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Mitchell Yancey Healthy Families: one by one story

Whether the goal is to thank volunteers or raise awareness, it’s really fun to hear about some of the creative things charities do.

-Cheryl

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Mitchell Yancey Healthy Families is a program of the Toe River Health District and partners with the Mitchell Yancey Partnership for Children. The Mitchell Yancey Partnership for Children provides everything from a children’s resource library to subsidized child care and child care quality assurance services.

MYHF is an intensive home visiting program meant to identify and assist overburdened families. Overburdened may mean little or no income, domestic violence issues, substance abuse and evidence of child abuse.

The primary mission of the Mitchell-Yancey Healthy Families Program (MYHF) is to prevent child abuse. The organization serves families from time of pregnancy until the child has reached age five. “Working with and providing services to families when the child is this young reduces the risk of maltreatment to the child,” says MYHF’s program director, Nickey Reato-Stamey.

Since it began in May 2012, MYHF has enrolled 23 families. An MYHF Family Support Worker can spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 5 hours per week in the home or working on each family’s needs and Nickey reports that there have been noticeable improvements already. For example, MYHF families have already seen a 20 percent increase in income and there has been a 20 percent decrease in smoking among the pregnant women MYHF is assisting.

Crisis intervention is part of MYHF’s service goals, but parenting education is essential. The main goal is for these parents “to parent differently than they were parented,” says Nickey. “So, if they know child abuse and neglect, we want to teach them … there’s a different way.” One way to make a change: Get outside and get active.

That’s why Nickey applied to receive a one by one® grant of pedometers from 4imprint®. “We know that getting outside and having some sort of exercise can be beneficial,” remarks Nickey. “Pedometers are what we got and we want to use those as a way to improve [maternal] health.” The idea behind it is to promote health by helping parents be good role models. When moms are walking outside, they’re also setting an example so that “children know it’s important, too.”

When Nickey received news that MYHF would be receiving the pedometers, she and her team “were tickled pink.” Theirs is a new program, but they felt that 4imprint really appreciated the child abuse prevention cause. “Wouldn’t it be exciting,” Nickey thought, “for 4imprint to say that they put their imprint on preventing child abuse?”

Indeed it is.

Read more one by one recipient stories on 4imprint’s Facebook page. To apply for a one by one grant, visit our website at onebyone.4imprint.com and click the Application tab.

The Shyann Kindness Project: one by one story

You never know how far a little act of kindness will reach. Here’s one example of a small act of kindness that went a long way.

-Cheryl

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Passing kindness on one act at a time

The  Shyann Kindness Project was born from just one act of kindness—one that was performed in memory of an amazing little girl, Shyann Rosati, who had recently passed away due to complications from a multitude of diagnoses. This nonprofit organization started when a family friend paid a visit to a children’s emergency room with a slew of gifts—crayons, coloring books, stickers, books and more—to distribute to kids spending Christmas in the hospital. But there was a uniqueness to these gifts … attached to each one was a kindness card that encouraged its recipients to “pass it on.” From there, the Shyann Kindness Project came to be and what started as a one-time act is now a bi-monthly event that to date has touched the lives of more than 14,000 children.

One of the most recent kindness events held by the Shyann Kindness Project was “Backpack Night.” In partnership with a local library, they provide backpacks loaded with school supplies to underprivileged students. To receive one, all the students have to do is write an essay or draw a picture that illustrates how they pass on kindness to others. A lucky five are also chosen to receive a free computer, donated by a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

Promotional products retailer 4imprint® rewarded a one by one® grant to the Shyann Kindness Project which was used to purchase the backpacks for “Backpack Night.” On them, the phrase “Kindness … Pass it on” was imprinted. “There were numerous other backpacks available in addition to the ones we purchased from 4imprint, but many of the kids chose the ones with the kindness saying first. It was very touching,” stated Shyann’s mother and executive director of the Shyann Kindness Project, Sandy Rosati. “I think it is really important that a company like 4imprint gives back. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without these types of in-kind donations.”

To read more stories like this one or to learn more about 4imprint’s one by one program, visit our Facebook page or our website at onebyone.4imprint.com.  

Awards with Meaning

Organizations have much to celebrate: employee milestones, promotions, industry awards, individual accomplishments and team achievements. If you are planning an awards ceremony, you can choose from a variety of imprinted items to honor achievements, include acrylic, glass or crystal awards.

