations and individuals for Excellence in Community Service (volunteering, philanthropy), Corporate Responsibility (inclusion of public interest in corporate decision making, sustainability, green initiatives), and/or Community Service & Corporate Responsibility. For more information and to find, print and utilize nomination materials, please go to the Communitas Awards website at www.communitasawards.com.

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We Are Proud to Salute Communitas Leadership Award Winning Firm SRC/SRCTec

SRC/SRCTec, a nonprofit research and development company (Syracuse, NY), cares deeply about its employees as well as the communities that it serves. In order to assist both entities, the firm established a web site that matches employee volunteers with opportunities to help and make a difference in the community. SRC/SRCTec also encourages members of its workforce to provide unused vacation time donations that can be used by fellow employees who face extenuating personal issues (i.e., lengthy illnesses). The company, whose encouragement of leadership through volunteer actions is reinforced in each manager’s annual performance objectives, earned Communitas Leadership Awards for Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business. Nominations will be accepted through August 2, 2010.

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Couple Who Inspired Book and Film “The Blind Side” Highlight Spirit of Communitas Awards

The spirit of the Communitas Awards was highlighted recently when Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy — played by Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw in the film The Blind Side — exhorted those in a Dallas audience to “get out of your comfort zone and make a difference.” The TV report and article can accessed at
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Blind-Side-couple-inspires-Dallas-congregation-98719534.html

The Tuohys adopted an at risk young man and clothed, fed and educated him. The young man, Michael Oher, attended college and became a pro football player for the Baltimore Ravens. The film “The Blind Side” was adapted from a book by author Michael Lewis “The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game”. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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We Are Proud to Salute Communitas Award Winner Seattle City Light (Seattle, WA)

The dedicated employees of Seattle (WA) City Light recognize how crucial the Skagit River is to the local population. The waterway supports the hydro-electricity supply for nearly one million consumers in the greater Seattle area. The river also supports the largest wild population of Chinook salmon in the Puget Sound. Nominated for volunteering at the 4th Annual Skagit River Cleanup to remove debris and improve habitat on the river, the utility’s employees also provided shuttle service, meals and lodging for other volunteers and their families. In addition to helping the local salmon and citizens, SCL employees earned a Communitas Award for Specific Volunteer Project. Do you know of a company or an individual who has made a difference in your community? We invite you to visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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We Are Proud to Salute Communitas Award Winner Nevada State Senator Valerie Wiener

State Senator Valerie Wiener introduced legislation to create the Nevada Youth Legislature (NYL), a program supported through volunteer resources and expertise. Nominated for Nevada Youth Legislature: Extended Training Program, the initiative encourages youths from the state to increase their commitment to civic engagement. As a result, youth legislators appointed by their state senator are required to conduct at least one town hall meeting. One youth legislator held an emergency meeting to gather young peoples’ input and concerns regarding (potential) budget cuts to education. A Communitas Award winner for Community Service/New Category, Senator Wiener brought the binder from that youth legislator’s emergency meeting to a special session and shared its input with her legislative colleagues as they processed their state’s budget bill. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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We Are Proud to Salute Communitas Award Winner Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA)

The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, PA) is convinced that even as a small 188-employee company, it can make a large impact on the environment. Nominated for Giving Back to the Community Through Volunteerism, The Board of Pensions formed an internal team to identify methods of recycling and conservation, including electricity consumption reduction, water consumption, and decreasing use of paper. Recycling cans were placed in every office, cubicle, and conference room, and employees were encouraged to turn off lights, monitors and printers when appropriate. Incoming packing materials is used for outgoing shipping needs, and duplex printing and electronic file sharing also are included in the firm’s green initiative. In addition to earning a Communitas Award for Company Sponsored Volunteer Project Community, the firm used this initiative to embrace a cultural change affecting the firm’s business practices – creating a foundation that incorporates sustainability into its future decision making. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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We Are Proud to Salute Communitas Award Winner Ciber DTS Customer Training Practice (Newport News, VA)

Ciber DTS Customer Training Practice (Newport News, VA) employee Evelina Johnson established a volunteer team with her colleagues. Nominated for its participation in The American Cancer Society’s 2009 Relay for Life, Ms. Johnson rallied the firm /with her passion and dedication. The lead volunteer also hosted several local fundraisers, placed American Cancer Society donation cans in the company’s lobby, held raffles and designed and sold T-shirts to raise money. Ciber DTS Customer Training Practice employees earned a Communitas Award for Specific Volunteer Project as a result of their efforts. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

Ciber DTS Customer Training Practice (Newport News, VA) employee Evelina Johnson established a volunteer team with her colleagues. Nominated for its participation in The American Cancer Society’s 2009 Relay for Life, Ms. Johnson rallied the firm /with her passion and dedication. The lead volunteer also hosted several local fundraisers, placed American Cancer Society donation cans in the company’s lobby, held raffles and designed and sold T-shirts to raise money. Ciber DTS Customer Training Practice employees earned a Communitas Award for Specific Volunteer Project as a result of their efforts. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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2010 Communitas Award Nominee Kimberly Kanary (Associated Estates) Ensures U.S. Service Men and Women Are Not Forgotton

2010 Communitas Award Nominee Kimberly Kanary of premier apartment management company Associated Estates understands the sacrifices that our service men and women provide to our country — her brother-in-law is currently serving in Afghanistan. She was nominated for the award because of her diligent efforts to support those troops that began with a call to Adopt a Platoon Soldier Support Effort (a non-profit that ensures that there are no forgotten U.S. Service members). After locating the platoon, Kim engaged both employees and customers in Associated Estates’ markets within seven different states by preparing campaign materials. These materials helped facilitate firm’s on-site property and regional office efforts. The property team and office team that that collected the most items (averaged per team member) for the overseas platoon earned a team lunch, a feature story on the company’s website, and recognition in the employee newsletter. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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2010 Communitas Award Nominee AARP VIVA TV Submits Intriguing Series

2010 Communitas Award Nominee AARP VIVA TV has submitted “Condición Crítica con el Dr. Elmer Huerta (Critical Condition with Dr. Elmer Huerta)”, an hour-long television special that spotlights the disparities in health status and healthcare in the Hispanic community, and the importance of prevention. Hosted by renowned prevention specialist Dr. Elmer Huerta, the show tells personal stories of Hispanics who live with disease and chronic health problems, struggle to pay for medications or bills, or are unable to visit a doctor. Additional stories identify those who have “fallen through the cracks” because – despite having insurance — their out-of-pocket medical costs are too high. The six segment show, which was nominated for MAKING A DIFFERENCE, aired on Telemundo in 14 markets during the month of May, and will continue to be featured on AARP’s website. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business.

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AMCP Advisory Board Member Gregg Ellman’s Blog Provides Helpful Insight About Technology & Devices

AMCP Advisory Board Member Gregg Ellman’s blog, endlessyears.com, is filled with helpful insights regarding technology and specific devices that can make our lives easier. For example, his latest blog post offers an overview about a versatile USB wall charger that can solve the logistical challenge of having to use multiple chargers for various electronic devices that we use on business trips. The blog also contains valuable information about critically-needed items such as laptop batteries, travel organizers and printers. Mr. Ellman is a nationally syndicated columnist, media technophile, photographer and writer who can help us understand and even implement the latest communication tools. He has shared his knowledge of gadgets, cameras and media technology since 2005. Gregg and his wife Sharon also have a photography business in the Dallas-Fort Worth area (www.ellmanphotography.com).

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