Pitney Bowes Government Solutions Volunteers to Support The Fishing School's "Extreme Makeover"
LANHAM, Md., August 26, 2009 - Volunteers from Pitney Bowes Government Solutions (PBGS) and their families are pitching in to assist during the reconstruction of The Fishing School, a Washington, DC-based organization that assists needy children and their families, as part of the ABC television show, “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.” PBGS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) and a corporate supporter of The Fishing School through the company’s Community Investments program.
Jon Love, president, PBGS and a board member of The Fishing School, mentioned that the school was selected by the show’s producers as one of two facilities in the Washington, DC-area that will receive a makeover.
“Pitney Bowes is proud of its contributions to the school and looks forward to being part of this very exciting project,” said Love. “Thanks to the generous contributions of local businesses as well as scores of individual volunteers, the community that The Fishing School supports will benefit greatly from this makeover.” He noted that the Pitney Bowes volunteers will assist by hosting various VIPs who visit the site during the reconstruction. Pitney Bowes is also an on-going supporter of the school and has provided assistance in obtaining resources.
Tom Lewis, founder of The Fishing School, stated that the newly-built facility will usher in a new beginning for The Fishing School. “Our new facility will allow us to nearly double the number of children and parents we serve. With this expansion however, comes an urgent request for donations to fund the new programs, purchase additional supplies and hire additional staff that the new center will enable,” he explained. “On behalf of the Fishing School, I am grateful to the producers of ‘Extreme Makeover’ for this wonderful opportunity, and for the assistance corporate partners such as Pitney Bowes have provided so that we can continue our mission of helping less fortunate children in the community.”
About The Fishing School
The Fishing School provides a safe haven, caring adults and academic support for vulnerable children and youth, ages 6-12, and empowers them to open doors to limitless possibilities. Its name and philosophy is inspired by the adage, “If you give a man a fish, you will feed him for a day. Teach him to fish, and he will feed himself for a lifetime.” The Fishing School’s updated adage is, “Teach a child to fish, change a generation.”
About Pitney Bowes
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