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Happiness Spreads Through African Villages Thanks to Growing Contributions from Long Term Care Insurance Professionals

Author: LTC Financial Partners, LLC
Dateline: Sat, 22 Nov 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- AIDS-plagued Kenya isn't on the big-bailout list, but an efficient, grass-roots movement is afoot that could produce more results than mountains of poorly-managed money. The movement is powered by human spirit and enough cash to ignite self-sufficiency and unstoppable progress. Called the Rabuor Village Project, it's funded in part by LTC Financial Partners, LLC, one of America's most experienced long term care insurance agencies and a few of the nation's top insurance carriers. (VIDEO - VNR)”



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Small "Bootstrap" Program Mushrooms in Spite of Down Economy, Cheering U.S. Givers as Well as African Recipients

KIRKLAND, Wash., Nov. 22 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- AIDS-plagued Kenya isn't on the big-bailout list, but an efficient, grass-roots movement is afoot that could produce more results than mountains of poorly-managed money. The movement is powered by human spirit and enough cash to ignite self-sufficiency and unstoppable progress. Called the Rabuor Village Project (RVP) (rabuorvillageproject.org), it's funded in part by LTC Financial Partners, LLC (LTCFP), one of America's most experienced long term care insurance agencies and a few of the nation's top insurance carriers.

Rabuor Village ProjectRVP began in 2003 as a Seattle-based campaign to help one small village bootstrap its way from disease and poverty to health and vitality. That village -- Rabuor, in West Kenya -- has become a model of holistic self-regeneration, and the program has spread to 14 nearby villages. In time the Rabuor model could transform villages throughout Kenya and countries beyond. While global poverty may take billions to eradicate, the RVP magic happens one village at a time. And it shows signs of growing exponentially, like the Internet. RVP was started by Loyce Mbewa-Ong'udi, who emigrated from Rabuor in 1996 to work as a professional woman in America's non-profit sector.

RVP's impact is best seen in the spirits of the children, many with a single parent or no parents thanks to HIV/AIDS. When Megan Clark of LTCFP arrived on a recent visit, "I was greeted by 125 nursery students singing me a welcome song," she says.

Others in the long term care insurance business, who now support RVP as well, include John Hancock Life Insurance Company (A unit of Manulife Financial Corporation); and Online Insurance Services (Olins) of Salt Lake City, Utah. Kent Merrell of Olins, who visited Rabuor with Clark, says, "I was bowled over. The happiness of the kids was uplifting." This is in contrast to the hopelessness of malnourished, sickly kids before the aid began.

Beyond the smiles and singing, other visible signs of success include:

* Cleaner and more abundant water through installation of delivery pipes and storage cisterns;

* Less disease thanks to a travelling nurse and a new pharmacy with free anti-retroviral drugs;

* Better education through construction of classrooms and establishment of scholarships for secondary-school education (school is not free in Kenya);

* Better health and mental alertness through a school nutrition program, where children get two meals and a snack every day;

* HIV/AIDS prevention through talks given by the Rabuor Youth Group (dealing forthrightly with a topic that's taboo elsewhere);

* Electricity through cables laid in underground trenches; and

* The start of economic self-sufficiency though a vocational center and new local businesses. The ventures include hybrid goat breeding, a commercial brick works, bee keeping for honey production, and sunflower growing for the production of sunflower oil and other products.

The Rabuor model works for two key reasons. First, it's bottom-up. No government or outside agency dictates the program, a big reason many top-down programs show scant results for the millions expended. The villagers themselves set things up, dividing their needs into three broad categories:

* Children & Education, providing opportunity to the growing ranks of youngsters who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS.

* Water & Health, securing a reliable supply of clean water for human consumption and agriculture; and supporting wellness through a community pharmacy and HIV/AIDS education.

* Economic Development, supporting entrepreneurship through micro-loans and technical assistance.

The second big reason RVP works is that it aims at self-sufficiency. There are no handouts that invite complacency. Fund allocations are investments in sustainable activity or infrastructure that can be maintained by the village itself. An exception is a truckload of teddy bears, one for each child, donated by John Hancock. But these, in a way, are investments too. "In these challenging economic times there is nothing more rewarding than helping those in need, and John Hancock's Long Term Care division is honored to be a sponsor of this important project," says Scott Williams, Vice President of Sales for John Hancock. "We're trying to let them know that someone cares, someone thinks you have a future."

