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May Charity of The Month: The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

May Charity of the Month

I don’t think there is a single person alive that doesn’t enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. Sunlight makes you happy, it makes you feel better, it gives those that face harsh winters, hope, and there is a good chance that without proper protection it could kill you.

As a kid your mother would pin you down as you squirm and wiggle to slather on sunscreen to protect your precious skin. This wasn’t for her benefit, in fact if you ask her, I’m sure she will say it was her least favorite activity she did with you. As with many things in life, this is something that we all could learn from our mothers. Applying sunscreen, although an annoying task, is something that can save your life, especially for those that are fair skinned.

According to skincancer.og, each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. The deadliest and fastest growing type of skin cancer out there is melanoma. There is a common misconception that melanoma is one of the easy cancers to get. That is definitely not the case in fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, 57 minutes to be exact.

In 2010 that one person that tragically lost his battle to melanoma was a 24 year old young man named Andy Caress.

Andy loved the outdoors and was never far from a tennis ball and racquet. In August of 2008 he finished near the top of his age group in a mini triathlon, with open lake swimming followed by biking and a run. He was considered to be in the best physical shape of his life. He was the definition of a strong fighter.

In October of 2008, Andy Caress was diagnosed with melanoma. Although his activities changed, his fight never faltered. In the midst of treatment Andy created a foundation called Mela-KNOW-More. As he was getting radiation treatments, surgeries and bio-chemo therapy he was fighting to change the misconception of melanoma to the public.

Throughout his treatment he never lost his fight or his drive to help find a cure for melanoma, but unfortunately he was faced with an opponent that he could not beat and died peacefully August 4, 2010.

Mela-KNOW-More is now The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, whose volunteer members are dedicated to continuing to pursue the mission of this amazingly strong young man.

“His mission is simple: ”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.”’

The specific goals of The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

 

Frame USA has joined in their fight and has selected this fantastic organization as our charity of the month for May.

Please consider donating $1 with your order of picture frames, so that this foundation can continue to wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

For more information about Andy Caress, or The foundation and its programs please visit andycaress.com.

 

April 2015

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries & Voices

April Charity of the Month

It has been an exciting past couple of weeks here in t the Frame USA offices, what with the basketball championship and a March madness type competition amongst the employees. As the excitement of both settles down we are reminded once again of a core value of Frame USA and Posterservice: Giving back.

In 2001, a unique idea was created. This idea was about an organization that would give members of the Cincinnati community with disabilities, an opportunity to make, market and celebrate their artistic talents. In 2003, this was no longer an idea but a full non-profit organization called Visionaries & Voices.

Visionaries & Voices holds a special place in our hearts over at Frame USA. They have been part of our team for 8 years. Using a corner of our warehouse, V&V opened up a satellite studio and started welcoming artists from Butler and Warren County to the new studio space.

The vision of this amazing organization is to:

“create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit and celebrate with community members”

Visionaries & Voices started with a small group of artists and have now expanded to over 150 artists each week at their two studios. They provide studio space for artists to come and use materials they otherwise may not have access to. They then give those artists an opportunity to showcase that art in variety of exhibitions they host every year. One of their most popular exhibition is Double Vision. This is an art auction that gives V&V artists the opportunity to collaborate on a piece of art, with artists working in the regional arts community that will then be auction at the gala. The 6th annual Double Vision art auction is this Friday, April 10, from 6:30-11.

In celebration of the 8th year as part of our team, we have chosen V&V as our April Charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could be responsible in countless pieces of one of a kind artwork being created, will you help us spread beauty around the world?

If you would like to know more about Visionaries & Voices and the work they do or for tickets for their upcoming annual art auction gala, Double Vision, please visit their website at visionariesandvoices.com.

Best Friends Animal Society

If this was a TV commercial we would start by showing videos of hurt animals while playing really depressing music, but since this is a blog post so we’re going to give you pictures instead.

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I bet you are wondering why a Framing Company is giving a bunch of adorable pictures of animals to their blog readers.

