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Emotional Support House Plants illustration by Kaelen Felix for 360 MAGAZINE

How to Pick The Right Emotional Support House Plant

By Dana Feeney

Why should you get plants?

Lockdown has taken its toll on us all, especially on those living in cities restricted to their apartments. Since many people haven’t had access to nature since the Coronavirus pandemic started last March, many have turned to house plants to satisfy that need. Owning house plants has many benefits, including purifying air, improving the vibe of environments by adding life, and giving people something to take care of in their free time.

Plants are a delicate and bright way to help decorate your space and being around plants has a positive effect on people’s mood, productivity, and creativity.Taking care of plants is a therapeutic and rewarding way to put time and energy into your own space, even when you aren’t feeling your best. Studies have shown that talking or singing to your house plants increases their growth rate because of the increased CO2, or maybe because they just like your company.

What kind of plant is right for you?

All plants need light, water, and somewhere to grow. Some plants are less work to take care of than others because they are less picky about their environments. Taking care of some plants is as simple as giving them water when their soil is dry, but some have more specific needs like what type of lighting they prefer or if they grow more after getting cut back. Some plants have different functions, like those that serve as decorations or herbs that you can use to cook or make cocktails.

If you struggle with remembering to water your plants but like to have greenery in your space, snake plants or aloe may be for you. Both aloe and snake plants come in many color variations and function as beautiful decorations. They are happy living in a pot on a windowsill or balcony with bright indirect light or in rooms with lower light. These plants are drought resistant; they only need to be watered every 2-4 weeks, depending on how much light they get. They’ll be just fine until you remember to water them. Although, for the truly forgetful, it may be a good idea to set a two-week recurring event in your phone calendar to remind you to give your plants some love.

If you can keep up with weekly watering and want to grow your collection, then pothos or zz plants may be a good choice for you. Pothos, zz plants, aloe, and snake plants are air purifiers that remove pollutants such as benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene from the air. They are slightly different: zz plants are plants that sprout bright green leaves upwards, while pothos are trailing plants that grow vines that hang down over the sides of their planter. They both need water every 7-14 days, depending on light conditions. These plants tend to grow faster in brighter conditions, but they can live in lower light. The most important thing to remember about pothos and zz plants is that they are toxic to cats, dogs, and people. To avoid accidental consumption, it is best to place them out of reach of pets and children.

Both of these are great plants for propagation. Propagating your plants gives you more plants without having to pay for them. With pothos, you can cut a vine at a node with at least one leaf and put it in water. Glass bottles, like kombucha or wine bottles, are great vessels to use for propagation. Fill the bottle with water and add your cutting with the node in the water. Once there are about two inches of root growth, transfer it to a new pot or back to the original to create a full curtain of pothos. Zz plants tend to do better with propagation by division. You can do this by removing the plant from its pot, dividing the plant in half or more depending on its size, and then repotting the resulting plants. This method allows the new plants plenty of room to grow.

If you can keep up with regular watering and like to cook, an herb garden may be a great fit for you. Basil, mint, sage, and rosemary are all versatile herbs that grow well indoors. Rosemary is the easiest to manage, only needing water every 1-2 weeks. Basil, mint, and sage need more attention because they require water every 2-3 days; their leaves wilt when they need water. You have to harvest these plants semi regularly to prevent them from flowering. It’s easy to keep up with if you are using them occasionally in the kitchen. You can plant rosemary, basil, and sage in one large planter, but it’s best to keep mint in its own pot because it tends to smother other plants.

Where can you go to get plants?

All of the plants mentioned above are common and generally easy to find regardless of where you live. Local plant nurseries are a reliable option when buying plants or supplies like potting soil or planters. Some grocery stores, like Trader Joe’s, tend to sell house plants and herbs. The Sill, Bloomscape, Horti, and Home Depot all have online options for ordering plants to your house. The Sill, Bloomscape, and Horti also have subscription services that will deliver new plants to your home already potted and ready to go.

