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Registration Open for The First Ever San Diego Truck Pull to Support Move For Hunger

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Move For Hunger announced today that registration is open for its first-ever San Diego Truck Pull fundraiser. The event, in which teams of 5-10 will compete to see who can pull an eight ton truck 100 feet in the fastest time, will be held at AleSmith Brewing Company (9990 AleSmith Ct., San Diego, CA 92126) on Saturday, February 29 from Noon-3 p.m.

Registration is $200 per team and can be completed at (note: link redirects to GoFundMe page).

Proceeds from the event will benefit Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way for the relocation industry to reduce food waste and fight hunger.

Ace Relocation Systems, a national moving company headquartered in San Diego, will provide one of their trucks for the event. Ace Relocation and Dewitt Move Worldwide are among the more than 1,000 moving companies that have joined Move For Hunger's national network of relocation professionals. Ace Relocation Systems & Dewitt Move Worldwide encourage their customers to donate unopened, non-perishable food during the moving process and then volunteers to deliver the donations to the local food bank, free of charge.

This event will provide Move For Hunger with the resources it needs to continue to expand its network, organize food drives, and to coordinate food rescues.

"More than 4 million people in California are facing hunger every day, including 1 in 6 children," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director/Founder of Move For Hunger. "Meanwhile, we are wasting 40% of the food in the United States each year. The San Diego Truck Pull is going to be a fun event that will raise awareness about these issues, while also providing Move For Hunger with the support we need to collect 4 million pounds of food this year."

"We have a long-standing tradition of helping those in need in the San Diego community," said Jeremy Day, General Manager, Ace Relocation Systems. "This event fits right in with that. We are thrilled to participate."

"It's all about feeding the hungry," said Jeff Nadeau, General Manager, Dewitt Move Worldwide.

Since 2009, Move For Hunger has delivered more than 16.3 million pounds of food - that's the equivalent of 13.6 million meals - to food banks all across the United States and Canada. The funds raised at the San Diego Truck Pull will support Move For Hunger's hunger relief and food rescue programs, both in California and nationwide.

Move For Hunger is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit

Ace Relocation Systems is a privately held, family owned and operated corporation headquartered in San Diego, CA. In addition to office and warehouse there, they have the same in eight additional locations from coast to coast. The metro markets they cover locally are Los Angeles/Orange County, The San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Seattle/Tacoma, Phoenix, Austin, San Antonio, Chicago, Orlando, Tampa, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Through the Atlas Van Lines network, they can service any location in North America. Ace Relocation also executes, or arranges for, a substantial amount of international relocations, numbering in the thousands. Their sister companies within ARCA International, international forwarding companies, assists with the shipments being transported by air and sea. The majority of Ace Relocation's revenue comes from servicing the moving needs of the US Government and Fortune 500 companies, including some of the most recognizable entities in the world. For more information, visit

The DeWitt Companies began as a one-truck operation in 1927 and has transformed into an integrated network of five sister companies that provides relocation, logistics, warehousing and freight forwarding services to businesses, households and military clients all over the world. With wholly-owned assets in Hawaii, Alaska, Guam and the Mainland, our COD, DOD, GSA, and Corporate clients trust us for easy, affordable, and safe transportation of their goods. The DeWitt family of companies includes Royal Hawaiian Movers, DeWitt Guam, Royal Alaskan Movers, Approved Freight Forwarders, and DeWitt Move Worldwide (, which operates in more than 100 countries.

Dan Beam, Communications Manager
Move For Hunger or (732) 766-1278

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HWPL Finally Here to Beautify California

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On Jan 26, 2020 a non-profit volunteer organization called Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light (HWPL) had joined forces with the city of San Jose to beautify the community and the parks of San Jose.

What kind of results can an international peace organization do for the community of San Jose? The results would be partnering up with the San Jose City to create volunteerism of 100 people to clean and beautify a local park that is known and loved dearly. All in a matter of a few days of planning prior to the event.

Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light, colloquially referred to as HWPL, is a non-profit, non-governmental international peace organization. Although it was initially established in Seoul, South Korea, the peace group has branches located in over 200 countries, including one now established in the Northern California region.

