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Jun 28, 2012
In 1998, Chris Mittelstaedt was working in an entry level position at a high end hotel in San Francisco. With a desire to accomplish more both professionally and personally, he launched the ‘FruitGuys®,’ a company dedicated to providing fresh fruit, or “nature’s candy” as an alternative to junk food and other unhealthy snack options to local business people. … learn More about How One Company is Providing Healthy Eating Options to Businesses and Communities Around the US
Jul 06, 2012
Although one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., Boston deals with the same urban challenges as any other metropolitan area. In certain neighborhoods where families struggle financially and youth routinely confront the hazards of gangs and drugs, programs like Artists For Humanity stand as beacons of opportunity. Rather than “disadvantaged” youth, Artists For Humanity Executive Director Susan Rodgerson views these young men and women as “under-resourced,” meaning that with the right support and encouragement, they can create their own future… learn More about Fostering Opportunity with Creativity in Boston
Jul 05, 2012
In a busy region like Eastern Massachusetts, many residents look to EasCare, a locally-owned and operated ambulance company, for high quality medical care transportation with a personal touch. Headquartered in Dorchester, EasCare employs more than 550 full-and part-time employees working on 150 vehicles at eight dispatch locations. EasCare opened for business in 1998 in an abandoned building with just three ambulances. Today, the company is the third largest ambulance service provider in Massachusetts… learn More about Skilled Care With a Local, Personal Touch in Boston
Jul 17, 2012
Established in 1965 in Charlotte, NC, Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont provides employment, job training and career services for adults and youth in 18 counties throughout North Carolina and South Carolina… learn More about From Goodwill to Good Jobs
Nov 15, 2011
See how we helped Hudson Development redefine environmental and economic sustainability in New York… learn More about Green Housing Helps Revitalize a Brooklyn Neighborhood