Woodhill is one of Lexington’s most diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. Most of Woodhill’s elementary age students attend Breckinridge Elementary where almost 80% of its students receive free or reduced lunches. Housing conditions and employment opportunities are ailing. Criminal activity and drug abuse are traps for neighborhood youth. Additionally, this area is home to an increasing refugee and immigrant population. There is a great need of strong programming and mentorship for the children, youth and families in the Woodhill neighborhood.Our mission is to give the kids of Woodhill a place they can call their own, find hope, feel welcome and safe, and realize their potential to grow, succeed, and lead.LEARN MORE
Our mission is to end homelessness and change the lives of those affected by it.Depaul is an international charity supporting homeless and marginalized people around the world. We operate services for homeless and disadvantaged people in France, Ireland, Slovakia, the UK, Ukraine and the USA. We manage over 70 different projects internationally providing shelter, food, medical care and a place of safety for over 11,500 individuals each year.We celebrate the potential in peopleWe work to empower people affected by homelessness to make decisions, set goals, take risks and learn from their mistakes. We work with the most excluded people and treat all who use our services with respect – acting only after consulting with them. We believe in a culture of volunteering and provide a way for volunteers to express their care and compassion. Our staff and volunteers are vital in achieving our mission. We are equally committed to developing their skills and unlocking the full potential of our service users.We take a wider role in civil societyWe are an authoritative voice on homelessness, working in partnership with government, local authorities, the private sector, churches and other voluntary agencies. Together we achieve the best possible outcome for homeless people. Depaul strives to be open and accountable to our staff, volunteers, service users and funders. We believe in justice for all – through influencing structural change in society and supporting individuals. We take a worldwide perspective and are committed to building global networks to support those affected by homelessness.We put our words into actionWhat we do matters more than what we say. We put our words into action: our reputation depends on it. However, we also strive to influence others through having a strong public profile. Depaul is committed to finding new ways of tackling the problems faced by homeless people. This innovation and entrepreneurship means listening to service users, volunteers and staff and acting on their ideas. We take risks in working with people affected by homelessness who sometimes have challenging behaviour.We believe in rights and responsibilitiesDepaul believes that people have fundamental rights as humans and within the law. These rights must be upheld and safeguarded. Rights come with responsibilities and a duty to consider others. Rights and responsibilities extend equally to our organisation, staff, volunteers and those affected by homelessness who use our services. Our supporters and funders have a right to expect a consistently high level of service and integrity. We are committed to delivering it.LEARN MORE
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....
The Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA) develops, implements and supports programs that preserve Ukrainian culture and heritage, strengthen communities and improve the quality of life of those in need.The Federation brings hope to Ukrainians and others around the world through helpful care and crisis response. We do this by responding to areas of challenge for Ukraine and people of Ukrainian background. Our six areas of focus are: ADVOCACYUFA networks with government and non-government organizations to inform policy makers, legislators, and the public about community issues. ARTS & CULTUREThe Federation is dedicated to fostering and promoting cultural exchanges between Ukrainians and the global community by sponsoring a variety of events to showcase Ukrainian arts. We organize exhibits, book presentations, and literary programs. EDUCATIONUFA promotes professional development by arranging student internships as well as faculty exchange programs between American and Ukrainian institutions. We engage in the licensed translation of textbooks and prominent publications into Ukrainian and distribute them to schools, libraries and other institutions in Ukraine. HEALTHCAREWe develop and implement health care programs in Ukraine for children and adolescents, with particular emphasis on Family and Preventative Medicine. A special focus is the development of Family Practice Clinics and Rural Practice Clinics in Ukraine. The program also facilitates specialized medical treatment for Ukrainian children, as well as advanced training for Ukrainian physicians and medical students.HUMANITARIAN AIDThis Program initiates and partners in many charitable projects with other Ukrainian and international organizations to send medical and educational supplies to Ukraine.SOCIAL SERVICESWe provide social services to the Ukrainian community, particularly to senior citizens and new immigrants. Those services include visits to home-bound elderly, visits to doctor offices, or shopping. Our volunteers also provide information, translation and referral services to help new immigrants in becoming self-sufficient and better-integrated members of the community. ...
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
Our mission is to use soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion, and personal success. What We DoThe SWB program is effective across borders because of its adaptable framework, which is designed to minimize cultural, logistical, and economic barriers to participation, reaching youth that too often fall through the cracks. We respond to the specific needs of a target population and resources within a community by leaving space within our program model for local adaptation. We create a team environment defined by consistent leaders, dynamic and relevant program activities, and a culture of acceptance. The hard work of our direct service staff to implement these strategies has led to retention rates of 70% or more within SWB teams.SOCCER: We provide the equipment, coaching, and transportation needed to help participants of all skill levels pass, dribble, score, sweat, win, lose, learn, and celebrate together in organized practices and games.EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT: We provide academic and language development support, high school and college preparation, as well as workshops on nutrition, wellness, mindfulness, healthy relationships and any other topics that are most important to them.CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: We connect our programs and participants to the local and global community through themed events and team service projects, creating key leadership opportunities off the field.TEAM BUILDING: With the team unit as the centerpiece of our program model, we prioritize low adult-to-participant ratios and utilize deliberate team and program-building strategies to create an inclusive community that transcends differences.CULTURAL EXCHANGE: We emphasize dialogue, understanding, and friendship across cultures through intentional activities including the use of grouping strategies, themed events, and opportunities for meaningful exchange.LEARN MORE
San Diego, CA
Border Angels is an all volunteer, non profit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related the US-Mexican border.Border Angels’ mission is to reduce the number of fatalities occurring along the Californian border through the placement of life saving water stations in the desert. Since the start of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, there has been a steady increase in the militarization of the United States/Mexico border, primarily due to the implementation of Operation Gatekeeper.Thousands of people from Mexico and Latin America risk their lives each year crossing into the United States in hopes of finding a better life.In the years since the inception of Operation Gatekeeper, an estimated 10,000 people have lost their lives during the journey due to extreme weather, lack of food and water, and the overall perilous nature of the trip.What We DoSpring and Summer - With horrifically hot temperature conditions, hundreds of rescue stations are located along the ten state US Mexico border region. Temperatures reach as high as 127 degrees, so water is critical for survival. Volunteers maintain stations throughout the spring and summer months.Fall and Winter - Critical life-saving stations are established throughout the San Diego Mountain areas. Winter clothing, food and water are placed in winter storage bins to help decrease negative health results from being exposed to the incredibly freezing temperature changes that exists in the San Diego County mountain areas during the Fall and Winter.Our VisionOur work is driven by these words: “When I was hungry, who gave me to eat? – When I was thirsty, who gave me to drink?” (Matthew 25:35). In this we make it our mission to ensure that all people are received with a sense of humanity and compassion, and that the cycle of death along the border does not continue into the coming years....
