Care and Share Food Bank is a southern Colorado-based food bank affiliated with America’s Second Harvest national network of food banks. Through a comprehensive food acquisition system, Care and Share acts as southern Colorado’s sole food bank for locally and nationally donated and purchased food. In 2004, Care and Share Food Bank distributed 6.7 million pounds of food through nearly 400 human service agencies to 25,000 different people each week throughout southern Colorado. These agencies include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless, child placement agencies, foster homes, domestic violence shelters, residential treatment facilities, day care centers for both youth and the elderly, and other in-need individuals. http://www.careandshare.org/
The Billings Food Bank was started in 1982 with four area churches designating the first Sunday of every month as Food Bank Sunday. The program has since grown with ownership of a 27,000 square foot warehouse. Currently, we are providing over $5 million in food an other essentials to over 40 agencies within Montana and offering support to other states and countries when the need arises and resources are available. We also provide food and nutrition classes in our Montana Harvest Kitchen, and developed Montana’s first certified commercial kitchen and food processing center to be used by entrepreneurs wanting to develop their own food related business. http://www.billingsfoodbank.com/
The Bay Area Food Bank, a member of America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s network of Food Banks, works through member organizations and special programs to provide nutritious food to meet the challenge of feeding people who are hungry as a result of personal crisis or disaster. We serve over 500 member organizations in 21 counties across Alabama, Mississippi and Florida who provide food without charge to the ill, needy, children, elderly and homeless. We also educate the public regarding domestic hunger, proper nutrition and related issues. In addition, we provide food during time of disaster like the millions of pounds distributed after Hurricane Ivan and Katrina. http://www.bayareafoodbank.org/
Founded in 1992, Men’s Health Network (MHN) is an educational organization comprised of physicians, researchers, public health workers, individuals and other health professionals. MHN is committed to improving the health and wellness of men through education campaigns, partnerships with retailers and other private entities, workplace health programs, data collection, and work with health care providers to provide better programs and funding for men’s health needs. MHN provides information to organizations, corporations, government officials and agencies and to individuals in order to positively affect men’s health. http://www.menshealthnetwork.org/
The National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) was founded in 1975 to give women a greater voice within the healthcare system. NWHN is a membership-based organization supported by 8,000 individuals and organizations nationwide. We do not accept financial support from pharmaceutical companies, tobacco companies or medical device manufacturers. The National Women’s Health Network improves the health of all women by developing and promoting a critical analysis of health issues in order to affect policy and support consumer decision-making. The Network aspires to a health care system that is guided by social justice and reflects the needs of diverse women. http://www.nwhn.org/
Mercy Medical Airlift (MMA) is dedicated to serving people in situations of compelling human need through the provision of charitable air transportation. MMA works to facilitate a charitable means of long distance medical air transport for all medically indigent, low-income and financially vulnerable patients in our society thereby ensuring equal access to distant specialized medical treatment or to appropriate facilities and settings for continuing care. Volunteer pilots link with other pilots nationally – together flying thousands of needy patients each year. MMA encourages and assists commercial airlines in the development of charitable ticket programs nationally. http://www.mercymedical.org/
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are granted to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who have a life-threatening medical condition. The Wisconsin chapter was founded in 1984 and more than 2,700 families statewide can attest to the power of a wish. The chapter’s Field Office, located in Appleton, opened in 1996 to better serve children and their families in northeastern Wisconsin. In 2005, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin granted 222 wishes – a new chapter record. http://wisconsin.wish.org/
Founded in 1984, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. We serve children between the ages of 2 1/2 – 18 who meet our guidelines without regard to race, gender, creed, socio-economic, or cultural background. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that it never has to decline a qualified wish referral nor limit the scope of a child’s imagination for his/her wish due to the lack of funds. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, we have granted 4,000 wishes and over 300 wishes per year. We serve 17 Northern California counties from Monterey to the Oregon border. http://www.makewish.org/site/pp.asp?c=bdJLITMAE&b=81873
Founded in 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Sacramento and Northeastern California helps a child and a family to navigate the stresses of a serious illness by fulfilling one personal, heartfelt wish for the child. The Foundation gives the child a magical, once-in-a-lifetime gift or experience — an interlude of respite and delight in the midst of hospitalizations and treatment schedules, physical limitations, and the fear and disappointments of a life-threatening illness. Since its founding, this Chapter has granted more than 2,600 wishes, and all funds raised by the Foundation are used to fulfill our mission in the 24 Northeastern counties we serve. http://www.makeawish-sacto.org/
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter is one of 71 Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters in the U.S. and its territories. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world. Granting more than 12,000 wishes a year and 135,000 wishes in the United States since inception, the local Make-A-Wish Foundation of Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania celebrates 20 years and 2000 wishes in 2006. http://www.philadelphia.wish.org/
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon serves children with life-threatening medical conditions, ages 21/2 through 17, living in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Each wish surrounds the child with magical moments and touches everyone involved. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon is an affiliate of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 71 chapters in the United States and its territories. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 132,000 wishes around the world since its inception in 1980. http://www.orwish.org/
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We want to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas has granted more than 3,000 wishes since our inception in 1982. Our goal is to be a unique part of the treatment process. With doctors providing the medicine, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation supplying the magic, we strive to create miracles in the lives of some very special children. http://www.northtexaswish.org/
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A child is eligible for a wish if he or she has not had a wish granted previously by Make-A-Wish or any other wish granting organization, and if he or she is: diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or condition; able to identify a wish; either a citizen of the U.S. or its territories, or receiving medical care from a facility or physician located in the U.S. or its territories; and between 2 ½ and 18 years of age. http://nebraska.wish.org/
Incorporated late in 1982, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hawaii, is the thirteenth of 74 chapters in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Territory of Guam, that comprise the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. We grant the wishes of children in Hawaii with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, joy and aloha. Our purpose is to grant the wish of each child between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 who has a life-threatening medical condition, (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant medical condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.) The first Hawaii wish was granted in 1984. Now, more than 20 years later, over 500 wishes have been completed. http://makeawishhawaii.org/