The RVP model might have implications for America's own recovery following the financial crisis. Helping hands for a resurgence of self-sufficiency, bottom-up. Who would not take heart from that?

In 2006 the people of LTCFP decided to donate 2% of their profits, year after year, to RVP. The amount could become quite substantial since LTCFP, like RVP, is growing rapidly. This year Inc. Magazine ranked LTCFP No. 1,353 among all companies, and No. 12 among companies in the insurance industry, in its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the nation. Among insurance agencies, LTCFP is the fastest-growing one focusing exclusively on long term care insurance sales. LTCFP plans to add 500 agents over the 2009 calendar year.

Olins, a growing organization in the direct mail business, is donating a portion of its revenue as well. The insurance carriers and others are donating "gratifying amounts also," reports Cameron Truesdell, CEO of LTCFP.

Truesdell feels a special rapport with the needy children of Africa. Like many of them, he grew up without parents, dependent on the caring of others. "We'd like more people in our industry to support RVP," he says. "The need is so great, the program should grow 100-fold, 1000-fold." Contributions are welcome from anyone. Companies and individuals wishing to help will find information at www.ltcfp.us/rabuorvillage.

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Non-Profit Organizations to Receive $25K in Free PR Grants and Marketing Support

Author: Neotrope
Dateline: Wed, 01 Oct 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Neotrope(R), a brand identity, PR, and marketing firm established Jan. 1983, is donating $25,000 in free public relations and newswire services to worthy non-profit and charitable organizations to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Neotrope previously donated $25K worth of services in 2000, and $22K in 2005; and has provided discounted or free services to various non-profits for more than 20 years. Organizations may apply for this program starting today.”



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Los Angeles PR Firm to Donate Services to Worthy Causes

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Oct. 1 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Neotrope®, a brand identity, PR, and marketing firm established Jan. 1983, is donating $25,000 in free public relations and newswire services to worthy non-profit and charitable organizations to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Neotrope previously donated $25K worth of services in 2000, and $22K in 2005; and has provided discounted or free services to various non-profits for more than 20 years. Organizations may apply for this program starting today.

Neotrope"This is our way of supporting some of the numerous smaller organizations we feel need help to 'get the word out' about their efforts," said Neotrope CEO and co-founder, Christopher Simmons. "Many smaller non-profits have been suffering from lower revenues this year, due to the economy; and it's been harder than ever for some orgs to raise awareness. We've always taken corporate social responsibity very seriously, and it gives all of us here a warm and fuzzy to do what little we can to give something back to worthwhile causes."

Neotrope, and its division Send2Press® Newswire (www.Send2Press.com), have previously sponsored art benefits contributing to aid efforts for the homeless in Chicago, groups providing environmentally sustainable housing in areas of the world where disaster has left people without adequate shelter; and to orgs who raise money for Tanzanian AIDS orphans. Neotrope also sponsors entertainment events as diverse as Apple QuickTime shows, and both-coasts music showcases for indie bands, including the LAMN Jam series presented by the Los Angeles Music Network.

Non-profit organizations may apply for free services starting October 1st, through November 12th, 2008. Organizations will be selected as applications are received, and the amount donated to each selected non-profit will vary. Half of the grants will be provided to California-based non-profits, who will receive additional promotional assistance through California Newswire®. Additionally, all 501(c)(3) organizations automatically qualify for a 20% service discount. Finally, all qualified applicant organizations will be entered into a drawing to win a new One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) notebook which can be used for fund-raising purposes.

All selected organizations will have the option to set-up a free eMediaKit™ and PRtrax™ news reader-tracking account.

The 2009 Neotrope PR grant application can be found at
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Past recipients of the PR grant program include the Native Voices Foundation (www.nativevoices.org and www.snow-riders.org). "Thank you so much for putting Native Voices Foundation under your wings and on the U.S. map as never before," said Suzy Chaffee ("Chapstick"), Olympian, and Co-chair of NVF. "Your encouragement, savvy coaching, and access to the major newspapers in America, has been priceless in getting out our message."

