Since 2019, True Beginnings is one of the only reentry services in Las Vegas that focuses on the specific needs of women and the distinct issues they face in navigating life as a current or formerly incarcerated person. With their initiatives guided by formerly incarcerated women, True Beginnings respond to the growing and evolving needs of women impacted, and their families, by providing a comprehensive reentry program that is trauma-informed and gender-responsive. Services that accompany this program are free housing, job readiness training, trauma-therapy, life-skills workshops, and leadership development. True Beginnings believe that personal transformation must be matched with systemic transformation, and the organization participates in local and statewide advocacy to end harmful practices within the criminal legal system that could lead to disproportionately criminalizing and incarcerating vulnerable women, as well as low-income groups. The dream is to eliminate systemic barriers that stem from mass incarceration, to protect and prevent individuals from re-incarceration, and instead focus on becoming successfully integrated and productive citizens with bright, healthy futures.
Cure 4 the Kids Foundation
Founded in 2007, Cure 4 the Kids Foundation serves the Nevada community by providing children living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, access to high quality, comprehensive, and customized treatment to ensure their long-term survival and improvement of their quality of life. The foundation’s multi-specialty team of healthcare professionals serve patients at all points of their recovery, from their admission into the facility, to providing lifelong support post treatment. They are the only tax-exempt pediatric cancer treatment center in Nevada, providing invaluable equal access and financial grants for families that otherwise would have to travel out of state or forgo treatment altogether. Every year they expand their services to help as many families in their region as possible, and are continuously developing into a nationally recognized center of excellence.
Lar Batista De Criancas
Founded in 1941 in the midst of World War II, Lar Batista de Crianças was founded by various Baptist Churches across the Sao Paulo area to provide care for at-risk children and adolescents. Their facilities includes 12 shelters, five day care centers, 2 CCAs (service of coexistence and strengthening of bonds,) one sports project, and 2 administrative offices. One of their biggest accomplishments is signing agreements with City Halls, the State of Sao Paulo and Compassion Brazil to serve the bio-psycho-social-spiritual needs of about 1020 children and adolescents. Today, Lar Batista de Crianças serves over 1,300 children from ages 0 to 17.
Founded in 1978 in one of the most remote and and resource-lacking communities in the city of Campinas, Brazil, Eufraten began its roots as a fully volunteer-run organization with the goal of facilitating the development of children, adolescents, and young peoples’ skills and enabling them to build a better future for themselves. Today, they have expanded their mission to focus on promoting a holistic and ethical educational experience for all. The curriculum are centered on their founder, Dr. Paulo Zabeu de Sousa Romos’ philosophy of heulophy and are experience-centered to develop in their students self-knowledge, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, and productivity in serving one’s family and communities. Some of their programs include (but are not limited to:) PEV – Education for Life Program, Social and Environmental Education and Sustainability, and Building with Our Own Hands. Throughout their 40+ year journey, they have served over 52,000 people and have been recognized by communities and their partners as a difference maker to those they serve. Today, Eufraten continues to nurture over 600 children, adolescents, young people, and their families across 3 high vulnerability zones.
Save Money Save Life
Save Money Save Life’s mission is to develop and facilitate accessible and community-centered art, entertainment, and events to foster sustainable change relating to uplifting and empowering BIPOC creators, individuals, and communities in Chicago. Their project-oriented work utilizes S.T.E.A.M education to facilitate in their recipients experiences that integrates contemporary cultural art, traditional knowledge, and community service. Save Money Save Life has pledged to center Black and Indigenous solidarity for collective liberation against racism and pledges to incorporate Indigenous practices and ideologies as part of their mission and initiatives. Some of their programs includes providing first responder training, a visual storytelling training internship for those underrepresented in journalism and other multimedia professions, and educational workshops on one’s U.S Constitutional rights, and how to exercise and protect them. They have also hosted a variety of initiative such as school supply and shoe drives to an impoverished neighborhood affected by police brutality, and distributing emergency COVID-19 response kits to Black and Brown neighborhoods noted as a region which suffered the most severe health discrepancies.
