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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.

Newsletter April 10, 2017 Vol. 14 No. 14

"Christ the Lord is risen today / Sons of men and angels say / Raise your joys and triumphs high / Sing ye heavens, and earth reply."
-- Charles Wesley

Throughout Poland and the world, we have begun Easter Week with Palm Sunday yesterday, ending with the celebration of Easter Sunday on April 16. On behalf of the FCSR staff, the PromiseKids, their families and teachers, and all our members, I wish you and your families a Joy-filled and Happy Easter!

– Virginia Chasey,
FCSR President

FCSR MEMBER KFC TREATS “SPECIAL” PROMISEKIDS TO EASTER TRIP!

On the 4th of April, 21 of our PromiseKids from the Slawoborze Special Education School took part in an unforgettable adventure, a trip to the city of Szczecin, to celebrate an early Easter holiday. The trip was at the invitation of two KFC Szczecin Area Coaches: Alicja Stachurska and Wojciech Zapałacz.

The kids had a wonderful time! First, they went for an hour of pure fun to the "Jupi Park" playland, followed by a delicious lunch at one of AmRest brand restaurants, Pizza Hut, at the Galaxy shopping mall. There they spent an amazing time talking with 13 KFC Szczecin GMs. Both sides were moved and touched by each other. The kids received fantastic gifts, including a tub of “finger lickin’ good” Kentucky Fried chicken to take home. A special word of thanks to GM Tomasz Kapusta for organizing the whole trip and all those at KFC and Pizza Hut who made it possible!

The kids enjoyed the trip so much that Meg and Basia report they can’t stop talking about it! Neither can their headmistress, teachers and parents. The whole school community prepared amazing handmade "thank yous”!

On this occasion, we could not help but think about our late Founder and President, Bill Chasey. Bill would have been so proud and happy to see this day and his “special” kids having such a great time. As many of you might not know, one of his proudest achievements was getting the United States Congress to pass the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975 and he spent most of his years in academia doing research in the area of special needs children. We have not forgotten…

GALA WILL BENEFIT FCSR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCANGE PROGRAM

On September 23, 2017, FCSR will be hosting its annual gala, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, at the Intercontinental Warsaw Hotel. (See details below)

We are so excited, and hope you are too. The black tie event has a “Bond. James Bond.” theme with great food, entertainment, live music and many special surprises. Please be sure and mark your calendars TODAY!

We are especially pleased to announce that all proceeds from the Gala will be dedicated to the revival of our International Student Exchange Program. Over the past few years, we have seen the fruits of this program in the lives, achievements and inspiration of our PromiseKid Exchange Students. It is a tradition we want to continue…

During the next few Newsletters, we will highlight each of our past Scholars. We hope you will be encouraged to support this program with your presence at the Gala.

Gosia Gibert (25) In 2010 she was our first scholar to go to the United States of America, to participate in the Reagan Legacy Education Tour.

Here is her story:

As a teenager I was a very reserved, calm person, though I had always had very good grades in school. When I turned 18, I was asked by William Chasey (President of FCSR) about going on a Liberty Education Tour to California, USA. That message almost stopped my heart! I had some doubts, because I had never been abroad alone and I was worrying about the language barrier. Finally, I agreed and I have to admit it was the tour of my life. I learned a lot about perspectives from U.S. President Ronald Reagan, met new friends, visited beautiful places and came back to Poland as a new person.

The Foundation gave me a chance for developing myself. After the tour I chatted and skyped with my friends from the USA, I studied English more and more in school, and I finished High School with 98% on my final English matura exam.

When I was in the 2nd year of University I made a decision to study abroad and on the 3rd year I went to P.A. College, Cyprus for one semester as an Erasmus student. A lot of my friends didn’t want to go; they were afraid of studying in English. But I was different than they were and basically I was different than the me before.

That’s not the end of the story, because I got crazy and I went to California again. I simply love the U.S.! I earned money during vacation and spent it all for my trip. There I hung out with my friends, I travelled a lot and it made me even more self-confident than before.

All of these things I owe to the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility, because it gave me the opportunity to be more brave, open, independent, communicative and happier person.

I think the Foundation’s programs are helping a lot of PromiseKids and their families in providing food, clothes, stationery, teaching and organizing trips. It is very important that members of FCSR do everything to make their lives better, because our state often neglects the needs of the society. The helping hand of Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility improves the living and financial situation of the families, but primarily shows that the people feel important to someone.

Two years ago I graduated economics at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin. The dissertation I wrote was inspired by William Chasey and the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility. I was always interested in marketing, so I decided to write my thesis about marketing activities in non-profit organizations on the example of Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Thank you FCSR members for this wonderful opportunity and I look forward to seeing you at the Gala!

1% MEANS 100% TO OUR KIDS

Poland’s 1% Tax Charitable Contribution ends April 30th. If you haven’t dedicated your 1% yet, please remember our PromiseKids. Take a look at the programs we provide to some of Poland’s poorest children. Help us keep our promises to them for a better future through educational and enrichment programs. Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

1% personal income campaign keeps going: 1st January, 2017 – 30th April, 2017

Easter: 14th - 17th of April

FCSR GALA, InterContinental Warsaw Hotel – September 23, 2017

Rural District Festival of the Polish song from 20s/30s in Cieszeniewo village April 26

"The Little Chef" semi finals and a trip to KFC Szczecin "MIC-MAG" (12 semi finalists) – May

Due to the Easter holidays and Spring break in Poland, the next FCSR newsletter will be published on MAY 8.

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born.

-- Alice Freeman Palmer

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