It’s no surprise the economic impact the last year has had on individuals and businesses. But the surprising number that many aren’t aware of is the financial impact on our schools and teachers. Did you know our teachers spend out-of-pocket money on school supplies every year?

A recent study during the 2019/2020 school year showed that teachers spent an average of $745 on school supplies. 45% of teachers surveyed said their spending has increased since distance learning began. School supplies such as home printing items (printer, ink, paper), software for distance learning, new technology for their own homes so they could teach remotely, and classroom consumables (pens, pencils, markers, folders, etc.). In addition to school supplies, 70% of teachers said they have dropped off or mailed items to their students’ homes to keep them engaged during distance learning.

The FTI School Drive ran till Monday, August 23rd.  Each FTI office has identified an underprivileged school or school supporting charity that they would like to support.  The FTI through its charity outreach The 4th C Committee has partnered with each local school and charity to set up an Amazon Wish List  so that you can support the event from the comfort of your home.  It’s as simple as picking items for your cart from the Amazon Wish List, which have been curated based on each of the local charity’s input, and then clicking buy.  We’ve set up the Wish lists so that the items you purchase will ship directly to the charity you selected.  FTI’s goal is to make an impact and difference in these cities by supporting this critical effort which will make a massive difference to those students and teachers in need.  JOIN US.

  1. Participate with a local FTI office by using the Amazon Wish list to purchase items needed at our sponsored school supplies charities.  (see the POC and school charity list below)
  2. Spread the word by sharing this FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our School Drive campaign.  TBD
  3. Follow FTI on your social media network and share the FTI School Drive updates.

Local Office School Drives

Office School Supplies List?
San Diego Berean Academy https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1ZPMK9H18U7H5?ref_=wl_share
Chesapeake James Monroe https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2S2C1EG5LEKT3?ref_=wl_share
Dayton Crayons to Classroom https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/QSHZWG88628K/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_4?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist .
Los Angeles  Johnnie L. Cochran https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MNEI6IBUB9BA?ref_=wl_share
Beverly LEAP Amazon.com
Huntsville  Lacey’s Springs School  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1SRTY2CZBJYJN?
Goleta  Joe Nightingale  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/4BXJEGFMVPWE?ref_=wl_share

WE DOUBLED OUR GOAL!!!

Our company-wide 4th C Ultimate Step Challenge to support the Alzheimer’s Association started this week! Updates on the challenge and how we are tracking our step Goal will be posted here throughout the week.  Alzheimer’s has no cure and over 60 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today.  It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.  Let’s join together to #EndAlz

FTI’s goal WAS to walk over 10 million steps. Through FTI’s Charity Committee, The 4th C… we will donate $25.00 for every 5,000 steps employee’s walk to the Alzheimer’s Association.

If you would like to join us, you can STILL donate at  2021 The Longest Day: FTI Steps for a Cure | The Longest Day – Help Fight Alzheimer’s on June 20, 2021 .  Below is our FINAL counter and status. We are so excited to announce that not only did we achieve that but blew well past it, with employees walking a total of 19,371,355 steps! Along with employee donations, FTI will be donating a grand total of $101,196.22 to the Alzheimer’s Association! This donation will go towards supporting those with Alzheimer’s disease and will also support research in hopes of one day ending Alzheimer’s


Raising Awareness:

Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older.

Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years.

Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life.

WE DID IT, THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED US REACH OUR GOAL OF $15K IN SUPPORT.

We also wanted to announce that due to such great participation the 4th C will be doing a double match and give $30,048 which will be distributed to the food banks. That brings our total given to food banks this month from FTI to $45,072!

Our theme for May is one of our 4Cs: Compassion. With that theme in mind, FTI has chosen to support Food Banks for our next company-wide effort.

The need is great, food banks across the country are serving 55 percent more people now than before the pandemic. As a result of the pandemic, it is estimated 1 in 8 Americans could face hunger. That’s 42 million people in the United States, including 13 million children, who may face hunger in 2021. Because of COVID, millions of people are visiting food banks and many of them are getting help for the first time. Our neighbors who previously had stable incomes have now lost jobs or had their hours cut back. As food banks are stepping up to put food on the table for those who need it during this uncertain time, we want to be to help them have the supplies they need to meet this great need.

