EcoPlum Officially Joins the Fight with Plastic Pollution Coalition

EcoPlum® has joined Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global non-profit organization working to eliminate plastic pollution. The alliance includes over 1,000 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in over 60 countries.(PRWeb January 16, 2020)Read the full story at

PAWS Act Coalition Hails Passage of Appropriations Bill as Key Milestone in Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and their Pets

Purina (Nestlé Purina PetCare), Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), Noah’s Animal House, Pet Partners, Urban Resource Institute (URI)

“No one should have to make the choice between finding safety and staying in a violent situation to protect their pet,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5).

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) January 15, 2020
The PAWS Act Coalition, a group of nonprofit and for-profit organizations, lauded the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which, for the first time, will provide $2 million in USDA grants to enable more domestic violence shelters to become pet-friendly so that victims of domestic violence and their pets may shelter and heal together. The grants come one year after the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act was authorized as part of the 2019 Farm Bill, which received bipartisan support in its passage.
“These new grants will help expand the network of domestic violence shelters which allow pets to accompany their families seeking safe shelter,” said Nina Leigh Krueger, president of Purina. “This is an important milestone in the coalition’s collective efforts to create safer communities for pets and pet owners, and Purina will remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the bond between domestic abuse survivors and their pets by ensuring they can safely heal together.”
The PAWS Act Coalition would like to thank the original co-sponsors of the Pet and Women Safety Act for their leadership and commitment to its passage, especially the lead sponsors Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and former Senator Dean Heller (R-NV). The Coalition is also particularly grateful for Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) for spearheading the effort to pass the bill by including its language in the Farm Bill.
“No one should have to make the choice between finding safety and staying in a violent situation to protect their pet,” said Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5). “This law and the newly appropriated federal dollars will empower survivors with the resources to leave a dangerous situation while being able to continue to care for their pet. I’m grateful for the partnerships we’ve formed between organizations working to end both domestic violence and animal abuse. Together, we will help save lives.”
The USDA will now be able to move forward to establish grants for domestic violence shelters to carry out programs to provide emergency and transitional shelter and housing assistance or short-term shelter and housing assistance for domestic violence victims with pets, service animals, emotional support animals, or horses. Grants awarded may also be used for programs that provide support services designed to enable someone fleeing domestic violence to locate and secure safe housing with their pet, safe accommodations for their pet, or related services such as transportation and other assistance.
“The PAWS Act Coalition looks forward to working with USDA and other federal agencies to support implementation of the PAWS Act grant program and to helping raise awareness of this important effort among the domestic violence shelter and the pet care community,” said Steven Feldman, Executive Director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI). “This funding will support real, life-saving change for domestic violence survivors and the pets that bring them so much joy and comfort.”
Organizations in the PAWS Act coalition include:
Purina (Nestlé Purina PetCare)
Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI)
Noah’s Animal House
Pet Partners
Urban Resource Institute (URI)
Two of these organizations, Noah’s Animal House and Urban Resource Institute are part of the only 10% of domestic violence shelters across the country that actively offer co-shelter services to keep both pets and their owners away from the dangers of domestic abuse. Together these two incredible organizations have saved more than 1,500 pets from abusive conditions so that no domestic violence survivor is forced to choose between staying in an abusive relationship and leaving their pet with their abuser.
Did you know?
Up to 65% of domestic violence victims remain in abusive situations out of fear for their pets’ safety.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4,774,000 women in the United States experience physical violence by an intimate partner every year.
The majority of domestic violence situations include pets in the household, and 85% of women residing in domestic violence shelters reported a pet was harmed by their abuser.
A growing body of science has demonstrated a link between domestic violence and animal cruelty. An outlet of emotional support for victims, the family pet often becomes a target for physical abuse.
