AUGUST 2018: Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans
Second 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 and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes.
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. Donate Now
JULY 2018: Dover Children's Home and RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services)
Dover Children's Home is dedicated to enriching the lives of adolescents and strengthening their family relationships through the highest quality residential treatment services and educational programs. Our commitment to evolving and designing new treatment programs must set the standard for excellence in the field and enable those children facing life's most difficult challenges with the means to grow and live healthy, productive, and independent lives.
RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. Founded in 1986 as the Refugee Aid Project by community activists in South Texas, RAICES has grown to be the largest immigration legal services provider in Texas. With offices in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, RAICES is a frontline organization in the roiling debate about immigration and immigrants in the world. As an organization that combines expertise developed from the daily practice of immigration law with a deep commitment to advocacy, RAICES is unique among immigration organizations. A diverse staff of 130 attorneys, legal assistants, and support staff provide consultations, direct legal services, representation, assistance and advocacy to communities in Texas and to clients after they leave the state. Click here to donate https://www.raicestexas.org/
JUNE 2018: Belton Educational Foundation
The Belton Educational Foundation believes that each student is unique, has inherent worth, has the ability to learn and the power to achieve. We believe that our community has a role to play in helping each student reach their full potential. That as a community, we will benefit from ensuring that our children are offered a quality education that meets their individual learning styles. We believe that this can be achieved through innovation within our classrooms.
The Foundation will provide funding to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District.
The vision of the Foundation is to provide enhancement to the educational opportunities in the Belton School District.
MAY 2018: Raintree Children and Family Services
Raintree Children and Family Services is a multiservice, non-profit organization assisting the Greater New Orleans Area since 1926. We are proud to celebrate our 91st year of assisting the population of the Greater New Orleans Area. We currently serve participants in the parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines. The years have brought many changes to our agency as we have evolved with the changing needs of our state and communities we serve. Raintree continues to grow as we listen to the needs of our city and fullfill our mission “to provide needed services to at-risk children and youth, encouraging hope and creating opportunities for growth and independent lives.” Raintree Children and Family Services is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation, and a member of the Child Welfare League.
- Commitment: Reach for the highest standards of care to provide quality services
- Integrity: Act with high ethical standards at all times
- Security: Give children a safe and stable environment that engenders trust
- Hope: Provide opportunities to thrive
APRIL 2018: Tipitina's Foundation: Instruments A Comin'
Instruments A Comin’ increases youth participation throughout Louisiana by providing quality instruments to school music programs. Instruments A Comin’ is an ongoing program now in its eighteenth year and has placed more than $3.2 million worth of musical instruments in over 100 Louisiana school music programs.
Upon selecting a recipient school, Tipitina’s Foundation works closely with each band director, who is ultimately responsible for the success and improvement of the school’s music program. The Foundation plays a leading role in assisting band directors throughout the area by providing necessary resources to their schools.
Tipitina’s Uptown hosts an annual Instruments A Comin’ fundraising event; a benefit concert, auction, and cultural fair held on the first Monday night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. We support as many New Orleans public and charter schools as possible with the proceeds of this event. The need for school instruments is extensive and the Foundation’s fundraising efforts continue year-round.
Tipitina’s Foundation is a proactive advocate for music programs in schools and we continue to take the lead in identifying and addressing areas of need.
MARCH 2018: The Coco Point Fund
The Coco Point Fund is a New York non-profit organization and is supported on an ongoing basis by guests of Coco Point Lodge. The purpose of the Fund is "to aid the educational, medical, health, religious, and general welfare needs of the inhabitants and institutions of the islands of Barbuda and Antigua." Since its inception, The Coco Point Fund accomplishes this goal by providing the necessary tools and materials. The Barbudan people provide the labour and the spirit that puts these tools and materials to work. Most of the efforts over the years have been directed toward improving the island's education and health care resources. Over US$500,000 has been donated to facilities in Barbuda including dental equipment, eyeglasses, and playgrounds, and to the Holy Trinity School. The Fund was the driving force for the establishment of the Pre-School and has ever since been a generous contributor to its support, paying the salary of one teacher and for the purchase of many of its supplies, teaching aids, and toys. Contributions may be sent to:
The Coco Point Fund
c/o Joan Minshall
7101 Wisconsin Avenue, Ste 1210
Bethesda, MD 20814
FEBRUARY 2018: Stanford for Joyful Heart Foundation 2018
Joyful Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing, empowering, and advocating for survivors of sexual violence. Some of their key projects include sponsoring the "NO MORE" campaign to dispel rape myths, hosting survivor healing and trauma care retreats, and putting an end to the backlog of untested rape kits in justice departments around the United States. As many of you know, the Stanford campus has been rocked by sexual violence - both in the headlines, and behind the scenes. This issue is incredibly sensitive, incredibly difficult, and incredibly pervasive. We seek to give to an organization we believe has the tools and the platform to navigate these complexities with grace, courage, and strength. Please join us in supporting JHF with an unwavering vision and a Joyful Heart. Donate Now
JANUARY 2018: 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.