PRIDE IN MCALESTER NAMED A FINALIST IN FIFTH ANNUAL
TOM’S OF MAINE “50 STATES FOR GOOD”™ PROGRAM
Pride In McAlester represents Oklahoma as one of 51 Finalists in the Running to Earn $10,000 in Funding
McAlester, Oklahoma, September 16, 2013 – Pride In McAlester has been selected as the only finalist from Oklahoma in the fifth annual Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” community giving program and now has a chance to win $10,000 to grow important community projects and services that will promote methods to reduce the negative impact of litter on our community, resulting in a cleaner community. Through a public vote at 50StatesforGood.com now through October 15, supporters can help bring the funding to McAlester with the simple click of a mouse.
The “50 States for Good” program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done. Pride In McAlester’s Anti-Litter Campaign will entail programs, signage, and other materials to help discourage littering.
“Pride In McAlester is deeply honored to represent our community and state in this competition,” said Stephanie Giacomo, Executive Director of Pride In McAlester.
Non-profit finalists from each state were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominations by an independent panel of judges, including star of “The Vampire Diaries” and non-profit founder Ian Somerhalder, Matt Petronzio, assistant features editor covering social good for Mashable.com, Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care.
“A desire to do more for a favorite nonprofit can often be hindered by a lack of time to volunteer or financial means to make a donation,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “50 States for Good makes it easy for anyone to have an impact and directly help organizations that are bringing goodness to communities in a variety of creative and inspiring ways.”
For several decades, Tom’s of Maine has donated 10% of its profits back to the community and encourages employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time off to volunteer every year. For more information visit tomsofmaine.com.
About Pride In McAlester
Pride In McAlester (PIM) consists of citizen volunteers, business supporters, and partner organizations who contribute time, labor, money, and supplies to ensure that McAlester continues to fulfill its potential as a great place to live and work. From painting projects to litter pickups, PIM’s dedication to keeping McAlester beautiful provides results that can be seen in every sector of the community. For more information about Pride In McAlester, go to www.prideinmcalester.com or PIM’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prideinmcalester.
About Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant and bar soap products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living planet. For over 42 years, TOMs has sponsored hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support human and environmental goodness and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. TOMs employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company’s high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company’s sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom’s of Maine products are vegan, kosher, halal-certified and all packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Tom’s of Maine enjoys partnering with its consumers, vendors and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. Visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.
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Pride In McAlester was honored to work with the many volunteers, participants, sponsors, and partners on this year’s Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma events.
Read the details here.