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Posted on December 28, 2008
Getting involved in our local communities is the cornerstone of who we are. Our mission is to strengthen our communities by investing in programs that matter to our employees and enrich the lives of our consumers, from childhood to adulthood. Investing in Community, our philanthropic giving program, focuses on three key strategies: GROWING UP "Growing Up" investments provide the infants and children who use our products with a positive start and the tools to succeed in adulthood. Emphasis is placed on in-classroom programs for children from birth to graduation such as: - Accredited, child development & pre-school programs - K-12 in-classroom programs, such as Junior Achievement and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) GETTING AHEAD "Getting Ahead" investments support the education and advancement of the many professionals who use our products. Emphasis is placed on funding to support technical, trade and vocational training and community programs to help individuals re-enter the work force after an extended absence, such as: - Accredited, skilled trade, technical and vocational schools focused on cosmetology, culinary arts, hotel and restaurant management, carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and interior design - Child development programs - Women, seniors and disable-to-work programs GIVING BACK "Giving Back" investments focus on enriching the lives of our employees and all consumers through activism and awareness. Emphasis is placed on cause-marketing initiatives that support education and women's health, such as Paper Mate's Write for Hope or Goody's Comfort Meets Cause campaigns. Additional emphasis is placed on creating meaningful connections between our consumers, our employees and their communities through national charity walks and runs.