The NFL Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofits in the Carolinas and surrounding areas that are providing assistance after Hurricane Florence. "As communities in and around the Carolinas recover and rebuild, we hope these funds will provide some measure of relief in the days, weeks and months ahead," says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Pittsburgh-based 412 Food Rescue has redirected more than 4 million pounds of excess food since its founding in 2015, and is now expanding nationwide with the launch of a new app dubbed Food Rescue Hero. The app of the program, which hopes to be in 20 US cities by 2020, allows people to volunteer to pick up surplus food at grocery stores and other locations and then deliver it to places in need.
Companies donate about 1% of their pretax earnings to charity, compared with the 2% or 3% given by the average American, reports the National Center for Charitable Statistics. Georgetown University's Curt Weeden urges companies to double their giving to at least 2%, and to plan ahead so gifts are "strategically planned and administered."
Emerge America has helped more than 4,000 Democratic women prepare for political campaigns over the past 13 years. Participants run for everything from district attorney to state legislator, and use the Emerge America network for fundraising.
About 140 Reserve airmen with Florida's 920th Rescue Wing flew to Georgia to be in place to provide disaster relief as Hurricane Florence bore down on the Carolinas last weekend. "It's times like these we can't thank the civilian employers of our reservists enough for the sacrifices they make," said Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander.
A deal reached on defense appropriations includes a provision under which death benefits for service members' families will be paid even when there are government shutdowns. "This really is the very least we can do for families who have made the ultimate sacrifice," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
Thousands of military personnel are helping with relief efforts in areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence over the weekend, including National Guard, Reserve and active-duty troops. Several military bases were in the storm's path.
About 25 Army Reserve medics were honored last month at a ceremony in Georgia. The Army Medical Department Professional Management Command troops were hailed for mobilizing or deploying to help with global contingency operations.
Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard medical personnel are taking part in the Army Best Medic Competition through Thursday at Joint Base San Antonio. The contest involves two-person teams being tested physically and mentally in a demanding 72-hour continuous simulation.
Leaders shouldn't hesitate to turn to their teams if unsure about a decision or the next step to take with a project, writes Sara Saddington. "I'm confident that for the most part, they will repay you with loyalty, dedication, hard work, and excitement," she writes.