The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation International is to create hope and happiness by granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses around the world. The Make-A-Wish Foundation has become the largest wish-granting organization in the world. In 1993, Make-A-Wish Foundation International was officially formed as an affiliate of the five founding country associations who were already granting wishes. Currently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has a presence in more than 30 countries on five continents and has granted over 144,000 wished around the world. http://www.worldwish.org/
Locks of Love (LOL) was first started in connection with a for profit wig making company and in December 1997, the organization obtained its nonprofit status. LOL provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss. We meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Over 2,000 hair donations are received through the mail each week. 80% of our hair donors are children. The number of hairpieces produced has increased significantly since its inception, from 21 the first year to over 1,000. LOL has recipients in all 50 states and Canada. http://www.locksoflove.org/
Give Kids The World (GKTW) is a 70-acre non-profit resort for children with life-threatening illnesses whose one wish is to visit Central Florida’s best loved attractions. Founded in 1986, GKTW partners with more than 250 wish-granting organizations from around the world who identify these special children and provide transportation to Orlando. Give Kids The World Village then completes the wish with accommodations at its whimsical resort, attraction tickets and meals for a week-long, cost-free vacation. This time provides a much-needed reprieve for children who know only medical treatments and hospitals, and for their families who are facing mounting medical bills. Since our founding we have granted over 75,000 wishes from children representing all 50 states and 53 countries. http://www.gktw.org/
The Fisher House Foundation program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 8,500 families, and have made available more than two million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. http://www.fisherhouse.org/
Fisher House is a home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill or injured patients receiving treatment at Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force’s premier medical facility. Service members, parents, spouses, other relatives, or anybody supporting seriously ill or injured inpatients at Wilford Hall are eligible to stay at the two Fisher Houses and the Fisher House Inn for Children at no cost. Pediatric outpatients and their families are accommodated at the Inn for Children; other outpatients and their families may be accommodated at the other Fisher Houses on a space-available basis. In 2005, the Fisher House provided food and lodging to approximately 284 families. http://fisherhouseinc.org/
In over 22 years, Dreams Come True has made the special desires of more than 1,900 children come true. All children between the ages of two and a half and eighteen who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and either live or are treated in Northeast Florida or Southeast Georgia, including Shands Gainesville, are eligible for a dream. Dreams provide these wonderful children and their families with a momentary reprieve from the rigors of medical treatment often associated with life-threatening illnesses. A dream temporarily removes the child from doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and needles and brings laughter, joy and childhood to the forefront. Dreams give the children and their families memories to carry them through the rough times and smiles to last a lifetime. http://www.dreamscometrue.org/
Opened in 1950, Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes educational facilities in the world. Camp Sweeney offers the only 3-week residential diabetic life skills training program in the United States. Camp Sweeney has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 20,000 children. Campers learn to recognize and treat the early warning signs of dangerously high and low blood sugar levels. By coaching the skills necessary to maintain tight control of their diabetes, we are equipping this generation to minimize the complications of diabetes in hopes that they will be good candidates once the cure for diabetes is available. http://www.campsweeney.org/
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine is a year-round retreat, which provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. Camp Sunshine is nestled in the tranquil natural beauty of Sebago Lake, Maine adjacent to Point Sebago Resort. The Camp Sunshine Campus operates year rounds and can accommodate 40 families each week and assist over 1,200 families a year. http://www.campsunshine.org/
Camp Courageous was founded in 1972 for the sole purpose of establishing a camp for the disabled. Today the camp is open year-round, has 80 acres of land with 14 buildings, and annually serves nearly 5,000 campers, ranging in age from 1 to 105. Individuals with disabilities, as well as their families, should experience year-round recreational and respite care activities in a camp setting. Camp Courageous of Iowa provides this needed service to all. The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carries over to work, home, or school environments. http://www.campcourageous.org/
Established in 1987, Camp John Marc partners with community and health professionals and organizations to provide high quality camping experiences year round to campers who have a chronic illness or physical disability and the families of those children. These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature’s world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting. http://www.campjohnmarc.org/
At St. Joseph’s, We Believe …
- Every child should have the opportunity to develop emotionally, physically, cognitively, and spiritually
- A child-centered approach is best facilitated through a team model
- Children placed at St. Joseph’s have a need to be here
- All children should have a safe environment
- Children model adults
- Responsibility and accountability teach responsibility
- Support from others builds self-esteem
- Courtesy, mutual respect, honesty and shared commitment provide the best condition for success
- Teaching a child to manage behavior will aid the child in learning self-control
- Cultural diversification is an asset to the programming at St. Joseph’s
- Every person can learn and realize success
- Spirituality is an integral part of each person
Founded in 1988, Good Works is a Christian organization that exists to improve the living conditions for low-income families in Chester County, Pennsylvania. We transform substandard houses into warmer, safer, and drier homes; and despair into hope. Our services are offered to homeowners at no cost and volunteers do most of the repairs. Our goal is to see the inhabitants of these homes rise above their level of poverty and experience a richness through being cared for and knowing that their circumstances matter to their community. We believe that everyone benefits when people from different races, cultures, and backgrounds join together in a common purpose. http://goodworksinc.org/
Founded in 1994, Earth Force works to address two emerging national trends among young people: their overwhelming desire to act on behalf of the environment and their desire to help their communities through voluntary service. Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. We do so by training and supporting educators in programs that enable young people to lead community action projects focused on creating sustainable solutions to local environment issues in the community. Earth Force encourages young people to look at the root cause of the issue and focus on creative solutions that address a public policy or community practice. http://www.earthforce.org/
Created in 1989, the Foundation for the Mid South is a regional development foundation that brings people together, strengthens communities, and multiplies resources. By working with people with a wide range of resources, skills, and talents, the Foundation for the Mid South strives to nurture families and children, improve schools, and build the economy for all people in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The Foundation for the Mid South is the only organization serving the Mid South that provides the leadership and the resources to achieve this vision. Over the past ten years, the total impact of the Foundation’s programs is estimated at $150 million in new resources for the region. http://www.fndmidsouth.org/
Founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone deserves a chance to succeed, the East Lake Foundation collaborates with public and private organizations to offer Atlanta’s East Lake residents opportunities to build a better future through education for children and adults, affordable housing, job readiness and connections with the broader community. Working with neighborhood residents and expert public and private partners, the Foundation is beginning to break the cycle of poverty by creating and funding educational, recreational and self-sufficiency programs for community residents while providing amenities that attract mixed-income residents and private investment to the community. http://www.eastlakefoundation.org/view.asp?id=346&page=8796
