What is Project Kudos?

At Schell Brothers, we are all about showing gratitude for each other! We have a company tradition to “give kudos” to those who stand out and acknowledge how much we appreciate them. We decided to take this tradition to the public.

Project Kudos is about telling someone they’re amazing and feeling awesome about it. It’s about positivity, good vibes, and acknowledging all that shines around you. We have so many different people, and places, and things to be grateful for but sometimes we forget to show it.

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Kudos for a Cause (2021)

We have made a big change in the past year by partnering up with several local businesses to be able to raise and donate much needed funds to several in-need charities. Thanks to our partners, and by harnessing the power of our social media platform to spread happiness and good vibes, we were able to provide enough kudos ($1 per kudo) to all our charities, resulting in a jaw-dropping 197,719 kudos for the year 2021! Thanks to everyone who made a change, and participated!

Monthly Partners (2021)

This month’s charity partner is Beebe Healthcare Medical Foundation! Beebe’s not-for-profit charitable mission is to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health to the people residing, working, or visiting the communities it serves. We want to help Beebe help Sussex County stay healthy, so make sure to shout out your favorite healthcare workers this month – they deserve it!

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 96,796 Kudos for this month.

This month’s charity partner is The Rosa Health Center! For decades, Sister Rosa worked with the less fortunate in her Georgetown community, but her legacy and compassion for those around her has spread well beyond Sussex County. Her special calling was prenatal care social work, and with unyielding love and dedication, she helped care for and educate thousands of new mothers and babies. Named after Sister Rosa, The Rosa Health Center's mission is to impact the community in need and enhance lives by providing quality primary health care to patients. We are honored to help continue Sister Rosa's cause in collaboration with Apple Electric and will be using the money collected from kudos this month to purchase diapers for babies in need!

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 2,844 Kudos for this month.

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We are happy to announce our partnership with Big Fish Grill and their charitable foundation for the first half of March (1st - 15th). The Big Fish Charitable Foundation (BFCF) focuses on providing kids in need throughout Delaware with much needed supplies so they can continue to grow & thrive. Through the Basic Needs School Closet Program in partnership with the Delaware Governor’s Office, the foundation’s main purpose is to provide elementary and middle school students across the state with increased access to free products designed to meet students' basic needs. In return, giving them the opportunity to participate in class more effectively and thereby increasing their chances of being successful inside and outside of the classroom.

Each school’s basic needs closet will be stocked with products considered essential to the wellbeing of their students, including hygiene products, school supplies, clothes, and more. Students will be able to discreetly access the closets throughout the school year. The Basic Needs School Closet initiative is currently being led from the Office of Lieutenant Governor, Bethany Hall-Long. Together, we invite you to give KUDOS supporting a CAUSE: improving the quality of learning environments and invest in the young generations.

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 2,388 Kudos for this month.

This month’s charity partner is The 4Troy Foundation! On April 26th, 2019, Troy was diagnosed with renal medullary carcinoma, months away from graduating high school and attending the University of Mt. Union to further his academic and football career. Troy chose to keep fighting to the best of his ability and from there underwent five months of clinical trials, surgeries, and other aggressive therapies and treatments. Despite his courageous efforts, Troy’s battle with Renal Medullary Carcinoma ended in September 2019, exactly seven days after his 19th birthday.

Though his passing left heavy hearts, his legacy of leadership, scholarship, athleticism, positivity, and award-winning smile resonated loudly throughout the Woodbridge community and the entire State of Delaware. Encouraging us all to #FightLike4! Upholding Troy’s legacy, spreading awareness, and assisting those who are battling or may have RMC is the mission behind The 4Troy Foundation. Providing increased awareness, on youth mentorships, scholarships, and assistance to those navigating the road of RMC. Therefore, starting March 16th until March 31st, we invite you to join us and our friends at Woodbridge School District in raising awareness on RMC and supporting the 4Troy Foundation!

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 5,692 Kudos for this month.

Nemours began in 1936 with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions.

