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May Charity of the Month: The Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to addressing the needs of people living with arthritis in the United States. There are more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children living with arthritis, the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Foundation works to provide information and resources, access to care, advancements in science and community connections.

The Arthritis Foundation has contributed to arthritis research since its founding in 1948 and has invested over $470 million towards medical research into the disease. In addition, the organization advocates for changes to health care policies, legislation and government-founded research to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by arthritis.

The Foundation funds two patient registries, the Arthritis Internet Registry and the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance to help control symptoms and accelerate the search for a cure by analyzing and correlating biological data.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Arthritis Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of May.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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April Charity of the Month: Visionaries and Voices

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Visionaries and Voices

The concept for Visionaries + Voices emerged in 2001 when Keith Banner and Bill Ross curated an exhibition in Base Gallery for artists Paul Rowland, Richard Brown, Antonio Adams, and Raymond Thunder-Sky. Bill and Keith both worked for county boards serving individuals with disabilities and had met these artists in the course of their work. After that initial exhibition, more opportunities arose to organize shows and to present the work of artists with disabilities. 

V+V now serves over 150 artists each week and presents 5 exhibitions per year in our Northside Gallery along with a growing number of exhibitions in wide variety of venues throughout the region and beyond. In 2004, Raymond Thunder-Sky passed away. His legacy is commemorated on the exterior wall of V+V’s Northside Studio in a mural designed by his friend Antonio Adams (this mural was completed and dedicated by ArtWorks in 2009). V+V has also developed a groundbreaking education program that provides artists who attend the studio opportunities to present their work and teach in community and classroom settings. The Teaching Artist Program (T.A.P.) now reaches over 6,000 students each year. 

What began with a simple and ingenuous vision to create a space for artists with disabilities, has become the home for hundreds of artists to find their voice within the cultural landscape of Cincinnati.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Visionaries and Voices in appreciation for your online order for the month of April.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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March Charity of the Month: The ASPCA

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“The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the ASPCA in appreciation for your online order for the month of March.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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February Charity of the Month: The GreyBird Foundation

GreyBird Foundation
GreyBird Foundation

Counting Crows established the GreyBird Foundation because we believe America is a dream in which the thoughts and needs of each and every person matter. Unfortunately, people feel small as the world expands and they forget that they ARE America.

So we find the people down the street from you who are trying to do their part to help and we try and help THEM. Get involved with the idea of being involved people. After all, it’s your town, your country, your world, and no one will ever make as much of a difference as you can just by waking up and being a part of it.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the GreyBird Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of February.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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GreyBird Foundation

December Charity of the Month: Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck
Fill The Truck

In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision: to fill an entire 54’ foot semi-truck for a local charity.  He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and would need a team to assist him.  He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing/pr professionals, and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days.  By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southern Dayton area.  Each business hosted a truck (or storage unit) and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill the truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 locations.

This year, the 2016 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with several businesses and corporate partners.

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We are collecting donations to fill the truck.  Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing, and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need.  Please consider donating an item today through our Website, If you would rather just donate cash, please see our Cash Donations page.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

November Charity of the Month: The Salvation Army

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The Salvation Army

Founded in 1865 in London by William Booth, The Salvation Army is present in 127 countries and operates 7,546 centers in the United States alone. The Salvation Army is dedicated to fighting hunger, addiction and poverty by meeting peoples physical as well as spiritual needs. The work of the Army is funded through corporate contributions, kettle donations and the sale of goods donated. These donations are used to establish and run disaster relief, anti-human trafficking, various children’s programs, food distribution and more.

From their website:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to The Salvation Army in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

October Charity of the Month: Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief

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Flooding in Louisiana has recently became insufferable, affecting thousands of families throughout the area and causing immense amounts of damage and destruction. In August, the governor of Louisiana declared a state of emergency as many rivers recorded record level height increases. This flood is considered to be the worst natural disaster in the US since Hurricane Sandy.

From their website:

“The Red Cross, born of a desire to bring assistance without discrimination to the wounded on the battlefield, endeavors—in its international and national capacity—to prevent and alleviate human suffering wherever it may be found. Its purpose is to protect life and health and to ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples.

The Louisiana Floods Relief have mobilized the largest sheltering and feeding effort since Superstorm Sandy to help people in Louisiana affected by the floods.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the American Red Cross Louisiana Floods Relief in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

The 2016 Olympics are Here!

