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Frame USA Sponsors “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer”

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women during their lives — a frightening statistic, considering the cancer’s devastating effects. Whether women experience it directly or help their friends and family deal with the shock, organizations like the Bethesda Foundation are reaching out to help. That’s why we at Frame USA recently sponsored and attended the TPC River’s Bend Ladies’ Golf “Tee Off Against Breast Cancer” event.

The golfing event went to directly support the Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Cancer — a center that does far more than raise awareness. All donations go to assist in cancer research, direct medical care for affected patients and general support for those going through this life-altering disease.

It is because of these reasons that we were (and still are) proud to support the above foundations, and plan to do so whenever we can as a company. To learn more about the Mary Jo Cropper Center, click here.

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From their website:

As the Tri-State’s leading breast care facility, we provide compassionate and comprehensive services, including screening, diagnosis, research, and the most current treatment options for breast conditions in one, convenient location. Our facility stands out because:

  • We are the only local breast center accredited by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
  • SealOur team provides comprehensive services, including 3D digital tomosynthesis mammography, ultrasound, MRI, breast biopsies, and breast cancer rehabilitation.
  • We have an expert multidisciplinary team involved in breast care and disease treatment.
  • We offer convenient hours and facilities. Our Center provides on-site radiologists and surgeons. 
  • We offer Breast Health Navigators to educate you and coordinate care, ensuring that you have a supportive team of specially trained nurses to advocate on your behalf.
  • The Mary Jo Cropper Family Center for Breast Care actively participates in clinical research to ensure the most current treatment of breast disease. 
  • Our staff strives to allay patient fears by delivering compassionate care in a nurturing, comfortable environment.
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May 2014 Charity – Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

For the month of May, we promote a charity that is very near and dear to us (much like our holiday Fill The Truck initiative.) May is Melanoma Awareness month — melanoma being a deadly form of skin cancer. If caught early enough, treatment is relatively easy to manage and steps can be taken to prevent the cancer from spreading.

Some patients diagnosed with melanoma aren’t quite so lucky. Sometimes the cancer spreads to the lymph nodes and beyond. Among these cases was Andy Caress: athlete, friend, and a constantly motivational young man to all who knew him.

Meet Andy Caress, a 22 year-old athlete whose life was taken by melanoma. His life goal was to raise awareness and fund research to battle the deadly cancer.

Rather than focus on his bleak condition from the spread of melanoma, Andy created a foundation to raise awareness about this deadly form of skin cancer. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation isn’t only about raising awareness, however. This foundation has raised thousands of dollars in donations to cancer research, education and prevention techniques for beating melanoma.

As part of Frame USA’s monthly charity initiative, we make a donation to our charity of the month for every order placed on our website. We also take a percentage of every custom framing order in our retail store and donate that. In addition, we also ask our customers upon checkout (both online and in-store) if they would like to donate to the charity. We never require donations or push for them, but we do sincerely appreciate your donations.

If you can’t afford to donate to our monthly charity and still would like to help, we completely understand. You can make a great difference by sharing Andy’s story, or spending some time learning about melanoma from the foundation’s website: AndyCaress.org. Education is the best chance we have when it comes to battling skin cancer.

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You can find out more about the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation through this recent piece aired by Channel 12 News in Cincinnati:

Source: Local 12 Cincinnati News

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April 2014 Charity of the Month – Charity:Water

charity-water Beginning this April we will be featuring charity:water as our Charity of the Month. From the charity:water website:

Mission Statement:

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean
and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

We travel the world to find inspiring organizations who are providing long-lasting water and sanitation services, and then we fund their most successful programs. Our goal isn’t just to get water flowing, but to make sure it flows for many years.

Charity:water is involved in multiple types of clean water projects world wide. These projects include, but are not limited to: hand dug wells, drilled wells, rainwater catchments,gravity fed systems, piped systems, water purification systems, biosand filtration, spring protections, and latrines.

Areas of involvement on various clean water projects include: planning, implementation, maintenance, proof and mapping of sites. You can take a look at the current project mappings in the image below.

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You can also take a look at their completed projects in depth by clicking here.

During the month of April, Frame USA will donate 1 dollar of every sale from our website and retail store to support clean water across the world. You also have the opportunity to donate at checkout. Just click the button shown in the image to the right when completing your checkout.

Clean water is a basic necessity that many parts of the world take for granted, but many across the globe struggle with this most basic need on a daily basis. We ask that you please take a stand with us and do what you can to help.

From the website:

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 800 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

It’s hard to imagine what 800 million people looks like really, but one in nine might be easier. One in nine people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those 800 million. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait eight hours for a turn.

Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $20 a person, we know how to help millions.

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March 2014 Charity of the Month – Special Olympics

snowshoeing~Diego-Azubel-016-Edit-2 Coming in March, we have plans for a very special charity of the month. We will be featuring the Special Olympics as our spotlight charity and donate $1 from every sale to this great cause. Our customers also have the opportunity to add their donations at checkout. We ask that you stand with us in support of the Special Olympics organization and all that it represents.

 

From the Special Olympics website:

It all began in the 1950s and early 1960s, when Eunice Kennedy Shriver saw how unjustly and unfairly people with intellectual disabilities were treated. She also saw that many children with intellectual disabilities didn’t even have a place to play. She decided to take action.

Soon, her vision began to take shape, as she held a summer day camp for young people with intellectual disabilities in her own backyard. The goal was to learn what these children could do in sports and other activities – and not dwell on what they could not do. See a slideshow about the camp

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About the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative:

At more than 1.4 million free health screening clinics in more than 100 countries, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program offers health services and information to athletes in dire need. In the process, Special Olympics has become the largest global public health organization dedicated to serving people with intellectual disabilities.

The initiative helps provide screenings and care worldwide with a focus on healthy athletes and healthy communities.

Healthy Athletes currently offers health screenings in seven areas: Fit Feet (podiatry), FUNfitness (physical therapy), Health Promotion (better health and well-being), Healthy Hearing (audiology), MedFest (sports physical exam), Opening Eyes (vision) and Special Smiles (dentistry).

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How You Can Help

There are a multitude of ways that you can help the Special Olympics if you are interested. Of course you can donate through our website, but we would like to challenge you to become more involved. Please check out the Special Olympics GET INVOLVED Page for more details.

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To learn more about the Charity of the Month program at Frame USA, please visit http://www.frameusa.com/pages/charity.

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Furniture Fair joins Frame USA for Fill The Truck 2013

Frame USA’s Annual Charity Campaign Gains a Great Community Ally for Fill The Truck 2013

This holiday season, Frame USA is continuing the annual FillTheTruck.org campaign, where we pick a few outstanding charities around the Cincinnati area that help a wide range of people who are down on their luck. Around the holidays, these situations are made worse by the drop in temperature and the need for food, warm clothing and supplies to get through the winter season. That’s where Frame USA and Fill The Truck come in. Springing from a company-wide charitable initiative started four years ago, Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold decided to keep filling  supply trucks for charities all around the Cincinnati area.

Fill The Truck initially started as one of Frame USA’s monthly charitable initiatives, where we donate $1 for every online order (and ask our customers to join in.)

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Our 4th Annual charitable initiative – Google “Fill The Truck” and you’ll see the lives and communities we’ve impacted along the way!

This year, Furniture Fair is joining the Fill The Truck 2013 initiative to spread the good cheer to even more charities. Our first year running, we mainly focused on supporting one charity. In our second run, we expanded to eleven charities and eleven businesses supporting those charities. Last year we supported six, and this year we’re planning to help a total of seven charities. Furniture Fair’s multiple locations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will be hosting storage units, ensuring that each charity will be receiving the means necessary to keep stocked during the winter season.

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While Frame USA is directly supporting The Healing Center, our partners at Furniture Fair will be disbursing their donations among these great charities.

How to get involved

Helping “Fill The Truck” is actually very simple, and anyone can do it! Here are three ways that YOU can make a difference:

1. Visit FillTheTruck.org and donate to your charity of choice. Frame USA is donating to The Healing Center, but you can choose which of the seven chartities you’d like to support. On each “product” page, we have a list of supplies that are requested from all charities. Simply purchase any of these items and we will organize and distribute them. If you’re not sure what to buy, that’s okay! You can select “donate cash” and we will allocate the money into whatever that specific charity needs the most.

2. If you’re a Cincinnati local, you can drop off the listed donations at any of our truck locations. You can find information on locations by visiting FillTheTruck.org.

3. We understand if the holidays aren’t a great time for you to donate. The poor state of the economy is the reason we run Fill The Truck (as well as spreading some holiday cheer, of course.) If you “like” Frame USA and Fill The Truck on Facebook and even follow us on Twitter,  that is a great way to help us out. Share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word that NOBODY should be cold or hungry this holiday season. We’d love to see as many families as possible have good food, warm clothes and the supplies they need for this season.

And it all starts by filling the trucks.

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These great businesses are supporting us for our FillTheTruck.org initiative – whether tat’s helping with logistics or hosting a truck themselves!

Links:

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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

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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.

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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.