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137 Countries Agree to Phase-Out Major Category of Fluorescent Lightbulbs

CLASP

At the Minamata Convention on Mercury fourth Conference of Parties (COP4), 137 governments adopted amendments to phase out a major category of fluorescent lighting, but actions were stalled on others. All fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, a chemical of major public health concern according to the World Health Organization. In a major win for environmental and human health, the Parties agreed to phase-out compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) by 2025. By accelerating the transition to LED lighting, which is more energy-efficient and non-toxic, the move will avoid 26.2 metric tonnes of mercury pollution and 261.5 million metric tons CO 2 emissions from 2025-2050, and save people $77.8 billion in lower energy bills. However, last-minute interventions delayed a decision on linear fluorescent lamps (LFLs), the long tubes commonly found in offices and stores, until Minamata COP5 in November 2023. “LEDs are a rare silver bullet technology – they’re ready now, they cost half as much to run as fluorescents, and they constitute a double win for climate change mitigation and reducing toxics pollution. We were amazed to see the international cooperation on lighting at COP4. We hope for continued global alignment and momentum at COP5,” said Corinne Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at CLASP. Over days of intense negotiations, a group of countries came together to agree on phase-out dates for all lighting categories, including the EU, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Pakistan, Switzerland, the US, and many Latin American governments, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Colombia. However, not all Parties were prepared to move forward, citing the need for more time and additional feasibility analysis. A phase-out of LFLs by 2027 – the date that most countries rallied around by the end of the week – would have captured significantly greater benefits, avoiding a further 71.7 million metric tons mercury pollution and 2.72 Gt of CO2 emissions and saving $1.06 trillion in cost savings, according to experts at CLASP. Last year, 36 governments representing the Africa region submitted a proposal to the Minamata Convention to phase-out virtually all fluorescent lighting by the end of 2025. With many OECD countries banning fluorescents in the coming years in favor of more efficient LEDs, less regulated markets risk becoming dumping grounds for toxic lighting. “The Africa region recognizes that lighting is crucial in promoting livelihoods. Through our proposal, we took the first step towards a global phase-out of mercury-containing fluorescent lighting,” explained Oumar Cissé, Head of Delegation (Mali) in his opening statement at COP4. “The case to phasing out fluorescent lamps – both CFLs and LFLs – is already justified today from a public health, environmental, technical as well as economic perspective.” “The original proposal by the Africa region is consistent with our findings that a transition to clean and efficient lighting is feasible everywhere today. The move to phase out CFLs represents a major win, as it will remove toxic, inefficient bulbs from our homes. But keeping LFLs on the market continues to disadvantage our offices, hospitals, schools and childcare centers, needlessly increasing energy costs and risking mercury exposure,” said Ana Maria Carreño, Director of Climate at CLASP. NGO groups around the world advocated over the past year to address mercury in lighting at COP4. The Climate Action Network launched a petition that garnered over 200 signatures from climate and environmental groups, as well as the private sector, urging governments to take action to phase out fluorescents. “We are leaving this COP with mixed emotions. Un- and under-regulated markets are increasingly vulnerable to dumping of fluorescents that many countries have already banned due to their toxicity and inefficiency,” said Elena Lymberidi-Settimo, International Co-coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group. “The decision to phase out CFLs is one step in the right direction, and we congratulate governments for their efforts to progress the Convention’s promise to ‘Make Mercury History.’ We hope to see action on LFLs at COP5 in November 2023.” “We are proud of the work the Africa region has done to protect people from toxic lighting products,” said Roger Baro, Vice President of COP4 (Burkina Faso). “We will continue working to phase-out all fluorescent lighting and stop it from causing further mercury pollution in our communities.” Fluorescent lighting represents about 10% of mercury in all products globally. In the past, fluorescent lamps were promoted as an energy-efficient alternative to incandescent and halogen lamps, and the mercury risks were tolerated as a necessary tradeoff. Today, thanks to major advances in LED technology, mercury-free LED lamps can cost-effectively replace fluorescents in virtually all applications. CLASP improves the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. Contact Details CLASP Alexia Ross +1 339-222-4311 aross@clasp.ngo Company Website http://www.clasp.ngo/

