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Charity of the Month for July – Fill the Truck

Fill the truck back to school logo We are in the throes of summer and everything is nice and relaxing!  But we all know what is lurking around the corner; it is there in the back of our mind.  Some might be excited about it while some dread it.  Some might even be shocked to see it already!  But there is nothing we can do to stop the end of summer and start up the new school year (trust me, I tried for years!).  However, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for sure: School supplies are expensive!  This can be a huge burden for many families here in the Cincinnati area.

This is where we come in!

We have a 20’ truck to fill with school supplies!  The Frame USA family has the ability to help children succeed by making sure that they have the supplies they need for school.  That is why Fill The Truck goes Back to School!  Just like our December program where we collect different goods to fill a truck and deliver to a local charity before Christmas, we are collecting school supplies and summer clothing for children going back to school.  Everything that we collect this summer will go to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center’s Back to School program, where they handed out over 500 book bags last year.

Frame USA has already committed to donating 100 book bags this year!  However, that is not enough to help Valley Interfaith take care of all their families.  We need your help too!  Without you, we will not fill the truck!  The brand new items we are collecting are: dry erase markers, tissue boxes, paper towels, two pocket folders, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, backpacks, binders, composition books, single subject notebooks, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, pens, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shoes, t-shirts, shorts, and socks.

There are many ways you can help:

1)      Spread the word!  Post about FTT on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter, ect.

2)      Check out the website. www.fillthetruck.org

3)      Drop off items at Frame USA. 225 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45246

4)      Purchase items online. www.fillthetruck.org

5)      Donate cash. www.fillthetruck.org

6)      Buy something from Frameusa.com *We are still donating $1 for every order placed online! (Will you match our donation?)

We are including our Retail store in the action too!  Every Custom Framing order that is placed in July will be worth $1 from Frame USA as well!

We have a 20 foot truck that we need to fill.  We need your help!  Please consider donating, and change the future for the children.

To find out more about Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center please visit their website at www.vifcc.org.

For more information on Fill the Truck, please visit www.fillthetruck.org  or www.frameusa.com

CDKL5

Charity of the Month – June 2013 – CDKL5

CDKL5 The Frame USA charity of the month for June is CDKL5 — Even though people have been studying the human body and medicine since man discovered fire, there are still many things we do not know about the body.  CDKL5 is a genetic disorder that affects the X-chromosome, one of the sex chromosomes, girls have 2 Xs and boys have 1X and 1Y.  This does not only affect girls, but boys as well, however it does seem more prevalent in females.  This genetic mutation results in early onset and difficult to control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment.  The CDKL5 gene controls provide instruction for making a protein that is essential for normal brain development.  This leaves children unable to walk, confined to wheel chairs, unable to talk or feed themselves and have to depend on others for everything they need.  They also may have scoliosis, visual impairment, sensory issues and various gastrointestinal difficulties.  There is no known cause of CDKL5, however they do believe that it is not hereditary and occur spontaneously. This is a newly discovered disorder (2004) and they do not have all the answers about life expectancy, how and the ability to treat, and all symptoms associated with the disorder.  The International Foundation for CDKL5 Research is aggressively seeking to inform the public, create a database, and start clinical trials as soon as possible.  The first CDKL5 Center of Excellence in the US opened in Colorado in April 2013.  For more information and stories of these brave children and families, please visit www.cdkl5.com.

Remember, for every picture frame purchase made on FrameUSA.com in the month of June, we will donate $1.00 to CDKL5. At checkout you have the option to match our $1.00 donation. We encourage everyone to pledge $1.00 to help this amazing organization. Thank you! Donate at checkout

Maple Knoll Assisted Living

Charity of the Month May 2013

This month, Frame USA is sponsoring two AMAZING organizations who are helping out locally and nationally.

Maple Knoll Assisted Living

“Shady Pines, Ma!”  Dorothy, played by the late, great Bea Arthur, would say this to her mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), to get her to stop talking or straighten up her behavior in the classic TV show “The Golden Girls.”  This was used as a threat to send her back to the nursing home she does not like.  However, since the “Golden” heyday, nursing homes have become much nicer places to spend retirement or needed nursing care.  I’m sure most people have had some experience with a nursing home in one way or another.  I’m also sure we know that the cost of a nursing home is very high and can put a strain on most families’ finances.  That is why this month in the Retail Store we are sponsoring Maple Knoll Village on Springdale Pike.  Not only are they local, but they work extremely hard to make their residents have a healthy and pleasant experience.

andy caress melanoma foundation And it is almost summer, if you can’t tell by the lack of grey outside, I’m sure you feel the change in humidity!  That means that there will be more time spent in the sun, and more chance for the sun’s UV rays to attack your skin and potentially create cancerous cells. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation strives to bring awareness and education to the fore-front of our attention so the choice can be wisely made to protect our skin.  The epidermis is the largest organ in/on the human body and it not only protects the inside of the body from outside harm, but also regulates body temperature and keeps our bodies from drying out.  However, just because Melanoma is on the outside of the body, it is NOT less harmful.  In fact, it is the only skin cancer that can spread to the brain, spine, and other organs.  Andy Caress, who lost his battle with Melanoma at the age of 24, created this foundation: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.” Along with passing out sunscreen, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation holds a 5k run called the “Annual Block The Sun Run” and will be held this May on the 11th.  If you are interested in participating, check out andycaress.org/5k for more information and registration!