New York, NY
Working to make the world better for children.The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts in support of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF does whatever it takes to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children. Forty years ago, UNICEF figured out that promoting simple, low-cost interventions like hand washing and breastfeeding could save millions of lives. Undaunted by war or geography, UNICEF delivers.With more than 11,000 staff worldwide; 350 warehouses globally; strategic transit hubs in Copenhagen, Dubai, Panama and Shanghai; and a 24/7 emergency operations center in New York, UNICEF stands ready to provide both immediate and long-term necessities—food, water, shelter, protection and physical as well as mental health care—whenever a crisis arises. UNICEF also works to reunite children with family and provides care for those who are orphaned.WHAT WE DO:Save Children's LivesWater NutritionImmunizationHIV/AIDSMalariaBuild Children's Future'sEducation and SchoolsChildren with DisabilitiesChild TraffickingViolenceEmergency ReliefChildren in ConflictEarthquakesFood CrisesFloodsHurricanesTsunamis...
The John Austin Cheley Foundation (JACF) advances low-income, underserved youth towards a successful future through transformative residential, nature-based summer camp programs.Mission StatementThe John Austin Cheley Foundation funds need-based camperships for high potential youth to attend extended-stay wilderness summer camps that have a proven track record of positively impacting youth development.Over its 26 year history, the Foundation has developed funding opportunities for low-income underserved youth to attend six high quality accredited American Camp Association residential camps. Almost 1000 camperships have been awarded since the foundation’s inception to advance youth toward a successful future through attending extended stay, wilderness summer camp programs around the United States.What We DoWe leverage the power of high quality residential Summer Camps and mission aligned Youth Mentoring Organizations to promote the success of underserved youth across the United States. We are the only known organization that works to remove the barriers to a high impact, long-term summer camp experience, proven to advance low-income youth toward a successful future. We do this by fully funding campers for the full life span of their summer camp experience, thus ensuring that the greatest youth development outcomes can be achieved, and access to this life-changing experience can be achieved.Our network of alliances provide programming and services to support the fulfillment of our vision to become an organization of broad national impact while delivering deep impact at the community level. Our campership awardees have the option of selecting a camp closer to their home base, or they can venture out across the United States, so that a well-matched camp program is not compromised by an applicant’s location.LEARN MORE
Free2Luv® is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to rockin’ individuality, celebrating equality, spreading kindness and standing up to bullying through arts and entertainment. We empower, engage & enlighten youth to be their true, authentic selves and know that they are perfect just the way they are.We team up with Celebrity Ambassadors, Youth Advocates and corporations who believe LUV is STRONGER than hate and BRAVER than bullying.We hold hands with our partners to:Support and produce community outreach eventsHost empowerment workshops utilizing the artsCreate thought-provoking awareness campaignsCreate inspirational merchandise designed to create changeLEARN MORE
Cara provides hope, opportunity and most of all, community, to individuals who need it the most. The Cara Program prepares and inspires motivated individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, transform their lives, strengthen our communities, and forge paths to real and lasting success.The term ‘cara’ is the Gaelic word for friend. Since our founding, we have always likened ourselves as a friend who coaches, who pushes, and who supports a community of motivated individuals on their journey towards success.Our WorkCara provides a comprehensive solution to the interrelated challenges of poverty, employment barriers and chronic homelessness. We address poverty by giving individuals the opportunity to secure permanent employment through a comprehensive range of training, support, and job placement services. We mitigate many barriers to employment, and address the need for skilled workers in Illinois, by providing our students with on-the-job training and industry-linked training courses. We also maintain relationships with more than 120 Chicagoland employers who trust the quality of our candidates for filling their entry-level positions. And, we stimulate community vibrancy by providing neighborhood beautification services that indelibly boost neighborhood pride and reclaim community identity.Cara , however, is more than a successful and well-regarded workforce development program. And, its social enterprise, Cleanslate, is more than a fast and friendly service keeping our communities clean, and TCP Staffing giving the very best people for the very best reason. Together, these programs are a catalyst for true change and real, lasting success in our students lives. We not only raise the bar on what it means to reclaim neighborhoods block by block, but we also teach valuable job skills in the process. We provide our students with the skills and confidence they need to secure and sustain quality jobs, further their education, and find stable housing, while also empowering them to lead lives of personal and professional excellence....