March 31, 2022 09:11 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA Announces Newly Elected Committee Members

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) today announced the addition of five newly elected committee members who will join its leadership group of distinguished volunteers. “I am pleased to announce the election of these outstanding members who will be relentless in leading work to advance our mission,” said Wendy Masiello, NCMA program year 2023 President. These members serve on NCMA Board Committees that develop tactics to meet strategic goals and improve service to the NCMA community of contract managers and acquisition-related professionals. Committee members include: Joann Campbell Maher, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, R&D Director of Contracts, SRC, Inc Clara Anderson, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, and Fellow, Director of Contracts, Information Systems Laboratories Bruce Tackett, Fellow, Chief Pricing Strategist, U.S. Army Contracting Command Jessica Grant-Johnson, CPCM, CFCM, Director of Contracts, The MASY Group Leslie Fessler, CPCM, CFCM, Director of Mission Systems Contracts, Collins Aerospace “NCMA is powerful because of its volunteers who generously apply their time and talents to our mission. I look forward to partnering with you to propel NCMA and the profession forward,” said Kraig Conrad, NCMA CEO. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

March 30, 2022 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA Announces National Board Appointments

National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is proud to welcome four new members to its Board of Directors and announce the next President-Elect. These Directors are community influencers and powerful supporters of contract management and related acquisition professions. The appointments include: President-Elect: Denyce Carter New Directors: Megan Dake, CPCM; Eugene Scott II, JD, CPCM, CFCM, CCCM, and Fellow; and, Shanna Webbers The newly appointed National Directors join 12 other Directors who bring extensive experience from both industry and government to the NCMA Board. Returning directors include Wendy Masiello, Denyce Carter, Amanda Christian, Iris Cooper, Heather Dallara, Major General Cameron Holt, Ted Harrison, Jeff Napier, Steve Sarris, Heidi Timmerman, Joy M. White, and Michael Wooten. Denyce Carter will assume President-Elect responsibilities on July 1, 2022, and will serve as one of the three officers to expand NCMA thought leadership and elevate the profession. Denyce Carter is Vice President of Contracts and Purchasing at General Atomics, one of the world's leading resources for high technology systems. In her capacity as Vice President of Contracts & Purchasing, Ms. Carter is responsible for the company’s commercial and government contracts and procurements and related systems. Since taking over leadership of the company’s Contracts and Purchasing department she has elevated the acquisition organization through recruitment, training, process improvement, terms and conditions, and policy and procedures development. Ms. Carter is widely recognized and respected throughout the purchasing and contracting community for her knowledge and understanding of U.S. Government procurement laws and regulations. “Ms. Dake, Mr. Scott, and Ms. Webbers bring their unique backgrounds and perspectives to the Board as NCMA grows and advances in service of members. I am personally delighted to welcome such a strong group of new board members, and I look forward to serving with each of them in the coming year," said Wendy Masiello, NCMA program year 2023 President. “I welcome our new Directors and celebrate Denyce’s move into a new Board leadership role. It is an honor to have these engaged thought partners as we increase impact and service to this amazing community,” said Kraig Conrad, CEO of NCMA. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

March 30, 2022 04:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Velocity Global to double its workforce by empowering employees to work anywhere