Acrylic awards, like the Star Acrylic Award, are made from a resin that reflects light and can be imprinted or etched with an organization’s logo, the recipient’s name and the date of the award.

 

Acrylic awards represent a budget-friendly way to honor multiple recipients of the same award. For example, acrylic awards are an ideal way to honor everyone on a winning team, a sales group that meets its goals or a department that goes above and beyond to make something happen.

Like acrylic, glass awards can also be imprinted or etched with an organization’s logo, the award recipient’s name and the date of the honor. Glass awards, like the Captivate Starfire Glass Award, are weightier and reflect light more brilliantly than an acrylic award.

Glass awards serve as the perfect reminder of significant annual achievements. For example, an organization might present a glass award to honor an employee of the year or those employees who have reached certain milestones within the organization.

Known for its clarity and beauty, crystal is one of the most popular materials for awards. Crystal awards are often used to celebrate significant achievements or contributions by employees, volunteers, donors or other organizational leaders. Crystal awards can be engraved with the organization’s logo, recipient’s name and date of the honor.

For example, the Soaring Star Crystal Tower Award (available in sizes from 8” to 14”) is the perfect way to honor silver, gold- and platinum-level performers. Consider an engraved crystal award as a way to honor significant contributions, outstanding employee performance or lifetime achievement awards.

Whether your organization’s awards ceremony is a red-carpet style event, an awards banquet or a fun-filled office pizza party, the key to making awards ceremonies memorable is showing genuine appreciation for the efforts of those being honored.  While awards can provide a tangible reminder of the honor, applause, a special event and front-and-center recognition are the real keys to making an awards ceremony successful.

-Suzanne

PS – Using the same style award from month to month, quarter to quarter or year to year can create a sense of camaraderie or connection among recipients who’ve won the awards each year and demonstrate the consistent performance associated with the achievement.

Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services: one by one story

Working with charities like this is one of the things I love about my job. 

-Cheryl

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This Indiana-based, all-volunteer nonprofit organization has been making a difference in the lives of cancer patients across Lawrence County. No matter their age or gender or type of cancer they’ve been diagnosed with, the volunteers of Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services are there to help.

Established in 1996, this group works hard to provide cancer patients with the things they need. Sometimes that’s a guest driver or gas card to take them to a clinic or hospital in a bigger city; sometimes it’s wigs or mammograms, Boost® or Ensure®. Other times it’s a “cheer bag.”

Cheer bags are distributed to cancer patients in various treatment programs around Lawrence County. They include any number of things that may come in handy. Brenda McKain is the group’s secretary and plays a large part in putting together cheer bags. “We had one lady, 83 years old, who had breast cancer— she went through the special breast cancer cheer bag with her daughter four times and insisted they could use everything in it.”

“Another time,” says Brenda, “One lady called and said since she wasn’t getting her treatments, so she wasn’t getting her bag; we made a special one for her—a great big box! She was so grateful.”

In 2012, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services distributed more than 250 cheer bags. One of the things they filled them with were personal-sized hand sanitizer bottles with their logo on it, a gift from 4imprint’s® one by one® charitable giving program. “These patients love to get cheer bags,” says Brenda. “They can’t wait to see what’s in these little bags.”

To learn more about the 4imprint one by one program, visit our Facebook page

Everything Old is New Again: Promotional Euro Bumper Stickers

When I was a child growing up in the UK, summer holiday trips into Europe always required my dad to make a trip to the auto store to get a Euro Bumper Sticker.

When affixed to the back of your car, the simple, easily recognizable black-and-white stickers denoted our country of origin. On long road trips, we would pass time by trying to identify stickers from as many countries as possible.

Today, the stickers are no longer required for modern vehicles because the country of origin appears on the license plate. But, these stickers have grown in popularity here in the U.S. as promotional products.

In fact, these bumper stickers are popping up everywhere, highlighting not only vacation destinations, but also colleges, sporting accomplishments, special events and locations. For example, if your organization hosts an annual road race or relay, the Removable Euro Bumper Sticker a great giveaway.

Walkers, runners, bikers and triathletes can proudly display their athletic accomplishments while promoting your event.