VV 6th Anniversary at Frame USA

Visionaries and Voices Celebrates 6 Years at Frame USA

Friday April 12, 2013 – Visionaries and Voices Tri-county celebrated it’s 6th year in the Frame USA manufacturing and warehouse facility. The celebration kicked off at 5:00 PM and lasted until 7:30 PM at their Studio,  225 Northland Blvd., Cincinnati, Ohio.

VV 6th Anniversary at Frame USA Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit arts organization that supports artists with disabilities. This year the celebration included an Artist and Volunteer awards presentation, as well as music by Melodic Connections.

If you didn’t get to partake this year, you can always come by our retail store on Northland to check out some of the V+V artwork that is available for sale. Stop in anytime to support a great cause!

We hope everyone involved with this great celebration had a wonderful time. We sure do enjoy having the fine folks from V+V share this great space with us. It just doesn’t seem like it’s been 6 years.

If you have any questions about Visionaries + Voices, or if you would like to get involved in a great cause, please see their website for more details. Visionaries + Voices Website

 

 

Frame USA's New Site

Our New Site and Our Charity of the Month Program

Frame USA's New Site Frameusa.com has gone through some changes lately, and they are all for the better!

Hopefully, you have had the opportunity to shop on our site!  What is really incredible is the new feature for our monthly charity.  With the new site, we are still holding true to our pledge to donate $1 for every order received from Frameusa.com.  On the previous version of our website, if you wanted to make a donation to the charity, you had to click a button that would take you to another page. Once there, you made a decision whether or not to donate, then you would navigate back to the check out page and continue with your order.  However, on the improved website, we are making this step much easier by adding options that hopefully will increase the amount of donations made by our customers, so they match, or preferably exceed, the donation made by the company. We plan to have a spot on the shipping page where the customer can make one of three choices:

•     Yes, I would like to make a donation, please round up my order to the nearest dollar.

•     Yes, I would like to make a donation, please add (specified amount) to my order.

•     No, thank you, I do not wish to make a donation at this time.

This way each customer will acknowledge the charity option and be informed of the ease of helping those who need a little helping hand.  There will also be a link available to direct the customer to the website of the charity we are sponsoring that month.

We are currently working on this option, and as soon as we know more from the builders of our website, we will be able to solidify the details of the new options.  However, it is still exciting we are going to be able to attract more of our audience with their ability to help support local and national charities.

Fill The Truck in the Media

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Fill the Truck gains Media Attention

Frame USA was visited by Fox 19 news in Cincinnati for the release of the latest news on Fill The Truck. After first admiring our impressive selection of ready made picture frames, the camera crews started rolling.

FOX19.com-Cincinnati News, Weather

Fill the Truck has been at the center of Cincinnati’s holiday media since the initiative’s origin in 2010. Supporting charities all over the area, it has certainly been worthy of the attention it has received. Frame USA has primarily supported The Healing Center, but always manages to pull in other business partners like Walgreens, Spring Valley Bank and Clippard Instruments to support their own charities.

To learn more about Fill The Truck, visit www.FillTheTruck.org, or check out our latest video.
To learn more about Frame USA’s monthly charity initiative, visit http://www.frameusa.com/charity.htm

Charities

About Frame USA’s Charity Initiative

Charities Around 5 years ago, Frame USA started its monthly charity initiative program.  This program was started to help support local and national charities with monetary donations, volunteerism and other resources they may need.  Every month, our internet site donates $1 for every picture frame order placed on Frameusa.com and $1 for every custom framing order that our retail store takes.  We also give our customers, vendors and key partners the opportunity to donate any amount they wish.  Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for a variety of deserving charities.  These are some of the twenty-plus charities that we have sponsored are:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • ArtWorks
  • Autism Speaks
  • Children’s Safe Drinking Water
  • Feeding America
  • Foundation for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Health Care Connection
  • Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
  • Kiva Organization
  • Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run
  • Legacy Project Listen to Life
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Minds Matter
  • National Down Syndrome Association
  • One Laptop Per Child Foundation
  • Soldiers’ Angels
  • The Fresh Air Fund
  • Tony Snow Scholarship Fund

About 3 years ago, our CEO had visited the Healing Center in Springdale, Ohio and was so impressed by their operation and their ability to help the community; he decided to help them in a big way.   Dan took the Monthly Charity and turned it into an annual program.  This program called Fill the Truck was a huge endeavor for, not only the employees of Frame USA, but the community as well.  There was a 54 foot semi truck parked in the front parking lot of Frame USA shrouded in banners proclaiming the challenge to fill the truck in 21 days.  The range of items that were requested by the Healing Center that would benefit their clients; pillows and blankets, winter clothing for adults and children, personal care and cleaning items, kitchen wares, food, and including a Christmas food basket.  Fill the Truck also accepted cash donations which would allow the Healing Center to use the funds as needed.  Between the generosity of our neighbors, the employees of Frame USA and Frame USA’s vendors and key partners, not only were they able to fill the truck, but they OVER filled it!  The Healing Center was able to use the donations collected by the Fill the Truck program for over 5 months at the beginning of 2011. This great endeavor received the attention of the Eisen Agency and Frame USA was honored with a Pillar Award for their work to help their community.