West Hollywood, CA
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.The Trevor Project offers a suite of crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as a peer-to-peer social network support for LGBTQ young people under the age of 25, TrevorSpace. Trevor also offers an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, a legislative advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and conducts research to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide.Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives....
Our MissionSlow Food in the Tetons works to grow our local and regional sustainable food economy by supporting producers, educating consumers and connecting them together in the spirit of good, clean and fair food.Good, Clean, and FairGood: The word good can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For Slow Food, the idea of good means enjoying delicious food created with care from healthy plants and animals. The pleasures of good food can also help to build community and celebrate culture and regional diversity.Clean: When we talk about clean food, we are talking about nutritious food that is as good for the planet as it is for our bodies. It is grown and harvested with methods that have a positive impact on our local ecosystems and promote biodiversity.Fair: We believe that food is a universal right. Food that is fair should be accessible to all, regardless of income, and produced by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.HistoryThe Slow Food movement began in 1986 in Italy with a protest of the opening of the first McDonalds on the Spanish Stairs in Rome. Slow Food envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice –in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair. Slow Food members are organized into local chapters or “convivia” and work at the grassroots level to carry out the local, national and international mission. Today Slow Food is 100,000 members strong, 1300 convivia (200 in USA), represented in over 100 countries.Slow Food in the Tetons was founded by Teton Valley resident Sue Muncaster in 2006. While researching a book she was writing on conscientious eating she came across the Slow Food USA website and their approach to food, the environment, culture and family spoke to her in a way few other activist organizations had before. Muncaster’s passion for the local food movement and desire to contribute to a healthier, happier future for her children inspired her to open the chapter here in the Tetons.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.LEARN MORE
Our MissionWe are a 501(c)3 organization that provides music education for Philadelphia’s underserved youth at no cost to them or their families. Using music, our programs ignite passion and creativity, support academic achievement, and improve self-esteem. We empower individuals and strengthen communities. We believe that music education supports academic achievement, builds confidence and pride, and creates an appreciation for and participation in the arts. We believe that all youth should have access to music education.Our HistoryGuided by her belief in the power of music education to transform the lives of children, Founding Executive Director Jessica Craft left a job in the financial services industry to begin Rock to the Future in 2010 after being awarded The Turning Point Prize of $15,000 from Women for Social Innovation. Jessica believes in the power and value of music education and understands that sometimes it just takes one caring adult to mentor and motivate a child to stay in school, succeed academically and become empowered to achieve their dreams.Our ImpactFor a child living in poverty, the unique opportunity to learn how to play a modern “rock” instrument at RTTF is life changing. Many program participants never imagined picking up an instrument, let alone learning how to perform their own original songs and songs from their favorite artists on stage. It’s extremely important that youth have opportunities to engage in their passions — experiences that balance (or overlap with) the academic side of school and help students grow their identities and self-confidence.Music provides youth with an opportunity to be creative, to express emotion, and to find a life-long love of culture and the arts. It is not unusual to hear “music saved my life” and to learn that music steered an adolescent away from drugs, gangs, and apathy. Studies show that high levels of arts engagement from students in high poverty areas can improve the likeliness of finishing a Bachelor’s degree and choose a professional career path, as well as improve volunteerism and voter engagement. Our students show improvements in grades, social behavior, mental health, leadership skills, and standardized test scores, as well as musical ability. We believe in the power of music education to inspire and motivate youth to achieve despite the obstacles of poverty. Furthermore, we believe that this type of positive intervention creates young leaders who will enrich their community....
Los Angeles, CA
Operation USA supports health and education programs in order to help children and families at home and abroad recover and thrive in the wake of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty.Every day, we strive to meet the needs of under-served and overlooked populations so future generations have the tools to create meaningful change in their own communities and lives. Working with partners around the world, we empower communities to recover, build resiliency and thrive in the face of pervasive obstacles in a time of unprecedented global need. Our WorkGive and it gets there. We are a Los Angeles-based international disaster relief and development agency helping communities at home and abroad overcome the effects of disasters, disease, violence and endemic poverty. Small, agile and effective. Operation USA is a hands-on agency with a small, dedicated staff overseeing our projects and disaster response work. Free of the bureaucracy and overhead of a larger organization, creative solutions allow us to respond to real needs in real time. As Founding Board member Julie Andrews says, “Operation USA is the little ship that gets in the harbor where the big ships cannot go.”Privately funded from day one. 100% privately-funded, we works without any government financial support—or the constraints that support may bring.Changing lives at home and abroad. Disaster relief is most often associated with the developing world–but, since our earliest days, we have dedicated a portion of our efforts to projects here at home. And, as needs have increased, in some years as much as 50% of our work is done in the USA.In it for the long haul. In most cases, the effects of disasters are not limited by time. Years after a disaster has abated, communities are still frequently in need of assistance. Committed to rebuilding, we stay in the field long after many others have left. Long-term projects help rebuild lives and livelihoods.Focusing on education and health. Education may be the single most cost-effective kind of aid. It opens minds, builds futures and provides youths with the tools they need to succeed. Enhanced health care lengthens lives and transforms communities. We support these life-changing programs so that children and families can recover, grow and thrive in the wake of disasters.Every donation—large or small—makes an impact. When you donate to Operation USA, you immediately start to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most....
