Volunteer Spotlight: Elouise McMillian

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SOURCE: Keep America Beautiful

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“A Servant’s Heart” is one of Elouise McMillian’s favorite phrases, and describes her beautifully.

This retired veteran of both the U.S. Army and Air Force has become a well-known figure in Irving, Texas. She is frequently spotted walking or riding her bicycle, as she makes her way to give of her time and energy to many worthwhile organizations.

Keep America Beautiful affiliate Keep Irving Beautiful (KIB) is on her route from home to church, and she often stops by to see what volunteer opportunities are available. She has volunteered with KIB for more than 10 years. Her presence not only brightens everyone’s day, but makes any KIB event run as smoothly as possible. Elouise, the retired Army colonel, is the epitome of a “trooper.”  She has braved the elements – heavy rain, high winds, freezing or scorching temperatures – to perform the duties of the job for which she volunteered. 

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Mike Rosen
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Larry Kaufman
Keep America Beautiful
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lkaufman@kab.org

KEYWORDS: Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Keep America Beautiful, Keep Irving Beautiful, volunteerism

Recruiting Employees with Disabilities

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By: Carol Glazer and Howard Green

SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.

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For the 57 million Americans living with disabilities, the largest barrier to Quality of Life is finding employment. There are 30 million Americans with disabilities of working age but  only 20 percent of them participate in the workforce.

The barriers to employment usually stem from stigma about what individuals with disabilities can achieve and contribute to the workforce. A survey that we worked on with PwC found that many people try to hide their disability out of fear that stigma will keep them from getting a job or limit their job options.

That’s a huge waste of talent at a time when the American workforce needs it most. With Baby Boomers retiring and new jobs being created, there will be an estimated 47 million new job openings in this decade, according The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

Additionally, hiring people with disabilities can have unique benefits for employers. A 2012 study by Walgreens found that workers with disabilities had 48 percent lower turnover rates than the nondisabled employee population, 67 percent lower medical costs, and equal rates of accuracy and productivity.

Here are a few ways to ensure your organization is taking advantage of this talent pool:

Foster a disability-inclusive culture
Employees with disabilities are looking for a work environment where they feel safe discussing a disability with coworkers and leaders. A firm’s leaders can play an important role in starting and sustaining the conversation internally around disability, creating expectations and driving accountability for disability inclusion initiatives.  Include content and images addressing employees with disabilities on your company’s materials, social media and employee intranet, and review your disability policies and processes to ensure that these workers do not go unsupported.

The National Organization on Disability offers a suite of Disability Employment Professional Services that provide strategic guidance and practical steps customized to enhance each company’s organizational culture and improve hiring and retention rates for employees with disabilities.

Commit to a disability employment initiative
Create a program with the specific goal of hiring people with disabilities. Create hiring goals and a strategy to achieve them.  Look for new places to find candidates, including disability-specific job sites or campus disability services offices. Depict people with apparent disabilities in your external recruitment materials and on your website. And educate recruiters and hiring managers on alternate interviewing techniques, as some wonderful candidates may have difficulty with traditional interviewing formats.

In addition, train your recruiters and managers on disability etiquette and awareness to help ensure that they understand the needs of candidates and new hires with disabilities—and current employees with disabilities, too. The most successful disability employment initiatives are multi-faceted and include both external outreach efforts and internal culture-change efforts.

Build a comfortable working environment
Set aside a central accommodations budget, so that employees with disabilities can access job tools and aides, without affecting departmental budgets. A study from the Job Accommodation Network found that 59 percent of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500. The study found that providing accommodations led to retention of valuable employees, improved productivity and morale, reduction in workers’ compensation and training costs, and improved company diversity.

How is your organization recruiting people with disabilities? Let us know in the comments.

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KEYWORDS: Diversity & Human Resources, Human Resources, diversity, workforce, workplace culture, Disabilities, hiring, Stigma, recruiters, Sodexo

Recruiting Employees with Disabilities

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By: Carol Glazer and Howard Green

SOURCE: Sodexo, Inc.

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For the 57 million Americans living with disabilities, the largest barrier to Quality of Life is finding employment. There are 30 million Americans with disabilities of working age but  only 20 percent of them participate in the workforce.

The barriers to employment usually stem from stigma about what individuals with disabilities can achieve and contribute to the workforce. A survey that we worked on with PwC found that many people try to hide their disability out of fear that stigma will keep them from getting a job or limit their job options.

