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Memorial Day – Monday, May 29

Memorial Day
Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an annual, authorized holiday that has been recognized by the US government as a day for remembering those who died while serving in the armed forces. On this day many people visit memorials and cemeteries and place flags on graves to show their respect.

This holiday was originally known as Decoration Day as was used to honor the Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives during the Civil War. It wasn’t until the 1900’s that is became a day that honored all the soldiers who dies while serving their country. There was another 60 years until it was changed from Decoration Day into Memorial Day in 1967 and then 4 more years until it became a federal holiday.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused because they both are for honoring military personnel. The difference is, Veterans Day honors any person that has been in the armed forces while Memorial Day is for remembering the people who died during their service. Memorial Day also marks the begging of summer season with most recreational pools opening on this weekend.

On this day all American Flags are raised to full-staff then slowly lowered to half-staff position, this position is specifically to honor all the fallen soldiers of our great country. The flag stays at half-staff until noon when it’s then raised all the way to the top for the rest of the day. If transitions to full-staff to commemorate the notion that the fallen soldiers memories will be raised by the living who will not allow their sacrifices to go in vain.

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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

Visionaries and Voices
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!

GreyBird Foundation
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.

2015 Fill The Truck Group Photo

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!

 

Happy Veterans Day

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American Flag

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” – Charles B. Rangel

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th and is a United States holiday which memorializes military vets. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th because this is the date that marks the end of World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 World War I was ended.

World War I was a global war that began on July 28th 1914 and lasted 4 years, 3 months and 14 days. There were 135 countries who took part in the war which killed over 15 million people. The opposing forces involved in World War I were the Allies and the Central Powers, the Allies consisted of The United States, the British, Russia, Belgium, France, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania and Serbia while the countries in the Central Powers included Bulgaria, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey.

The war began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was next in line to sit on the throne of Austria-Hungary. His death caused Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia.

Previously named Armistice Day, Veterans Day was renamed in 1954.

Veterans Day is often times confused with Memorial Day, the difference between the two is that Veterans Day recognizes the service of all U.S. military vets while Memorial Day celebrates the memory of those who died while in service or due to injuries during battle.

In 1968 a bill was passed by Congress which moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The law went into effect in 1971 but was changed in 1975 by President Ford. Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th because of the important history of this date.

“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. Freedom is never free.” – President Barack Obama

November Charity of the Month: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
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!

 

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.