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The Total Transformation Program Wins Awards from the National Association of Social Workers and The National Parenting Center

Westbrook, ME (PRWEB) November 17, 2006

The Total Transformation, a multi-media home study program used nationally by parents to manage behavior problems in children and teenagers, has won two prestigious industry awards: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Stamp of Approval for Quality Continuing Education and The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval.

Through its Continuing Education Approval Program, the NASW approves educational programs that meet its strict criteria. The approved programs are used by social work professionals to meet the continuing education requirement for social work licensure and certification renewal. The Total Transformation Program, developed by behavioral therapist James Lehman and Legacy Parenting Company, was approved for six contact hours of continuing education.

The National Parenting Centers Seal of Approval program identifies the finest products and services being marketed to the parent/child audience. Their consumer-oriented testing process solicits evaluations from parents and the award signifies a products quality and desirability.

We are pleased to have The Total Transformation Program approved by the NASW and The National Parenting Center, says Legacy Parenting President, Steve Anderson. Our goal is to provide parents with the tools to manage the myriad of behavioral challenges associated with parenting in the 21st century. Recognition by these two prominent industry organizations will help establish The Total Transformation as a brand families can trust.

The Total Transformation Program teaches parents how to turn around disrespectful, defiant, obnoxious and even abusive behaviors in children and teenagers with the practical, hands-on techniques James Lehman developed over 30 years of working with behaviorally troubled youth and their families. The program offers straightforward techniques for stopping arguments, setting limits, obtaining compliance and teaching accountability and problem solving.

For more information about The Total Transformation Program, contact Sharon Roy, Internet Marketing Director, 207-856-5600 x 3017 or visit http://www.thetotaltransformation.com.

Legacy Parenting Company, publisher of The Total Transformation Program, is committed to helping families through the development of programs and products designed to enhance the quality of family life.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers. It promotes, develops, and protects the practice of social work and social workers and also seeks to enhance the well being of individuals, families, and communities through its advocacy.

The National Parenting Center was founded in 1989 with the intention of providing the most comprehensive and responsible parenting advice from the worlds most respected authorities in the field of child rearing and development.


Rain Bird Crowns Winners of the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition : Glass Half Full and Water Thicker Than Oil Take Home the Environmentally Focused Competition’s Top Awards for their Insightful And Clever Take On The Need for Water Conservation

Azusa, Calif. (PRWEB) October 12, 2008

“All of the finalists in the competition have taken on the world’s water issues through a personal lens that will undoubtedly encourage discussion on the efficient, effective and responsible use of Earth’s most precious resource,” said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird’s Corporate Marketing Director. “In sponsoring the 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition we aim to provide filmmakers like these six finalists with a forum to exercise their influence, and actively raise awareness of this important issue in a manner that will inspire others to take action in their own way.”

As the winner of the Jury Prize, David Sutera was awarded $ 6,000 for his film entry, Glass Half Full, a mockery of the film noir genre that drives home an important message of water conservation in an entertaining and comedic manner.

Michael McGuire, the Audience Choice Prize winner, was awarded $ 3,000 for his film entry titled Water Thicker Than Oil, a simplified approach to water conservation as seen through a child’s eyes.

This year’s Jury Award was chosen by a panel of judges consisting of Gary McVey, executive director of the American Cinema Foundation, documentarian Jim Thebaut and Timothy Brick, chairman of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Shalini Kantayya, director of the 2007 Audience Choice Award Winner “A Drop of Life,” served as the master of ceremonies for the evening’s event.

Prior to the screening of the finalists’ films, the evening’s guests were treated to a special showing of The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?, critically acclaimed writer, director, producer and competition judge Jim Thebaut’s definitive look at how the water crisis is affecting the American Southwest and its escalating economic toll.

In addition to this evening’s awarding of the film competition winners, Rain Bird presented Christopher S. Gray Sr. with a check for $ 10,000 in recognition of his being selected as the winner of Rain Bird’s 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award for his role in the development and implementation of an innovative wastewater recapture program as Superintendent at Marvel Golf Club in Benton, Kentucky.

The Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition is part of a range of programs and initiatives to boost awareness of the need for water conservation. Rain Bird devotes significant resources to its Intelligent Use of Water public initiatives, which include The Intelligent Use of Water Award; biannual Intelligent Use of Water Summits; a series of white papers; public service announcements; membership on the Alliance for Water Efficiency and the steering committee advising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its WaterSense product labeling program; partnerships with nonprofit organizations; development and support of elementary and middle school curriculums; and participation in the Tournament of Roses Parade

Mutual’s Finance Director Acknowledged In Awards

Harrogate, UK (PRWEB) October 11, 2009

Graham Henderson, finance director at engage Mutual in Harrogate, has been recognised with an award for outstanding achievement at the Yorkshire Finance Director of the Year Awards at Rudding Park.

Sponsored by Ernst & Young, Hammonds, and Sewell Moorhouse, the awards which took place on 23 September, recognise the contribution to businesses made by finance directors across the Yorkshire region.

Graham has been finance director at engage Mutual since 2004 and has brought progress and innovation to the organisation’s financial planning and risk and reporting processes, with changes that have contributed to greater business efficiency. In his role, Graham has also helped steer the customer-owned organisation through the economic challenges of the past eighteen months, delivering good results, and growing its customer base.

Graham commented:

“I am sincerely thrilled to receive the recognition of the Yorkshire business community, and wish to acknowledge the support of the finance team at engage Mutual, and of its board and executive. By sticking to our strategy, we have been able to respond to challenges, to grow our mutual proposition, and deliver good results in difficult circumstances.”

For further information please contact:

Kathryn McLaughlin

Engage Mutual Assurance

Tel: 01423 855245



Pennsylvania EPA Awards Abington Memorial Hospital Funding for Green Projects

Abington, PA (Vocus) February 6, 2010

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection-Office of Energy and Technology Development has awarded two grants to Abington Memorial Hospital in support of its efforts to “Think Green.

Three million dollars was awarded to Abington Memorial Hospital for a new cogeneration system to replace the hospitals 45-year-old heating system. This new system will save over $ 2 million a year in energy costs, and significantly reduce air contaminants and water usage. It will generate 38 million kilowatt hours on-site, roughly 64 percent of the hospitals electricity needs, while producing steam as a byproduct.

A $ 250,000 grant was awarded for the replacement of inefficient lighting technology with proven efficient long-lasting fluorescent tube technology in four parking garages at the hospitals main campus. Calculated savings include a reduction in electricity usage of 53 percent with accompanying emissions at the same rate.

“As a non-profit, we do as much environmentally conscious work as we can with very little budgeted dollars, says Meg McGoldrick, chief operating officer and member of the hospitals “Green Team. “These grants are a real shot in the arm for our green efforts. McGoldrick said State Representative Josh Shapiro was a strong advocate for the hospitals grant applications.

Shapiro says he is proud to have been able to help secure these grants to create 79 green jobs and reduce energy consumption and emissions in his district. “These grants will help boost our local economy and reduce the amount of air contaminants in our air and water sources, and decrease the hospitals demand for electricity, says Shapiro. “I commend Abington Memorial Hospital for their commitment to clean up our environment and energy efficiency.

In October 2006, the Pennsylvania EPA recognized Abington Memorial Hospital by presenting it with the Trailblazer Award for the hospitals environmental leadership in taking positive steps to reduce waste, improve indoor air quality and invest in reusable rather than disposable products.

For more information about Abington Memorial Hospitals green initiatives, please visit http://www.amh.org/ThinkGreen.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics and maternal/child health.


Linda Millevoi


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Newmans Own, Inc.

Westport, CT (Vocus) April 20, 2010

Newmans Own, Inc. announced today the 10 winners of the Newmans Own Award for best volunteer initiatives as part of the 2009 USA WEEKEND Magazines Make a Difference Day. The 10 award-winning and inspiring projects took place last Oct. 24 on USA WEEKEND Make a Difference Day, the nations largest single day of volunteering. The project organizers, as well as their inspiration for the initiatives, are profiled in the April 18th issue of USA WEEKEND. The story release coincides with the beginning of National Volunteer Week.

Since 1994, Paul Newman, Newmans Own, Inc. and the Newmans Own Foundation have been leading supporters of Make A Difference Day and together have contributed $ 1.6 million to Make A Difference Day projects.

