2018: FRIENDS OF NGONG ROAD ANNUAL SPONSORSHIP OF A YOUNG GIRL Friends of Ngong Road (FoNR), a Minnesota-based 501(c)(3), and Ngong Road Children Association (NRCA), a registered Kenya NGO, operate with the shared mission of providing education and support for impoverished Nairobi children whose families have been affected by HIV/AIDS. The devastation
caused by HIV/AIDS in Kenya has left the country with approximately 1 million orphaned children and many more living with a surviving HIV+ parent. Children in this program all live in the slums of Dagoretti, Nairobi where the median household income is under two dollars per day. Approximately 50% of the children in the program are orphans and the other 50% live with a surviving HIV+ parent; 5% of children in the program are themselves HIV+. Without the opportunity provided by a high-quality education, these children would be sentenced to lives of continuing poverty and would be an economic drag on Kenyan society. Unfortunately, Kenya’s public education system is not up to the task as it is woefully underfunded and inconsistent in quality. FoNR believes that placing at-risk children in high-performing private schools for primary education and public high schools gives them the best chance of success and will have a long-term positive ripple effect on Kenya, Africa and the world. To learn more, click HERE.
Also in February 2014, and continuing now in 2018, we began an annual sponsorship of a child with the ANGEL’S IN NEED organization whose mission is to serve children with special needs and their families both locally and abroad. Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children and families by supporting already existing programs and organizations devoted to our cause as well as aiding in the
development, implementation and financial support of programs where they are non-existent, all in an attempt to provide the children with opportunity and a sense of community in which to blossom. Angel’s in Need, Inc. operates on a strictly volunteer basis. We are a 100% volunteer, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. For more information on ANGEL’S IN NEED or to make a donation, please click HERE.
Non-Profit Of The Month
NOVEMBER 2018: Support Center for Child Advocates
The Support Center for Child Advocates provides legal assistance and social service advocacy for abused and neglected children in Philadelphia County. Child Advocates is one of the most successful volunteer models serving children in the country. Since its founding in 1977, Child Advocates has trained more than 10,000 attorneys who contribute pro bono services valued at more than $5 million annually.
Child Advocates seeks to protect children by securing social services, finding alternative homes and helping them testify in court. For all of the children committed to our care, we work to ensure safety, health, education, family permanency and access to justice. Systemically, we promote collaborative, multi-disciplinary casework and solutions to recurrent problems. For the community, we provide educational programs to increase awareness about the problems of and ways to prevent child abuse. Whenever possible, Child Advocates seeks to maintain children and families in their own homes. Respected for diligent and effective advocacy throughout more than 40 years of service, Child Advocates attorneys and social workers move public systems to deliver entitled services and private providers to open their doors to needy children and their families. Donate HERE.
OCTOBER 2018: Save the Children
In the U.S. and around the world, Save the Children does whatever it takes — every day and in times of crisis — to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach. We do whatever it takes for children — transforming their lives and the future we share — because we believe every child deserves a future. Donate Now.
SEPTEMBER 2018: Hope on Haven Hill
HHH’s residential facility opened in December of 2016 and was immediately filled to its capacity to serve eight women and shelter their babies with them. HHH is one of only two residential centers in NH serving this population. On a daily basis, residents are engaged in an intensive program, which includes group and individual therapy, 12 step programs, smoking cessation seminars, parenting education, recovery support activities, educational and job training and case management for their transition out of treatment.
In addition, the organization has outpatient counseling services, providing individual and group counseling for individuals with substance use disorder, including an Intensive Outpatient Program.
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. Donate HERE.
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.