March Charity of the Month: Best Friends Animal SOCIETY

These animals are just 16 out of the 923 animals available for adoption from an organization called Best Friend Animal Society. Best Friends Animal Society is an animal welfare society that sponsored the no-kill movement for animal shelters nearly 30 years ago.

When this movement first began there was nearly 17 million homeless pets that were dying each year in our nation’s shelters. Best Friend’s created a variety of programs aimed to help reduce this number.

According to their website:

“By implementing spray/neuter and trap/neuter/return programs (TNR) to reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increasing the number of people who adopt pets, we’ve reduced that number to around 4 million deaths annually.

Our national initiatives focus on animals most likely to enter America’s shelter system – cats, castoffs from puppy mills, and pit-bull-terrier-type dogs. Our national initiatives address these issues by keeping community cat’s safe and out of shelters with TNR, battling commercial breeding operations, and fighting discrimination against pit bull terriers.”

 

For the month of March we have vowed to help the initiative of Best Friend’s Animal Society by choosing them as our charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could put a stop to unnecessary animal deaths in the nation’s shelters.

Charity of the Month for February

Our Charity for the Month of February

It is hard to talk about something so serious when all your brain really wants to think about right now are Katy Perry’s Sharks. Sometimes, however, for the greater good of the world you have to talk about the difficult things.

If you are lucky you have never and will never have to deal with a loved one’s life being taken by a life threatening disease such as cancer, most of us, unfortunately, are not that lucky. If there is one thing that everyone can agree with it is this: Cancer Sucks.  What makes matters even worse is that these diseases like cancer don’t discriminate, there is not a single person on this planet that is safe, including children. Children haven’t even had a chance to live their life before having to fight for it.

The one defense that people have against cancer and other life threatening diseases is that we have teams of Doctors and Scientists working day and night to find a cure and treatment for them. One of which, and probably the most well-known, is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

According to their website:

“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay”

St Jude is internationally recognized for “its pioneering research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.” It is one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country and is the “first and only national cancer institute designated comprehensive cancer center devoted solely to children.”

Frame USA wants to help you help the world. So for the month of February we have chosen St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as our monthly Charity.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

February 2015 Charity of the MOnth

Your one dollar could save millions of children’s lives.

Get to Know Frame USA- Favorite Hobby Friday

 Favorite Hobby Friday

Last week for Favorite Hobby Friday, our Director of Sales, Chas Hall, was interviewed about his favorite Hobby. Since last Thursday was Thanksgiving, and we were out of the office that Friday, we are bringing you last weeks favorite hobby Friday today! We wanted to take a different spin on it and tell our customers what Frame USA’s favorite hobby is as a company.

Frame USA’s Favorite Hobby is Giving Back to those in need.

On a monthly basis Frame USA chooses charities to support through our website as well as our retail store. We mentioned in our blog post about our November Charity of the month, Free Store Foodbank, that in September alone we donated over 1,500 to our two charities.

However our biggest charity initiative by far is Fill The Truck.
Fill The Truck first started back in December of 2010 by Frame USA’s CEO, Dan Regenold. That December he had a vision to fill a 54 foot semi-truck for a local charity. He put together a team of giving coordinators to make this initiative as successful as possible in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they were so successful at getting donations that they over filled their semi by 7%. This equaled 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than $22,200 in donations.

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The truck isn’t just a means of transporting all of the donations that we get, to Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck.

Since that December of 2010 Frame USA has been coordinating Fill the Truck every year. This past Tuesday, November 25, 2014, marked the beginning of the 5th Annual Fill The Truck. The best part about this charity initiative is that it isn’t just a one man show. From now until December 21st when the trucks are delivered to their respected Charities, the employees at Frame USA will have this initiative on their brains and will do everything in their power to make it as successful as possible.
With that being said, Fill The Truck is a massive charity initiative that performs at hyper speed in just under 30 days. All the donations received are boxed and packed by employees donating their time.

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On December 21st when we deliver the donations, we are delivering a second chance to the people in need. It is this reason that we continue to do this initiative every year, no matter the man power and time that it takes organizing.