Wherever you buy your plants from, it’s always good to remove them from the container they come in and repot them. You should repot them to check that your new plant’s roots are healthy and not rotted or root-bound. You can either put them back into the original container or a new container. Planters are also a fun way to decorate your space. For more information on how to take care of your plants, The Sill, Bloomscape, and Horti have portions of their sites dedicated to plant care and advice and, in a pinch, you can always google specific questions.

If you are just getting into owning plants or are just looking to shake up your collection make sure to do your research when buying plants. The easiest way to get plants that will thrive is match their needs with care you can reliably provide for them. Remember sometimes plants die, it’s an unavoidable truth of owning a living thing. If a plant of yours dies, try to understand what may have gone wrong and try to not repeat the mistake in the future. Life is about living and learning so just do your best.

Aloe Plant photographed by Dana Feeney

Zz Plant photographed by Vaughn Lowery

Pothos Plant photographed by Dana Feeney

Apartment hacks illustration inside 360 MAGAZINE

Small Apartment Hacks

Is your apartment so cramped it feels more like a prison cell than a home?

When you live in a small apartment such as a studio, you’ll be constantly battling to find space for all your stuff.

But the more stuff you have, the more claustrophobic your home becomes, creating disorder and stress, making you want to leave just to catch a breath.

But it needn’t be that way.

Because here you’ll find some really smart small apartment hacks that’ll maximize your space and transform your home for the better.

  1. Lighten Up

Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a home, particularly when it’s lacking in space. Not only does it affect how the space feels, but it also has a huge impact on your psychological wellbeing.

If your apartment is dark and gloomy like a cave, you’ll feel dark and gloomy yourself. Plus you’ll struggle to find things, create excess stress, and it creates the effect of a smaller living space.

To begin with, try to get as much natural light in as possible as it’s far better than artificial. So keep your windows as clutter-free as you can. If you can’t get much light, you can get some lightbulbs that mimic natural light and work great.

The lighting will also affect where you put things like furniture. So of course you’ll want more light in areas such as a workspace and kitchen, but maybe a dimmer, cozy lighting for your lounge or bedroom.

  1. Command Your Colors

In a similar way to light, all colors have a profound effect on how we feel in a space. They can brighten up a place or darken it. They can work exquisitely with the design flow, or they can clash quite horrifically.

Therefore, it’s best to have colors that work well together such as similar shades (e.g. white or cream with pastel yellow or blue).

Of course the lighter the colors, the more vibrant and spacious the space will feel.

Naturalistic colors like green, blue, yellow, and brown, all have a calming effect and have even shown to boost mood and reduce stress.

Strong, dark colors like black or red can have the opposite effect such as increased energy and productivity.

Achieving optimal lighting and color schemes are among the most effective life hacks for small apartments. So experiment with it and be strategic in matching them to the space accordingly.

  1. Smarter Storage

The one thing we always need more of is storage. Of course the longer we live somewhere, the more stuff we accumulate.

But storage doesn’t have to end at boxes, cupboards, and drawers. In fact, you can easily take what storage you have and give it an upgrade to maximize its capacity.

Here are some quick storage hacks anyone can make:

  • Add hanging racks and shelves to your closet
  • Use caddies to store extra things on existing furniture
  • Install a mirror cabinet in the bathroom
  • Place a shelving unit around the sink or toilet, or hang one in the shower
  • Place sticky hooks inside cupboard doors to hold pot lids and utensils
  • Add extra clip-on shelves to cupboards and wardrobes

These are just a few creative Ikea hacks that take full advantage of empty space that would otherwise go unused. With a little creativity, you’ll be surprised at what extra space you can make.

  1. Slicker Shelving

Shelves are a great way to use empty wall space, but at the same time, you don’t want to feel like you’re trapped in a library. Bookshelves are also quite cumbersome and require some of your precious floor space to stand.

A good fix for this is to put up floating shelves. They’re easy to install, take up very little room (no brackets!), and they look very minimal and neat. Definitely worth a try.

Alternatively, if you have a corner to spare, stick a corner bookshelf there. These are great as they make use of an area that isn’t typically used, and you can take it all the way to the ceiling if you like!

Shelves can be added almost anywhere with little space or effort, so take a good look around your place and make use of wasted space.