The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) was founded by Robert L. Woodson, Sr., in 1981 to help residents of low-income neighborhoods address the problems of their communities. Originally known as the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, the name was streamlined in February, 2006, to Center for Neighborhood Enterprise. CNE has headquarters in Washington, DC, but operates throughout the nation to help community and faith-based organizations with training, technical assistance, and linkages to sources of support. The Center chronicles and interprets their experiences to make recommendations for public policy and works to remove barriers that hamper their efforts to solve societal problems. http://www.cneonline.org/
The mission of Cleveland Housing Network (CHN) is to develop affordable housing for low- and moderate-income Clevelanders, with a special emphasis on serving families in poverty and on providing homeownership opportunities. We carry out this mission by working in partnership with 23 community development corporations (18 member CDCs, plus five affiliated CDCs) to develop capital and manage programs that generate hope and healthy market forces in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. CHN has helped 700 families obtain employment and leave public assistance and created permanent housing coupled with supportive services for 300 formerly homeless families. http://www.chnnet.com/
Since 1989, the Concord Area Trust for Community Housing (CATCH) has been increasing the supply of affordable apartments and homes for purchase, searching beyond city limits to expand housing choices, educating and empowering families to take control of their finances and to purchase their own homes, and nurturing our neighborhoods through quality local management. This mission has been accomplished through the creation of 166 dwellings, which have helped over 400 people gain access to decent and affordable housing. We have also assisted over 150 families who went on to purchase their own homes. Friedman Court will add 54 more affordable rental units to Concord in the first phase of development and 24 in a proposed second phase. http://www.catchhousing.org/
The People’s City Mission (PCM) has been a vital part of the Lincoln community for almost 100 years. We were founded in 1907 by a number of local churches in the city. They wanted to demonstrate Christ’s love to people who were impoverished and homeless by providing them with emergency assistance of food, shelter, and clothing. Over the years, more than five hundred thousand people have been assisted by our ministry. Programs and services include a family housing center, men’s housing, DayWatch, domestic violence recovery, drug and alcohol treatment, and a medical clinic. http://www.peoplescitymission.org/
The mission of the Mustard Seed of Central Florida is to provide household goods, furniture, clothing, toys and books to those who have suffered from natural or personal disaster and who demonstrate the desire to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. The Mustard Seed helps an average of over 100 traumatized families a month regain their dignity and independence. Chair by chair, plate by plate, light by light, the Mustard Seed Furniture Bank is helping rebuild the disrupted, often shattered, lives of the homeless and others who have lost everything. The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank provides the basic life necessities to help our Mustard Seed families regain their dignity and self-worth. http://www.mustardseedfla.org/
The Ministry of Caring is committed to serving the ongoing needs of the poor: food for the hungry, shelter, transitional living, and permanent housing for the homeless, jobs for the unemployed, clothing and furniture for the needy, child care for homeless children, medical and dental services for the poor, and advocacy as well as outreach for the disenfranchised. It is our belief that the poor should never be served poorly, but with love, dignity and respect. All Ministry of Caring programs offer hospitality and friendship, while striving to meet basic needs, and help the poor attain self-sufficiency. We minister to the poor by offering them not only the necessities of life- food, shelter, and employment- but also by helping restore their sense of self worth and hope for the future. http://www.ministryofcaring.org
Founded in 1942, Jack & Jill Children’s Center works to break the cycle of poverty for children of low-income working families in Broward County through family-oriented child care services and family intervention and support. Our accredited program supports the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of young children. Jack & Jill now serves 170 children ages birth to five years old in our new, state-of-the-art Halmos Family Building. Our core program includes: high quality year round child care accredited by NAEYC; free, hot nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack daily for the children; skill building and job training workshops for parents; family literacy program including a lending library; preventative health care and education; and food and clothing banks. http://www.jackandjillcenter.org/
Founded in 1973, InnVisionthe Way Home is dedicated to empowering homeless and at-risk families and individuals in finding the way home. We accomplish this by offering various levels of housing and day programs in a safe and supportive environment that promotes self-worth and independent living. InnVision programs reach throughout the South Bay and serve more than 15,000 men, women, children and mentally ill adults each year at 17 different sites, and address the multiple needs of people in transition, including emergency shelters, transitional/supportive housing, food, clothing, showers, laundry, healthcare, job training, classes, children’s programs and access to telephones and computers. http://www.innvision.org/
Founded in 1982, IHS is committed to serving people who are homeless in our community, providing the basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter in an environment of compassion, fairness and dignity. We seek to significantly improve the lives of our guests by providing supportive services, which are professional, equitable and transformative. IHS remains the only 24-hour walk-in, emergency shelter on Oahu and continues to provide a full range of services to men, women and families with children who are homeless. The agency operates two facilities in Honolulu, one serving up to 240 men each night and the other, for women and families serving up to 60 single women and 23 families with as many as 60 children daily. http://www.ihshawaii.org/
Since 1989, Help From People To People has been providing aid to those in Rockland County who have fallen through the support system safety net and who find they need short term assistance with food, clothing, or guidance. Through the Food Share program nutritious food which would ordinarily go to waste is turned into well balanced, delicious meals, and then distributed to organizations countywide by People To People. This program has been providing more than 200,000 pounds of food annually since 1992. The County Food Cupboard currently serves over 300 families each month and the Santa Project has assisted over 4,000 families since the program’s inception. http://www.peopletopeopleinc.org/
Founded in 2000 by philanthropist and Holocaust survivor, Henri Landwirth, Dignity U Wear works to positively impact the lives of children and their families by providing brand new clothing. Henri Landwirth founded the organization to create real change in the lives of children and adults in need, change that restores broken spirits and restores hope and self-esteem. To accomplish this change, Dignity U Wear creates primary partnerships with key manufacturers and retailers who provide new clothing. Dignity U Wear is the only non-profit agency to solicit, to warehouse and to distribute brand new clothing, at no cost to the recipients. To date, we have distributed over two million pieces of clothing to over 200,000 children, men and women; in total, these items are worth over $32 million. http://dignityuwear.org/
Founded in 1975, the mission of Crisis Assistance Ministry is to provide assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency. We combat hunger, homelessness, deprivation and hopelessness through four vital programs: Emergency Financial Assistance, Clothing Assistance, Furniture Assistance, and Economic Self Sufficiency. At Crisis Assistance Ministry, we respond each week to hundreds of individuals and families who face these crises. Here, all persons in need are treated with dignity and respect. We offer resources and programs to help them get back on their feet. http://www.crisisassistance.org/