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
Kansas City, MO
We believe water is the way to break the cycle of poverty. To protect and save lives. To turn time spent into time saved. To make a bright future possible for all. We are here to break down the barriers between people and access to safe water and sanitation. We’ve already helped millions. Join us and together we can get safe water to millions more.Water is a fundamental human need, yet 663 million people worldwide lack access to safe water. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet. We are Water.org. We're here to bring water and sanitation to the world. We want to make it safe, accessible and cost effective because we believe that water is the way to empowering a better life that we can all share in, worldwide.We are an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than five million lives around the world through access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.Our approach is proven and powerful: • We think in terms of practical economic solutions. Charity alone is not a long-term solution. We seek sustainable financial solutions that last and grow, so more and more people can equip themselves with access to the water and sanitation solutions they need. • We believe in the power and autonomy of the people we serve. They are people with financial power, rights, and the capabilities to define their own futures. They know the specific needs of their communities and what will work; we have resources that can help make it happen. • We have the experience and the passion to go the distance. We've been dedicated to this issue for over 25 years, building solutions, making progress, and looking at the problem from every angle to find new and better ways to put water expertise to work....
We're igniting a social movement in Greater Detroit by empowering people to unite and solve complex problems that affect us all.We partner with people and organizations who bring the passion, expertise, and resources needed to make a difference in the Greater Detroit community.Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan to improve communities and individual lives in measurable and lasting ways.We recruit the right people to help drive initiatives and policies to address the root causes of some of our community’s most difficult issues, including hunger, education and early childhood development....
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....
New York, NY
Tuesday's Children was founded to promote long-term healing in all those directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Our mission today is to Keep the Promise to those children and families while serving and supporting communities impacted by acts of terror worldwide....
Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. For more than a century, Clubs have helped put young people on the path to great futures. Boys & Girls Clubs annually serve nearly 4 million young people, through membership and community outreach, in over 4,100 Club facilities throughout the country and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. In 2016, Boys & Girls Club youth development programs, training and services impacted over 4 million children and teens nationwide. A Boys & Girls Club Provides: A safe place to learn and grow... Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals... Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences... Hope and opportunity.LEARN MORE
We are a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.We have now served more than 77 million people throughout the world by sharing food, water, emergency supplies, agricultural know-how, and opportunities that empower people to live independent lives, free from poverty, disease and hunger.How We Do ItAs a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. We do this by:EngagingEach year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.Caring We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.NourishingNearly 150,000 children in 10 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.Growing Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.RespondingConsistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.PartneringWe empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.LEARN MORE
Upper Marlboro, MD
Athletes 4 Kids, Inc is a 501c3 Foundation that supports the charitable efforts of professional athletes. We partner with the athlete to raise funds and manage distributions of those funds for approved projects and outreach. Our projects have included:Homeless OutreachAnti-Bullying/Pro-Kindness InitiativesSchool Supplies & Educational MaterialsFood and Supplies for In-need PopulationAt this time, we distribute funds and materials to athletes for projects approved by our board of directors, and to other non-profit organizations....
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! ...
New Orleans, LA
THE FACTSOne in six households in Louisiana is at risk of hunger. Across our state and region, the rising cost of food, housing, and utilities, coupled with high unemployment and low-wage jobs have increased the need for emergency food assistance. Many families are asking for help for the first time. When bills loom and impossible decisions must be made, grocery lists are often cut first. Meals are skipped. Parents go without to make sure their children are fed.OUR RESPONSESecond Harvest Food Bank is leading the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food to 582 partners and programs across 23 parishes. Together, we make up the largest anti-hunger network in the state.Through our food distribution programs, community kitchen meal service, nutrition education, and public benefits assistance, we are helping to create pathways out of poverty. Every year, Second Harvest secures millions of pounds of food that otherwise would have gone to waste. Our work helps ensure that these meals make it to the dinner tables of thousands of families struggling with hunger in South Louisiana.WORLD’S LARGEST FOOD BANKOn August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck Second Harvest’s service area, followed by Hurricane Rita on September 24. More than a million people were displaced from their homes and hundreds of thousands of people found themselves in need of emergency assistance, often for the first time. Forced out of its facility in New Orleans, the staff of Second Harvest regrouped in Baton Rouge within 48 hours of Katrina’s landfall, despite the fact that many of the staff had lost their own homes and others were unaware of the fate of their friends and family members.By September 2005, Second Harvest became the largest food bank in the world’s history, with the help of America’s Second Harvest, now Feeding America, and skilled food bank volunteers from all over the country. Operating initially from a closed Wal-Mart in Baker, LA, then returning to its facility in New Orleans and opening a second facility in Lafayette in 2006, Second Harvest distributed more than 75 million pounds of food over the next two years.LEARN MORE
Our MissionTo enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.The after-school hours are the most threatening time for young people, especially those who walk in some of Chicago's most economically challenged neighborhoods ravaged by violence and drugs. Yet, even in these troubled communities, our 21 Boys & Girls Clubs are standing proud and vibrant. Our doors and our arms are open wide to give young people: • A safe place to learn and grow. • Ongoing secure relationships with caring, adult professionals. • Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. • Hope and opportunityLEARN MORE
Saint Louis, MO
"Being a human being doesn’t have borders or nationality." — Chris LongThe mission of The Chris Long Foundation is to support bright futures for communities and the individuals that make up those communities. We believe borders do not limit caring about our fellow neighbors. We engage in both international and domestic programs focused around clean water, military appreciation, homelessness and youth. Our programs strive to generate impactful results by creating opportunities and providing resources, financial support and meaningful experiences to those we serve.“We have a window of opportunity as players to make a real difference, and we can’t waste it.” — Chris LongA 2015 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee for his charitable efforts and innovative fundraising initiatives, Chris Long, through The Chris Long Foundation, leverages his relationships and status as an NFL player to rally support for charitable cause.Through the foundation’s signature initiative, Waterboys, Chris demonstrates his ability to change lives and transform entire communities by bringing clean water to communities in East Africa. Read more about it here....
