CHICAGO - The Center for Companies That Care (Companies That Care) is calling on companies throughout the country to participate in its Third Annual Companies That Care Day on March 17, 2005. This day will kick off a two-week national initiative that this year focuses its efforts on supporting children and education.
Founded in 2002, Companies That Care is a national, not-for-profit organization founded to encourage, celebrate and sustain businesses and organizations that prize employees and are committed to on-going community service, through its core components of its annual Companies That Care Day, Honor Roll and Exchange.
"We are encouraging companies throughout the United States to make a greater impact on our communities, and particularly in our schools", said Marci Koblenz, a founder of Companies That Care. "Companies and organizations can select schools in their own backyard enabling them to truly see the difference they are making in the lives of our children ....their children."
Companies already participating in the Day include: Office Depot, Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Rauland-Borg Corporation, among others.
Koblenz said that there are numerous opportunities to participate in the Day, including:
- The Terrific Tales project provides a company the opportunity to sponsor a complete classroom library for a school in need right in their own community. The Terrific Tales list is an educationally diverse selection of books, handpicked by librarians and education experts consisting of 50-60 titles for each grade, Kindergarten through 6th.
- The Teachers Know Best initiative offers organizations the chance to provide public schools some of the resources they lack by funding a teacher's pre-qualified proposal to fill specific classroom gaps to enhance the educational environment at less-advantaged schools. By participating in this portion of the project, companies select from a range of requests from teachers who best know the needs of their learners. Reviewed and approved by DonorsChoose (www.donorschoose.org), the teachers' requests are for materials or experiences the students will learn from - for example, classroom puppet theaters, field trips, art or music supplies, science equipment, etc.
"Whether companies participate through one of our educational opportunities or participate in the Day in another way that is meaningful to both their organization and community, we applaud and encourage their efforts," said Koblenz.
Registration has already begun for participation in the Day's events.
In concert with the Day, the annual 2005 Companies That Care Honor Roll will be announced. Honor Roll recipients are selected for their deep commitment to elevating the quality of the work environment for their employees and the quality of life for people in the broader community as well as adhering to the 10 characteristics inherent to a "Company That Cares."
Companies named to the 2004 list included Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Delnor-Community Hospital, FPL Group, Graniterock, KPMG LLP, Office Depot, Inc., PJM Interconnection, TAP Pharmaceutical Products Inc., Rauland-Borg Corporation, Rhodes College, Triangle Printers Inc. and University HealthSystem Consortium.
Companies that Care is a national, not-for-profit organization established in 2002 to encourage, celebrate and sustain businesses that prize employees and are committed to on-going community service. For more information on Center for Companies That Care, or to join the Companies That Care Day 2005 initiative, visit the organization's website at www.companies-that-care.org or call 312.286.1547.