First Cinnaire Cares Donations Awarded

We have an unwavering belief that all people deserve the opportunities provided by living in healthy communities. 

The Cinnaire Cares initiative is a companywide staff-funded and driven charitable program. Developed by our employees to support our mission, Cinnaire Cares was established to provide an opportunity for our team to collectively make an impact. Employees can contribute twice monthly and the funds generated are donated to staff nominated charities. In addition to financial contributions, our team is actively engaged in volunteering with the charities we support. We seek organizations that are committed to empowering people by providing opportunities and share our mission for advancing communities.

We are pleased to announce we recently collected $4,973 for the first round of Cinnaire Cares recipients! The Cinnaire Staff Engagement Committee was presented with a  total of 12 potential organizations to select as a Cinnaire Cares recipient. It was a difficult selection process for the committee, as all of the organizations submitted were worthy recipients. Each member of the committee voted independently and selected the organizations below.

The following organizations will each receive a Cinnaire Cares contribution:

CHIP believes that successful efforts toward ending homelessness require the collective talents, resources, and a commitment of the entire Indianapolis community. No one group or individual has the ability to address these issues alone. As an intermediary, CHIP works with others to create a systemic and effective approach toward ending homelessness. CHIP started a program called Street Reach which puts parking meters around the downtown Central Business District. Keith Broadnax, Cinnaire Senior Vice President, Business Development, serves on the Board at CHIP. You can donate using a credit card to support homeless initiatives in Indianapolis. Learn more here and here.

Madison Reading Project is dedicated to addressing low literacy rates among vulnerable children, primarily in South-central Wisconsin. Two-thirds of children who live in poverty do not have books of their own in their homes. A just-published update to this report in October, 2017, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, lists ongoing, distressing disparities in literacy rates among Wisconsin’s students, with white children being 4 times more likely to be proficient in reading in 4th grade than African American children. These results inspire us to work harder and focus on quality books and programs. Chris Laurent, Cinnaire Senior Vice President, Business Development,  serves on the Board of Directors. Learn more here.

THAW is a non-profit that distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 56 partner agencies. They have distributed over $172 million in assistance to more than 232,000 Michigan households. Recipients of THAW include the elderly, unemployed, underemployed and disabled individuals who find themselves in an energy crisis. More than 70% of households they assist have a child or senior in the home. Katey Forth, Cinnaire President, Lending, serves on the Board at THAW. Learn more here.

YWCA Delaware is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA of Delaware is the leading organization for social change and is widely recognized as the highly effective, inclusive and uplifting force that empowers women to achieve their full social and economic potential. Learn more here.

Housed on-site at our Silver Star apartment community in Battle Creek, MI, Zero Day is a mission based organization that works with Veterans to counsel and rehabilitate others Veterans to lead their best life. They utilize the Leadership Academy principals to teach Vets about reaching their goals – keeping healthy tension between their current reality and their goals. Learn more here and here.

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