Today, through their children’s hospitals and health system, they directly care for 400,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see their specialists — treating every child as they would their own. Nemours is an organization where all children, families and associates, regardless of race or the color of their skin, know they are valued.

As one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to children’s health, Nemours has made it their mission to provide world-class pediatric care and pursue life-saving research in their hospitals and clinics. Your participation, no matter how small or large, is vital to their mission of helping and healing children. 100 percent of every contribution goes directly to support patient care, programs, education, research and advocacy that benefit children and families. Donations help patient families every day, from securing cutting-edge equipment to supporting services like music therapy and more.

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 9,017 Kudos for this month.

The Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation (CHEF) seeks to inspire learning and to prepare all students for a healthy, productive life in a diverse and global society. To accomplish this, we seek to engage the entire community–educators, parents, business, civic and legislative leaders–in providing students with the tools they need to excel.

CHEF awards grants to support teachers’ unbudgeted classroom projects, homeless and limited-income students, STEM initiatives, field trips, performing arts education and training, and programs to promote diversity and inclusion. The foundation's funding objectives focus on providing resources that will help CHSD students excel and develop their full potential. Since 2006, CHEF has contributed over $196,000 in grant funds to more than 304 awardees.

Thanks to everyone's contribution, we earned 1,680 Kudos for this month.

The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) is the only trade association dedicated to the success, education, and protection of Delaware's vibrant restaurant community. Pre-COVID, Delaware’s 2,000 restaurants employed almost 50,000 people and supported the state’s economy with $2.8 billion in annual sales. Along with its philanthropic arm, The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (DRAEF), the DRA plays a vital role in state policy and education reform.

The DRA & DRAEEF offer a variety of training to our industry's workforce (ServSafe, ServSuccess, OABCC Alcohol Course, Substance Abuse Prevention Training, Sexual Harassment Training, HR Competency Training for Restaurant Managers + more) to help make our state's hospitality leaders to the next level. Building workforce development within hospitality is something we take pride in, currently representing 3,000 of our industry's future leaders in culinary pathways & hospitality management programs spread across 23 high schools in Delaware.

The COVID-19 outbreak shook our state's industry to its core. On March 16th, 2020 when restaurants were forced to shut down and go to takeout only--50,000 industry workers were out of jobs, Delaware restaurateurs were thrown into the ocean with no lifeboat, terrified at the possibility- and devastating outcome for some- of losing their businesses. As we heard from a majority of the restaurant members, the DRA was their sole lifeline through the pandemic. From hosting virtual town halls for their members with open forums for questions and updates on restrictions, granting 3,000 restaurant workers with additional funds to help their families, continuing to using social media to engage and boost the community's support and confidence around dining out, they continued to act as the restaurant industry lifeboat during the time they needed them the most.

As we are slowly and finally coming out of the woods of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still work to be done. The DRA continues to advocate on behalf of our businesses for the restoration and revitalization of our state's industry. "We are hopeful for what's ahead for the Delaware restaurant industry and thank all of our community supporters from the bottom of our hearts through this last detrimental year. Now, in collaboration with Project Kudos, we ask you to help us give back to the restaurants who never gave up on serving all of us!"

Each restaurant will be a part of the campaign for 2 days. In the end, Schell Brothers will donate $1 for every kudos and new page follow of the Project Kudos page on FB and Instagram. The money will be used to purchase gift cards from the participating restaurants.

Let's DO GOOD together.

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Serving the community since 1988, Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding (SDTR), located in Eastern Sussex County, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) affiliated center. We are a PATH-affiliated center, with PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructors and trained volunteers. We have offered planned sessions in equine-assisted therapy to children and adults with disabilities since 1988.

We are dedicated to improving the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults living with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy in a supportive environment for riders and families. Our goals are to bring the advantages of therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities to all members of the community who can benefit without compromising the high-quality, focused one-on-one therapy sessions that are the heart of the program. We are also committed to offering participants and families a modern, efficient, and safe riding center that will enable us to expand our therapeutic offerings to populations such as veterans with disabilities, who will benefit from a therapeutic curriculum tailored to their particular needs." Friends, starting July 7th until July 18th, join us in spreading the kudos love for The Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding nonprofit. All kudos will turn into $ that Schell Brothers will donate to the association.

