Here at Professional Marketing International, giving back is part of who we are. We believe in supporting good causes and use our resources to make our community and the world a better place. We are only three months into 2011, but our philanthropic efforts are already in full swing. Here’s an update on what we’ve been up to.
Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
This January, PMI made a donation to the Diabetes Research Institute. It is one of the world’s leading diabetes research institutes and is known for translating new findings into practical solutions for diabetes patients everywhere. The Diabetes Research Institute is committed to finding a cure for diabetes, which affects about 25 million Americans.
The Road Home
Especially with the recent downturn in the housing market, many people are finding themselves without somewhere to sleep. The Road Home is a private organization that helps Utah’s homeless by providing them with resources that help them become self-sufficient. PMI made a contribution to the organization in January, helping them continue the great work they are doing.
House of Hope (via Girl Scouts of America)
As the Girl Scouts of America began their annual cookie sales this February, PMI teamed up with them for a service project benefiting the House of Hope. PMI bought several boxes of cookies that the girls delivered to House of Hope, an organization in Utah that provides treatment for people who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol. PMI was happy to help the Girl Scouts in their endeavor to bless other people’s lives.
Northland Early Education Center
Every year, PMI contributes to The Northland Early Education Center in Kansas. The organization provides therapy and quality early education for children with special needs as well as those who are developing typically. The organization helps prepare young children for success in school.
Areté Gymnastics, LLC
Supporting individuals can be just as rewarding as supporting entire organizations. A teenage boy from Utah, JJ Litster, is a talented gymnast who competes across the nation and is working toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. JJ is a 4.0 student who works hard in school, at home and in the gym, but travel costs are expensive. PMI is happy to support JJ as he works toward his goals.
C. H. Robinson Cystinosis Research Network
Every year, PMI makes a donation to the C. H. Robinson Cystinosis Research Network. This organization helps 2,000 children who are dealing with cystinosis every year. Cystinosis is a genetic disease that can result in kidney failure at about nine years of age if left untreated, but treatments are available thanks to the work of organizations like the C. H. Robinson Cystinosis Research Network.
Read Across America
On March 2, PMI helped a local school with its celebration of Read Across America (held, fittingly, on Dr. Seuss’ birthday). Read Across America is a national celebration of reading, usually characterized by readathons, games, treats and a lot of storytelling. PMI helped Lehi Elementary School celebrate by purchasing several books for their library and supplying Cat in the Hat cookies for all students. We also supplied volunteers to read to several classes and play games with kindergartners.
Golden Spike Outreach
Golden Spike Outreach is an organization that helps individuals thrive after being released from prison. PMI made a contribution to the organization in March 2011 after an e-mail error caused Golden Spike to miss a deadline for an important grant. Golden Spike Outreach helps those who have been in prison break cycles of addiction, qualify for jobs and reunite with their families, and PMI is happy to help them continue their work until another grant can be obtained.
Lehi Round-up Celebration
PMI headquarters are in Lehi, Utah, and we believe in contributing to our community. Though it is still some time away, PMI has committed a charitable contribution to Lehi’s Round-up Celebration this summer. PMI is sponsoring a family movie night in June, complete with an outdoor movie screen and discounted snacks to allow local families to enjoy the summer night together.