BROOKLYN, NY--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2015) - PALMco, a family owned and operated energy supply company, announced today that its commitment to DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit crowd funding platform where teachers can request classroom resources, has reached its fundraising goal of $25,000. The campaign reached over 11,500 students, completed funding for over 120 projects, and mobilized nearly 350 donors to contribute with PALMco matching each dollar. PALMco's latest commitment brings the total contributions to DonorsChoose.org projects to $75,000, all in support of local education initiatives in the communities that are served by the energy company.
In August 2015, PALMco launched a "Double Your Impact" fundraising campaign through DonorsChoose.org with a maximum goal of $25,000. PALMco elected projects with an environmental science theme costing $800 or less from schools in low-income communities in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. When projects were halfway funded by individual donors, PALMco's donation would complete the funding request.
This is the third commitment in a partnership between DonorsChoose.org and PALMco. With combined donations totaling $75,000, PALMco has reached over 30,000 students by mobilizing nearly 900 additional donors throughout the seven states in which they serve. By using the "Double Your Impact" model, other individuals are encouraged to make contributions knowing that its effect will multiply with PALMco's matching commitment.
"We are excited to continue to work with DonorsChoose.org to identify and provide tools to teachers who do not have sufficient resources," said Robert Palmese, President of PALMco Energy. "As a family man and businessman, I recognize the importance of an engaging education for our youth and the pivotal role it plays in the betterment of our communities and protection of our planet."
"My students are so excited to learn about science because of your donation!" said Dr. Lisa Ray, a 5th grade teacher at Erie Intermediate School in Ashtabula, Ohio whose project was funded by PALMco's latest campaign. "Many of them have never used a microscope and have commented on how interesting it is to see the cells of plants and animals up close. This really adds to their understanding and love of life science."
"Before my classroom received the donation, we just threw all recyclable materials in a paper box. Now my students are more aware of things that can be recycled and how recycling benefits our environment," said Cheryl Swierz, a teacher of adolescents with severe cognitive disabilities who also received desired materials through PALMco's donation. "Thanks to PALMco and DonorsChoose, my students have learned to apply recycling to their daily life skills and hopefully these skills will last a lifetime."
"Our partnership with PALMco continues to align perfectly with our mission to address educational inequity. We are so grateful to partner with PALMco for a third year to support so many environmental science classroom projects," said Kristina Joye Lyles, Partnership Manager at DonorsChoose.org.
This partnership is part of PALMco Cares, an ongoing effort to give back to the communities in which PALMco operates. Launched in December 2013, PALMco Cares' inaugural campaign donates $1 per month for each participating gas and/or electric account to the American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO).
For more information, testimonials, and photos on the environmental science projects that PALMco has funded, please visit http://www.donorschoose.org/classroom-support/palmco-energy-llcs-2015-2016-giving/20611100/?id=20611100&home=true
PALMco is a family owned and operated energy supply company (ESCO) that supplies electricity and natural gas in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Our family has been in the energy business for 77 years, and we dedicate ourselves to providing quality service, customer satisfaction, and dependable energy. For more information, please visit www.palmcoenergy.com.
Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at over half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than 1.9 million people have donated $368 million to projects that inspire them. All told, over 16.3 million students -- most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas -- have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.
Visit www.donorschoose.org/intro to hear Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story.