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Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Receives $55,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with High School Program

Chicago, IL – The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement received a $55,000 contribution to assist with their el Futuro High School Program. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to assist with the program hosted for juniors and seniors at four Chicago high schools.

 
Over the years, HACE has consistently demonstrated the impact of providing access, resources and developing the skills of the next generation of leaders through the el Futuro Program. “Latinos represent a rapidly growing and significant segment of our future workforce and that requires a significant investment. Our sincerest appreciation to the Walmart Foundation for recognizing this and supporting these types of programs,” said Simon Lopez, President of HACE.

 
The Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) received its second grant from the Walmart Foundation totaling $80,000 in grant donations in the past two years. The funds will support HACE’s el Futuro High School program including investment in the program’s curriculum and College Week—a program hosted for juniors and seniors at Curie, Richards, Benito Juarez, and Schurz High School in Chicago.

 
The grant was presented to Lopez during a check presentation ceremony held following the grand opening ceremony of the new Wamart in Belmont Cragin. John Bisio of Walmart presented the check following the ceremony on July 17.

 
“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting HACE and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” John Bisio of Walmart said. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that these students have the opportunity to learn more about career paths so they can make an educated decision about their future.”

 
The contribution to HACE was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

 
In Illinois in 2011, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

 
To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

 
Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

 
 

Rebuilt Road Which Will Lead to South Side’s First Walmart Supercenter, Lauded as Link to Pullman Park Revitalization

Gov. Pat Quinn and community leaders gathered Monday in Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood to reopen a reconstructed Woodlawn/Doty Avenue, which will lead to one of the South Side’s first Walmart Supercenters and an adjacent retail center. “Today is a great day for everyone who lives and works in Pullman Park,” Quinn said. “Infrastructure improvements like this support communities as they grow by putting people back to work and laying the foundation for economic development for years to come.”

Read more at the Northwest Indiana Times

 

Walmart Kicks Off Second Annual 12 Days Of Giving On Facebook

Winning Nonprofits to Share a Total of $1.5 Million in Grants to Provide Basic Needs in Local Communities

Today, Walmart kicks off the 2012 “12 Days of Giving” campaign by calling on Facebook users to once again nominate the nonprofits that are making an impact in their local communities and need support. Each of the “12 Days” will focus on a different giving theme, including hunger, military assistance and disaster relief. For example, the campaign empowers Americans to recognize nonprofits like those providing much needed aid to the victims of this week’s devastating storm in the Northeast as well as those supporting the communities affected by other weather events and wildfires earlier this year. The winning nonprofits will receive a portion of a $1.5 million grant.

Starting today through Nov. 18, users can visit the Live Better tab on Walmart’s Facebook page to nominate a nonprofit providing basic needs in their communities. Here’s how it works:

  • Visitors nominate local organizations by submitting a 200-word description, including the nonprofit’s impact in its local community.
  • Participants also can submit photos illustrating how the nonprofit helps families make ends meet; a gallery on the page will highlight submissions throughout the campaign.
  • A panel from Walmart will review submissions and select the winners.
  • Grant recipients will be announced daily on Facebook and Twitter from Dec. 10 to Dec. 21.

“There are so many local nonprofits making a positive impact every day and yet, oftentimes we don’t hear enough about them or their needs. With this campaign, we want to recognize these organizations and the difference they are making in their communities,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “This holiday season, we are asking and depending on consumers to tell us about the organizations in their communities who need our support. Together, we can help more people who need it most.”

During the 2012 “12 Days of Giving” campaign, Walmart is providing a total of $1.5 million in grants to benefit local communities across the country. For more information, please visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

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About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

 

Expanded Walmart Opening in Bedford Park

The expanded Walmart store at 7050 S. Cicero Ave. in Bedford Park will have a grand opening starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday. The store will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The grand opening will include giveaways and product samplings.

Read more at the SouthTown Star‎

 

Albert Bartlett’s Rooster Potatoes Hits U.S. Shelves at Walmart

A Scottish potato producer is targeting growth in the US market, after partnering with supermarket giant Walmart to supply its Rooster brand of potatoes.

The deal by Airdrie-based Albert Bartlett – which employs 700 full time staff in Scotland with further outreach to farmers and distributors around the UK – is the company’s first in the US market and will see the Albert Bartlett Rooster range being stocked in selected stores across Colorado and Georgia from October before being rolled out to stores in multiple states in 2013.

