Winner: Bridgestone & Meals on Wheels - Together, Let’s Drive Away Senior Hunger
Bridgestone joined with the Meals on Wheels Association of America to help raise awareness of the fact that 6 million seniors face hunger on a daily basis. Bridgestone team members delivered meals at locations including St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels program in Los Angeles—the largest MOWAA program in the country, which delivers meals to 2,600 clients per day. Racing legend Mario Andretti lent his support by delivering meals to seniors in Illinois. To help raise funds for MOWAA, Bridgestone donated $1 every time a customer purchased a special service package. Nearly 100,000 customers took part in this promotion, which ran from July 1 to Aug. 31, 2010. —RD
AstraZeneca Turkey – First Step to First Aid: The First Step to First Aid project provides first aid training to grade school students in underprivileged communities. The project has reached more than 31,000 students, with plans to go nationwide in 2011.
Siemens Foundation/Discovery Education – Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge: Now in its second year, the WCCTWC program encourages grade school students to create solutions to environmental problems in their schools and communities across the country. Over 13,000 students participated in 2010 initiative, which will be expanded to high school students for the 2010-2011 school year.
The USA Science & Engineering Festival and Lockheed Martin: Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators: To help inspire children to explore careers in science and engineering, Lockheed Martin hosted the first ever USA Science & Engineering Festival. This two-day Expo providing more than 1500 free, hand’s on science activities to the National Mall in Washington DC. More than 500,000 people visited the National Mall with 250,000 visiting 82 satellite events across the country.
Southwest Airlines Company – Medical Transportation Grant Program: In 2010 Southwest provided $1.2 million to provide complimentary travel to patients and family members that must travel for medical care. Southwest plans to double the program’s budget in 2011.
Weber Shandwick Dallas – Michelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy: Golf great Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy partnered with ExxonMobil to create a professional development program for teachers to find new ways to inspire students interest in science and math. In 2009 the program went national, generating 3,000 applications for the Academy through www.sendmyteacher.com Web site.