Roc Solid Foundation® builds hope for kids fighting cancer by offering opportunities for them to do what they do best – PLAY.

Founded by pediatric cancer survivor Eric Newman, the organization is also known for providing Ready Bags to families when they first learn of their child's diagnosis, as well as backyard playsets to kids during treatment. Roc Solid Ready Bags not only provide the essentials for unexpected hospital stays, but they also send a message to families that they are not alone as they begin a terrifying journey.

Why playsets? Because kids fighting cancer need a safe, germ-free place to play. And when they're playing, cancer is the last thing on their minds. At Roc Solid Foundation, this is #whathopelookslike. For more information, visit rocsolidfoundation.org. Friends, starting July 20th until July 31st, join us in spreading the kudos love for the Roc Solid Foundation. All kudos will turn into $ that Schell Brothers will donate to the non-profit.

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"It started with a hot plate 16 years ago, which turned into a Crock-Pot, which turned into 17 Crock-Pots. Then it became a ministry. Meet the Rev. Dale Dunning, whose Jusst Sooup Ministry serves 1,000 quarts of soup a week to feed the hungry and homeless in Sussex County. Dunning has led 17 downstate soup kitchens, and helped start two new ones near Newport. As of 2015, Rev. Dale Dunning has served more than 2 million meals. The purpose of her ministry is to feed those in need, and to offer kindness to those who need and deserve it. This isn’t just about soup, as the name suggests. This is a ministry that draws its inspiration from John 21:17… If you love me, then feed my sheep."

Friends, join us in supporting Rev. Dale Dunning and the Jusst Sooup Ministry during the first 2 weeks of August (2nd- 16th). Let's spread the kudos love and do good together!❤️

Lydia Chichester du Pont founded the Children’s Beach House (CBH) in the early 1930s, as a place where she could take children with special needs to benefit from the same healing qualities that she had derived from the coastal environment.

The mission of Children’s Beach House is to improve the lives of children, youth, families, and communities by helping them to identify, understand and utilize their own strengths, talents, and resources. Children’s Beach House provides year-round case management, weekend enrichment programs, and residential summer camp for at-risk and vulnerable children. CBH helps young people develop supportive relationships, avoid risky behaviors and stay in school.

Friends, join us in supporting Children's Beach House during these 2 weeks of August (17th- 31st). Let's spread the kudos love and do good together!❤️

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The Kent Sussex Dental Society is made up of approximately 50 dentists in the Kent/Sussex County areas. We meet monthly for continuing education to keep abreast of current dental topics. Additionally, we enjoy giving back to the community outside of our own dental practices.

Each year we provide several scholarships to Polytech High School that go towards furthering the education of the dental assisting students. We volunteer for the Give Kids a Smile program where local uninsured children can obtain dental cleanings, emergency services, and often routine dental care. We also help them find a dental home.

Several of our local dentists volunteer for the Mission of Mercy community health event that takes place in Salisbury, Maryland for adult dental needs. Last, to help our local Veterans, we attend the annual Veteran’s Stand Down program that assists in healthcare screenings to help find medical and or dental needs. We then see several veterans in our offices and provide this care. Kudos for a Cause is going to enable us to provide more comprehensive dental care and allow us to help more Veterans in this time of need." Candace Gaull Friends, join us in supporting The Kent Sussex Dental Society during these 2 weeks of September (1st- 15th). Let's spread the kudos love and do good together!

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.

The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions, and ultimately, a cure.

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research and it's held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide. Find out more details about the Rehoboth Beach Walk here 2021 Rehoboth Beach WTEA Registration Link. Friends, join us in supporting The Alzheimer's Association these 2 weeks of (16th- 30th). Let's spread the kudos love and do good together!

