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A vital source of local news and information, Newsday Media Group also supports a host of community and philanthropic efforts that further unite, strengthen and celebrate Long Island.
The company’s GreenStreet LI initiative engages Long Islanders in “going green” and saving money, energy and the local environment through customized weekly content in Newsday, a greenstreetli.com website, and newsletters, commercials and community events.
Meanwhile, Newsday’s www.newsday.com/futurecorps program helps build civic leaders by providing local kindergarten through college students with ideas, guidance and resources to develop community service projects that improve life on Long Island. Throughout the school year, the program salutes the power of doing by spotlighting FutureCorps students in action in Newsday and on www.newsday.com/futurecorps, where projects are brought to life through video and photos.
Adding to these efforts is one of Newsday’s oldest community initiatives, its annual Marching Band Festival. Every October for almost 50 years, the Festival brings Long Island communities together for three nights in celebration of music, featuring extraordinary performances by dozens of local high school bands. Each band is featured on www.newsday.com and highlights are captured by parent company Cablevision’s MSG Varsity for its television and online services.
Newsday also recognizes exceptional high school artists through its Scholar Artist Awards, and tackles Long Island's high breast cancer rates with its Newsday.com/lifesvictories program, which features information and stories of inspiration shared by local breast cancer survivors in Newsday and on newsday.com during the month of October.
Newsday’s philanthropic efforts are carried out in large measure through Newsday Charities, which provides critical support to local non-profit organizations that care for Long Island children and families at risk. A fund of the McCormick Foundation, this fundraiser and grant maker has channeled nearly $6 million to local human service agencies since 2000 to help conquer homelessness, substance abuse, illiteracy and hunger.
Grant support is made possible by donations from readers and local businesses to Newsday Charities’ two annual public campaigns: the Help-A-Family holiday campaign, which raises money for a range of family service programs; and the Kids Campaign, which funds safe, enriching summer programs for at-risk children. Because Newsday and the Foundation underwrite all of the campaigns’ administrative costs, 100 percent of every dollar donated, plus a 50 percent match from the McCormick Foundation, goes directly to dedicated Long Island non-profits serving families in need.