Associations in Action

A look at what associations are doing to help their communities.

The American Bus Association donated $45,000 to the Yellow Ribbon Fund as a part of its Marketplace Gives Back program. Each year, ABA thanks the Marketplace host city by raising money for a local charitable cause. For 2010, ABA raised money for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region through the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which assists injured service members and their families.

The National Association of Letter Carriers held its annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, on May 8. The food drive supports Second Harvest Heartland, a Midwest hunger-relief organization. In the weeks before May 8, mail customers were given blue donation bags and asked to fill them with nonperishable, nonbreakable food items. Then on May 8, letter carriers collected the donations on their regular routes. Text donations of $5 were also taken on May 9.

At an eight-day free medical and dental healthcare event, the California Dental Hygienists' Association gathered its members together to provide free dental care to thousands at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. The event, known as Remote Access Medical, took place from April 27 to May 3.

The World Pet Association held its 21st annual America's Family Pet Expo from April 16 to 18 in Costa Mesa, California. The expo resulted in 668 animal adoptions, breaking the previous record of 560 animals. WPA helps promote responsible pet care and helps pet adoption agencies find homes for animals.

AARP teamed up with Walgreens to kick off the second leg of its two-year AARP/Walgreens Wellness Tour on April 21. The mobile health-screening tour plans to provide more than 2.5 million free health screenings by April 2011 in communities around the United States. The screenings include total cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference, and body mass index. In addition to the health screening, participants are given free, one-year AARP memberships.

The Country Music Association plans to donate half of its net proceeds from the annual CMA Festival to help with flood relief in Nashville, Tennessee. The money will specifically go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The CMA festival will take place in Nashville from June 10 to 13.