About Neotrope®

Since 1983, Neotrope (www.neotrope.com) has been helping small-to-medium businesses and entertainment companies establish their brand and grow revenue. The Neotrope marketing team includes Christopher Laird Simmons, who is an award-winning designer, photographer, musician and digital artist. He is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Graphic Artists Guild, and ASCAP. Simmons has been widely interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, Chicago Post Tribune, PCWorld, and TrendWatch. Other team members include accredited public relations professionals, working journalists and broadcast veterans.

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Send2Press® offers best-in-class affordable Direct-to-Editors™ news distribution and alternative placement of news content to improve its "persistence" versus the traditional one-shot approach. In addition to sending news directly to working journalists, print and broadcast media, Send2Press places news into social networks and deep into search engines using proprietary ContextEngine(R) press release optimization technology developed in 1997. For more information on Send2Press, visit: http://www.Send2Press.com.

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Leaders from Fast-Growing Company Met in Tampa to Discuss Nationwide Hiring and to Give Back to the Community

Author: LTC Financial Partners LLC
Dateline: Mon, 29 Sep 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- What has building bikes for charity got to do with filling 1,000 insurance jobs? Not much, you might say; but LTC Financial Partners LLC, (LTCFP), a fast-growing insurance agency, thinks otherwise. Says CEO Cameron Truesdell, 'While tightening bolts and pumping tires, our sales leaders brainstormed how to find and hire really good people.'”



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Growth-Minded LTC Financial Partners Built Bicycles for Charity and Put Together Plans for Filling 1,000 Insurance Jobs

KIRKLAND, Wash., Sept. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- What has building bikes for charity got to do with filling 1,000 insurance jobs? Not much, you might say; but LTC Financial Partners LLC, (LTCFP), a fast-growing insurance agency, thinks otherwise. Says CEO Cameron Truesdell, "While tightening bolts and pumping tires, our sales leaders brainstormed how to find and hire really good people."

LTC Financial Sales Leaders Kyle Hockenstien, Melissa Dubois, Larry Heinert and Rhonda GuilinCooperative physical activity has proved an effective approach for team building and idea generation, Truesdell points out. "And our people felt good knowing the bikes would be going to needy children." Within this upbeat atmosphere, positive thoughts and plans flowed, he reported.

In today's depressed economy, filling 1,000 jobs might not seem much of a challenge. "But from our point of view, it's a big deal," says Truesdell. "We're not looking for just anybody, but exceptional people who want to specialize in long term care insurance sales." That's a fast-growing specialty with excellent income potential, he says, "but it calls for special abilities: communication, caring, analysis, planning, following up and keeping your word, among other things."

LTCFP needs 1,000 new agents to cover all parts of America including the Tampa area. "As 77 million baby boomers approach retirement, the need for long term care insurance is mushrooming," Truesdell explains.

Ten bikes were put together. They are being donated to God's Pedal Power Ministry (www.godspedalpower.org), an all volunteer, multi-denominational partnership between St. James United Methodist Church of New Tampa and University Baptist Church of Tampa. Since 1997, God's Pedal Power Ministry has refurbished and given away over 3,000 bicycles to people who have been referred to the ministry. Along with the bike, the new owner is given a positive message, a bike safety lesson, a new safety helmet, and a Bible.

The LTCFP bike-building event is supplying brand-new bicycles to deserving children, teens, and adults who need alternative transportation. It took take place the week of September 22 with tools provided by a client of LTCFP, local diesel engine maintenance and repair facility, Trans Marine Tampa (TMT). "It was a pleasure working with LTCFP, which helped us develop our long term care insurance program for all our employees," states Shane Roeser, President of TMT. "I was happy to be able to give back to LTCFP and their charity choice."

Adding 1,000 new agents will more than double LTCFP's size, no small challenge, but in the past the company has proved capable of rapid growth. Inc. Magazine recently ranked LTCFP No. 1,353 among all companies, and No. 12 in the insurance category, in its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the nation. Among insurance agencies, LTCFP is the fastest-growing one focusing exclusively on long term care insurance sales. LTCFP plans to add 1,000 agents over the 2009 calendar year.

Information on LTCFP and its ranking is available on the Inc. Magazine site, at -
http://www.inc.com/inc5000/2008/company-profile.html?id=200813530 .

Photographs of the bike-building event are available at www.ltcfp.us/ltcfp/tampa-bike-building.htm.