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...
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
TEENS, Inc. is a non-pofit committed to supporting, educating and empowering youth and their families to make healthy choices and thrive. We offer educational opportunities, a safe place for teens to spend time, job opportunities and support and mentorship for youth. Our guiding core values are Youth Voices, Believing in Possibility, Relationships and Honesty and Integrity.What We Believe In:Youth Voices: Youth voices, perspectives, and contributions are necessary, valued and respected as current leaders within TEENS, Inc. and future community leaders. We believe in youth and work with them to find expression of their own voice in their current and future endeavors. At TEENS, Inc. youth are included in governance, program development and implementation.Believing in Possibilities: We have an unending belief that with support, guidance and encouragement people can persevere and change the course of their lives for the better, despite potentially challenging and difficult circumstances.Relationships: We understand that the work we do is founded on the relationships that we form and we believe youth need a variety of strong adult relationships in their lives. We value and care for each other, uphold high expectations and set firm boundaries.Honesty and Integrity: In an effort to continuously improve both personally and as an organization we are committed to speaking our truth and being true to ourselves. Whether it is with co-workers, youth or any other stakeholder, we understand that honest communication and follow through is essential to upholding personal and organizational integrity.What We Do:Teen Center: The Teen Center is a NO-COST drop-in center for teens. We have a gymnasium with a foam pit, a basketball hoop and a bouldering wall. We also have computers with internet access and a fully equipped kitchen that is regularly restocked with food. The Teen Center provides a safe place for teens to be after school for those who do not participate in traditional after school activities. Teen Center programming aims to incorporate natural mentoring, recreation, employment, leadership/character building, and crime, violence and substance abuse prevention. The Teen Center also provides a food pantry for families in need. Chinook West: Since 2002, Chinook West has served over 155 students that desire a non-traditional setting to accomplish their academic goals. In 2013, Chinook West became a fully accredited school earning the highest accreditation standard through AdvancED. Our vision is that students leave prepared to make responsible choices about emotional and personal well-being and have the life and academic skills to accomplish their goals. Youth Employment: TEENS, Inc. employed approximately 50 youth this past year in three employment programs; Peer Supervisors, Teen Youth Corps and TeamWorks. All employment programs are education based and aim to push students comfort zones, expose them to career opportunities and build confidence. Youth employees increase perseverance and resiliency while learning career and life skills including teamwork and collaboration, careful attention to detail, interview skills, and social skills.Outdoor Leadership: TEENS, Inc. offers various outdoor leadership trips including 4 week climbing courses, Girls Wilderness Program, and Wilderness Leadership Retreats. Tuition is set on a sliding scale based on family income and circumstances. No student is turned away because of financial reasons.Restorative Justice: TEENS, Inc. brings restorative justice practices to the Peak to Peak Region. When a crime or wrongdoing occurs, restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm and mending the offender’s bond with the community. TEENS, Inc. has been implementing restorative justice practices for 10 years to address youth problem behaviors and we are now partnering with Nederland local schools, the Nederland Police Department and Nederland municipal court to develop these practices in the Peak to Peak Region. History: In 1997 TEENS, Inc. was granted its 501(c)(3) status and formally took over youth services from the Town of Nederland. Prior to 1997, Nederland Youth Services ran Teen Centers at different times in many locations throughout town. With a dedicated board of directors and committed group of teens, TEENS, Inc. raised one million dollars and on January 2, 2000 opened a 6800 square foot facility for youth to socialize, form strong relationships with caring adults, develop healthy self-esteem and master the leadership, academic and job related skills they need to become constructive and productive members of society.LEARN MORE
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!...
Oklahoma City, OK
Primrose’s Ponderosa, Inc. provides a maternity-based comprehensive residential program for pregnant and parenting teens ages 13 to 18, transitional housing program and mentoring program.Primrose’s understands that teen mothers need much more than shelter and food to successfully raise their children. These young mothers need a loving and supportive environment in which they can begin to tackle their problems with the help of trained case managers and resident living assistants.Primrose’s Ponderosa helps young mothers in Oklahoma not be counted in the statistics of 1.5 percent of teen mothers earn a college degree by age 22. Primrose’s Ponderosa programs allow teen mothers the chance not to be a part of the 67 percent of teen mothers living in poverty.We Value:Continued EducationMental healthNurturing of the offspringEnding the cycleTeen PregnancyOklahoma teens are ranked number two in the United States among births to 15 to 19 year olds at a rate of 47.3 per 1,000 women and girls. Oklahoma teens also rank number three among 15 to 17 year olds. Teen pregnancy rates are much higher among teens in foster care than among the general population. The children of teen mothers are twice as likely to be placed in foster care as their peers born to older parents.Our Goals:Reduce repeat pregnanciesDecrease dependency on TANF, WIC and Food StampsMothers receive a High Diploma/ GEDMothers attend a 2 or 4 year college/ universityEnsure Children have regular healthcare and immunization up to dateChildren remain in the custody of their mothers...
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
Santa Monica, CA
Welcome to The Painted Turtle - a camp for children with serious medical conditions! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 70 medical conditions reclaim the joys of childhood and learn to reach beyond their illnesses.The Painted Turtle offers children with serious medical conditions and their families a unique camp experience designed to foster personal growth and exploration. Our goal is to empower campers - to make new friends, try new things, build self-confidence, and become more independent in their medical care. In short, we aspire to help our campers discover all that is possible in their lives.Our camp sessions create a community, one where kids get to know other kids just like them. With this feeling of belonging - of not being alone with their illness - campers are more ready to overcome challenges and embrace the new opportunities they encounter every day. And of course, it's all done in an environment that provides outstanding medical care and support for all the campers' needs.A member of Paul Newman's renowned SeriousFun camps, The Painted Turtle has given tens of thousands of children and family members hope and encouragement through our residential camp programs and offsite outreach programs throughout California. There is no billing department at The Painted Turtle - campers and their families always attend free of charge. And there's no limit to the amount of smiles and laughter a camper can experience either!...