Founded in 1972, the Community Ministry of Montgomery County (CMMC) pursues social justice with an emphasis on identifying and meeting the needs of the poor by leading and engaging Montgomery County’s Faith communities in service, education, and advocacy. CMMC is an interfaith coalition of 129 Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, Buddhist, Ethical, Non-denominational, Christian Scientist, and Muslim congregations. Last year 31,000 men, women and children received help from CMMC with the volunteer effort of more than 6,000 friends in the community. Current programs and activities include: The Community Based Shelter, Sophia House Women’s Assessment Center, Horizons House, The Congregation & Community Emergency Support and many others. http://www.communityministrymc.org/
The Christian Alliance for Humanitarian Aid is an ecumenical, interdenominational lay ministry serving churches and missionaries throughout the United States and the world to provide for those most in need. A disaster relief organization with a goal for humanitarian aid, the Alliance is joined with more than 300 churches and church organizations around the world and ships millions of pounds of relief support to the poor, hungry, sick, and homeless every year. The mission of the Christian Alliance purposes to provide food, pure water, medical supplies, and over-the-counter medicines to evangelical organizations in order that the love of Jesus may be shown through care for the needy and that a favorable climate may be established for the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ. http://www.christian-alliance.org/
Founded in 1992, Christ for Humanity (CFH) is a humanitarian aid organization serving the needs of the disadvantaged in the United States and abroad. CFH receives donations of food, clothing, and medical supplies from business and medical communities, churches, and caring individuals. CFH distributes these supplies at no cost to missionaries, healthcare workers, or other ministries working in almost 40 countries worldwide to enhance their outreach to the poor. CFH also sponsors several short-term missions around the world utilizing humanitarian aid and evangelism. http://www.christforhumanity.org/
Bishop Sullivan Center was created in 1972 under the name of Cooperative Social Services. The Center now operates two food pantries, a soup kitchen, job placement services, after-school tutoring for children, a clothes closet, poverty education programs and financial emergency assistance. Bishop Sullivan Center is the largest single site provider of emergency assistance in the Kansas City area, and offers its clients hot meals, air-conditioners, food for the hungry, basic necessities for needy families, job placement, elderly care, tutoring, and clothing. http://www.bishopsullivan.org/
Action Against Hunger-USA, established in 1985, is the US branch of part of Action Against Hunger (also known as Action Contre le Faim or ACF). ACF is an international, non-governmental, non-religious organization created in Paris in 1979, which works to save lives by combating hunger, malnutrition, physical suffering and the associated distress that endanger the lives of children, women, and men in emergency situations of war, conflict, and natural disaster. ACF is directly at work in more than 40 countries on five continents with teams of fieldworkers consisting of nearly 400 specialists in the fields of nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation, and public health. ACF relies on the skills of its local teams of 6,000 people to develop programs that are well adapted to the needs of its beneficiaries. http://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
The Boggy Creek Gang Camp, founded in 1996, works to enrich the lives of children who have chronic or life threatening illnesses by creating camping experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe and medically sound. Camp Boggy Creek is a permanent, year-round facility where children between the ages of 7-16 with chronic or life-threatening illnesses can come at no charge to them or their families. Camp Boggy Creek is specifically designed for children with chronic or life threatening illnesses and allows them to safely enjoy the activities of a traditional camp. Between early morning swims and evening campfires, children whose lives have been a series of medical procedures and hospital stays are transformed into just kids. http://www.boggycreek.org/2006/home.asp
Founded in 1999, Safe Passage works with the poorest at-risk children of families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump. Within a safe and caring environment, we provide a comprehensive and integrated program that fosters hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency, self esteem and confidence. Our primary focus is on creating opportunities and dignity through the power of education. Since its founding, Safe Passage has grown from educating 40 children to over 500! It represents a community comprised of children and their families living at the Guatemala City dump, a dedicated local Guatemalan staff, and caring sponsors and volunteers from Guatemala and around the world. http://www.safepassage.org/
Partners With Haiti was incorporated in 1981, and works to exalt Jesus Christ by assisting the National Evangelical Church in Haiti and elsewhere, in preaching and teaching the whole counsel of God and providing social assistance in education, feeding, housing, and job creation. Partnering with churches and individuals in the United States, Partners With Haiti serves primarily in educating churches, transmitting funds, and giving support to various projects, ministries and churches in Haiti. The ministry of Partners With Haiti has expanded greatly and today it is a channel through which thousands of Haitian people and many diversified ministries are supported. http://www.partnerswithhaiti.org/
Since 1976, Please Touch Museum (PTM) has dedicated itself to enriching the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. PTM prides itself on its scope of community programming and ongoing efforts to assess, design and implement programs that meet the evolving needs of children and families. The museum is deeply committed to serving children of all socio-economic backgrounds. We do this by not only educating children but those who nurture their development – their parents, caregivers and teachers. In addition to programming in the museum, we also take our enriching, museum-based learning experiences on the road to schools, daycare centers and other places where children learn. http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/
In 1979, Kidspace Children’s Museum was launched to address a critical educational need in the San Gabriel Valley: increased access to the arts, humanities and sciences for children. Kidspace’s mission is to enrich the lives of children through an interactive learning environment that is fun for children and families. The museum is committed to providing exhibits and programs in the arts, sciences and humanities that promote imagination, exploration and discovery. Active construction and exhibit design is almost complete on the new museum; Kidspace’s new vision for the 21st century builds on its commitment to children and families to further its mission of enriching the lives of children through the exciting, innovative new museum. http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
Since 1983, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh has provided innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity, and curiosity. We provide the highest quality exhibits and programs for learning and play. The Museum’s programs help us serve as an educational and cultural resource for families, schools, educators, and local communities in a variety of fun and innovative ways. From hosting a wide range of talented artists to providing school programs to teaching new skills to teachers and day care providers, our programs show our commitment to the community. In fiscal year 2005, we had more than 174,000 visitors, with more than 12,000 people visiting through our subsidy programs and free admission days. http://www.pittsburghkids.org/
Formed in 1967, The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) works to: encourage and empower Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for their involvement in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ; to give relief to the families of Christian martyrs in these areas of the world; to equip local Christians to win to Christ their enemies who are opposed to the gospel in countries where believers are actively persecuted for their Christian witness; to undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries that have formerly suffered Communist oppression; and to emphasize the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of atrocities committed against Christians and by remembering their courage and faith.