As a group working alongside the United Nations to achieve global peace, HWPL collaborates with the International Women's Peace Group (IWPG) and the International Peace Youth Group (IPYG) as the organization's wings in accomplishing international tranquility. HWPL, within the last five years since the establishment of the organization, has found much success in achieving their goals toward peace and volunteerism. The HWPL volunteer programs are recognized as one of the most successful and active volunteer associations around the world.

With over 100 volunteers participating last Sunday, local neighbors, friends, and family filled bags of trash and debris to prevent pollution from washing into the creek and around the city park. With the help of the city providing supplies such as litter sticks, pairs of gloves, volunteer vests, and trash bags, HWPL volunteers were able to diligently give back to the community. Staff members gathered from 2:30 p.m. to collect the equipment and set up booths to distribute tools to pick up trash.

Participants started from 3 p.m. until sundown. Not only is the work of collecting the trash and debris beautifying the community, but it also helps with the anti-graffiti and anti-litter programs of San Jose in their mission to improve the health of the city's environment. This is done by preventing and removing trash throughout the neighborhood.

Arena Green Park, across the street from the San Jose Sharks stadium, is located in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Within the Silicon Valley, many residents struggle financially with the high cost of living beside the affluent, middle-class community. Despite the city's proactive approach to help the low-income and homeless citizens, some residents still face dire poverty.

"One of the biggest problems that the parks face are the trash produced by the homeless community. This is seen at Arena Green Park especially, where sports fans from all over the world visit," one HWPL volunteer stated. "It seems to be a never-ending problem."

With a goal of creating a cleaner and less-polluted environment for the people of San Jose, HWPL strives to collaborate with the city of San Jose to create a beautiful home for the residents of the city. Regardless of gender, race, religion, or political differences, the peace volunteer organization encompasses the human desire to volunteer and lend a helping hand.

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Spodak Dental Group to Help Eradicate Childhood Tooth Decay As Part Of National Children’s Dental Health Month

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- The Spodak Dental Group (SDG) is participating National Children's Dental Health Month with a goal to eradicate childhood tooth decay. SDG is partnering with All-Star Smiles Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to create a unique experience with an alliance of dentists, athletes and community partners that provides access to uncompromised dental care for underserved children in our communities.

Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it remains one of the most common diseases of childhood, and is five times as common as asthma and seven times as common as hay fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the entire month of February 2020, SDG will donate $50 from each Invisalign case accepted that month with proceeds going directly to the All-Star Smiles Foundation to screen and treat local children who are in need of dental care. The goal is to help 100 children receive free dental treatment.

WHAT: National Children's Dental Health Month and raising funds to care for underserved children who require care for dental pain and/or trauma.

WHEN: The entire month of February 2020

WHERE: Spodak Dental Group, 3911 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445

WHY: "This is an amazing opportunity to provide charitable giving to children who desperately need dental care," said Dr. Craig Spodak, general dentist. "Dental pain is the No. 1 reason a child will visit the emergency room or miss school. It's up to us to provide the care they need so they can either avoid unnecessary pain by treating smaller issues now, or helping them to get out of pain so they can get back to being a kid."

JOIN: Call or text (561) 303-2413 with any questions. To support the cause, simply email or text (561) 303-2413 for ways to help.

ABOUT: For more information on Spodak Dental Group, please visit:

About Spodak Dental

The Spodak Dental Group, a 2017 Inc. 5000 honoree, has evolved to become South Florida's premier, comprehensive dental facility, and comprises a world-class association of dental professionals poised to provide full-service dental care second-to-none in both scope and skill. The Spodak Dental Group team includes General and Restorative Dentists, Endodontists, Periodontists, Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Master Ceramic Artists and Anesthesiologists, as well as one of the nation's only in-office dental labs. Spodak Dental Group is located at 3911 W. Atlantic Ave. Call or text (561) 303-2413 or visit for more information.

