Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Comerica Bank expands annual Shred Day to collect food for metro Detroiters in need.
It’s the heart of summer and you’re hosting family barbecues, pool parties and other get-togethers, but your kitchen table is full of old bills, invoices and bank statements. Spring cleaning has passed but you just couldn’t bring yourself to throw these sensitive documents in the trash. What if a dumpster diver digs through your garbage can? Or an identity thief steals your sensitive personal information?
According to Javelin Strategy & Research’s most recent identity fraud report, more than 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2012. That’s one victim every three seconds.
On a recent Saturday, Comerica Bank teamed up with Iron Mountain Incorporated and CBS Detroit to host its sixth annual free community Shred Day to help metro Detroiters fight against identity theft. This year’s event, held at Comerica Bank’s Livonia Operations Center, offered community members the same shredding and recycling services as years past but expanded to include a food collection benefitting Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.
“Nobody wants to think about identity theft and many believe it could never happen to them,” said Linda Forte, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Comerica Bank. “It’s our hope that Shred Day not only helps prevent identity theft but raises awareness of its seriousness.”
Comerica called for metro Detroiters’ old invoices, bank statements, medical records and other important documents to be shredded and the community responded. In the end, nearly 1,400 cars passed through, dropping off more than 74,100 pounds of paper that was shredded.
Shred Day participants didn’t have to worry about their paper waste polluting the environment or ending up in landfills because Iron Mountain transported all shredded material to paper mills to be turned into pulp for recycled paper.
This year, Comerica decided to expand its commitment to the community by capitalizing on the popularity of Shred Day and asking metro Detroiters to bring donations of nonperishable food items when dropping off their sensitive documents. Turning out to be the right move, Gleaners volunteers collected more than 3,050 pounds of assorted food and nearly $2,300 in donations which will provide more than 9,400 meals to the hungry in Southeast Michigan.
“Based on the popularity of previous years, we knew the need for identity theft education and prevention was there and so we offered shredding services again,” said Forte. “But this year we decided to fill another need by encouraging Shred Day visitors to drop off food donations benefitting Gleaners, and the amount of support we received was truly inspiring.”
Fitting in with Comerica’s team-oriented culture, Shred Day was made possible by the nearly 40 volunteers from departments throughout the bank, including Business Affairs, Corporate Communications, Corporate Legal, Corporate Security, Fraud Services, Marketing and Records Retention.
“Shred Day is not only popular in the communities we serve but has garnered support internally. Our colleagues look forward each year to helping people protect their identity through this special one-day event,” said Forte.
Community Shred Day was established in 2008 by Comerica Bank-Michigan with the help of Iron Mountain. With its Michigan Market success catching the eye of national leadership, Shred Day has since been replicated in Dallas, San Jose and Houston.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:18
Presidential Author Bankole Thompson to Emcee Nation's Largest Black Christian Denomination Inaugural Banquet in Augus
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
CORALVILLE, IA-JULY 23- The Church of God in Christ Inc (COGIC), the largest
African American Christian denomination in the country, has invited Bankole
Thompson, one of the most influential writers in media and politics and
author of two books on President Obama, to serve as the Master of Ceremonies
at the Aug.12 COGIC 2013 Inaugural Banquet at the Marriott Hotel in downtown
The banquet is the official celebration of the re-election of the nationally
renowned and powerful Bishop PA Brooks to the General Board of COGIC. Brooks
was also re-appointed to the Office of First Assistant Presiding Bishop
making him the number two minister overseeing the 6.5million membership of
Bishop Brooks was re-appointed to the number two spot in COGIC by Presiding
Bishop Charles Blake, who is a member of the White House faith-based
Bishop Blake is the keynote speaker at the Inaugural Banquet.
Bishop Brooks, one of the leading Christian voices on contemporary issues in
America today, who was Guest Chaplain of the 102nd Congress, wrote the
foreword to Bankole Thompson's recent book on the Obama presidency titled
"Obama and Christian Loyalty."
Former White House spokesman Robert S. Weiner who wrote the epilogue to the
book called Thompson "one of the most influential writers in the Obama era."
Bishop Brooks described Thompson who is editor of the Michigan Chronicle as
a "voice that matters," in the African American experience when he
introduced Thompson as the Sunday morning keynote speaker at New St. Paul
Tabernacle Church of God in Christ Black History celebration.
Thompson's book deals with President Obama's faith posture, the politics of
the religious right, role of religion in American politics and the influence
of black theology on black politics as well as the impact of Obama's former
pastor Rev Jeremiah Wright on the historic 2008 campaign. Thompson is one of
the first black journalists in the nation to have a series of sit-down
interviews with President Obama.
Bishop Brooks, the founding senior pastor of New St. Paul Tabernacle Church
of God in Christ in Detroit, has been a critical and respected voice in the
city's civic and religious communities. He was the first religious leader in
Detroit to call on former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to resign from office at
the start of the scandals that rocked the city.