San Antonio, TX
May No Soldier Go UnlovedSoldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and a growing veteran population."May No Soldier Go Unloved" encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. Thousands of Soldiers' Angels "Angel" volunteers assist veterans, wounded, deployed personnel, and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.Soldiers' Angels VA Support Program In addition to all of the many programs and initiatives we have in place for our deployed, active duty, and veteran service members and their families, we also have an outstanding Veteran Affairs Support Program. Soldiers' Angels is one of the few nonprofit agencies approved to work within VA Hospitals and Medical Centers. As deployments continue to draw down, our team is shifting many of our resources to support a growing veteran population. While many organizations are only focusing on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Soldiers’ Angels supports veterans of all generations. Soldiers’ Angels staff and volunteers are able to coordinate events and activities, organize corporate partner participation, visit patients and approve volunteers to join the VA support program. VA Support services include: Patient visits Bi-weekly or monthly luncheons or dinnersBox lunchesStand Down supportBreak room stockingWish list fulfillment ...
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.LEARN MORE
We deliver comprehensive programs designed to strengthen positive relationships, teach essential skills, and promote enduring healthy growth for families with young children in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. We offer the following services:• Home Visits• Early Intervention Services• Nursing Services• Family Support• Parent Education• Child Advocacy Center• Child Care Financial Assistance• Playgroups• Information and Referrals• Lending LibraryWe are committed to providing the best possible service to families who need extra support while their children are young. Central to our approach is helping parents and families find the services they want rather than telling families what they need. We recognize that it is strong, flexible family-centered support rather than a rigid, programmatic approach that makes a lasting difference.We have many programs and serve families across many demographics. Watch the video to learn more about who we help, how we help, and why we help. Growing Hope: The Story of Three Families at The Family Place“I only had to witness the budding success of one single mother and her young child to know that I was putting my energy and financial support in a program that is making a huge difference – for their future potential and therefore for us all, breaking the heartbreaking cycle of generational poverty that undermines our success as a community and as a nation.‘The Family Place provides a wealth of education and experience to motivate their participants; while offering excellent child care, socialization, and preschool experiences for the little ones, they are simultaneously teaching the young moms essential life skills: parenting and interacting with their children, finishing high school, learning to drive, nutrition and healthy cooking, writing a resume, interview skills, job internships, money management, crafts like jewelry making and quilting, and the list goes on.‘It is so inspiring to see the sense of growing hope and of possibility and of self-worth and increasing competence. One by one, transformed lives are being made at The Family Place. It is both humbling and ever so worthwhile to support this work.” - Nina McCampbell, Board MemberLEARN MORE
There are a staggering 143 million orphan children worldwide. Many remain uncounted, living in the streets and sewer systems. They are subjected to human trafficking, prostitution, child labor, terrorism and worse. Many of these children will die of starvation, malnutrition, preventable illness and acts of violence. They are abandoned, rejected and forgotten. They are children. You can make a difference...Join us as we bring hope to the orphans of the world by providing food, shelter, medical care, academic education, spiritual growth and more in a manner that breaks the cycle of dependence and promotes individual and societal productivity as well as charitable character within the community. For 17 years we have been transforming "orphanages" and "institutions" into thriving Children's Homes through our unique Whole Home Care approach and monthly reporting accountability. Each children's home is approved through our extensive application process and agrees to the terms of our support and guidance, which includes providing detailed profiles on each child in the home, monthly budgets, monthly photos, monthly program reports and proof of purchases. Each home is spot checked by our in country Child Care Coordinators or Program Liaisons. And we do not stop there. Each child who ages out of the home has a developed plan according to his/her interests and abilities for higher education, skill training or gainful employment. Yes, we DO break the cycle. Be A Lifeline of Hope to an Orphaned Child! Haiti-India-Kenya-Liberia-Mexico-Pakistan-Philippines-Russia-UgandaTo learn more about our programs visit us at www.orphanslifeline.org...
We operate under the vision that people deserve the chance to better themselves with the help of the resources we have to offer. We have adopted the motto: "Excellence Is A Choice, Faith Is A Virtue"....
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
Vanderkamp Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit religious organization. This 850 acre historic facility includes a private 45 acre lake surrounded by forests, fields, and meadows. For more than 50 years, Vanderkamp has provided a variety of annual Christian summer kamp programs and retreats that have attracted youth from the Central New York area, throughout the state, and across the nation. Our lodges and rustic cabins are routinely rented by area churches for retreats, families for reunions, or other community groups for a wide variety of events. Vanderkamp’s trail system is open free to the public year round for hiking, biking, snow shoeing or cross-country skiing. The public is welcome to fish and ice fish on Vanderkamp Lake when summer kamps are not in session. Vanderkamp rents seasonal recreational equipment for day use on our property.Our MissionWe seek to serve God by providing facilities and opportunities for people to relate to God, renew their faith, and respond in service.We Strive For Radical Inclusion Sustainable Stewardship Empowerment MinistryLEARN 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. ...
