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THE FOUNDATION FOR CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS A NETWORK OF INTERNATIONAL CORPORATIONS ACTIVELY WORKING IN POLAND TO AFFECT POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY. WE FEED, EDUCATE AND EMPOWER POOR CHILDREN IN POLAND. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE FED OVER 5 MILLION HOT MEALS TO SOME OF POLAND’S MOST NEEDY CHILDREN. OUR MISSION IS TO LEAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN RAISING THE LEVEL AND QUALITY OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

October 28, 2013 Vol. 10, No.32

"Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering."
-- Steve Maraboli

BRIAN BURROUGH NAMED CORPORATE LIAISON

It is with great pleasure that we announce that long-time Foundation member and friend, Brian Burrough has been named our Foundation’s liaison to Poland’s corporate community. We couldn’t think of anyone better suited to fill this position, and we are delighted that he has agreed to take on this very important role.

Brian combines a number of very important qualities for this volunteer job. He is a businessman himself, and he has a heart that is committed to our PromiseKids. Having served as an active member of our Advisory Council for 4-years, he is well versed in the administrative aspects of the Foundation. He has visited the PromiseLand numerous times, He assisted in the renovation of three classrooms in the Nowe Worowo School, and ably assisted with our “Dreams Come True” English program in the Bierzwnica School two years ago. He thought it would be of tremendous help for our English students to interact with a native English speaker during the course of their lessons. Needless to say, he was a big hit. (See photos below)

Brian’s liaison activities will be directed at opening a channel of communication between the Foundation and Corporate Poland. He will introduce the good works and programs of our Foundation to Corporate CEOs with the express purpose of expanding the membership base of our Foundation.

Brian is the Founding Principal of Primmo, a newly formed full-service real-estate development and consulting company with its headquarters in Warsaw. He has been responsible for all aspects of developing, managing and leasing commercial real-estate during his 18 years living in Poland. Prior to Primmo, Brian was a partner with TKG International, developing three flex/warehouse/office/showroom business parks totaling 100,000 square meters in and around Warsaw.

Brian holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas and a BS in Real Estate/Finance from the University of Arkansas.

BRITISH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

For the third year in a row, the British School of Warsaw will sponsor a Christmas Giving Tree for our PromiseKids. This year they will collect 220 gifts for our children in the preschools of Brzezno and Nielep PromiseSchools. We want to thank the Christmas Giving Tree coordinators, Oonagh Yeo, Judy Reynolds and Barbara Koehncke for making this project a reality.

Please see the poster below if you would like to participate in this incredible effort on behalf of our PromiseKids:

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CONCERNS EXPRESSED

Prime Minister Donald Tusk opened Poland’s ‘Forum for the Family’ this week by stating that Poland must “break the deadlock of domestic violence against children”.

At the event, which took place on Wednesday, the Premier made clear his aim of outlawing any form of domestic violence, including hitting and spanking. “We realize that spanking a child, regardless of the perpetrator’s intention is violent and unjustifiable,” he said at the conference. Taking a positive view, he claimed “Everyone in Poland, no doubt without exception, is trying to bring up their family in a positive way,” adding that the government must now try to collect accurate information about how the current law on the matter affects the average Polish family.

According to news station TVN24, the government-led ‘Forum for the Family’ seminar was attended by more than 300 guests, comprised of experts, nongovernment organizations, and local officials. It was split into six different sections and looked at a number of different issues including; housing for all, work and families, pre-school / school, family safety, Polish fathers and extended families.

MORE POLES LIVE IN GERMANY

Last year, the number of Poles living in Germany grew by nearly 64,000 or 13.6% year, the country’s Federal Statistical Bureau (Destatis) said.

At the end of 2011 over 465,000 Poles lived there, which number has grown by 282,800 or 4.1% since last year, a record high in the last 20 years. Poles are followed by Romanians (45,800), Bulgarians (24,800) and Hungarians (24,600).

Most of the foreigners living in Germany came from the new EU countries. Germany's population stands at 80 million, including 7.2 million foreigners.

MAJORITY OF POLES PESSIMISTIC

A majority of Poles remain pessimistic, according to a poll carried out in October by CBOS. The pollster said that 66 percent of the respondents think that the situation in Poland is not developing in the right direction, while 20 percent expressed the opposite opinion.

Assessments of the political situation were only slightly better, with 55 percent of the respondents saying that it is bad. About one third of Poles have a positive opinion about the political scene. In the case of the economic situation, 45 percent of Poles expressed a negative view and 14 percent said it was positive.

SENATE APPROVES HOUSING SUBSIDY PROGRAM

The upper house of Poland's parliament approved the draft law introducing a housing subsidy program called Apartments for the Youth. Despite earlier motions to modify it to include secondary market purchases, the bill was passed without amendments.

Apartments for the Youth is a program directed towards married couples and single persons under the age of 35 buying new apartments. The value of financial support will be 10 percent of the apartment's value for those who do not have children and 15 percent for those who have with additional subsidies when more children are born. Subsidies will be granted for up to 50 square meters of an up to 75-square-meter apartment.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR PROMISEKIDS

Our Dollar a Day program may be just what you have been looking for and the PayPal method of delivering your money makes it so easy. We pay just about $1.00 to feed one hungry Polish child a hot-meal per school day, $20.00 per month, $200.00 per year. Click PayPal below to contribute.

DATES TO REMEMBER

November 28th – Last day of gift collections for the British School’s, Christmas Giving Tree for our PromiseKids.

December 9-22nd – Makro Cash & Carry Christmas Campaign

February 3, 2014 - Foundation’s Annual Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Warsaw Hotel and Convention Center. Things get underway at 18:30. Make your table reservations now!

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean un-sailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good."

-- Brian Tracy

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