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Kids Helping Kids

(NAPSI)—Trick-or-treating can be an easy way for kids to make a difference in the lives of children around the world.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the original Kids Helping Kids campaign, provides children with the opportunity to have fun and save lives at the same time.

“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF remains a Halloween tradition for American families and an inspiration to many generations to further the cause of child survival,” said U.S. Fund for UNICEF President and CEO Caryl Stern. “Every day, 21,000 children under the age of 5 die of preventable causes. Today, kids are as committed as ever to help UNICEF provide nutrition, medicine and education to their peers around the world, and to help bring the number of preventable childhood deaths down to zero.” While carrying the orange collection box door to door is the traditional way to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, supporters can also host a Halloween fundraising party during the month of October to raise money and have fun with friends and family. Free party tools and tips are available for download atwww.trickortreatforunicef.org.

Supporters can also donate $10 on their mobile phone by texting the word “TOT” to UNICEF (864233) or by scanning the Microsoft Tag on the collection box using a Web-enabled smartphone or mobile device. Collection boxes and fundraising kits can be preordered and are available online and by phone at (800) FOR-KIDS.

As the longest-running youth engagement campaign in America, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has raised more than $164 million for UNICEF’s lifesaving programs worldwide. The campaign owes its success over the years not only to the children, parents and educators who have taken the initiative to participate, but also to a wide array of companies and organizations that serve as invaluable partners. This year, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has partnered with media sponsor HGTV and national sponsor Key Club International, along with proud supporters FEED Projects and HSN, and promotional supporters American Airlines, Bright Horizons Family Solutions® and Coinstar, Inc.

For more than 60 years, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a powerful way for generations of Americans to help provide children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood.

To donate or learn how to get involved, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.

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Auto Supplier, Employees Join To Fight Hunger

(NAPSI)-A program sponsored by a major international automotive supplier and its employees is helping to feed families in communities across North America.

Launched in September 2010, the program developed by Faurecia North America—FUELS, for Faurecia Unites with Employees for Local Service—targets the charitable efforts of more than 10,000 employees across North America. In addition to food donations, Faurecia volunteers contributed approximately 650 hours of service at food banks as a result of the program.

Through the FUELS project, Faurecia donated more than 148,000 pounds of nonperishable items to food banks across North America in its first year. Its objective is to make an impact in the neighborhoods and communities where the company has a presence.

Faurecia specializes in automotive seating, emissions control technologies, interior systems and automotive exteriors and is the sixth-largest automotive supplier in the world and the ninth largest in North America with 39 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Exceeding Expectations

To foster team spirit and encourage giving, the company challenged its employees to compete in collecting the most pounds of food per person per site. Faurecia pledged that, if the employees met their respective collection goals, the company would contribute $500 to each local food bank that the sites partnered with. It also pledged $5,000 for one site in the U.S./Canada and one site in Mexico that collected the most pounds of food per person. Overall, 75 percent of the company’s participating sites exceeded their collection goal.

A Proud Employer

“It was amazing to witness our employees engage in this project last year and step up to the challenge,” said Mike Heneka, president of Faurecia North America. “It was even more rewarding to see how many went above and beyond the challenge by volunteering at our partner food banks to make a difference in their communities. I am confident that we will exceed our goals again this year and see record numbers of employees participate in the FUELS program.”

Continuing the Effort

Building on the success of the 2010 initiative, FUELS has announced that its 2011 effort will again consist of food collection, volunteerism and financial support.

To learn more, visit www.faurecia.com or connect with the FUELS program on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/FaureciaFUELS), Twitter (www.Twitter.com/FaureciaFUELS) and YouTube (www.YouTube.com/FaureciaFUELS).

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Helping The Hungry Can Be A SNAP

(NAPSI)—There could soon be good news for the nearly 9 million Americans age 50+ who face the risk of hunger.

The Problem

Most never dreamed this would happen to them. They’d worked hard, paid their taxes and given back to their community. Unfortunately, the money they counted on to meet their basic needs no longer stretches to the end of the month. Perhaps they lost their job and can’t find another—people 55 and older average more than a year now between jobs. Maybe they’re among the one in three older people whose home value has plunged. They may have experienced the unexpected loss of their spouse or partner. Whatever the cause, they now face a daily, agonizing choice between buying groceries or the medicine they need, between paying the rent or paying the electricity bill.

Many of them are too afraid or embarrassed to tell anyone. They may even tell their own children that they are just fine, thank you very much.

