Let’s Hear it for the Boys—and Girls

Corporate philanthropy is a way of life for most companies, and Haier America is no exception when it comes to getting involved. As a company that creates products for home and the business of living, it’s a natural for us to try to help improve the lives of those who need it the most. To that end, Haier has extended itself to a number of organizations in the surrounding community, most notably the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic.

Since moving to New Jersey, Haier America has been a supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic, or BGCPPNJ. Part of the larger Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the BGCPPNJ serves over 1,100 children, ages 5 to 18 with the mission of helping them reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The club offers academic, athletic and artistic programming at 10 sites in two of New Jersey’s most challenging communities.

The BGCPPNJ is a place where kids can go for after-school programs and activities of all kinds, from homework assistance to leadership development to swim lessons—and even a day camp in the summer months. It’s a safe place for them to read, play, or just be. Although the club emphasizes homework first before leisure time, the BGCPPNJ wants each child to find comfort in the knowledge that it’s a secure spot for them to spend time. As a celebrated leader in youth development, Boys & Girls Clubs programming provides the resources and opportunities that children need to stay on track academically, graduate on time and grow into thriving, productive adults.

As part of the Boys & Girls Club family, Haier America has provided numerous resources to club kids as well as their families through various charitable endeavors. Over the past year, we helped with renovations on the BGCPPNJ clubhouse; sponsored the “Stuff the Bus” school supplies drive at back-to-school time; sponsored a Toy Drive at the holidays; gathered book donations at the Reading Heroes Corporate Challenge this spring; provided electronics utilized by club teens for an SAT prep course and by club kids for recreational use; and provided appliances to a family who lost everything recently when their home caught fire. Last, but not least, Haier employees have given their time and energy to serve on the BGCPPNJ board of directors and on the annual gala committee, both of which help provide the necessary guidance and financial resources that keep the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic moving forward.

To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic visit their website.   

Haier America Supports The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic

The Boys & Girls Club of Paterson & Passaic offers a safe, wholesome after school environment for kids age 5 through 18 to have fun and learn. During summer months, a day camp is offered.

Our professional staff and team of dedicated volunteers deliver a comprehensive array of high quality educational, social, and recreational programs. Annual membership costs only $8, allowing every child to join the Club.

Haier America has been proud to support a number of events this year including, READING HEROES ROCK!

 

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Celebrate Earth Day

This Earth Day, reduce your carbon footprint with products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label. Celebrate Earth Day! Choose ENERGY STAR products to save energy, save money, and help protect the planet. Visit energystar.gov/products.

ENERGY STAR products {or substitute specific product type} are independently certified to save energy and help protect the environment. Because much of the electricity we use comes from burning fossil fuels, using less energy means less carbon pollution. The average house is responsible for about twice the greenhouse gas emissions as the average car.

A household equipped with ENERGY STAR certified products can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 100,000 lbs and save about $9,300 in utility bills, over the products’ lifetimes. Visit energystar.gov/products to learn more.

Climate change is a real and urgent challenge affecting people and the environment worldwide. Human activities such as electricity production and transportation add significant amounts of carbon pollution to the atmosphere. This carbon pollution, along with other greenhouse gases, is the primary cause of most of the global temperature rise observed over the past fifty years. Global warming has already led to rising sea levels, melting glaciers and shifting rainfall patterns. Unchecked, carbon pollution can lead to long-lasting changes in our climate that threaten human health, society and ecosystems. To learn more about climate change and what you can do to reduce its impacts, go to www.epa.gov/climatechange

Make Every Day Earth Day with ENERGY STAR

Want to save energy and money and make a difference this Earth Day? Visit energystar.gov/myenergystar to learn all the energy saving actions you can take. From products to easy tips to bigger projects, My ENERGY STAR provides comprehensive guidance on ways to save and helps you track your progress with “to do” and “completed” lists and stars you can earn based on your energy savings.

Flip Your Fridge

How old is your refrigerator? Replacing an old refrigerator with a new ENERGY STAR certified model will save energy, save money and help protect the climate. You could save $260 over the next five years and reduce your carbon footprint by 10,000 pounds over the lifetime of the fridge. Double the environmental benefit by properly recycling the old one! It’s cool for you, and it’s cool for the planet. Many utilities are offering special offers and rebates on ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators – plus additional rebates to help recycle your old refrigerator. Visit energystar.gov/flipyourfridge for more info on offers near you. Flip Your Fridge and save with ENERGY STAR.

