Tag: school on wheels

Jul 11

NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Kick Off Supporting Our Schools Donation Drive to Support School on Wheels

NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles have launched the return of Supporting Our Schools donation drive from July 11-19. The stations are teaming up with Ralphs and Food 4 Less to provide homeless students in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties with essential school supplies they need before school starts in the fall.

The public is invited to make a $1 or more donation at check-out when shopping at their local Ralphs and Food 4 Less supermarket – visit Ralphs.comand Food4Less.com to find a location near you. All proceeds will go to support School on Wheels!

Tune in to NBC4 and visit NBCLA.com/SupportingOurSchools for news stories about the need for school supplies in underserved communities.

NBC4 will also be reporting live at the following Ralphs locations – stop by to make your donation and meet the news team:

• July 11 – 2930 E 4Th St., Long Beach, CA 90814

• July 12 – 14049 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

• July 18 – 12051 Euclid Street, Garden Grove, CA 92840

• July 19 – 14919 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90605

Also, follow the effort on social media @NBCLA using hashtag #SupportingOurSchools.

Jun 17

Charity Champions League

The Humane Society of the United States Wins Charity Champions League $250,000 Grand Prize

Fitting Tribute To Team Captain Christina Grimmie

Teams Led By Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier Took 2nd and 3rd Place in First-of-Its Kind Social Good Competition, Earn $100,000 and $75,000 for ALS.net and School On Wheels

 $550,000 Prize Pool Provided by Toyota and Chevy Dealers, ServiceMaster and Others

NEW YORK, NY – June 16, 2016CBS EcoMedia today announced that The Humane Society of the United States has won the $250,000 grand prize in the inaugural Charity Champions League “social giving” competition. Christina Grimmie, the 22 year-old singer who died tragically on June 11, served as the organization’s Team Captain.

In addition to Ms. Grimmie, 10 celebrities from sports, entertainment, and digital media led teams in support of a variety of nonprofit organizations.

These are the final standings:

(1st) $250,000 – Christina Grimmie/The Humane Society of the United States
(2nd) $100,000 – Nancy O’Dell/ALS.net
(3rd) $75,000 – Kevin Frazier/School on Wheels
(4th) $50,000 – Cal Ripken, Jr./Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation
(5th) $25,000 – Phil Keoghan/National Multiple Sclerosis Society
(6th) $15,000 – Weylie Hoang/ASPCA
(7th) $10,000 – Usain Bolt/After–School All–Stars
(8th) $10,000 – Mark Teixeira/Harlem RBI
(9th) $5,000 – Jerod Mayo/Boston Medical Center
(10th) $5,000 – Nika Erculj/The Trevor Project
(11th) $5,000 – Stephanie May & Matilda Donovan/Ronald McDonald House Charities

“Christina Grimmie and all our Team Captains proved that when you present the American public with an easy way to get involved and make a difference, they will take action,” said Paul Polizzotto, Founder and President of CBS EcoMedia. “We are delighted to be able to direct critical funding to The Humane Society of the United States, which Christina was so dedicated to supporting, and to the other ten very worthy nonprofit organizations that participated in the competition.”

The goal of Charity Champions League is to give millions of Americans the opportunity to support the social causes that most inspire them—without making a personal monetary donation.

The competition was free to play and participants who scored “points” for the nonprofit team of their choice by reading, watching, and sharing content on the Charity Champions League website and recruiting others to play.

The $550,00 prize pool was provided through generous contributions from Local Toyota Dealers, ServiceMaster, Tri-State Chevy Dealers, Winthrop University Hospital and Jerome’s Furniture.

“We are still grieving over the senseless killing of Christina, but we are committed to honoring her passion for animals by creating the Christina Grimmie Animal Medical Fund to provide life-saving veterinary attention and ongoing care for our most critical animal rescue cases,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States.  “Her many fans made sure that she placed first in the Charity Champions competition, enabling a gift of $250,000. We hope that the Grimmie family, and her worldwide fans, take some solace in knowing that her compassion for animals and people will live on through this life-saving program.”

Augie Nieto, Chairman of the Board, ALS.net, added “All of us at ALS.net are so thankful to Nancy O’Dell, and everyone at Charity Champions League for creating a fun, inspiring way to raise crucial dollars for ALS Research.  We appreciate everyone who took the time to participate.  Every dollar we receive will be put to use immediately in our research lab to find a cure for ALS.”