What’s Being Done

There is help through SNAP, the federal government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which some places still call “food stamps.” SNAP benefits come on an easy-to-use EBT card that looks just like a debit card, and the card can be used to buy food in thousands of grocery stores, farmers’ markets and other food retail outlets around the country.

Today, at least 7 million people age 60+ are eligible for SNAP, but just a third gets benefits. That’s why AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger is working to educate the other two-thirds of SNAP-eligible seniors and help them enroll in the program.

What You Can Do

“If you know any older people who might need help, don’t let them suffer in silence any longer. At AARP Foundation, we have an online map,www.aarp.org/snapmap, that lets people check their eligibility and tells them how to apply for SNAP benefits where they live,” said Jo Ann Jenkins, the Foundation’s president. “The average benefit for people age 60 and above is $103 per month and that can make a big difference between hardly eating and healthy eating,” she said. “If you can’t go online, call (800) 221-5689 for SNAP information. Do it today. No one of any age should ever go hungry in the United States.”

AARP Foundation is AARP’s affiliated charity—the heart of AARP. The Foundation creates solutions that help low-income, vulnerable older people get their everyday essentials—food, housing, income and personal connection.

To learn more or to donate, go to www.aarp.org/aarp-foundation.

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A New Campaign To Celebrate Dependability

(NAPSI)—While some say it’s getting harder to find someone or something that you can depend on, others believe that dependability can still be found.

Often, they contend, we find it when we least expect it. That’s why they believe that it’s important to recognize and celebrate dependability when it comes around.

Recognizing Dependability

One brand that’s committed to recognizing dependability in a variety of ways is Maytag.

For example, it recently sponsored an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive that asked over 2,400 adults what or who is the most dependable, aside from themselves. Five percent of U.S. adults selected technology while 42 percent chose their spouse.

The survey also found that 43 percent of U.S. adults believe that products are less dependable now than they were in the past.

The Human Touch Is Key

Another way in which the brand is acknowledging dependability is by identifying four Boys & Girls Clubs professionals as the very human faces of dependability and recognizing them in a national print campaign.

Maytag also believes that whether it’s the person who bags your groceries perfectly every time or the washing machine you’ve counted on for years to wash your favorite shirts, it’s time to look for, appreciate and acknowledge dependability when we see it.

As a result, the brand is encouraging Facebook users to recognize someone who’s dependable in their lives by adding that person to the Faces of Dependability gallery on the brand’s Facebook page.

To learn more, visit www.maytag.com and www.facebook.com/maytag.

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Celebrate Wonder-ful Teachers

(NAPSI)—Do you know a teacher who inspires a sense of wonder in students? Wonder® bread has introduced the 7Wonders of the USATeacher Tour to celebrate exceptional educators in schools across theUSA. The Tour gives seven lucky teachers a chance to teach a class remotely from one of the 7Wonders of the USA. Between now and October 24, 2011, you can nominate an inspirational teacher atwww.7wondersoftheusa.com.

The 7Wonders of the USA are historic destinations, awe-inspiring landmarks and national treasures that span the country and offer rich educational opportunities to the winning teachers. The 7Wonders locations are the Grand Canyon, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, New Orleans Jazz Park,Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the National Mall in Washington, D.C.and Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii.

Wonder will also present 25 tablet computers to each of the schools of the seven winning teachers, and arrange for each teacher to share an interactive lesson with his or her students from the “7Wonders” location via the new tablet computers.

And you can also enter to win your own tablet computer when you submit a teacher nomination online. Plus, for each nomination, Wonder will donate $1 to Teach For America, up to $10,000. Teach For America national corps members work in urban and rural communities to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.

“As the school year gets under way, Wonder is honoring the educators who teach our children to love learning,” said Laura Pitlik, Director of Bread Marketing for the bakers of Wonder. “We are excited and inspired by the stories that people across the country are sharing with us.”

7Wonders of the USA Teacher Tour is part of Wonder’s 90th anniversary celebration this year, and a part of the Wonder Honors America’s Everyday Heroes campaign, a national search for people making extraordinary contributions to their families, communities or country.

For more information about the 7Wonders of the USA Teacher Tour, visitwww.facebook.com/wonderbread or follow along on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/_wonder_bread. On the 7Wonders interactive website,www.7wondersoftheusa.com, parents and kids can also learn about each of the 7Wonders locations with fun facts and family-friendly craft activities.

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4-H Makes Science Accessible For Kids

(NAPSI)—Recently, 16-year-old Jessica Choi was engulfed in her teacher’s chemistry lesson. The lab was an introduction on chemical reactions in the environment. However, for Choi, the lesson was already familiar.

