Santa Ana, CA
At Goodwill of Orange County, we believe in changing lives. We believe individuals with disabilities or other challenges should have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. Whether re-entering the job market or joining the workplace for the first time, they should have the prospect of attaining even greater self confidence and personal worth.By providing quality education, training and employment services, we empower individuals to be productive and independent based on their abilities and interests.Our MissionGoodwill is in the business of helping people who are facing barriers to get and keep jobs, which provides purpose, pride and dignity. We believe the power of work changes lives.Our VisionOver the next five years we intend to double the number of people we serve by providing services that are innovative and driven by the needs of the community.What We DoSince 1924, Goodwill of Orange County has helped people with disabilities find employment, become independent and support themselves and their families. We’re proud of our heritage and have a rich, active history in the local community. We provide a comprehensive array of education, training, and employment services to assist individuals to overcome barriers to employment and to succeed at home, at work, or at school.Program participants are paid for their work based on their level of productivity and ability (we focus on a person's ability, not their disability).Our program participants are trained in Packaging and Assembly, Custodial Services, Maintenance, Retail Sales, Retail Processing, Document Destruction and E-waste Solutions and Recycling.Program participants are referred to Goodwill by the Regional Center of Orange County, the Department of Rehabilitation for the State of California, local schools, hospitals, and insurance companies.LEARN MORE
New Orleans, LA
Founded by Brad Pitt in 2007, Make It Right builds homes, buildings and communities for people in need. All Make It Right projects are LEED Platinum certified and Cradle to Cradle inspired – meeting the highest standards of green building. Through innovative partnerships and community-led design sessions, we are working in neighborhoods across the country and educating others to change the way buildings are designed and built. What started as an effort to rebuild safe, sustainable homes in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina has led to innovations in affordable homebuilding – proof that high-quality, healthy homes can and should be available for everyone.Our MissionTo build safe, Cradle to Cradle inspired homes, buildings and communities for people in need.Our VisionAround the world, people are living in healthy communities and affordable, high-quality, environmentally sustainable homes.How We BuildMake It Right builds homes and buildings for communities in need. Our homes meet the highest standards in green building; they are LEED Platinum certified and inspired by Cradle to Cradle thinking. We want to change the building industry to make energy-efficient, healthy homes affordable for everyone.We constantly work to improve our homes, experimenting with materials and construction methods to make our homes more sustainable and affordable. Our work in New Orleans is a laboratory for cost-effective green building; we’re taking what we’ve learned on our inaugural project and using it to help other communities in need like Newark, NJ and Kansas City, MO.LEARN MORE
Water For People is an international nonprofit working across 9 countries to bring safe water and sanitation to 4 million people. For us, it's not just about building wells, installing toilets, and setting up pumps, but about creating long-term, sustainable change. We talk to community members, governments, and business owners to find out what they need to feel healthy, safe, and empowered. Then we build capacity from the ground up and top down, changing entire systems so we won’t have to be around forever – but water and sanitation services will last for generations to come.1.8 billion people around the world don't have access to safe water and 2.4 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. Women and children spend more than 4 hours walking for water each day, and more than 840,000 people die each year from water-related diseases.We want to see communities break free from the cycle of poverty and spend time growing, learning, and thriving, instead of walking for water and fighting off illness. We're working to reach Everyone Forever with safe water and sanitation.VisionA world where every person has access to reliable and safe water and sanitation services...MissionWater For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments. ValuesOur values are based on demonstrating integrity in all we do.Accountability – to communities, partners and each otherCourage – to innovate, to risk, to leadEmpowerment – of citizens, families and local institutionsPartnership – on the ground, in the sector and at all levels of governmentTransparency – in what we do, what it costs and what is working...
Sust`āinable Molokai is a local, grassroots group formed to inspire youth and all Molokai residents to work toward a more sustainable future for our island. As a community-led and driven process, we adopt a broad and inclusive approach. We draw upon the strengths inherent in our island's close-knit community and seek to cultivate symbiotic and diverse partnerships for projects designed to become self-supporting. We conduct education and advocacy work that honors traditional and cultural pathways alongside modern strategies for sustainability. We build partnerships and call upon community networks to restore `āina momona (abundance) to the land and people.Today, Molokai is fortunate to have a community process that protects and enhances the unique lifestyle of its people. Embedded in Molokai’s history and cultural practices, this process is a means in which the community can greet, survey and share intentions with entities not already established in our community. The combined elements of this process can be referred to as ‘protocol’, and the aim of this document is to provide a better understanding of Molokai’s method of interaction.A Sense of PurposeAn onslaught of environmental and cultural threats has for decades forced Molokai’s community to respond reactively in order to protect its resources. Although these conflicts laid the foundation for modern Hawaiian activism and the Hawaiian renaissance which followed, the constant fight has left our community weary and, at times, vulnerable. A great opportunity exists now, as we implement a process that proactively calls out who we are, what we value, and what type of community partners will complement our community-building efforts.Advocating for the CommunityAfter years of protecting our open spaces and rural nature, Molokai’s community is not only providing relevancy, it is providing leadership to a world striving to live sustainably. We value those who are interested in making our island a healthy, sustainable and vibrant community....