Velocity Global

Company offers unique benefits for remote work, currently employs 600+ in 47 countries Company will double its team for second year running Velocity Global, the leading provider of global employment solutions, today announced that it will more than double in size throughout 2022 to help companies around the world put their people first by letting them work from anywhere. The company currently employs over 600 people in 47 countries across six continents. "We're doubling our team to meet the new reality for our clients and talent — anyone can work anywhere," said Ben Wright, Velocity Global founder and CEO. "We fulfill dreams of a new way to work that puts our people in control of how they live their lives. We do it for our team as an example for our clients of how to attract and nurture the best talent in the world." This year, Velocity Global will add more than 600 team members, following last year’s growth in which the company also doubled in size adding more than 300. Velocity Global proudly offers unique benefits to meet the growing demand for remote work. This includes initiatives that enhance well-being and resilience to reduce work-from-home burnout, workspaces for those who need them, primary and secondary caregiver support, and of course, the opportunity to work from wherever they choose around the globe. “What we are doing at Velocity Global is meeting our people where they are, empowering them to define who they are, and how we as an employer can be a meaningful part of their lives,” said Sarah Fern, chief people officer. “We put our people first in all of our employment practices, whether that is unlimited time off or our signature annual outreach program to travel anywhere in the world to take a coworker or client out for coffee. We work anywhere as a way of living life to the fullest, and deliver that same experience for our clients and talent around the world.” In 2021, the Velocity Global careers page attracted more than 100,000 visits, in addition to talent who found job listings through LinkedIn or other platforms. Of these, a staggering 26,000 people applied for a job, and 300 were employed by Velocity Global. Talent who are ready to be the CEOs of their own careers can visit the company’s careers page. About Velocity Global Velocity Global accelerates the future of work for anyone, anywhere, anyhow. Its Global Work Platform™ simplifies the employer and talent experience through its proprietary cloud-based talent management technology, backed by personalized expertise and unmatched global scale. The platform offers a full suite of talent solutions, including global Employer of Record and Contractor Management, to help companies onboard, manage, and pay talent in more than 185 countries and all 50 United States. Thousands of brands rely on Velocity Global to build international teams without the cost or complexity of setting up foreign legal entities or state registrations. Velocity Global was named a "Leader" in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall. Founded in 2014, the company has hundreds of employees across six continents. For more information, visit velocityglobal.com. Contact Details Velocity Global Chris McGrath +1 720-650-4348 news@velocityglobal.com Company Website https://velocityglobal.com/

March 30, 2022 07:01 AM Mountain Daylight Time

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Minuteman Press Franchise in Irvine, CA Achieves Record Monthly Sales Driven By Apparel and Promotional Products Growth

