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Founded
1941
Size
Giant
Transforming lives across Downeast Maine
The Maine Sea Coast Mission, founded in 1905, provides spiritual, health, and youth development programs in coastal and island communities from mid-coast to Downeast Maine. Rooted in a history of non-denominational service, the Mission offers hope, encouragement and help to strengthen individuals, families and communities. Programs and services include: the Christmas Program; the EdGE, after-school and summer programs for youth in Washington County; emergency financial assistance, addressing immediate needs such as heat, electricity, and other emergency circumstances; food pantries; ministries to island and coastal communities, including partnerships with four island churches and a fisheries resource management policy consultant; scholarships; Sunbeam Island Health Services; and a thrift shop.
Founded
1955
Size
Large
Strengthening the Foundations of the Boothbay Region Community
The Boothbay Region YMCA has been serving the community since 1955. It was founded and is sustained by leaders of the community to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.The Boothbay Region YMCA's mission is to strengthen individuals, families, and the community, guided by Christian principles including the universal values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility through programs that will build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Founded
1963
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Large
Serving families and children since 1899
Founded in 1899, the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers builds and strengthens families and their children, instilling hope for the future and a better quality of life. It is a multi-faceted organization that has grown to meet the evolving needs of those it serves. Our services include: The Hague-accredited Adoption Program, the longest-operating program of its kind in Maine, offering domestic and international adoption services, home studies, post adoption, and birth parent services, as well as The Children's Place, delivering early care and education to children 6 weeks old to age 5.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities
The Granite YMCA, established in 1854, is part of the worldwide Y organization. With branches in Manchester, Goffstown, Londonderry, Portsmouth, and Rochester, The Granite YMCA focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Across the country, Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Advancing independence for persons who are blind and visually impaired
The New Hampshire Association for the Blind is the statewide leader in providing vision rehabilitation services for New Hampshire people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired. Founded in 1912, it provides services in virtually every community statewide and at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord. The Association provides support through information, education, informed choice, and help through a range of specialized professional vision rehabilitation services which are available at the McGreal Sight Center and in clients' homes. These essential services are made available regardless of ability to pay and are available for as long as an individual's needs exist.
Founded
1993
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Medium
Enabling all young people to be great today and reach their full potential.
Founded in 1991, Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to be great today and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens tomorrow. We primarily service communities in New Hampshire's Souhegan Valley: Milford, Amherst, Hollis, Brookline, Mont Vernon, Peterborough, New Ipswich, Lyndeborough, and Wilton.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
Serving those struggling with poverty
The Upper Valley Haven is a private not-for-profit organization, founded in 1980, providing temporary shelter and educational programming for homeless families and adults as well as food and clothing to anyone in need. For 33 years the Haven has fostered independence through our programs. The Haven is open 365 days per year and never charges for any of its services. We serve over 11,000 people from Vermont and New Hampshire per year generally from within a 45-mile radius of White River Junction, Vermont. Our clients are poverty level to low-income, as defined by the percentage of clients at or below 200% of the national poverty level. The Haven operates with 33 employees (25.4 FTEs), 641 community volunteers on regular shifts, and over 35 crucial community partnerships.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Little moments. Big magic.
Established in 1949, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay's (BBBSMB) mission is to promote the healthy development of children through the nurturing of continuing, one-to-one friendships with caring, responsible adults, supported by trained professional staff. As one of the largest adult-to-child mentoring organizations in the nation, BBBSMB currently serves over 3,500 youth in one-to-one relationships, and more than 100 additional youth in group activities and camperships. Our service area encompasses 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area.
Founded
1926
Size
Medium
Be Great
Founded in 1893, the Boys and Girls Club of Worcester works to help youth, especially those who need us most, develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and community leaders, through caring professional staff who forge relationships with our youth members and influence their ability to succeed in life. We not only change lives, we save lives. We provide informal education and recreation facilities to youth in the Worcester area.
Founded
1943
Size
Large
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold
Girls Inc. of Worcester inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through The Girls Inc. Experience, which equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults.Girls Inc. of Worcester began changing the lives of girls and young women 100 years ago in 1916. The Worcester Girls Club was formed by a small and dedicated group of community members with a purpose to give ethical, educational and social advantages to girls of lower incomes families.As we proudly celebrate a century of growth and services in 2016, we continue to meet the ever-changing needs of girls. We reach more than 1,400 girls each year on site at our Providence Street facility and Camp Kinneywood lakefront summer camp, in the schools and on college campuses, and through our community partners.
Founded
1972
Size
Tiny
Neighbors helping neighbors
Founded in 1969, the Council of Social Concern is a charitable, community-based agency responding to the basic needs of people of all ages, providing early childhood education and care, helping individuals develop their potential, creating positive family and community relationships, and fostering respect for diversity. We envision a viable agency providing quality services that meet basic and changing community needs in-line with our mission.
Founded
1982
Size
Tiny
Where community is family.
Bird Street Community Center (legally incorporated as "Upham's Corner Community Center, Inc.") works provide low income high-risk youth with all of the critical programs and services that allow inner city children and youth to rise above poverty, to become the first in their families to graduate from college, to lead the community as a place of peace and prosperity, and to thrive as the adults of tomorrow. Bird Street provides these programs and services in an environment that is youth-friendly, safe, and supportive of the potential that is possible when families schools, and agencies work together to nurture the young.
Founded
1990
Size
Large
The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to End Hunger Here.
Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and one of the largest food banks in the country. GBFB was able to meet or exceed all of our organizational goals for the 2014 fiscal year. Highlights from the past year include: - GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food, or over 40 million meals to community members in need through our member agencies and programs. - Fresh produce accounted for one quarter of our overall distribution, a dramatic 230% increase from only three years ago. - 25,000 volunteers donated their time to GBFB, saving $1 million in labor costs. - GBFB's mobile markets and school-based pantries reached isolated and low-income communities with an average of 30 pounds of healthy food per household per distribution, such as frozen meats and fresh produce.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Feed. Lead. Strengthen
Mission: To feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.Vision: A Western Massachusetts where no one goes hungry and everyone has access to nutritious food.Overarching value: We believe that everyone has the right to healthy food regardless of their circumstances. The Food Bank is the leader provider of emergency food and other food assistance to more than 223,457 individuals at risk of hunger in the four counties of Western Massachusetts (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties). We also lead the community to end hunger through public education and advocacy.For more information on how you can get involved in your community, visit www.foodbankwma.org
Founded
1983
Size
Tiny
Empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business
Founded in 2004, More Than Words empowers youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW believes that when system-involved youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting, and are given high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address personal barriers to success, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become contributing members of society.
Founded
1992
Size
Tiny
Empowering youth & adults as agents of positive change
The mission of the Center for Teen Empowerment is to empower youth and adults as agents of individual, institutional, and social change. Teen Empowerment (TE) inspires young people, and the adults who work with them, to think deeply about the most difficult social problems in their communities, and gives them the tools they need to work with others in creating significant positive change. At TE's youth organizing sites, youth and adult staff bring authentic youth voice into the dialogue about improving their communities, mobilize the energy of urban youth to create meaningful change, and facilitate mutually respectful relationships between youth and adults.
Founded
1947
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Large
A positive place for kids.
Since 1945, the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has been helping kids succeed. The Club is a caring, creative resource. We offer kids challenge balanced with encouragement and praise…room for growth grounded in a sense of security and connections…and opportunities for individual expression reinforced with validation and support. The Club is a place where young people come to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively, and participate in sports. As young people experience the totality of the Club, a safe place, ongoing relationships with caring adults and life enhancing programs the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club becomes a place of hope and opportunity and truly a positive place for kids.
Founded
1979
Size
Medium
Be a fan.
Special Olympics Rhode Island provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The Special Olympics Rhode Island program provides over 1,400 year-round sports training and athletic competitions for more than 2,800 athletes and hosts over 40 local, regional, and statewide tournaments and competitions each year in 25 official and demonstration sports.
Founded
1955
Size
Large
Empowering children, adults, families and communities to realize their potential
Family Centers offers education, health and human services to children, adults and families living in Lower Fairfield County. More than 2,200 professionals and trained volunteers work together to provide a wide range of responsive, innovative programs. Since 1891, we have worked to improve the quality of individual, family and community life through education and human service programs. Family Centers realizes its mission through three centers of excellence, which offer programs spanning the continuum of life.
Founded
1954
Size
Medium
The positive place for kids
The Boys & Girls Club of Stamford is a dedicated youth facility that is open daily, is managed by a professional staff, and available and affordable to all youth. We have provided after school activities and youth development services to the youth of Stamford, Connecticut since 1927. This defines our essence. An increasing number of school age children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Boys and girls in our community are often left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. These young people need to know that someone cares about them. The Club offers this and more. We serve more than 1,000 children, ages 6-18, offering programs and services that promote and enhance their development.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Free, round-the-clock help for children, teens and parents
The agency's mission is to protect infants, children and teens from abuse and family crisis. To this end, Kids in Crisis provides free, round-the-clock crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency shelter, prevention programs in local communities, and advocacy throughout Connecticut. Since inception, Kids in Crisis has provided critical social services to over 130,000 children and their families. The goals of Kids in Crisis are:1.To ensure that children/youth referred to Kids in Crisis receive immediate intervention and outreach counseling, shelter & aftercare services most appropriate to their needs;2.To maintain a strong community presence by providing prevention & outreach services that give children, youth, and the adults with whom they interact the information and skills needed to reduce the likelihood of abuse and to identify problems before they are in crisis; and3.To take a leadership role in identifying and advocating for the needs of children & youth at risk in CT.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
A partnership to alleviate hunger
Founded in 1982, the Connecticut Food Bank is the largest centralized source of charitable food donations in Connecticut. The Connecticut Food Bank is a private organization whose mission is to provide nutritious food to people in need by supplying food products and resources to eligible agencies throughout our service area in Connecticut, and to promote public awareness about the problem of hunger. The Connecticut Food Bank provides grocery products to some 700 soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, and day programs in Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Sustaining families and individuals through all of life's challenges
Since 1978, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has been all about families and community. Our mission is to sustain families and individuals through all of life's challenges and build strong, healthy communities. An ever-changing, ever-evolving social service agency, JFS is a presence in the community that continuously responds to challenges with the highest degree of professionalism, so that those who need us the most can benefit from our services. We are constantly adding new programs and services to meet the increasing demands of today's world. Our seasoned, caring and compassionate staff provides creative, individualized attention to all our clients.
Founded
1948
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Small
Here to help.
Neighbor to Neighbor is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving residents in need throughout the Greenwich area. We improve lives by providing for the exchange of food, clothing and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect.
Founded
1935
Size
Medium
Connect to Life
The Center for Hearing and Communication is committed to improving the quality of life for children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss and listening and auditory challenges. We work to make life better for people with hearing loss. We designed our services to help make sure hearing loss doesn't keep you from your full potential. Isolation, dropping out of the conversation—even lost earnings and health issues—are associated with hearing loss, but we don't believe they need to be. We accomplish our mission by providing hearing rehabilitation and human services for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by empowering our clients to achieve their potential.