Removable Euro Bumper Stickers can also be beneficial products for cause-related organizations, giving volunteers and donors a simple, visual way to showcase their support.

As the popularity of these bumper stickers continues to rise, children may even have a new game to play on long car rides, all while drawing attention to your organization, event or cause.

-Suzanne

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The Beverley Humble Foundation: one by one story

You never know how an organization will make a difference. Here’s one inspiring story.

-Cheryl

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Beverley Humble was the Office Manager at the First Aid and CPR training center called, We R CPR. She firmly believed that everyone should know CPR because most likely, the life you save would be that of a loved one. After she passed away, We R CPR formed a nonprofit organization in her memory—the Beverley Humble Foundation. In honor of Beverley, its mission is to teach as many people as possible the life-saving skill of CPR.

The Beverley Humble Foundation is not a certification program; rather it teaches CPR to those looking to learn the skill to prepare for the unexpected. “Anyone can do it … you just have to give them the confidence,” stated Beverley Humble Foundation’s director Tonya Carver. Classes provide instruction in adult, child and infant CPR. The Beverley Humble Foundation reaches out to the community through church groups, recreational leagues, community expos and more in order to spread its mission.

The Beverley Humble Foundation received a one by one® grant from 4imprint®, and used it to purchase promotional products for a children’s expo. Thanks to the grant, the foundation was able to distribute a bag imprinted with instructions for the hands-only method of CPR. “We were thrilled when we found out we were chosen for this grant. Our organization is only two years old and to know someone believed in our cause enough to award us this grant was an honor,” said Carver.

To read more stories like this one or to learn more about 4imprint’s one by one program, visit our Facebook page or our website at onebyone.4imprint.com.  

Operation Nightwatch: one by one story

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.  

-Cheryl

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Operation Nightwatch began in the late 1960’s as a night ministry—its purpose was to support and serve those living on the streets. Today, what started as one man’s mission to reach the homeless has evolved into a nonprofit organization that now provides shelter and food to 150 homeless adults every night.

This year, Operation Nightwatch decided to try something new and asked the homeless people they serve to participate in a fun-run to benefit the organization. Clients and volunteers participated in the Seattle Seafair® Torchlight Run and raised over $15,000 to support their shelters. One participant, an immigrant from Zimbabwe posted on Facebook®, “[Pure] fun was something I didn’t know … I have developed a new appreciation for LIFE … to be part of something like [the Seattle Seafair Torchlight Run] was a JOY!”

Nightwatch was a recipient of a 4imprint® one by one® grant and used it to purchase bright green running shirts for the event. Shoes and other running gear were donated by various organizations. Volunteers and runners trained together, which helped break down walls that exist amongst the populations. “Stories were shared and stereotypes were destroyed,” said Rick Reynolds of Operation Nightwatch. “If you think about the day-to-day survival needs of our clients and then think that they want to participate in this run to help our organization—it’s amazing.”

After finding out Operation Nightwatch received a promotional products grant, “We were jumping up and down and so happy,” said Reynolds. “The shirts are beautiful and they really created unity and helped us stand out as an organization.”

Read more one by one recipient stories on 4imprint’s Facebook page. To apply for a one by one grant, visit our website at onebyone.4imprint.com and click the Application tab.

Promotional Inspiration from Pittsburgh’s Giant Rubber Duck

The giant rubber duck that’s floating in Pittsburgh has grabbed national headlines. It’s not the only organization capitalizing on the popularity of the bathtub toy.

In Chicago, the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby raises funds for Special Olympics Illinois by selling racing rubber ducks to sponsors. (Watch the video.) Thousands of spectators watch as 45,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River. Ducks that reach the finish line first win prizes for their sponsor. This is a brilliant way to bring people together for a good cause and have a little competitive fun in the process.

Organizations of all types may be able to take inspiration from these animal-themed promotions while creating events of a more manageable size.  Here are a few ideas:

Imagine a flock of logo-emblazoned rubber ducks floating in a fountain or pool and greeting visitors to a special event or open house. The ducks could serve as a fun reminder of the event, long after it is over.

An organization launching a new health or wellness program could distribute a Paws and Claws Lunch bag. This bright reusable lunch tote is sure to make people smile.  The promotion would work equally well with elephant, kitten, puppy, owl or penguin bags.