Minuteman Press International Inc

Frank Matsumoto is the owner of Minuteman Press located at 18 Technology Drive, Suite 171, in Irvine, California. Frank has owned the business since 2010 and recently achieved record monthly sales. Frank says, “My growth was sparked by increases in apparel and promotional products sales. This made up 60% of my business while wide format printing was also a growth driver for us.” For nearly 12 years, Frank has built his brand by building relationships and following the Minuteman Press franchise business model to market his business. “I personally visit other local businesses to get to know other people and so they can get to know me. It also gives me the chance to see what they are doing in terms of promotional products as behind every counter are items like cups, pens, and t-shirts. Everywhere I go, I make sure to wear branded Minuteman Press apparel and I come prepared with our branded product catalogs. It starts with me wearing my own branded apparel and showing them our products, and then it goes – and grows – from there.” “As soon as I educate clients on our ability to go beyond printing, their mindset changes and suddenly they realize they can use our services for their apparel and promotional needs.” -Frank Matsumoto, owner, Minuteman Press franchise, Irvine, CA One client that has taken full advantage of Minuteman Press’ printing, apparel, and promotional products capabilities is HI-CHEW ™. Frank says, “We started our relationship on a phone call for a rush order of postcards. I visited with them, introduced myself, and secured the order. At first, we did a run of 25,000 die-cut postcards. This turned into a reorder for 75,000 and then later over 100,000 die-cut postcards featuring HI-CHEW™ products and coupons.” Frank continues, “Thanks to fulfilling that first order and then building that relationship, the number of items we’ve provided for HI-CHEW™ has grown considerably over the past four years. At the end of 2021, we did their string backpacks, sunglasses, laminated tote bags, t-shirts, 13,000 hand sanitizers, keychains, and stickers on their specialty buckets. We also provide branded apparel for their employees and for customer giveaways.” “There’s no way to replace the touch and feel of a promotional item or printed piece. It is simply good business to use print as a marketing tool to reach your target audience and help increase brand awareness as well as ROI.” -Frank Matsumoto Over the past two years, Minuteman Press in Irvine has remained open and operating throughout the pandemic as an essential business. During that time, Frank ramped up his marketing across all channels. He says, “We used mailers, built up our social media, and solidified our presence by generating positive Google reviews. We have earned a 5-star rating with nearly 100 reviews, and we are proud to receive such amazing customer feedback.” Today, as more business events return to Irvine, Frank has seen an uptick in trade show supplies. Frank says, “Orders for trade shows can include everything from booth displays, banners, and table throws to apparel and promotional products. For all of these items, Minuteman Press is here to help.“ “Irvine has one of the largest business hubs in Orange County. There are a lot of opportunities here, and I also am in a business complex building relationships each day with other business owners. I’ve used a combination of direct marketing, promotional mailers, email marketing, social media marketing, and networking through my BNI group to grow over the years.” Prior to franchising with Minuteman Press, Frank worked in sales. “I was looking at several franchises and did my due diligence. I really liked the structure of Minuteman Press, as well as the B2B nature of the business. I didn’t want to rely on walk-ins like a general retail store, and I love the Monday-Friday business hours. It gives me the freedom and flexibility to do things like pick up my daughter from school and take her to her fencing class while still being able to build my business.” Frank appreciates the ongoing local support he’s received from Minuteman Press since buying the business. “Whenever I need something, Dan Byers and the regional team is here to help me. I also like the FLEX software we use to manage all of the different aspects of the business.” When asked what the biggest lesson he’s learned over the past 12 years as a business owner, Frank answers, “What comes to mind is one of the first things that was taught during the Minuteman Press training program. There was a sign that said, ‘If you don’t market, you won’t make it.’ Over the years, and especially over the past two years, I can say that marketing has been huge for our sustained growth and success.” For more information on Minuteman Press in Irvine, CA, visit their website: https://www.irvine.minutemanpress.com. Learn more about #1 rated Minuteman Press franchise opportunities and read Minuteman Press franchise reviews at https://minutemanpressfranchise.com. Contact Details Minuteman Press International Chris Biscuiti +1 631-249-1370 cbiscuiti@mpihq.com Company Website https://minutemanpressfranchise.com

March 28, 2022 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NLPC Files Lawsuit Against FEC for Dismissing Complaint Against Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez for Massive Reporting and Contribution Violations

National Legal & Policy Center

The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), an ethics watchdog group, filed a lawsuit against the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleging that the FEC unlawfully and arbitrarily dismissed NLPC’s March 2019 complaint against Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Saikat Chakrabarti, her former Chief of Staff and his fundraising company, Brand New Congress LLC, and related political committees. NLPC’s 2019 complaint alleged that AOC and company failed to properly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in fundraising expenses and violated campaign contribution limits by using Chakrabarti’s Brand New Congress LLC to essentially operate her campaign without disclosing and itemizing campaign expenses over $200 as required by law. Instead, almost a million dollars were disclosed simply as “strategic consulting.” In its February 23, 2022 letter to the NLPC, the FEC simply noted that the FEC dismissed the complaint against AOC a month earlier in January, and was deadlocked 3-3 with respect to the Brand New Congress respondents. The FEC has yet to give any reason for its dismissal of NLPC’s complaint but said those belated reasons will be forthcoming. “This wasn’t dark money. It was pitch black money,” said Peter Flaherty, Chairman of NLPC. “This appears to be a scheme to spend hundreds of thousands to elect ‘progressive’ candidates without any of the required disclosure for any expenditure of $200 or more,” Flaherty added. “It is outrageous that the FEC would dismiss NLPC’s complaint that even former FEC Commissioners have indicated raise civil if not criminal violations,” said Paul Kamenar, NLPC’s counsel who filed the lawsuit. “We look forward to prevailing in court,” Kamenar added. ### NLPC’s Government Integrity Project has filed numerous ethics complaints with the FEC, IRA, DOJ, and Congressional Ethics Committees against government officials. For a copy of NLPC’s lawsuit, go to: https://www.nlpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/NLPC-v.-FEC-AOC-Complaint-with-Exhibits.pdf. Founded in 1991, NLPC promotes ethics in public life and government accountability through research, investigation, education, and legal action. Contact Details Paul Kamenar +1 301-257-9435 paul.kamenar@gmail.com Company Website http://www.nlpc.org