The company announced details of the launch while taking part in a Scottish Development International trade mission to Chicago, led by the First Minister Alex Salmond and Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive Lena Wilson.

The First Minister said:

“It is inspiring to see a long-standing, traditional Scottish company develop so confidently and dramatically in today’s market, where Scottish food and drink exports are booming. The Albert Bartlett Rooster brand has become very familiar to Scottish consumers and this deal with Walmart will now see the range take on a truly global scale. It is another example of a quality Scottish product being made available for all to enjoy and comes just after another successful Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight when we celebrate our natural larder.”

Read more at the Scottish Government

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Walmart Celebration of Community Event Now Accepting Nominations

The worlds largest retailer is asking for you help when it comes to recognizing the best of the best in our community. Walmart will host it’s “Celebration of Community” event this November and honor folks who’ve made a difference in the lives of others. Here’s where you come in–simply take a moment and look at this list then nominate those folks you think deserve some well earned recognition.

1. Community Partner Award: This award recognizes an individual or community organization that has made an outstanding contribution to diversity & inclusion.

The nominee must:

Provide exceptional leadership by creating opportunities to explore issues regarding diversity, multicultural education, social justice, identity development and/or leadership initiatives.

2. Impact Award: This award recognizes the Walmart store, Walmart distribution center, or Sam’s club that has built solid community relationships to support an inclusive and diverse environment.

The nominee must:

Make a notable impact in their community supporting diversity & inclusion, and help to create a welcoming place to work by supporting families and their community.

3. Student Organization / Outstanding School: This award recognizes the school or student organization that has shown exemplary commitment to the education of all students in an inclusive environment, continues to embrace diversity in all aspects of the curriculum and serves as a role model for inclusive behavior.

The nominee must:

Develop programs that facilitate an inclusive school/community environment, and demonstrate a commitment to their community by actively reaching out and being directly involve in activities that enrich the lives of others, and create a welcoming and comfortable learning environment for all students and their respective families

4. Faculty / Student Leader: This award recognizes a student or faculty member who demonstrates a commitment to diversity & inclusion by motivating others to embrace inclusion and is a role model for inclusive behavior within their school.

The nominee must:

Exhibit and encourage inclusive behavior at their school, and demonstrate a commitment to their community by actively reaching out and being directly involved in activities that enrich the lives of others.

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Walmart Launches Fighting Hunger Together Fall Initiative To Deliver Up To 53 Million Meals

Consumers Have Two Simple Ways to Help Fight Hunger Alongside Walmart, Feeding America and 5 Major Food Companies

Bentonville, Ark., Sept. 18, 2012 – Today Walmart ignites another initiative in the fight against hunger with the start of its $2.5 million “Golden Spark” promotion, giving consumers a chance to win “sparks” that will help fund childhood hunger programs in their communities. The promotion is just one part of the company’s Fighting Hunger Together fall initiative which brings together customers, associates, Feeding America and five of the nation’s largest food companies — ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Kraft Foods, and Unilever — to provide meals nationwide.

The campaign launches during Hunger Action Month when leading hunger advocates urge individuals to help fight hunger in their local communities. Following are the ways consumers can participate:

WIN A “GOLDEN SPARK” AND HELP FEED KIDS IN THEIR COMMUNITY:
Through October 14, Walmart will randomly award 40 “Golden Sparks” valued at $50,000 each to consumers who participate in the Fighting Hunger Together Golden Spark promotion. The winners will choose a community to receive the funding to start or expand a backpack program that provides vital meals to food-insecure children during weekends when they do not have access to free- and reduced-price school meals. Participants can enter to win a “Golden Spark” for their community by visiting www.walmart.com/hunger or Walmart’s Live Better Facebook app. Also, Walmart Associates can compete together for their store to win 10 additional “Golden Sparks” totaling $500,000 for their communities by logging the most hunger relief volunteer hours during the life of the campaign.

GENERATE MEAL DONATIONS IN-STORE, ONLINE OR VIA MOBILE APP:
Through October 12, customers will be able to generate meal donations for Feeding America by purchasing select products from participating food suppliers at Walmart stores and following instructions on the packaging, engaging in the “Give Meal” section of www.walmart.com/hunger, or using a mobile app to generate meal donations for Feeding America.

