CABOT, Vt., May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Today Cabot Creamery Cooperative announced its third round of winners in the Reward Volunteers Program. The 25 top individual performers collectively gave nearly 3,000 hours to the volunteer organizations and charities of their choice during the month of April.
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"As we pass the halfway point of the program, it's great to watch Reward Volunteers grow each month," says Cabot Director of Marketing/Integrated Services Jen Neary, who worked with Chalo, Inc., a Vermont-based startup, to create the Reward Volunteers iPhone and computer widget. "Almost 700 volunteer organizations are now benefiting from Reward Volunteers. It is important to the dairy farm families that we recognizethose who give their time, skills and energy to make their communities better."
Reward Volunteers uses Facebook Connect to enable participants to log their volunteer activity and share the volunteer experience with friends via Facebook, email, and the app itself. The more hours logged, the more 'likes' and 'comments' received, and emails opened, the more likely participants are to win prizes each month, now until July 7, 2012, the weekend the final grand prizes are awarded.
Since the February 14 launch date, hundreds of volunteers have used Reward Volunteers to track the service that improves their communities. They've logged time working at food banks, women's shelters, animal rescue centers and hundreds of other vital non-profits across the nation.
The top performers for the third month have been selected as April's Reward Volunteers Winners of the Month.
"I am so excited," said Ashley Rosendale, a volunteer at the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey, a non-profit organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned animals."I don't volunteer for the recognition, but I think the Reward Volunteers program is absolutely wonderful. It is so nice to know that there are people out there who care about what you are doing for your community."
Otherthird round winners include Reward Volunteers users from across the nation who've won Cabot Cheddar gift baskets, Gardner's Supply Company Gift Cards, Ski Vermont Ski Passes and a vacation for four to Liberty Hill Farm in Rochester, Vermont.
April Reward Volunteers Winners
Ashley Rosendale, Newton, NJ - Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary
Cabot Gift Basket
Heather C., Illinois - Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary
Kayla S., Vermont - Community Friends Mentoring
Marty H., North Carolina - ZOE Ministry
Gardner's Supply $200 Gift Card
Russell S., Washington, DC - AmeriCorps
Ryan D., Colorado - Redemption City Church
Tim Y., New York - Puppetry Arts
Ski Vermont Ski Passes
Grace P., Massachusetts - Boston Food Pantry
Jill S., Wyoming - Children & Nutrition Services
Elise B., Vermont - Relay for Life of Chittenden
Laura M. - Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet
Janet R., Florida - G.R.E.A.T. Rescue of NE Florida
Patti W., Florida - Manor Oaks Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Thomas S., New York - RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)
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
United Nations Declares 2012 "International Year of Cooperatives"
2012 recognized by the UN as the International Year of Cooperatives. As proud members of the Cooperative Community, Agri-Mark and its Cabot and McCadam brands support and promote the cooperative business model in recognition of the fact that cooperatives drive the economy, respond to social change, are resilient to global economic crisis and are serious, successful businesses creating jobs in all sectors. To learn more about the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives, go to: 2012 IYC
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