National Kidney Foundation
An estimated 37 million people in America live with chronic kidney disease, and 100,000 people are patiently waiting in line for a kidney transplant. Since 1995, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has provided kidney disease patients and prospective and current kidney donors with access to information and counseling needed to understand the intricacies of kidney transplant and donation and to make the best informed decisions. NKF connects medical professionals with patients and donors to obtain resources and information they need through their free helpline “NKF Cares”, peer mentorship program, and anonymous NKF Communities. They also have consistently contributed to legislations passed in the U.S relating to kidney disease patients and organ donors. For example, they advocated for and participated in the drafting and passing of the 1968 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act which impacted kidney patients living on the Affordable Care Act health plan of 2013. NKF is a leader in kidney and kidney disease research, investing over $200 million in the treatment of kidney disease. They have also pioneered the “Kidney Early Evaluation Program” (KEEP,) which detects kidney disease at its earliest stage. To date, NKF have connected over 200,000 people to receive KEEP screenings, helping to increase a renal patient’s chances for survival.
Will to Live
After the tragic suicide of their teenage son, Will Trautwein, in 2010, parents John and Susie founded the Will to Live Foundation dedicated to preventing future teen suicides. By providing young adults, their loved ones, and the broader community, mental health education and the facilitation of interpersonal friendships, Will to Live creates a like-hearted fellowship that helps each other recognize and be cognizant of their great personal value and importance. Will to Live’s cornerstone is peer to peer support and mentorship services, and most all activities, clubs, and fundraising events organized by young people for young people. Today, they have raised over $1.3 million, funded 3000+ middle and high school’s “Signs of Suicide” (SOS) educational program, and awarded over $150k scholarships to 100+ high school seniors. The Will to Live Foundation works closely with outside suicide awareness and counseling centers such as Summit Counseling Center, and together have enabled 25+ middle and high schools in the Atlanta area to receive on-site licensed therapy and counseling. The foundation has also partnered with various sports teams and tournaments via their program “Team Will to Live”. They have been recognized with the Presidential Point of Light Award and have received great support from the media outlets that praise them for their literal life-saving work.
Sikh Volunteers provides free food to disadvantaged community members, partnering with various nonprofit organizations and local councils supporting the home insecure and hungry. Their most notable programs are their free food van and free take-away food kitchen, offering nourishment and dignity across various Australian council areas. Sikh Volunteers also serve communities impacted by detrimental natural disasters such as floods and bushfires. During the COVID-19 crisis support period of 2020 to 2021, Sikh Volunteers delivered 271,000 nutritious meals to the community, each accompanied by words and actions of encouragement and care. Their heroic, altruistic actions have been recognized with the prestigious Premier’s Award for Community Harmony as well as the Australian Human Rights Heroes 2020 Award.
Rumah Kids Malaysia offers a safe, loving home for orphaned, abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Since their founding in 1991, they have nurtured more than 300 children, providing food, shelter, clothing, and the opportunity to experience a real childhood. Rumah Kids also offers educational and vocational life skills training as well as extended care for those that are enrolled in higher education. By shielding them from the traumas of their former lives, Rumah Kids transforms and opens up a future full of possibilities and big dreams attainable with the support of their staff, volunteers and supporters.
Save the Children (Philippines)
As part of the world’s leading independent children’s organization, Save the Children Philippines is dedicated to serving the youth and their communities, believing that every child deserves a bright future. For over 40 years, they have served millions of children in helping them attain access to quality education, health services and nutrition, providing humanitarian aid during natural disasters and armed conflicts, protecting them from exploitation and violence, and advocating on their behalf with lawmakers. They also collaborate with the government in developing policies, plans and budgets that ensure that all children – especially those living in poverty – have equal rights to survival, protection, development, and participation in society. Since 2020, Save the Children Philippines actively supported the Red Alert Campaign, an initiate of various Asian Save the Children branches that brings together children and youth to exchange knowledge and take action in their local governments against the detrimental impacts of climate change in the Asian-Pacific and beyond.
Dove Project/Safe Steps
Safe Steps is a specialist provider that supports domestic abuse survivors in Southend-on-Sea and the wider Essex area. Operating out of the Dove Centre, they provide community services to those of all genders and ages to safely leave dangerous living situations/recover from and rebuild their lives from the trauma of abuse. Their intersectional, survivor-led, and trauma informed care model enables their recipients to receive identity-specific care and help them determine the best course of action for a sustainable, independent future. Safe Steps also reaches out to disadvantaged groups to introduce them to their services and build working relationships with specialist organizations to expand their capabilities and reach. Their crisis service has supported 680 domestic abuse victims and 400 children and young people from Southend impacted by domestic abuse to date, enabling them to better achieve their goal of attaining “a brighter future free from abuse.”
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.