The Fighting Hunger Together fall initiative launches amidst the release of the USDA report which found that at some point during the year over 50 million Americans won’t know where their next meal will come from—that’s one in six Americans. In addition, this fall the United States is emerging from the worst drought in more than five decades and faces the potential for limited food supplies and rising food prices.

“The USDA report is yet again proof that millions of Americans are facing the harsh reality of hunger this year and the issue is further compounded by a historic drought and the lingering effects of high unemployment rates,” said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. “Walmart is committed to fighting hunger in America every day. By engaging our partners and providing unique and creative opportunities for our customers and associates to join the fight against hunger, such as this campaign, we know we can make an even greater impact and help local communities through this critical time.”

While USDA statistics point to an increase in hunger, food bank directors are echoing a similar message. In fact in a nationwide survey, over 65 percent of Feeding America Food Bank Executive Directors predict a decrease in food supply and an increase in demand, and more than half of them reported that their current food supply is poor or below average.

“A recent survey of Feeding America Food Bank Executive Directors showed that food supply is extremely low and there is a concern that the drought will have an adverse effect on food banks who have to purchase food and families that will have to stretch their already thin food budgets,” said Matt Knott, interim president and CEO of Feeding America. “This fall initiative, led by Walmart and some of the nation’s leading food companies, comes at a very critical time for our food banks and the millions of Americans that rely on our resources to feed their families.”

The Fighting Hunger Together fall initiative is part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s $2 billion commitment through 2015 to fight hunger. As a part of this commitment, Walmart and its Foundation pledged to donate more than 1.1 billion pounds of food from Walmart stores, distribution centers and Sam’s Club locations, valued at $1.75 billion, as well as $250 million in grants to support hunger relief organizations. To participate or to learn more about our commitment, visit www.walmart.com/hunger.

 

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support initiatives that are helping people live better around the globe. In May 2010, Walmart and its Foundation made a historic pledge of $2 billion through 2015 to fight hunger in the U.S. The Walmart Foundation also supports education, workforce development, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness initiatives. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

 

Walmart Opens New Store in Villa Park, IL

Walmart Stores, Inc. has announced the opening of a newly expanded Walmart in Villa Park, Illinois. The new Villa Park Walmart will employ approximately 300 total associates, according to store manager Yolanda Ballard, including 85 new positions created by the expansion. “The layout of the store is easy to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for everyday necessities,” said Ballard, the store manager. “By grouping the products that our customers most often purchase, including health and beauty and pet supplies, we are making one-stop shopping even easier.”

Read more at Datamonitor.com

 

Naperville Makes Offer to Walmart to Stay

Faced with the possibility of losing Wal-Mart to neighboring Aurora, Naperville will give the store a financial incentive to stay within its borders. The City Council on Aug. 21 agreed to a $1.75 million sales tax rebate for the company over 10 years. Councilman Grant Wehrli called it a “wise and prudent thing to do.” “It keeps jobs in Naperville, it keeps people shopping local and it keeps people in that area of town from crossing over Route 59 and going to Aurora and spending their sales tax dollars there,” Wehrli said.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune

 

Chicago Walmart Expansion to Bring 85 New Jobs to Community

Walmart is hiring about 85 people to work at its expanded Bedford Park store, 7050 S. Cicero Ave., which is expected to have its grand opening this fall. The retailer said it has set up hiring kiosks inside the store, and applicants can also go to http://careers.walmart.com.

The kiosks will accept applications during store hours, from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The company is filling full-time and part-time positions.

Read more at Southtown Star

 

National Latino Education Institute Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Employment Services

Chicago, IL Aug. 23, 2012 – National Latino Education Institute (NLEI) today received a $25,000 contribution to assist with global skills training for employment. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to assist more than 300 individuals in accessing NLEI programs and services.

“NLEI embraces the basic principle of education and employment as portals to self-sufficiency, and believes that a handup lifts and inspires families and communities more than a handout ever could. We have been fortunate over the years to attract donors and friends who have provided funds, equipment and technology and volunteer time and energy to help transform the lives of so many. The Walmart Foundation is an integral part of NLEI’s future as we carry forward our mission,” said Elba Aranda-Suh, NLEI Executive Director.

