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Catholic Diocese Creates Online Learning Community to Address Abuse

Winona, MN (PRWEB) April 9, 2007

The Diocese of Winona (http://www.dow.org) in partnership with Professional Learning Board (http://www.professionallearningboard.com) launched an interactive online learning community teaching members of the Catholic diocese about recognizing and reporting child abuse.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in its Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People mandates that every U.S. Catholic diocese provide “A ‘safe environment’ program (that) requires training of parents, ministers, educators, church personnel, volunteers and others regularly involved with minors as to the issue of abuse of children, to include sexual abuse.”

PJ Thompson, Chancellor of the Diocese of Winona, led the effort to create the online safe environment education program. “We are committed through our faith and the USCCB Charter to protect all God’s children. An online learning community is the best way we have found to reach virtually all of the people in our diocese that work with children in a religious, education or volunteer capacity.”

The diocese tried reaching its rural audience of over 10,000 through traditional classroom seminars. Thompson added, “It was difficult to fulfill our mission to God and His children. Classroom seminars were inconvenient for our parishioners and comparatively (to online training) very expensive. We needed a better way.”

The online learning program created by the Diocese of Winona permits all people required to complete training the ability to do so at a time and in a place they select. The online courses accommodate learning needs of all members of the faith community while meeting the mandated training topics of USCCB.

The online safe environment learning community includes the first three courses in the Safe & SacredTM Series:


Author of Groundbreaking Caregiver’s Book to Speak at Cambridge Credit Counseling’s July Community Seminar

Agawam, MA (Vocus) July 3, 2009

The current economic downturn has forced many Americans to make substantial changes in their lifestyle. Across the country, families are dealing with the crisis of foreclosure, rapidly increasing unemployment, and a general lack of confidence in the economy’s ability to rebound. As life within the country becomes more challenging, perhaps the group most adversely affected is the elderly. Over the last two years, there’s been an increase in the number of elderly parents moving back in with their children, very likely out of economic necessity. Until now, there were very few resources to assist individuals who were thrust into the position of caregiver for their aging parents.

The recently released When Your Parent Moves In; Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living with an Aging Parent, written by David Horgan and Shira Block, is a book that addresses these issues head on. Through a series of personal stories, case studies and expert analysis, the book provides individuals with strategies they can use to make a successful transition to living with one’s parents. Among the topics discussed are the pros and cons of having an aging parent move in, the possible pitfalls of such a change and how to avoid them, adjusting the family dynamic, and most important, how to manage and protect everyone’s assets.

“Among the life changes our counselors help the public manage, having one’s parent’s move in is among the most intricate,” stated Christopher Viale, president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling. “There are a host of concerns to consider, and, in that sense, the timing of Mr. Horgan’s book could not be better. It will make a fantastic resource for those faced with these circumstances by not only providing advice, but also empowering families to come closer together.”

Cambridge Credit Counseling is fortunate to have the author, David Horgan, conduct a special community seminar at their offices on July 15, 2009. Mr. Horgan will discuss a variety of topics from his book, with a special focus on the financial concerns of such an arrangement. Afterward, Cambridge’s certified credit counselors will be available for individualized sessions to help families establish budgets and address any other credit related concerns they may have.

Cambridge’s seminars are offered free to the public each month. Because space is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to contact Thomas Fox at 413-241-2362 to reserve seating.

About the Authors:

David Horgan (Ludlow, MA) is an award-winning medical educator, filmmaker, and director who brings his firsthand account of what to do, what not to do, and what can happen (the good and the bad) when a parent moves in. He has been interviewed on this subject by USA Today and ABC News. Mr. Horgan has been repeatedly interviewed by NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, USA Today, New York Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Entertainment Weekly, and other media outlets.

Shira Block (Wilbraham, MA) is a popular lecturer, freelance writer, and personal coach. She is the author of The Way Home and Step-by-Step Miracles: A Practical Guide to Achieving Your Dream. She has a master’s degree in psychology and counseling with a concentration in family therapy.


Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. is a professional debt counseling agency dedicated to educating young adults on the importance of sound financial management and providing financially distressed Americans with education and debt management services appropriate to their needs. Visit Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. online at http://www.cambridgecredit.org. To learn more about Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. and the community, please visit http://www.youtube.com/CambridgeCredit.

Contact: Thomas Fox

Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp.




InstantAmber and National Vigil for Hope Partner for Community Awareness Campaign

Nashville, TN (PRWEB) July 15, 2009

InstantAmber (InstantAmber.com) and Helping Heroes / National Vigil for Hope have joined together for a national child safety awareness campaign set to launch this month. Through their websites at http://www.instantamber.com and http://www.nationalvigilforhope.org, InstantAmber and Helping Heroes /National Vigil for Hope will serve as a resource to further spread community awareness of the missing child epidemic that plagues our society.

InstantAmber is an online data registry that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. National Vigil for Hope is a coalition of businesses, organizations, entertainers, and individuals across the country that believe “One child or adult missing is one TOO many.” NVFH, a division of Helping Heroes, provides vital support services to families and law enforcement in helping to keep the faces and cases of those missing visible through media, the Internet, and grassroots efforts.

“Helping Heroes/National Vigil for Hope is honored to partner with InstantAmber in an effort to continue to keep our children and families safe, educated, and prepared if the unimaginable should happen. InstantAmber provides the tools that we believe can continue to help families be prepared if a loved one goes missing tomorrow. The components that InstantAmber has in place may not prevent an abduction, but having the vital information needed to bring a missing loved one home quickly is just as important as being prepared,” said Michelle Bart, Founder/National Chairperson of Helping Heroes /National Vigil For Hope.

“InstantAmber is pleased to partner with Helping Heroes / National Vigil for Hope. We share the same passion, concern, and hope that together we can make a difference in the lives of those missing and the families still clinging to the dream of someday seeing their loved one again. We also share the common purpose of educating people about the epidemic of missing children; while also empowering them to be proactive in protecting their children,” said Matt Berman, CEO/Founder of InstantAmber.

About National Vigil for Hope:

The National Vigil for Hope is comprised of concerned business owners, organization executives, public safety professionals, and individuals from across the country that are driven by passion, concern, and hope in making a difference in the lives of those missing and the families still clinging to a dream of someday seeing their loved one again. The National Vigil for Hope’s, a division of Helping Heroes, main objective is to help families and law enforcement keep the faces and cases of those missing visible through the media, Internet, and grassroots efforts. Please visit http://www.nationalvigilforhope.org for more information.

About InstantAmber:

InstantAmber is a web-based gathering, storage, and delivery service that enables law enforcement to retrieve critical data and photos in the event of a missing child emergency. The concept for InstantAmber was born in 2008, as the result of Matt Berman’s experience when his young daughter went missing during a family vacation. His deep concern about the national tragedy of missing children led him to create InstantAmber, ensuring that parents have access to the best possible tool in the event of a missing child emergency. Please visit http://www.InstantAmber.com for details.


Kashless.org Debuts Free Private Label ‘ReCommerce’ Service for Businesses, Community Groups and Charitable Organizations

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) October 2, 2009

According to the latest government data1, it can cost more than $ 25,000 to raise a child in just the first two years of life. A new partnership between Kashless.org, the world’s largest free online marketplace and community, and BabySpot.com, a social network and informational site for parents of newborns and their families, helps parents keep their cash and protect the planet while sharing baby’s first years with family and friends in a safe, secure Web community.

“Our new Kashless private label service is available for free to any business or organization interested in bringing people together in a private community online to share free goods and services on a safe, easy-to-use site,” said Martin Tobias, CEO/Founder of Kashless.org, and a veteran entrepreneur and venture capitalist. “We’re thrilled to partner with BabySpot.com to provide parents with newborns such a valuable resource and support system.”

Kashless.org is the world’s largest online marketplace and community where people can find things they need and get rid of things they don’t. The company calls is ReCommerce, and the best part is – everything on Kashless.org is FREE. Whether you’re looking for furniture, bedding, clothing, office supplies, construction materials, or even electronics, Kashless.org is the only place you need to go to find or dispose of just about anything online. You can also share your posts across Facebook, Twitter, Craigslist, Freecycle, and e-mail. Kashless.org is now available in more than 100 metro areas across the U.S.

