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SEPTEMBER 2017: The mission of KIPP Bay Area Schools (SUMMIT ACADEMY) is to operate high-achieving public schools in educationally underserved communities, developing in our students the knowledge, skills and character essential to thrive in college, shape their futures, and positively impact the world.
KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. By opening schools in the neighborhoods that need them most, KIPP schools are showing that something very different is possible for students in low-income neighborhoods. In 2013-14, 141 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serve more than 50,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are enrolling in college at a rate of more than 80 percent, which is double the national average for low-income students. For more information or to donate, click HERE
AUGUST 2017: THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS® (ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country. The ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
JULY 2017: YMCA (AC LEWIS BRANCH) We're an inclusive organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy lives and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Today's Ys serve thousands of U.S. communities, uniting 21 million children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. At the Y, everyone is welcome. We enable kids to realize their potential, prepare teens for college, enable families to have fun together, empower people to live healthier, prepare people for employment, welcome and embrace newcomers and help foster a nationwide service ethic. To donate or become a member of the YMCA, click HERE.
JUNE 2017: THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION. The New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicted to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. It was founded in 1966 and has grown to include ten historic buildings making up two French Quarter campuses. If you care to make a donation, checks can be made payable to "The Historic New Orleans Collection" and directed to the attention of Jack Pruitt, 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.
MAY 2017: SAVE THE CHILDREN. Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, they give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, they change the course of children's future and the world. Learn more about how you can support our future and DONATE TODAY!
APRIL 2017: THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY. Their mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. They are the voice for all blood cancer patients and work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. There are many reasons to be proud to support LLS's efforts - more than 40% of new cancer therapies approved by the FDA between 2000 and 2015 were firwswt approved for blood cancer patients. Many of these LLS-supported therapies notly only help blood cancer patients but are now approved to treat patients with rare forms of stomach and skin cancers and non cancerous diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune diseases. Kaye N. Courington has been honored to join this year's efforts as the 2017 Woman of the Year Candidate. The team goal is to raise $50,000.0 which will go directly to LLS. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
MARCH 2017: ANTI-DEFAMMATION LEAGUE
was founded to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Their mission is for those who seem different are not targets of discrimination and threats, but are equals, worthy of shared opportunity and a place in the American dream. The goal is to continually develop new programs, policies and skills to expose and combat whatever holds us back. We are focused on what brings us closer to this ideal. Ours is a shared journey. DONATE TODAY click HERE.
FEBRUARY 2017: SECOND HARVESTERS OF GREATER NEW ORLEANS
was founded in 1982 by Archbishop Philip M. Hannan, Bishop Roger P. Morin, and Gregory Ben Johnson, Director of the Social Apostolate of the Archdiocese. By July 1983 the food bank was distributing food to 23 faith-based and nonprofit member agencies. On September 13, 1985, Second Harvest Food Bank became a fully accredited member of America's Second Harvest – The Nation's Food Bank Network, allowing it to receive large donations from all over the country. A merger in 1989 with The Food Bank for Emergencies of Greater New Orleans, Inc. led to the addition of the emergency food box program to the food bank's efforts to reclaim food that was going to waste. As it grew, the organization went through several name changes, finally becoming Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana in 2004. To donate, click HERE
JANUARY 2017: FORUM FOR EQUALITY LOUISIANA is Louisiana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. Since 1989, Forum has been active in Louisiana by helping to pass civil rights advancements for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Forum for Equality Foundation is a 501c3 organization that develops and implements educational programs on LGBT issues and conducts comprehensive campaigns to generate public support for equal rights. Forum for Equality Louisiana is a 501c4 organization that hosts our lobbying and advocacy efforts. Forum for Equality advocates for change across Louisiana, such as working with partners on Be Fair Shreveport to extend employment, housing, and accommodations protections for the LGBT community, and working with the NOPD to implement their first ever LGBT policy; protecting city employees from discrimination in Baton Rouge, Monroe, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Jefferson Parish, Bossier City, and Shreveport; defeating anti-LGBT legislation that would harm and restrict rights and freedoms; engaging legislators, organizations, communities and allies across the state to ensure expanded rights for the LGBT community; educating communities on hate crimes, economic impact of discrimination, faith, and equality through media, town halls, seminars, and public forums; and, building coalitions such as being a leading partner in the Safe School coalition “Stop Bullying Louisiana” in partnership with disability, education, social justice, and progressive organizations. DONATE TODAY click HERE.