“As we’ve seen throughout the past six years of running URI’s PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) Program, abusers often threaten to harm or inflict violence on a pet in order to control their victims,” said Nathaniel Fields, President and CEO of URI. “Not only do pet-friendly domestic violence shelters provide a critical avenue for escape, but they also channel the healing power of the human-pet bond during times of crisis and transition. The passage of the PAWS Act is an exciting milestone in this coalition’s work to ensure that all individuals seeking shelter from abuse and their beloved pets can live the safest, fullest lives possible.”
“Since 2007, Noah’s Animal House has cared for over 1,400 pets of domestic violence victims from 21 states across the U.S, in addition to our home state of Nevada. Women drove thousands of miles from Florida, Oklahoma, Maine, Texas and others, driving past other women’s shelters in every state for one reason only – their pet had to be included in their escape plan,” stated Staci Columbo Alonso, founder of Noah’s Animal House. “With the passing of the PAWS Act, more local women’s shelters can become pet-friendly.”
“In support of the PAWS Act Coalition, Pet Partners grassroots advocates made their voices heard during every step of the legislative process – recruiting key co-sponsors in the Senate, supporting passage of the Senate Farm Bill, targeting members of the Conference Committee, and building support in communities across the country. Thanks to their efforts, many thousands of constituent messages, tweets, and phone calls to Congress were made emphasizing the importance of these provisions. Pet Partners is grateful for their actions that will help pets and people remain together in traumatic situations – when they need each other most,” said Annie Peters, CEO of Pet Partners.
About PurinaNestlé Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestlé Purina PetCare is part of Nestlé S.A., a global leader in nutrition, health and wellness. Learn more about the Purina and RedRover partnership and Purple Leash Project grants at
About Pet PartnersPet Partners is the national leader in demonstrating and promoting the health and wellness benefits of animal-assisted interventions. Since the organization’s inception in 1977, the science proving these benefits has become indisputable. With more than 13,000 registered teams making more than 3 million visits annually, Pet Partners serves as the nation’s most prestigious nonprofit registering handlers of multiple species as volunteer teams. Pet Partners teams visit with patients in recovery, people with intellectual disabilities, seniors living with Alzheimer’s, students, veterans with PTSD, and those approaching end of life, improving human health and wellbeing through the human-animal bond. With the recent release of its Standards of Practice for Animal-Assisted Interventions and international expansion, Pet Partners is globally recognized as the industry gold standard. For more information on Pet Partners, visit
About the Urban Resource InstituteUrban Resource Institute (URI) is a leading non-profit organization that provides comprehensive, holistic, and supportive social services that aid and empower New Yorkers in times of crisis. URI’s programs provide care for survivors of domestic violence, individuals with developmental disabilities, homeless families, and other at-risk populations, allowing them to live in safety and recover from trauma in both residential and non-residential settings. With deep community relationships and a flexible, innovative approach to program development and service delivery, URI is uniquely equipped to provide solutions to the challenges affecting New York City’s most vulnerable populations. URI merged with the Center Against Domestic Violence in 2018, the first licensed provider of domestic violence shelter in New York. With nearly 80 years of combined experience, the organization is the largest provider of domestic violence residential services in the country, with the ability to shelter over 1,100 individuals, including survivors and their families, on any given day. For more information, please visit
About Noah’s Animal HouseNoah’s Animal House was the first stand-alone full service pet boarding facility in the country built on the grounds of and in partnership with The Shade Tree Shelter in 2007 to provide safety, shelter and support for the pets of the clients of the shelter. A second location serving up to 36 animals in Reno, Nevada opened February 2018 in partnership with the Domestic Violence Resource Center. In a national survey, 71 percent of women seeking safety in a domestic violence shelter reported pet abuse in their home and more than 25 percent delayed leaving because they did not have an escape plan that could include their pets. To learn more about Noah’s Animal House, visit
About HABRIHABRI is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest online library of human-animal bond research and information; funds innovative research projects to scientifically document the health benefits of companion animals; and informs the public about human-animal bond research and the beneficial role of companion animals in society. For more information, please visit

