Race Into the New Year with Help From Innovative Office Solutions | Innovative Office Solutions

Not only do organized races encourage a healthy lifestyle, but also increase awareness for countless different movements and organizations.  5K’s and other organized races seem to last year round.  If you’re planning an organized run – whether a 5K or otherwise – for the near future, let Innovative Office Solutions help outfit you with all the branded merchandise you’ll need!


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Innovative Office Solutions is known for providing companies with high-quality products and services.  Did you know those products also include apparel and ear buds, to trail mix and first aid kits?  Being that Spring is right around the corner (we hope), 5K’s and other races are going to more and more popular.  Be sure you’ve got all the essentials at your next event!  Check out what we can provide.

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Runners

  • Apparel
    • This goes without saying.  Everyone loves a t-shirt or hat to commemorate their participation.  Leave your participants with unforgettable memories  – and merchandise!

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  • Towels
    • Nothing can be more irritating than beads of sweat running down your face or getting in your eye as you run.  Keep your participants comfortable with branded towels!
  • Lip balm
    • Wind can be brutal on runners skin – surprise your participants with some branded lip balm.
  • Water bottles
    • Water bottles and running go hand-in-hand.  Keep your participants hydrated.

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  • Ear buds
    • Some runners enjoy music while running.  Provide your participants with sweet ear buds so they can plug into their “running” playlist!

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  • Trail mix
    • Perfect for refueling after an arduous race.

For those folks who come out to support friends or family members during their race, the participants don’t only have all the fun.  Attendees can get in on the action, too!

Attendees

  • Bottled water
    • Don’t let attendees sit and cheer on their friends or family members without something to drink!
  • Umbrellas
    • For those rainy, snowy, or overly sunny days – umbrellas are perfect for those avid 5k fans
  • Can Koozies
    • Help keep attendee beverages cold with branded koozies – another great idea when looking to give attendees something by which to remember the event!

From celebratory and commemorative metals, to finish line ribbons –  we’ve got everything to make race organizers lives that much easier.

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  • Medals
    • Because winners loved to be recognized, and again – a great way for participants to remember the race

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 These products are all perfect for, but aren’t strictly limited to, 5k runs!  Most would also work for things like corporate golf outings – or simply having around the office.  Contact Innovative Office Solution’s Promotional Specialist Pearlee Coty at 612.386.8204 or  PCoty@innovativeos.com if you’re in the stages of planning a 5K, corporate outing, or simply need to spruce up the office space with more branded products!

Shriners Hospital for Children | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for January 2015 is Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities’ board certified surgeons and care providers have been providing high-quality medical care for children in a family-centered environment since 1923.

Located in Minneapolis, their 40-bed hospital and clinic focuses on treating children with orthopaedic (muscle, bone and joint) conditions, cleft lip and palate, and specialized plastic surgery needs in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of their staff, from surgeons to therapists, to nurses to prosthetists work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, they have direct access to Mayo Clinic resources and expertise.

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For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children visit their website!

Crescent Cove (Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota) | Innovative Office Solutions

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for December 2014 is Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota.

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Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an independent home to provide short respite breaks for children with life-limiting conditions and families, and an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate hospice care at the end of life.

The first of its kind in the Midwest and the fourth to be built in this country, Crescent Cove offers a family-focused environment. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, family suites are designed so families may stay together while enjoying a temporary vacation from the constant demands of caregiving. Skilled, on-site professionals provide daily care, meals, pain and symptom control, and therapies that include music, art and hydrotherapy.

Children and kids 0-21 years old may stay at Crescent Cove in one of 8-10 bedrooms for respite stays and as a sacred place at the end-of-life. The home also offers 3-4 suites so that the family may remain close, if they choose, while receiving physical and emotional respite – and have the opportunity to develop meaningful and supportive relationships with other families with similar experiences.

For more information on Crescent Cove – or to learn how to donate to their cause – visit their website!

 

Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for November 2014 is The Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund.
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The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the needs of the Minnesota cancer community.  Grants given are spent on technology and tools that enhance early detection of cancer, new programs promoting research to help prevent cancer relapses, projects that demonstrate research in the area of cancer, and programs that enhance the lives of Minnesota’s cancer community by providing aid and assistance.

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Love Your Melon | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for October 2014 is Love Your Melon.