  1. Furniture That Flourishes

You may feel attached to your chair or bed, but is it really a good fit for a smaller space?

These days there’s all sorts of multipurpose furniture that not only saves you space but increases it significantly.

If you have space under your bed already that’s great, but did you know you could get raisers to lift your bed higher, creating even more space beneath?

If not, the other options include a bed with built-in drawers, a raising bed lid with storage underneath, a folding futon, or you could even install a wall-mounted pull-down bed so it can be folded away during the day.

And the folding frenzy doesn’t end there!

Take a look at your other furniture and see if you can find a folding substitute. You can get all sorts of smart, space-saving chairs, tables, and desks to bring out as and when they’re needed. Then stowed away neatly out of sight.

If you don’t like the foldable stuff, why not opt for something clearer. Glass tables and clear acrylic chairs are less noticeable as you can see right through them, making your space appear a little more spacious.

  1. Bring the Outdoors In

If you’ve ever walked amongst nature, or even relaxed in a garden, you’ll have surely noticed the effects it had on your wellbeing.

The great outdoors brings the benefits of sunshine, fresh air, open space, and lots of green goodness, all of which creates feelings of calm and relaxation.

What’s more, the color green has been shown to boost creativity as well as a calming, stress-relieving effect.

So when you’re confined to a smaller space, it makes sense to bring as much of the outdoors into your home. Just don’t turn it into a jungle!

You can add these elements of freshness and tranquillity by simply adding a few plants here and there. And to save space, try placing them on shelves, hanging baskets, or on the window sill.

  1. Tidy up and Get Creative

Okay, it might go without saying that keeping tidy creates more space, but by organizing things and maintaining cleanliness regularly ensures you keep that space you’ve created.

When a space is cluttered, your mind feels cluttered and chaotic. So by reducing your clutter, things become more organized, ordered, and easier to maintain.

Put your own stamp on the place with some creative approaches such as putting your mirror on the back of a door, or dividing up a room with a wall made out of a bookshelf unit.

If you’re a dab hand at DIY, get your tools out and start building some of your own hacks to organize your space. This allows you to customize your creations to your purpose and your liking.

Small Apartment Hacks Bring Huge Potential

Living in a smaller space might feel limiting at first, but by implementing these small apartment hacks, you can maximize the space and make it a home to be proud of.

Aside from creating a more liveable and inviting home, you can really add some character that no one else has in theirs.

And once you’ve got everything perfectly organized and tailored to your liking, you’ll feel so much better in yourself as well as your amazing home.

The Healthy, Soft Hands Package

If all your efforts to keep germ free are taking a toll on your skin, then it’s time to revamp your wash routine with Plaine Products.

This eco-friendly body brand is on a mission to rid the world of single use plastics while helping you nourish and protect your skin. Their products are made with safe non-GMO ingredients and packed in refillable, aluminum bottles–good for the body and good for the earth.

Choose a targeted solution from their full line, or build your ultimate Healthy Hands Care Package with these top products:

• Peppermint Hand Sanitizer — This blend of 70% ethyl alcohol and antimicrobial/antiviral peppermint essential oil exceeds CDC recommendations to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria. Not to mention it smells great!

• Citrus Lavender Hand Wash — Give your kitchen and bath a fresh and invigorating scent while washing away germs without harsh chemicals.

• Citrus Lavender Body Lotion — Once clean, slather on this lightweight, hydrating lotion made with pure aloe and rose hips oil.


Thanks to their amazing customers, Plaine Products has diverted over 200,000 plastic bottles from landfills and oceans in the last two years! Even in the face of the pandemic, they continue to make a difference thanks to a social distancing distribution process and safe sanitization procedures.

All Plaine Products are vegan, non-GMO, and free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and palm oil. Plus, they are cruelty free and Leaping Bunny Certified.

Allison Christensen is an artist and specializes in illustration art.

Allison Christensen

Allison Christensen, is a New Jersey-based illustrator, attending Moore College of Art & Design. She is heavily inspired by plants and nature. Her style tends to be lighthearted with clean lines and a minimalist neutral color palette. Illustration has always been an outlet for her to express herself. Ever since she was a child, drawing fun and silly pictures have always brought her joy no matter what situation she was in. Allison was bullied excessively and at one point, she even had to be homeschooled for a year.