That’s a huge waste of talent at a time when the American workforce needs it most. With Baby Boomers retiring and new jobs being created, there will be an estimated 47 million new job openings in this decade, according The Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce.

Additionally, hiring people with disabilities can have unique benefits for employers. A 2012 study by Walgreens found that workers with disabilities had 48 percent lower turnover rates than the nondisabled employee population, 67 percent lower medical costs, and equal rates of accuracy and productivity.

Here are a few ways to ensure your organization is taking advantage of this talent pool:

Foster a disability-inclusive culture
Employees with disabilities are looking for a work environment where they feel safe discussing a disability with coworkers and leaders. A firm’s leaders can play an important role in starting and sustaining the conversation internally around disability, creating expectations and driving accountability for disability inclusion initiatives.  Include content and images addressing employees with disabilities on your company’s materials, social media and employee intranet, and review your disability policies and processes to ensure that these workers do not go unsupported.

The National Organization on Disability offers a suite of Disability Employment Professional Services that provide strategic guidance and practical steps customized to enhance each company’s organizational culture and improve hiring and retention rates for employees with disabilities.

Commit to a disability employment initiative
Create a program with the specific goal of hiring people with disabilities. Create hiring goals and a strategy to achieve them.  Look for new places to find candidates, including disability-specific job sites or campus disability services offices. Depict people with apparent disabilities in your external recruitment materials and on your website. And educate recruiters and hiring managers on alternate interviewing techniques, as some wonderful candidates may have difficulty with traditional interviewing formats.

In addition, train your recruiters and managers on disability etiquette and awareness to help ensure that they understand the needs of candidates and new hires with disabilities—and current employees with disabilities, too. The most successful disability employment initiatives are multi-faceted and include both external outreach efforts and internal culture-change efforts.

Build a comfortable working environment
Set aside a central accommodations budget, so that employees with disabilities can access job tools and aides, without affecting departmental budgets. A study from the Job Accommodation Network found that 59 percent of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500. The study found that providing accommodations led to retention of valuable employees, improved productivity and morale, reduction in workers’ compensation and training costs, and improved company diversity.

How is your organization recruiting people with disabilities? Let us know in the comments.

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KEYWORDS: Diversity & Human Resources, Human Resources, diversity, workforce, workplace culture, Disabilities, hiring, Stigma, recruiters, Sodexo

Tribble Center Gives Support in the Working World

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Seneca, S.C., group puts people with disabilities to work, offers opportunities

SOURCE: Duke Energy

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In some ways, The Tribble Center in Seneca, S.C., is a typical warehouse: boxes packed for shipping, work tables full of men and women constructing esoteric instruments.

Yet, the center, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities, is much more.

Stepping through the crowd in the warehouse, Day Program Manager Donna Thompson starts rattling off names.

There’s Mona, who moved in with her sister in Upstate South Carolina after their mother’s death. “She just fell in love with coming to work,” Thompson said. “She told her sister, ‘We have to stay here. This is my job. This is my work.’”

There’s Joseph, whose smile is more vibrant than the sunlight pouring in ribbons through the windows. “He’s very diligent at his job,” Thompson said. “He loves to work. But he really looks forward to party time, and the holidays. He starts in November, carrying his Santa list. He’s always ready with that list in his pocket.”

And there’s Terrance, who rattles off facts and figures at a rapid pace. Thompson glows, her hands together, as if in prayer. “His memory is phenomenal. He can remember things, people from 20 years ago. He never forgets anything, the good and the bad.”

More than just a job
The Tribble Center sits off S.C. 188, a handful of miles from downtown Seneca and a stone’s throw from the placid expanse of Lake Keowee, among rolling hills. It exists to serve “persons with disabilities and their families” to help them “experience a higher quality of life.” That’s its in-a-nutshell purpose, words on a brochure or a webpage.

Those words, however noble, are inadequate. The Tribble Center – its staff and guests – is much more.

To some, it’s a home. Donna Thompson certainly sees it that way. She’s spent most of her life working at the Tribble Center, 37 years.

To Jerry Mize and the people on his staff, it’s a calling. As executive director, he is responsible for budgets and planning, working with the board of directors to implement its vision.

But the most important people at the Tribble Center are the 175 people who receive services, from assistance in leading an independent life to residential services to vocational training.

And that’s where people like Mona Callahan, Joseph Gibson and Terrance Simpson come in. They are among the 109 who come here five days a week to work.