ENERGY STAR Flip Your Fridge

INSPIRING COMPASSION

NeverNotCaring

We’re more dedicated than ever to serving our customers and our communities. And this year we’re expanding our community-focused initiatives and taking a stand against bullying. We’ve launched the #NeverNotCaring social campaign to raise awareness of this nation-wide problem.

SHOWING WE CARE
We’re more dedicated than ever to serving our customers and our communities. And this year we’re expanding our community-focused initiatives and taking a stand against bullying. We’ve launched the #NeverNotCaring social campaign to raise awareness of this nation-wide problem

CYBERBULLYING HURTS
Technology lets the bullies follow you home, and nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 of them has had it happen more than once. It’s time for us to speak out and help kids stand strong against bullying. Please watch the short video below, share it, and use #NeverNotCaring to spread the word against bullying.

Haier Anti-Bullying Campaign

My Food Bank Experience

by Sami Savona

The date of August 1, 2013 marks the day of when The Harlem Food Bank changed my life forever. My experience of being a communications intern at Haier America has taught me hands on experience of being in the corporate industry, but has also given me the opportunity to volunteer for the day at the food bank in Harlem. This internship has made me more knowledgeable, not only in the business sense but as well as supporting the mission to end hunger.

During the well spent time at the Food Bank, I got to meet such amazing people such as some Haier employees and the chefs and workers at the Food Bank. You can see how appreciative and grateful the employees at the Food Bank were to have us in what they referred to as their home. The head chef told us all that when these people walk into the door, they are our guests, and we are their hosts. The Food Bank didn’t feel like a kitchen, it felt like a family gathered together to complete the task of bringing smiles to people that have misfortune in their lives.

Throughout the day, our tasks ranged from opening cold vegetables into a tray, to pouring diced pineapples into dishes. We needed to wear a hair net and gloves. If we touched anything dirty, we needed to wash our hands and change gloves. We were split up into groups so that we could help out the chef as much as possible. One group helped make the rice and used can openers to open the beef stew and the group that I was in had the job of adding seasoning and mixing butter into the cold string beans.  As everyone was making great time, we had the next task of organizing cups onto trays and pouring orange juice in each of the cups. Once all the cups were filled with orange juice, we all needed to work together to stack them in the refrigerator.

As soon as all of the trays of orange juice were stacked, we had lots of packets of tilapia that we all had to open and arrange tail-to-tail in metal trays. Before going on our lunch break, I had the opportunity to get interviewed from the cameraman about my experience of the Food Bank. It was such a great way to express the feelings of joy I had and I knew that I wouldn’t want to spend my day any other way.

As soon as we returned, the chef assigned us all different jobs. There was a tray of the cooked beef stew, string beans, and rice that was ready to be served. There were aluminum trays that were divided in three sections for each food to be served in. I had the job of filling the aluminum tray with the string beans. The chef showed us how big of a portion to include in each tray so once the rice was put into the tray, I poured the string beans, and then the beef stew, and once the trays were filled with the delicious food, the rest of the Haier employees had the job of closing the trays with the lids and stacking them into the fridge.

The day for volunteering was coming to a close, so the last thing we needed to do was roll plastic forks into napkins and place them in the basket. At the end of the experience, one of the chefs told us how happy and thankful he was to have us all here. His speech was beautiful and heartfelt. It was an emotional departure but as we all gathered around the chef asked for us to take a picture, so that he could frame it and put it in the kitchen as a memoir.

Everything about this Food Bank has changed my life. I have always heard of people talking about how amazing it was for them to volunteer at Food Banks but actually experiencing it for yourself makes you wonder why you haven’t been volunteering more often.  I find it so life changing to give back to the community and volunteering at the Harlem Food bank has encouraged me to do more great things. I want to volunteer in my community and change people’s lives for the better. I am so incredibly lucky to have met people that take the time out of their everyday lives to give back. I look up to them and they are truly an inspiration. I can honestly say that volunteering at the Harlem Food bank is one of the most memorable things I have ever done in my life and I am excited to make more impacting memories and I recommend anyone to do the same in their community!