Founded
1959
Size
Large
Building community
Goddard Riverside Community Center is one of New York City's leading human service organizations. We work to meet people's basic needs - food, shelter, education - and to bring them together for mutual aid, social action, and to celebrate our richness as a society. Through 27 programs at 21 sites on the Upper West Side and in West Harlem, we engage people of all ages and backgrounds. Our program areas include: children, youth and families; homeless people; older adults; and advocacy and tenant assistance. We also develop and manage affordable housing, and organize a range of community arts and events. Goddard Riverside was formed in 1959 when two historic settlement houses merged: Riverside Community House and Goddard Neighborhood Center.
Founded
1961
Size
Medium
Improving the lives of older Americans
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. That works to improve the lives of older Americans. NCOA is a national voice for older adults - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged -- and the community organizations that serve them. NCOA brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors live independently, find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities.
Founded
2008
Size
Giant
Giving all people everywhere a reason to run
Founded in 1958, NYRR has grown from a local running club to the world's premier community running organization, whose mission is to help and inspire people through running. NYRR's commitment to New York City's five boroughs features races, community events, youth initiatives, school programs, and training resources that provide hundreds of thousands of people each year, from children to seniors, with the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to run for life. We are committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth programs that educate and motivate more than 200,000 kids in communities in New York City, across the United States, and around the world. NYRR's premier event, the TCS New York City Marathon, features 50,000 participants, from the world's elite athletes to a wide range of recreational and charity runners, and is part of the World Marathon Majors, an alliance of the world's six biggest marathons that determines each year's top male and top female marathoner.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Helping homeless men, women, and children
Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that decent shelter, sufficient food, affordable housing, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. Every day the Coalition helps over 3,500 clients with the tools and support to reclaim their lives. The Coalition is a vocal and invaluable city and statewide resource for homeless people, at-risk populations, other advocates and service providers, policymakers and the public at large.
Founded
1991
Size
Large
Bringing joy and warmth to disadvantaged children and their families
Association to Benefit Children (ABC) is dedicated to bringing joy and warmth to disadvantaged children and their families through compassionate, sustainable, comprehensive and integrated services, designed to permanently break the cycles of abuse, neglect, sickness and homelessness. ABC's humane and innovative programs include early educational advocacy, housing assistance, mental health services, family support and preservation, crisis intervention, therapeutic out-of-school and summer day camp programs, youth leadership development and mentoring.
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Enabling people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics
Achilles International's mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life. Achilles was founded in 1983 by Dick Traum, the first amputee to run the New York City Marathon. Today, Achilles has chapters and members in over 65 locations within the United States and abroad. Able-bodied volunteers and disabled runners come together to train in an environment of support and community. Over time, runners gain measurable physical strength and build confidence and self- esteem as they begin to achieve, which leads to increased levels of aspiration in all areas of life.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Emphasizing the importance of education, determination, and hard work
Peter Westbrook Foundation students are challenged physically and mentally. Each session involves rigorous conditioning, one-on-one instruction with Olympic-caliber coaches and activities designed to improve concentration and mental sharpness. PWF students not only learn how to be good winners and losers, but also how their actions directly influence the results they achieve. Through a combination of expertly-planned training regiments and thoughtful tournament scheduling, we've achieved unprecedented success, including Olympic, world championship and national medalists.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
Helping families move beyond the soup kitchen
Hunger Free America (HFA) is a national nonprofit group building a bold, grassroots membership movement in all 50 states to enact the public policies necessary to end domestic hunger and ensure that all Americans have sufficient access to nutritious food. Founded as the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), the organization was established in 1983 as the voice for the more than 1,200 charitable soup kitchens and food pantries that exist in New York City, as well as the 1.4 million low-income New Yorkers who don't have enough food. As it continues to strengthen its local efforts as Hunger Free New York City, HFA's local programs will continue to build upon it efforts to date. Hunger Free America is committed to meeting the immediate food needs of low-income Americans while promoting innovative solutions to help them move toward greater economic self-sufficiency. Ending Hunger Lifts Us All!
Founded
1990
Size
Medium
Leading the charge to end hunger
Driven by the belief that access to healthy food is a basic right for all people, the Food Bank for Westchester leads hunger action programs and mobilizes the resources needed to eradicate hunger in Westchester County.The Food Bank for Westchester serves over 300 local hunger-relief programs throughout Westchester, including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers, and shelters. The Food Bank provides 95% of all the food given to hungry families, children and seniors as cooked meals or groceries to take home.
Founded
1944
Size
Giant
Building Community in Downtown Manhattan
The Educational Alliance currently serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually via 38 programs, including preschools, camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes, counseling services, and addiction recovery programs. All programs feature intergenerational and cross-cultural activities, bringing together people from different backgrounds and age groups so they can learn from and with each other.
Founded
1934
Size
Large
Hope Lives Here
The New York City Rescue Mission has been caring for the needs of the poor and the homeless of New York City for over 142 years. As the city has grown over those years, so has the homeless population. We remain committed to helping to be a part of the solution for this segment of the population.Goals of the NYC Rescue Mission:-To shelter, feed and clothe 160 men and 30 women each day/night-To provide case management for our overnight guests addressing issues underlying poverty and homelessness-To provide a residential recovery program for 60 men. Each will have an individualized learning plan to allow for better development. Men in the recovery program will leave the mission within 9-12 months with the following conditions met: employed, independent living, spiritual and emotional health.-To partner with like organizations to address and solve issues of poverty and homelessness in the NYC area.