The Voice of the Martyrs
P.O. Box 443
Bartlesville, OK 74005
tel: (918) 337-8015
fax: (918) 338-0189
Better Basics’ mission is to create a more literate community by providing reading intervention and enrichment programs in high-need schools. Our programs began in one Birmingham City elementary school in 1994. Since then, we have been invited into over 40 schools in Birmingham and surrounding school systems. Better Basics provides reading intervention to all school-age children that need additional help; promotes reading for pleasure to 4th graders; sponsors arts and science programs to schools; and encourages family reading and good parenting. http://www.betterbasics.org/
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Founded in 1992, Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) is a private, open admission shelter, operating to improve the lives of all animals in Berkshire County. Our mission is to assure the compassionate care, treatment and, whenever possible, the placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation; and to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach. BHS also provides free educational programs for local school children, a pet-food bank for economically distressed pet owners, and assistance for The Elizabeth Freeman Center in providing battered and abused women with a safe haven for their pets during crisis. http://www.berkshirehumane.org/
Founded in 1991, Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. Today, there are over 66 Asha chapters worldwide: 45 in the US, 14 in India, and seven in Europe, Singapore and Australia. The organization has more than 1,000 active volunteers and several thousand supporters around the world. To date, Asha has supported more than 385 different projects spanning 24 states in India. In terms of project funding, almost $4 million has been disbursed to these projects since Asha’s inception. By pioneering bold new initiatives in the field of education, Asha is making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children of India. http://www.ashanet.org/
Founded in 1996, Angel Flight Northeast provides free flights so children and adults can access medical care for as long and as often as needed. We are a volunteer corps of over 1,200 private pilots and “Earth Angels” who combine our love of flying with the spirit of grassroots volunteerism by flying patients and their families to the critical health care they need. We provide air transportation in private aircrafts by volunteer pilots so that children and adults may access life saving medical care free of charge. We are also a vital mode of transportation for organs, blood and for patients awaiting organ transplants. Since our founding, we have answered over 30,000 flight requests and have flown over eight million miles. http://www.angelflightne.org/
American Friends of Alyn Hospital supports Israel’s premiere rehabilitation center for physically handicapped children, adolescents and young adults. Alyn Hospital combines expertise and love so that each patient and family can meet the challenges of living with disabilities and achieve the highest possible level of mobility and independence. Alyn Hospital, established almost 50 years ago, is one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children with a broad range of physical disabilities and is the only facility of its kind in Israel. The Hospital currently has 93 beds for hospitalized patients, 100 beds for day-care treatment and an Out Patient Clinic which receives some 4,000 to 5,000 patient visits a year. http://www.alynus.org/
Established in 1978, Alpha House of Tampa seeks to empower pregnant and parenting women in crisis to realize their ability to break the cycles of poverty and abuse and create promising lives. We do this by providing safe housing, education and counseling, parenting and life skills training, vocational assistance and spiritual support. Today, Alpha House offers a 20 bedroom maternity home and transitional housing for 16 mothers with babies who don’t have a safe place to go after the birth of their child. We are the only licensed maternity home in Hillsborough County. http://www.alphahouseoftampa.org/
At All Stars Helping Kids, we support organizations that break the cycle of poverty through education, provide enriching opportunities for at-risk youth, strengthen low-income families, and make life brighter for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Believing that everyone can be a star by making a difference in the lives of children, NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott founded All Stars Helping Kids in 1989. Since then, All Stars Helping Kids has been a galvanizing force and a vehicle for individuals and corporate partners to invest in the future of children and our communities. http://allstarshelpingkids.com/
The Meriden Humane Society
They are a no-kill shelter and offer low cost spay/neuter certificates to local residents for dogs.
It was on the news WFBS-Channel 3 this morning (2/23/07). The Meriden Humane Society will have to close its doors in three months if they cannot raise $87,000 to cover their expenses. Please, if you are able, donate to this ASPCA branch to keep it open. Thank you for your compassionate response.
