Here are 15 acts of kindness that didn’t go unnoticed. This is only a small part of what happens in the world today, and that part is only a small part of what could happen. Release your kindness, let it follow you and inspire others.
The founding of Cabot Creamery in a small town in Vermont in 1919 was based on the spirit of cooperation, staking a claim in the fundamental idea that together they could be stronger and better than they were alone. Since that time, the farmer owners of this thriving dairy cooperative have built their lives on the principles and spirit of cooperation.
That spirit pervades Cabot not only in business, but also in the daily lives of its farm families, in their homes and in their communities. Farm life is a family affair, and success depends on the full participation of every member. Cabot farmers bring that intention to their communities as well. They are inveterate volunteers – firefighters and Sunday school teachers, classroom aids and soup kitchen servers – these families have always known that making their communities stronger, healthier and better only enhances their own lives.
Cabot’s long history of volunteerism was the impetus to create Reward Volunteers®, a mobile app and computer widget that allows volunteers to log hours, post to Facebook and win rewards for themselves and the organizations they serve.
Roberta MacDonald, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Cabot sees this app as an extension of Cabot’s ethos:
“Our farmers are avid volunteers. They have a long history of engagement with their communities. With this national effort, we are hoping that public Facebook posts will inspire others. This is an effort to document, and make clear, exactly how valuable volunteered time really is.”
Reward Volunteers uses a simple iPhone app and website that enable and encourage participants to track their donated hours, share photos and post details about their volunteer activities on Facebook. The more hours they log and the more activities and photos they share, the greater their chances to win prizes and money for their favorite charities. The current contest – the third in a series – ends on July 14, 2013.
Prizes, which will be awarded monthly and at the end of the contest, include:
- Monthly $500 cash prizes plus a $1,000 grand prize for individual volunteers
- Monthly $1,000 cash awards plus a $1,500 grand award for nonprofit organizations
- Vermont’s Liberty Hill Farm vacation
- Couture Farm vacation
- Smugglers Notch Ski Resort vacation
- Ski Vermont ski passes (2013-2014 season)
- $100 King Arthur Flour gift cards
- $100 National Cooperative Grocer’s Association gift cards
- Gift baskets of Cabot Creamery Cooperative’s award-winning cheddar
- Cabot Community Celebrity Southern Caribbean cruise for two grand prize
Sarah Schloemer, president of CommonKindness.com, says:
“Just like our coupons and other programs, Reward Volunteers offers another way you can benefit from the work you do for your favorite charity. Although the prizes are fun—and valuable—Reward Volunteers is really about recognizing everyday heroes and celebrating acts of kindness. It’s a beautiful model.”
CommonKindness.com is adding more choices for natural Glee Gum on its free, printable grocery coupon website. Consumers can now clip and save on Sugar-Free Glee Gum made with xylitol, a natural sweetener that fights oral bacteria and builds stronger teeth.
Manufacturer Verve, Inc, and free printable grocery coupon leader CommonKindness.com are giving gum aficionados more reasons to smile with new, free online coupons for tooth-friendly Sugar-Free Glee Gum. Glee Gum coupons help shoppers both save money and make a contribution to their favorite nonprofit organizations with every coupon purchase.
Glee Gum is available in sugarless, xylitol-sweetened Lemon-Lime and Refresh-Mint flavors, as well as Peppermint, Cinnamon, Spearmint, Triple Berry, Bubblegum, and Tangerine flavors sweetened with FAIRTRADE Certified cane sugar.
“Verve is an innovation leader in the world of chewing gum, and we are proud to have Glee Gum in our partnership of high quality brands that are working together to help create sustainable funding for America’s nonprofit organizations,” said Sarah Schloemer, president of CommonKindness.
Xylitol: An All-Natural Sugar Substitute
Unlike artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose or Splenda, xylitol is an organic compound that occurs naturally in fruits, vegetables, and trees, according to Verve. The company says that xylitol is often recommended by doctors for diabetic patients who chew gum because it contains 40% fewer calories than equally-sweet amounts of sucrose, or table sugar.
Research over four decades shows that xylitol starves harmful bacteria in the mouth and helps prevent plaque from building up on teeth, thus improving oral hygiene and health. In fact, chewing gum made with xylitol as the principal sweetener is endorsed by six national dental associations.
Sugar-Free Glee Guml: A Happy Way to Maintain Dental Health
The University of Michigan School of Public Health has found that “chewing xylitol-sweetened gum, especially for dental patients who chew gum, can be fitted readily into a regimen that includes frequent fluoride exposure, good oral hygiene and regular dental appointments.”
Because the xylitol molecule contains five carbon atoms—not the six found in sorbitol, fructose and glucose—it does not break down and provide fuel to bacteria of the mouth like those sugars. Instead of being metabolized, xylitol inhibits bacteria from producing tooth-destroying lactic acid. At the same time, chewing xylitol-sweetened gum increases the flow and pH levels of saliva, calcium, and phosphate salts, which repair and strengthen tooth enamel.
History of Xylitol
Xylitol was discovered in 1891 by German chemist Emil Fischer, but it was not appreciated until it became popular during the sugar shortages in Finland during World War II. Since then it has become a sweetening agent in foods, pharmaceuticals, and oral health products in more than 35 countries.
In 1983, a joint expert committee of the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations confirmed that xylitol is a safe sweetener for foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirmed this finding independently in 1986.
The xylitol used in Sugar-Free Glee Gum is harvested from beech and birch bark in a unique production method using 85% less energy than extracting it from corn. The technique integrates sustainable forestry practices that results in a 90% reduction in the carbon footprint when compared to conventional processes.
To find and use coupons for Glee Gum, shoppers can go to CommonKindness.com, quickly register for free, and designate their favorite nonprofit from the user-friendly directory. They then clip printable grocery coupons for items they typically use or want to try, and head to the store.
For each coupon redeemed, CommonKindness provides 20% of the distribution fee it receives to the shopper’s designated nonprofit group.
CommonKindness is the new online grocery coupon site that operates on the principle of kindness and aims to benefit consumers, nonprofit organizations, and brands. CommonKindness is revolutionizing the online coupon industry by eliminating coupon loading and change costs, charging brands only for coupons redeemed, and giving 20% of its revenue to nonprofit organizations.
To learn more, go to http://www.commonkindness.com or call (415) 887-9537.
About Glee Gum
Glee Gum is the only gum in North America made with chicle, a tree sap sustainably harvested from the rainforests of Central America. At one time, all chewing gum was made with chicle, but today most gum is made entirely from synthetic ingredients. Chicle gives Glee its long-lasting chewing texture.
All Glee Gum is aspartame free, GMO free, and certified vegetarian. It contains no additives, dairy, wheat, gluten, yeast, nuts, peanuts, or soy. Sugar-Free Glee is also corn free. Glee Gum is packaged in biodegradable, recycled cardboard.
Classic Glee Gum is sweetened with FAIRTRADE Certified cane sugar and brown rice syrup. Sugar-Free Glee Gum is sweetened with 100% xylitol, sustainably produced from American birch and beech trees. Xylitol is a safe alternative to artificial sweeteners, and has been proven to benefit dental health.
To learn more, visit http://www.gleegum.com or call (401) 351-6415.