Founded
1934
Size
Giant
The power to change lives
As the nation's oldest and NYC's largest mentoring agency, BBBS of NYC is acclaimed for our high standards and effective delivery of life changing programs. Since 1904, we have provided safe and impactful mentoring experiences to the youth who need them most. We continually evaluate and improve our services to best support our mission to provide children facing adversity in New York City with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with adults that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with families, volunteers, organizations, and the community to inspire positive change in all. It is through this multi-level engagement that our programs have powerful community impact.
Founded
1945
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Small
Every child healthy, housed, educated and safe.
Since 1944, Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC) has convened, informed and mobilized New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. CCC's approach to child advocacy is fact-based and combines the best features of public policy advocacy with a tradition of citizen activism. Casting light on the issues, engaging allies, fueling civic discourse, identifying improvements and envisioning alternatives has helped CCC make children a priority in New York City. CCC provides a voice for children, especially poor and vulnerable children and children with special needs. We champion children who cannot vote, lobby or advocate on their own behalf to secure the rights, protections and services they deserve.
Founded
1953
Size
Tiny
Assists the organization counterpart in Israel
P'eylim Lev L'Achim assists the organizations counterpart in Israel by providing support for their network of outreach services. The network includes outreach centers, social services, counseling and big brother/sister programs. The organization also provides support to educational institutions in America.
Founded
1963
Size
Large
Educating children to be their best
Boys & Girls Harbor, New York is a multi-service, educational youth agency serving the East and Central Harlem communities of New York City. We serve nearly 3,500 underprivileged children and their families. Our comprehensive services offer children access to the quality educational training so desperately needed in these at-risk communities. Our diverse services include a pre-school program; a structured academic and visual/performing arts after-school program; behavioral health services including substance abuse prevention and a teen pregnancy prevention program; a charter school; rigorous academic training; and a world renowned performing arts conservatory.
Founded
1953
Size
Large
Impacting the city . . .One life at a time
The City Mission of Schenectady, founded in 1906, is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community. In 2012 City Mission of Schenectady served 185,855 meals and provided 33,165 beds. Services provided by City Mission of Schenectady include: the Food Services Program; the Community Outreach Department; men's programs; women and children's programs; the Transitional Housing Program; the Learning and Career Center; a chapel; thrift store; and a medical clinic.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Providing for the achievement of excellence in the sport of luge
Chartered in 1979, the United States Luge Association (USLA) - also known as USA Luge - is an Olympic class member organization of the United States Olympic Committee and is the National Governing Body for the sport of luge in the United States. It is our mission to provide for the achievement of excellence in the sport of luge, with the highest degree of sportsmanship, honor, dedication and victory as the standard. It is the responsibility of USA Luge to prepare, train and equip the United States National Luge Team for international and Olympic competition, as well as promote the growth of the sport nationwide.
Founded
1938
Size
Small
Great Futures Start Here
Since 1892, Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse has provided our community's youth with ongoing, caring relationships with adult professionals. We are a youth development agency and our goal is to inspire and enable all young people in the Syracuse area, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Founded
1982
Size
Small
Achieving sustained competitive excellence
The mission of the US Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is to enable United States athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and to promote and grow the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States.
Founded
2005
Size
Tiny
Preventing poverty, distress and dependence on governmental aid
American Friends of Meir Panim's mission is to alleviate and diminish the harmful effects of poverty on thousands of families across Israel by supporting a range of food and social service programs aimed at helping the needy with dignity and respect, including free restaurants, meals-on-wheels, school lunch programs, prepaid food card distribution, vocational training and after-school youth clubs.
Founded
2005
Size
Large
To say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families.
Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) is a statewide fundraising initiative by the citizens of Minnesota, for Minnesota military personnel and their families. The mission of MMAF is to say "thanks" to Minnesota Service members and their families who are making sacrifices in the defense of our freedoms in combat zones around the world. We aim to show our troops how much we appreciate and respect their efforts by providing cash grants to all service members deployed in combat zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the families of service members who are killed in combat.
Founded
2005
Size
Large
Strengthening the Midlands by empowering the homeless to transition from the streets to self-reliance
Transitions Homeless Recovery Center works to move people from homelessness to permanent housing. We also partner with many community agencies that use their expertise to help our clients reach their goals. Various strategies and types of housing are used to help stabilize individuals living on the street and enroll them in services designed to stabilize their lives, increase their income, and help them secure permanent housing.
Founded
1951
Size
Tiny
Providing life enhancing programs and character development experiences
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County serves children that come from some of the most difficult circumstances in the County. Currently, we have two facilities, the Red Bank Unit in Red Bank, NJ and the Asbury Park Unit in Asbury Park, NJ. As of 2014, we serve more than 1,800 kids and teens in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County's youth enjoy a variety of activities ranging from swimming in the Club's pool to exploring the world of computers.
Founded
1965
Size
Tiny
Skilled and compassionate human services
The Jewish Family Service of Central New Jersey (JFS) is a nonprofit, non-sectarian, social services agency, with offices in Elizabeth and Scotch Plains, New Jersey. JFS works to strengthen family life and encourage personal growth by providing quality social and health services to individuals and families in need. Each year JFS helps over 6,000 individuals, from children to older adults, and JFS is a licensed outpatient mental health agency, adoption agency, childcare provider and homecare agency.
Founded
1934
Size
Giant
The Y. So Much More.
Our mission is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. When we are successful, people we serve will be stronger, healthier and feel supported. They will be more connected and more responsible to each other and to the community. Youth will feel safe and empowered to achieve their highest potential. As a result, our communities will thrive and people will grow closer together.