Founded in 1995, Children of the Nations’ (COTN) mission is to provide responsible care to orphaned and destitute children by the equipping of nationals, giving children every possible advantage available to grow in a stable, Christ-centered environment, empowering them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Today, COTN is working in the USA, Dominican Republic, Sierra Leone, and Malawi to provide relief for orphaned and destitute children. COTN operates homes, schools, farms, skill centers, clinics and village feeding centers in an effort to give quality care to our children. From the initial desire to rescue children from their despair, to today creating a family for each child, COTN has come so far. Today, over 5,000 children are learning to be leaders for tomorrow. http://www.cotni.org
Since 1987, Child Aid has helped poor children by establishing partnerships with grassroots community organizations in Latin America working to remove barriers to their children’s health and education. These community organizations have identified crucial needs and developed strategies for positive change. They lack the financial and technical resources and experience in organization building that Child Aid provides. After helping a local group to develop the skills to sustain itself and grow, Child Aid moves on to assist somewhere else. In this way, we’re helping to create organizations that have a lasting and memorable impact – building brighter futures for poor children. http://www.child-aid.org
Founded in 1988, All God’s Children (AGC) is dedicated to the orphaned and disadvantaged children of Honduras. The ministry of AGC helped to build and create Hogar de Ninos Nazareth, a refuge of care and compassion, where the children were given food, shelter, medical care, spiritual training and love, as well as a sponsorship program. Presently, almost 200 children at Hogar depend on the support of this organization. Girls and young boys live together in Hogar’s main facility, sharing the chores and learning important job skills such as sewing and woodworking. 8-19 year old boys reside on a working farm, complete with crops, livestock and a carpentry and welding shop. In the near future, Hogar plans to offer a transitional housing complex geared toward college-age adults. http://www.agcltd.org
Founded in 1957 by a compassionate group of volunteers who recognized the need to end animal suffering in the community, the Arizona Humane Society is the state’s largest, animal-welfare and protection agency. Our programs and services include: animal sheltering and pet adoptions; the Emergency Animal Medical Technician (EAMT) animal-rescue and cruelty investigation program; low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services; mobile spay/neuter and animal wellness services in rural and impoverished areas of Arizona and the Southwest; the Stardust Humane Education program which emphasizes respect and compassion for all living beings; the Second Chance Animal Hospital; and Project SafeHouse and Project Active Duty to aid the pets of domestic violence victims and activated members of the U.S. military. http://www.azhumane.org
The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) is the largest and oldest “no-kill” shelter in Arizona. Our mission is to provide excellent care, protection and loving compassion for the life of the animals entrusted to us and to take a leadership role in promoting humane values for the benefit of all animals and people. The AAWL was started in 1971 by Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty on TV’s “Gunsmoke”, and other animal lovers who were concerned about the number of stray animals at the local county facilities. For over 30 years, the AAWL has rescued thousands of homeless animals and provided important humane services to animals and people. http://www.aawl.org
Founded in 1899, The Anti-Cruelty Society exists to prevent cruelty to animals and to advance humane education. Since 1999, the beginning of our second century of caring, we have found loving permanent homes for more than 40,000 pets, spayed or neutered more than 61,000 animals and taught messages of compassion and caring for the animals to more than 225,000 school-aged children and community groups. We also provide a wide variety of services and resources. These include an adoption program, a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, a rehabilitation & treatment center, a low-income clinic, humane education/community outreach, cruelty and abuse investigations and rescue, dog training classes, a free behavior hotline, and pet visitations. http://www.anticruelty.org
The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), founded in 1951, works to reduce the sum total of pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. In the organization’s early years our particular emphasis was on the desperate needs of animals used for experimentation. Since then we expanded the scope of our work to address many other areas of animal suffering. Today one of our greatest areas of emphasis is cruel animal factories, which raise and slaughter pigs, cows, chickens and other animals. Another major AWI effort is our quest to end the torture inflicted on furbearing animals. AWI protects animals in laboratories including promotion of development of non-animal testing methods and prevention of painful experiments on animals by high school students. http://www.awionline.org
The Animal Welfare Association (AWA), is an organization providing shelter for orphaned animals, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet assisted therapy and humane education for the community since 1948. For more than fifty years, AWA has been committed to the prevention and eradication of animal suffering. Many of the dogs, cats and rabbits entering the AWA shelter receive extensive veterinary care. On an annual basis, more than 2,500 orphaned animals are provided with temporary housing and care prior to placement in loving homes. Our veterinary staff performs more than 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year in our low cost surgical clinic preventing the birth of untold numbers of unwanted animals. http://www.awanj.org
The mission of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is to promote animal welfare, the human animal bond, and prevent the overpopulation of pets. Founded in 1926, the ARL is Iowa’s largest animal shelter, caring for many thousands of pets each year. The ARL serves people and pets from across the state of Iowa through its programs, which include pet adoption, humane education, pet behavior training, spay/neuter, animal cruelty intervention and much more. In 2005, we took in more than 14,000 animals. The shelter continues to spay and neuter all dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets and pigs that are adopted from our shelter – some 5,000 animals annually. http://arl-iowa.org
Animal Friends, Southwestern Pennsylvania’s premier companion animal resource center, is committed to building, nurturing and respecting the human-animal bond and creating a community where our relationship with companion animals is guided by compassion. It is our mission to: provide for the well-being of companion animals in need, while adhering to our no-kill tradition, and find each a lifelong, loving home; act as an advocate on behalf of animals and as an enforcer of their rights and protection; reduce animal overpopulation through education and supportive programs; promote a bond of mutual assistance between people and animals; and instill respect for, and appreciation of, all living beings.
A Northwest leader in protecting animals since 1967, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) shelters homeless animals, rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife, and empowers people to demonstrate compassion and respect for animals in their daily lives.
PAWS advocates for animals through education, legislation and direct care.
PAWS is the leading voice for animals in Washington State and a recognized leader in the nation for its progressive outreach and education programs, legislative work, and premier wildlife rehabilitation and companion animal services. Through many collaborative relationships with organizations and individuals, PAWS is making a better world for animals.PAWS envisions this world to be a place where all people recognize the intrinsic value of animal life, are mindful of the impact of their daily behaviors and choices on animals, and consistently demonstrate compassion and respect.
- The recognition and respect of the intrinsic value of animal life.
- The capability of animals to express their natural and innate behaviors in appropriate ways, and experience the highest quality of life possible.
- The right of animals to be free from cruelty, neglect, and abuse.
- The importance of ending companion animal overpopulation.
- The caring guardianship of companion animals.
- The preservation of wild species and their habitats.
- The role that all humans play in the active stewardship of maintaining the environmental and ecological balance of the earth.
- The consideration of the animals’ best interest when making decisions, along with consideration of the longterm consequences and the impact of our work when determining how best to allocate PAWS’ resources.
- The trust that the public places in us with regard to animal care and the management of our resources.
PAWS’ Core Organizational Positions On Animal Issues
- People and animals are well-served when everyone gives thoughtful consideration to how their attitudes, actions, and behaviors impact the animals with whom we share the earth.
