CABOT, Vt., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cabot Creamery Cooperative, the New England and upstate New York farm-family owned dairy cooperative widely known as the maker's of "The World's Best Cheddar," is announcing the winners of yet another successful round of Reward Volunteers 4.0. The program is a free and easy way for altruists to track the time they spend volunteering and to earn - rewards, including cash, gift cards, farm vacations, gift baskets, and a number of other prizes - for their uplifting efforts. Nearly 120,000 hours have been logged since the program's inception in 2012.
The revolutionary Reward Volunteers 4.0 iPhone App and web widget from Cabot Creamery Cooperative enables individuals and organizations to track the time they spend volunteering in their communities. At the end of each month, Cabot rewards them for their hard work, and for inspiring friends and family to do the same, with a variety of prizes. The more hours volunteers log, the more chances they have to win, both for themselves and the organizations they serve. Now in its fourth phase, the app has been updated with a number of new features and enhancements, and will honor its participating volunteers with more prizes than ever before.
Reward Volunteers 4.0 now includes All for Good integration, in collaboration with Points of Light, which manages postings of current and future volunteer opportunities, while at the same time allow volunteers to search for these opportunities by location. Other new features include updated Facebook integration, allowing participants to invite friends to the app via Facebook; 4-inch retina display support that utilizes the larger screens of the iPhone 5; and a tutorial that walks new users through their first post.
Today also marks the end of the third month of Reward Volunteers 4.0, which launched on August 14. Since then, more than 500 volunteers have logged more than 14,000 hours, benefitting nearly 600 organizations across the country.
One of those organizations is the Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center from Colorado County, Texas, a donor-supported 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured, and/or ill wildlife. "As the number of wildlife patients that we admit grows, so does our need for physical facilities in which to house them and to train them how to thrive in the wild," says Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski, the organization's director. "The next project we have lined up on our wish list is a large outdoor conditioning enclosure. We have the volunteer builders secured, the plans drawn up, and the site cleared, but still had ahead of us the daunting task of fundraising to purchase all the necessary construction supplies - that was until we were fortunate enough to win $1,000 from the Reward Volunteers program! Now we can immediately break ground on this life-saving project and provide even more animals with a second chance at life in the wild. We cannot thank Cabot Creamery enough for this outstanding opportunity to immediately help more wildlife in need."
Another of this month's winners is Marisa Nieves from the Give Kids the World Village and Big Brothers Big Sisters in Orlando, Florida, who will be treated to a farm stay at the Mountain View Inn Farm in Vermont. "I love spending my free time bringing joy to others and I love using the Reward Volunteers app," says Marisa. "The app allows me to track my volunteer hours and allows me the chance to win nice prizes and/or money for my charity. It's amazing for a company to reward people who do great things."
Among the many prizes available in Phase 4 of the program are:
- Thousands of dollars in cash prizes for individuals and organizations, including Grand Prizes of $5,000 for one non-profit and $1,500 for one individual
- A four-season weekend getaway for two (includes stays at Trapp Family Lodge, The Mountain Club on Loon, Higgins Beach Inn, The Nonantum Resort)
- Farm vacations to Liberty Hill Farm, Couture's Farm, Emergo Farms, Mountain View Inn, Escobar's Inn, and Sprout Creek Farm
- Family ski vacation to Smugglers Notch
- King Arthur Flour, National Cooperative Grocers Association, and Dakin Farm Gift Cards
- Danforth Mariner Pewter Oils Lamps
- Cabot Farm Family Gift Baskets and Cabot Cheddar Gift Packs
- Keurig Coffee Machines and a year's supply of Green Mountain Coffee
- Dansko Shoes
For a complete list of Reward Volunteers 4.0 prizes, visit rewardvolunteers.coop/prizes.php.
Reward Volunteers was conceived and created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative, and is sponsored by AARP Create the Good, All for Good, Marriott, Co+op Stronger Together, Hope for Women, Points of Light, and Volunteer Spot.
LATEST PRIZE WINNERS
$1,000 Prize for Non-Profit Organization
Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
$500 Prize for RV User
Shannon C., TN - Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
Liberty Hill Farm Vacation
Janet R., FL - G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida
Mountain View Inn Farm Vacation
Marisa N., FL - Give Kids the World
$100 King Arthur Flour Gift Card & Vermont Teddy Bear
Diana G., MO - St. Mary's Medical Center
$100 NCGA Gift Card
Donna S., NJ - Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
Stephen Kiernan Authentic Patriotism Books & $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Basket
Bob H., TX - DFW Wildlife Coalition
Nancy L., SC - Brookgreen Gardens
Beth R., IL - Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Tammy S., PA - Chester County SPCA
Sending Milk Books and Hope For Women Tagua Bracelets
Bridget Y., SC - City of Greer Police Department
Jeanie H., PA - Holy Trinity Catholic School
Karen D., NJ - Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
Kasey C., VA - The Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department
$75 Cabot Cheddar Gift Basket
Alisa C., NY - The Food Pantries
Farm Families Gift Basket
Gretchen D., HI - Girl Scouts of Hawai'i
A complete list of the organizations benefiting from the Reward Volunteers can be accessed at: http://www.cabotcheese.coop/orgs.html
ABOUT CABOT CREAMERY COOPERATIVE
Cabot Creamery Cooperative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of "The World's Best Cheddar," Cabot is owned by the 1200 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast's premier dairy cooperative, with farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information on Cabot, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.
Cabot Creamery Cooperative is the world's first cheese maker and dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.
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