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xpedx Awards $75,000 to More than 20 Non-Profits and Schools

February 14, 2012
CINCINNATI, OH—Feb. 14, 2012—On behalf of its employees, xpedx is presenting grants totaling $75,000 to more than 20 non-profit organizations and schools in the U.S. with funding through the International Paper Foundation. xpedx is a premier distribution business of International Paper.
A significant portion of those funds—$20,000—has been provided to six Greater Cincinnati area organizations on behalf of International Paper and xpedx employees based throughout the Cincinnati area, including IP’s Cincinnati Technology Center in Loveland, Ohio, where xpedx is headquartered. Awards were announced by Rick Ouellette, xpedx’s vice president, Communications, at a recent breakfast event for grant recipients at the xpedx headquarters.
“These IP Foundation grants represent one way our xpedx business can give back to communities where we operate and be a great neighbor,” Ouellette said. “And, our support of non-profit organizations and schools reaches beyond dollars. IP and xpedx employees also recognize the need to volunteer their time and energy in the surrounding communities to help make a difference throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.”
The IP Foundation’s primary focus is on environmental education and literacy. It also provides short-term, critical civic needs in the communities where IP and xpedx have operating facilities and for organizations outside the focus areas where its employees actively volunteer.
At the breakfast, Ouellette thanked the grant recipients for all their outstanding work, care and concern in the communities and schools throughout Cincinnati. “IP and xpedx consider it an honor to be associated with each and every one of you,” he said.
In addition to monetary funds, xpedx provides educational materials – Butterfly Kits and National Geographic subscriptions – to promote environmental education and literacy.
The organizations that were awarded grant money include:
Greater Cincinnati:

• Dress for Success Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, awarded funds to help cover expenses related to engaging women in the work force. (grant amount: $3,000)
• Eastway Corporation, Dayton, OH, awarded funds for educational software systems, housing services, case management and forensic psychiatry programs. ($3,500)
• Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, Cincinnati, OH, awarded funds to help finance events for nursing home residents. ($4,000)
• Ninth District School, Covington, KY, awarded funds to help finance its Earth Day Every Day Environmental Education Project. ($3,000)
• SIDS Network of Ohio, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, awarded funds to help provide safe sleep t-shirts to newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. ($4,823)

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