We hope that you enjoy the new Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) blog theme, Greener Side. This visual enhancement provides a refreshing backdrop for our posts and your comments. The outdoors-oriented theme, a pastoral setting featuring fresh cut grass, lush greenery and free, fluttering butterflies, also underscores AMCP’s commitment to environmental and corporate responsibility. Our Communitas Awards recognize organizations and individuals who give back to their communities through efforts to improve and sustain our environment, and to support the community.
2010 Communitas Award Nominee LifeLock (Tempe, AZ) believes in an open exchange of information to warn law enforcement and community members about identify theft. LifeLock, an identity protection service, has submitted a presentation packet it utilizes for a series of free educational seminars — LifeLock and FBI LEEDA (Law Enforcement Executive Development Association): Identity Theft Summits for Law Enforcement. The seminars enable the company to exchange important trends, data and growing concerns regarding identity theft between law enforcement officials. Since 2008, the company has implemented 25 identify theft summits, educating more than 2,000 law enforcement officials from more than 750 agencies nationwide. As LifeLock educates law enforcement, it understands what officers deal with in prosecuting such cases, and incorporates that knowledge into new products and services. The company can also better educate members of the community about how to avoid being a victim of identity theft. The success of this effort has enabled LifeLock to target 36 new identify theft events for 2010. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business. The deadline for submitting nomination forms is August 2.
2010 Communitas Award Nominee Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) believes in engaging, inspiring and honoring citizens in surrounding communities. The defense technology firm has submitted its newest Corporate Responsibility Report that outlines the vast reach of its community and volunteer efforts and results. The report explains that Raytheon has expanded its MathMovesU initiative, and has introduced its Sum Of All Thrills program that lets guests custom-design and experience their own virtual thrill ride. These efforts are designed to educate young students about the power of math and inspire them to pursue math-related activities and careers. The report indicates that Raytheon’s employees also visit local Boys and Girls Clubs to explore math or science through sports, and host a rocket-launch competition to inspire students to learn principles of aerospace engineering. According to the report, Raytheon supports members of the Armed Forces by building the Fisher House Boston, a facility that offers temporary lodging for families when a military member or dependent requires extended medical care. Collectively, Raytheon employees provided more than 36,000 hours of their time to volunteer efforts last year, according to the report. Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business. The deadline for submitting nomination forms is August 2.
NASCAR Driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Underscores Spirit of Communitas Awards With 200th Make-A-Wish Appearance
The spirit of the Communitas Awards was recently underscored by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who made the wish of a lifetime come true for a 15-year old fan who is battling a kidney disease. You can read the heart-warming story — the 200th Make-A-Wish appearance by Dale, Jr. — by accessing this link:
The story details the meeting between the two, which is part of SportCenter’s “My Wish” series (a collaboration between ESPN and Make-A-Wish Foundation). Please visit www.communitasawards.com for printable nomination forms and information on how to nominate a deserving individual and/or business. The deadline for nominations is August 2, 2010.
Whether you’re a serious technophile or just a casual consumer of high tech items, you owe it to yourself to visit endlessyears.com. This lively blog is written by AMCP (Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals) Advisory Board Member Gregg Ellman, and focuses on technology and specific devices that can make our lives easier. For example, Gregg has recently analyzed binoculars with a 52mm objective lens, crisp, clear in-ear speakers, a device that gives you hands-free video watching capability on your iPhone or iPod, a laptop charger that is also compatible with other devices (i.e., cell phone), a subwoofer that enhances sound quality from portable music players, and a laptop cooling fan. 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.