CABOT, Vt., Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In just one month, Reward Volunteers 4.0 will announce the Grand Prize winners of the fourth phase of the highly successful program, which began on August 14, 2013. On Valentine's Day, one deserving non-profit organization will be awarded $5,000 in cash, and other volunteers will be treated to vacation packages, gift baskets featuring Cabot Creamery Cooperative's award-winning cheddar, and other prizes. Today also marks the end of another month of Reward Volunteers activity, and Cabot is announcing December's winners.
"Reward Volunteers 4.0 has been a resounding success for the volunteer community," says Jen Neary, Cabot Director of Marketing & Integrated Services. "As of today, 570 volunteers have logged more than 24,000 hours, to the benefit of 647 organizations across the country. Since the program's inception in February 2012, more than 125,000 volunteer hours have been registered."
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 allowing 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.
In addition to the $5,000 Grand Prize for one amazing non-profit organization, one individual will be awarded $1,500 in cash for their volunteer efforts, while another hard-working volunteer will receive a 4-Season Weekend Getaway for Two at four different New England resorts: Trapp Family Lodge; Mountain Club at Loon; Higgins Beach Inn; and Nonantum Resort.
One of December's winners is Nancy Launi of North Myrtle Beach, SC. "I have been a volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens, one of the most beautiful places in America, for eight years," says Launi. "I have been using Reward Volunteers for one-and-a-half years. So far, I have been rewarded with almost 18 pounds of delicious Cabot cheese! My goal is to get a lot of my fellow volunteers logging hours through Reward Volunteers to earn something for Brookgreen Gardens. Thank you so much to everyone at Cabot Creamery Cooperative!"
Another of this month's winners is Stacy Howard, who will receive a Keurig Machine and a supply of Green Mountain Coffee. "I love using the Reward Volunteers app on my iPhone to log the hours I spend volunteering at Ferris High School," says Howard. "It is rewarding to see the hours add up and know that I am making a positive difference at the school. Posting my hours on Facebook through the Reward Volunteers App encourages others to join me."
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 4-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
- Vermont Teddy Bear
- Thorncrest Farm Milk Chocolates
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
$100 Dakin Farm Gift Card
Cindy S., CA – 8th District PTA
Authentic Patriotism by Stephen Kiernan & $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Basket
Jeremy G., WI – USO of Wisconsin
Mary D., SC – Brookgreen Gardens
$100 King Arthur Flour Gift Card & VT Teddy Bear
Melissa R., NH – Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
Liberty Hill Farm Vacation
Denis H., FL – Give Kids the World
Sending Milk by Skye Chalmers & $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Basket
Gisele P., ME – The Iris Network
Brittany H., TX – Junior League of Arlington
Laura B., MD – Boy Scouts of America
Amy M., TN – Walden's Puddle Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center
Keurig Machine & Coffee
Stacey Howard, WA – Ferris High School
Farm Families Gift Basket
Princess T., NJ – Community FoodBank of New Jersey
Corporate Sustainability Management by Mark McElroy & $25 Cabot Gift Basket
Nancy Launi., SC - Brookgreen Gardens
Jeanne H., SC - Brookgreen Gardens
Hager Farm New England Gift Box & $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Basket
Robin K., OH – Soldiers' Angels
1lb of Thorncrest Farm Milk House Chocolates
Kasey M., MA – Samuel Watson Elementary School
Dick S., MA – Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity
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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