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for those with a neuromuscular disease by providing services and support and to establish a state of the art, warm and welcoming, age-appropriate facility that can be called home.Our vision is to ensure that no one with a neuromuscular disease ever feels as though they have to live alone or without access to a solid support system.We value passionate commitment, honesty, integrity, excellent service, and caring and compassionate support....
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.LEARN MORE
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
We are dedicated to bringing children’s libraries to rural schools in Mexico. Schools in rural Mexico work hard to deliver quality education, but struggle against some built-in challenges. A typical rural school consists of a single room building filled with as many as 30 children ages 6-12 and a single teacher. These schools lack many basic resources for their students, including pencils and paper, crayons and notebooks. Most importantly they lack books! Two truths drive this project. First, we know that when kids get a chance to read good books, they will become lifelong readers. Second, we know that citizens who read can change their communities. Our mission is to build as many libraries as we can for the rural children of Mexico. A typical library we assemble consists of 200 - 300 books varying in reading level and subject. The books are engaging and educational and include some storybooks with illustrations for younger readers. Each library costs approximately $1,000 to purchase, package, and deliver to its school. Using a card checkout system, the library belongs to the school and resides there forever. We work with the local educational administration as well as with other service organizations and NGO’s in the area to fulfill each project. ...
Waite Park, MN
There is only one qualification to be a Girl Scout. You have to be a girl. That’s it.Diversity was the founding idea of Girl Scouting in 1912. Today Girl Scouts of the USA serves girls in every U.S. zip code, from inner city to the prairie. In northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, Girl Scouts of the USA has chartered Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines to carry forth the Girl Scout mission.Throughout the nation, Girl Scouts serves girls in urban community centers and girls whose mothers are in prison. Girls are served girls in churches, temples, and mosques.We serve girls. Across income and demographic groups, our membership virtually mirrors U.S. population figures.Wherever girls live, whatever their circumstances, we help them learn to be safe, think for themselves, and lead the way for others.About Our ProgramOur program centers on what we call the Girl Scout Leadership Experience—a collection of activities and experiences. Girls will earn badges, sell cookies, go on exciting trips, explore the outdoors, do Take Action projects that make a difference, and more. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines (GSMWLP) is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to serve girls in northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Programs are open to girls in grades K-12 who join Girl Scouts of the USA....
Our mission is to establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities. Our ValuesSince its inception, the Center has resisted the role of advocating for the interests of any particular group. Instead, we have chosen to advance a set of values - values that reflect the best of Rural America. Ultimately, we believe it is in the interest of all to create a future reflecting those values.We value: • RESPONSIBILITY placed upon each of us to contribute to our community and society. • CONSCIENCE that balances self-interest with an obligation to the common good and future generations. • PROGRESS that strengthens rural communities, small businesses, and family farms and ranches. • Genuine OPPORTUNITY for all to earn a living, raise a family, and prosper in a rural place. • Citizen INVOLVEMENT and ACTION to shape the future. • Widespread OWNERSHIP and CONTROL of small businesses, farms, and ranches by those who work them. • FAIRNESS that allows all who contribute to the nation's prosperity to share in it. • STEWARDSHIP of the natural environment upon which all of us - current and future generations - rely. We live in an era of profound change - when institutions, policy, and life are being fundamentally reshaped. It is a critical time for people of conscience to work together in guiding change to reflect our highest values. To that we commit the Center for Rural Affairs.LEARN MORE
Los Angeles, CA
Special Needs Network’s mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities. SNN firmly believes that dignity, hope and opportunity are the birthright of all children. Founded in 2005, Special Needs Network, Inc. (SNN) grew out of the struggles of Areva D. Martin, Esq. after her son Marty was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. After finding it incredibly difficult to access services for Marty, Ms. Martin became aware of the enormous challenges faced by families affected by developmental disabilities in underserved communities – in particular, the neighborhood of South Los Angeles. A Harvard-trained attorney, Ms. Martin used her entrepreneurial and legal skills, as well as her own experiences navigating the complex system of care, to create a parent-centered organization with a mission to help the communities in need through four resolutions: 1. Reduce the waiting period for families to have their children diagnosed;2. Bring education, resources, and services directly to the community;3. Provide unique learning opportunities for children and young adults with developmental disabilities; and4. Forge an action-based coalition of families empowered to self-advocate at all levels of government. These urgent resolutions were the seeds that blossomed into Special Needs Network and our long list of programs that today serve thousands of families in the Los Angeles area and throughout the state of California.LEARN MORE
Neighbors helping neighbors since 1891.Our mission is to build a strong community by improving the education, health, safety and economic security of low-income individuals and families in Boston’s historic South End/Lower Roxbury and to serve as a national model of successful neighborhood engagement.HistoryUnited South End Settlements offers our neighbors access to the skills they need to help live their best lives. Originally founded as the Andover House in 1891, United South End Settlements (USES) was the first settlement house in Boston and the fourth in the United States.The settlement house movement was initiated in England by educated, financially secure men and women who moved to struggling communities to work together with neighbors to solve social problems. Each year the organization serves over 3,000 individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and income-levels. USES focuses primarily on the South End/Lower Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, but many participants come from other parts of the city.Our programs include early childhood education, after school enrichment, youth arts programming, summer overnight camp, adult education and workforce readiness, and health, wellness, and home repair services for seniors....
Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.One in five American children face food insecurity - more than the populations of New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago combined. During the school week, most of these children depend on the federal free and reduced meal program their school offers. Sometimes, the meals at school are the only ones they get. When the school closes it doors on Friday afternoon, many of these children go home to empty cupboards and empty bellies for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning. Why Do We Do It?There are more than 20-million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. The consequences of hunger are much more than a growling stomach. Poor nutrition can result in a weaker immune system, increased hospitalization, lower IQ, shorter attention spans, and lower academic achievement. Children are fed during the school week by federal government programs, but we want to make sure they’re getting nutritional meals over the weekend, too.We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time....