Funding from the Walmart Foundation allows the NLEI to continue serving a population who desires to access education, graduate and secure gainful employment. It accomplishes this by creating a seamless career pathway to economic self-sufficiency. NLEI’s niche is global skills training. NLEI provides contextualized training and employment services to individuals and to employers who seek to upgrade the skills of their workforce—always connecting educational attainment to enhancing one’s financial position.

With the help of Walmart’s grant, NLEI will assist more than 300 individuals in accessing NLEI programs and services such as Adult Academic Preparation, Career-Tracked Programs in Allied Health and Business & Technology and NLEI’s Community Employment Services (CES).

John Bisio of Walmart presented the check to Elba Aranda-Suh during a check presentation ceremony held today at NLEI.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting NLEI, and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said John Bisio of Walmart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that these individuals will have an opportunity to access the training they need to secure employment.”

The contribution to NLEI was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Last year in Illinois, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

 

The Cara Program Receives $50,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Employment Programs

Chicago, IL Aug. 14, 2012 – The Cara Program today received a $50,000 contribution to assist with finding employment opportunities for their students.  The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used to help at-risk students find permanent, quality employment.

“Walmart has quickly become a critical partner in The Cara Program’s success training, placing and retaining high quality employees for Chicago area companies, and we are incredibly honored to have been selected as a Walmart Foundation grantee. This generous $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation will help The Cara Program to place over 310 motivated, but at-risk area residents into permanent, quality employment.  With corporate partners like Walmart, The Cara Program is able to empower hundreds of families to break the cycles of homelessness, poverty and unemployment every year,” says Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of The Cara Program.

The Cara Program was founded to prepare and inspire motivated individuals to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.  Since 1991, The Cara Program has placed more than 3,250 individuals into full-time, quality jobs at with leading Chicago area companies.

The grant was presented to Eric Weinheimer during a check presentation ceremony held today at The Cara Program. During the ceremony, John Bisio of Walmart presented the check during a morning Motivations session at the program’s headquarters.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting The Cara Program, and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said John Bisio of Walmart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that these residents will have an opportunity to get permanent jobs at a Chicago area company.”

The contribution to The Cara Program was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Last year in Illinois, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.1 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

 

Girls in the Game Receives $30,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Afterschool Curriculum

Chicago, IL July 26, 2012 – Girls in the Game today received a $30,000 contribution to assist with enlarging the reach of their After School program. The grant – which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program – will be used for After School program sports equipment, staff time, training for program coaches, healthy snacks and bus transportation.

“With this exceptional award from the Walmart Foundation, Girls in the Game has the opportunity to positively influence the lives of more Chicago girls than ever before, and engage families using sports, health and leadership education,” said Amy Skeen, Girls in the Game Executive Director.

The grant was presented to Amy Skeen during a check presentation ceremony held today at Union Park. During the ceremony, John Bisio of Walmart presented the check while students from the program looked on.

Girls in the Game is an organization that addresses the holistic health needs of girls ages 7 to 18 and equips them with the skills and confidence they need to become successful young women. Independent research shows that after one year of being involved, girls eat healthier, exercise more, have a more positive body image, and have enhanced social and leadership skills.

“The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting Girls in the Game, and are committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve,” said John Bisio of Walmart. “Through this grant, we are hopeful that these girls will have an opportunity to participate in afterschool programs that bring leadership and change to their communities.”

The contribution to Girls in the Game was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Illinois State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

Last year in Illinois, Walmart, Sam’s Club locations and the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $35.8 million in cash and in-kind donations to local organizations in the communities they serve in the state of Illinois.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.

Applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum eligibility criteria. Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

From February 2008 through January 2009, Walmart and its domestic and international Foundations awarded more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts, an $85.6 million increase over its global giving in the previous year. Walmart’s FYE 2009 giving breakdown:

  • In the U.S., Walmart gave more than $378 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $296 million in 2007.
  • In international markets, Walmart gave $45.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $41 million in 2007.
  • Globally, Walmart’s customers and associates gave more than $106 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities.
  • In total, Walmart, its Foundations, its customers and its associates supported communities around the globe with nearly $530 million in charitable contributions during FYE 2009.