The Lummi Nation Service Organization was chartered by the Lummi Nation as a non-profit organization and adopted into tribal law in 1997. Since this time we have been sponsors of such programs as:Lummi Nation Ventures PartnershipPaddle to LummiLummi Youth Academy, Victims of CrimeCeremonial Houses, Canoe clubsMany other community projectsThe Lummi Nation Services Organization has a unique relationship with the Lummi Nation as it has the ability to apply for funding and create a fiscal sponsorship through mutual agreement between the funding agency and the program requesting funds.MissionOur mission is to protect and improve the health and quality of life for the people of the Lummi Nation by supporting and strengthening programs, projects and special initiatives—especially those organized to promote social well-being, education, culture and civic purposes.We provide Fiscal Sponsorships to programs to leverage the non-profit status; such as the Lummi Ventures Partnership, the Lummi Community Development Finance Institute, Grandma’s Little Helpers, and working with other tribal programs such as the Lummi Victims of Crime to research funding opportunities to provide services to the community and create linkages between funding agencies and existing partners.LEARN MORE
Little Rock, AR
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.Our WorkSince 1944, Heifer has helped transform the lives of more than 18.5 million families (94.5 million people) by giving them gifts of cows, goats and other livestock. Along with the animals, families receive training in animal care and conservation for environmentally sound agricultural development. There is also training in community development, gender equity, sharing and caring, strategic planning and other subjects as needed, including literacy. The process takes several years and is not declared successful until the community shows sustained improvement in nutrition, income and self-reliance. Heifer International works in more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Central and Eastern Europe, and in the United States, using culturally and geographically appropriate livestock such as water buffalo, llamas and poultry in additional to cows, goats, sheep and other more conventional farm animals. Heifer International also provides bees, tree seedlings and worms to increase farm production and sustainability. Passing on the GiftThe core of our model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. We do this by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it's thanks to the generosity of donors like you.LEARN MORE
The Infinite Foundation, Inc. (TIF) was ultimately founded to provide the community with an opportunity to informally network from every discipline within the public and private sectors, to share up-to-date social, economic and cultural information, and to foster humanitarian services to the homeless and needy. Today, our work spans the following program areas: HealthcareWellness and human servicesMedical missionArt, Culture, and FestivalsYouth leadership and skills developmentAmateur sports development Educational support programs We aim to be a leading supporter of efforts to promote policies for better living, respect for the rule of law, human services of minorities, orphanages, the homeless, and the underserved. We believe the quintessential attributes and experience of our dynamic team can play a positive role in an inter-relational dialogue and harmonious co-existence in Nigeria, Africa and around the world rather than the hypersegregation and clash of racial and ethnicity. We seek to create dialogue that breaks out of the dualities of anti- and pro- ethnic forces, of the right vs. the left, of secularism vs. religion, of science vs. spirituality, of economic growth vs. ecological preservation. Helping each ethnicity find its own voice in this dialogue is a key part of our mission....
Our MissionMAP International is a Christian organization providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need. MAP serves all people, regardless of religion, gender, race, nationality or ethnic background.What We DoWe provide medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest. In times of disaster, MAP International provides immediate humanitarian assistance and relief aid including medicines and health supplies to people left homeless and without access to basic services. From the earliest days of a response, MAP focuses on helping communities restore critical services and work with partners to help them rebuild health systems. MAP International has provided more than $6 billion in medicines and health supplies to communities in need since its inception in 1954. MAP is recognized for its stewardship by charity watchdogs, each year achieving the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, CNBC, ECFA and Forbes magazine.We Are Financially AccountableMAP is recognized for its efficiency by charity watchdogs each year achieving the highest ratings from the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator, CNBC, ECFA, and Forbes magazine. Because of MAP's effective use of donated goods, for every dollar donated, $60 in medicines and medical supplies is shipped to those in need. ...