A willing partner
“Most of our clients can be productive, so we made a decision to find businesses to partner with and go out and get our people some work,” Thompson said. “Jerry Mize and I started out in the early 1980s, just pounding the pavement, going into the local businesses. We had to sell our people and their abilities to give them an opportunity.”

They found a willing partner in Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station.

“Back then, I honestly didn’t know if it would work,” Thompson said.

It has. Today, the partnership between the Tribble Center and Oconee Nuclear Station is strong, lasting more than 25 years. Each year, Tribble Center clients produce 25,000 smears (discs of filter paper) for the plant, which are used to monitor radiation levels on equipment, and 10,000 air filters – all by hand.

The partnership is a financial boon to the Tribble Center, too. In the past year, the center brought in $211,000 from its contracts with companies like Duke Energy – and $195,000 went directly to Tribble Center clients.

The financial boon is ancillary. People with intellectual disabilities, according to a study published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, are unemployed at a rate as much as four times higher than that of the general population. They are less likely to have social interaction and participate in leisure activities.

Developing skills
That’s not the case for Tribble Center clients. In addition to their work – Duke Energy is one of the organization’s four business partners – residents participate in arts and crafts, run a catering business and enjoy outings to places like the World of Energy, Oconee Nuclear Station’s education center, among a multitude of activities.

Going out to the movies, shopping at the grocery store, “those little things that you or I forget about, that we take for granted, they truly appreciate,” Thompson said.

Work therapy, then, is just one aspect of a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation.

“Our focus is to try to get them into the working world with the support they need to be successful,” Thompson said. “There is a lot of emphasis on coming into work, and now they have work skills they didn’t use to have.”

Thompson obliges dozens of requests for hugs, and listens to stories about football games and songs on the radio. She smiles, the portrait of patience, practiced every day for nearly 40 years.

“The one thing that I love to see is someone who succeeds,” she said. “It may be a job, it may be tying their shoe or going on their first outing. To see that excitement? That never gets old.

“Sometimes when you are having a bad day, you walk in one of those workshops, they tell you they love you, I just love that.”

To volunteer or learn more about the Tribble Center of Seneca, S.C.: thetribblecenter.com

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KEYWORDS: Diversity & Human Resources, Volunteerism & Community Engagement, Duke Energy, The Tribble Center, Seneca, South Carolina, Disabilities, work therapy, Corporate Social Responsibility, Partnerships

  

Arrow Electronics Issues “Call for Innovation” to Professional Artists Worldwide

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Application Deadline for the Annual Arrow “Five Years Out” Art Challenge is March 10

SOURCE: Arrow Electronics

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., February 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival are joining forces for the fifth straight year on the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, an international art contest celebrating innovation and artistic expression held July 1 to July 3 in Denver’s Cherry Creek area.

Professional artists from around the world are invited to explore the notion of innovation and express it through their chosen medium. The application deadline is March 10, with artwork due on June 2.

Arrow will award seven finalists with $5,000 commissions to create their artwork and display it at the 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver. One winner will also receive the $10,000 Innovation Award and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The seven pieces of art will become part of Arrow’s permanent artwork collection and potentially displayed in one of Arrow’s 465 locations around the world.

“This unique challenge encourages artists to explore that tangible place between where what’s possible meets what’s practical—or, what we at Arrow call Five Years Out,” said Joe Verrengia, Arrow’s global director of corporate social responsibility. “Five Years Out is a way of thinking reserved for a special group of people who guide innovation forward: engineers, inventors, makers and artists. We look forward to seeing this year’s innovative expressions of Five Years Out and adding to our collection of artwork, which inspires Arrow employees and customers at locations around the world every day.”

To learn more or to apply to the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, please visit http://cherrycreekartsfestival.org/arrow-five-years-out-art-challenge/.

To view samples of winning artwork from the 2016 competition, please visit community.arrow.com/arts/.  

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries. Learn more at fiveyearsout.com.

About the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a three-day, world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on Activity Avenue complement the Festival experience. Since 1991, the CherryArts 501(c)(3) nonprofit mission provides access to arts experiences and supports art education via the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and statewide education programs. For more information, please visit www.CherryArts.org.

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Meghan Macdonald (Arrow)
(303) 824-4589
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Arrow Electronics Issues “Call for Innovation” to Professional Artists Worldwide

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Application Deadline for the Annual Arrow “Five Years Out” Art Challenge is March 10

SOURCE: Arrow Electronics

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CENTENNIAL, Colo., February 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: ARW) and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival are joining forces for the fifth straight year on the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, an international art contest celebrating innovation and artistic expression held July 1 to July 3 in Denver’s Cherry Creek area.