There’s a green app for that: Keeping it clean

In the last post of our There’s a green app for that! series, we’re happy to share three more resources to help you this Summer. So far, we’ve covered: Getting around, Conserving energy, Enjoying the great outdoors, and Collecting for the greater good, and the theme this time is, Keeping it clean.

There's a green app for that: Dirty DozenDirty Dozen

Download it here, for FREE.

It’s important to have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. It’s so important that it outweighs the risks of pesticide exposure, a real concern with today’s produce. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.

 

How's my waterwayHow’s My Waterway?

Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the U.S., quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.

air stat.usAirStat.US

This website helps you to monitor the air quality in your area. Every day, AirStat.Us collects information from air quality monitoring sites around the country and delivers alerts to your inbox, mobile phone, or both.

 

There’s a green app for that: Collecting for the greater good

As we are soon approaching the end of our series, There’s a green app for that!, we move towards showing you apps that help you in collecting for the greater good. Specifically, we’re looking at apps that help you in collecting trash and collecting rain. Yes. Rain.

There's a green app for that: WeRecycleWeRecycle

Download it here, for FREE.

This app makes it very simple for you to do your part in recycling. WeRecycle facilitates communication about waste between citizens and and their community. It consists of a community-built map of outdoor and event trash cans and recycle bins.

WeRecycle supports the US EPA’s Recycling on the Go Initiative and allows you to:

  • Find the nearest trash can or recycle bin.
  • Log or map trash cans or recycling bins for your community to use.
  • Map temporary trash cans and recycle bins for large events (e.g., concerts, meetings, sporting events).
  • Express a need for a trash can or bin at a particular location.
  • Hear from citizens who are requesting a public trash or recycle bin.

There's a green app for that: Rain Garden

Rain Garden

Download it here, for FREE.

Rain Garden guides you through the process of designing, installing, and maintaining a rain garden. Rain gardens are depressions in the ground that collect rainwater from roofs, driveways, parking areas, or other hard surfaces. They’re great for the planet because they reduce the amount of polluted runoff that enters local waterways.

The App includes basic info about what rain gardens are and how they work; tips on how to design and install them; and advice on maintaining your garden. Through the App’s Plant Selector tool, you can select native, noninvasive plants that work well in rain gardens. Plants can be selected based on plant type, sun exposure, and bloom color.

 

There’s a green app for that: Enjoying the great outdoors

Last week, we shared the first two posts in our five part series, There’s a green app for that! Now that you’re all set in regards to getting around and conserving energy this Summer, we’re going to show you three apps for enjoying the great outdoors.

There's a green app for that: Sierra Club Trail Explorer

Sierra Club Trail Explorer

Download it here, for FREE.

With the Sierra Club Trail Explorer app, you can enjoy the wilderness in your own backyard and across the country. For example, you can:

  • Browse and share over 40,000 trails across North America.
  • Search trails by name, activity, length, and location.
  • Track routes, view live stats, and take geo-tagged photos using the iPhone GPS.
  • Add new trails, write reviews, and submit routes and photos of your adventures.
  • Access trails offline (save a trail to download its maps, photos, and reviews).
  • Sync your saved trails and GPS tracks with your account on AllTrails.com.

There's a green app for that: UV Index

EPA’s SunWise UV Index

Download it here, for FREE.

Ultraviolet (UV) rays are in full force all year. However, it’s especially important to protect yourself from them in the summer, when you’re out in the bright sunshine for long periods of time. When you’re swimming, hiking, and having fun, it’s hard to keep track of how much exposure you’ve had, and the UV Index can help!

The UV Index provides a daily and hourly forecast of the expected intensity of UV radiation from the sun. Some exposure to sunlight is enjoyable, but too much sun can be dangerous. Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation can cause immediate damage, such as a sunburn, and long-term problems, such as skin cancer.

There's a green app for that: EWG

EWG Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide

With hundreds of choices out on the market, how do you know what sunscreen to buy? Well, with the Environmental Working Group’s Sunscreen Buyer’s Guide, you know. The EWG rates the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection to help you learn what products are right for you.

It turns out that you really do need to be persistent and check what you’re using. EWG researchers found that only 25 percent of products on the market in 2013 offer strong and broad UV protection and pose few safety concerns.