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The Love Your Melon Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to putting a hat on every child’s head in America battling cancer. Through it’s Buy One – Give One program, Love Your Melon goes into hospitals and provides children comfortable hats to wear during this difficult time.  The hats do more than keep them warm, they restore confidence. Love Your Melon’s gifts create smiles on the faces of children battling cancer and make them feel comfortable after losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. Additionally, the Love Your Melon crew comes dressed from head to toe as superheroes to create an unforgettable experience for the children in the hospital. For every product purchased, another of equal value is given to a child battling cancer.

Therapeutic Adventures

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, therapeutic treatment may boost the immune system, stimulate the heart and lungs, relax muscles, relieve pain and balance blood pressure.  With that in mind – in the spring of 2013 – Love Your Melon took its first cancer patient on a helicopter ride and an idea was born.

Creating more therapeutic adventures is an initiative that provides experiences for children that take their minds off of the difficult treatment process. This is an essential aspect to the healing process and puts a smile on their faces. Entertainment and distraction can go a long way in a child’s recovery process. It can decrease their stress levels and create positive thoughts that improve their chance of survival.

Nation Wide Tours

In an effort to expand the reach and influence of Love Your Melon, the concept of a national tour was born. The two nationwide tours brought together talented young individuals with skills in event planning, media relations, sales, photography and videography. The 1st Smile Tour in January 2014 put 5 determined young minds together on a bus traveling around the eastern and southern United States. The tour made it possible for nearly 4,000 more hats to be donated and events to be hosted in 18 different cities.

On the second West Coast Tour, with the help of 10 talented individuals, Love Your Melon was able to create 28 donation events in 18 different cities over the course of 47 days on the road. It is important to keep a local aspect with Love Your Melon. During tours, Love Your Melon has been able to set up sales events at universities, restaurants, and tourist locations. For each garment sold, supporters can take comfort in knowing that one is given to a child in their local community.

Nationwide Inspiration – Ambassador Program

From the beginning, one of the major goals for Love Your Melon was to inspire other college students to give back to their community. The Love Your Melon Foundation currently has 50 college ambassadors on campuses around the country. These individuals have been effective in sharing the Love Your Melon story while continually running our programs. They have donated over a thousand Love Your Melon hats during their therapeutic entertainment events at children’s hospitals and it is continuing to grow. With these Ambassadors, we will be able to have every hat personally donated by someone on the Love Your Melon team.

The Simple Concept of Giving

Love Your Melon’s unique value proposition creates a platform based on the simple act of giving.  It gives individuals the ability to buy something for themselves and then see the smile they’re able to create.  Children battling cancer need more than just medicine as treatment. It is proven that therapeutic treatments increase the success ratio in pediatric cancer patients.  Love Your Melon hats help restore confidence and create a sense of normalcy for these kids who are going through such a tough time. Every hat is given away personally to help build a personal connection and create a smile.

Innovative Office Solutions is no stranger to supporting charitable organizations focused on bettering the lives of children from all backgrounds.  In fact, one of our close partners – the InSports Foundation – encourages children to get involved in sports, while helping them become more confident, proactive members of their community.

To learn more about Love Your Melon, or to get more involved, visit their website at http://www.loveyourmelon.com!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities | April 2014 Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS).

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities (BBBS) helps children realize their potential and build their futures and strengthen their communities. Since 1920, BBBS has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive.

The organization makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children age 8 to 18 (Littles) in the Twin Cities. Every match is carefully administered and held to the highest standards, to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.

Littles come to BBBS from all corners of the community. Many are facing adversity of some type – most have single-parent and low-income homes, some have an incarcerated parent. But like all children, they benefit from a caring adult in their life.

Over 2,500 Littles are currently matched with a Big Brother or a Big Sister through BBBS. Research shows that after just one year of mentoring, children make significant, positive developments both academically and socially. Littles do better in school, get along better with their peers and families, and are more likely to avoid risky behaviors than their nonmentored peers. These attributes lead to long-term success for children, families and communities.

To learn more about BBBS or to get involved as a donor or volunteer, please visit www.bigstwincities.org or call 651-789-BIGS.

Harding’s Hope | March 2014 Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.

Harding’s Hope is a Minnesota charity launched by Wild goaltender Josh Harding to raise awareness about MS and to raise funds to support people living with MS.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. MS symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS than men and MS is more frequently observed at northern latitudes.

People living with MS face unexpected, ongoing financial challenges. The average health care cost is $70,000 per year per family according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Josh Harding was diagnosed in October of 2012. He is thankful for the support he has received from family, friends, medical staff, the hockey community –  and  recognizes that not everyone has the same ‘team’, nor the financial ability to ensure that they do not have to make the choice between getting treatment and paying their day-to-day expenses.