About All-Star Smiles Foundation

The All-Star Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating the disease of childhood tooth decay. The brainchild of New York Yankees great, Giancarlo Stanton, and Dr. Craig Spodak, the organization's co-founders, All-Star Smiles received its official 501(c)3 status in April 2017. The organization unites community members, dental care providers, and children throughout the country to provide dental care to underserved children in communities nationwide. Since 2015, the organization has helped hundreds of children in receiving the dental care they need, while providing a fun, safe and comfortable experience for them at no cost. To get involved, please visit

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Jeff Pederson Joins Move For Hunger’s Board of Directors

RED BANK, N.J. -- Move For Hunger, a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger, announced today that Jeff Pederson, Chairman and CEO of CORT Business Services, has joined its Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the largest provider of residential and office furniture rental, as well as tradeshow and event furnishings, in the United States. Pederson has been with CORT since 2002, serving as CORT's Chairman and CEO since 2012, and previously held executive management positions with Equity Residential Properties Trust and Globe Business Resources.

In 2018, Move For Hunger and CORT launched a partnership that provided residents at multi-family apartment communities across the country with the opportunity to donate their unopened, non-perishable food when they move out. More than 1,500 properties are now participating in the program, which CORT makes possible by volunteering to pick up and deliver the donations to a local food bank or pantry.

"Jeff, and his team, have been one of the driving forces behind the rapid growth of our Multi-Family Program, which provided more than 70,000 meals to families in need last year," said Adam Lowy, Executive Director/Founder of Move For Hunger. "He brings a wealth of experience to our Board of Directors, and his knowledge of the multi-family industry will be invaluable as we continue to expand within that space. Jeff is passionate about helping us rescue more food for the 40 million Americans who are facing hunger every day. We are so excited to welcome him to our Board."

"Once in a great while you get an opportunity to join an organization you truly believe in. Such is the case for me as I join the Board of Directors of Move for Hunger," Pederson said. "Adam and his organization have done an outstanding job for such a worthy cause. It's doubly rewarding to know that CORT has collected and delivered more than 100,000 lbs. of food to date since joining the Move For Hunger network. Our partners and everyone who rallies behind this cause is to be congratulated."

Originally from central Minnesota, Pederson grew up in Northern California. He attended the University of California at Davis and San Jose State University where he received his BS in Business Management in 1982. Jeff and his wife, Gail, have four grown children and three wonderful grandkids.

Pederson becomes the fifth member of Move For Hunger's Board of Directors, joining: Richard Schwartz, Owner, Schwartz Consulting Group; Benjamin Samuels, Director, Samuels Family Foundation; Stephan Lowy, CEO, Lowy's Moving Service; and Jenna Weinerman, Marketing Director, Updater.

About Move For Hunger:

Move For Hunger is a national non-profit organization that has created a sustainable way to reduce food waste and fight hunger. We have mobilized the leaders of moving, relocation, and multi-family industries to provide their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also organize community food drives, participate in awareness campaigns, and create employee engagement programs. For more information, or to find out how you can host your own food drive, visit

About CORT:

CORT, a part of Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Company, is the nation's leading provider of transition services, including furniture rental for home and office, event furnishings, destination services, apartment locating, touring and other services. With more than 100 offices, showrooms and clearance centers across the United States, operations in the United Kingdom and partners in more than 80 countries around the world, no other furniture rental company can match CORT's breadth of services and companywide commitment to making a house a home, an office a great place to work and an event a memorable celebration. For more information, please visit

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Seventh Annual Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest Kicks Off on January 23 – Open to Students in USA and Canada

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For some it is a "secret code," for others it is simply cursive handwriting. The annual Cursive is Cool(R) contests kick off on National Handwriting Day, celebrated around the world on Jan. 23 each year in honor of John Hancock's birthday, the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation announced today.

Legend has it that Hancock, known for his large and showy signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, made his signature extra-large so "King George can see it without his spectacles."

Campaign for Cursive(R) offers three contests: one in the USA and two in Canada (one for English writers, one for French). Students in Grades 1 - 6 have the chance to test their cursive skills and their creativity in answering one of the questions presented. The deadline for the USA contest is March 15; Canada contest in English has a March 13 deadline, and the Canada contest in French has a March 20 deadline.

