86 the Fruitcake: Businesses and Individuals Give to
Released on = October 24, 2005, 1:13 pm
Press Release Author = Community Voice Mail
Industry = Non Profit
Press Release Summary = Individuals and businesses choosing to give charitable gifts
this season in wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita
Press Release Body = Seattle, Washington October 24, 2005, With the
after-effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita still wreaking havoc in many American’s
lives, and images of the Pakistan earthquake in the nightly news, individuals and
businesses both public and private are choosing charitable gift-giving this season.
Community Voice Mail, www.cvm.org a grassroots charity that provides phone numbers
and voice mail to the homeless and hurricane victims in 37 cities and 19 states, has
created a fun and novel way for individuals and businesses to participate in
charitable giving for the holidays.
“We hope this holiday that instead of going on a spending spree, shoppers will go on
a giving spree,” says Patricia Bonnell, Community Voice Mail’s development director.
Individuals can send holiday Ecards to friends and family for only $7 apiece. This
electronic “stocking stuffer” gift supplies one hurricane victim or homeless person
with voice mail for one month – enabling them to connect to hope and loved ones at a
time they need it most.
Businesses can upload their email list and send clients an Ecard holiday
acknowledgement OR choose an engraved insert to send alone or place inside their
corporate Christmas cards.
www.cvm.org has details.
The technology that makes the Ecard program possible is being donated by the
Rubenstein Technology Group. www.rubensteintech.com
Community Voice Mail recently expanded its capacity to help when The Cisco
Foundation provided them technology to serve 120,000 hurricane Katrina evacuees with
voicemail services. Now they need to ramp up support services to meet demand.
Charities like Community Voice Mail may indeed be on the receiving end of a new
trend in responsible giving. According to a 2004 survey of businesses by The Boston
College Center for Corporate Citizenship and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 70% of
participants contributed cash to “support the well-being of communities.”
The Giving USA Foundation’s yearly report for 2004 shows individual giving increased
over 4% to 187.92 billion, and charitable giving by business entities reached 12
billion, a 7.3% increase.
Says Bill Strathmann, CEO of Network for Good: “Giving to a worthy cause at the
holidays makes everyone feel good, the person making the donation, the person or
company honored with the donation and the person helped by the donation. That’s a
Web Site = http://www.cvm.com
Contact Details = Contact:
Karma Martell or Valerie Geiss
Community Voice Mail
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