Professional artists from around the world are invited to explore the notion of innovation and express it through their chosen medium. The application deadline is March 10, with artwork due on June 2.

Arrow will award seven finalists with $5,000 commissions to create their artwork and display it at the 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver. One winner will also receive the $10,000 Innovation Award and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The seven pieces of art will become part of Arrow’s permanent artwork collection and potentially displayed in one of Arrow’s 465 locations around the world.

“This unique challenge encourages artists to explore that tangible place between where what’s possible meets what’s practical—or, what we at Arrow call Five Years Out,” said Joe Verrengia, Arrow’s global director of corporate social responsibility. “Five Years Out is a way of thinking reserved for a special group of people who guide innovation forward: engineers, inventors, makers and artists. We look forward to seeing this year’s innovative expressions of Five Years Out and adding to our collection of artwork, which inspires Arrow employees and customers at locations around the world every day.”

To learn more or to apply to the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge, please visit http://cherrycreekartsfestival.org/arrow-five-years-out-art-challenge/.

To view samples of winning artwork from the 2016 competition, please visit community.arrow.com/arts/.  

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries. Learn more at fiveyearsout.com.

About the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a three-day, world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual, culinary, and performing arts and enjoys an annual attendance of 350,000 visitors. Special exhibits, art and culinary demonstrations, and interactive family activities on Activity Avenue complement the Festival experience. Since 1991, the CherryArts 501(c)(3) nonprofit mission provides access to arts experiences and supports art education via the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and statewide education programs. For more information, please visit www.CherryArts.org.

Media Contact
Meghan Macdonald (Arrow)
(303) 824-4589
mmacdonald@arrow.com

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Whirlpool Corporation Named One of the World’s Most Admired Companies

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SOURCE: Whirlpool Corporation

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BENTON HARBOR, Mich., February 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Today, Fortune Magazine named Whirlpool Corporation one of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the seventh consecutive year, recognizing the company’s excellent reputation among corporate stakeholders.

“We’re extremely proud of being recognized again on this prestigious list,” said Jeff Fettig, Chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation. “For more than 105 years, we’ve been working to maintain the trust and confidence of our consumers and investors alike through product innovation and social responsibility.”

Fortune’s annual list is based on observations and opinions of executives who rate their peers and competitors in nine different categories including innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, long-term investment, financial soundness, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

Whirlpool Corporation’s appearance on this list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is the latest of a series of accolades. In December 2016, Forbes Magazine named Whirlpool Corporation on its Just 100 List, which recognizes America’s best corporate citizens. Whirlpool Corporation has also received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s U.S. Corporate Equality Index for the past 13 years.

About Whirlpool Corporation  

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the number one major appliance manufacturer in the world, with approximately $21 billion in annual sales, 93,000 employees and 70 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2016. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. Additional information about the company can be found at WhirlpoolCorp.com, or find us on Twitter at @WhirlpoolCorp.

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KEYWORDS: Awards & Recognition, whirlpool corporation, most admired companies, fortune magazine, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility

Avnet Named to FORTUNE Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies”

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Avnet recognized on the annual list for the eleventh consecutive year

SOURCE: Avnet, Inc.

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PHOENIX, February 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Avnet (NYSE: AVT) was honored on FORTUNE magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 2017 in the wholesalers: electronics and office equipment category. This marks the eleventh consecutive year that FORTUNE has recognized Avnet for its continued leadership and management in areas such as financial soundness; global competitiveness; long-term investment value; people management; quality of products and services; and use of corporate assets.

“FORTUNE’s ranking is a testament to the strength and dedication of Avnet’s global team,” said William Amelio, chief executive officer, Avnet. “As Avnet continues to build our unique distribution model to support customers at every stage of the product lifecycle, this recognition from FORTUNE underscores our unwavering commitment to the success of our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders around the world.”

Amelio added, “It’s the core values exemplified by our employees that has earned us this honor from FORTUNE time and time again, and we’ll continue to find new routes for innovators, engineers and manufacturers to bring their ideas and products to market.”

FORTUNE rankings are considered the “definitive report card on corporate reputations” and they are based on surveys completed by executives, directors and analysts. Within the surveys, participants are asked to rate companies in their industry based on specific criteria from investment value to social responsibility.