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character developmentand values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.3 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. ValueScouting provides unique, life-changing experiences youth can’t get anywhere else.MissionThe mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.VisionThe Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.Scout OathOn my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.Scout LawA Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.LEARN MORE
We work to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, healthcare, water, infrastructure and economy.Our ApproachHope for Haiti’s holistic approach is a model that connects, heals, and empowers rural communities on the road to sustainable, long-term development.Our community-based model works to find local and innovative solutions to problems derived by poverty through the following five key areas of development: 1. Education 2. Healthcare 3. Water 4. Infrastructure 5. EconomyOur History: 27 years of love27 years after its inception, Hope for Haiti continues to generate long-term success from the foundation on which it was built. Hope for Haiti continues to partner with those in Haiti who are doing an excellent job and support them in furthering their work. We do not build and run our own schools. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we work directly with those who are successfully ministering to the poor and who will be there for the long term. In this way, we make sure that over 95 cents of every dollar donated is used for programs that can help create a better future for the children of Haiti.By focusing on the school as the center of a community’s nutrition and healthcare, clean water, infrastructure, and economic needs, Hope for Haiti connects, heals, and empowers partners towards sustainability. We believe in using technology to foster education, human capital, and the economy. Our cutting-edge programs apply concepts including social business, solar power, UV filtration, and the use of Electronic Medical Records to efficiently solve problems and improve the quality of life of the Haitian people. We offer professional development opportunities to equip our team of Haitian staff members and partner institutions to build capacity to address the future’s challenges.Hope for Haiti has held the vision from the very beginning that the people of Haiti are the ones who take control of their future and we are here to lend a needed hand along the difficult path.What was once only a vision has now become a reality. On behalf of the over 500,000 children and adults we touch each year, thank you for believing in us!LEARN MORE
Jockey Being Family is our company’s commitment to help strengthen adoptive families for successful futures. We couldn't think of a better way to reflect our brand values than by supporting newly adoptive families in a time when they need it most – during the critical period following an adoption. Jockey provides funding, employee volunteers and in-kind donations to support services to help adoptive families remain strong and stay together-forever. Through partnerships with leading nonprofit organizations, we provide adoptive families the support, resources and services to help them stay together – forever. Families are brought together by many different circumstances, and all families need extra help at times. Many families who adopt face extra challenges and are in need of post adoption support, to help their family remain strong. With the right support, they can provide a permanent, loving home for their children who have been dreaming of a “forever family.”Adoption is not an event. It is a lifelong journey. We hope to be a guiding hand for families along their path while leading the charge in raising awareness of the need to expand post-adoption services to make a difference in the lives of adoptive families in North America. Jockey Being Family is about bringing people together and it is exhilarating to have impacted the lives of so many families. We set out to strengthen adoptive families but we here at Jockey have also been equally touched by this program, the families, and their stories. There is still so much to be done with the issue of adoption and with your help, we believe we can keep the promise of a “forever family” alive for thousands of children and families throughout North America. We hope you will join us in our endeavors....
The mission of the Sean Weatherspoon's Spoonful of Hope Foundation is to provide low income and inner-city youth with opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. Our goal is to impact the lives of more than 150,000 at-risk Atlanta-area children and youths by the end of 2016. ...
We inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.Our Vision To reach more than 5,000 youth by 2016Expand to help additional communities and serve more children Maintain a strong focus on education & prevention programs Continue to emphasize & encourage parental involvement and family support Show effective program outcome measures for our children/familiesWhat We Do Since 2007, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) has been serving at risk children and families of Baltimore. BGCMB annually serves over 4,200 children & youth ages 6 to 18, who live in some of Baltimore’s most severely distressed communities. Close to 600 youth pass through the doors of Club sites each day!BGCMB works to create opportunities for children & youth to get involved in the community and to reach their full potential. BGCMB members have the chance to participate in unique experiences like when 25 of our members got the opportunity to meet the First Lady, Michelle Obama on July 21, 2010 at Camden Yards.LEARN MORE
Kansas City, MO