Starting May 5, this Wednesday to May 21st, the FTI 4th C (Charity outreach of FTI) will run the campaign, “May All Be Fed”. Each of our offices has chosen a Food Bank to support. We’ve worked with each Food Bank to set up an Amazon Wish List so that you can support the event from your home.  It’s as simple as purchasing items on an Amazon list curated for the food bank in your office area. We’ve set up the lists so that the items will ship directly to the food bank.

We have a goal of raising $15,000.00 for tor this effort (combined total from our Food Drive purchases, T-shirt fundraising, and donations).  This amount can truly make a massive difference in fulfilling this dire need.

To join in this campaign with FTI you can support in any of the following ways:

  • Participate with our local FTI office by using the Amazon Smile list to purchase items needed at our sponsored food pantries.  (see food pantry list below)
  • Spread the word by sharing the FTI webpage URL on your social media networks, which has all the information on our May All Be Fed campaign. ( https://www.fti-net.com/may-all-be-fed ) and tag Frontier Technology Inc or use out #TogetherWeAreFTI
  • Purchase a “May All Be Fed” T-shirt and donate by clicking here.
    • You can purchase a shirt for $30.00 then roughly $15.00 goes to the food bank initiative with a matching donation of $15.00 by the 4th C making their donation $30.00 The total collected from the t-shirt funds will be divided up equally between the sponsored food banks at the end.
  • Share the “May All Be Fed” T-shirt link with others to spread the news and need while using our #TogetherWeAreFTI

 

Sponsored Food Banks

Office Food Bank Amazon Link
Beverly Beverly Boot Straps —https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/182UU3N20R39B?ref_=wl_share
Chesapeake Food Bank of Southeast Virginia —https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2UOBB58QJIS0Y?ref_=wl_share
Colorado Springs Care and Share —https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/72DBVVCDZOJ7?ref_=wl_share
Dayton Dayton Food Bank https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2R1S1PO6TBNAK?ref_=wl_share
Dayton Bellbrook Sugar Creek Community Center https://smile.amazon.com/gp/ch/list/83-2461759/ref=smi_cl_bc_lol1_lol 
Huntsville Food Bank of Northern Alabama — https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1ULG4HH06S7CJ?ref_=wl_share
Los Angeles Westside Food Bank —https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/13FCJW379QRIM?ref_=wl_share
Santa Barbara Food Bank of Santa Barbara County https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/6RVPDU2TD0N1?ref_=wl_share
San Diego US4Warriors Charity Lists (amazon.com)

Charity, which is known as our “4th C.” Our Founder believed strongly in the principle, “Love your neighbor.” FTI strives to encourage and support our employees to develop and maintain a spirit of charity by volunteering their time, attention, efforts, and resources to any of a wide range of charitable or community outreach activities. We want to take the time to share with you one of the great charitable things that are going on this month at FTI. March is Women’s History Month. We have a very special activity going on this month to honor this theme and provide support for our active servicewomen.

Here at FTI we are excited to honor Women’s History Month which originated as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation recognizing Women nationwide. Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.

The 4th C SHERO TROOPSTER EVENT
In honor of Women’s Month, the 4th C  (click here to learn more about the 4th C) will be partnering with Troopster to send care packs to deployed servicewomen overseas our “Sheroes”. Our goal is to help them send 5,000 care packs. Each pack costs around $15 plus shipping. Help us reach our goal in two ways:

 

1.  Give directly to Troopster using this link https://troopster.kindful.com/?campaign=1111545 and the 4th C will match every $15 donation for a box with a matching donation and cover the shipping.

2.  Purchase a gift basket for Mother’s Day delivery through Arena Farms ( obsessed with organic luxury by ArenaFarms on Etsy )  and mention FTI in your note at checkout.  Arena Farms is run by Charlie Arena, who is a young female African American entrepreneur who has created these amazing gift baskets and has agreed to donate a portion of the proceeds to Troopster.  You can also make a donation of product to Shero through Arena Farms.  This is a great opportunity to recognize and honor those special women in your own life while supporting a great cause and a young female entrepreneur.

