Best U.S. Neighbor Award-2011 Finalists

Meet the Finalists:

Capital One Financial Corporation

The Capital One Investing for Good Volunteer Program is designed to share associates’ expertise and passion with the company's communities. Investing for Good supports Capital One's overarching goal of expanding economic opportunity by focusing on four areas: Financial Literacy, Affordable Housing, Small Business/Workforce Development, and Education.

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FedEx launched EarthSmart Outreach to support the development of sustainable U.S. cities through the conservation and restoration of parks, waterways, and green spaces. All projects leverage charitable dollars, expertise, and volunteer support from FedEx team members to make communities sustainable.

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A 2010 study revealed that one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. These mothers have had to cut back on basics such as food and utilities in order to provide enough diapers. Yet there is little help for these mothers and babies as many community-based organizations don’t provide diapers; neither do food assistance programs. Huggies® "Every Little Bottom" was created with a single mission – to help get diapers to babies in need.

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The Pepsi Refresh Project (PRP) is supporting innovative ideas in communities throughout the United States. Each month in 2010, Pepsi awarded $1.2 million via 30+ grants, ranging from $5,000 to $250,000, to organizations and individuals bringing great ideas to life. In 2010 1,000+ grantees across 43 states received funding and more than $20 million dollars in grant money was distributed.

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UnitedHealth Group

Diabetes and prediabetes affect 105 million people in the U.S. and more than half of all Americans could develop these conditions by 2020, at a cost of $3.35 trillion over the next decade. UnitedHealth Group is applying vast resources and technological expertise to create an integrated diabetes prevention and management portfolio to help reverse this public health crisis.

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About the Best U.S. Neighbor Award

“The Citizen” award for this category goes to companies, accredited local or state chambers, or trade associations with U.S.-focused community service projects. Finalists exemplify the ability of the business sector to demonstrate social or civic leadership through a single strategic initiative.