Our ONE goal? Break the cycle of poverty. Children International (CI) gives kids a safe place, an encouraging team and a path out of poverty. We have a bold vision: graduating healthy, educated, empowered and employed young adults from our program so they can achieve the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. Period.How We Make A DifferenceWe have a simple, proven approach that is making a difference. Kids in our program have access to:1. A safe PLACE: 70+ community centers located where our sponsored kids live - clean, uplifting spaces such as clinics, libraries, computer labs, tutoring areas, meeting spaces and playgrounds.2. A caring TEAM that inspires, encourages and supports our sponsored children: local doctors, dentists, coaches and staff, plus about 9,000 volunteers worldwide!3. A clear PATH out of poverty that focuses on health, education, empowerment and employment through country-relevant and age-specific programs and services. Staying on the path from toddlerhood to young adulthood equips our kids with crucial life and job skills to break the cycle of poverty. For good.Walk into one of our 70+ community centers around the world, and you will see kids playing, reading, getting medical and dental check-ups and receiving life-changing help. But something even bigger happens, too. For many kids and families, our community centers offer a place of dignity and hope. And you can make a long-term impact on their lives by helping build a community center in much-needed areas. Check out our on-going and newly completed community center projects on our Cause pages. Your help = incredible impactOutside our community centers, life is very different for our children and youth. That's why your support means so much – and provides a safe, dignifying place for kids and their families.SMART GIVING: Children International is a top-rated, BBB-accredited charity and named one of the top humanitarian organizations in the U.S. by Consumers Digest. We're proud that 84% of our total expenses in 2015 went directly to the programs and activities that help sponsored children, and we're proud of the high standards we met in achieving that number. At CI, your money goes a long way to make a huge change in kids' lives.LEARN MORE
The CRC Foundation is committed to the enhancement of our community through the teaching of critical life skills to young people. Through sports, creative talents, vocational skills, financial skills, and quality health and nutrition, the CRC Foundation helps develop young people into empowered and self-aware leaders for the future.Children and Families In Need20% of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wageIn 2013, the U.S. Census reported 45.3 million people living in povertyArizona ranks 44th nationally in education according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count reportOnly 28 percent of Arizona fourth grade students were reading proficiently in 2013, according to the National Center for Education StatisticsArizona ranks third in the country for high child food insecurity rates, behind only New Mexico and Mississippi, with 456,760 children facing hunger on a daily basis.The Charles R. Campbell LegacyThe CRC Foundation was established in honor of Charles Richard Campbell. A native of Denver, Colorado, Charles Campbell raised eight children while navigating a community that had more than its share of afflictions. Charles stood for discipline, direction and the development of his children, all guiding principles for the CRC Foundation.His philosophies included community activism, goal setting, celebrating achievements, and the solid belief that you can do whatever you set your mind to do. He believed in teaching life skills to young people that would allow them to overcome the adversity they face in their everyday lives, in order to become well-prepared adults.The CRC Foundation is the direct result of his teachings, and through its mission Charles’ legacy will continue for years to come....
“Literacy, the ability to read and write, is declining. Without strong literacy skills students find it almost impossible to advance in math, science, technology, history, literature and other subjects."The mission of Harper’s Hope 4*1 Foundation is to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s challenges. We do this through various educational and extracurricular activities. In addition, we seize partnership opportunities with other programs and organizations that share our mission. We have found that our heart's mission always comes back to supporting programs that promote reading in younger children. If a child cannot read on their grade level as of 1st or 2nd grade, it is nearly impossible to succeed academically for the remainder of life! Since 2009, we have launched #ReadingwithRoman, rebuilt homes for Katrina victims, hosted free football camps and kids days, built libraries in local neighborhoods, donated cleats to underprivileged kids, hosted PJs and Presents Christmas parties, and partnered with various educational institutions through fund and/or time donations. The best news -- we have only just begun our mission. ...
Our mission is to create an environment for inner city youth that encourages and promotes personal and professional development through cultural activities, the arts, music, sports and academics with a vision of producing well rounded individuals.LEARN MORE
Santa Monica, CA
Our Mission Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing serious mental illness to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Through dynamic partnerships, we provide positive social and learning environments, vocational training, permanent supportive housing opportunities, and recovery services to empower individuals to cultivate lives of hope and dignity. We exercise innovative leadership and advocacy to increase public understanding, support and acceptance of all people living with mental illness.Our Vision Step Up envisions that all individuals, families, and communities affected by mental illness will have the opportunity to experience recovery and a sense of belonging, and that permanent supportive housing will be available to everyone who needs it.Cover Photos by Nadia TysonWatch our 2016 Year in Review!LEARN MORE
Baton Rouge, LA
Our MissionTo improve lives by leveraging partnerships in our community to advance the common good through education, income stability, and healthy living.Our VisionA community where everyone is empowered to achieve their full potential.Areas of FocusThis year we’re taking a new approach, one that will allow us to achieve more and have a greater impact on our community’s most pressing needs. We call this approach the impact model. This model allows us to more effectively achieve results by targeting your support to programs that create measurable impact in our community. All programs fall into 5 focus areas.Education Income StabilityHealthBasic NeedsCommunity Level Strategies...