She always knew she wanted to do something artistic as a career. It wasn’t until her Junior year of high school when she knew what that would be. When she was visiting art colleges and getting portfolio reviews, one of the students introduced her to illustration design. Allison immediately knew that illustration art was what she needed to do for the rest of her life. She wants others to be able to look at her art and make their day brighter, even if it is just for a brief moment.

Plant Burger illustrated by Mina Tocalini for 360 MAGAZINE.

Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat, Inc, a leader in plant-based meat, announced today it will report results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2020 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 after market close.

The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results at 4:30 p.m. ET. Investors interested in participating in the live call can dial 866-221-1171 from the U.S. and 270-215-9602 internationally. A telephone replay will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through Wednesday, August 19, 2020, by dialing 855-859-2056 from the U.S., or 404-537-3406 from international locations, and entering confirmation code 4658234.

There will also be a simultaneous, live webcast available on the Investors section of the Company’s website at www.beyondmeat.com. The webcast will be archived for 30 days.

Beyond Meat, Inc. (NASDAQ: BYND) is one of the fastest growing food companies in the United States, offering a portfolio of revolutionary plant-based meats. Founded in 2009, Beyond Meat has a mission of building meat directly from plants, an innovation that enables consumers to experience the taste, texture and other sensory attributes of popular animal-based meat products while enjoying the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating its plant-based meat products. Beyond Meat’s brand commitment, Eat What You Love™, represents a strong belief that by eating its portfolio of plant-based meats, consumers can enjoy more, not less, of their favorite meals, and by doing so, help address concerns related to resource conservation and animal welfare. Beyond Meat’s portfolio of plant-based proteins were available at approximately 94,000 retail and foodservice outlets in 75 countries worldwide as of March 28, 2020.

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Planting for Pollinators

The family yard is now the safe outdoor space to relax, play and de-stress, especially during these challenging times when so many are sheltering at home. The TurfMutt Foundation reminds families that nature starts right outside your back door – and one way to help nature is to make sure your yard supports our very important pollinators.

About 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat exists because of pollinators, and 75% of the world’s flowering plants depend on pollinators to reproduce. On top of that, more than 3,500 species of bees help increase crop yields.

June is National Pollinators Month and June 22-28 is designated as “National Pollinator Week.” Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of the Interior. Pollinator Week is  a great opportunity to encourage people to do more in their backyards to support pollinators. Our yards, parks and other green spaces are growing even more critical in recent times not only for the health of the planet, but also for that of humans.

The TurfMutt Foundation has developed an infographic on planting for pollinators so that anyone can provide critical food and shelter to these essential species.

Access the infographic and get planting here.

CHIA PET × KIDROBOT

What happens when Frank Kozik’s iconic pop art figure the Labbit collides with the classic nostalgia of Ch-ch-ch-chia? A glazed terracotta, mustache wearing, butthole baring, cigarette smokin’, pack-Labbit, of course. Introducing the newest creation by world-renowned artist and Kidrobot Chief Creative Officer, Frank Kozik, the Chia Pet Smorkin Labbit Terracotta Art Figure. Whether it’s on your kitchen windowsill, given prominent placement on your coffee table, or on your bedroom nightstand watching you while you sleep at night, this limited edition Chia Labbit is a must-have home companion that will definitely start some conversations with guests. Plus… It’s a Chia Pet!  Apply the chia seeds (packet provided) and water and your smoking Labbit friend will be lighting up and sprouting in no time!
 

Each figure retails for $29.99. Three limited-edition versions are now available in the USA:

  • Black Edition – Limited edition of 400.  Available for order only on Kidrobot’s website at Kidrobot.com.
  • Orange Edition – Limited edition of 200.  Available for order only on Kidrobot’s website at Kidrobot.com.
  • White Edition – Limited edition of 400.  Available for order at Kidrobot authorized art toy retail stores which can be found with Kidrobot’s Store Locator: https://www.kidrobot.com/apps/store-locator/

BlissLights

Make your home and yard glow with ONE light that creates thousands of sparkles. Light up your surroundings with BlissLights for Fall Parties, Halloween and the Holiday Season.