Today kicks off the 2016 Rio Olympics.  Tonight, people in countries all over the world will be watching the Opening Ceremony with excitement, and ready to cheer on their country.

Because of this, we thought there was no better charity to support this month than the Special Olympics. The Special Olympics supports people with intellectual disabilities through sports related activities.  So while you are cheering on your favorite individuals and the USA over the next few weeks, never forget that the Special Olympics exists.

Each month, Frame USA chooses a charity to support online at www.frameusa.com and in our Retail Store.  For the month of August, we chose the Special Olympics for both.  Giving back is near and dear to our hearts, and something we always love our customers to be passionate about as well.

Did you know that for all orders placed on our website at www.frameusa.com, we donate $0.75/order to charity?  That means all you have to do is purchase picture frames from us and you are helping to support great charities everywhere.  We also give you the opportunity to make a donation of your own choosing in your shopping cart.  So whether you are buying a wood frame, metal picture frame, or a poster frame, your order makes a difference and never forget that!

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Frame Closeouts

Mixing and Matching with Closeout Frames

Frame Closeouts Sometimes a project comes up that requires you to get a lot of frames. Maybe a school arts and crafts day or an awards ceremony. When you have to buy for a large group, getting brand new frames can be a hefty expense. Sometimes you might need 50 to a hundred to even 300 picture frames for an event. If this is employee run or a charity or a PTA your budget is going to be limited and you need to stretch your spending dollar as far as you can. A great solution for this is buying closeouts from Frame Closeouts.

Framecloseouts.com offers a hugevariety of wood picture frames, metal picture frames, and poster frames at very low prices. There are over 30 different styles and sizes and thousands of closeout frames to choose. from.

These are frames that have been returned to us in great condition (maybe someone ordered the wrong color) or that we made too many of. Most of them are sorted only by size. This is because we offer a 24 hour turnaround on getting closeouts shipped out, from the time you place your order. This helps ensure they can be pulled fast. Our regular wood closeouts, however, are sorted by size and color. So if you need 50 gold 11 x 17 frames, you can choose them.

Because they are sorted this way, when you choose closeouts, there’s no way to know exactly which style you will be receiving. This makes them ideal for gifts where they don’t need to match each other, where each person is getting something unique.

So when you need a lot of high quality frames and cheap picture frames prices or if you only need a few or even one, but quickly, take a chance on Frame Closeouts. We think you will be glad you did.

 

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Charity of the Month: American Cancer Society Relay For Life

American_Cancer_Society_Relay_For_Life_Logo In 2008 I was in a local band. We played shows all over the country and were asked to play many local benefits. That summer we were asked to be a part of Relay for Life. Us and a group of other musicians would play round the clock for 24 hours as people walked a track at the Lebanon Speedway, earning pledges to raise money for cancer research. The organizer’s partner had been treated for cancer and was still going through chemo but they both were there. The organizer had come to all of us musicians to say that her partner loved TV show theme songs and to ask us each to learn one to play during our hour. My band learned Laverne and Shirley. Afterward, her partner made a point to come up to us after our shift and thank us and hug us and let us know how much she appreciated our show. She loved hearing our version of the song. I don’t know if she is still around, but I really hope so. So many people were there, staying up all night, walking that track for her. Wanting to show her that they weren’t giving up. It was humbling and inspiring. I truly hope she made it.

The Relay for Life is such an important event. It is held at tracks all across the country to raise money in the fight against cancer. It is expensive to fund research. So many people are involved and so much time and equipment are necessary to really give us a chance to find a cure. Grants and private donations can only stretch so far so it is up to survivors and friends and loved ones to try and help stretch the dollars devoted to research.

And it’s not just research that is expensive. The cost of treatment and drugs is astronomical and insurance doesn’t always cover all of it. Patients often are snowed under by their medical bills along with their families.

And speaking of their families, they also sometimes need to travel for treatment. They need to be with their family and need a place to stay. There are many places that provide temporary lodging to families who are with patients so they can be together but they need to be kept up. They need up to date facilities to help keep the families and patients comfortable and their spirits up. Relay for Life provides funding for this as well.

So please visit the Relay For Life page and find out how you can get involved. It’s important. It can save lives.