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Telephone Companies Ready to Offer Green Services Promoting Environmental Improvements, says INSIGHT Research

Author: INSIGHT Research Corporation
Dateline: Wed, 24 Sep 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BOONTON, N.J., Sept. 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Telephone companies, ISPs, and cellular phone carriers can bring to bear an expansive array of technologies and services to aid consumers and enterprises in improving the environment while generating over $1 trillion in new industry revenue over the next five years, according to a new market research study from The INSIGHT Research Corporation.”



A R T I C L E:

BOONTON, N.J., Sept. 24 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Telephone companies, ISPs, and cellular phone carriers can bring to bear an expansive array of technologies and services to aid consumers and enterprises in improving the environment while generating over $1 trillion in new industry revenue over the next five years, according to a new market research study from The INSIGHT Research Corporation. The study found that by using existing networks and services, phone companies, ISPs and cellular providers can create green communications portfolios that mitigate the deleterious impacts that greenhouse gas emissions, energy power consumption, and waste disposal have on the environment.

INSIGHT ResearchINSIGHT Research's market analysis study, "Communicating Green: Telecommunications Value in Promoting Environmental Improvement, 2008-2013," evaluated the use of existing telecommunications technologies and services applied to five key domains: transportation demand management to improve gasoline consumption; demand side management of electrical power; machine-to-machine communications to improve operational efficiencies; the recycling of electronic devices; and regulatory compliance and audits.

To impact the environment positively in each of the domains, specific improvements were quantified in nine solution areas: mobile workforce; field services and personnel; data center operations; telecommuting; facilities/building management; environmental audit and compliance systems; branch and remote office capabilities; environmentally located data centers; and ICT equipment recycling.

"Instead of investing in new technology, all the telecommunications industry has to do is organize their existing capabilities into solutions sets," says Robert Rosenberg, INSIGHT Research. "For example, the phone companies and cellular providers have technologies that can be used to reduce auto emissions as well as energy demand to heat and cool offices and homes. Enterprises and households that reduce their carbon footprint will be able to monetize the results, while the carriers generate new revenue from existing capabilities," Rosenberg concluded.

"Communicating Green: Telecommunications Value in Promoting Environmental Improvement, 2008-2013" examined over 50 technologies, services and applications to create an algorithmic model that combines over 60,000 relevant variables to assess telecommunications' impact on environmental mitigation.

An excerpt of the Communicating Green market research report, table of contents, and ordering information are online at:
www.insight-corp.com/reports/green08.asp.

This 210-page report is available immediately for $3,995 (hard copy). Electronic (PDF) reports can be ordered online. Visit our website, or call 973-541-9600 for details.

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Rizco Design Joins EPA’s Climate Leaders Program

Author: Rizco Design
Dateline: Mon, 04 Aug 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MANASQUAN, N.J. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- As a part of its continued commitment to environmental improvement, today Rizco Design, an award-winning, graphic design firm in New Jersey, announced its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program. By participating in Climate Leaders, Rizco has pledged to measure and reduce its corporate-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over a period of five years.”



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The Green Graphic Design Firm is the First Design Firm to be Accepted

MANASQUAN, N.J. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- As a part of its continued commitment to environmental improvement, today Rizco Design, an award-winning, graphic design firm in Manasquan, N.J., announced its participation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Climate Leaders program. By participating in Climate Leaders, Rizco has pledged to measure and reduce its corporate-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over a period of five years. Rizco Design is the first graphic design firm in the country to be accepted into the program.

EPA Climate Leaders programClimate Leaders is an EPA industry-government partnership that works with companies to develop comprehensive climate change strategies. Partner companies commit to reducing their impact on the global environment by completing a corporate-wide inventory of their greenhouse gas emissions based on a quality management system, setting aggressive reduction goals and annually reporting their progress to EPA. Through program participation, companies create a credible record of their accomplishments and receive EPA recognition as corporate environmental leaders.

"Rizco Design has dedicated the last year to going green starting with how our office operates, to the creative process of a project and to the final project. Measuring our greenhouse gas emissions and setting reduction goals was the obvious next step," said Debra Rizzi, Partner, Rizco Design. Considering that 26.8 million small businesses (less than 500 employees) were calculated in the U.S. in 2006, it is obvious that small businesses collectively play an integral role in global warming. Becoming part of the Climate Leaders program is just one more way that we, as a company and as designers, are showcasing how small changes can reduce our impact on overall global climate change."