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One thing that we have learned the past 5 years that we have undertaken this challenge is that no matter how small a donation is, it can completely change someone’s life around.

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Our piece of advice for all of you is that it doesn’t take a large donation of cash to make a difference in someone’s life; something as simple as a hat and glove set can mean the world to someone in need.

Stay tuned every Friday to get to know Frame USA & our employees.

Frame USA’s November Charity of the Month: Freestore Foodbank

For those of you who don’t know, Frame USA is extremely dedicated to helping those in need. The Monthly Charitable Gift Program started many years back and ever since then we have supported local and national charities in a number of different outlets. We not only donate money, our time and other needed resources but we use our website and retail store as a way to  make these deserving charities known to the masses. Unlike other companies that choose a charity, not only does every single penny that is donated by our customers go to that respective charity, but we as a company use our success as a way to give back. For every purchase of picture frames made on our website, no matter if the customer themselves donates, we donate $0.75.  In our retail store, for every custom framing order we donate $1.00. In the month of September, we donated over $1,500 to our two charities of the month.

The Month of November has the lucky opportunity to be a month where people everywhere think about just how thankful they are for everything that they have been given. I’m sure that everyone can agree that there is nothing more wonderful than sitting down with your family and friends as you all fill yourselves full with a nice warm meal and feeling the warmth of their love. Some people aren’t this lucky, in fact, 1 in 6 neighbors in our Tri-State area of Cincinnati is at risk of hunger.  Of that number, nearly 100,000 are kids. This statistic shocked us and really solidified our decision for our November Charity of the Month. This November, for our charity we have chosen The Freestore Foodbank.

Freestore Foodbank November Charity of the Month

The Freestore Foodbank was started in 1971 by a worker at Cincinnati’s incinerator named Frank Gerson. Gerson saw in his profession useable household items being tossed away. He began to collect those items and give them away to families in need. He was so passionate about this that he quit his job and opened for business in his apartment called the Free Store.  8 years later the Free Store became a founding member of Feeding America. It was around this time that the Free Store evolved into the Freestore Foodbank. Today, it is under the leadership of Kurt Reiber and it is one of Ohio’s largest food banks. Annually, this organization distributes 20 million meals through a network of about 260 community partner agencies serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The vision of The Freestore Foodbank is to be the leader of a community mobilized to end hunger and address its causes.

We ask that as you begin buying your holiday presents, and start thinking about how thankful you are for the people and things in your life that you consider being the reason someone else is thankful this holiday season. We’ve made it as simple as clicking a button (Here’s a little secret for you: that is in fact what you do to participate, you click a button to donate $1 as you are completing your order of picture frames online). 

For more information about this month’s Charity of the Month and the different programs they are involved in on top of their main mission, please visit their website at http://freestorefoodbank.org/.

 

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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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Frame USA Donates Picture Frames to Charity

Community. Whether you’re a business, a family, a nonprofit or an individual, you are formed and molded by your local communities. At Frame USA, we feel that communities from all across the United States can benefit from a little help here and there; especially when they’re making positive differences in their area. We received this great message from Grace Church after we helped them by donating 30+ Unfinished picture frames:

 


 “Dear Dan [CEO, Frame USA],

I bet that by now you have forgotten about us here in Wisconsin, or at least thought that we forgot about you and were acting like the 9 out of 10 lepers who failed to return to thank Jesus after they were healed. On the contrary, we want you to know that we have never stopped thanking you for your kindness and generosity to Grace Church.

It has taken a long time…. to mobilize the missionaries to send in a new picture, to get the frames stained, to order the vinyl and then to get the authorized person to hang the frames on the wall. … The frames are in a really nice formation, and on two different walls as you leave the sanctuary. One side is for Global missionaries and the other for U.S. missionaries….”


Needless to say, we were glad to help such a great cause. Do you have any deserving causes that you’d like to see mentioned or considered for our Charity of the Month? Leave a comment below, or visit our Charity page to learn more.   picture frame charity *Note that these frames were sent as Unfinished frames, but wood-stained by the recipients. Just another way to add your own personal touch!

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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.