BlissLights and the BlissBulb can both be used indoor and outdoor! Either twist a BlissBulb into any light socket and watch it light up an area or simply plug in the traditional BlissLights for a starry glow, too!

Creates thousand of pinpoint sparkles with just one light. Great for parties indoor and out, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are sure to wow your guests!

  • Energy efficient and easy to use
  • BlissLight
  • Are great for landscape creating a colorful glow when shining on plants
  • Provide a magical lighting experience whether indoors or outdoors

Whether you are celebrating the fun of fall returning (tailgating parties?!?!) or gearing up for the holiday season, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are an easy and innovative way to light up your home!

BlissBulbs are $27.99
BlissLights are $59.99

Learn more on blisslights.com

ANDAZ MAYAKOBA RESORT RIVIERA MAYA

ANAUM WELLNESS & SPA AT ANDAZ MAYAKOBA RESORT RIVIERA MAYA LAUNCHES NEW MENU

~ Refreshing New Spa Menu Highlights Local Ingredients, Beauty Partners and Mayan-Inspired Treatments in Lush Natural Setting ~

 

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Naum Wellness & Spa, the 10,000-square foot verdant wellness hideaway at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, has just launched a new spa menu. The new menu, which incorporates many local and natural ingredients, brings in traditional Mayan rituals and offers a variety of spa services promoting health, beauty and inner harmony. The spa’s namesake, Naum, is the Mayan God of consciousness and mind. The Mayan-influenced spa, whose décor follows the same theme as the menu, is simply designed to blend into its lush jungle surroundings, immersing guests into the culture and nature of the region. The six open and airy treatment suites have oversized windows with beautiful decks and striking green views that bring guests a sense of peaceful relaxation.

The new spa menu, which has been carefully curated by Spa Manager Daniel Escalante, is inspired by native Mayan traditions known as “rituals”, which are reflective of the mind, body and spirit. The new treatment Rituals on the menu include the Ritual Sac Ki, which frees the body of harmful toxins and reveals fresher and brighter skin with a dry exfoliation using “Sac Ki”, the Mayan word for white henequen considered the green gold for the Mayan culture. This is followed by an invigorating massage with the anti-inflammatory power of the sacred copal oil. The second Ritual is the Ritual de Ixi’im y Chia, which offers the antioxidant power of the exotic Blue Corn and the purifying power of “Chia”, the Mayan word for “Strength”. The treatment also includes a nourishing massage with shea butter enriched with the regenerative benefits of calendula extract. Couples can reconnect with each other and renew their love through one of the Lovers Retreat rituals including the Eternal Romance Ritual which combines Swedish massage and hot stones with the exquisite aphrodisiac synergy of clove essential oil and wild roses. Rituals range from 90 to 120 minutes and are priced between $349 for a single treatment to $539 for the couple’s treatments.

The Naum Rituals were created to pay homage to oneself and the Mayan Gods, and to find harmony based on the guest’s selected area of wellness intention – whether that be Clarity (Tsoolik), Rest (He’lel), Strength (Muuk’) or Connection (Molcintah). Each Ritual is a three-part experience, alluding to the balancing nature of the number three with a beginning, middle and end. The Rituals begins with a Mayan Time of Reflection, followed by the treatment experience itself, and concludes with a Mayan Celebration to help guests balance and reconnect with themselves and the universe.

Apart from the traditional Rituals, spa guests can also choose from a selection of facials, massages and body treatments, many of which feature local and natural ingredients. Valuing the importance of the science of beauty care, Andaz Mayakoba created specific treatments in partnership with innovative beauty brands such as Naturopathica and Barbor, renowned for their high-quality formulas that contain natural plant extracts mixed with technology to combat a variety of skin problems.  Highlights from the new menu include the following:

 

Naum Signature Treatment, 90 minutes, $316

This unique four-hand sensory treatment combines Volcanic Stones, Swedish Rhythmic techniques and a custom synergy of essential oils to stimulate the vital energy of the body, and brings all muscles and senses to maximum relaxation reaching the connection between mind, body and spirit.