Rizco Design is an award winning graphic design firm with strength in corporate identity and print design. Motivated by the major impact that paper and printing decisions have on the environment, the firm began a review of its ecological footprint and launched Beleaf in May 2007, an environmental program that is measurable and therefore accountable.

In August 2008 the Beleaf program is re-evolving into a comprehensive effort that includes education, consulting and non-profit efforts. One aspect of the Beleaf program includes an eco-educational clothing line made of high quality and recyclable fabrics with environmental messages that inspire children and adults alike to make "One Change Now." One percent of every sale of Beleaf clothing is donated to the non-profit organization 1% For the Planet, which is an alliance of companies that recognize the true cost of doing business and donate one percent of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide.

Within this past year, Rizco Design was recognized by the Art Directors Club of N.J. and N.Y., Graphic Design USA and the Ad Club of N.J. for their work on the launch of Beleaf.

For more information on Rizco Design visit www.rizcodesign.com.

For more information about Climate Leaders, visit www.epa.gov/climateleaders.

About Rizco Design
Located in Manasquan, N.J., Rizco Design is a boutique, green graphic design firm specializing in brand communication through print, interactive and promotional design. Rizco Design services clients, both small and large, who place a high value on their visual image and believe strongly that quality design is essential to building a successful brand. In May 2007, the firm launched Beleaf, a measurable sustainability program that ensures that a percentage of each of their client's jobs are environmentally friendly.

Rizco recognizes that small changes can make a big impact - especially where the choice of paper and printing can directly effect the environment. Rizco Design is an award-winning firm and was recognized in Graphic Design USA, People to Watch Edition, January, 2007. For more information, visit www.RizcoDesign.com.

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Paragon GPS Launches Child Abduction Awareness Campaign

Author: Paragon GPS
Dateline: Tue, 08 Jul 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “DALLAS, Texas, July 8 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Paragon GPS announces the launch of child abduction awareness campaign that plans to educate people about the gravity of child abduction in today's changing culture. Funding has been provided to Paragon GPS for this two-fold campaign which is first to educate and second, to develop products to assist in the aid of child safety.”



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DALLAS, Texas, July 8 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Paragon GPS announces the launch of child abduction awareness campaign that plans to educate people about the gravity of child abduction in today's changing culture.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, a child is abducted or missing every 40 seconds. Statistics from law enforcement also show that 44 percent of children who are abducted are murdered within the first hour; 74 percent by the second hour.

"These numbers are grim," John Camenero, Vice President of Paragon GPS explains. "That's why we are forming a board of people who will include several child safety experts and other industry experts to launch this awareness campaign and to educate the public. We have to keep our children safe."

Funding has been provided to Paragon GPS for this two-fold campaign which is first to educate and second, to develop products to assist in the aid of child safety.

"Parents need to empower themselves with information that will help to protect their children, and then act on it," Camenero says.

The abduction of children occurs much more often in this country than most people would suspect, but because of a fault in the country's national crime reporting procedures, no one knows the true number. For instance, the FBI does not report on attempted abduction cases.

According to industry experts, motivating factors in child abduction are often complicated and can include an array of disillusioning factors. Research and investigative experience have shown that family abductions, motivated by domestic discord and custody disputes, are the most common.

Short-term, non-family incidents where abductors release or return children, often before anyone knows they are missing, constitute another type of child abduction. These short-term cases often involve sexual molestation.

Long-term, non-family abductions are the least common. These cases are typically reported to police as missing child reports and rarely result in a speedy resolution. Motivations for these types of abductions typically include: sexual gratification; retribution (e.g., revenge); financial gain (e.g., ransom or extortion); desire to kill; and maternal desire.

Sexually-motivated abductions represent the most common type of non-family abduction. These cases also pose the highest risk of victim mortality. And, due to their potentially lethal profile, law enforcement must conduct stealthy and well-managed investigations.

"So, while education is the first step, prevention is the second," Camenero explains.

For more information about Paragon GPS and their plans for the future, e-mail: press@paragongps.com.

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Jamaica Cottage Shop Inc. Donates Shed to Women’s Crisis Center

Author: Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc.
Dateline: Mon, 30 Jun 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BRATTLEBORO, Vt., June 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. will work with the women's crisis center to donate an 8x10 Vermonter, one of their most popular designs, which the women will use for storage of donated goods outside their facility.”