- Public outreach and education efforts are most effective when presented using legal and non-confrontational methods. PAWS advocates for animals by leading issue campaigns, working with elected officials, proposing animal-friendly legislation, and providing education to the public; and through the compassionate and appropriate way we treat the animals in our care.
- Wild animals are best served by being allowed to live undisturbed in their natural environment. Wild animals should not be owned as household pets or property. Wild animals of any kind should not be used for commercial exploitation.
- Companion animals should be spayed or neutered because this is the most humane and effective way to end the suffering, killing, and need for euthanasia of animals caused by companion animal over-population. Breeding that is not managed or is irresponsible contributes to companion animal over-population and is therefore opposed.
- Farm animals have the right to physically move about freely, to engage in their natural behaviors, and to live without imposed stress and fear. Animal-friendly diets and lifestyles are promoted because they alleviate the suffering of farm animals as well as positively impact the health of people and the environment.
- Cruel and inhumane research and product testing on animals promotes animal suffering. Non-animal methods for research and product testing should always be explored and used.
- Companion animals are euthanized only when all reasonable courses of treatment and determination of adoptability have been exhausted. Wild animals are euthanized only when there is no reasonable chance of release and survival in their natural habitats.
- In our role of upholding the rights of animals, we believe it is our responsibility to educate the public about the positions PAWS holds and values.
The mission of PAWS Atlanta, Inc. is to provide shelter, food and medical care for abandoned pets, and ensure they are placed in safe, loving homes. The mission encompasses three goals:
 to advance the no-kill philosophy
 to reduce pet overpopulation through spaying or neutering
 to educate the community regarding the responsible and humane care of pets.
Founded in 1994, the Global Fund for Children (GFC) advances the dignity of children and youth around the world. GFC pursues its mission through two primary strategies: our Grantmaking Program, which supports and strengthens innovative community-based organizations working to transform the lives of vulnerable children and youth; and our Global Media Ventures, which creates and promotes books, films, and documentary photography that help children and adults understand and appreciate the multicultural world in which we live. http://www.globalfundforchildren.org/
Founded in 1971, the Christian Relief Fund (CRF) is dedicated to following Christ’s example of ministering to human needs: spiritually, physically, and emotionally, by feeding the hungry, healing disease and heartbreak, fighting ignorance and poverty through education and preaching the Gospel through word and deed. Since its founding, CRF has grown to provide child sponsorship, family sponsorship, and operate children’s homes and schools in third-world countries. CRF sponsorship programs and homes provide food, clothes, medical care, schooling, and Bible teaching in 22 countries. Currently nearly 3,000 children are being sponsored in our programs. http://www.christianrelieffund.org/
Founded in 1945, CARE fights root causes of poverty in the world’s poorest communities. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. In 70 countries, women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. Each year, CARE helps tens of millions of people around the world effect real, positive changes in their lives.
Save the Children, founded in 1932, is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children’s unique self-help approach to relief, recovery and ongoing development has nurtured the seeds of hope for millions of children and their families. Save the Children’s development programs focus on the areas of: economic opportunity; education; emergencies and protection; hunger and malnutrition; health; HIV/AIDS; saving newborn lives; and literacy. Save the Children works in more than 39 countries, including the United States, and serves more than 33 million children and 32 million others working to save and improve children’s lives, including parents, community members, local organizations and government agencies. http://www.savethechildren.org/
Founded in 1916, Kids Alive International reflects the love of Christ by rescuing suffering children-in-crisis, nurturing them with quality holistic care, and introducing them to the transforming power of Jesus Christ so they are enable to instill hope in others. Our primary outreach is to care, train and disciple children and youth through whatever means is most appropriate for the ministry. We have residential care facilities, day programs, and schools. Each of the children rescued by Kids Alive has come from some type of desperate situation. They may have been living on the streets, been abused, have AIDS, they may be a true orphan or been abandoned, they are victims of war, disease, and poverty. http://www.kidsalive.org/
Founded in 1993, Women for Women International (WWI) helps women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives by providing financial and emotional support, job skills training, rights awareness and leadership education and access to business skills, capital and markets. Through the program, women become confident, independent and productive as they embrace the importance of their roles in rebuilding their families, their communities and ultimately, their nations. We help women advance from being victims to attaining stability as survivors to becoming active citizens in their communities. Since its founding, WWI has served more than 73,000 women and distributed approximately $24 million in direct aid and microcredit loans. http://www.womenforwomen.org/
Established in 1985, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community. http://www.ajws.org/
ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) was initiated by the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1956. The basis for its existence is to follow Christ’s example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need. ADRA seeks to identify and address social injustice and deprivation in developing countries. The agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA invests in the potential of these individuals through community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education. ADRA’s emergency management initiatives provide aid to disaster survivors. http://www.adra.org/site/PageServer
The Alliance for Children’s Rights is protecting the rights and futures of abused and impoverished children throughout Los Angeles County. Through direct legal services, community education, and advocacy, The Alliance’s diverse programs are not only serving the immediate needs of children and families, they are also helping to create systemic change that will protect the future of children for generations to come. Founded in 1992, The Alliance has helped more than 50,000 children throughout Los Angeles County: children who are living in foster care, children with learning disabilities, children who need medical treatment or public benefits, and children in need of legal guardianship or adoption.
The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation (MTFTF) is the fund raising, funding and support organization for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Since its founding in 1991, MTFTF has supplemented local toy collections with 64.5 million toys valued at $344 million. Concurrently, the Foundation provided over $3.9 million worth of promotion and support materials, which enable local Toys for Tots coordinators to conduct more effective local campaigns. The primary goal of the Foundation is the same as that of the overall Toys for Tots program: to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.
The American Hospice Foundation (AHF) works to improve access to quality hospice care through public education, professional training, and advocacy on behalf of consumers. AHF supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages. AHF advances hospice concepts by: training school professionals who work with grieving students, educating employers and managers about the needs of grieving employees, creating tools to help hospices reach out to their communities, promoting improved hospice benefits in managed care organizations, and initiating research on consumer needs and preferences in end-of-life care. By forging partnerships at local and national levels, we ensure that hospice care is available to many who might otherwise be underserved.