San Diego, CA
International Relief Teams works to alleviate the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to improve the lives of those who suffer most.Here is what you need to know about our life-changing work:International Relief Teams is headquartered in San Diego and responds to disasters around the world and in the US. We send volunteer teams, relief supplies, and other assistance to the world’s worst disasters – and most recently following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal and Ecuador.For the last 28 years, IRT has deployed over 6,000 volunteers, delivered more than $342 million in humanitarian aid including food, medicine, and relief supplies to millions of people in 68 countries.Over 98% of all donations are directed to programs, maximizing our impact where it’s needed most.International Relief Teams works locally. We respond to domestic disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, and provide assistance for San Diego and Baja’s neglected communities including military families, and homeless and underprivileged children.95% of our programs are privately funded, giving us the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly and effectively to set up programs anywhere, anytime.We are a team. International Relief Teams welcomes everyone to be a part of our team, as a volunteer, donor, or supporter.We change lives of those who suffer most. And we offer the opportunity to all to be life changers with us. Together, we make a difference.LEARN MORE
Our mission is to reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries; to use our global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries; and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner.By expanding access to computers, technologies and the Internet, WCE aspires to enhance the quality of education in the developing world and help increase the chances for youth, their families and community to overcome poverty, lead productive lives and contribute to the growth of their economies.OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLESCommunity InvestmentCommunity commitment is fundamental to WCE’s philosophy. For projects to be successful, communities must have a sense of ownership of the project. That is why partner organizations are required to raise a portion of the cost in matching funds becoming co-investors. In addition, our unique model of grassroots capacity-building combines trust, due diligence, cooperation and co-investment to ensure long-term sustainability.Capacity BuildingEmpowering our Partners to create and successfully implement strategies best suited to their communities is central to our approach. Our network of 25 global Strategic Allies and 800 volunteers work to build the leadership and organizational capacity of our partner organizations in the areas of planning, fund raising, content development & partnership development. Fostering the talents, skills and abilities of our Partners helps to ensure long-term sustainability.Technology + EducationThe potential of giving access to computers and Internet technologies to engage and motivate – especially when tied to education - is limitless: Children can learn new skills, teachers can design new and previously unimaginable curricula and the broader community has a resource for their socioeconomic development. Equipping schools with computers, content and training teachers in how to use the Internet to improve learning via experiential, interactive, multi-country projects delivers real and sustainable results.Responsible RecyclingFill minds, not landfills. WCE advocates for reuse of computers globally, working to raise public awareness in developing countries of the need to recycle and identifying and supporting existing recyclers. Our volunteers, guided by experts on our WCE eWaste Consortium, have researched and created 32 Spanish language documents related to toxins and responsible recycling of computers, identified recyclers in developing countries and working with them to adopt more responsible approaches as well as reached out to local private entrepreneurs to establish regional responsible recycling hubs.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....
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....
Redondo Beach, CA
All we do at P.S. I Love You Foundation is with the goal of helping at-risk children create positive outlooks, strengthen their emotional and social skills and improve their self-worth so they can succeed in school, in society and in their lives. We have created enrichment programs that are delivered during school and after school and also hold annual community events which also provide volunteer opportunities for individuals in the community looking for a way to give back. VISIONThat all children have a healthy sense of self, feel loved and believe they can accomplish great thingsMISSIONDevelop and implement effective social and emotional learning programs for at risk youth from elementary to high school to influence positive habits, social and emotional awareness and healthy relationships.OBJECTIVES Ensure that all at-risk children we reach through our programs and events feel loved and derive skills that support their development and healthy sense of self Be a source of unique empowerment programs that children otherwise would not have Build healthier communities by investing in the positive development of children Provide easy and rewarding opportunities for individuals & corporations to give back Our goal is to create positive and personal differences in the lives of at-risk children so they can achieve productive lives, live with healthy habits and maintain peaceful attitudes toward themselves and others. We do this through teaching essential skills that influence the development of compassion, good choices, positive attitudes and confident minds.P. S. I Love You Foundation’s enrichment programs and community events address these issues and support our nearby schools by offering interactive empowerment activities that: Empower & Enhance Health, Emotional Well-Being and Physical Fitness Inspire & Increase Social Development and Focusing Skills Educate & Promote Healthy Lifestyles and Positive Attitudes Influence & Provide Motivational and Inspirational LessonsLEARN MORE
Safi Life is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to female advancement in Africa through the granting of university scholarships. Statistics prove that when a girl in a developing world receives an education, she paves the way for a future less likely to entail domestic abuse, medical complications, and poverty. When a vulnerable woman is able to take control of her own destiny, not only does her world change, but so does the world around her. As women and girls earn income, they typically reinvest 90% of it to their families, so their success can be passed on generationally. Additionally, a woman contributing to her local economy inevitably earns respect from male counterparts, allowing for longstanding beliefs about the power of a woman to shift. Therefore, both the economic and communal aspects of a nation are addressed, while providing for its future, weaving a healthier society overall.By awarding individual scholarships to girls who otherwise would not be able to afford a university education, it is our hope that the recipients will go on to better the nation in which they reside, setting positive examples, and slowly changing the cultural norms in Africa. Our platform country is Rwanda, which is already leading the way for equality in Africa with 64% of its Parliament being women, the highest percentage of women in governmental position in the world.“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” - ConfuciusLEARN MORE
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....