A man of impeccable integrity and insight, Brooks, is not swayed by
political expediency and has used his national influence to address economic
and political empowerment for African Americans. Through many projects
including Faith Community Mortgage, Brooks continues to help African
American homeowners deal with the mortgage crisis, and has been catalyst to
a lot of initiatives that centered around empowering and enhancing the
influence of African Americans in different industries.
As the jurisdictional leader of the Northeast Michigan- Ontario COGIC
jurisdiction, Bishop Brooks presides over 300 bishops in Ontario, Canada,
Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, and has guided more than 50 ministers build new
churches within the jurisdiction.
Bishop Brooks has met and prayed with world leaders including President Bill
Clinton as well as anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who welcomed him at
the airport in South Africa when he visited that nation.
In his foreword to "Obama and Christian Loyalty," Brooks wrote "Bankole
Thompson knows and proves that outlining a correct relationship between
American Christians and the President requires a careful look at the actual
policies of the man and the real voice of Scripture, nothing less than an
educated understanding of both politics and religion."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 16:56
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
Tuesday, July 23rd, The Children's Center is hosting a Living Whole Speaker Series with the topic of discussion to focus on mental health and faith. The panel will feature an interfaith discussion aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental illness. The goal is to provide a framework for understanding mental illess symptoms, behaviors and strategies for successful support and treatment through partnerships with the faith sectors of the community.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:10
Category: Community Written by Patrick Keating, Chronicle Staff Writer
(Photo courtesy the Troy Public Library)
The Troy Public Library is offering a free, two-week program called "Computer Skills for the Job Seeker." Over a course of 30 hours, attendees will learn how to organize their computer files; create an electronic resume in Microsoft Word; communicate with employers via E-Mail; apply for jobs online; successfully interview; and stay in contact using social network websites.
There will also be plenty of time for individualized one-on-one assistance, and a comprehensive workbook. The sessions will be held in the Library Training Room. All classes will be taught by the Library's award-winning staff.
The program will be offered September 30-October 10 from 4-8 p.m. Apply at troylibrary.info/jobseekers
Another free program, entitled "What Employers Really Want", is being offered on July 30 from 10:15 am to 11:15 a.m. This panel discussion with local business experts will address about what to emphasize when going on that all-important job interview.
The panelists include Jessica Hammond, vice president, talent acquisition, United Shore Financial Services; Troy City Manager Brian Kischnick; Lisa Palo, talent acquisition, Altair; and Jennifer Robert, vice president of information technology, Genisys Credit Union.
Library Director Cathy Russ will moderate the discussion.
Job skills programs are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Troy Public Library, which has been supporting the library since 1958. http://friendstpl.org/
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 14:50
Detroit Institute Of Arts To Examine And Photograph Rare Preparatory Drawings Of Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry Murals
Category: Community - Original Written by Amber Bogins
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will examine and digitally photograph 13 full-scale drawings, known as cartoons, created by Diego Rivera in his preparation for painting the DIA's internationally renowned Detroit Industry murals. The drawings have not been looked at in more than 30 years, and have never been digitally photographed. The project will take place from July 22 to Aug. 2 and is made possible by a grant from Bank of America's Art Conservation Project. The grant will also fund any necessary conservation work on the delicate drawings.
Due to their fragility and size, the cartoons cannot be loaned to other museums and were last on view in the 1986 exhibition Diego Rivera: A Retrospective. When not on display, the drawings are housed in a climate-controlled custom storage space in the museum.
"Bank of America's generous grant enables us to establish a much needed digital record of these significant drawings," said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. "Because the drawings are too fragile to leave the museum, the digital photographs will provide researchers and scholars access to an important aspect of Rivera's work."
Rivera completed the Detroit Industry in 1933, and considered them to be his most successful work. The murals are based on the then state-of-the-art Ford Motor Company River Rouge Plant. Rivera drew the 13 cartoons in 1932 in preparation for the murals and gave them to the museum upon completion of the work.
Five of the drawings will be part of a 2015 exhibition at the DIA featuring the work of Rivera and Frida Kahlo created during their time in Detroit. The cartoons will provide insight into Rivera's working process and allow visitors to have a better understanding of how the Detroit Industry murals were created. The grant also provides for mounts with a custom-built lighting scheme and climate control that will make the cartoons suitable for public display.
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of degeneration, including works that have been designated as national treasures. Since 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 25 countries for 57 conservation projects through the Global Art Conservation Project. In 2012, the program supported the restoration of a diverse range of works, including Picasso's Woman Ironing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tintoretto's Paradise at the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid; the reassembly and preservation of the illuminated manuscripts of the Anvar-I Suhayli at the CSMVS Museum, Mumbai; and five paintings by Marc Chagall at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. In 2013, the list of recipients has grown once again to include the restoration of 24 projects in 16 countries.
"As art conservation consumes ever greater portions of tightened museum budgets, the need for private arts funding has become even more critical," said Matt Elliott, Michigan Market President, Bank of America. "We are honored to help preserve a work of art that is culturally and historically significant to Detroit, a city in which we have done business for more than 120 years."
Bank of America support for the arts is diverse and global, and includes loans of its art collection to museums at no cost, sponsorships, grants to arts organizations for arts education, and the preservation of cultural treasures.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:03
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