Hundreds of grassroots volunteers have been recognized since 1994 with the Newmans Own Make A Difference Day Award, each receiving $ 10,000 in seed money to sustain their efforts into the next year or to donate to a project-related charity.

“Make A Difference Day organizers and volunteers are an incredible resource at a time when volunteerism is most needed. Newmans Own is very proud to help nourish their work, says Tom Indoe, president and chief operating officer of Newmans Own, Inc.

Since 1992, USA WEEKEND has conducted the nationwide initiative, Make A Difference Day, held every fourth Saturday in October, to encourage citizens of communities nationwide to help their neighbors. More than three million volunteers participated in the event last October. During the past 17 years, the day has empowered tens of millions of volunteers to bring about change in their own neighborhoods via their altruistic efforts.

From USA Weekend, April 18, 2010


County outdoes itself

Talk about a Rocky Mountain high. The 10th annual Make A Difference Day in Larimer County, Colo., actually was Make A Difference Week, with 4,450 people aiding 75 organizations and about 40,000 residents. It was our biggest ever, says Jami McMannes, volunteer center specialist for the United Way of Larimer County. Volunteers of all ages completed 150 projects countywide. Good deeds included raking leaves for the elderly, harvesting crops for the hungry, and clearing graffiti, trash and weeds. And at the Animal House shelter, 12 Vaught Frye Ripley Design employees reconditioned the grounds around the dog kennels.

McMannes says she believes the iffy economy drove the record-breaking turnout: A lot of people cant give money right now, but they can see that their time helps.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to United Way of Larimer

County, Fort Collins, Colo.


Teen fishes to fight hunger

Before joining an after-school program at the Florence Fuller Child Development Center, Danny Tijerina, 10, had never heard of a fish warden. Now he wants to be one. Dannys aspirations were sparked in a fishing class taught by volunteer Lucas Metropulos, 17. The Boca Raton teen started the course to teach needy kids the skills to feed themselves and their families. He also covers sea life and conservation. I want them to understand the oceans resources and how they need to be protected, he says. For Make A Difference Day, Lucas raised money to take his 20 students fishing on the Atlantic a first for many. They were naturals, catching kingfish, red grouper and triggerfish. Lucas is great. He teaches others and he has taught me, Danny says.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Florence Fuller Child Development Center and Boca Helping Hands

Boca Raton, Fla.


Good deed nourishes souls

Olga El Sehamy first learned about Make A Difference Day in the Sept. 13, 2009, issue of USA WEEKEND, which featured a call to action from our nations mayors. It was like a kick in the pants, she says. Wanting to help the homeless, El Sehamy decided to cook hot meals for those living near Union Square in New York City, asking husband Mostafa and 19-year-old son Alex to pitch in.

On Oct. 23, 2009, Mostafa and Olga stayed up late making 50 chicken dinners. The next day, in the pouring rain, they loaded up the food and drove to the city to meet Alex and four friends from NYU to give it all to those in need. Olga described the day as soul-satisfying because, 22 years ago, she was assaulted by a vagrant: Once I handed out the food and people were saying thank you, I felt really proud of just not being afraid.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk, Holbrook, N.Y., and Road Recovery Foundation

New York, N.Y.


Needy homeowners get help

Anna Trisvane, 79, of Providence, spent 40 years fostering nearly 40 children, giving them food, clothing and the rarest commodity love. But it took a toll, and she was left with little time or cash for home repairs. On Make A Difference Day, Rebuilding Together Providence stepped in to paint, clean and replace faulty wiring in Trisvanes home. Rebuilding Together, a national non-profit that helps low-income home owners, joined forces with Lowes to rejuvenate 35 homes across the country on Oct. 24. Lowes contributed $ 350,000 in grants and donated supplies and manpower; Rebuilding Together offered its vast community resources, including skilled volunteers.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Rebuilding Together.


Drive yields a mountain of food

The food pantry is not just full, its overflowing. Despite all odds. In February and March, Kentuckys Franklin County Emergency Food Pantry usually struggles to make ends meet. Once the holidays pass and winter comes on, demand picks up as giving falls off, president Tom Utterack says. But this past winter, the pantry didnt have to suffer through a seasonal drought. A Make A Difference Day drive organized by the state helped stockpile 20,000 extra pounds of food for that organization. Kentucky has arranged an annual food collection since 2001. Although state unemployment rates had hit a 26-year high of 10.5%, the drive tallied a whopping 123 tons of food a 74% increase over 2008s Make a Difference Day drive. Organizer Eileen Cackowski says the massive outpouring reflects the humanity of the Bluegrass State. I see it in Kentucky all the time, she says.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service.


