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A Successful Match Campaign For Refugee Crisis

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The Collette Foundation had a great response to our match campaign to benefit children affected by the refugee crisis in partnership with Save the Children. The Refugee Crisis is large-scale, global issue and our employees as well as our travel community stepped up to deepen our impact in our efforts to help. Initially, the global Collette Foundation donated over $22,000 (amount translated to USD) to Save the Children before announcing a 1 to 1 match of up to $5,000. The campaign elicited $4,086 from employees, travelers and travel partners. Before the campaign wrapped up, Dan Sullivan, Jr., Collette’s President and CEO, and his wife Kathy, donated $25,000 personally in support of the match campaign. This incredible gesture was overwhelming, and brought the full total of our donation to Save the Children to over $56,000! Thank you so much to everyone for sharing the story, engaging and helping those in need. We are so humbled and proud.

How does $56,000 break down:

From Save the Children:

$10 could provide 1,000 gallons of safe drinking water for families fleeing their homes.

$35 can provide a refugee child with nutritious food for a week, including milk and bread.

$60 can provide 2 families with diapers, wipes and supplies to keep children clean and healthy.

$120 is enough to provide a family with a shelter kit including sleeping bags, tents, and flashlights.

The funds provided from the Collette Foundation and our match campaign are keeping lifesaving relief supplies flowing into hard-hit communities and helping protect newly-arriving children’s rights and ensure access to services. Save the Children continues to alleviate needs in the turbulent countries from which children and families are fleeing. It is particularly focused on children who are making this perilous and often chaotic journey unaccompanied by any adult. To date, Save the Children has reached over 3.1 million people – including over 2 million children – in the countries of origin.

Giving Back in Miami with Tourism Cares

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Recently, Collette Foundation volunteers spent time in Miami, FL to give back at the Tourism Cares for Miami event.  There were over 300 volunteers in total from throughout the travel industry  who took on three different projects: clearing debris from the presently closed Miami Marine Stadium, planting trees at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, and planting sea grass at North Point.

It is always a unique and rewarding experience to join together with colleagues and other tourism professionals in rejuvenating tourism sites in need.  Helping to protect the environment and wildlife along the way provides tremendous satisfaction in the work we do.  These are the projects:

Miami Marine Stadium:  The stadium opened in 1963 and was once a venue for boat races and concerts until 1992, when Hurricane Andrew caused damage.  As a result, the venue was considered condemned and has been closed ever since.  Over the 20 years of abandonment, trash and debris had accumulated. In one day, the Tourism Cares Volunteers cleared away 6 large dumpsters of trash to begin the restoration and eventual reopening of the site.

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Virginia Key Beach Park:  In 1945 Miami-Dade County opened Virginia Key Beach as its “colored only” beach.  It was closed in the early 1980’s and, after being closed for 26 years, was reopened to the public in 2008.  This historic park has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The trust that now runs the park has worked over the past several years to restore the ecosystem that was damaged over the many years of neglect. Tourism Cares Volunteers were tasked to plant over 800 trees in hopes of returning indigenous vegetation to the property to assist birds in their yearly migration.

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North Point:  This important part of the key had begun to erode. As part of the ecological efforts on the key, the beach needed stabilizing.  A dune was built, but grass needed to be planted to reinforce the sand.  Tourism Cares Volunteers planted over 10,000 sea grass plants along the dune to help secure the dune from erosion.

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This is my 10th year participating in Tourism Cares’ give back events and this one was the best one yet.  Yes, it was hard work, and seemed to be a daunting task in the morning. But it turned out to be a tremendous success in the end, and all three groups finished their tasks.

Tourism is in our hearts, and it gives us a warm feeling knowing that we have done our part to give back.  We all went home with new friends and an unmeasurable sense of accomplishment, ready to do it again.  When saying our goodbyes, we would all say to each other…“See you at the next one!”

 Author: Cassie Stetkiewicz

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Giving $17,500 to Local Canada Partner

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We are excited to donate $10,000 to the Peel Children’s Centre (PCC) and $7,500 to Peel Children and Youth Initiative (PCYI).

Our contribution to Peel Children’s Centre will aid children with behavioural and/or anxiety challenges as well as to their families that would not otherwise be able to benefit from traditional care.

Established in 1984, Peel Children’s Centre serves the mental health treatment needs of children and youth (from birth to 17 years) living in the Region of Peel. Collette’s funding is earmarked toward the nonprofit’s Strongest Families Program, which provides faster access to high quality service by offering family “help at home” using cost-effective, evidence-based interventions delivered by a team of highly trained coaches from a call-centre base.

Collette’s funding toward PCYI will help offset the costs for its second annual Peel Youth Leaders Conference. The conference, held during the summer, offers training for young people in Peel that guide them in taking meaningful leadership roles in their community.

A NEW Project Launches in India!

We are officially working with India’s Akshaya Patra Foundation. This organization’s mission is to eradicate hunger and promote education — two cornerstones of the Collette Foundation’s mission. Our friends at this organization explain that:

It costs $15 to feed a child daily for the entire school year with government subsidy. For many of the children this is their only complete meal for the day. This gives them an incentive to come to school, stay in school and provides them with the necessary nutrients they need to develop their cognitive abilities to focus on learning.

The organization currently distributes cooked, healthy meals daily to 1.3 million underprivileged children in 9,000 government schools through 19 kitchens in eight states in India.