Founded
1975
Size
Large
Promoting and developing the power of amateur football
Founded in 1947, the mission of the National Football Foundation is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America's young people. We fulfill this mission by inspiring young people to excellence, exciting young people about the game, and developing and promoting model football programs. We hold up the greatest players and coaches in the history of the game as role models and enshrining them and their achievements in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Founded
1983
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Medium
Compassion and spiritual support for pregnant women and their children
Several Sources Shelters operates a number of social programs in the spirit of compassion and spiritual support, including four shelters for pregnant women and their children, and a 24 hour national pregnancy hotline. Several Sources also operates a day time shelter for homeless women in Newark, NJ called Ladies Rest. Furthermore, Several Sources has developed an interactive CD-ROM called the Choice Game. The purpose of the game is to teach the values of life, chastity, and sound decision making to youth so that they can see the consequences of their future actions. Accordingly, Several Sources is very active with the internet and maintains numerous websites that feature the work of the organization, allowing it to expand counseling and educational efforts throughout the United States.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Feeding the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need.
The Greater Berks Food Bank works to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need. The Greater Berks Food Bank collects, purchases, stores, and distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to the more than 300 programs which feed the hungry in Berks, Schuylkill, and western Montgomery Counties.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
A hand up, not a hand out
Homeless Solutions, Inc. was founded in 1983 as Morris Shelter, Inc. Today, Homeless Solutions, Inc. provides shelter for 25 homeless men, 10 homeless women, 19 families and 20 Safe Haven guests. Our guests receive services including case management, transportation to work and necessary appointments, money management and employment assistance, housing search assistance and daily living skills training. Referral services for counseling, substance abuse intervention, and prevention are also provided. Our mission is to offer shelter, services, and supportive housing to homeless and low-income people.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Helping Neighbors in Need.
Since 1983, Falmouth Service Center (FSC) has worked hand in hand with the community to educate, support, and improve the quality of life of Upper Cape residents in need. We recognize the needs are as diverse as our clients. Our multi-service agency therefore covers a wide range. A major component of the program is an extensive food pantry that residents/clients may visit once every three weeks as needed. In addition, financial assistance, in conjunction with budget management workshops, is available to clients who need housing assistance and/or help paying utilities. Additionally, the Falmouth Service Center offers the community nutritional education and cooking classes in cooperation with the Barnstable County Extension.
Founded
1984
Size
Medium
Dignity is everything
Since 1982, thousands of women in Greater Boston have found refuge and welcome at Women's Lunch Place. Women's Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable day time shelter, nutritious food, and vital services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty. We treat women with dignity and respect, and foster a community committed to meeting each woman's needs. We are open six days a week, year-round, to serve anyone who identifies as a woman, with no requirements to receive any service. In the words of one guest, "I was half a person in the street and they put me together."
Founded
1984
Size
Small
Solving homelessness in our communities through supportive housing
Founded in 1984, Homes with Hope is a local grassroots response to the tragedy of homelessness. With a caring professional staff and the help of more than 400 volunteers, Homes with Hope assists people who have lost their ability to lead normal lives. Formerly known as the Interfaith Housing Association of Westport & Weston, Homes with Hope's mission is to provide facilities and supportive services in a structured environment that enable homeless people in the communities we serve to achieve an independent and self-sufficient life. We will accomplish this through permanent supportive housing, casework and supportive services, emergency shelter, food and meals and the life skills training critical in preventing homelessness from reoccurring.
Founded
1986
Size
Medium
Fighting hunger and malnutrition in South Jersey since 1985
The Food Bank of South Jersey exists to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger by providing food to needy people, teaching them to eat nutritiously and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
support for families...health care for all
Families First's mission is "to contribute to the health and well-being of the Seacoast community by providing a broad range of health and family services to all, regardless of ability to pay." The "broad range of services" includes primary, prenatal and oral health care; behavioral health counseling; substance abuse treatment; mobile health care for homeless and other low-income people; parenting classes and family programs; and care coordination and other supportive services. We make services available "regardless of ability to pay" by offering an income-based sliding fee scale for uninsured and underinsured patients; accepting Medicaid; helping patients obtain health insurance and prescription assistance; prescription assistance; delivering mobile medical and dental care to homeless people at little or no cost; and providing parenting classes and family programs at no cost.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
A Way from Violence to Self-Reliance
The Second Step fosters the safety, stability, and well-being of survivors of domestic violence.Our residential and community-based programs build on the strengths, needs, and values of the individuals and families we serve. In partnership with survivors and in collaboration with the community, we lay a foundation for a future free from abuse and full of possibility. Founded in 1992, The Second Step partners with survivors to address the aftermath of abuse and build brighter futures for themselves and their children. The Second Step also works to address the root causes of domestic violence and end it in our time.
Founded
1948
Size
Medium
Start Something
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring relationships. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.
Founded
1954
Size
Large
Helping young people reach their potential
The mission of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education is to prepare young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.
Founded
1976
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Small
A powerful voice for women
Women's Way was formed in the mid-1970´s by a group of women running women-focused agencies that were struggling to keep their doors open. The causes they served - wage equity, rape crisis, domestic violence, reproductive freedom - were controversial and hard to fund. They joined together to raise a collective voice and to generate funding for issues impacting women. Women's Way has put over 20 million dollars to work to enhance the lives of women and families and to provide vital support and assistance to the agencies that serve them. Each year, Women's Way allocates critical operating funds to six member agencies, and also provides grants to a dynamic group of agencies through its Community Women's Fund.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Be a fan
Special Olympics of Pennsylvania (SOPA) became an official chapter of Special Olympics, Inc. in 1970. SOPA provides year-round athletic training and athletic competition in over 20 Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and provides them with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness skills, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. Over 20,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities participate in over 300 local, sectional, and state events. Athletes range in age from eight to 80 and are of all ability levels.