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BRATTLEBORO, Vt., June 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc. (jamaicacottageshop.com) will work with the women's crisis center to donate an 8x10 Vermonter, one of their most popular designs, which the women will use for storage of donated goods outside their facility.

Jamaica Cottage Shop has been in the shed business since 1995. Twelve of their designs are now offered in pre-cut kits.

"I have now chosen to offer kits in the most affordable, organized and easy-to-build fashion as possible," says Domenic Mangano, owner. "We are the leader in the country in manufacturing and shipping post and beam shed kits and plans."

The company ships nationally as well as overseas. Many of the designs are available to view at their shop in South Londonderry, VT.

If you can't make it to the shop, each distinctive design can be viewed on the website at www.jamaicacottageshop.com.

Jamaica Cottage Shop, Inc., 170 Winhall Station Rd., South Londonderry, VT 05155.

All trademarks acknowledged.

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Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR

Long Term Care Insurance Leader Goes Green, Targeting a Million Gallons of Gasoline Saved Per Year

Author: LTC Financial Partners
Dateline: Thu, 29 May 2008

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “KIRKLAND, Wash., May 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Going green can add green to the bottom line. That's the experience of LTC Financial Partners LLC (known in the industry as LTCFP), one of the nation's most experienced long term care insurance agencies. As a result of pro-environment steps now being taken, the organization plans to double or even triple the productivity of its agents within two to four years - this on top of huge savings in gasoline.”



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If Applied by All of America's Insurance Agents, their Approach Could Save Hundreds of Millions of Gallons

KIRKLAND, Wash., May 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Going green can add green to the bottom line. That's the experience of LTC Financial Partners LLC (known in the industry as LTCFP), one of the nation's most experienced long term care insurance agencies. As a result of pro-environment steps now being taken, the organization plans to double or even triple the productivity of its agents within two to four years - this on top of huge savings in gasoline.

Caption: Tod Warner, Partner of LTC FinancialLTCFP is cutting down on gasoline usage not just through fuel efficiency but by eliminating many auto trips entirely. Agents are beginning to meet with clients virtually - by Internet and phone - rather than in private homes. For example, Tod Warner of Vermont - a sales leader, Partner, and Board Member of LTCFP - says he's been saving 50 gallons of gas a week since shifting to virtual in February. He's not only saving money (while reducing pollution); he's also broadening his clientele and building his business. "I'm seeing twice as many people and driving half as many miles," he says.

Curt Horowitz, an LTCFP Partner in Washington (the "Evergreen State"), has been operating in 100% virtual mode for about two years. Other LTCFP agents are following suit, and already about 18% of LTCFP's business is done by phone, according to Irena Davison, LTCFP's manager of TeleSales Support. She expects the phone/Internet proportion to rise to 25% by the end of the year and to 50%-plus by the end of 2009.

The projected gasoline savings are substantial. If the average LTCFP agent ends up using 50 fewer gallons per week, the total savings would be over 1,000,000 gallons per year for the organization's 480-plus agents. If other insurance agents follow LTCFP's lead, the savings could mount to hundreds of millions of gallons for the nation's 300,000 agents. Then there are other travel-heavy occupations, such as real estate and all types of outside sales, that could benefit from the approach for at least part of their activities. As for the rest of us, telecommuting options abound.

LTCFP's agents are also delighted because they can expand their geographic horizons. "This approach allows us to reach people who were not reachable before, because they were beyond driving range," says Warner. "Now we can easily serve people in any state where we hold a license."

LTCFP offers several support mechanisms to help its agents forego the auto:
    * Web screen-sharing and virtual meeting technology,
    * An online system for comparing alternative policies from selected carriers,
    * Telephone-interview training,
    * Personal websites that supply facts and electronic documents, and
    * Videos that introduce the agents to consumers and businesses.
Another green benefit, beyond gasoline saving, is paperwork reduction. Much of the printed information required for an in-person meeting can now be eliminated. For example, policy comparisons may be viewed on synchronized PCs with no need for printouts. Also, electronic versions of booklets, brochures, and fact sheets can be distributed online or by email, rendering traditional printing and binding unnecessary. Even insurance application forms, still requiring paper, are being reduced in number. "I no longer order hundreds of application forms, only to toss them out when they become obsolete," says Warner. "I now print out individual copies, one at a time, as needed." Once insurance carriers deploy electronic forms that are digitally signable, the process will become even more efficient and environment-friendly.