March 28, 2022 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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NCMA Locks in High-Caliber Lineup for World Congress

National Contract Management Association

World Congress, the nation's premier event for contract management, procurement, and acquisition professionals announced the event's return to Chicago with an esteemed lineup to prepare for a "Yes, and" world. World Congress consistently features leaders and influencers as keynote speakers and leaders of engaging sessions. This year, World Congress attendees will hear from the most sought-after experts who continue to drive significant and impactful innovation, including: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Double Quartet Jason Schenker, President, Prestige Economics and Chairman, Futurist Institute Zach Baumann, Talent Researcher, Air Force Personnel Center Orbert Davis and members of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Double Quartet will open World Congress and lead participants in an interactive and entertaining session on what great leadership looks, feels, and sounds like using the concepts of improvisation. Jason Schenker, one of the world's top economic and financial forecasters, will provide his outlook on the economy, financial markets, and labor market. Schenker is the President of Prestige Economics and Chairman of The Futurist Institute. He has been ranked one of the most accurate financial forecasters and futurists in the world. Bloomberg News has ranked Mr. Schenker a top forecaster in 46 categories, including #1 in the world for his accuracy in 26 categories, including for his forecasts of the Euro, the British Pound, the Swiss Franc, the Russian Ruble, the Chinese Yuan, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and U.S. jobs. Zach Baumann, an active-duty U.S. Air Force Support Officer who has been disrupting the DoD status quo since his first day of military field training, will close World Congress with a look at today's gaming communities and explore the power they hold for the future of the DoD. Specializing in the “people” enterprise, Bauman’s work has been repeatedly recognized for his innovative and “why not” approach to solving problems, shaping strategy, and influencing others. Before starting his current job as a talent researcher at the Air Force’s Personnel Center, Baumann completed an MBA at the University of Colorado – Boulder focused on analytics and entrepreneurship. In between classes, Baumann co-founded Air Force Gaming, a grass-roots movement of digital natives that is changing the future of how service members connect. “I am thrilled to welcome Jason and Zach to the main stage, and to bring powerful improvisation skills to our community,” said Kraig Conrad, NCMA Chief Executive Officer. The NCMA community is excited to hear from these world-renowned visionaries and learn how to re-imagine and re-shape the future of contract management. World Congress will be hosted as a hybrid event July 17-20, 2022, with both virtual and in-person experiences. The in-person event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, and the virtual event will be delivered through an immersive online platform. Visit ncmahq.org/worldcongress for more details to learn more about the conference. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA), which was founded in 1959 and is the world’s leading association in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 18,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and industry it represents and to offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums. To find out more, please visit www.ncmahq.org. Contact Details Jennifer Knowlton +1 571-382-1127 jennifer.knowlton@ncmahq.org Company Website https://www.ncmahq.org/

March 25, 2022 09:12 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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CAF AMERICA JOINS AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN POLAND TO LAUNCH CORPORATE AID FOR UKRAINE FUND

