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 (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.
“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.
Aspire Kids was founded on the belief that diversity, in all its forms, strengthens communities. Guided by this core mission, they work to support the success of children and adults with developmental disabilities in Illinois and Wisconsin. In addition to their programming that uplifts individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, Aspire Kids also offers inclusivity consultations to assist schools, businesses, and organizations ensure their approach to diversity is holistic and sustainable. Aspire Kids looks at diversity from a perspective of innovation, embracing cutting edge techniques to best serve the community of children, adults, and families that benefit from their services.
Safety and self sufficiency are the values at the heart of Fort Bend Women’s Center. They guide women through the recovery process following domestic abuse and help equip them with the tools for success whether those be practical, emotional, or psychological. Their services are free of charge to survivors and the resources they provide are absolutely essential to beginning anew and forging a fresh path of self-sufficiency and freedom. Life after domestic violence is limitless and Fort Bend Women’s Center does all they can to spread their message of hope and healing to the nearly 52,000 women they have served.
Garden of Hope is one of the largest network of shelters in Taiwan, providing essentials such as housing, food, and other resources for those who are healing from their traumatic experiences as trafficked slaves and/or victims of domestic/sexual violence. The organization was established in 1988 to provide a safe space of recovery and have since expanded their services to include programs that are focused on self-empowerment and independence. From counseling, job training, and advocacy, Garden of Hope goes the distance by investing resources to build a strong future for their clients and to change policies that could victimize and marginalize them further.
Literacy is the key that opens the door to success, both personally and professionally. It is also an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty for families and communities who are too often stuck in an endless spiral of economic turmoil, health challenges, and limited access to resources stemming from their inability to earn a living wage due to limited abilities. This is why the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation is dedicated to ensuring every Australian has access to these essential skills. United by their mutual passion for literacy, ALNF was founded by two women with combined backgrounds in speech pathology and business management. The unique blending of these two skill sets has made the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation a standout charity, granting children access to the wonders of reading. ALNF was the first non-profit of it’s kind to receive tax deductibility status in Australia, paving the way for more literacy-focused initiatives to blossom around the country.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer is dedicated to creating a community of support for individuals and families whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. LBBC understands that there is more than one way to experience breast cancer, and forges diverse connections for those newly diagnosed, managing a life during and post-treatment, or living with metastatic disease. LBBC remains committed to sharing evidence-based information and well-researched programming with hopes that no one faces the frightening battle against breast cancer feeling uninformed or alone. This work has spanned over 30 years, guided by their values of self-advocacy, diversity, and hope.
Founded in 1982, Houston Food Bank is the largest food bank in the U.S in size and distribution. It is a certified member of Feeding America, the United States’ food bank network. Collaborating with its 1500 community partners, the organization leads hunger relief in 18 southeast Texas counties, which have over 1.1 million people (and 1 in 5 children) that lack consistent access to enough nutritious food to fuel a healthy life. In addition to distributing fresh and nutritious meals to those in need, the organization also provides programs and services aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability and exit cycles of poverty. These programs include (but are not limited to): nutrition education, job training, health management, and help securing state-funded assistance. They also collaborate with community advocates for policy change that enables increased food accessibility and to further improve the lives of those they serve. The Houston Food Bank provides food assistance to 800,000 people each year, and in 2015 they won Food Bank of the Year, the highest honor given to a food bank under Feeding America.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (AKA LLS)’s mission is to find a cure for all types of blood cancer and to improve the quality of life for blood cancer patients and their families. LLS is the largest nonprofit dedicated to funding blood cancer research, investing nearly $1.3 billion in groundbreaking research on blood cancers and their treatments since its founding in 1949. They have funded nearly 200 research grants around the world and have helped advance 85% of FDA approved blood cancer treatment options since 2017. LLS also provides free information and support services for blood cancer patients, their families, and healthcare professionals. Additionally, LLS has a nationwide grassroots network of over 50,000 active online volunteers that work to drive policy changes that would accelerate the development of new cancer treatments, as well as breaking down barriers that prevent patients from accessing affordable, coordinated, and lifesaving care. LLS’ research and policy work has also lead to developments in and greater accessibility to treatment for all cancer patients, not just those with blood cancer.
Every day in Houston, Texas, 1 in 4 preschool-aged children may not know where their next meal is coming from. Additionally, Houston Harris County has the 2nd highest rate of child food insecurity in the United States. To solve this problem, Kids’ Meals has made and given over 8 million free meals to food insecure children since its founding in 2006, currently delivering 7000 nutritious meals to homes across 43 zip codes. Kids’ Meals is the only home food delivery service for preschoolers living in severe poverty that do not qualify for government and school-sponsored free breakfast and lunch programs. In addition to providing free meals, Kids’ Meals provides these children and their families free boxes of groceries, books, Thanksgiving meals, and toys for the holidays. Kids’ Meals also connects families with its 43 wrap-around service partners to give them access to programs such as healthcare and financial planning with the goal of ending the cycle of poverty. Kids’ Meals aspires to make Houston the first city to end child hunger.
There are over 400 children annually served in Calafornia’s El Dorado County’s foster care system after having suffered abuse or neglect. CASA of El Dorado County provides these children with court appointed special advocates (CASAs) that research and monitor the case of their assigned child. They build relationships with said children to gather facts about their lives which is used to better determine what unique services and support the child needs. Foster children served by CASAs receive carefully curated services to help them recover from their abuse, and are half as likely to end up in long term foster care. Additionally, children who exit the child welfare system with the help of CASAs are half as likely to reenter the system. This organization recently launched the “Forever Friends of El Dorado County” program to provide financial assistance to CASA El Dorado youth and enable them access to requested items from school supplies to college prep.
Founded by U.S Lutherans shortly after World War II, Lutheran World Relief seeks to help communities sustainably and resiliently combat global poverty and adapt to natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Lutheran World Relief seeks to build self-sufficiency amongst the communities they serve by helping them develop community-owned approaches to problem solving that will last long after their end and enable them to thrive. They also aid communities’ efforts to stimulate their local economies by establishing positive youth development programs, supporting farmers in industries such as coffee and cocoa, and establishing gender equity initiatives. Lutheran World Relief works with communities all across the globe based on need regardless of race, religion, or nationality.
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