Founded
1989
Size
Tiny
Ending hunger, building community, transforming lives.
Manna on Main Street is committed to ending hunger in the North Penn region by providing food, fulfilling social service and education needs, and conducting community outreach. Through a food pantry and soup kitchen, emergency financial aid, counseling and referrals, and education opportunities, we serve those in need with the hope “that everyone might be fed.”
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
To support and promote the sport of rowing.
The United States Rowing Association (USRowing) provides ongoing opportunities to achieve excellence in rowing in the United States. USRowing works to steadily increase awareness of rowing; consistently grow lifetime participation in rowing; provide education on rowing safety, healthy training methods, and effective rowing technique; provide standards for all rowers of safe, fair racing; and continually improve performance at the Olympic Games. USRowing selects, trains, and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition including the world championships, Pan American Games and Olympics. More than 16,000 individuals and 1,100 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition.
Founded
1969
Size
Small
Creating impact since 1969!
For over 45 years, BUILD has worked in some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods to stem the violence that takes away the positive potential - and, far too often, the very lives - of our youth. In 1969, BUILD started working with fewer than 200 gang-affiliated teens in one neighborhood and today BUILD serves nearly 3,000 youth annually, offering targeted services to enhance our impact in four priority communities - Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park and Logan Square - while continuing to provide support in other Chicago neighborhoods and throughout Cook County. BUILD's programs are designed to meet both the immediate problem of preventing at-risk youth from joining gangs as well as working with gang-involved youth to develop alternatives to this destructive lifestyle. Our service population also includes youth who have come in contact with the justice system to prevent and/or provide alternatives to detention and assist with successful re-entry into their communities.
Founded
1970
Size
Small
Supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969
Special Children's Charities has been supporting Special Olympics Chicago programs since 1969. Created by Jack McHugh, Special Children's Charities' primary mission is to promote, foster and encourage physical and mental health and improvement for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and closely related developmental disabilities. The Special Olympics mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1969
Size
Tiny
Tennis and Education for Life
Founded in 1961, Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center builds leaders on the court, in the classroom and in the greater community by providing academic, wellness and social development programs alongside recreational and competitive tennis instruction for youth and adults. Sportsmen's is committed to improving life opportunities for youth in Boston's Blue Hill Corridor while welcoming a diverse community from the Greater Boston area.
Founded
1971
Size
Large
For youth development, healthy living, social responsibility
The Greater Naples YMCA puts Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. The Y is the nation's leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Founded
1970
Size
Small
Little moments. Big magic.
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters helps boys and girls, most of whom are considered at risk and live in single-parent homes, achieve their full potential through long-term personal relationships with carefully screened and caring volunteers. Big Brothers and Big Sisters are, foremost, friends to children: They share everyday activities, expand horizons, and experience the joy in even the simplest events. Within those little moments lies the big magic that a Big Brother or Big Sister brings to the life of a young person. National research has shown that the shared experiences between Bigs and Littles have a direct and lasting impact on children's lives. A Big can help a child discover a world of possibilities and opportunities simply by being a genuine friend.
Founded
1970
Size
Medium
Be a fan
Founded in 1969, Special Olympics New York (SONY) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with their families, Special Olympics athletes and the community. Through their participation in Special Olympics New York athletes gain confidence and build a positive self-image, which carries into the classroom, the home, the workplace and the community. Today, SONY is the largest program of its type in the United States, serving 67,162 athletes with the support of over 33,000 volunteers.
Founded
1970
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Small
The people of the Hastings area reaching out as Family in support and Service of one another.
Founded in 1970, Hastings Family Service (HFS) is a community based nonprofit agency providing a range of emergency and supportive services for over 45 years. HFS assists and guides neighbors from the Hastings area who lack food, clothing, shelter, support or transportation. HFS provides help and hope in a spirit of caring and respect, knowing that unforeseen circumstances like job elimination, reduction in work hours or medical emergencies can happen to any of us at any time. The current economy has created numerous vulnerabilities, and HFS strives to help those in need find longer-term solutions while providing fulfilling opportunities for volunteers and community members to support those efforts.
Founded
1971
Size
Giant
Restoring hope and dignity one person at a time
SOME (So Others Might Eat) was founded by Father Horace McKenna, S.J. and an interfaith group of priests, ministers, and lay persons in 1970 to help feed the city's destitute citizens. Today, SOME is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Be a fan
Since 1969, Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) has provided year-round sports training and athletic competition for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. SOCT provides many vital programs, including the Unified Sports Program; the Connecticut Association of Schools/Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference partnership; the Masters Sports Program for athletes 40 and older; and the Officials Program for Athletes. SOCT serves 8,984 athletes throughout the state. In order to provide the most inclusive and meaningful school and community based sports training and competition for its 5,292 athletes with intellectual disabilities, SOCT opens its doors and offers the opportunity to an additional 3,692 athletes who train and compete as partners alongside their peers with intellectual disabilities.
Founded
1971
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Medium
The road to a new life starts here
Founded in 1955, Hiway 80 Rescue Mission Ministries has been reaching out and touching lives for over 50 years. We are commissioned by our Lord to help the poor and needy not only when it is convenient, but when the needs arise. Therefore, in our community of East Texas, we hear the cries of the alcoholics, drug addicts and the battered single women or mothers that do not have an advocate. Hiway 80 Rescue Mission continues to provide emergency shelter for men, women and families who are homeless and in need of help.
