July 3, 2017

Roseville Charity Receives Grant From North American Social Campaign

ROSEVILLE, MN (July 3, 2017) A Roseville charity, PeaceMaker Minnesota, was one of only two organizations in Minnesota to receive funding from Safe Fleet, a leading provider of fleet safety solutions headquartered in Belton, Missouri.

The $2,000 grant to PeaceMaker Minnesota is part of Safe Fleet’s United Against Bullying (UAB) initiative that stretches across North America. UAB paid out $50,000 to thirty-five organizations from Texas to Ontario and from British Columbia to New York.

“We are very honored to receive their funding and to enter into a partnership with United Against Bullying to help schools reduce bullying and teach kids positive relational skills,” said Dan McNeil, Executive Director of PeaceMaker Minnesota.

The $2,000 grant is sponsoring PeaceMaker Minnesota’s 50 x 50 bicycle ride along the Gateway and Brown’s Creek bike trails to Gasthuas Bavarian Hunter, a German restaurant near Stillwater. All funds raised will be used to help schools reduce bullying and teach kids to be peacemakers.

Founded in 1998, PeaceMaker Minnesota has been located in Roseville since 2001. To help create a more peaceful world, the organization assists K – 12 schools in Minnesota use best practices in youth violence prevention and develop sustainable funding to support their work.

To learn more about their mission or their July 29 bike ride, contact Mr. McNeil at 651-631-1604.

The Safe Fleet check was presented by Melissa Bauer, Operations Analyst at Prime Design, a Safe Fleet company located in West St. Paul.

In October 2012, sixteen-year-old Amanda Todd took her own life because she was bullied and didn’t know how to make it stop. A staff member at one of the Safe Fleet offices located nearby was personally affected by this tragedy and thought someone needed to take action to help stop bullying for all children. This was the beginning of Safe Fleet’s United Against Bullying social campaign.

"Our United Against Bullying initiative is truly allowing us to make a difference by partnering with schools and local leaders in the movement to empower youth to be upstanders," said Bauer. “Our vision is a world without bullying – full of kindness, empathy and safety.”

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Additional Contacts:

Melissa Bauer
Operations Analyst
Prime Design United Against Bullying Coordinator

Teresa Lynne
United Against Bullying Program Coordinator

PeaceMaker Minnesota Background Information: To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully. The yearly objective of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools to improve their results each year on a student survey about bullying and to help schools achieve results that are better than national benchmarks on 10 indicators.  

Founded in 1998, PeaceMaker Minnesota is a network of twenty-eight schools, public, private and charter, dedicated to providing a safe learning environment and to teaching social emotional skills.

May 11, 2017

Reach Society Awarded United Against Bullying Grant

(May 11, 2017) Teresa Lynne and Mike Bismeyer from SEON, Safe Fleet, visited Reach Child and Youth Development Society with a $1000 grant from their United Against Bullying initiative (UAB). A total of $50,000 was distributed to organizations in North America this year from UAB, the national social campaign of Safe Fleet, provider of safety solutions for fleet vehicles, and its subsidiaries.

Mike recounted how he and two others spearheaded the Anti-Bullying Campaign at SEON in 2013 after Amanda Todd’s cyber-bullying induced suicide. The Safe Fleet family of companies UAB program envisions safe and respectful environments for children and adults.

“Our United Against Bullying initiative is truly allowing us to make a difference and network with community heroes like the Reach Child and Youth Development Society,” said Mike Bismeyer, Seon Manager. “Their efforts to educate with inclusiveness and compassion are a perfect match with our belief that ‘Kindness is Cool’.”

The UAB funds will help Reach Child and Youth Development Society complete the playground at their new children’s development centre currently under construction in Ladner. The nature themed playground encourages imaginative play and will reduce discrimination as typically developing children and children with needs play and learn from each other in an inclusive environment.

The new Reach Centre in the heart of Ladner will allow more children to benefit from Reach programs as well as being a part of the community instead of apart from it. Once complete, the new three-story Reach Centre will serve as place of learning and belonging for children with special needs and their families. It will provide therapy and counseling rooms, youth program areas, specialized lending libraries, an inclusive pre-school with accessible playground, and expanded event space for municipal, business and community use.

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Alison Martin, Marketing Coordinator, Reach Child and Youth Development Society   
604-946-6622 ext337  

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