Companies that care: Subway, Cigna, Plexus, Jaburg Wilk

Business Angels | 22 Dec, 2019 |

Phoenix-area Subway restaurants help provide 150,000 meals to food banks

More than 350 Subway Restaurants in the Phoenix area recently joined together to feed their local neighbors in need by helping to provide 150,000 meals to local food banks through Feeding America via its Feed the Need campaign, which is one of many actions taken by Subway and its local owners to fight hunger and food insecurity around the world. 

“Arizona is tied as the 5th worst state in the United States for overall food insecurity. This program helped ease the burden of hunger by helping to provide 150,000 meals for our Central and Northern Arizona communities,” says Chad Barnett, a local Subway franchisee, adding that Subway Restaurants of Arizona’s nonprofit arm – Subway Kids & Sports of Arizona – is also helping to provide more than $60,000 to children in need statewide to give them access to sports and wellness programs during the 2019-2020 school year this month as well.

To learn more about the local area food banks included in Feeding the Need, visit:

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Cigna celebrates each Cardinals kick with the ‘Kicks for Kids’ program

Cigna presented a $10,000 donation to the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) at an Arizona Cardinals game on Sunday as a sponsor of the Cardinals Charities “Kicks for Kids” program. For the tenth consecutive year, Cigna contributed $10,000 to Cardinals Charities based on field goals the Cardinals made during the season. As a result of Cigna’s sponsorship, Cardinals Charities has donated a total of $100,000 to area organizations focused on wellness, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Christopher’s Cure, Florence Crittenton of Arizona, Foundation for Blind Children, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Keogh Health Connection, Muscular Dystrophy Association and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 

Founded in 1997, SARRC is an internationally recognized nonprofit that conducts innovative research, provides evidence-based practices, disseminates effective training and builds inclusive communities for individuals with autism and their families. SARRC is dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment and community outreach.

Plexus Worldwide donates 2,000 ‘Breast Chek Kits’ to Esperança

Plexus Worldwide (Plexus®), a leading direct-selling health and wellness company focused on health and happiness, recently donated 2,000 of its Breast Chek Kits to Esperança, a global nonprofit that works with families and seniors in Maricopa County to provide health services and education among other resources. The Plexus Breast Chek™ Kit, one of the company’s many health and wellness products, is designed for individuals to easily perform monthly self-examinations to help detect changes in their breasts.

“The Breast Chek Kit was Plexus’ first product and the foundation for our success as we have grown into a global company that is committed to both women’s and men’s health,” said Tarl Robinson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Plexus. “We are proud to make this donation to Esperança to help women in our community establish healthy habits.”

This donation was made possible by Plexus’ October campaign during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where the company said it would match each purchase of a Breast Chek Kit during the month of October, with one that would be donated.

On Friday, December 13, Plexus employees delivered the donation of Breast Chek Kits to Esperança’s Phoenix office. Esperança executives say they plan to incorporate the donation into their preventative medical care program.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of our community partners. The donation of 2,000 Breast Chek Kits from Plexus Worldwide will be used in our domestic programs here in Phoenix, providing a much-needed preventative medical care to our local communities,” said Jeri Royce, President/CEO of Esperança.

Jaburg Wilk donates toys and books to Voices for CASA children

Employees of the Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk supported Voices for CASA Children by collecting unwrapped toys for children in foster care.   They collected more than 65 toys including craft kits, infant development toys, sensory toys, puzzles, STEM scientific kits, balls, Lego blocks, art sets, action figures, Disney dolls and soft, cuddly stuffed animals.  These toys will be available to CASA volunteers and the children at the annual Jingle & Mingle experience.  In addition to the toys, 200 copies of the book, The Neverland Rascals by Ted Snyder were also donated by Jaburg Wilk. 

Voices for CASA Children seeks to provide a voice to every child that is in Arizona’s foster care system.  They support Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers and create opportunities that help every child know that they are cared for and safe. 

Jaburg Wilk’s attorney Michelle Ronan said, “This is such a unique model to help support both the CASA volunteers and the children they serve through advocacy year-round. CASA volunteers are so important in these children’s lives.” 

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