Baton Rouge, LA
Mission Statement Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a Christian-based ministry that builds and renovates houses in partnership with the community. We provide opportunities for families in need to purchase their own homes, build community and improve their lives.Our HabitatHabitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a non-profit, Christian-based housing ministry that works in partnership with deserving, low-income families and the community to eliminate poverty housing through building simple, decent homes. We help build community by involving diverse religious, social and business groups in the construction of homes and neighborhoods.In our 25 year history, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has renovated and built more than 300 homes in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area.Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Inc. (HFHGBR) serves a four parish area including East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Ascension Parishes, covering more than 1,500 square miles of land.Habitat is not a handout but a "hand up." Homes are sold to partner families at no profit, and financed by Habitat with an affordable, no-interest twenty year mortgage.Habitat InternationalFounded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical housing ministry. Habitat International has built over 450,000 homes worldwide in more than 3,000 communities. However, millions more people worldwide live in deplorable conditions, including in OUR community....
JOURNi is an organization dedicated to equipping urban communities with the skills and resources necessary to jumpstart their local economies. We strive to build an authentically inclusive tech ecosystem in the city of Detroit, by tapping into the heart and spirit of its residents. To achieve this goal, we will provide immersive courses, youth-centered programming, beneficial employment opportunities, start up education, and socioeconomic resources. MissionOur mission is to empower individuals from underserved, urban communities by providing them with the tech education needed to compete and thrive in the local ecosystem.VisionOur vision is to build an authentically inclusive tech ecosystem in the city of Detroit, by tapping into the heart and spirit of its residents. To achieve this goal, we will provide educational access to immersive courses and youth-centered programming, beneficial employment opportunities, start-up education, and socioeconomic resources within marginalized communities. ValuesAuthenticityFearlessnessIntegrityOur WorkWe provide comprehensive educational opportunities that give students the skills, portfolios, work experience, and confidence needed to be competitive and eligible for the growing number of positions in the tech industry, and start their own businesses. We are excited to offer our suite of programs to Detroiters - especially during this time of explosive growth in the city's tech sector.LEARN MORE
“Through education, leadership development, and volunteerism, we have the power to assist students in seeing the potential of their dreams in action.”– Thomas DavisOur MissionThe TDDDF was founded by Thomas Davis, a native of Shellman, GA and current member of the Carolina Panthers NFL Team in Charlotte, NC. As an NFL player, Davis has a passion for football but he also has a strong desire to help those in need and to make a positive impact on the lives of our youth. When Davis founded the TDDDF he made a decision to assist youth in realizing that their past does not determine their future and that they too can one day live their dreams. The Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation holds a number of programs throughout the year in Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC and Shellman, GA. The Foundation works to educate, empower and defend the dreams of more than 1,200 families each year. Educate. Empower. Defend. The foundation is built on these principles and strives to encourage students to develop the essential life and social skills that will make them leaders of tomorrow. Through education, leadership development and volunteerism; TDDDF allows students to see the potential of their dreams in action.Our VisionTo see our efforts change the lives of underprivileged children on a national level and give them hope to do whatever is necessary to defend their dreams.LEARN MORE
Incorporated in 2014, JMac Gives Back is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission of providing opportunities through charitable and educational efforts to kids living in alternative living situations. A native of Kirkwood, Missouri and 2006 Alumni of Kirkwood High School, founder Jeremy Maclin is a Wide Receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs. After a successful career as a Missouri Tiger, Maclin was drafted in 2009 by the Philadelphia Eagles where he played through the 2014 season. A free agent in 2015, Maclin was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs and is excited to be back in his home state close to friends and family in both Saint Louis and Columbia, Missouri.Through community events such as JMac’s Back to School Packs, Maclin’s Mother’s Day Miracle, and JMac Gives Back Football Camp, Maclin and his team find ways to make memorable, impactful moments for kids who may be facing financial, emotional or medical hardships. Whether it be a free fully stocked backpack, a surprise Mother’s Day field trip to Arrowhead Stadium, or a ‘Get Well Soon’ video from various Chiefs players, the foundation strives to find the little things in life that can change an attitude and make all the difference.Watch the video to learn more about the JMac Gives Back Foundation.We'd love to hear from you! Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, comments, information, or to find out how you can get involved. ...
Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.In 1999, VFC opened outside of Baltimore. After building sustainable car award and automotive training programs in the greater Baltimore region, VFC began work to replicate those programs nationally, aiming to bring independent transportation and training in the automotive field to as many people as possible. VFC took its first step towards national expansion by opening up its second location in Detroit, Michigan in 2015.Our ProgramWe receive 99% of our car donations from the public. We repair cars that meet our quality standards and award them for as little as $750 to eligible families, who are referred to us by social service agencies.Values • Integrity: Being ethically unyielding, honest, inspiring trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words and taking responsibility for our actions. • Mission Driven: There is no better job in the world than one that provides a valuable service for our fellow man. • Family: VFC will strive to continue to meet the needs of the team as the team strives to meet the needs of each other. We are compassionate towards everyone we encounter, inside and outside of the office. • Pride: It is our goal to have the best and brightest be a part of the VFC team. A group that believes that what we do is not only having an impact on our families but also on our communities. • POS (Positively Outrageous Service): There are a number of groups we serve on any given day: recipients, donors, volunteers, funders, sponsoring agencies and each other. Every group deserves the very best service! Every team member is empowered to “make it better” for one of our constituents. • Innovation: Change is a good thing! It is vital that we continue to evolve the organization to grow stronger and more efficient. Each team member is empowered to discover new ways that VFC can better serve our customers, increase our productivity and secure our future growth. • The “ME”: Each staff member must commit to the team and to themselves. Bring your best to work, every day. Hold yourself and others accountable for bringing your best and being a team player. Develop personally and professionally, and have fun doing it!...
