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Allison Austin Helps North Texas Charities Fight Cancer

Every year since 2011, ORIX employee Allison Austin has volunteered at Camp iHope, a weeklong summer camp in Anna, Texas, for pediatric cancer patients and their siblings. “The kids get to just be kids instead of cancer patients,” Allison says. “It’s amazing to see their smiles and know that you’re creating a lifetime memory for them.” This annual tradition is just one volunteer opportunity that Allison takes part in through her involvement with Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC), an organizat
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Girl Scout Rebecca Short Turned a Childhood Hobby into a Lifelong Passion

When you think of the Girl Scouts, thoughts of Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs may spring to mind, but the organization is about much more than its popular cookies. Since 1912, the Girl Scouts organization has been delivering on its mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character—girls who grow up to be admirable women like Rebecca Short, Internal Audit Manager for ORIX USA. Having joined the Girl Scouts in first grade, Rebecca is now a member and periodic volunteer—meaning she hel
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ORIX Employees Lend a Hand to the Homeless by Volunteering at The Bridge

Every Wednesday morning, you’ll find Leveraged Finance Associate Hunter Foreman at The Bridge, helping to serve food and drinks to the homeless. “I wanted to find a place that I could go to regularly and a place where I felt I was making a meaningful contribution,” Hunter says. And he found that place a few years ago at The Bridge, a homeless assistance center located in the Farmers Market district of downtown Dallas. This 24/7 facility serves breakfast, lunch and dinner almost daily, and also
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Tyler Probst Leaves a Lasting Impression on Students by Volunteering with Handshake America

“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best you are capable of becoming.” The words of John Wooden—record-winning college basketball coach—struck a chord with Doug Probst, the uncle of RED Capital employee Tyler Probst. Looking to get involved with something outside of his standard work, Doug shared an idea with two of his fellow executives at DSW Inc.: What if they created a team of successful business leaders in the
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Andrew McAllister Gains a New Perspective on Life

Recently, social scientists have carried out experiments that demonstrate how acts of kindness can have a domino effect, rippling through social networks and triggering similar generous deeds that extend far beyond that original act. That’s something that ORIX Staff Accountant Andrew McAllister thinks about, and it’s this kind of mindset that leads him to volunteer with organizations such as The Rise School in Dallas. Based out of the Moody Family YMCA at the Park Cities, the Rise School provi
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Long-Time Volunteer Eddie Provencio Extends His Giving Spirit to Family Gateway

There’s a simple but powerful mantra that Senior Financial Analyst Eddie Provencio always tries to live by: Make a positive difference in somebody else’s life. This giving attitude is what led the native Texan to join his church in putting together Thanksgiving baskets—complete with a turkey and all the trimmings—for families in need 20 years ago, and it’s a tradition that continues today. It was through this volunteer opportunity that Eddie was introduced to Family Gateway, a nonprofit founded
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RED Capital Group Employees Play a Pivotal Role in Dot’s Tots Success

In December 2013, Dot’s Tots Foundation was officially born, launched by RED Capital Group Director Andy Warnock and his wife, Ashley. Two months later, a fellow RED employee received the heartbreaking news that her 16-year-old son, Skylor, was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer—and suddenly the mission of Dot’s Tots became crystal clear. With no logo or website, Dot’s Tots jumped in wholeheartedly to support the family financially and emotionally. In 2014 alone, the organization—with lots
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Cary Schmelzer Immerses Himself in the Dallas Community

One of the things Assistant General Counsel Cary Schmelzer missed the most while living in Singapore for over 20 years was a great library. “Libraries now go way beyond books, offering things like GED and ESL classes,” Cary says. “Libraries serve as portals to knowledge, wisdom and a better life.” After moving to Dallas from Singapore two years ago for his current role at ORIX, Cary was thrilled to discover the company’s headquarters is only a couple of blocks from the J. Erik Jonsson Central L
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Sharon Walker Harnesses her Finance Expertise and Giving Spirit

About two years ago, RED Capital Managing Director Sharon Walker was asked to accompany a friend to a fundraising event for Legacy Counseling Center. The only requirement? She had to get dressed up and head out the door in 15 minutes. The time crunch didn’t faze Sharon, and that night she was introduced to Legacy, a 27-year-old nonprofit that provides mental health care, substance abuse treatment and housing services for people living with HIV and AIDS. According to Dallas County Health statist
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5 Winter Energy Hacks

Drinking steaming hot chocolate and wearing several layers of clothes may be the most obvious ways to keep warm, but did you know there are also simple adjustments you can make around your home that can help slash your heating bill? Consider these five energy hacks as the temperature continues to drop. It’s a common mistake to forget to change your air filter during the winter months, but a dirty filter will reduce air flow and force your heating system to run longer. Keeping it clean may help
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Great American Smokeout: The Perfect Time to Quit Smoking

In 1977, the American Cancer Society (ACS) launched the Great American Smokeout program nationwide, designating the third Thursday of every November as a day to encourage smokers to finally give up the life-threatening habit. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death in the United States.
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10 Unique Ways to Recycle

As a Keep America Beautiful initiative, America Recycles Day is celebrated each year on Nov. 15 as a way to promote the benefits of recycling and encourage people to cut back on the amount of waste they produce. (The average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day. At Oncor, we make an effort throughout the year to leave this planet a little bit better than we found it. Thanks to the company’s commitment to recycling, Oncor diverted nearly 24 million pounds of waste in 2014, including mor
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