Josh believes in the power of teamwork and that ‘every one percent counts’. To help promote MS awareness month, Harding’s Hope launched ‘Make the Save’, a fundraising program that encourages people to team up and join Josh by donating for every save the Minnesota Wild goaltenders make during the month of March. Individuals, families, classrooms, sports teams and businesses can commit to any amount and select either an individual game or multiple games during March and be eligible for prizes including signed equipment and photographs, a visit to your school or business, or a a suite night at a Wild home game with a post game visit with Josh.

For more information, or to find out how to get involved with Harding’s Hope, visit http://www.hardingshope.org.  Join us in helping promote MS awareness month and Harding’s Hope as the Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month.

CaringBridge | February 2014 Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.

The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for February, 2014 is CaringBridge!

CaringBridge offers protected websites for connecting people during any kind of health event. The nonprofit’s mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier.

Anyone can create a site to connect, share news and receive support during any type of health event. There is also a planner that helps family and friends coordinate care and organize helpful tasks within a shared calendar.

CaringBridge.org offers multiple privacy settings. Personal data is not sold, and there is no intrusive advertising.

Founded in 1997, CaringBridge now connects half-a-million people each day. Join our efforts in sharing the mission of CaringBridge as they help connect friends and family across the globe.  For more information, visit CaringBridge.org.

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.

Since 1954, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) has helped those who suffer from seizures realize their full potential by providing programs and services that educate, connect and empower.  2014 marks their 60th anniversary of empowering people affected by seizures.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures that can affect a variety of mental and physical functions.  A person is considered to have epilepsy when they have two or more unprovoked seizures.

A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain.  One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime – and one in 26 will develop epilepsy.

  • An estimated 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy.  It affects more than 300,000 under the age of 15.  A large number of children and adults have undetected epilepsy.
  • About 200,000 cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year.
  • People with first-degree relatives (parents or siblings) who have epilepsy are at increased risk of developing seizures themselves.

People with seizures turn to EFMN for educational information, support and to connect with others who face similar challenges.  Seizures should not stop a child from fulfilling a dream to attend summer camp, or prevent an adult from achieving gainful employment.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota serves over 100,000 people annually through programs like Camp Oz, where youth with epilepsy enjoy a traditional camping experience with the safety of 24/7 medical staff.  Our Seizure Smarts Schools program brings epileptic children into a classroom to educate students, reduce bullying and foster understanding.  Foundation staff also offers free first aid training to workplaces and organizations across Minnesota and North Dakota.

The Foundation works to increase public awareness/education about seizures to reduce the stigma surrounding epilepsy.  The unpredictable nature of seizures and wide spectrum of severity can make living with epilepsy difficult – the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is there to help!

Innovative Office Solutions is proud to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota as the Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month as they kick-off their 60th anniversary.

Prevent 7 | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild.  The program brings exposure to Minnesota Charities, once per month throughout the NHL season.

The month’s charity is Prevent 7.

prevent7We live in a day and age where every other new story seems to be about some sort of bullying, hazing, or self-harm brought on by either.  The youth today are all too used to bullying and hazing one another, and chances are you may have seen this, or have been a victim, sometime in your youth.

After witnessing a boy with autism being bullied, Nick Micek lead a Bullying Prevention campaign for his school, which then demonstrated immediate change.  This lesson lead to the creation of Prevent 7.

Since November 2012, Prevent 7 has had a simple mission: To educate and encourage life-long development for children and their families through interaction and education, while focusing on the prevention and awareness of bullying, hazing and suicide.

Students are educated on a one-to-one basis and given the resources needed to stop bullying through the lessons taught by Prevent 7.   For instance, video clips are shown and students discuss the bullying that took place during the provided clips.  Once the students have completed the lesson, the participating students sign a contract holding them accountable for their own actions.

Along with the contract, Prevent 7 distributes glow-in-the-dark bracelets stating “STOP BULLYING NOW” which serves as a constant reminder to their signed contact.   Along with bullying prevention, Prevent 7 provides leadership conferences and lessons to both high school students and high school teams.  These conferences are different from the bullying lessons, as they focus more on the physical and emotional pain associated with hazing.  The high school students and teams sign the contracts as well.

Prevent 7 believe in teaching students to REPORT, REPORT, REPORT – as this will help students continue to take a stand against violence and give them courage and knowledge to stand up as adults.   Through Prevent 7 and their teachings, we can all do our part towards endings bullying, suicide and hazing.

Join our efforts to share the mission of Prevent 7 throughout all of Minnesota. For more information, visit their website www.prevent7.com.