We’ve talked a lot over the last year about ‘green cleaning’ and being environmentally conscious, but what we haven’t said a lot about is our commitment to being a socially responsible business. At Golden Shine, we are committed to not only serving our customers as best we can, but also bettering society as a whole. We believe that as a business we must be the change we wish to see in the world.

Toward that end, we regularly support groups like CleaningForAReason.org and OurEarth.org, along with other programs in the environmental and social spheres. We also remain on the lookout for opportunities to help make a substantial difference, one where we can directly observe the benefits our contributions have on those in need.

We believe in the credo ‘change, not charity’, and that it makes sense to invest in programs that empower people to excel in the world, not just survive in it. Because education is a leading driver of positive change, when any child fails to acquire the basic skills needed to function as a productive and responsible member of society, society as a whole loses. We are committed to helping promote meaningful change in this area.

That’s why we’re happy to announce that we will be giving a $10,000 grant to Family Care Uganda, which will help fund rural school building efforts in the Gulu region. Many of the children being educated here are orphans, having lost both parents to Uganda’s catastrophic civil war. We’ve worked with this charity in the past, and we support their hands-on approach to helping bring education and skill development training to these kids. We particularly love their commitment to building a sustainable solution; one that will be self-supporting over the long term.

If you’re interested in learning more about their projects, you can visit them at familycareuganda.com.

Thank you for such a great 2011, and for being the best customers we could ask for! We wish you peace, love and joy this holiday season.

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