 

About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. The Walmart Foundation funds initiatives focused on education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From Feb. 1, 2009 through Jan. 31, 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave more than $512 million in cash and in-kind gifts globally, $467 million of which was donated in the U.S. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

 

Walmart Funds Breakfast in the Classroom for Chicago U-46 Schools

Before cracking open their new notebooks or uncapping a new pen on the first day of school, thousands of students in Elgin Area School District U-46 sat down for the most important meal of the day. The district’s Breakfast in the Classroom program, funded by the Wal-Mart Foundation, was expanded for the 2012-2013 school year to include 10 schools and will provide a free breakfast for more than 6,300 students. “As a program, ‘Breakfast in the Classroom’ provides noticeable improvements to child behavior and concentration, as well as decreased tardiness and absenteeism,” Claudie Phillips, U-46 director of food and nutrition said in a news release. “This year, we look forward to seeing the benefits of the breakfast program impact the daily lives of our students and staff.”

Read more at the Chicago Daily Herald

 

Chicago Resident Says Hard-Won Walmart Good For Struggling Neighborhood

In the winter of 2000, when Bernita Johnson-Gabriel and her husband bought their graystone near 49th Street and Evans Avenue, they were certain they had chosen a safe and quiet area with a lot of potential. But months later, when the weather got warmer, drug dealers and gang bangers surfaced and began to hang out at a nearby nightclub. “We said, ‘What in the world have we gotten ourselves into?’” Johnson-Gabriel said. “We contacted our alderman, and her chief of staff told us one of the things we could do was form a block club. That’s what we did.” Johnson-Gabriel didn’t stop there. Last week when Wal-Mart announced it would build a new store on property once occupied in part by a liquor store, it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and proof that residents can change their community.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

DeKalb Walmart Raises Over $22,000 For Children’s Miracle Network

The DeKalb community has been very generous raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Chicago (now called Anne and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). From May 1 through June 15, Walmart runs a campaign to collect funds by asking customers at the front registers for donations. Funds also are raised through associate volunteer events such as face painting, selling root beer floats, cookouts, Scoopie night at Culver’s and selling Children’s Miracle Network merchandise in the store. The DeKalb store raised more than $22,000 in less than six weeks. The money raised will help 556 children get the services the hospital in Chicago provides.

Read more at the Daily Chronicle

 

 

Walmart abrirá tiendas en La Villita y Las Empacadoras

La cadena de tiendas Walmart confirmó que planea abrir dos Tiendas de Barrio -más chicas que sus tradicionales almacenes-, en los  vecindarios mayoritariamente latinos de Las Empacadoras y La Villita, ambos al sur de Chicago.

Los dos establecimientos abrirían el próximo año, y venderán principalmente comestibles, incluyendo productos lácteos, carnes y productos frescos. Las tiendas tendrán una farmacia con servicio completo, según un portavoz de la compañía.

Las tiendas estilo supermercado de barrio (Neighborhood Markets) son versiones reducidas de sus tradicionales Walmart “Supercenters” y por lo general son establecidas en zonas rurales y suburbanas.

La compañía espera abrir aproximadamente 80 de estos establecimientos en todo el país este año, reportó el diario Chicago Tribune.

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Villa Park Walmart Set To Celebrate Grand Re-Opening

A renovated Wal-Mart in Villa Park opened to the public Wednesday, June 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The renovation added 85 new jobs and 30,000 square feet of space to the store. In total, it will employ 300 people. The expansion adds a new fabrics and crafts department, complete grocery department, and a Celebration Station for party supplies, balloons, cards and cake supplies. The electronics section of the store was expanded to include Blu-ray devices, video game, portable electronics and a digital photo lab. The pharmacy was also relocated and is now near the health and beauty department.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune

 

SCORE Aims to Help Veterans

The Southeastern Illinois chapter of the Service Core of Retired Executives will be hosting a workshop geared toward veterans trying to start up business from 6 to 9 p.m. June 14 at the Days Inn in Mattoon on 300 Broadway Ave. Ted Ostrem, the SCORE assistant district director of Illinois, said the workshop, Simple Steps to Starting Your Own Business, is the most popular one they host. Walmart donated $500,000 to SCORE at the national level so veterans and family members of veterans can attend for free. Ostrem said the workshops normally costs $25. SCORE, founded in 1964, is a branch of the Small Business Administration, and the purpose of SCORE is to provide free and confidential counseling.

Read more at the Daily Eastern News