For more than 100 years, the American Red Cross in Louisiana has and continues to alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.Its members offer aid and resources to others to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies through immediate assistance, education, outreach and training.Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers educational programs that promote health and safety, support and comfort for military members and their families, and provide international relief and development programs.The Louisiana Region of the Red Cross serves the 4.65 million residents in the 64-parish state, while supporting others across the country and around the world. Volunteers share their expertise on disaster relief operations out of state, and donors provide relief where it’s needed most.The only organization chartered by Congress to provide relief, the American Red Cross provides disaster assistance for free – made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.Last year our Region:Responded to 1,530 local disasters. Helped 2,000 families rebuild their lives following a disaster. Provided 22,300 people with preparedness and resiliency training. The more prepared you are for emergencies, the more quickly you recover.Trained 39,100 people in health and safety techniques. Thirty-five of them reported that they used these skills to save or sustain a life.Connected 1,800 local military members and their loved ones. And much more!LEARN MORE
New Orleans, LA
The mission of What You Give Will Grow is to improve the lives of those in need through support of local causes and organizations in the New Orleans and Gulf South communities, with a strong focus on children’s charities and cancer initiatives . Through What You Give Will Grow’s efforts in the community, we hope to inspire others to join us in spreading a spirit of giving.Thomas started What You Give Will Grow in 2012 with his wife Lauren. They have fallen in love with the great city of New Orleans and reside here year round. So far, we have raised approximately $100,000 with the help of Who Dat Nation.What inspired What You Give Will Grow?LEARN MORE
Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice supports over 4,000 kids in the greater Venice area, including Mar Vista, Playa Vista, Culver City, Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Carson, Palms, Marina del Rey, Compton, and Westchester. The Venice Club provides a safe haven from negative influences, and positive relationships with trained, caring adult role models. We implement effective program initiatives in five core areas: Character & Leadership Development Education & Career DevelopmentHealth & Life SkillsThe ArtsSports, Fitness & RecreationWe offer well-rounded, constructive, supervised programs that are sensitive to the needs of at-risk youth, and provide opportunities for positive growth and development. Our programs foster strong values, build self-esteem, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate a vision for the future. Combining the framework of successful national programs with the knowledge of the community, the strengths of community organizations, and the dedication and talents of staff and volunteers have created a successful strategy of youth development....
Detroit Horse Power uniquely addresses two persistent problems facing the Motor City: the shortage of opportunities for metro Detroit’s vulnerable populations (especially children) and the abundance of vacant land. Through riding and caring for horses in a safe and enriching space, program participants learn valuable skills that set them up for future success. Our facility, built on repurposed vacant land, will contribute to the city’s renewal and be a center for community events and equestrian services.Detroit Horse Power’s vision is to give at-risk youth a safe and enriching space that furthers their future development. Horses teach children critical traits, including confidence, responsibility, empathy, determination, and more. Detroit Horse Power’s future urban equestrian facility will be built on repurposed vacant land in the city, contributing to community revitalization. ...