Catherine Meek, Executive Director, School on Wheels, commented, “What an honor!  Thank you Charity Champions League and our team captain, Kevin Frazier, and all of those wonderful people who played in the league.  Homelessness has a devastating impact on children’s educational opportunities and this award will enable us to provide volunteer tutors to hundreds of homeless kids for an entire year.   This will truly change their lives.”

Charity Champions League is the latest program from EcoMedia, the mission of which is to transform the power of the advertising dollar into tangible social change. The company’s unique business model gives brands the opportunity to direct a portion of their advertising budgets to participating nonprofits, helping to fund a variety of critical environmental, health and wellness, education, and veterans’ programs without adding to their advertising spend. Since its inception in 2001, EcoMedia has directed over $80 million in funding and resources to a variety of philanthropic organizations, positively impacting the lives of more than 30 million Americans.



Kelli Raftery / CBS Corporate Communications


About CBS EcoMedia Inc.

EcoMedia was founded in 2001 by social entrepreneur Paul Polizzotto. The company’s mission is to harness the power of the advertising dollar to make tangible, quality of life improvements in communities nationwide. In 2010, after successfully partnering on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia was acquired by CBS Corporation, exponentially scaling its reach across television, radio, interactive, and publishing media.

Through EcoMedia’s patent-pending EcoAd, EducationAd, WellnessAd, Viewers to Volunteers, Volunteering with the Stars, and Charity Champions League advertising programs, national brands and local businesses provide millions of dollars in financial support to some of the nation’s most effective nonprofit organizations, funding critical veterans’, education, health and wellness, and environmental projects nationwide.

EcoMedia’s innovative and proprietary business models have fundamentally altered the advertising and philanthropy landscapes, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change and making it possible for everyone to give back, whatever their means.

Paul Polizzotto and the team at EcoMedia have earned numerous awards and recognitions for their work, including the US Conference of Mayors Award for Excellence in Public Private Partnerships (2009) and back-to-back Edison Awards for Social Innovation and Social Impact (2012, 2013).

In Spring 2016, Paul was named Social Good Leader of the Year by CynopsisMedia and recognized as one of “America’s 25 most influential philanthropy and social innovation experts” by Philanthropy Media. He has received the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s “General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award,” the EPA’s “Environmental Hero” recognition, the Santa Monica Baykeeper’s and the Waterkeeper Alliance’s “Keeper Award,” and the Coastal Living Leadership Award. He was also named a Public-Private Visionary by Vanity Fair magazine.


Jun 6

Charity Navigator Recognizes School on Wheels

On June 2nd Charity Navigator implemented a new rating system, called CN 2.1, and we are pleased to inform you that under the enhanced financial methodology, School on Wheels, Inc., has retained its 4-star rating!  With our commitment to accountability and transparency, we are thrilled to be one of only 25% of nonprofits in US with this 4-star rating!  

Charity Navigator highlights the fine work of efficient, ethical, and open charities. Charity Navigator is the gold standard in providing donors with essential information needed to give them greater confidence in the charitable choices they make.  You can read our in depth report on their website here – http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=11805

Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels,  stated, “We are honored to be given this important acknowledgement of our effectiveness and the care we take of our donor’s contributions.”

Nov 2

November 2015 Newsletter

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
Albert Schweitzer

I have always loved the Thanksgiving holiday, but never truly appreciated it until I became a volunteer for School on Wheels. Like most people, I thought of Thanksgiving as filled with food, family, and friends. Now when I think of Thanksgiving, I reflect on the words…thanks and giving. I never felt the true power of gratitude and giving until I saw what your support, encouragement and generosity have done for thousands of homeless children in our communities. Because of you, a kindergartner can learn to read; because of you, a fifth grader will be able to go to school because she has a uniform and a brand new backpack; because of you, a high school student can solve a complex problem with his very own tutor.

We celebrate this time of giving thanks and are grateful that we have friends like you whose compassion and generosity allow us to reach out to the ever-increasing number of homeless students in our communities.  Please know how much we value your continued support. Thank you most of all for the hope you have given to our homeless students so that they too can have a chance for success through education.

With gratitude and admiration,

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Catherine Meek
Executive Director

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