Leket Israel, the National Food Bank, is the leading food rescue organization in Israel. It was founded in 2000 when a recent immigrant to Israel was shocked at how many struggle to feed their families despite being employed. By partnering with agriculture and restaurant industries, they reallocate surplus foods and redistribute it to children, families, seniors, and communities in need. All donated food goes through rigorous review ensuring proper nutritional content and freshness. In addition to food distribution, Leket also leads educational initiatives to teach their clients about proper nutrition to prevent and break the cycle of degenerative health stemming from poor diet. Each week, Leket provides nourishing, healthy food to 263 nonprofits who in turn, deliver it to over 223,000 recipients across Israel.
Dandelion Hearing & Language Association
Dandelion Hearing and Language Association of Taiwan organizes language development services for hearing impaired clients, providing communication consultations and support services at all stages of treatment. Dandelion advocates for education and employment, protecting the right of individuals with disabilities to participate in society with equal opportunity and acceptance. During the pandemic, they coordinated with the Taiwanese government legislation and face mask manufacturers to design and produce deaf-friendly, transparent face masks, allowing for reading of lips. In addition to professional treatment, Dandelion also organizes educational seminars, group support sessions, and social outings to bring the community of hearing limited closer together and in tune with all the wonderful experiences of society.
#YouMatter is a grassroots organization founded in Malaysia as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown which devastated the livelihood of families and workers living on day to day wages. White flags were raised outside homes to signal for help, and kindhearted neighbors, do-gooders, and charities provided food, resources, and supplies to keep them afloat. #YouMatter provides in-kind materials and supplies toward this initiative, organizing a community kitchen to distribute food and wellness items. Since their start, #YoutMatter has expanded their programming to focus on the educational needs of children whose schooling has been interrupted due to the covid-19 pandemic, and help to address the mental health impact of isolation, job and financial insecurity, and anxiety caused by the pandemic.
Hively is a California based organization that focuses on building a strong, healthy community starting from a strong, healthy family. They help working parents find and pay for quality childcare, provide parenting education services, and offer guidance and training for those interested in launching a sustainable, high quality childcare businesses. Through Hively, families can find the resources they need through formalized services or the diverse network of support that uplifts this family-oriented organization. Hively distributes diapers, essentials, apparel, and lifestyle goods as well as training for young and first time parents on safety tips to prevent dangerous accidents. Additional programs include “Dad and Me” to strengthen the bond between father and child, and “Laptime” to nurture the curiosity and love for literacy.
The scary truth is that human trafficking is still very much real in our society. Beyond the city lights and places where one would imagine human trafficking exists, young children, youth, adults, and seniors of all backgrounds have been kidnapped, coerced, or threatened to become a victim of modern day enslavement. Traffick911 is an organization based in Texas that helps rescue and rehabilitate young victims of sex trafficking. When authorities are alerted of a recovered survivor, a Traffick911 crisis response team is dispatched to the scene to act as an advocate, establish safety, and meet material needs for the recovered individual. After this critical first contact, survivors are supported through Traffick911’s Voice & Choice Survivor Empowerment Program and are given the tools they need to get back on their feet. In close partnership with law enforcement, Traffick911 has served over 1800 victims of human trafficking to date and continues to educate tens of thousands of youth and adults on prevention and awareness, and training over 18,000 professional and first responders on how to identify and support victims.
Instituto Coronel Joao Leite
First founded in 1923, Instituto Coronel Joao Leite (ICJL) provides care to the elderly of the Mogi Mirim Municipality in Brazil. For almost 100 years, ICJL has been dedicated to the holistic care of the seniors according to the unique familial, social, and religious needs of each individual they serve. Under the care of their in-house staff nutritionist, psychologist, nurse, social worker, and recreation coordinator, ICJL makes the sunset years of their senior clients a warm, comfortable place to forever rest their hearts.
Parenting Special Children
In 2006, when Ruth Pearse learned of her daughter’s special needs condition, she realized there was a lack of resources for parents or caregivers for children with special needs in her community; and thus, Parenting Special Children (PSC) was born. PSC’s mission is to provide specialist parenting support to parents and caregivers of children and young people with Autism, ADHD, trauma, and other diagnosis that require additional behavioral care. Beyond offering critical programs including Trauma and Attachment Services, Sleep Practitioner Services, and a Diagnosis Support and Helpline, PSC has also created a community of dedicated individuals who offer their expertise and emotional support through group talk, parenting care, and training for practitioners.
Simcha Layeled is an Israel-based organization on a mission to improve the quality of life for children and adolescents suffering from disease or chronic illness. They seek to nurture children’s strength and resilience to maximize their quality of life and help them gain confidence in their identity beyond their condition. Beyond their successful Big Brother/Sister mentorship program which matches children with a dedicated volunteer to be their friend, confidant, and guide, Simcha Layeled’s offers camping, trips, and excursions that are specially designed to be inclusive and memorable for the children, family members, staff, and volunteers. With sincerity at the core of all Simcha Layeled programs and people, this is an organization that continues to uplift the community and families they serve in the most wonderful of ways.