Our VisionWe aim to bring communities together by empowering those who need help. We are inspired by helping young men and women reach their social, economic, and education goals. Your donations and volunteer hours will help us achieve our vision of a better and brighter community.LEARN MORE
It is not about us; it is about them… OUR youth, OUR future! Our Mission:Provide encouragement to youth to help them achieve their highest academic and social potential. Objectives:Build Self-Esteem & Social-Awareness - Provide resources needed for youth to reach their highest personal potential and to achieve their goalsEngage Mentors - Provide positive role modelsLeadership: Stress the importance and provide opportunities for youth to be leaders among their peersHealthy Lifestyles - Stress the importance of incorporating physical fitness in order to maintain a fit body and mindPartnering - Partner with organizations with similar goals and objectives to cross promote the foundation’s effortsPromote Volunteerism & Community - Demonstrate the importance of giving one’s time and energy to worthwhile initiativesProvide Education Development - Demonstrate the importance of academia through literacy programsFundraising - Continue to seek opportunities to fund ongoing programsJoin Wesley Woodyard in helping youth achieve their dreams. Donate to one of our causes today!LEARN MORE
Los Angeles, CA
We provide food, educational support, clothing, medicine, and necessary supplies in some of the poorest villages in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. We locate places where basic necessities of nutritious food, clean water, and adequate clothes are a luxury; then use modern day methods to implement long term solutions for that area to become self-sustaining.Ultimately, Feed Starving People would like to contribute to the development of places with very severe poverty through the advancement of sustainable resources. In order to build, maintain and grow into a productive and resourceful place it is important for people to recognize their usefulness in their own community first. Therefore, we would like to be a vehicle for education, inspiration and motivation for the citizens of each community we are in.Currently, we have a large network of partners and friends, who will run short-term programs in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa. Moreover, as the organization continues to grow, we are setting up several long-term projects with teams of passionate and qualified people into various communities to run a range of education and medical programs, as well as clothing and food drives. Feed Starving People was founded during a trip through Southeast Asia by our Executive Director Tim Bradley in 2012. Aside from all the amazing impressions on his trip, Tim was deeply touched by the poverty he saw in many places. In Cambodia, one of the poorest countries of the world, Tim spontaneously decided that it was time to give back and his organization has been doing so ever since. ...
A child, regardless of their economic or social status, should be able to experience a moment so incredible that it creates a joyful & lasting memory. Our programs are meant to impact and balance the lives of these children emotionally as well as to create a more positive outlook on their lives and their futures. Special Moments organization believes that every child deserves to experience a moment so special that it allows them to let down their guard and forget about their circumstances which prohibit them from being childlike or from enjoying the present moment. Our mission is to create special events that will provide children & teens that are either homeless, in foster care, or otherwise emotionally vulnerable, the opportunity to experience a moment so special that it ignites a sense of joy, pride, and hope in themselves. Creating these special moments, we hope to impact the lives of these children & create a more positive outlook on their lives and their futures. ...
Marina Del Rey, CA
The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs exists to support the individual Boys & Girls Clubs located in Los Angeles County in their efforts to enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is made up of 26 Boys & Girls Club organizations serving over 140,000 youth ages 6-18 throughout Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is a unified and collaborative force representing all 26 Clubs with the purpose of securing resources, marketing, and financial support to further the efforts of individual Clubs and increase the impact and reach in their communities.Every day after school, 15 million boys and girls in the United States are left to find their own recreation and companionship on the streets. Often overlooked, afternoon out-of-school time can be a critical challenge to children’s safety and future. Those vital hours are when it is easiest for them to get involved in negative or dangerous activities. It’s also when the 140 Boys and Girls Clubs in Los Angeles County can make an important impact in these children’s lives. Our clubs help keep those kids on track to success instead. Core Functions of the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs:1. To provide financial support to the member Clubs through countywide fundraising.2. To gain in-kind contributions and opportunities of diverse types that further our mission and goals and offer value to Clubs’ children and youth.3. To increase the visibility and reputation of the Clubs in Los Angeles and deepen public understanding and appreciation for our individual and collective impact.4. To develop meaningful countywide programs that our Clubs can participate in that inspire, broaden horizons, and educate our children, youth, families, and leaders.5. To improve the capacity and sustainability of member Clubs to achieve their missions for the betterment of local children, youth, and families.6. To support collaboration among member Clubs including countywide and in clusters related to geography, need, or issues7. To build a strong and sustainable Alliance that achieves more than the sum of its parts.Any and all money donated to the Los Angeles County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs is always divided evenly among all 26 member Boys & Girls Clubs for use in filling funding gaps in existing programs that comprise our five core program areas: Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills, the Arts, and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. These program areas are delivered through such programs as: Project Learn / Power Hour, Torch Club, Triple Play, Keystone Club, Youth of the Year, ImageMakers National Photography Program, Skill Tech and Skill Tech II, Money Matters, College Bound, Career Launch, SMART Moves, SMART Girls, Passport to Manhood, DramaMatters, and many more.Join us in the program to support our youth by donating time, resources, or FUNDS. These funds will directly benefit all the Clubs the Los Angeles County and will be used to continue their already very successful educational, arts, and sports programs, as well as develop new programs.LEARN MORE
