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PR Newswire Provides Grant to Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity in Cleveland
Date:1/5/2009

Cleveland-Based PR Newswire Staff Volunteer Time As Part of the Company's 'Doing Well by Doing Good' Initiative

CLEVELAND, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, two non-profit organizations serving the Cleveland community, were the recipients of cash grants and group volunteer hours from PR Newswire's Cleveland staff in 2008, PR Newswire announced today.

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As part of its 2008 Charitable Giving program, which focuses on 'Doing Well by Doing Good', PR Newswire employees voted on charities located in each area where the company has substantial operations. As a part of the program, employees volunteer their time to the organization as a group and the company makes cash donation. The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity were among the charities selected by PR Newswire's Cleveland office, and have already benefited from PR Newswire's volunteers and resources.

"The Ronald McDonald House relies on devoted volunteers to provide a supportive home and other resources for children who need special medical attention and their families," said Mary Jo Pecek, family services assistant, Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland. "PR Newswire's local staff has graciously given their time by lending a helping hand at events for the families staying at our facilities."

To date, PR Newswire employees assisted the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland by hosting a dinner for the families of sick children being treated at local Cleveland hospitals. At the event, PR Newswire volunteers barbequed food and interacted with the families. In the Cleveland office of PR Newswire, employees continue to help the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland by collecting soda can tabs to help them fundraise. Additionally, to further serve the 37 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland on any given night, PR Newswire employees post and collect items from the children's wish lists, which keep the house stocked with essential items.

The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland isn't the only organization benefiting from the good will of PR Newswire employees. Thus far, PR Newswire employees have participated in two "Build Days" with the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity. In the next few weeks, there are several days planned where PR Newswire volunteers will assist the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity on site, laying gravel and helping with handy work.

"Each year, PR Newswire employees in Cleveland are eager to help members of the community in need," said Kelly Kraus Mencke, member services representative and charitable giving advocate, PR Newswire. "While most PR Newswire offices selected one charity organization to work with, the Cleveland PR Newswire employees vowed to work with two worthy organizations. It has been valuable experience and I look forward to participating in more events in the future."

"Even though PR Newswire is a global company operating around the world, our employees find it rewarding to volunteer in their local communities," said Charles Gregson, chief executive officer, PR Newswire. "Many nonprofit organizations need financial resources, and while we are helping out with monetary grants, we still find that charities value a helping hand from dedicated volunteers as well. Our 2008 Charitable Giving Program allows our staff to be involved throughout the whole process, choosing worthy charities and coming together to work for them. The Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity are enormously admirable organizations and we are delighted to be able to support them in this way."

PR Newswire provides assistance to non-profit organizations in a number of different ways including through direct grants, volunteerism, in-kind donations and sponsorships. PR Newswire also matches employee fundraising, volunteering and individual donations.

About PR Newswire

PR Newswire Association LLC (http://www.prnewswire.com/) provides electronic distribution, targeting, measurement and broadcast services on behalf of tens of thousands of corporate, government, association, labor, non-profit, and other customers worldwide. Using PR Newswire, these organizations reach a variety of critical audiences including the news media, the investment community, government decision-makers, and the general public with their up-to-the-minute, full-text news developments.

Established in 1954, PR Newswire has offices in 14 countries and routinely sends its customers' announcements to outlets in more than 170 countries and in more than 40 languages. Utilizing the latest in communications technology, PR Newswire content is considered a mainstay among news reporters, investors and individuals who seek breaking announcements from the source. PR Newswire's leading services include ProfNet(SM), eWatch(TM), MEDIAtlas(TM), Search Engine Optimization, MediaRoom, MediaSense(TM), MultiVu(TM), U.S. Newswire, the preeminent policy newswire in the industry, Vintage Filings, the fastest growing Edgar filing company, and Hispanic PR Wire, LatinClips and Hispanic Digital Network, the foremost Hispanic communications services. PR Newswire is a subsidiary of United Business Media Limited, a leading global business media company that serves professional commercial communities around the world. For more information, go to www.unitedbusinessmedia.com.

About United Business Media Limited (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $2.5 billion.

About the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland

The mission of the Ronald McDonald House(R) of Cleveland, Inc. is to support families whose children are receiving treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. Since 1979, the House has provided a home away from home for over 30,000 families. Thanks to additional programs such as Family Rooms and Tools for Today and Tomorrow, the House is serving more families than ever before. Find out more about the House, and ways you can help, at www.clevelandrmh.org.

About the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1987, has given a chance for more than 160 families in thirteen different Cleveland neighborhoods to become homeowners. This is done through extensive collaborative work with each neighborhood in which we build. Habitat involves the entire community in the process of revitalizing our de-invested neighborhoods and brings multiple suburban resources into the central city!

Habitat for Humanity provides a hand-up, not a hand-out. Low-income working families are given an opportunity to make investments in themselves and their futures by building and buying their own home. All Habitat Partner Families complete at least 500 volunteer ("sweat equity") hours working side-by-side with volunteers. Habitat Partner Families purchase their home with a no-interest, no-profit mortgage. Habitat is dedicated to helping families become successful homeowners, to giving parents a chance to create a better life for their children and to adding valuable "stakeholders" to Cleveland's neighborhoods. To learn more visit our web site: www.clevelandhabitat.org.

CONTACT: Rachel Meranus, Vice President, Public Relations, PR Newswire, +1-201-360-6776, or rachel.meranus@prnewswire.com


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