American businesses have given back to charities for quite some time, seeing the act of giving back to society bodes well for business. It’s less common for businesses to go a step further and establish their own charitable foundation, but if Dallas-based Stream Energy has its way it’ll be the future of corporate philanthropy. The direct-selling energy company announced the opening of Stream Cares, their very own foundation that will work with organizations and charities across Texas to improve the lives of people in and beyond their hometown.
Stream Energy’s goals are to take part in worthwhile causes and communicate to current and prospective clients that they have made an investment of time and resources into the places where they live. Operation Once in a Lifetime is on of those organization. This is a military charity that reaches out to veterans in need and helping them get access to financial assistance and support they might need for themselves and their families. Stream Energy worked with Operation Once in a Lifetime to host a luncheon in honor of those veterans.
Just one event wasn’t enough for families that sacrifice so much. Stream Energy hosted the American Girl Doll Experience the next day. 10 daughters of military veterans were invited to a party where they could pick and play with an American Girl Doll of their very own and leave with them at the end of the day.
Charity like this is an extension of the thoughtfulness of the workers at this company, Senior Event Manager Kimberly Girard said in a recent statement. Concern for Texas and the people who call it home is part of the company’s culture, and Stream Energy needed a foundation to channel that thoughtfulness into the most useful avenues so workers weren’t burdened with coming up with these solutions on their own.
In a listing of states by charitable giving, website WalletHib found that Texas is among the least generous, falling well behind states like Minnesota and Utah who only have a fraction of the population. As a leader of the Dallas business community, Stream Energy has the opportunity to step up and show all of Texas that charity is just a part of doing business in this state.
Perry Mandera has made it his life work to help the needy and organizations that need donations.
He graduated from a Chicago High School in 1975 and went into the marine corps. While there, he learned to drive a truck after being in the motor pool. He received an honorable discharge.
For a while he worked for other people but eventually created his own business, selling it five years later to work in politics.
After his time as the youngest elected Chicago Committeeman, he got married and started another business that now has annual sales of over two hundred million dollars. The company employs several hundred people with the goal of helping everyone from small companies to Fortune 100 meet their transportation needs.
The company helps Perry Mandera to be able to provide to charities. He started a legitimate 501(c)3 company entitled Custom Care Charities. This charity focuses on helping children and youth organizations, especially for children who were abused and neglected. One of the ways this happens is through sports teams such as Jesse White Tumblers.
The Jesse White Tumblers performs half-time shows for the NBA and NFL. Founded in 1959, their goal is to train the next generation of acrobatic tumblers.
Perry Mandera has also helped victims of natural disasters as well. When Hurricane Katrina happened in 2005, he used his connections to get truckloads of food and water to the stranded people of New Orleans. Likewise in 2013, when a tornado struck Washington, Illinois he was able to help by donating transportation and supplies to families.
In addition to his wife, Perry Mandera has two children who are also involved in sports and raised in a Christian environment. He shows enthusiasm for everything he does and works hard both in his professional and personal life. There are children and people who have him and his organization to thank for being here today. He is providing a great future for many generations to come.
The life of James Larkin was centered on fighting for fair workers rights for individuals of all walks. He is remembered for the quote “A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay” that illustrated what he fought for as a trade unionist.
James Larkin turned to menial jobs when he failed to acquire an education following his poor background. His search took him to Liverpool docks where he secured a position as a foreman. It is while working there that he was introduced to trade unionist. His efforts in fighting for better working conditions led him to join the National Union of Dock Labourers (NUDL). In 1905, Jim Larkin became a trade union organizer.
Continuing the Fight
Though he conducted violence-free strikes to the admiration of the likes of Constance Markieviez and Patrick Pearse, NUDL did not agree with his methods. As a result, he was moved to Dublin two years into the union. The move did not deter him as he continued with the fight by forming the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU). Read more: James Larkin | Biography
Jim Larkin was targeting the welfare of all Irish workers regardless of the skills. He highlighted the key areas where he concentrated his efforts including an 8-hours working day and pensions for individuals over 60 among others.
Jim Larkin knew well that the rights of unskilled laborers in Dublin were limited. He had endeavored to fight for them when he joined James Connolly to establish the Irish Labor Party in 1912. The following year, he led a strike that is still remembered to date, the Dublin Lockout.
Larkin later moved to the United States and joined the Industrial Workers of the World and the Socialist Party of America. He also founded the James Connolly Socialist Club in New York in honor of his friend. He was deported back to Ireland in 1923 where he formed the Workers’ Union of Ireland before passing on in 1947.