At ION, we recognize the impact of supporting the communities in which we live and operate. As we continue to expand our global presence, we have made it a priority to take on a growing leadership role in community affairs. Educational support, community involvement and medical research are just three cornerstones of our community affairs initiatives.
Fund for Teachers
The Fund for Teachers, founded by Raymond Plank - Chairman of the Board of Apache Corporation, is a non-profit organization providing educational grants to teachers for summer sabbaticals. Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities.
How we help: Since 2008, ION has been a key sponsor of the Annual Fund Run for Teachers. In addition to a financial contribution, each year the company sponsors a team and nearly 50 ION employees race to support local teachers.
Learn more about Fund for Teachers at www.fundforteachers.org.
The Tenderfeet Education Center is a school for orphans and other vulnerable children of pre-school to second grade age in Nairobi, Kenya. Tenderfeet children are victims of extreme poverty, living in households making $1 or $2 per day. The school provides the children with the three things they need to prepare for a better life - food, education and hope.
How we help: Beginning as a grass-roots initiative in 2009, a group of ION employees organized a creative fundraiser for the Tenderfeet Kids. Coined Fudgesicle Friday, the ION Tenderfeet team tours ION's Houston headquarters selling cool refreshments in exchange for donations to Tenderfeet. All proceeds from Fudgesicle Fridays help to care and feed the children of the Tenderfeet Education Center.
Learn more about the Tenderfeet Education Center at www.TenderfeetKids.org.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a difference in the 30,000 lives that suffer from this devastating disease. In 1989, CF-funded scientists discovered the defective gene known to cause cystic fibrosis, which was considered a major breakthrough in curing the disease. Today the Foundation continues to do research in support of their efforts. There are now more than 30 potential new treatments in various stages of development and clinical trials are showing great promise with two drugs that actually treat the root cause of CF.
How we help: Since 1999, ION has held annual golf tournaments to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2010, we raised $17,000 for the foundation and we hope to continue this event for years to come.
Learn more about Cystic Fibrosis at www.cff.org.