Wallis Bank Hosts Fundamentals of Good Credit Through the Credit Coalition Event

Press Release – updated: Dec 12, 2019 13:00 CST

HOUSTON, December 12, 2019 ( – Wallis Bank and the Credit Coalition hosted two 6-week courses on the Fundamentals of Good Credit through the Credit Coalition in Houston. Designed to help consumers make informed, intelligent decisions about their financial and housing goals, the course offered massive potential towards the future goals of those who complete it.
The course touched on numerous extremely important elements of maintaining financial security including the significance of one’s credit health, personal financial wellness, maintaining a solid FICO score, interest rates, and much more.
Obtaining a Certificate of Completion from the 15-hour Fundamentals of Good Credit course meets requirements for financial and homebuyer education for the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation (TSAHC), Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), Harris County, City of Houston, and several other homebuyer assistance programs for up to one year after completion.
Wallis Bank invests in those who hope to further their education when it comes to making important financial decisions. As a Preferred SBA Lender, Wallis Bank stands for small business owners and homeowners alike. In the hopes of building a stronger tomorrow for individuals everywhere, we believe continued courses such as the Fundamentals of Good Credit positively impact the community we thrive in.
About Wallis Bank
Wallis Bank is a full-service community bank dedicated to serving both rural customers as well as large international clients with the highest level of personal service. The Bank was established in 1906 in Wallis, Texas and holds the unique experience of surviving the Great Depression and both World Wars. Over the years, the company underwent the expansion of additional branches and offices in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. In 2018, Wallis Bank was ranked 5th among the 25 best-performing banks in the U.S. with less than $1 billion in assets by ICBA.
About the Credit Coalition 
The Credit Coalition is a nonprofit agency that offers free financial counseling and education to consumers to help them make informed decisions regarding money. More specifically, the Credit Coalition offers services pertaining to homebuyers, foreclosure intervention, financial coaching, and reverse mortgage counseling with a focus on households with low and moderate incomes. The Credit Coalition holds regular classes to help inform and empower the community.
Lisa Diaz ​​Phone: 713.935.3722​Email:
Source: Wallis Bank

Columbus Heritage Coalition: Dedicated to Preserving the Christopher Columbus Legacy, Announces 2020 Meeting Dates

The Columbus Heritage Coalition was created in 2017 to protect and preserve the legacy of Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day celebrations in communities across the nation against the unwarranted attacks on this cherished national holiday. The Coalition has announced the organization’s meeting dates for 2020.(PRWeb December 12, 2019)Read the full story at

Multiple System Atrophy Coalition Becomes Major Stakeholder In Global MSA Research

