|Canine Companions and Prudential Form National Partnership|
NEWARK, N.J., August 30, 2012 - Prudential Group Insurance, a business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU), will enter into a sponsorship with Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) further expanding the company’s commitment to the disability community.
“Prudential and Canine Companions share an optimistic disability philosophy and a common mission in promoting increased independence for those who are disabled,” said Jean Wiskowski, chief marketing officer for Prudential Group Insurance. “Prudential is very happy to partner with Canine Companions to help it deliver on its mission of enhancing the lives of people living with disabilities.”
Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. In addition, the organization delivers the support and training necessary to ensure enduring partnerships between the dogs and graduates who have a range of 100 physical and / or cognitive impairments.
“Prudential demonstrates its commitment to people with disabilities every day through innovative wellness and return to work programs. We are delighted to welcome Prudential as our partner,” said CCI Chief Executive Officer Corey Hudson. “Prudential’s support will help us broaden our reach through a national outreach and awareness campaign, including our inaugural National Volunteer Leadership Conference.”
Canine Companions’ inaugural Volunteer Leadership Conference, being held August 23-25 in Santa Rosa, California, honors and provides educational information to the organization’s 3000 volunteers. “It’s important to us to be actively engaged with Canine Companions, and one way we do just that is providing our support to their many volunteers at the conference,” said Wiskowski. Canine Companions breeds and trains assistance dogs and ensures the longevity of companion partnerships by carefully matching a dog’s skills with the needs of the disabled person. Canine Companions trains four types of assistance dogs to master over 40 specialized commands: Service Dogs, Skilled Companions, Hearing Dogs, and Facility Dogs. After completing training, the dogs are teamed with a graduate during an intensive two week training period.
Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of trained assistance dogs with five regional training centers across the country. Established in 1975, Canine Companions provides highly trained assistance dogs to children and adults with disabilities and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. For more information about CCI, visit http://www.cci.org.
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