”When it comes to welcoming a new baby home, every dollar counts, and it’s hard to find a better deal than free,” said James Rivera, CEO of BabySpot, Inc. ”We’re excited to partner with Kashless to offer our members a unique new way to lower their costs and help preserve the planet for their baby and future generations.”

BabySpot.com is a free, safe, and secure social network that specifically addresses the needs and wants of parents with newborns, and allows them to share life’s special moments and firsts with family, friends and other parents in their social circle. Parents can post news, pictures and videos of their children and family moments, as well as connecting with other parents to share advice, information and experiences. The safety and security of each member of the BabySpot family, and your family, is BabySpot’s top priority, and both of the site’s founders are also parents who participate in the BabySpot community. All information posted to BabySpot can remain private or be shared with select friends at the parent’s sole discretion.

About Kashless, Inc.

Kashless.org is the free, online way to recycling products and services between people. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Kashless.org was founded by Martin Tobias in 2008, with funding from RRE Ventures, NYC.

About BabySpot, Inc.

Founded in 2008 by James Rivera and Zameer Upadhya, BabySpot, Inc. provides social networking and

informational sites for parents and their families in a free, safe and secure environment where they can connect and interact virtually to share baby’s precious moments as they grow.

For more information or to schedule press/partner meetings, please contact:

Nate Murphy, Kitsap Public Relations, (206) 618-2790, nate(at)kitsap-pr(dot)com

1U.S. Department of Agriculture, Expenditures on Children by Families, 2008

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Community Meetings On Judicial Oversight Set To Begin

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) October 29, 2009

Community meetings are set to begin across America on the topic of judicial oversight and accountability. The National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) is coordinating this historical effort.

Zena Crenshaw-Logal, NFOJA Administrator, describes the program as a grassroots legislative initiative. “We promote the creation of a citizens’ panel on judicial misconduct in each state of the United States” says Crenshaw-Logal. She explains “these panels would be agencies of their respective state legislatures with exclusive jurisdiction to discipline state judges and the power to indict them when appropriate, much like a grand jury.”

NFOJA’s model legislation coined the “Citizens’ Panel on Judicial Misconduct Act” is an outgrowth of the “Citizens’ Forum On Judicial Accountability”, a 2008 event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

New York resident Betsy Combier recalls the 2008 forum addressing judicial oversight and accountability “through an academic debate and the testimony of five (5) private citizens including me.” Combier’s nonprofit group, Parent Advocates.org, was a forum cosponsor as was National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc., The 3.5.7 Commission on Proliferation of Summary Judgments in Employment Discrimination Litigation, and Congress Against Racism and Corruption in Law Enforcement.

Like Combier, Nancy Swan of Alabama testified at the 2008 citizens’ forum and sits on the Strategic Planning and Management Board which oversees NFOJA, its state affiliates, and their operations. Swan interjects, “I feel honored to continue the work of our Founding Fathers by encouraging neighbors to assemble and consider the Rule of Law and how to best protect it in America.”

Echoing Swan’s sentiments are fellow board members and family rights activists L. Wilson of Ohio and Josie Perez of Florida. Wilson and Perez describe NFOJA as a “critical tool in regulating family courts and child protective services.”

In addition to deterring judicial misconduct, NFOJA’s proposed legislation would provide venues for addressing alleged judicial misconduct “. . . that do not rely almost exclusively for effectiveness on judicial integrity.”

The proposed Act is not meant “to suggest that judges, lawyers, and public officials . . . controlled or substantially impacted by judges are not generally honest people of great integrity.” Instead the Citizens’ Panel on Judicial Misconduct Act “decries a judiciary that is essentially final arbiter of whether it has been corrupted and exclusive regulator of any attorney or judge who would object.”

NFOJA officer Dr. Andrew D. Jackson explains that “we emphasize the imbalance of power between judges and other Americans resulting when judges directly or substantially control all the government processes for proving or disproving their misconduct.”

