Tom's of Maine Rewards Nonprofits Helping People and the Planet with More than $1 Million in Funding

Americans Voiced #OneWaytoHelp in their Communities, 52 Organizations to Benefit

Dec 14, 2015, 12:00 ET from Tom's of Maine

KENNEBUNK, Maine, Dec. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Tom's of Maine is thanking the thousands of engaged Americans who jumped into action on their social media pages and shared #OneWaytoHelp in their communities. The natural personal care leader has given 10% of profits back since 1970 and is awarding consumers' favorite nonprofits with more than $1 million in funding, as part of its 2015 50 States for Good community giving program.

Each nonprofit will receive $20,000 to advance important community projects such as helping families find affordable housing, providing assistance to those affected by autism and developing sustainable gardens in urban areas.

"This year's nonprofit recipients bring to life an inspiring picture of the care that Americans have for each other and their communities," said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom's of Maine. "People often think giving back to their community is time intensive, and we wanted to show there are easy ways to make a difference, like raising awareness for a cause you love and supporting brands that strive to make the world a better place for future generations."

Since 2009, the Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good community giving program has given more than $2.1 million to hundreds of nonprofits across the nation. This year's 50 States for Good recipients are:

·   Sitka Local Foods Network

Sitka, Alaska

·   KultureCity

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

·   Lucie's Place

Little Rock, Arkansas

·   Shoebox Ministry

Scottsdale, Arizona

·   Little Red Bird Animal Sanctuary

Corona, California

·   Sarah's Home

Peyton, Colorado

·   Random Hacks of Kindness, Jr.

Woodbury, Connecticut

·   DC Youth Orchestra Program

Washington, D.C.

·   VSA Delaware, Arts Center/Gallery

Dover, Delaware

·   Outreach Autism Services Network

Ocala, Florida

·   Global Village Project

Decatur, Georgia

·   North Kohala Community Resource Center

Hawi, Hawaii

·   C&W Rustic Hollow Shelter

Nashua, Iowa

·   Environmental Resource Center

Ketchum, Idaho

·   Christian Activity Center

East St. Louis, Illinois

·   Hancock County Children's Choir

New Palestine, Indiana

·   Louisburg Middle School Students Against Destructive Decisions

Louisburg, Kansas

·   Logan County Humane Society

Russellville, Kentucky

·   Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

·   Lorraine's Soup Kitchen & Pantry

Chicopee, Massachusetts

·   Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts

Brooklyn Park, Maryland

·   End 68 Hours of Hunger

York Harbor, Maine

·   Sweet Dreamzzz Inc.

Farmington, Michigan

·   Misfit Acres Inc.

Amboy, Minnesota

·   The Free Clinic of Meridian

Meridian, Mississippi

·   Food Outreach

St. Louis, Missouri

·   Flathead Food Bank

Kalispell, Montana

·   Union College Foot Clinic

Lincoln, Nebraska

·   Consensus Council, Inc.

Bismarck, North Dakota

·   NAMI New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire

·   Reading Works

Albuquerque, New Mexico

·   Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Charlotte, North Carolina

·   Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey 

Trenton, New Jersey

·   Carson Valley Arts Council

Minden, Nevada

·   City Growers

Long Island City, New York

·   Make It Fit

Westerville, Ohio

·   Western Oklahoma Family Care Center

Elk City, Oklahoma

·   Cascades Raptor Center

Eugene, Oregon

·   Mighty Writers

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

·   Rhode Island Mentoring Partnership

Warwick, Rhode Island

·   Begin with Books/Palmetto Project

Charleston, South Carolina

·   Sioux YMCA

Dupree, South Dakota

·   Camp Wesley Woods

Townsend, Tennessee

·   Borderzine

El Paso, Texas

·   Wasatch Community Gardens

Salt Lake City, Utah

·   City Schoolyard Garden Program

Charlottesville, Virginia

·   Intervale Center

Burlington, Vermont

·   Free2Luv

Seattle, Washington

·   Jefferson County Christmas Neighbors

Jefferson, Wisconsin

·   Gorilla Youth Inc.

Nutter Fort, West Virginia

·   Jackson Hole Children's Museum

Jackson, Wyoming

One lucky winner – Play-Place for Autistic Children in Sterling Heights, Michigan – was selected through a "$20,000 toothpaste tube" promotion that asked consumers to submit a valid Tom's of Maine UPC code for a chance to win funding for their favorite nonprofit.

To learn more about this year's winners, visit http://blog.tomsofmaine.com/index.php/50sfg/.

About Tom's of Maine
Tom's of Maine is a leading natural products company focused on oral and personal care carrying high quality toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss, antiperspirant, deodorant, bar soap, lip balm and  baby shampoo and lotion products. Our Stewardship Model guides every decision we make ensuring that our ingredients, processing, and packaging meet our rigorous standards for being natural, sustainable, and responsible. For over 45 years, Tom's of Maine has invested in hundreds of nonprofit efforts by giving 10% of its profits back to organizations that support people and the planet and by encouraging employees to use 5% (12 days) of paid time to volunteer. Tom's of Maine employees regularly contribute suggestions for improving the company's high sustainability standards. And their ideas, from wind power to ways to improve recycled and recyclable packaging options, are critical to the company's sensitive way of doing business. Most Tom's of Maine products are vegan, kosher and halal certified and gluten-free. All packaging is recyclable through a partnership with upcycling leader TerraCycle or participating municipalities. Tom's of Maine values partnering with its consumers, suppliers and community organizations to support lasting, positive change that is good for people and the planet. To learn more visit us online at http://www.tomsofmaine.com/ or at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine.

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