BreastfeedLA is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.BreastfeedLA (formerly known as the Breastfeeding Task Force of Greater Los Angeles) formed in 1994 by a group of dedicated volunteers who wanted to make a difference in the breastfeeding rates in Los Angeles County. BreastfeedLA incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation in September of 2001.GOALS & OBJECTIVESFacilitate the acceptance of breastfeeding as the societal norm for infant feeding.Create a supportive public environment for breastfeeding and the use of human milk.- Conduct outreach and facilitate networking to broaden the base of active breastfeeding support.- Increase the incidence of positive breastfeeding messages in the media.- Work together towards systemic change by educating public officials, institutions and the community about policies and practices that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.- Educate both employers and employees about the benefits of supporting breastfeeding in the workplace, and how to create a breastfeeding-friendly work environment.Capacitate the healthcare system to effectively support exclusive breastfeeding and the provision of human milk to human babies.- Advance a breastfeeding-friendly model of health care delivery to effectively support exclusive breastfeeding and the provision of human milk to human babies.- Promote breastfeeding awareness and education for healthcare providers and administrators.- Highlight the cost-effectiveness of breastfeeding as a way to manage health care costs.Establish BreastfeedLA as a trusted source of breastfeeding information and resources.- Provide comprehensive web-based information and resources for lactation and other healthcare professionals and consumers.- Produce, maintain, and distribute a free print and web-based publication listing breastfeeding resources and information in Greater Los Angeles.- Provide educational programs tailored for professional, paraprofessional and lay audiences.- Foster the development of local expertise as well as facilitate learning opportunities from nationally renowned breastfeeding experts.LEARN MORE
Our mission is to mobilize on-the-ground resources to fight environmental degradation, promote sustainability, and support social justice around the world.Solutions for lasting change come from people who face challenges to their environments and rights every day. We support community-based projects that make our world safer, healthier, and more just. As the leading environmental fund that supports grassroots action on a global scale, we have directed more than $45 million in grants to grassroots initiatives in 167 countries.We give people, foundations, and responsible businesses the opportunity to invest in global grassroots change that honors people, livelihoods, and ecosystems equally.Our innovative and responsive granting infrastructure connects you to a worldwide community of activists addressing their regions’ most pressing challenges. Because our expert Grant Advisors carefully select projects, you can be sure your support helps people create change that will last....
Salvatorian priests, brothers and deacons are members of the Society of the Divine Savior, a Catholic religious community. We minister collaboratively with the Salvatorian sisters and laity in the United States and in thirty other countries around the world. Founded in Rome in the 1880's, Salvatorians minister as chaplains, teachers, pastors, caregivers, secretaries, social workers, foreign missionaries, artists, volunteers, nurses, pastoral ministers, retreat directors -- wherever there is a need.Our priests and brothers carry the Word of God all over the globe, ministering wherever there is a need: Parishes and schools Hospitals Nursing homes Prisons Communities under duress MISSIONThe Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians) proclaims and teaches by all ways and means the goodness and kindness of Jesus the Savior.VISIONSalvatorians seek to become apostles for our times in order to make the Savior known to all people.SHARED VALUESPrayer We are vowed men of prayer, the center of which is the Eucharist.Providence We trust in God, discerning and responding to the signs of the times.Apostolate We are called to be apostles for the renewal of the Church and the world, and we invite others to discover and respond to their call to be apostles.Justice We advocate for justice and peace, standing with the poor and marginalized.Community We support one another through mutual love and service.Collaboration We are servant-leaders, involving others in our mission.Universality We include as members of the Society people from every nation, and we are open to serve the people of any nation.Simplicity We live a simple lifestyle, becoming one with those we serve, especially the poor. Celebration We rejoice in the fullness of life....
Denver City Lax’s mission is to create educational and enrichment opportunities for youth in underserved Denver neighborhoods through the sport of lacrosse. Grow the game, and provide urban youth new opportunities. Lacrosse provides an excellent team platform to teach key life skills such as, leadership, sportsmanship, teamwork, perseverance, healthy living and goal setting. The sport has many links to higher education offering urban youth a new path in accessing high school and collegiate opportunities.ADVENTUREEvery year participants travel - some for the first time - to camps and tournaments all over the country. In 2015, City Lax players traveled over 120,000 air miles outside the state of Colorado. Often times for kids, the experience of being away from home, traveling to a new area, and meeting new people creates a yearning for future growth, knowledge, and adventure.EQUIPMENTRemove the financial barrier to the sport by offering a sports-based youth development program at NO COST to participants.ACADEMIC GUIDANCEAccess to academic support, educational guidance and enrichment opportunities.POSITIVE COACHES & MENTORSHIPProvide experienced coaches and positive adult role models to help develop positive character traits and goal setting.LEADERSHIP CAMPSEach year we send 75+ City Lax participants to both local and national overnight camps. Each individual spends between 5-10 nights on a university or prep school campus focusing on how leadership, and other character skills, are directly linked to the sport of lacrosse.LEARN MORE