Exempt from and ineligible for service under the “Citizens’ Panel on Judicial Misconduct Act” would be “current and former judges, justices, public and private sector attorneys, full-time employees of local, county, state, and federal government as well as elected and appointed government officials.”

Dr. Karen Inman of Minnesota is President and Dr. Shirley Moore of California is Vice President of NFOJA’s Strategic Planning and Management Board. Comparing NFOJA to a commercial franchisor, Dr. Inman notes that it “utilizes uniform imagery, messaging, and strategies for public awareness, lobbying, and ballot initiatives while maintaining flexibility to accommodate diverse views and circumstances.” She adds, “NFOJA is part of the online Meet Up community committed to revitalizing local communities and helping people self-organize by getting off the internet and meeting face to face.”

Dr. Shirley Moore says participants “will begin implementing the best judicial oversight and accountability practices apparent from the official report on our 2008 forum which legal scholars considered without objection throughout America.” Fellow NFOJA board members Dr. Glenn Vickers Bey of Maryland and attorney Michael McCray of Arkansas both conclude “while there are alternatives, our proposed Citizens’ Panel on Judicial Misconduct Act incorporates the best of the best judicial reform strategies.”

To preview community forums on judicial accountability, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_Iqsub3SiE

To learn more about and/or participate in NFOJA’s community forums, visit http://www.meetup.com/NFOJA-meetup/

National Forum On Judicial Accountability (NFOJA) is a project of National Judicial Conduct and Disability Law Project, Inc. and the official network of Community Forums On Judicial Accountability (CFOJA).


2009 Was a Year of Giving Back, The Harris Law Firm Gets Involved in the Denver Community

Denver, CO (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

The Harris Law Firm’s strong commitment to the community is reflected in the many ways our attorneys and staff donated their time

Colorado Legal Services: CLS provides legal services for low income Coloradans. (coloradolegalservices.org)

The Adoption Exchange: AE connects children in foster homes with permanent and loving families. (adoptex.org)

The Max Fund: This non-profit no-kill animal shelter provides medical care for injured pets with no known owners, and then finds them new homes when they have recovered. (maxfund.org)

Law Line 9: The Denver Bar Association runs this free legal program in conjunction with Channel 9 News. (9news.com)

Mi Casa: The Colorado Lawyers Committee and the Denver Bar Association sponsor Mi Casa’s “Legal Night,” a free opportunity for people to meet with a Colorado family law attorney. (micasadenver.org)

The Horse Protection League: Because HPL’s primary purpose is the prevention of equine abuse, this wonderful organization provides tender loving care for abused, neglected, abandoned and unwanted horses. (cohpl.org)

Food Bank of the Rockies: Founded in 1978, FBR supplies food to more than 900 hunger-relief programs. (foodbankrockies.org)

The Denver Rescue Mission: DRM provides shelter, food, clothing, and education to Denver’s homeless. (denverrescuemission.org)

Arapahoe House: The Arapahoe House is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing a continuum of accessible, affordable, and effective services for individuals and families with alcohol, drug or other behavioral health problems. (arapahoehouse.org)

Underwearness: Underwearness is an annual event organized by downtown professions seeking to help disadvantaged children obtain underclothing, one pair at a time! (underwearness.org)

Ronald McDonald House: This organization is a home-away-from-home for families with children undergoing life saving treatments at nearby Children’s Hospitals. (rmhc.com)

About the Harris Law Firm

Established in 1993, The Harris Law Firm is one of Denver’s largest family law firms and employs a team of 12 skilled attorneys. In addition to Colorado divorce and child custody and support issues in Colorado, The Harris Law Firm also handles marital agreements, and issues regarding maintenance, paternity, grandparents’ rights, and step-parent adoptions.

For more information on The Harris Law Firm, including articles written by our family law attorneys, please visit our Web site: Harris Family Law

Heidi Culbertson

Director of Business Development

The Harris Law Firm

(303) 299-9484




Henley-Putnam Webinar Series Continues with Insider’s Guide to the Counterintelligence Community

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) March 22, 2010

This spring, Henley-Putnam University will continue its exclusive webinar series with Insider’s Guide to the Counterintelligence Community, led by Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University.