CAF America

CAF America, America’s nonprofit leader in international grantmaking with a network of more than 1.8 million charities globally, announced the launch of Corporate Aid for Ukraine (CAU) Fund in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce in Poland’s (AmCham Poland) Corporate Aid for Ukraine initiative and with the support of the honorable U.S. Ambassador to Poland, Mark Brzezinski. The CAU Fund is a donor-advised fund that empowers corporations to provide effective, impactful aid to Ukrainians during this dire time. The fund is a critical resource in the current humanitarian aid landscape, providing access to frontline aid, enabling tax-deductible donations, providing support from the U.S. Embassy, and ensuring all charity partners are validated charitable organizations, among others. “We are honored to be working in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce of Poland,” says Ted Hart, President & CEO of CAF America. “CAF America is currently working with over 50 charitable organizations across Europe to provide humanitarian support for Ukrainians, and this fund will help further those efforts by creating access for corporate donors to ensure their charitable contributions have the highest impact and go to those most in need.” “Corporate Aid for Ukraine and AmCham Poland are in a unique position to help the Ukrainian people, including the more than three million refugees who have fled their motherland – of which more than two million have already arrived in Poland,” says John P. Lynch, Founder of CAU, and AmCham Treasurer and Board Member. There is a massive and unprecedented need for financial support for humanitarian aid. “U.S. corporations and businesses are an incredibly important source of funding on the frontlines for aid,” says Tony Housh, Chairman of AmCham Poland. “Our advisory board and AmCham Poland will work in partnership to closely monitor the evolving situation and respond promptly to emerging needs and rapidly evolving challenges as this humanitarian crisis continues to develop.” Benefits of the CAU fund include: Frontline Aid. AmCham Poland, the board and volunteer executives are on the front line of the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis. The Critical Role of Poland. Poland is an EU and NATO-member nation bordering Ukraine. 62% of Ukrainian refugees are in Poland. There are proven open supply-chains into Ukraine from the Polish border. The CAU and AmCham board has decades of experience and are well-connected with Polish government, institutions and businesses, plus has strong contacts within Ukraine. We can get things done here near the front line. Tax-deductible donations. Corporate or individual donations to the CAU Fund to support Ukrainian aid will be fully tax deductible (under U.S. tax laws) as CAF America is a US public charity. U.S. Embassy Support. As AmCham's Honorary Chairman, U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski “applauds AmCham's role in creating Corporate Aid for Ukraine and encourages U.S. firms to support front line Ukrainian humanitarian efforts such as the CAU Fund.” Donations from outside the United States. The CAU Fund can accept donations from companies and individuals from around the world, but non-U.S. donors should check their local regulations regarding the tax-deductible status of donations. Donations made to the CAU Fund in non-dollar currencies will be converted to US dollars and distributed to grantees in the currency of their preference. Strictly humanitarian aid. To qualify for tax-deductibility, donations must be used exclusively for humanitarian efforts. Among the many uses, your donations will be used for the purchase of food, hygienic products, medicines and medical supplies, and more. Straight to those in need. AmCham-appointed CAU donor advisors will advise donated funds to established, validated charities in Poland and aid organizations on the front lines providing immediate support to Ukrainian citizens in the country and refugees in Poland. Full Vetting. Every grantee will be vetted by both Charities Aid Foundation America and CAU / AmCham Poland. As AmCham's Honorary Chairman, U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski said he “applauds AmCham's role in creating Corporate Aid for Ukraine and encourages U.S. firms to support front-line Ukrainian humanitarian efforts such as CAU. I am in deep admiration of this unprecedented initiative to help your neighbors in crisis. This is a perfect example of the very best the U.S. can be in the face of a crisis of historic proportions.” To learn more, please visit https://amcham.pl/corporate-aid-ukraine. About CAF America A leader in international philanthropy since 1992, CAF America (Charities Aid Foundation of America) has been assisting corporations, foundations, and individuals in making strategic, effective, and tax-advantaged gifts internationally and domestically. Whether supporting organizations worldwide, providing swift responses to major disasters, or helping build connections between global communities, CAF America turns donors' visions into impact. CAF America's worldwide reach translates into more than $1.5 billion in donor funds and over 1.8 million eligible organizations in 110 countries. About CAF The Charities Aid Foundation is a leading charity operating in the UK and internationally. Our work connects and enables the vital organizations, institutions and individuals working together to ensure that everyone has a stake in the future. We believe that the agency of lasting change lies across sectors and borders, in the hearts, minds and hands of those driven to make a difference. We exist to accelerate progress in society towards a fair and sustainable future for all. Experts in safe and effective cross-border giving, CAF is a UK-based foundation that works with private philanthropists, businesses, individuals and Government in the UK, US and Canada to send funds to charities working across hundreds of causes around the world. Contact Details Curley Company Erika Dyer +1 703-906-6368 erika@curleycompany.com Company Website https://www.cafamerica.org/