Founded
1972
Size
Tiny
Providing food, clothing, shelter
Founded in 1969, the Community Action House works to provide area families and individuals with food, clothing, shelter, and the opportunity to build the necessary skills to achieve a stable and prosperous life. Additionally, we provide case management and educational services for individuals in need of such services.
Founded
1972
Size
Small
Giving joy since 1927
The Empty Stocking Fund has been bringing holiday cheer to metro Atlanta's underprivileged children since 1927. The Empty Stocking Fund's mission is to empower parents and guardians of children living at or below the poverty level in the communities we serve by providing them with an opportunity to give their children gifts at Christmas time. Through relationships with wholesale distributors, the Empty Stocking Fund purchases brand new items in sufficient quantities to offer a variety of age- and gender-appropriate choices. In December, we invite parents and guardians of children from birth to 13 years of age to visit Santa's Village and select gifts for their children.
Founded
1972
Size
Small
Be a fan
Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. We build sports skills, confidence, strength, motivation and self-esteem - not just for 3,000 athletes, but for everyone involved. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children two years of age and older and adults with intellectual disability (or other significant learning or vocational problems), giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Founded
1972
Size
Large
A loving place for children to call home
Established in 1954, Christ's Haven for Children (CHFC) provides a warm, loving, Christian environment in which children in need of basic care can grow physically, emotionally, and spiritually to become productive citizens in society. The Christ's Haven for Children campus is located on 156 beautiful acres in Keller, TX, north of Fort Worth. In addition to our administrative offices, we have seven child-care homes, a chapel, pavilion, gymnasium, workshop, barn, swimming pool, sport courts, and multiple playgrounds. The home cares for 40 children on the campus as well as children in foster care. The children receive medical and dental care, counseling, and tutoring as needed in a warm and loving home under the care and guidance of full-time house parents.
Founded
1972
Size
Small
Supporting families of public safety
Officially organized in 1968 as the Phoenix 100 Club, the 100 Club of Arizona is a volunteer, benevolent organization committed to standing behind the men and women who stand behind the badge. The mission of the 100 Club of Arizona is to provide financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters who are seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty, and to provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.
Founded
1974
Size
Small
Enhancing senior lives
Since its founding in 1972, Senior Neighbors has promoted the health and well-being of Kent County's older adults. Senior Neighbors provides crisis assistance to at-risk seniors, operates Senior Centers throughout Kent County, provides congregate meals, assists frail and low-income seniors with chores and simple home maintenance tasks allowing them to remain in their own homes, provides low-income seniors with vital transportation services at low cost, and provides a safety-net for socially isolated and home-bound seniors through its Daily Connections Program.
Founded
1972
Size
Small
Be a fan
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) provides sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental challenges. Currently over 3,000 participants and thousands of volunteers, friends and family members take part in SONH activities. SONH is founded on the belief that people with mental challenges can, with proper instructions and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with mental and physical challenges. SONH has seven geographical regions within the state including: Great North Woods region, Monadnock and Connecticut River region, Seacoast region, Greater Manchester region, Central region, Lower Merrimack region and Upper Valley region.
Founded
1999
Size
Medium
Preventing the abuse and neglect of our nation's children
Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. Working with chapters in 50 states, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. Our national campaign and local programs, prevention initiatives and events help spread the word in your community, creating awareness that prevention is possible. We are a family of friends, professionals, volunteers, donors and parents who are preventing child abuse and neglect before it ever starts.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Embracing the fundamental belief in all children
The mission of the King Street Center is to promote personal and social wellness through educational, recreational, and social programs. King Street Center serves over 500 children and families each year. Programs include an accredited preschool for 3-5 year-olds; an afterschool program for children in grades K through 5; Teen Futures, our innovative program for middle and high school students; an evening drop-in program for teens; several mentoring programs for children of all ages; and much more. In partnership with Vermont Adult Learning, we also provide English Language instruction several mornings a week for the many new arrivals to the community.
Founded
2000
Size
Medium
Filling playgrounds, not prisons
Incorporated in 1972, Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (PAL) is one if the oldest citizen-building youth programs in the nation. It builds friendships between law enforcement officers and children within the community and is based on the conviction that young people - if reached early enough - can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. PAL has embraced traditional American values where one generation responsibly shares its wisdom and helps kids learn to work together to be responsible for themselves, as well as set goals in their lives. Pal offers year-round and seasonal sports programs, after-school education programs, and summer camps.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
Play Unified
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world's largest sports organization: with nearly 4 million athletes in more than 170 countries -- more than 15,312 athletes here in Missouri. We are also a global social movement. With initiatives to activate youth, engage individuals with intellectual disabilities, build communities, and improve the health of our athletes - we're changing the game for people young and old and asking you to be a part of it all.
Founded
1974
Size
Medium
Be a fan
Founded in 1974, Special Olympics Tennessee (SOTN) provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. SOTN strives to empower the people we serve by helping them to realize their full potential and develop skills through year-round sports training and competition. Special Olympics Tennessee conducts 17 different sports throughout the year and supports 32 area programs that include all Tennessee counties.
Founded
1975
Size
Tiny
Helping girls discover their limitless potential.
Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire helps girls achieve their personal best through one-on-one attention, leadership development, a talented staff and volunteers, a wide range of enrichment programs, and a caring family environment. We strive to find the moment when a girl discovers her potential is limitless. For girls in our communities, every day brings new opportunities, challenges and choices. The ability to respond with thoughtful, informed decisions at home, school and with friends and peers can be a big step toward confident, healthy and fulfilling careers and lives. At Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire, we know every girl has the potential for greatness.