Fraternity pledges to do good

Think fraternity. Think partying? Think again. Community service means a lot to the members of Delta Sigma Pi collegiate business fraternity, who have made participation in Make A Difference Day a tradition. As college students, we know were lucky, says University of Pittsburgh chapter member Dan Kyung. We feel like its our duty to help those who arent as fortunate. Across the country, roughly 2,000 members from half the fraternitys 195 chapters leapt to action Oct. 24. They took on more than 100 projects, ranging from helping special-needs children to raising money for the poor. Delta Sigma Pi began encouraging Make A Difference Day involvement more than a decade ago and lists it as one of the fraternitys top three community service initiatives.

$ 10,000 Make A Difference Day Award from Newmans Own goes to Delta Sigma Pi Leader ship Foundation, Oxford, Ohio.


A town unites to honor a beloved teacher

High school teacher Dana Hungerford felt blessed just to be alive, to have a chance from God to make a difference. For 30 years, Hungerford shared his positive outlook with others while teaching math at Fairfield Comm

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Announces Winners of the 2010 Parenting Resources Competition

Boston (PRWEB) June 1, 2010

The National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), a division of Dominion Enterprises, has announced the winners of its 2010 Parenting Resources Competition. The 12-year-old competition highlights the best products for parents of children of all ages. After evaluating hundreds of outstanding submissions, NAPPA selected 24 products to receive its esteemed NAPPA Gold Award and 37 products for NAPPA Honors. These parenting products were chosen for their innovation, safety, quality, usefulness and the degree to which they make parenting easier.

NAPPAs expert judges and parent testers noted that this years entries reflect trends that raise the bar on safety; promote academic skill-building through engaging activities; and target specific populations, such as families whose children need help with social skills or parents connecting more effectively with their tweens and teens.

This years NAPPA winners focus on helping us be the best parents we can, says Barbara Smith Decker, NAPPA manager. Our expert judges and family testers have filtered through hundreds of entries to give us solutions to parenting dilemmas, tools for maintaining a healthy life balance, and products that save us time and energy so theres more of us to share with our families and friends.

A few stand out products among the 2010 NAPPA winning products include:

“If Your Kid Eats this Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know if Your Childs Injury or Illness is Really an Emergency,” by Lara Zibners, MD; Grand Central Publishing, 2009; $ 14.99 Written by an emergency room pediatrician, this user-friendly guide offers an informed and often humorous approach to helping parents assess the severity of their babys illnesses and injuries.

Baby Jogger Summit XC, $ 399.99 The ride in this all-terrain jogging stroller is smooth and secure with an all-wheel independent suspension, swivel/lock options for the front wheel, and hand-operated rear drum brakes.

“Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs with BIG ideas!” by Adam Toren and Matthew Toren; Business Plus Media Group LLC, 2009; $ 12.95 Just in time for summer, this book helps kids decide if starting a business is right for them, which business to start, and how to take it to the next level.

MD Moms BabySilk Delicate Skin Comfort Silky Liquid Powder, MD Moms; $ 22 This lotion turns into a powder as its applied to skin. Parents can protect their babys skin without their infant inhaling any talc or powder dust.

Internet Keep Safe Coalition Website (iKeepSafe.org), Free This site provides engaging scenarios showing kids where risky or irresponsible behavior can lead in the virtual world, giving parents a springboard for discussion on screen time, privacy and online abuse.

For a complete list of all 2010 NAPPA Parenting Resources winners and more information about NAPPAs competitions, visit the NAPPA Press Room.


When parents see the NAPPA seal, they know they can expect a high-quality, safe, useful and expert-approved product. NAPPA is administered by Parenthood.com and Dominion Media, a division of Dominion Enterprises.

NAPPA was created in 1990 and administers two annual competitions:

Childrens Products includes toys, games, music, software/video games and Web sites, books and magazines, DVDs, and storytelling/spoken-word recordings.