In the United States, on any given day, there are approximately 437,500 children registered in the foster care system. Many of these children are rescued from unsafe, abusive environments, and often are removed from their home with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. As they migrate through the system in hopes to find a foster or adoptive family, or to be reunited with relatives who can give them the loving environment they deserve, it is unfortunate how many of these children have been handed a plastic or trash bag to stuff their life belongings into. Comfort Cases believes that every child deserves to be treated with dignity as they make their transition into and through foster care. By providing cheerful backpacks filled with essentials and delightful gifts such as a stuffed animal and new pajamas, Comfort Cases prove to these children that they are seen, and that they matter. To date, Comfort Cases have distributed over 107,200 comfort cases across all 50 US states including Puerto Rico.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait male youths have been identified as most at-risk groups in contemporary Australian society. Clontarf Academies, embedded in schools across the country, offer these young men mentorship, support, and guidance in their academic and personal growth journey. Since Clontarf’s first academy opened in 2000 to its inaugural group of 25, it has grown to serve over 97,000 young men through their partnership with 149 schools. Clontarf’s activities focus on education, leadership, employment, well-being, life skills, and sport. This holistic approach has proven to be incredibly successful by drawing in a steady influx of new young adults into the program, but most importantly showing measurable impact through the success of its members and the Indigenous community at large.
Boys and Girls Club of Oakland
Responsible, positive citizenship is something fostered in childhood. Boys and Girls Club of Oakland provides a space for regular, meaningful activities that help build these values in the youth of Oakland while encouraging a healthy sense of fun! They engage young people to help them develop the tools they need to successfully participate in society. A central tenant of this participation of a deep rooted respect for education, something BGCO attends to by enthusiastically recognizing students’ successes and lending a hand when needed. All of the programs implemented are filled with outcome-driven purpose for youth, their families, and in turn, the wider community.
Statistically, only 8% of children who have been in foster care graduate from college. However, 80% of participants in Promises2Kids Guardian Scholar program achieve a higher education diploma. This fact is testament to the holistic and individually tailored programming that Promises2Kids offers to children who have been impacted by their time in foster care. They assist each child by assessing their situation and providing guidance alongside the necessary tools for success – whether that be educational, professional, or emotional. A history of neglect or abuse should not limit anyone’s possibilities for a bright and fulfilling future. Through four core programs, Promises2Kids help children navigate their past, their present needs, and find hope in the possibilities the future hold.
Musubie envisions a world where every child and parent has peace of mind when it comes to nutrition. As a solution to the debilitating problem of child hunger, they have worked to establish a free children’s cafeteria where children can come, put their worries aside, and enjoy a sustaining meal in a friendly environment. Since 2018 they have provided meals to children to meet their basic needs with the hope of fostering creativity, passion, and growth, liberated from the burden of food insecurity.
Dail is a Korean word meaning “pursuit of unity within diversity” – a philosophy deeply engrained in the charitable services provided by Dail Community across 10 countries for nearly 40 years. What started as a bowl of noodles for a hungry, homeless man, has now blossomed into an expansive nourishment program, hospital and medical services for remote regions and financial insecure families, financial empowerment programs, as well as education and schooling for young children in underserved countries. Dail’s humanitarian aid efforts have even reached the most closed off of lands, North Korea, granting medical care to those suffering from tuberculosis and other life-threatening conditions.
Casa de Asistência Filadelfia
Casa de Asistência Filadelfia (CAF) is a Brazilian non-profit dedicating to protecting and supporting vulnerable children and adolescents, some living with AIDS/HIV. Many of the children affected by AIDS/HIV were victims of sexual abuse in their homes or in the shelters they were living in, requiring immediate intervention and legal representation for the child’s safety. CAF’s work extends to assistance for 1000 vulnerable families since 2007, working to strengthen the fabric of family and community through opportunity and healing.
Crescent City Cafe
“Dining with Dignity” is the central tenet of Crescent City Cafe. Located in New Orleans, this organization provides two free meals a month to those experiencing homelessness and low income. It is “restaurant style” to ensure a sense of dignity to its clients, prioritizing respect in charity. Crescent City Cafe is volunteer led and individuals in the community volunteer their time and skills to support this essential mission. The Cafe will soon be expanding to include a “pay what you can” cafe that serves everyone, regardless of their financial or housing situation. Everyone deserves to be fed and treated with kindness and dignity in their time of need. Crescent City Cafe is committed to upholding this standard of mutual respect in everything they do.