Or, bring an eye-catching promotion to an event or tradeshow. Turn a giveaway into a game by attaching the names of prizes to the bottom of some animal-themed key chains.  Display the promotional keychains en masse on a table. Visitors who provide their contact information or complete a task can take home a keychain. When they turn over the keychains, some lucky winners will find a winning number attached.

If you’re not a fan of ducks, you can choose eagles, cougars, cows, cats or many other animal styles. No matter which you choose, these friendly promotional products are sure to turn heads.

-Suzanne

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Child and Family Services of Saginaw: one by one story

Working with charities like this is one of the things I love about my job. 

-Cheryl

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What began as an organization that provided food, shelter and clothing to homeless women and children 140 years ago, Child and Family Services of Saginaw (C&FS) has expanded throughout the years to encompass so much more. Now offering counseling, trauma recovery and employee assistance services, the Michigan nonprofit consistently impacts the lives of more than 6,000 individuals each year.

One of C&FS’s most successful and widely utilized programs is the Sexual Assault Center that serves victims of sexual abuse and their family members. This program offers counseling, crisis services, community education and legal advocacy services, free of charge, to those in need.

“We help the victims who don’t—or can’t—help themselves … their voices are heard through us,” explains Carrie Schultz, C&FS’s development and marketing director.

They don’t do it alone, though: Operating primarily on funding from grants and individual gifts, CF&S relies heavily on support from the community.

“We receive grants from the federal government, but they don’t cover everything—those dollars just don’t go as far as we need them to,” said Schultz. “We do additional fundraising in order to offset the costs to continue to offer free support.”

For example, the annual Strike Out Sexual Assault Bowl-a-Thon held each year brings together community members and businesses alike to raise money for the cause. Teams comprised of four to six bowlers band together to secure pledges while local businesses sponsor lanes and donate prizes for the winning team and the individual with the most dollars pledged. Attendees are also treated to food, music and plenty of games.

Each year, the popular fundraiser has a new theme to energize participants and add to the fun of the day. This year, the bowling alley was transformed with a Western theme, complete with cow-patterned decorations and country music. As always, guests were encouraged to come dressed for the part and, with the help of an in-kind donation from 4imprint’s one by one® program, CF&S was able to add a little something to everyone’s costume—a logo’d bandanna to remember the day and the cause long after the event was over.

This year, the event raised more than $30,000. But Schultz argues that, like the organization itself, there’s so much more there than what meets the eye. “Year after year to see the support is absolutely amazing to me. Aside from the funds we raise, if these people are all showing up because they believe in us, that’s what moves me.”

Read more one by one recipient stories on 4imprint’s Facebook page. To apply for a one by one grant, visit our website at onebyone.4imprint.com and click the Application tab.

 

A Stylus with a Purpose

With mobile devices growing more popular every day, it’s easy to see why some of our best-selling promotional pens are becoming fan favorites when paired with a stylus. Stylus pens are still relatively new, so customers don’t have a drawer full of them at home. Not only that, but how often can you give customers a high-tech giveaway for less than a dollar?

Stylus pens get people talking (“Where’d you find that? May I have another one to share?”) and give a “wow” factor at trade show booths by making organizations seem modern, with it, and up-to-date.

Take the Curvy, for example. This long-time promotional pen favorite becomes a modern, cutting edge giveaway with the addition of the stylus to the top. The Curvy Twist Stylus Pen retains its stylish appeal but gains high tech functionality.

The same is true for updates to the Javelin Stylus Pen.  Pens are an old favorite at seminars and conferences, but these multi-purpose promotional pens let attendees jump between taking notes and checking emails back at the office.

And, with the Krypton Stylus Pen, you can use a paper tablet and a mobile tablet at the same time. There’s no need to put down your pen.

If your customers are ink-free, mobile-only types, the Stylus with Cleaning Cloth makes an even better giveaway. When customers twist it open, they’ll find a handy microfiber cloth inside. It’s the perfect tool to keep devices smudge-free.

If you really want to make an impression, you can now provide three useful technology tools in one stylish gift. With the Stylus USB Pen, a stylus, pen and USB drive come together, creating in one smart giveaway.

Imprinted items like this help your organization project a modern image and get people talking about your giveaways, your booth and your brand. And, that’s exactly what you want at your next trade show or event.

-Suzanne