Insider’s Guide to the Counterintelligence Community will take place Wednesday, March 31, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST. Those interested should register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/533883986. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

During the free webinar, Colonel Angley will provide a broad overview of the field of counterintelligence (CI), an often misunderstood and mysterious subset of both the intelligence and law enforcement communities. He will discuss the formal definition of CI as it appears in current Executive Orders, as well as break it down into more simplistic and practical terms. He will also discuss the differences between defensive and offensive approaches to CI, the major agencies that have a CI mission, and the limitations the U.S. government places on the conduct of CI activities.

“Counterintelligence tends to be an esoteric, gray realm of the intelligence and law enforcement communities, and as such, is typically misperceived,” said Colonel Angley. “I hope this webinar will demystify much of the misperception and serve to encourage people to consider a career in CI.”

The series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on, insider experience of Henley-Putnam faculty members – comprised of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community – to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars will be announced in the coming weeks and available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm.

The webinar series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. The university’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or an expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. In addition, through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students to research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search (i.e., develop resume and cover letter), locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam University’s certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.


Colonel Michael Angley is Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. Colonel Angley is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, holding five command assignments throughout his career. When he retired in 2007, he was one of OSI’s senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Colonel Angley is also the award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.childfinder.us), a mystery/thriller series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.


Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (http://www.detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA and Secret Service. For more information, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising(at)Henley-Putnam(dot)edu, or call 888.852.8746.


Syngenta Seedcare and Gibbs & Soell Recognized for Creative Excellence in Community Service

Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) April 30, 2010

Syngenta Seedcare and its agency Gibbs & Soell Public Relations have been recognized with a 2010 Communitas Award for creative excellence in community service and corporate social responsibility. The Communitas Awards program is organized by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals, which acknowledges creative achievement and fosters partnerships with charities and community organizations.

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Capital Insurance Group and The Protector Network Host Community Safety Saturday

Visalia, CA (PRWEB) May 15, 2010

On April 24, Capital Insurance Group (CIG) Central Valley Insurance Agency teamed up with the California Highway Patrol, Visalia Police Department and Z104.9 FM to host the first-ever Community Safety Saturday. This free event, aimed at raising awareness of child automobile safety, attracted more than 100 Central Valley residents.

The goal, in keeping with CIGs company philosophy, was to build a relationship with, and assume its responsibility to, the local neighborhood. I cant help but think that we might have actually prevented future injury to at least one of the precious children of this communityand that makes it all worth it, exclaimed Central Valley Insurance Advisor Dee Dean.

To accomplish this, CIG teamed up with the California Highway Patrol. The CHP established a child safety seat check where Public Affairs Officer Scott Harris could inspect child safety and booster seats and instruct parents on the proper usage of these life-saving restraints. Despite states efforts to educate the public, an astonishing number of parents still put their children at risk with improperly installed or broken car seats. Officer Harris was able to demonstrate their correct installation and usage and was even able to exchange broken car seats with brand new ones.

Since child safety was the goal, officers from the Visalia Police Department set up a booth to create photo ID cards for the children and to give away fingerprinting kits. In addition, children received free family activities books. This was a great event, said Visalia Police Departments Crime Prevention Coordinator Angie de Alba. We were able to give good information out about child safety, family safety, identity theft and teen dating.

Children enjoyed face painting and lucky participants received CDs and gift certificates awarded by local radio station Z104.9 FM. Radio personality Lisa Hamilton, who broadcast live from the Carmel Plaza location, provided music, entertainment and prizes with the Z104.9 FM Spin and Win Wheel. Other prizes included a bluetooth headset, emergency camera kit, pocket radio and entertainment savings certificates given away by CIG through raffle drawings every half hour. CIG also gave away a reusable tote bag to each family.

This was the first of many community events well host with The Protector Network and Capital Insurance Group, said Phil Oliver of Central Valley Insurance Agency.

The event was as unique as its co-sponsor, The Protector Network, a first-of-its-kind safety, security and savings benefits program. All CIG clients receive a complimentary membership in The Protector Network, which provides services, tools and products to help protect families, homes, autos and