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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 6 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.

April 7, 2014 Vol. 11, No.14

"Take a deep breath, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again."
-- Frank Sinatra

CAN’T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT THE BRITISH SCHOOL OF WARSAW!

Yes, they’ve done it again! For the third year in a row, the British School of Warsaw’s Parent Teachers Association (PTA) has organized a spring clothing collection just for our PromiseKids. Under the leadership of PTA chairwoman Sharon Dry, along with members Jane Marshall, and Anna Butruk, the clothes are being collected now for delivery to the PromiseLand in May. The shipment will consist of clothing and shoes for boys, girls, men, women, and babies.

The British School collection will once again be transported to the PromiseLand by our incredible Foundation member Move One. Move One General Manager Piotr Piekarowicz has taken a special interest in our PromiseKids and gives these British School deliveries his special attention. The PromiseKids are always excited to see the Move One truck, driven by their good friend Bartosz Rajewski, coming up the road to their schools.

There’s a lot to do after the clothes and shoes are collected. British School students and moms will sort, clean, and pack the clothing in boxes for the Move One pick up in early May. If any of our readers would like to contribute clothing and/or shoes to the spring collection, please contact the PTA Moms at the British School.

We thank all of our super friends at the British School for making life so much better for our PromiseKids!

EVERYONE MATTERS

"I wanted to be less judgmental."

That simple sentiment was the impetus behind Everyone Matters -- a global awareness campaign which advocates for every person's right to dignity and respect, without judgment or shame. According to the campaign's website, founder HealthCliff Rothman's personal journey to becoming "a better person," morphed into a worldwide movement, bringing together local governments, celebrities and the public at large in order to help people embrace inclusiveness and tolerance.

Wednesday marks the first Everyone Matters Day and it's aimed at amplifying the message that the bullying and mistreatment of certain people because of their differences is not acceptable.

"Everyone Matters is about everybody’s value, that we all count, that we should all should stand tall for who we are, as we are," Rothman told The Huffington Post in an email. "It’s about judging each other less, and ourselves less."

http://www.everyonemattersday.com/

Just thought you would like to know!

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT UNLIKE ANY OTHER

Jeff Huffman could no longer sit by and watch his son with Down Syndrome get repeatedly denied employment opportunities. So, he decided to develop a job that had never before existed.

Huffman volunteers with the Arc of Indiana, an organization that empowers people with developmental disabilities. When the concerned dad proposed that the organization start a program that trains its clients to work in the hospitality industry, it enthusiastically accepted the challenge, according to the nonprofit’s blog.

The organization decided to build a Courtyard by Marriott unlike any other hotel in the hospitality industry, the Star Press reported.

The Muncie, Ind., hotel -- which is slated to open in the summer of 2015 -- will train people with disabilities, and will then give them a chance to apply those skills by working at the hotel. The venue expects that at least 20 percent of the jobs will be filled by people with a range of disabilities, according to the Disability Scoop.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. for people with disabilities in February was 16.8 percent -- more than double the rate for people without disabilities, according to the Department of Labor.
Considering that the hospitality industry added 80,000 jobs last year, and demands a wide range of skills, the Arc of Indiana thought this would be the ideal area to try and create work opportunities for its clients.

"As far as the typical guest experience, this Courtyard will be no different," Sally Morris of the Arc of Indiana told the Disability Scoop. "That said, this hotel will not just meet ADA standards, it will exceed them. Every decision we are making is meant to enhance the guest experience for all of our guests."

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY TECHNOLOGY

SWICH, a platform that helps consumers to support businesses that share their values and improve their communities, is available today in the pilot market of New York City. SWICH distinguishes itself from other review sites by providing scores that indicate the effect businesses have on the health, environment, workers, and economies of their local communities, in conjunction with location based search, user reviews and quality ratings. SWICH scores are arrived at through the combination of data from third party partners and crowdsourced information and are used to provide recommendations to consumers of “better” businesses – those with higher SWICH scores – to “swich” to.

“We created SWICH because one of the most effective ways to improve our communities and our own lives is with the money we spend everyday,” said Gerald Mitchell, Founder of SWICH. “In addition to demanding quality, consumers are increasingly searching for socially responsible options when it comes to where they shop. Up until now, finding these better businesses was overwhelming. SWICH makes it simple and easy.”

“The B Corp movement is founded on a shared belief that when businesses measure what matters – their impact on their communities – they provide transparency to all their stakeholders and can improve their practices,” said Andrew Kassoy, Co-Founder of B Lab. “SWICH has the potential to give consumers the power to choose the businesses that most reflect their values.”

SWICH has been in development since early last year, leading up to today’s launch in New York City, with an initial focus on restaurants. The company's app is currently available for Android and will be released on iOS platforms in the next month.

“I used to invest in small, socially responsible businesses, yet, as a consumer, I couldn’t track them down easily,” said Mitchell. “I realized there was a real need and now my goal is to help these better businesses be recognized for their efforts to do business the right way in the form of more customers.”

POLAND STILL NOT ELIGIBLE FOR US VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

Poland still doesn’t meet the criteria necessary to be included in the US visa waiver program, Deputy Minister of the International Affairs Ministry Bogusław Winid has said.

The main criterion for the program is the percentage of declined visa applications, which currently stands at 3 percent. Unfortunately the statistics [of declined visa applications] for Poland are still above the statutory threshold prescribed by US law, Winid said. In 2013 Poles filed 65,000 visa applications, 8,000 of which were declined, which equals to 10.8 percent.

In 2007 the level stood at 25 percent and has been steadily decreasing over the next few years. The level has come in below 10 percent only twice so far: in 2009 and 2011 (9.8 percent in 2009 and 9.3 percent in 2011).

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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

April, 2014 - British School of Warsaw Spring Clothing (shoe) Collection

April 8, 2014 - Easter Card Party at the Bierzwnica School

May 9, 2014 - Final contest for “You can Dance in the Promiseland” at the Lekowo School

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

"Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time."

-- Mohandas Gandhi

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