LTCFP is reducing its green footprint in many other ways as well, spearheaded by Crystal Gilbert, Marketing Resources Assistant. Every week she puts out a new "Go Green Tip" in the agency's newsletter. The tips are useful for planet-friendly, money- and time-saving steps at home as well as in the office. "We have a recycling bin at each staff-member's desk," says Gilbert. "Our people really like working with a green organization. They feel good about making the world a better place, and they like the practical benefits too. They call me saying 'my electric bills are smaller' or 'I'm saving so much on gas.'"

Information about LTCFP and its 480-plus agents is available at www.ltcfp.com.

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Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR

Non-Profit Organizations to Receive $22K in Free PR Grants and Marketing Support

Author: Neotrope
Dateline: Fri, 28 Jan 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Neotrope(R), a brand identity and marketing firm established Jan. 1983, is donating $22K in free public relations and newswire services to worthy non-profit and charitable organizations to celebrate its 22nd anniversary. Neotrope previously donated $25K worth of services in 2000, and has provided discounted or free services to various non-profits for more than 20 years. Organizations may apply for this program starting Jan 28.”



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Los Angeles PR Firm to Donate Services to Worthy Causes

LOS ANGELES, Calif. /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Neotrope(R), a brand identity and marketing firm established Jan. 1983, is donating $22K in free public relations and newswire services to worthy non-profit and charitable organizations to celebrate its 22nd anniversary. Neotrope previously donated $25K worth of services in 2000, and has provided discounted or free services to various non-profits for more than 20 years. Organizations may apply for this program starting Jan 28.

"This is our way of supporting the numerous organizations we feel need help to 'get the word out' about their efforts," said Neotrope president and founder, Christopher Simmons. "This has been particularly true this winter. Because so many have been making generous donations for Tsunami and disaster relief, many smaller non-profits have been suffering from lower revenues."

Neotrope, and its division Send2Press Newswire (www.Send2Press.com), is a contributing sponsor of the 12th Annual Inspired Art Auction, organized by Inspiration Corporation (www.inspirationcorp.org) with over 100 artists contributing to help the homeless in Chicago. Neotrope has also provided discounted newswire services to Necessity Housing (www.necessityhousing.com) which is dedicated to providing economically and environmentally sustainable housing in areas of the world where disaster has left people without adequate shelter; and to Global Resource Alliance (www.globalresourcealliance.org), who is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Tanzanian AIDS orphans.

Non-profit organizations may apply for free services starting Jan. 28th through Feb. 28th. Organizations will be selected as applications are received, and amount donated to each selected non-profit will vary by need. Additionally, all 501(c)(3) organizations qualify for a 15% service discount program.

The 2005 free services application can be found at http://www.Send2Press.com/non-profit/index.shtml

The 15% discount program for all non-profits is at:
http://www.send2press.com/nonprofit.shtml

Already selected for the 2005 free services program is the Native Voices Foundation (www.nativevoices.org). "Thank you so much for putting Native Voices Foundation under your wings and on the U.S. map as never before," said Suzy Chaffee ("Chapstick"), Olympian, and Co-chair of NVF. "Your encouragement, savvy coaching, and access to the major newspapers in America, has been priceless in getting out our message of the beautiful progress between our cultures, led by U.S. skiers, Olympians, and European royalty. Plus now we can partner with the tribes to help prevent natural disasters."


About Neotrope(R)

Since 1983, Neotrope (www.neotrope.com) has been helping small-to-medium businesses, OTC firms, and entertainment companies establish their brand and grow revenue. Neotrope has developed over 500 websites since March of 1995. The Neotrope marketing team includes Christopher Simmons, who is an award-winning designer, photographer, and digital artist, a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and ASCAP. Also on the team are Beverly West, a best-selling author whose series, "Cinematherapy, the Girls Guide to Movies for Every Mood," has spawned six sequels and daily TV show in primetime on WE, Women's Entertainment; and Vickie Jenkins, an award-winning broadcast journalist with 20 years on-air experience in major broadcast markets.


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