The MSA Coalition Board of Directors

By initiating this new research direction, the MSA Coalition aims to make more strategic research funding decisions and be the catalyst that will encourage collaborative efforts and bring a laser sharp focus towards solving these problems.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (PRWEB) December 06, 2019
The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition (MSA Coalition), the leading nonprofit funder of global MSA research, recently unveiled its bold new initiative to kickstart MSA research collaborations. Multiple system atrophy is a rare neurodegenerative disorder that strikes in the middle-years of life.
Infused by $3 million in new bequests earmarked for research and combined with ongoing grassroots fundraising efforts, the MSA Coalition is poised to play an exciting new role by planning and initiating international MSA research working groups. The new research initiative will focus primarily on providing seed funding to highly collaborative research projects which tackle critical unanswered questions about this rare neurodegenerative disease: What causes MSA? Where in the body does MSA start? How does MSA progress and can a standardized measurement (biomarker) be developed? How do we treat MSA, and ultimately can we hope to cure it?
“Satisfactory answers to the mysteries surrounding this rare disease have been elusive,” said Gregor K. Wenning, MD, Ph.D., Chairman of the MSA Coalition’s Scientific Advisory Board. “By initiating this new research direction, the MSA Coalition aims to make more strategic research funding decisions and be the catalyst that will encourage collaborative efforts and bring a laser sharp focus towards solving these problems.”
To initiate these projects, known as Cores, the MSA Coalition will initially select a group of key investigators based on their demonstrated willingness to openly collaborate on these unanswered questions. In fact, the MSA Coalition has made it a requirement that before gaining acceptance to a Core project, investigators must first agree to share their results with the wider research community. In the future, they will offer Core Expansion Grants to enable interested new members to join a Core project.
Building hope through research
Historically the MSA Coalition has provided seed funding to individual investigators and some smaller collaborative teams seeking proof-of-concept on their innovative ideas in the hope that, if successful, their research might qualify for additional funding from government or other private sources.
Results from MSA Coalition-funded research are now being reported in scientific journals showing progress being made towards developing blood and skin biomarkers that could diagnose MSA earlier and with greater accuracy. There are also several potential MSA treatments now moving through the pipeline that were originally funded by the MSA Coalition in early laboratory studies.
“It’s really exciting to see our investments in MSA research starting to have a direct impact on patients,” said Pam Bower, Chair of the MSA Coalition’s Research Committee. “Our decision to fund a proof-of-concept laboratory study of the diabetes drug Exendin-4 in MSA mouse models back in 2016 has paved the way for the development of a clinical trial in MSA patients that will soon be underway in the UK. In addition, a recent MSA Coalition funded clinical study in Austria has reported for the first time that physiotherapy is of benefit to MSA patients. None of this would have been possible without the help of our grassroots donors and supporters.”
The MSA Coalition has a proven track record of catalyzing research collaborations, and with the advice and expertise of their renowned Scientific Advisory Board, selecting and funding the most promising MSA research efforts around the world. As of 2019, the MSA Coalition has funded 37 high-impact MSA research projects at 25 research centers in 10 countries for a total of $1.7 Million.
“From the beginning the MSA Coalition’s research program has been aimed at encouraging new ideas from global scientists. The ongoing success of our original seed grant program has enabled the MSA Coalition to build a strong network of connections with MSA researchers interested in a collaborative approach to understanding multiple system atrophy and finding both symptomatic and disease-modifying treatments leading to a cure,” said Larry Kellerman, Co-Chair of the MSA Coalition’s Research Committee. “After two years of extensive planning we are now ready to move our research program to the next level as we strive to improve early diagnosis, alleviate symptoms, slow disease progression, and ultimately find a cure. We will also renew our efforts to provide seed grants to promising research ideas that fall outside of our Core program. We are very excited to launch this comprehensive research program and plan to begin funding by early 2020.”
The MSA Coalition utilizes its globally represented, highly engaged Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to vet and help guide the Board of Directors in developing and executing a research strategy, including the best allocation of research funds. With access to the highest level of expertise in MSA research, efficient progress towards viable treatments for multiple system atrophy is now bringing hope to families affected by MSA.
“We are very excited about the new direction of our research program and the tremendous progress we have made since awarding our very first MSA research grants in 2014. Working together, our research committee and SAB have put together a well-coordinated, openly collaborative, patient-centric MSA research plan,” said Don Crouse, Vice-Chair of the MSA Coalition Board of Directors. “It is truly amazing to be a part of transforming the SDS/MSA Support Group into what is now the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition.”
Due to the rarity of multiple system atrophy, funds for research are highly dependent on philanthropy from those personally affected by the disorder. Over the past four years the MSA Coalition has received nearly $7 million in contributions from memorial donations, grass-roots fundraisers, planned giving bequests, and corporate sponsors.
“It is important to recognize the significance of bequests. Thanks to these generous and selfless gifts we now have considerable funds earmarked for research. These bequests were made based on the MSA Coalition’s proven track record of funding research and our commitment to financial transparency,” stated Cyndi Roemer, Chairman of the MSA Coalition Board of Directors. “Additionally, our teams of dedicated fundraisers and donors continue to support the growth of not only our research programs, but also much needed education, support services, and advocacy initiatives.”
A list of all MSA Coalition funded research plus upcoming grant opportunities can be found at: Interested researchers are encouraged to check back regularly and to sign up for the MSA Coalition’s researcher newsletter
About the Multiple System Atrophy Coalition
The Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) Coalition is a positive beacon of hope standing up to a little-known, rare, insidious disorder. Since 1989, the MSA Coalition has been devoted to improving the quality of life and building hope for people affected by multiple system atrophy by focusing on a four-pillar mission:
Providing patients and caregivers with trusted and compassionate emotional support
Educating patients, care partners and healthcare professionals with credible, critically important and relevant information
Funding patient-centric collaborative research aimed at alleviating symptoms, slowing disease progression and discovering a cure
Building a sense of community by connecting and unifying people affected by MSA.
Thousands of participants benefit from the annual MSA Coalition Family Conference, which is live- streamed and posted online. With multiple online discussion groups and a dedicated support line, someone is always there to help. As the host of the first-ever Global MSA Advocacy meeting, the MSA Coalition works with other like-minded charities to foster a community of support and care, while also playing an important role in global MSA research efforts.
Learn more at or call our support hotline toll-free at 866-737-5999.
About Multiple System Atrophy
Multiple system atrophy, previously known as Shy-Drager Syndrome, is a rare and fatal disorder with less than 15,000 Americans diagnosed and 35,000 undiagnosed at any given time. According to the National Institutes of Health, “Multiple system atrophy is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by symptoms of autonomic nervous system failure such as fainting spells (neurogenic orthostatic hypotension) and bladder control problems, combined with motor control symptoms such as tremor, rigidity, and loss of balance and muscle coordination.” MSA affects both men and women primarily in their 50s. MSA tends to advance rapidly over the course of 6 to 10 years, with progressive loss of motor skills, eventual confinement to bed, and death. There is no cure or remission from the disease.