Because Fill the Truck was so successful in December 2010, it expanded in 2011.  There were 11 trucks spread out over the Cincinnati and Dayton Area.  In Northside, OH, one of Frame USA’s key partners, Visionaries and Voices, hosted a truck for CAIN (Churches Active in Northside).  Downtown Cincinnati had a truck sponsored by the NAACP for the Frederick Douglas School and Hannah’s Treasure Chest in Dayton, OH was sponsored by Centerville Coin and Jewery.  The following were also helped by the Fill the Truck program in 2011:

  • Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center
  • Inter Parish Ministries
  • SON Ministries
  • One Way Farms
  • Matthew 25 Ministries
  • Reach Out Lakota
  • The Brighton Center

Frame USA’s 2011 truck was over filled again, and has created a lot of excitement for December 2012.  This year, the goal is to help more people here in the Cincinnati region that has been affected by the different struggles that have met the nation.

Fill the Truck also initiated a school version in the summer of 2012.  Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center holds a “Back to School” week where they supply all the children that they serve with school supplies to prepare them for a successful year in school.  We partnered with KDM POP Solutions and also helped collect school supplies for Princeton City Schools.  Between the two trucks, we collected enough book bags, pens, pencils, and packets of paper to help hundreds of children through-out the tri-state and armed them with the ability to learn while in school and ease their parent’s fears about being able to obtain all the things their children need.

 

Winter Aid - Silent Auction and Frame USA Open House

Winter Aid Silent Auction And Open House

Winter Aid - Silent Auction and Frame USA Open House

Frame USA will be sponsoring Winter Aid, a Silent and Live Charity Auction to benefit the Healing Center of Cincinnati on December 7, 2012.

Thousands of people in the Greater Cincinnati area are struggling due to the current economy. Here is your chance to help out by attending our first Fill the Truck Silent Auction. Everything we receive directly benefits The Healing Center, which provides food, clothing and personal care items to people and families in need of help.

Our friends from Visionaries and Voices will be participating with one of a kind pieces of art by incredible artists! Join us at our facility and tour their studio which is in our building.

C. F. Payne We are very excited to announce our guest for Winter Aid is the insightful artist, C. F. Payne. Chris will perform as auctioneer for the live auction portion of the event.

Time Magazine -C F Payne C. F. Payne is an illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Book Review and Sunday Magazine, MAD Magazine, der Spiegel, Texas Monthly, and Boys Life.

Make sure you mark your calendar! Live Music, Wine, Beer, and Hors D’oeuvres will be provided!

Fill The Truck and Frame USA

DATE: December 7th, 2012

LOCATION: Frame USA, 225 Northland Boulevard, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

For more information contact: [email protected] OR
Visit the Winter Aid Page on FillTheTruck.org!  


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May and June Charities–And One Awesome Painting

Every month, Frame USA performs a charitable service as an outreach to our community. During May, we sponsored Visionaries and Voices; a not-for-profit organization supporting artists with disabilities. We currently host one of their two studio locations in our retail store, and during this last month, we displayed some of their current works of art for sale. We also purchased one of their fabulous paintings.

Coming this month, we plan to support CAIN (Churches Active in Northside), which is a non-profit faith-based organization of neighborhood churches in Northside. Each month, nearly 400 vulnerable families rely on CAIN’s emergency food pantry, help with rent and utilities, access to federal benefit assistance, and other services. CAIN’s Rainbow of Choice Food Pantry had 4,198 visits in 2010.

3 Reasons Why it’s Important to Shop American

1)    Jobs – Every dollar that we spend on American-made products can help boost the economy and keep our fellow Americans working by creating AMERICAN jobs.  This is extremely important as jobs are being outsourced overseas and more and more Americans are losing work.

2)    Labor/Environment – Production that occurs overseas is often void of human rights and regulations that we have in the U.S. including fair labor, wage, and safety.  Sweatshops contribute to child labor, slave labor, and many other human rights violations.  Buying American helps avoid these barbarous labor conditions.  Moreover, there are many standards within the U.S. that help regulate processes to promote environmentally responsible manufacturing.  These standards include reducing energy use, pollution, and other effects that overseas manufacturing can have on the environment.  Frame USA offers many benefits to its employees and has an ongoing green initiative to help support the environment.

3)    Local Businesses Give Back to Their Communities – American businesses tend to invest in their local communities through various community outreach initiatives and volunteer efforts because they want to see them prosper.  By shopping American, local companies are able to increase their community involve through funding, volunteerism, activism, and more!  Frame USA has many different community outreach initiatives that you can read about here.