In the spirit of continually Giving Back, this column showcases three meaningful organizations and charities that are doing amazing work and would appreciate your donations of time and/or money.
Please remember that generous donations are critical to our neighbors down the street, across the nation and around the world.
The Showcase will feature charities in every issue with the hopes that one will stand out and become special to you. From all of us at The Showcase, we wish you a safe and relaxing Summer!
Pave The Way For Army History
(NAPS)-All Americans can now be part of the nation's lasting tribute to the American Soldier.
The Army Historical Foundation's National Museum of the United States Army Brick Program supports the campaign to build the
National Army Museum, the first museum to tell the complete history of the U.S. Army from 1775 through today.
Commemorative bricks will line the Path of Remembrance leading to the museum entrance. The bricks can be personalized as a unique and permanent way to honor soldiers and veterans, Army families, Army civilians and Army supporters while supporting the museum.
Actor Joe Mantegna, the mu-seum's national spokesperson, chose to honor his uncle, William J. Novelli, a Purple Heart recipient who served in Patton's 3rd Army in World War II.
For more information, visit www.armyhistory.org/brick or call (855) ARMY-BRX.
BG Creighton W. Abrams, Jr. (USA-Ret.); actor Joe Mantegna; and MG John P. Herrling (USA-Ret.) display a replica of a commemorative brick personalized for Mantegna's uncle, a World War II Army veteran.
Recycle, Be Rewarded
(NAPS)-Now, when you use certain skin care products to enhance your own looks, you can help make the rest of the world a better-looking place, too. Plus, you won't be the only one working on the issue.
For example, one skin care company-Kiehl's Since 1851-is demonstrating its commitment to social responsibility with Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, a 24-hour, light-textured daily hydrator. For a total donation of $50,000, 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of the product-featuring specially designed Limited Edition labels by socially conscious partners, singer-songwriter-musician Alanis Morissette and actor Zachary Quinto-benefits Recycle Across America. That charity provides solutions to make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective.
The empty bottles, tubes and jars from products you got from Kiehl's Since 1851 can also be turned in to the company's stores for complimentary skin care.
It's all part of Kiehl's Gives, an ongoing platform to promote philanthropy around the world.
For more about the Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream, visit www.kiehls.com/Ultra-Facial-Limited-Edition.
Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette supports Recycle Across America-an effort to make recycling more simple and more effective.
You Can Help Millions Of People
Solve Their Water Problem
A leading global water technology provider is working to create water access products that will build stronger communities and change the socioeconomic landscape for farmers and their families.
(NAPS)-Take a moment to reflect on how easily you access water every day: From just grabbing a bottle of water to throwing their clothes in the wash, most Americans take it for granted that water's there for all their needs.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day. That's unlike the 884 million people-almost three times the population of the United States-globally who lack access to clean water.
Think about not being able to jump in the shower or run the tap for a cold, clean glass of water. Instead, you have no other option but to make an hours-long trek to a water supply. According to Water.org, in just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families-equal to the time that it would take to build 28 Empire State Buildings.
What's Being Done
The good news is that through the Essence of Life program, a leading global water technology pro-vider is working to "solve wa-ter" for those whose access is limited. The company extensively tested rural water management pumping solutions throughout India, Africa, South America and Pan-Asia. Farmers were provided with field samples of manual pumps during traditional cropping seasons to achieve "real-life" testing.
After weeks of usage, Xylem interviewed farmers to find out how well the manual pump systems worked. The feedback was very positive, including: "This is a very good pump"..."good water pressure"..."never seen such a pump"..."cannot believe that a manual pump can give so much pressure"..."can easily carry on bicycle to fields." Greater water pressure and simple transport means less labor time; less labor time means more time to pursue other earning opportunities and more time for farmers to spend with their families; in all, a better quality of life for smallholder farmers.
What You Can Do
There are many organizations you can support in a variety of ways. Volunteering your time, donating funds, even sharing information with your social networks can all make a difference.
For more about the Essence of Life program, as well as an ongoing look at water issues across the globe, visit "The Ripple Effect" blog at www.EOLRippleEffect.com, visit on Facebook, and follow @Xylem EOL on Twitter and Pinterest.