Supporters of the contest include the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, Amsterdam Printing, Cursive Logic, Fahrney's Pens, Monkey Magnets, New American Cursive Penmanship, Pelikan, and PEN World. New this year for the USA contest is Itoya. Additionally, in Canada the contest has support from Laywine's, and new supporter Zebra Pen Company. Winners of the contests will receive medals, certificates, fun new writing instruments, workbooks, and accessories.

Sheila Lowe, President of the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation (AHAF), is encouraged to see the contest continue and stated, "Happily, by our count, 25 states in the USA now have requirements to teach cursive, with others producing legislation to do the same. Our organization is proud to have helped."

"Our international contests are ways for students to proudly showcase their achievement of mastering the alphabet in cursive. Kids tell us over and over how much they love writing in cursive," remarked Gayna Scott, Chair of Campaign for Cursive(R). "To them it could be their 'secret code,' the thrill of being able to sign their own name or enjoying how the pencils dances across the paper. The judges look forward to what precious thoughts they will come up with this year."

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For more information, contact Lauren Mooney Bear, Organizer of this year's contest at





About the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation:

The American Handwriting Analysis Foundation is a 501-(c)6 non-profit business organization, chartered and incorporated in California. Dedicated to the advancement of the handwriting sciences, AHAF promotes education for handwriting examiners at all levels of expertise and from all schools of thought, and are the sponsors of Campaign for Cursive(R). Information:

Sheila Lowe
President, AHAF

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New Cat Cafe Combines Cats and Coffee – What’s Not to Like?

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Small Lives Matter Kitten Rescue Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization specializing in saving sick and orphaned kittens, announces that they are partnering with Whiskers Cafe, LLC and Bold Bean Coffee Roasters to open Frisky Cat Cafe at 1092 S. Ponce De Leon Blvd. in St. Augustine, Florida. It's a first-of-its-kind cat cafe, combining a coffee beverage cafe with a cat lounge.

After forming the nonprofit kitten rescue in lighting speed from May to August 2019, this small, foster-based rescue surpassed all its goals, nearing 2,500 Facebook followers and saving 103 cats and kittens, in just four short months of operation.

"We're so excited to have this cool new venue," Carla Forrest, founder Small Lives Matter, says. "We hope the community embraces it as much as we think they will."

Frisky Cat Cafe is a unique service business that combines a coffee beverage cafe with a cat lounge where patrons can visit with cats whiling drinking their favorite beverage. People are encouraged to pick a day and time to visit with and play with the adoptable kitties in Frisky's Cat Lounge. People can visit for an hour or attend one of the specialty classes - Cats and Yoga or Kitten Palooza. There are a variety of different experiences from which to choose.

This new local, St. Augustine cafe will offer a variety of coffee beverages and bakery items. The coffee beverage cafe is a completely separate space from the cat lounge and all food is prepared off-site and packaged by The Knead Bakery.

The newly remodeled space is clean and chic. Furry friends, Nordic styles, comfy velvet furniture, luxe pillows, floor futons and coffee tables all add to the relaxing and inviting vibe.

"Our cafe cats are skilled furry therapists. Our customers meet, play, relax and cuddle with highly social, 'pawsome' cat residents and adoptable rescue cats by purchasing a cat experience," Forrest says.

The cat experiences fund the cafe's cozy environment and offer a unique therapeutic experience for cat lovers while sustaining a stimulating and comfortable home for lovable homeless cats until they are adopted. Proceeds from adoptions goes to Small Lives Matter Rescue to help fund their mission to save underage kittens and unwanted adult cats whose lives are ending at local shelters.

About Frisky Cat Cafe

Scheduled to open in February 2020, the Frisky Cat cafe is a cat lounge plus a cafe where great coffee and a fun and entertaining environment is created for its customers and cat residents.


About Small Lives Matter Kitten Rescue Inc.

Small Lives Matter Kitten Rescue is committed to saving and finding homes for thousands of vulnerable kitten orphans that will die without their life-saving intervention. The nonprofit advocates education for sterilization and surrender prevention to end the kitten cycle. Their rescue is devoted to homeless kittens and providing the love and care they deserve.