 

Mayan Stone Massage, 60/90 minutes, $167/$237

This Mayan-influenced massage induces the flow of vital energy through the stimulation of each of the body’s centers, harmonizing mind, body and spirit, in addition to improving the circulatory system and releasing toxins from the skin.

Vitamin C Facial by Barbor, 60 minutes, $192

The Vitamin C Facial by Barbor is a true cosmetic jewel that contains a fresh texture and revitalizing citrus aroma for all skin types, including the most damaged. With an active concentrate of 20% Vitamin C, the treatment increases the production of collagen and the luminosity of the skin for a smoother complexion and firm and bright skin tone, protecting the skin from the sun.

Gentleman’s Facial by Barbor, 60 minutes, $192

The Gentleman’s Facial is a barber style facial designed for the demanding male skin, which is subject to stress. Taurec, the powerful exclusive active ingredient of the series BARBOR MEN, soothes the skin and enhances its energy and vitality.

Anti-Aging Facial by Naturopathica, 90 minutes, $264

In partnership with Naturopathica, the anti-aging facial is a reparative, regenerating and corrective treatment that combats the signs of aging. Active ingredients Argan Plant Stem Cells, Matrixyl synthe’6 and a Tri-Retional blend work together to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and firmness.

 

Xoco – Tequila Body Wrap, 60 minutes, $187

This locally inspired treatment revitalizes the skin and combats stress with powerful Mexican antioxidants. Chocolate and tequila, in addition to being delicious delicacies, have the ability to preserve beauty and youth while relaxing the mind and senses on a path to emotional well-being.

Jade Oro y Plata Body Wrap, 60 minutes, $187

This natural body treatment embodies mineral and dazzling wisdom with this ancestral elixir of jade, gold and silver, stimulating cell regeneration, blood circulation and bringing luminosity to the skin.

The spa offers an array of additional services ranging from hand and feet rituals to wellness experiences including yoga, meditation and personal training. Access to Naum Spa’s Hydrotherapy services are complimentary with the purchase of any spa ritual.

“After seeing the success of our Naum Wellness & Spa in our first year of opening, we are excited to debut a completely refreshed menu for our valued guests,” said Spa Manager Daniel Escalante. “We have partnered with innovative beauty brands that share our values of sustainability and holistic well-being and have introduced new treatments and rituals that incorporate indigenous methods and local ingredients that are native to Mexico. From the moment they step in the spa, guests will have a completely immersive and authentic experience into the region’s nature and culture.”

For more information, visit: http://mayakoba.andaz.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.

 

About Andaz Mayakoba Resort Rivera Maya
The newest addition to idyllic Mayakoba, Andaz Mayakoba Resort in Rivera Maya, Mexico invites guests to a hidden paradise – a place where style meets nature in an innovative hospitality experience. The resort’s breathtaking design reflects the native Mayan culture and features 214 guestrooms, including 41 luxury suites. Stimulating upscale experiences entertain guests, whether immersing in a lushly preserved mangrove environment, sunbathing in one of two outdoor pools, relaxing in the 10,000-square-foot Naum Wellness and Spa, experiencing the state-of-the-art Kimbo Kid’s Club, or unwinding on the pristine white sanded Caribbean beach. For meetings and events, the property offers 14,000 square-feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meeting space. Additionally, four unique restaurants and bars offer the distinguished culinary experiences for which Andaz® hotels are known for, and all with stunning views of the pools, lagoon, and ocean. Andaz Mayakoba Resort brings to life locally inspired and indigenous experiences and authentic Mexican hospitality. For more information, please visit andazmayakoba.com and follow at facebook.com/andazmayakoba, twitter.com/andazmayakoba, and instagram.com/andazmayaoba.mx.

