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• Safeway announced that it has launched a month-long fundraising and awareness campaign to support what it calls “two of the most respected organizations providing services and hope for people with disabilities: Easter Seals and Special Olympics.”

The company said that the April campaign “is designed to fund regional rehabilitation services and autism programs, job training grants, and athletes participating in Special Olympics games. For the second year running, Safeway is celebrating with its nearly 10,000 special needs employees and urging other businesses to provide job opportunities for this important part of the workforce.”

• Sprouts Farmers Markets announced that it is celebrating Earth Day this year with a “Stand Up for State Parks!” campaign that will have the company hosting educational events and raising money to benefit the state park systems of Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, which it says are being threatened by budget and staffing cuts.

Sprouts has pledged to match donations in each of its stores up to $31,000 chain-wide.

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