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National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association Inks Partnership Deal with Oscar Mike Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. -- The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with the Oscar Mike Foundation (OMF) establishing NMEDA as the Official Vehicle Sponsor for OMF's signature event, the United States Quad Rugby Association National Championships.

OMF founder and CEO, Noah Currier, will be featured at the NMEDA Annual Conference & Expo, March 3-5 in Daytona Beach, on the highly anticipated, "Rolling Disrupters" panel discussion. The distinguished panel will also include Dr. Rory Cooper, chief of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories at the University of Pittsburgh; Sam Schmidt, former Indy car driver and founder of Conquer Paralysis Now; and famed wheelchair motocross athlete Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham.

"We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Oscar Mike," said Danny Langfield, NMEDA CEO. "Noah and his folks are doing incredible work getting our injured veterans 'On the Move' (which is the literal translation of Oscar Mike in Military radio jargon). When we realized our organizations were so well aligned in our respective missions, this partnership came together very naturally."

"NMEDA is exactly the kind of organization we want on our team," stated Currier. "Getting veterans back on the road and ensuring they maintain their independence - that's what NMEDA members do, period. And that's a perfect fit with our mission."

OMF will also be a featured exhibitor at the NMEDA Conference, which includes the largest auto mobility Expo in the world.

Additionally, Conference attendees will receive a one-of-a-kind, custom NMEDA t-shirt created by the expert designers of Oscar Mike Apparel.

OMF is the latest addition to NMEDA's strategic partners, which also include Paralyzed Veterans of America, United Spinal, American Occupational Therapy Association, Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, and Case Managers Society of America.

NMEDA is proud to join OMF's family of corporate sponsors including Ford, USAA, Amazon, Facebook, Google and dozens of others who support Oscar Mike's mission of keeping veterans on the move.

Contact: Katie McDonald, Manager of Communications & Social - NMEDA; | 813.264.2697

About NMEDA:

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other mobility professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and driving independence through the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles. Learn more:

About Oscar Mike:

Oscar Mike strives to be a leading provider of funding for injured Veterans to participate in life-changing adaptive sports. We utilize 100% of donations to the Oscar Mike Foundation 501(c)(3) Public Non-Profit and proceeds from our Oscar Mike Apparel Sales to provide support to injured Veterans looking for an opportunity to stay active. By focusing on the arena of adaptive sports, the Oscar Mike Foundation assists in offering an outlet for an ongoing competitive lifestyle to thousands of American Veterans who have sacrificed for the defense of our country. Learn more:

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Katie Otto Joins California Farmland Trust Team

ELK GROVE, Calif. -- The California Farmland Trust (CFT) is pleased to announce Katie Otto as their new Development and Operations Director. She joins the CFT team after 12 years with the California FFA Foundation (Foundation) and brings her deep roots and experience with agriculture, fundraising and finance management to the organization.

A native of Galt, Ms. Otto spent her early years growing up on her family's vineyard and thus began her love of the farming way of life and the values it instilled in her. Her agricultural career started after graduating with an Ag Business Degree from Fresno State University. Ms. Otto gained momentum in the ag industry after working with organizations like The Great Valley Center and the California Cattlemen's Association.

When asked about her career highlight, Katie referenced the success of the Foundation's Giving Tuesday campaign because of the immediate impact it had on FFA Students.

"The FFA jacket is symbolic for the organization and I wanted each chapter to be represented at our 2017 Gala, our signature event. However, these jackets are a financial burden for many students," said Otto. "To ensure each student had a jacket, we raised the funds necessary to provide jackets for all students from each chapter at the event."

This, along with having Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs serve as the Foundation's gala keynote speaker made an impressive impact on their Giving Tuesday campaign. Coupling these achievements with developing a relationship with Blue Diamond Growers to expand the campaign in recent years, has aided in ensuring that every FFA member could have a blue corduroy jacket of their own.

"Katie has a passion for agriculture and the meaningful work of non-profits in the industry," said Charlotte Mitchell, executive director. "She has a keen understanding of the challenges that face agriculture including the protection of farmland. Katie will be an important part of the California Farmland Trust team to continue our mission of protecting these important working landscapes."