About Andaz
Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz hotels weave the sights, sounds and tastes of their surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each local destination. Through personalized, unscripted service, Andaz creates a barrier-free environment where guests are encouraged to explore their personal sense of style and become inspired by the spirit of the culture around them. Sixteen Andaz hotels are currently open: Andaz 5th Avenue and Andaz Wall Street in New York, Andaz San Diego, Andaz West Hollywood, Andaz Napa, Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Andaz Savannah, Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica, Andaz London Liverpool Street, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, Andaz Delhi, Andaz Xintiandi in Shanghai, and Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills. For more information, please visit andaz.com. Follow @Andaz on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, and tag photos with #WhenInAndaz.

National AIDS Memorial × Quest Diagnostics 100K Grant 

National AIDS Memorial Receives $100,000 Grant from Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial to announce a $100,000 grant to Bolster Community Volunteer WorkdaysQuest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial to announce a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018.

The Quest Diagnostics grant, one of the largest received by the National AIDS Memorial, will support the memorial’s Community Volunteer Workday program in 2018, help fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements. The grant will also help underwrite the National AIDS Memorial World AIDS Day commemoration events on November 30 and December 1.

“We are grateful for the support of Quest Diagnostics, as this grant comes at a critical time in our efforts to tell the story of people who have died from AIDS and ensure their stories are known by future generations,” said John Cunningham, Executive Director, National AIDS Memorial. “The community volunteer workdays are at the heart of our mission and this grant provides important funding to support keeping our 10-acre memorial a beautiful space for healing and remembrance.”

Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays at the National Aids Memorial, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours.

“Quest Diagnostics has been a long-time supporter of the National AIDS Memorial and its mission and we are proud to expand our commitment through this grant,” said Thomas Patrick Plewman, General Manager, IDI/General Health and Wellness, Quest Diagnostics. “The memorial is a special place where people from all around the world come to remember loved ones lost to AIDS, which is why we’re proud to help maintain this national landmark and support the memorial’s community activities.”

Nearly 30 years ago, an original Quest Diagnostics company was the first to develop a test that identified the presence of HIV. As of 2014, an estimated 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV and less than half have ever been tested for the HIV virus. As a leading provider of diagnostics information services, Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to advancing disease management for the HIV community and raising the standards of care in HIV diagnostics and beyond. Whether a patient is dealing with HIV or another condition, Quest Diagnostics helps collaborate and provide accurate information so patients can make the best decisions for their health and well-being.

About the National AIDS Memorial
: The National AIDS Memorial is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. The National AIDS Memorial, known as “the Grove”, was created twenty-five years ago in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a place where those impacted by AIDS could both grieve and begin the process of healing. In 1996, legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi was signed into law by President Bill Clinton that elevated “the Grove” as this nation’s sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial. Today, nearly 40,000 individuals from around the world have contributed 200,000 volunteer hours to support the National AIDS Memorial and its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and the story is known by future generations. For more information visit www.aidsmemorial.org, follow on Facebook @NationalAIDSMemorial and Twitter @AIDS_Memorial.


(Left to Right) Volunteer Todd Watkins and Ashwini Dumaswala, Sr. Director, Quest Diagnostics join more than one-hundred community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial for the last Community Volunteer Workday of the year where Quest Diagnostics announced a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018. Quest Diagnostics is dedicated to advancing disease management for the HIV community and is a leading provider of diagnostics information services. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)
 

More than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial gatherer for the last workday of 2017. Since 1991, nearly 40,000 volunteers have participated in more than 300 Community Volunteer Workdays at the National Aids Memorial, donating more than 200,000 volunteer hours and planting more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs. The sacred ground of the 10-acre, living memorial honors all who have confronted the tragic HIV/AIDS pandemic; those who have died, and those who have shared their struggle, kept the vigils and supported each other during their final hours. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)
  


Quest Diagnostics employees and executives joined more than 100 community volunteers at the National AIDS Memorial during the last Community Volunteer Workday of 2017 to announce a $100,000 grant to bolster the memorial’s volunteer workday program in 2018. The grant from Quest Diagnostics will support the memorial’s Community Volunteer Workday program in 2018 and help fund new equipment, plants, trees and shrubberies and support maintenance and hardscape improvements. events. (Photo credit: Marvin Morris)