To make the list a company’s score must rank in the top half of their industry. For more information on the FORTUNE “Most Admired Companies” visit http://www.fortune.com.

All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own.

About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. (AVT_IR)

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KEYWORDS: Awards & Recognition, Business & Trade, Avnet, fortune magazine, most admired companies, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership

Avnet Named to FORTUNE Magazine’s “Most Admired Companies”

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Avnet recognized on the annual list for the eleventh consecutive year

SOURCE: Avnet, Inc.

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PHOENIX, February 17, 2017 /3BL Media/ — Avnet (NYSE: AVT) was honored on FORTUNE magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list for 2017 in the wholesalers: electronics and office equipment category. This marks the eleventh consecutive year that FORTUNE has recognized Avnet for its continued leadership and management in areas such as financial soundness; global competitiveness; long-term investment value; people management; quality of products and services; and use of corporate assets.

“FORTUNE’s ranking is a testament to the strength and dedication of Avnet’s global team,” said William Amelio, chief executive officer, Avnet. “As Avnet continues to build our unique distribution model to support customers at every stage of the product lifecycle, this recognition from FORTUNE underscores our unwavering commitment to the success of our employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders around the world.”

Amelio added, “It’s the core values exemplified by our employees that has earned us this honor from FORTUNE time and time again, and we’ll continue to find new routes for innovators, engineers and manufacturers to bring their ideas and products to market.”

FORTUNE rankings are considered the “definitive report card on corporate reputations” and they are based on surveys completed by executives, directors and analysts. Within the surveys, participants are asked to rate companies in their industry based on specific criteria from investment value to social responsibility.

To make the list a company’s score must rank in the top half of their industry. For more information on the FORTUNE “Most Admired Companies” visit http://www.fortune.com.

All brands and trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks, and are the properties of their respective owners. Avnet disclaims any proprietary interest in marks other than its own.

About Avnet, Inc.
From components to cloud and design to disposal, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) accelerates the success of customers who build, sell and use technology globally by providing them with a comprehensive portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. (AVT_IR)

Links to related sources: http://news.avnet.com/press-release/avnet/avnet-named-fortune-magazines-most-admired-companies

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KEYWORDS: Awards & Recognition, Business & Trade, Avnet, fortune magazine, most admired companies, Corporate Social Responsibility, Leadership

Major Leaguers are Committed to Improving Lives in the Dominican Republic

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The Players Trust provides valuable resources to an area so many Players call home

SOURCE: Major League Baseball Players Trust

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Through a partnership between the Major League Baseball Players Trust and the U.S. nonprofit Esperanza International, Major Leaguers are helping improve the lives of families across the Dominican Republic – a place so many Players call home.

Grants from the Players Trust help some of the Dominican Republic’s most vulnerable populations by supporting and funding Esperanza’s microfinance program and its water purification and distribution project.

From September through December 2016 alone, Players Trust grants helped provide 76 loans to first-time borrowers. Esperanza estimates that these new loans will impact at least 380 lives in three of their eight branch office areas, including North Santo Domingo, West Santo Domingo and San Pedro de Macoris. These low interest loans help families break through an endless cycle of poverty by providing the necessary resources to get small businesses up and running.

In addition to the loans, the Trust backs investments in Esperanza’s complementary services, including vocational courses and educational programs.  Through these extension programs, participants are growing their businesses by learning and/or improving crucial skills such as sewing, making cleaning compounds, handicrafts and decorations and more. Other services supported include healthcare training, family planning and hygiene.

Many of us take easy access to clean drinking water for granted, but in the Dominican Republic access to such water can be scarce. That’s why Esperanza operates two water purification projects with funding from the Players Trust: 7 Veces de Vida and Agua Life. Combined, these two projects help provide area residents with close to 25,000 gallons of clean and affordable drinking water per month.

The Trust’s partnership with Esperanza has had a tremendous impact in the area, and it complements additional support and funding the Players Trust provides to Medicines for Humanity, another U.S. based non-profit making a difference in the lives of the neediest of the needy in the Dominican Republic.

Major Leaguers care deeply about the places where they live and work, and through the Players Trust they are committed to giving back in support of underserved populations across the Americas. 

To learn more, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org and follow @MLBPlayersTrust.

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KEYWORDS: Philanthropy, Education, Major League Baseball Players Trust, Dominican Republic, esperanza international, clean water