Community Outreach

  • Wi-Ex Supports Red Cross Disaster Relief in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

    November 15, 2012 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, has pledged $10 to the American Red Cross for every zBoost unit purchased in November from New York based ADI and other authorized dealers affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    “Wi-Ex has several dealers located in areas that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy and hearing about the devastation is heartbreaking,” said Karen Reynolds, President of Wi-Ex. “It is our hope that Wi-Ex’s donation to the Red Cross will help with the relief and rebuilding efforts.”

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

  • Kiva - Loans that Change Lives

    March 5, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    During Lent, many people have the desire to do more for others, but often the time or money just isn't available. Kiva is a wonderful way to help people in 3rd world countries through a microloan.  The beauty of this program is you can loan as little as $25 to an entrepreneur in Nigeria, Cambodia or numerous other countries throughout the world. 

    As a lender, you have the opportunity to read hundreds of profiles and choose the person, business and country where you want to invest your money.  If $25 is too much, today instead of going out for lunch, join with 4 coworkers or neighbors and each chip in $5 to make your first $25 loan.  After making your loan, you will receive regular updates on the status of the repayment of your loan.  Once your loan is repaid you have the option of cashing out and getting your investment back or you can reinvest in another entrepreneur.   

    Started in 2005, Kiva has loaned over $100 million dollars. You may have seen or read about Kiva.org since it has been featured on Oprah, USA Today, New York Times and almost every major news outlet.  It's a great program, so go to Kiva.org today to make your first microloan.  

    Click on this CNBC video to see a great recap of the Kiva program.

  • Community Involvement: The Salvation Army

    December 18, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Download The Salvation Army Bellringer app for your iPhone.

    Inspired by our dedicated volunteers – a familiar sight outside of stores and at shopping malls during the holidays, The Salvation Army Bellringer iPhone app is a wonderful way to raise awareness for thousands of people in need, and have a little fun at the same time.

    By downloading this simple Bellringer app, you, your friends, and your family can share in the tradition of being a Salvation Army Bellringer volunteer.

    With 12 musical notes to choose from, you and your friends can ring your bells together and create unique sounds, play your favorite holiday songs, or make up an on-the-spot jingle. The notes are up to you, but one thing’s certain: Thanks to your bell ringing and donations, we can change lives for the better.

    Download the app now and help The Salvation Army continue Doing the Most Good. 

    This is the last big weekend to drop money into the Salvation Army red kettle before Christmas.  As you are running in to make those last minute purchases, don't forget to greet your local Salvation Army bell ringer with a smile, as you drop a few dollars into the red kettle to help a family in need.

     The "miracle" of Christmas is repeated over and over again through the joy of caring and sharing. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season.

    Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included. Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well.  Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten.

    No cash on hand or iphone app? This year you can make donations by credit card at several test sites across the United States or go to www.salvationarmy.com to make an immediate donation.

    In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee created the kettle donation tradition when he placed an iron kettle in San Francisco's Oakland Ferry Landing that read, "Keep the pot boiling." He used the money people placed in it to fund a Christmas dinner for the poor in the area. The act soon spread across the United States and is now also a common site in Korea, Japan, Chile and many European countries.

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