American Friends of Shalva provides financial support for Shalva Israel. Shalva was founded in 1990 on the premise that mentally and physically challenged children are not just the responsibility of the families to which they were born. Shalva, which means peace of mind, tranquility, gives the mentally challenged a chance to play their special role in this world. Shalva enables parents to cope with the incessant pressures of caring for a severely challenged child, and to experience the joy and satisfaction of raising their exceptional child at home. With its dedicated staff of professional educators and therapists, and augmented by trained volunteers, Shalva provides unique programs for hundreds of special needs children from the entire spectrum of Israeli society.
More than 30,000 volunteers from around the world provide the backbone of the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs. In the last year, volunteers contributed nearly 1 million hours of their time to support these Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) programs.
Help your local Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide comfort to the families of ill children by helping with all aspects of operations. Volunteers can help with the following activities:
- Program development
- Event planning
- Serving families
Local Houses also need your help to:
- Clean and organize the kitchen – they need to be well stocked and organized so dozens of meals can be made daily.
- Clean and disinfect the play areas – many of the kids are susceptible to germs. Help them stay as healthy as possible.
- Exercise your green thumb by keeping up the garden areas.
- Sweep walkways and wash windows.
- Host a movie night. Bring friends or family with you to the local Ronald McDonald House for a viewing of your favorite movies. Make popcorn at the House, and invite families staying there to join in the fun.
- Host a game night at the local House. Provide different board games and invite families to join in the competition.
Also, many families are at a Ronald McDonald House for the holidays and special events. With your help, they can feel at home and enjoy these times. You can:
- Decorate the House with holiday cheer.
- Host a pizza party during a special sports or awards event.
- Host birthday parties for family members.
- Organize an art project focused on a holiday/event for kids at the House.
- Cook a special holiday meal for families.
The American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to find cures for children with catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas and opened in 1962. It is supported primarily by funds from volunteer contributions raised by ALSAC. Research efforts are directed at understanding the molecular, genetic and chemical bases of catastrophic diseases in children, identifying cures for such diseases and promoting their prevention. Research is focused specifically on cancers, acquired and inherited immunodeficiencies, infectious diseases and genetic disorders.
My Sister’s Place (MSP) is a shelter for battered women and their children. MSP is an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence. We provide safe, confidential shelter; programs; education; and advocacy for battered women and their children. Our goal is to empower women to take control of their own lives. My Sister’s Place has been providing services to battered women and their children since 1979. We are committed to assisting women in acquiring the information, resources, and skills to end the cycle of violence and abuse in their lives; and to achieve self-confidence, self-reliance, and independence. We work in partnership with community-based programs and organizations to provide our services.
Feed The Children is a Christian, international relief organization that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. Since 1979, we have grown into one of the world’s largest private organizations dedicated to helping hungry and hurting people and have reached children and families in 118 countries around the globe. Through schools, orphanages and church-related programs, we touch the lives of millions of children. A key goal is to help needy families move past needing help and become self-sufficient members of their community. Through long-term development programs, thousands of families worldwide have increased their ability to be self-sufficient.
Founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1,000,000 people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Habitat is founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.
Established in 1968 by Coretta Scott King, The King Center is the official, living memorial dedicated to the advancement of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader of America’s greatest nonviolent movement for justice, equality and peace.
More than 650,000 visitors from all over the world are drawn annually to the King Center to pay homage to Dr. King, view unique exhibits illustrating his life and teachings and visit the King Center’s Library, Archives, his final resting place, his birth home, gift shop and other facilities. Located in Atlanta’s Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, The King Center utilizes diverse communications media, including books, audio and video cassettes, film, television, CDs and web pages, to reach out far beyond its physical boundaries to educate people all over the world about Dr. King’s life, work and his philosophy and methods of nonviolent conflict-reconciliation and social change.
In these web pages, you will find invaluable resources to become informed about Dr. King and the ongoing efforts to fulfill his great dream of the Beloved Community for America and the world. With your support, The King Center will make a major contribution to preparing coming generations of Dr. King’s followers to carry forward his unfinished work into the 21st century.
The reward for your endeavor will be what is said by many prisoners “while doing time for God, we praise Him that we are not forgotten.” Even in the most horrific conditions and suffering there can be dignity. This is what you will give to a fellow believer in our Lord Jesus Christ.
It just might be the most effective, impactful donation to a charity
you ever make.
100% of your donation will go towards programs that help children, 0% will go to overhead.
The free cleft surgery your donation will help provide, is a true, modern-day medical miracle: it costs as little as $250 and takes as little as 45 minutes.
That’s all it takes to give a desperate child not just a new smile, but a new life.
When you see the impact your donation has, you’ll end up smiling too.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries.
Each year, MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, administrators, and other medical and non-medical professionals depart on more than 3,800 field assignments. They work alongside more than 22,500 locally hired staff to provide medical care.
In emergencies and their aftermath, MSF provides health care, rehabilitates and runs hospitals and clinics, performs surgery, battles epidemics, carries out vaccination campaigns, operates feeding centers for malnourished children, and offers mental health care. When needed, MSF also constructs wells and dispenses clean drinking water, and provides shelter materials like blankets and plastic sheeting.
Through longer-term programs, MSF treats patients with infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, sleeping sickness, and HIV/AIDS, and provides medical and psychological care to marginalized groups such as street children.
MSF was founded in 1971 as a nongovernmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of the people it assists. A private nonprofit association, MSF is an international network with sections in 19 countries.
Save Africa’s Children (SAC) is an African-American founded organization, providing direct support to children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty and war throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. SAC partners with American and African churches, individuals, grassroots organizations, government and corporate sectors to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable; endeavoring to build a dynamic, diverse movement to restore hope and a future for Africa’s children.
Welcome to Worthy Organizations. These are organizations that are making a difference in our world. To find out more about any of them, simply click on their link and it will take you directly to their web site. I suggest that everyone visits www.ahavakids.org at least once. You’ll never forget it.