Ms. Otto envisions a future for CFT that brings together a wide array of the public, landowners, and partners who make farmland conservation a priority. "I did not set out to be a fundraiser, but I have realized the general obligation I feel to either give back to or volunteer for the efforts that make this world better and it's an opportunity I can offer others. This effort is about sharing and storytelling and building relationships - these come easy to me because I am passionate about this work and it's part of who I am."

"We are excited and honored to have Katie onboard to direct our fund development efforts and assist in guiding the organization," said Mitchell.

For more information or photos, please contact:
Charlotte Mitchell, or (916) 687-3178

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The California Farmland Trust is a California Non-Profit 501(c)(3). Our mission is to help farmers protect the best farmland in the world. To date, we have protected nearly 16,400 acres of farmland on 75 family farms.

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CALNOC Announces the CALNOC Nightingale Research Fund: Raising Nursing’s Voice in Health Services Research

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- CALNOC is pleased to introduce The CALNOC Nightingale Research Fund, an innovative and opportune resource in health services research focused on and administrated by nursing. "We are excited to announce the Research Fund today in honor of Florence Nightingale and in celebration of the Year of the Nurse 2020. This fund will stimulate and support new research and clinical inquiry with emphasis on nursing's contribution," said Dr. Mary E. Foley PhD, RN, FAAN and Chairperson of CALNOC.

"This Fund will provide awards and matching funds to qualified individuals and non-profit institutions in support of clinical inquiry on nursing's contributions to improving clinical care of patients, population health management, staff engagement and satisfaction, and health care operations," added Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer of CALNOC.

Each year CALNOC will commit substantial support to the fund and announce its research priorities for the current year. Individuals and non-profit institutions are encouraged to apply.

For more information, priorities for funding as well as application process, please go to our website at


Since 1996, CALNOC has been at the forefront of supporting inter professional, nursing focused patient care excellence, creating the first database registry of nursing sensitive quality indicators. As a health services research organization, CALNOC conducts and supports research and clinical inquiry with a focus on nursing's contribution to improving healthcare. Headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, CALNOC is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation.

For more information, call 833-225-6621 or visit

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Dayna’s iCare Foundation Partners with Amish Builder to Send Shippable Homes to Bahamas Hurricane Victims

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- When Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas, it destroyed thousands of lives and over 13,000 homes were lost. The region continues to be in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and thousands from Great Abaco are still displaced and struggling for shelter. Dayna's iCare Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is working to help solve the housing problem with its partner, TinyLux Homes.

Armed only with a concept and a dream, Dayna Spence, founder, Dayna's iCare Foundation (DIF), approached TinyLux Homes, an Amish Builder, with an idea she had for building shippable homes. What they came up with even surpassed her dreams and is now a reality.

TinyLux Homes is creating not-so-tiny, full, partially built, three-bedroom, 900-square foot homes that are weather tight with hurricane resistant windows. They're able to quickly be built on any existing foundation. The first DIF Home is about to ship and be constructed in the Bahamas.

DIF homes ship in 40-foot containers and when they arrive in the Bahamas, DIF has arranged for a local builder to construct the homes.

"He told us to send extra nails when we ship because even getting basic supplies like that is still something they need to depend on other regions for," Spence says.

DIF hopes to donate at least 10 homes to families with children, but can ship an unlimited amount of homes to the devastated area. Spence is currently seeking corporate partners and sponsors willing to donate homes to help families who lost everything. "Ten, five, even one donated or sponsored home would make a world of difference for an entire community. It's time for us to help our Caribbean neighbors rebuild," Spence says.

"The possibilities for these DIF homes is really endless. Once the word gets out about these shippable homes, it could be a real game changer for disaster victims around the world. These homes can also take the burden off crisis shelters in the U.S.," Spence says.

Hurricane Dorian victims who had homeowners' insurance may purchase DIF Homes "at cost" for $23,048 plus shipping. Interior packages are available and include things like flooring, kitchen and bathroom amenities, trim, ceiling fans and more.

"This is such an exciting time for us," Spence says. "TinyLux has gone above and beyond what my initial concept was and their expertise and skilled craftsmanship really shines through. We're more than just partners now - we're forever friends. I sense we're on the verge of something really great here."

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