Parenting Resources includes books, CDs, DVDs, maternity and baby gear, safety products, Web sites and a wide range of innovative products that make parenting easier

For more information, visit NAPPA.Parenthood.com.


Dominion Media (DM) is a division of Dominion Enterprises Inc. DM publishes eight award-winning regional parenting magazines in markets ranging from Boston to Los Angeles. These free publications are distributed where parents live, work and play through local libraries, private schools, preschools, hospitals, doctors offices, museums and specialty retailers. DMs monthly print circulation is approximately 1 million, with an audited nationwide readership of about 2 million. DPM also owns and operates the award-winning Parenthood.com site.


Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services company serving the automotive, enthusiast and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, and employment industries. The companys businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, CRM, Web site design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 40 market-leading Web sites reaching more than 17.6 million unique visitors monthly, and more than 280 magazines with a weekly circulation of 2.4 million. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., the company has 4,900 employees in more than 186 offices nationwide. For more information, visit dominionenterprises.com.


Olive Crest Presents 1st Annual Stars In Adoption Awards

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 9, 2010

In celebration of National Adoption Awareness Month (November), and to raise awareness about the need for adoptive families and the work that Olive Crest is doing in Los Angeles County,Olive Crest recently held its first annual Stars In Adoption Awards at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Emceed by Los Angeles Times columnist and ESPN personality Bill Plaschke, a longtime Olive Crest supporter, the evening featured a host of celebrated honorees and presenters, including rising musical star Aswan North; Patricia Ploehn, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; California congressman Adam Schiff; Mike Harrah, Owner of Original Mikes; LaFern Cusack of ESPN Radio and Radio Disney; and actor Perry King (Big Love), who serves as Chairman of Olive Crests Los Angeles Board of Trustees.

Olive Crest, the acclaimed nonprofit that provides a wide range of servicesincluding foster and adoption servicesfor at-risk children and teens and their families, presented more than a dozen Stars In Adoption Awards at the event.

Olive Crests Stars in Adoption are so diverse and come from so many different places in life that you could almost say they have nothing in commonexcept one very important thing, said William A. Bedrossian, Olive Crests Executive Director for the Los Angeles region. Each of these men, women and kids understands at a very deep level the importance of healthy, loving families. And they’re all part of making that dream a reality in Los Angeles County.”

Among those receiving awards were:

Aswan North, lead singer of the Paper Tongues, a rapidly ascending band discovered and managed by American Idol judge Randy Jackson, for being a role model as an adoptee and a true rising star. I am so proud of Aswan, who came from a challenging childhood background and has used his experiences in a beautiful way to create his art, says MTV casting director Heidi Tuttle, who presented the award. When Aswan sings, Hear me pleading/I’m a child/I’m the poor/I am needing, he speaks for all of us who work on behalf of the children who need us.

California Congressman Adam Schiff for his ongoing adoption advocacy work in Los Angeles.

Mike Harrah, owner of the Original Mikes in Santa Ana, for his generosity as a corporate partner to Olive Crest.

Patricia Ploehn, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and adoptive parent, for her guidance of the agency that has done more adoptive finalizations over the last 5 years than any other child welfare agency in the world.

Adoptive parents Grant and Frances Delgatty of Pasadena; Jeff and Maureen Learned of La Crescenta and Karina Sanchez and Mario Muniz of Bell Gardens for serving as great inspirations and role models for other families considering adoption. Receiving this award is a huge honor, said Jeff Learned, a television editor for Pilgrim Films and Television and whose credits include Dirty Jobs. But Maureens and my greatest rewardwhich we are given every single dayis our children.

Four brave teens from South Los Angeles: Al

Eleanor Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to Innovative Programs Serving Women in Chicago

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

The Eleanor Foundation, a research-driven grant-maker focused on promoting the economic self-sufficiency of female heads-of-households, today announced $ 1,271,000 in grants to eleven Chicago-area nonprofit organizations offering programs that help women advance in the workplace and achieve sustained economic independence.

The grants support and develop the Eleanor Network, a citywide system of organizations and programs with which the Eleanor Foundation is collaborating in order to address the needs of female heads-of-households with incomes between $ 10,000 and $ 40,000.

“More than 330,000 households in the Chicago region are headed by working women who earn less than a livable wage, making an average income of $ 19,000 per year,” said Rosanna A. M