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Down syndrome is the most common and readily identifiable chromosomal variation. In every cell in the human body, there is a nucleus, where genetic material is stored in genes. Genes carry the codes responsible for all of our inherited traits and are grouped along rod-like structures called chromosomes. Typically, the nucleus of each cell contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, half of which are inherited from each parent. Down syndrome occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21 (Trisomy 21) resulting in 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It occurs in approximately 1 in 690 live births. About 6,000 babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year." Source www.dsadelaware.org

Each child with Down syndrome has his or her own talents and unique capacities, and it’s important to recognize these and reinforce them. If you want to support them, join the Buddy Walk Fund as we unite for a common cause and raise funds for the 2021 Boardwalk Buddy Walk® that will take place in Rehoboth Beach on October 9th. Whether you have Down syndrome, know someone who does, or just want to show your support, take the first step and donate or register today! Help us spread the word; all are welcome for our day of celebration! More details about the 2021 Boardwalk Buddy Walk you can find here at http://www.boardwalkbuddywalk.com/

You can also support the Boardwalk Buddy walk by spreading the kudos love for two weeks starting October 1st-15th on your FB and/or Instagram pages. Let's celebrate and uplift the Down syndrome community TOGETHER❤️✌🏼

https://www.campabilitiesdelaware.org/ Camp Abilities Delaware is an educational sports camp for children ages 7-17 who are blind or have low vision. Camp Abilities Delaware is an overnight camp experience that introduces children to a variety of sports, including cross-country running, field events, golf, 5-a-side, soccer, team building, lacrosse, beep kickball, rugby, football, boating, and dance. The purpose of the camp is to empower children to be physically active, improve their overall health and wellness, encourage them to make food choices that support an active lifestyle, and develop their confidence and self-esteem through sport and physical activity. Children receive one-on-one instruction during all physical activities and events. Camp is to athletes offered free of charge due to the support of generous donors.

You can also support Camp Abilities Delaware by spreading the kudos love on your social media pages. Let's do good together for our community.❤️

The Harry K Foundation is a non-profit group established by Harry Keswani that has vowed to raise money and donate 100% of these proceeds to help alleviate the problem of food insecurity in its local community. Their mission is that no child goes to bed hungry- H4 Initiative (Help Harry Halt Hunger).

The H4 Initiative has pledged to help the Food Bank of Delaware in supporting children’s nutritional programming within Sussex County. Research shows that children who eat more nutritious meals are less likely to miss school, have fewer behavioral problems and perform better in school. Working with the Food Bank of Delaware, the H4 Initiative will be addressing childhood hunger on all fronts – hunger after school, during the summer, and on the weekends.

Friends, JOIN us in supporting Harry K Foundation for both November and December months. Let's spread the kudos love and do good together fr our community!

The Harry K Foundation is a non-profit group established by Harry Keswani that has vowed to raise money and donate 100% of these proceeds to help alleviate the problem of food insecurity in its local community. Their mission is that no child goes to bed hungry- H4 Initiative (Help Harry Halt Hunger).

The H4 Initiative has pledged to help the Food Bank of Delaware in supporting children’s nutritional programming within Sussex County. Research shows that children who eat more nutritious meals are less likely to miss school, have fewer behavioral problems and perform better in school. Working with the Food Bank of Delaware, the H4 Initiative will be addressing childhood hunger on all fronts – hunger after school, during the summer, and on the weekends.

Friends, JOIN us in supporting Harry K Foundation for both November and December months. Let's spread the kudos love and do good together fr our community!

Charity partner of this month is to be announced soon.

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Why should you care?

As we watched the positive effects of giving kudos manifest themselves amongst our team at Schell Brothers, we thought, why not create a movement? Why not take our good vibes and spread them to other companies and individuals? In a world with so much negativity festering, we want to throw out as much positivity as we can muster and watch it grow. And we want you to help us.

We challenge you to hop on this crazy ride with us and help make someone’s day a little brighter. Give a kudos to someone who deserves it. Let someone know they are awesome. Be a positive force.

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