The Collette Foundation kicked off its partnership with funds that will be used to provide meals for an entire year to 240 children attending Government Upper Primary School in Amer, Jaipur.

We are so excited for the new project in India! In a recent letter, our new partners expressed this kind message to officially kick things off:

Thank you for recognizing our efforts to build a more just world that bridges the divide between the haves and the have-nots. We take a great deal of pride in partnering with your foundation and look forward to hearing about your visits.

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Calling all interested Collette Employees!!

The Collette Foundation is looking for new employee volunteers to lead it’s efforts around the globe! Are you passionate about making the world a better place? Do you have a few extra hours each month to maintain and manage a project in a needy community?

The foundation will be holding interviews on July 7th to find new members. Please note that you must be employed at Collette for at least 90 days to become part of the Collette Foundation team. Also, you must have your managers approval.

Please complete the application form – click here, (the application is an attachment to the sharepoint announcement) and return it to info@collettefoundation.org

The foundation is looking for interested employees to manage the following projects: Ecuador, Egypt, USA, Italy, and India.  You must be willing to research your chosen destination to find potential partners, foster the partnership and work with the product department to facilitate the on-tour site visit experience for clients.

If you have any questions please email info@collettevacations.com or buzz Allison Villasenor at x. 3030.

Collette’s UK Office Launches Foundation Initiative

The UK office of Collette Vacations, Collette Worldwide Holidays, has launched an initiative to support their local community. They will be working together to support the Lynda Jackson Macmillian Centre, a cancer center based at Mount Vernon Hospital, near the office in Uxbridge, Middlesex.

Seven employees from the UK office have undergone a rigorous application process that included Criminal Background Checks as well as training both at the Mount Vernon hospital and at the office in Uxbridge.

Beginning April 2011, the team will be participating actively as volunteers at the  Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre. The center is pioneering in their efforts for Patient Information Services. The volunteers will be working specifically on a Patient Information Prescription service (IPS).  Clients choose to use this service at the time of meeting with their health care providers and the team will be collating the information for them that they have requested using an online service that produces a personalized package for the patient.

The LJMC is a drop in centre where patients or families and caregivers,  can visit, talk, ask questions, and receive information in the form of leaflets, DVD’s, books , CD’s as well as access  a reference library and a telephone helpline.

The Centre also offers benefits in the form of advice, counseling  sessions, complimentary therapies such as reflexology, aromatherapy, ear acupuncture, Indian head massage, reiki, relaxations sessions – these benefits can be accessed by patients as well as caregivers.  A “ Look Good….Feel Better” area for skincare and make-up workshops is also available for patients.

The LJMC is partially funded by the Mount Vernon Hospital but the remainder of its running costs are dependant on grants, voluntary donations and fundraising activities.  The LJMC does not charge for its services. Collette Worldwide Holidays is excited to be involved in such a great cause in the local community. The employees will be giving their time and also fundraising for the cause.

Collette Community Comes Together for New Zealand and Japan

The Collette family of employees, clients, vendors and friends banned together to come to the aid of victims of the destructive earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the devastating tsunami in Japan.

Together we raised $18,060 to assist the recovery efforts of the Salvation Army in New Zealand as they help to rebuild. In Japan, $13,700 has gone to Save the Children as they continue their work with those affected from this great tragedy. These funds will make a difference in the thousands of lives that have been forever changed. Thank you!

The Collette Foundation is fully underwritten by Collette Vacations and 100% of all donations go directly to our partners.

Collette Foundation responds to disaster in Japan

The Collette Foundation has pledged to support the efforts of Save the Children following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan on March 11th. The 8.9 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that destroyed everything in it’s wake, leaving thousands dead and thousands more missing. This natural disaster is the largest in Japan’s history.

Save the Children has been operating in Japan for over 25 years. Currently, they have response teams on the ground assisting with relief, manning evacuation centers and focusing on the children affected by this great tragedy.

The Collette Foundation will be matching all donations made by employees, partners and friends up to $10,000USD. As always, 100% of all donations made through the Collette Foundation will go directly to those in need.  If you’d like to join in the efforts of the Collette Foundation and make a donation you can do so by writing a check (please write ‘Japan’ in the memo line) to the Collette Foundation Attn: Donna Warner, 180 Middle Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Or, alternatively, click on the donate button on the right hand side of the screen.

Collette Foundation responds to Christchurch Earthquake

On Tuesday, February 22, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit downtown Christchurch, devastating the city center and leaving thousands without shelter, water and other major necessities. Amidst the rubble, rescue teams are continuing to work around the clock searching for survivors and assisting those in need.

To show support for friends, partners, vendors and colleagues in New Zealand the Collette Foundation has pledged to support the Salvation Army in their efforts. The Salvation Army has mobilized and is working diligently serving meals, manning crisis centers and continuing to search for survivors. 

The Collette Foundation will match all donations made by employees, clients, partners and friends up to $15,000USD. “New Zealand and it’s people have given us so much, it is important  that we show our support in their time of need. ” says Daniel Sullivan, Jr., Collette Vacations’ President and CEO.

As always, 100% of all donations made through the Collette Foundation will go directly to those in need.  If you’d like to join in the efforts of the Collette Foundation and make a donation you can do so by writing a check (please write ‘New Zealand’ in the memo line) to the Collette Foundation Attn: Donna Warner, 180 Middle Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Or, alternatively, click on the donate button on the right hand side of the screen.