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KENNEBUNK, Maine, September 24, 2010 – After tallying nearly 100,000 consumer votes from around the country, Tom’s of Maine announced today the five non-profit organizations that will each receive new volunteer support and $20,000 through its annual “50 States for Good” initiative. The program, designed to spotlight local nonprofit projects and volunteer needs, drew submissions from all 50 states. From greening urban spaces and protecting natural resources to animal rights and youth-focused projects, applications from qualified 501(c)(3) organizations were narrowed to 41 by a panel of non-profit experts. Online voting by the public then determined the winners.
The 2010 winning non-profit organizations are:
This year’s applicants were also asked to share their volunteer needs as part of their application. VolunteerMatch, the Web's most popular volunteer recruitment network, will help the winning organizations, as well as any non-profit in need, secure local volunteers for their projects. VolunteerMatch matches volunteers based on location and personal interest. For those who aren’t close to a winner’s locality, they can find volunteer opportunities at Tom’s of Maine’s Volunteer Match page here: http://tomsofmaine.volunteermatch.org/.
“The health of our communities depends on individuals and organizations committed to goodness every day,” said Susan Dewhirst, Goodness Programs Manager at Tom’s of Maine. “This year’s winners and all those who applied share a spirited commitment to doing good work, a network of supporters that is inspiring and a reminder that each of us can make a difference. We look forward to following the progress and seeing the results of all five projects.”
Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many other programs. In addition, the company donates 10% of its profits back to the community and offers employees 5% paid time off, up to 12 days a year, to volunteer in their local community.
About Tom's of Maine
Tom's of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care. Tom's of Maine sells high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, deodorant, bar soap, and body wash products. The company has a long-standing commitment to supporting people, communities and the living planet. For over 40 years, Tom's of Maine has sponsored hundreds of nonprofit efforts, and gives 10% of its profits back to the community and encourages employees to use 5% (12 days) of employee time to volunteer. Tom's of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company's high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company's sensitive way of doing business. Tom's of Maine enjoys partnering with its consumers, vendors and many community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for the earth and us all. Visit us online at www.tomsofmaine.com.
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