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PSPCF 2013 Summer Experience in Seattle

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Bellevue, WA (July 23, 2013)

PSP Children’s Foundation (PSPCF) is hosting eight children, who are survivors of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, along with two teachers from Minami Sanriku-cho and Kesennuma, Miyagi, Japan that will be visiting Seattle for ten days. This is the first official program offered since the organization’s inception as a nonprofit in January 2013. PSPCF was established to provide programs and opportunities for children who are the victims of disasters. Its mission is to support children who suffered great losses in catastrophic disasters, such as the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 2011. One of the ways in which it does this is by sponsoring and running the Summer Experience in Seattle.

The Summer Experience program began in the summer of 2012, when Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. (PSPINC) sponsored a homestay program in Seattle, Washington for eight junior high school students and two teachers from Kesennuma and Minami Sanriku-cho. The original group of students lost parents during the Tsunami, and they touched many hearts in Seattle during their stay.

In order to continue the program, PSPINC founded PSPCF as a nonprofit organization to administer and run the Summer Experience in the coming years. The Board of Directors includes members from many businesses in Washington with ties to Japan as well as the program’s partners in Japan. Their efforts have come to fruition this week as they prepare for the arrival of this year’s group of students and teachers on July 25th, 2013.

This year’s Summer Experience will include visits to several major businesses in the Seattle Metro area as well as excursions to several attractions and classroom sessions. Host families have donated their time and opened up their homes to house the students for the duration of their stay as well.

“Last year, this program not only provided opportunities for these children but also many lifetime lessons for all who participated in this program from volunteers, host families and others who had the opportunity to be touched by these children,” said Mayumi Nakamura, President of both PSPCF and PSPINC. “We strongly believe that this year’s Summer Experience in Seattle will be equally successful in instilling hope for the future in this group of children. PSPCF believes hope is something we receive by giving it others, and we hope to continue to do so through this program and others in years to come. ”

For more information, please visit PSPCF online at www.pspchildrensfoundation.organd “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pspchildrensfoundation/.
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A Blast from the Past

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Yesterday we had a visit from one of the 2012 Summer Experience in Seattle alums. She's back in town visiting her host family from last year, and the whole family visited the PSPINC office to have lunch with Mayumi and some of the other people who worked on the program last year. We're so happy to keep in touch with the kids who visited last year, and we can't wait for this year's group to arrive this week!
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PSPINC Celebrates 26 Years

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PSPINC, founders of PSP Children's Foundation, turned 26 on Sunday! Founded in an apartment on Mercer Island on July 7th, 1987 by Ken Uchikura, PSPINC has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a software localization company. With a long history of community involvement, it was no surprise that they would have such a big and prolonged response to the Japanese Earthquake & Tsunami, as it affected not only the business but also directly affected PSPINC's employees and partners.

The video below was produced for PSPINC's 25th anniversary last year and details some of PSPINC's pre-PSP Children's Foundation efforts as well as more local community involvement.


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Summer Experience Prep Meeting

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PSP Children's Foundation is deep in the last rounds of making arrangements for the children who will be arriving in a few weeks. We're working hard to make sure everything runs smoothly for our visitors as well as our volunteers and host families.
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PSPCF Visits the YMCA

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PSP Children's Foundation will be working with our local YMCA to organize a visit to the facilities for a class after the children arrive. We are grateful for this opportunity, both for the generosity behind the act and for the chance to have the kids participate in an activity on a day they'll probably need it.
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PSPCF Arranging Google Tour

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PSP Children's Foundation met with Google today to go over details of a tour and lunch at the Google offices for the visiting students in this year's Summer Experience. We very much appreciate Google's generosity in hosting an event for the kids this summer. If your business would like to host a tour or other event for the students as well, please contact us at info@pspchildrensfoundation.org or call us at 425-957-0808.
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PSPCF Seeking Host Families for 2013

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PSP Children's Foundation is seeking host families for the Summer Experience Program in July. If you are interested in hosting a visiting student, please contact us at info@pspchildrensfoundation.org or give us a call at 425-957-0808.
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PSBJ Global Giving Corporate Champion

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Yesterday PSPINC representatives attended the luncheon for Puget Sound Business Journal's Corporate Champion Awards. PSBJ recognized eight companies as Corporate Champions in eight categories, and 75 total companies for their corporate charitable giving.

PSPINC was recognized as the Healthy Community Corporate Champion in the category of Global Giving for their work in creating the Summer Experience in Seattle program for child survivors of natural disaster and the establishment of PSP Children’s Foundation as a non-profit organization.

Per the Puget Sound Business Journal, "The Corporate Philanthropist Awards honors the 75 companies that make the Business Journal's expanded Corporate Philanthropist Lists, and The Healthy Community Corporate Champion Awards honor eight companies that embrace the Seattle Foundation's mission to create and sustain a "Healthy Community" - or a community built on the eight strong pillars of Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Neighborhoods & Communities, and Global Giving."

PSPINC is honored to have been acknowledged among these other top companies and hopes to continue their good work through PSPCF and their other contributions to the minority business community and the global community at large.

To view the 75 companies chosen as Washington's Top Corporate Philanthropists and the Corportate Champion honorees in the other seven categories, please visit the Puget Sound Business Journal's Techflash Blog
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BCA Joins PSPCF 2013 Summer Experience

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Bellevue Children's Academy is not only going to be providing classroom instruction for our visiting students this year, they have generously provided a cash donation to PSPCF as well! We couldn't be more thrilled to be working with them again for this year's Summer Experience in Seattle.

Bellevue Children's Academy is a private elementary school founded in 1999 for children in Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. BCA is committed to the education, social development, and well-being of each child. They provide a challenging curriculum and exciting learning activities that encourage creativity, independent thinking, and the quest for personal excellence. PSPCF is proud to count Bellevue Children's Academy among the returning sponsors for this year's Summer Experience program, helping us reach a new group of kids and providing an outstanding contribution to the education component of this year's program.

Thank you, Bellevue Children's Academy!
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PSPINC Recognized for Work with PSPCF

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PSPINC has been named by Puget Sound Business Journal as the Healthy Community Corporate Champion in the category of Global Giving in the annual ranking of Washington's Top Corporate Philanthropists. PSPINC is being recognized for their work in creating the Summer Experience in Seattle program for child survivors of natural disaster and the establishment of PSP Children’s Foundation as a non-profit organization.

Per the Puget Sound Business Journal, "The Corporate Philanthropist Awards honors the 75 companies that make the Business Journal's expanded Corporate Philanthropist Lists, and The Healthy Community Corporate Champion Awards honor eight companies that embrace the Seattle Foundation's mission to create and sustain a "Healthy Community" - or a community built on the eight strong pillars of Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, Environment, Health & Wellness, Neighborhoods & Communities, and Global Giving."

To view the 75 companies chosen as Washington's Top Corporate Philanthropists and the Corportate Champion honorees in the other seven categories, please visit the Puget Sound Business Journal's Techflash Blog
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