Choi had participated in the third annual 4-H National Youth Science Day(NYSD) with her Alameda County 4-H Program in California. The National Science Experiment, 4-H2O, introduced young people all around the nation to water quality issues related to carbon dioxide in the environment.

“The difference was that the experiment showed me that chemical reactions do really occur outside the laboratory and affect our world in drastic ways,” said Choi.

This fall, the National Science Experiment, Wired for Wind, will offer youth the chance to explore how to engineer renewable energy technologies by building wind turbines.

With plans to someday become a research physician, Choi is looking forward to participating in Wired for Wind. “I believe it is important for youth to participate in Science Day because it’s great exposure to how fun science really can be. In addition, not only is the experiment enjoyable, but it is also educational by focusing on a real-life problem that affects our environment.

“Throughout the eight years I have been in 4-H, I have seen so many members step up to their community’s challenges and positively impact those around them in amazing ways,” said Choi. “It is a privilege as well as a responsibility youth should claim.”

As part of 4-H’s One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas™ campaign, 4-H science programs such as 4-H NYSD work to spark an early youth interest in science education in an effort to combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science in college and future careers.

Science is often an overwhelming and consequently overlooked subject for young people, but 4-H NYSD makes science exciting, accessible, and relevant to their lives. Engaging youth in scientific exploration early on provides the necessary platform that they need to build a long-lasting interest in the field, and to make ongoing contributions to the sciences.

“Our nation is falling behind other countries in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “Participation in 4-H NYSD offers youth, parents, volunteers and education professionals the opportunity to work together to connect youth with exciting, new areas of science and to get them interested in science in a more ongoing way.”

The 2011 4-H National Science Experiment—Wired for Wind—was developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University ofNebraska Cooperative Extension program. Generous sponsor support has been provided by Toyota, Motorola, BAE Systems, Karo, the KidWindProject and the National Science Teachers Association. For more information on 4-H National Youth Science Day, please visit www.4-h.org/nysd.

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The Art Of Giving

(NAPSI)—If you are thinking about giving someone a present, you may be pleased to learn you can give great gifts without spending a great deal of money. Here are hints on how:

The Gift Of Time

Offer to do a chore to save someone time: Collect the groceries, weed the garden, clean the house, paint the fence, look after the kids. Or what about...

The Gift Of Consideration

You can give a gift that shows your consideration of the recipient: Bring over a covered dish of comfort food. Drive her to an important appointment. Knit him a warm scarf. Create a scrapbook of her favorite photos, pressed flowers, poems and newspaper articles. Or what about...

The Gift Of Art

You can give delightful gifts created using reproductions of original artworks that have helped disabled artists support themselves for the last 50 years. A worldwide, for-profit organization founded in 1961, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists is owned and run by disabled artists. It helps its members earn their livings by having their paintings reproduced as holiday cards and calendars, which are sold directly to the general public.

Full Members get a monthly income for life regardless of whether increasing disability makes it impossible for them to continue providing artwork. There are some 70 professional artists in just the American branch of the group.

One example of the organization’s artists is Brom Wikstrom. His work has been exhibited from New York to Shanghai, Vienna to Atlanta, and he’s a Washington State Arts Commissioner. Wikstrom has also been commissioned to do greeting card designs for a major soft drink company.

Watch For The Mail

Every year in early October, the work of Wikstrom and the other artists is made available to the general public.

Households across the country get mailings of the products in the form of holiday cards and calendars that they’re invited to purchase. A wide range of other items, including books, wrapping paper, diaries and jigsaw puzzles, is also available.

Learn More

People who do not receive the mailing and wish to buy the products or who want more information can visit www.mfpausa.com or call (877) MFPA-USA.

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Volunteer Benefits Are Endless

(NAPSI)—With a rapidly aging population, there is a growing need for volunteers to assist older adults in their community.

Whether it is delivering a meal, offering a ride or visiting an isolated senior, such volunteer opportunities not only benefit those who are served but also those who offer them.

“Volunteering allows older adults to share their wealth of knowledge and skills,” said Sandy Markwood, CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging. “Studies show that the sense of purpose it provides can contribute to increased health and happiness.”

A recent study by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that the positive effect of volunteering on physical and mental health is due to the personal sense of accomplishment gained from giving back.

And benefits go beyond the improvement of personal well-being. A total of 63.4 million volunteers contributed 8.1 billion hours of service in 2009, equaling an estimated dollar value of about $169 billion. With agency budgets tighter than ever, each volunteer-hour helps keep resources available to communities.

For more information on how to use your skills and experience to benefit the community, call the Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116.

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