FTI’s culture is led by the 4 Cs: Core Values, Commitment, Compassion, and Charity.  Charity is the FTI 4th C, loving your neighbor in times of need, supporting our veterans, and helping children.  During these uncertain times of great need, FTI has made a couple of responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have supported local food banks in our office locations, and we have given support to the First Responders through the Troopster organization in Virginia.

Military nonprofit, Troopster, is poised to help America’s COVID-19 front line heroes by sending PPE medical essential kits.
The outreach plans to raise enough contributions to send 50,000 medical kits containing PPE equipment, protein bars, snacks, and other items to Covid-19 caretakers across the country.

For more on how you too can be a part of this effort, click here.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. During this time, Virginia Beach CASA sponsors the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign, partnering with local businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Hampton Roads to bring community awareness to the needs of abused and neglected children. https://www.virginiabeachcasa.org/pinwheel

The pinwheel is the national symbol for child abuse prevention. The pinwheel’s whimsical and carefree attributes serve as a reminder of the great childhoods we want for all children. By planting pinwheels on the lawns of local businesses and residences, we rally together to show solidarity in our commitment to keeping children safe and free from abuse and neglect.

How is FTI involved?

For the second year in a row, FTI is supporting VB CASA across Hampton Roads as a Presenting Sponsor for the Pinwheels for Prevention Campaign. FTI’s sponsorship helps VB CASA to continue to spread awareness, train, and support VB CASA in their mission to recruit, train, and supervise competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. VB CASA’s work promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that many in our own have a company have had direct contact with through the care or loss of a loved one. FTI believes making a difference in causes that are close to our employee’s hearts. Every dollar FTI raised benefited those affected by Alzheimer’s disease in our community. The Alzheimer’s Association, which FTI partnered with, is a global organization, working to advance care, support and research across the world. From face-to-face support to online education programs and promising worldwide research initiatives.

The 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Butler, Warren & Clinton Counties was Saturday, September 14th at Voice of America Park in West Chester Ohio. FTI employees along with friends and family participated in walk and ceremony events. The Greater Cincinnati walk raised 76% of its goal for funding. Through the FTI 4th C we were able to raise and donate $5300.00 towards the efforts of finding a cure.

For more information on how you can give and participate click here.

THANK YOU, to all who supported this campaign.   T-shirts are being shipped to the address of your order.  Please contact Bonfire, the distributor with issues.  Be sure to send any pictures of your FTI Dayton Strong T-shirts in action to media@fti-net.com; and keep the awareness going.

About the Campaign: In recent months the Dayton Area has been hit with some devastating tragedies.  This past Memorial Day the Dayton (Miami Valley area) was hit with several tornados that destroyed many businesses and homes.  Then in recent days, the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio was hit with a horrible act of gun violence taking the lives of many.  FTI stands in support of our local Dayton community and the victims hit by both of these tragedies. A local term for solidarity with the community is “Dayton Strong.”

In an effort to show support for the Dayton Area (click for more information about the 4th C here), FTI is running a T-Shirt campaign, where you can purchase a T-shirt and FTI 4th C will give 100% of that purchase to benefit the victims of these tragedies through the outreaches of Dayton Habitat for Humanity and the Dayton Foundation.

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is reaching out to many in the local area who were affected by the Dayton Tornados.  FTI supports Habitat for Humanity. Be assured your purchase will make a difference in the lives of those suffering in the Dayton area.  Kim Nicol the marketing manager for the Habitat for Humanity said, “One hundred percent of the proceeds raised will be used to provide affordable homeownership opportunities for families in the Habitat program and to complete critical repairs for homeowners in Greene and Montgomery counties who are uninsured or underinsured.” Likewise, the Dayton Foundation is reaching out the victims of the Oregon District Shooting and one hundred percent of the donated funds go to helping the victims and their families.

Please give and support those in need.

FTI is “Dayton Strong.”

Frontier Technology Inc. is proud to be a 2019 sponsor of Bogg Ministries in Dayton, Ohio. Bogg is a non-profit organization that was started to help provide the people of the greater Dayton area with food, clothing, and other essentials to sustain a healthy lifestyle. To learn more about Bogg and the work that they do, click here.