Friday, July 21, 2017

Fixing Deforestation and the Issues Around It – Alicia Procello Maddox

In a great part of  the developing world the general population are still vigorously dependent on the earth. A long ways from the present day extravagances a significant number of us are utilized to now, the general population of these zones depend on the prolific soil, ranger service and regular products to bring home the bacon and sustain their families. In any case, because of deforestation a considerable lot of these districts have been left in ruins and the general population that possess these areas can never again get by as they have for a long time some time recently. Similarly as with large portions of their activities, the Avery Dennison Foundation and its leader Alicia Procello Maddox, have made it their objective of bringing back the woodland and helping the general population in these ranges recover their budgetary autonomy.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Volunteers of America Los Angeles - Just in Reach

Currently serving as president of the Avery Dennison Foundation in Glendale, California, Alicia Procello Maddox oversees operations and provides strategic leadership for the foundation and its investments. As a businesswoman, Alicia Procello Maddox has been a member of several professional organizations, including current involvement with the Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA).

Founded in 1896, the Volunteers of America Los Angeles was created to build communities and help strengthen families. The organization fulfills its mission by providing individuals and communities with the support and encouragement needed to build their own futures and develop their full potential through programs such as the Training to Work 2 program and the Just in Reach program.

The Just in Reach program was created to help individuals who are frequently incarcerated and often chronically homeless to find more permanent housing opportunities. The program combines the services of multiple agencies such as housing placement along with drug and alcohol treatment and mental health services to find housing solutions that give these individuals more security and stability in their lives.

Supporting Women around the World - Alicia Procello Maddox

As a corporation, the Avery Dennison Foundation has taken a great interest in assisting in the growth of women and their roles around the world. As with most of its work, the Avery Dennison Foundation and its president Alicia Procello Maddoxhave focused their efforts on the women in the developing world. The role of women in under-developed countries is usually that of a second-class citizen. Most aren’t given opportunities, such as education or prosperous work, they are seen as property. But through her work Alicia Procello Maddox is leading the effort to change that. She has led the foundation in its support of the Global Greengrants Fund with a two-year grant.
As part of the grant, the foundation supports seven female-led organizations that are working on issues such as environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment, two of the Foundation’s leading issues. The grant is currently at work on the remote island of Tansin, in northeastern Honduras. Most of the island’s inhabitants are known as the Miskito people. They live in far off villages only accessible by boat or chartered plane. The Miskito community lacks most modern amenities many of us have become accustomed to, and rely mainly on farming in order to survive. As a result of deforestation much of theirfarmland has been destroyed, creating a lot of competition amongst a normally peaceful group of people. In this competition women are often the biggest losers, as they have limited access to land, technology, money, and have no voice in politics.
Because of this grant the Women’s Association of Tansin has been able to teach women about bettermore sustainable farming practices, such as crop diversification and even how to better serve the tourism trade. This training has allowed the women of Tansin to gain financial stability, and a sustainablemeans of survival for many years to come.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Volunteers of America Los Angeles Supports Healthy Youth Development

Since 2009, Alicia Procello Maddox has served as president of the Avery Dennison Foundation, which cooperates with nonprofit organizations to advance education and sustainability initiatives. Outside of her professional pursuits, Alicia Procello Maddox is on the board of directors of Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA).

VOALA serves people across LA through a variety of programs and services. The nonprofit focuses on the areas of education, literacy, and health to provide ongoing support from pre-K through early adulthood and beyond.

Los Angeles children 5 and under can benefit from VOALA’s preschool, head start, and early head start programs. Offered throughout Los Angeles County, these programs support children’s physical health and their emotional, social, and cognitive growth. 

Alongside its work in early education, VOALA offers supportive services such as childcare for low-income families and caregiver support for parents of children with developmental disabilities. As children move into adolescence, VOALA continues to support their development through various education and empowerment programs. 

To help students complete high school and enroll in postsecondary institutions, VOALA offers Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs, which provide after-school academic help and test preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. VOALA’s other youth initiatives are directed toward homelessness, gang prevention, and mentorship. For more information about VOALA’s programs for children, youth, and adults, visit

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Volunteers of America Helps Veterans

Alicia Procello Maddox serves as the president of the Avery Dennison Foundation as well as the vice president of corporate social responsibility for the Avery Dennison Corporation. In these positions, Alicia Procello Maddox is involved with global grant making and employee engagement strategies. Aside from work, Ms. Maddox is involved with numerous organizations including Volunteers of America Los Angeles, where she serves on the board.

Volunteers of America, founded in 1896, has spent more than 100 years working to help every person reach their potential, no matter their current circumstance. As such, the organization provides support and services to women, children, youth, families, and adults in need. Volunteers of America is also committed to serving veterans.

Programs addressing the specific needs of veterans focus on issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, homelessness, and unemployment. A variety of programs are in place that support veterans. The Veterans Service Center in downtown Los Angeles serves as the first point of contact for referrals to all other programs catering to veterans through Volunteers of America. Depending on an individual’s needs, he or she may be referred to programs such as the Supportive Services for Veteran Families which helps provide the skills necessary for housing stability, or the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides individuals with employment training. 

Programs through Volunteers of America serve an estimated two million individuals each year in hundreds of communities. As one of the largest and most comprehensive service organizations in the nation, Volunteers of America continues to positively impact those that could use additional skills and assistance.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Public Health Advocates and the Fight Against Diabetes in California

Public health advocate Alicia Procello Maddox leads the Avery Dennison Foundation in Glendale, California. As organization president and vice president of community investment, she oversees grantmaking and employee engagement strategies throughout the Fortune 500 company. Alicia Procello Maddox concurrently serves as a board member of Public Health Advocates, and recently moderated a conference on diabetes prevention for the organization.

Public Health Advocates, previously known as the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, facilitates public health initiatives at the local level. By partnering with neighborhoods and schools, it helps ordinary institutions become positive forces for improving public health in California and beyond. 

In California, more than half of adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes. Public Health Advocates suggests that this is partially because of economic inequalities in the state. Many traditionally low-income areas have limited access to both healthy foods and recreation areas for playing and exercising. 

In order to combat these issues, Public Health Advocates has been listening to concerns from people with diabetes to learn how best to serve their families. This targeted effort began in 2016, and has been working to make diabetes prevention a high priority in California.