March 24, 2022 02:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Houston Mother Gives ‘Inside Look’ at Staying Connected to the Internet During the Pandemic

Comcast Houston

HOUSTON, TX — A Houston mother is one of the millions of low-income Americans who will now be able to get free, fast and reliable Comcast broadband service, thanks to the new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) — a federally-funded program that gives eligible households a credit of up to $30 per month towards the cost of broadband service. “When the pandemic first happened, that’s when everything got pretty chaotic,” Jamila Byrd, a Houston mother of two, said. “You don’t really think about how important the Internet is until you don’t have it anymore.” According to the White House, an estimated 42 million Americans are in the same or similar situation as Byrd; they don’t have access to high-speed internet at home. The hardship, often referred to as the “digital divide”, was exacerbated by the pandemic when families had to virtually learn and work from home. “We had to go to friends’ houses, my sister’s house, so my kids could do assignments,” Byrd said. “It takes away a lot of time from us being together as a family. It’s tough for everybody.” The goal of the program is to help low-income households connect and stay connected to high-speed internet for work, school, healthcare and more. Eligible households that enroll in the program get up to a $30 monthly credit ($75 for eligible Tribal land households). Customers can use the monthly credit towards Xfinity Internet and mobile services. Eligible households are those that qualify for programs like the Federal Pell Grant, National School Lunch Program, SNAP, Medicaid, housing assistance and other government programs. “The Affordable Connectivity Program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Comcast is proud to actively support,” Houston Regional Vice President of External Affairs Toni Beck said. “As a company and society, it is imperative that we work together to help people connect to the transformative power of the internet both at home and on the go. At Comcast, we’re doing just that.” In response to the ACP, Comcast introduced a new plan called Internet Essentials Plus that offers twice the download speed – up to 100 Mbps – of the traditional Internet Essentials service, a cable modem and a WiFi router for $29.95 per month. With the $30 ACP credit, Internet Essentials Plus is effectively free for qualifying families. Customers who are looking for home internet and top-rated mobile service can now have both at an affordable price. Internet Essentials customers paying $9.95 per month can add one line of Unlimited Xfinity Mobile ($45 per month) for $24.95 per after applying the ACP credit. In February, during a White House event, Vice President Kamala Harris, Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, and Senior Advisor Mitch Landrieu announced more than 10 million households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program, the nation’s largest-ever broadband affordability program. Byrd was recently approved for the ACP credit. “I’m grateful for this program,” Byrd said. “If I had to use one word to describe our household environment right now, it’s unity. It brings us together. It helps us to be able to do the things that we need to do, and then we have more time for family time.” To learn more about the ACP, eligibility or to apply go to Xfinity.com/acp or call 1-844-389-4681. About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. Contact Details Foti Kallergis +1 832-986-0196 Foti_Kallergis@comcast.com Company Website https://houston.comcast.com/

March 23, 2022 07:02 AM Central Daylight Time

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