Founded
1975
Size
Large
Neighbor helping neighbor
Since 1974, Samaritan House has been serving low-income families and individuals in San Mateo County. Our services are designed to meet the immediate and basic needs of our clients for food, clothing, shelter, health care, worker resources, and counseling services. All of our services and programs are designed to provide quality resources and effective evaluation to our clients in order to help them become more stable and secure in our community. Our Mission is to mobilize the resources of our community to help those among us who are in need, while preserving dignity, promoting self-sufficiency, and providing hope.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
Taking care of our community
Founded in 1974, The mission of The Women's Center is to improve significantly the psychological, career, financial and legal well being of women and families regardless of their ability to pay. Our clinical staff includes over 100 therapists and career counselors who provide more than 37,000 hours of counseling each year. For more than 30 years, we have grown along with the community we serve. Initially, the Center's services focused mainly on career counseling and seminars. However, as social change continued to impact all aspects of women's lives and our community as a whole, the Center developed and expanded its services to meet those challenges. The Center has developed into a counseling & resource Center for women's and families' financial, career, legal and psychological needs.
Founded
1978
Size
Small
Saving lives and the planet
Founded in 1975, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education, employment and training for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to maximize the quality of life for each individual served. Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. is an innovative and sustainable social enterprise that turns donations of "gently used" goods into new jobs and new careers for the members of our local community. Thus, the revenues from Goodwill's retail, post-retail and e-commerce operations cover the agency's administrative and overhead costs, allowing 100 percent of financial contributions to be directed to client services. Since the agency began providing workforce development services in 1997, it has served 45,433 through the end of 2012. During the same time frame, the agency's employment programs have put 8,039 people back to work!
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Genuine Jersey Pride!
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In New Jersey, athletes participate in alpine skiing, aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cross-country skiing, cycling, equestrian, flag football, floor hockey, golf, gymnastics, motor activities training, powerlifting, sailing, speed skating, snow boarding, snow shoeing, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
Founded
1941
Size
Medium
Restoring individuals, families, and communities
The Erie City Mission is a Christian social outreach program created in 1911 by the famous evangelist Bill Sunday. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania the Mission encompasses two buildings at 1017 and 1023 French Street. The Mission has many programs to serve the local community and continues to expand its care programs. The 1017 Building contains Hope Center Addiction Treatment Services. It is a fully licensed in-patient drug and alcohol program for men and out-patient program for women and men. Hope Center also treats gambling addiction. In the 1023 building we house the Men's New Life Program and serve the general public a meal at noon each day.
Founded
1978
Size
Tiny
transformed leaders, thriving organizations, flourishing city
PLF envisions leaders working together to transform our communities into places of truth, beauty, goodness, justice, and human flourishing. To that end we equip, connect, and mobilize leaders to serve from every sphere of influence for the cultivation and restoration of the city.Our values are:- Community: A place of intimacy, trust, accountability and love for leaders to learn and grow.- Righteousness: A willingness to disadvantage ourselves for the advantage of others.- Integrity: The webbing together, the integration, of all things according to God's purposes for the common good.
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
To create hope, and opportunity.
Boys & Girls of Greater Cincinnati's mission is to foster the academic, social, and physical development of boys and girls, ages 6-18, with special emphasis on youth from disadvantaged circumstances. Our goal is for each Boys & Girls Club member to: Graduate from high school; Remain fit for life; Become engaged citizens of their club and community. BGCGC serves youth through a variety of after-school and summer programs including homework assistance, technology centers, teen centers, career exploration, job assistance, sports and recreation, art classes and leadership development.
Founded
1976
Size
Giant
Because no one should go hungry
Mid-Ohio Foodbank's mission is to end hunger one nourishing meal at a time and co-create a sustainable community where everyone thrives. For over 30 years, we've been working with grocers, food companies, Ohio farmers, the USDA, and community partners to obtain food and distribute it to our partner agencies. The partnerships we share with more than 650 partner agencies and community organizations across our 20-county service area is crucial to our mission. It's these food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, after-school programs, and senior housing sites that ensure the food we deliver gets to the people who need it most. Together, we distribute enough food to provide 121,625 meals for food insecure Ohioans every day.
Founded
1977
Size
Tiny
Mending the minds, bodies and spirits of children
The One Way Farm was founded in 1976 with a mission to end the cycle of child abuse and provide a loving environment for children and youth to grow in mind, spirit and body. We care for the abused, abandoned, neglected, troubled children and youth ages 6-18 including those who are victims of human trafficking. The One Way Farm provides temporary/emergency housing, long-term independent housing, placement of children by the Juvenile Courts, Job and Family Services Department, and other placing agencies, and serves as an alternative to institutionalization for those who are mildly troubled.
Founded
1979
Size
Tiny
Striving to meet the basic needs of those who come to us for assistance
Eastside Community Ministry began in 1958 as an outreach program of Central Presbyterian Church to the youth on the east side of the city of Zanesville, Ohio. What began as a place for youth to hang out and be provided with constructive activities has, over the years, become much more. We currently offer an after school program for youth K-12 grades, an emergency food pantry, clothing bank, and emergency relief program. Eastside Community Ministry strives to meet the basic needs of those who come to us for assistance. But we are also aware that there is often a greater need than the one that is the initial reason for coming to us. Our goal is to be able to provide individual care and to listen and try to understand the underlying issues that trap people in need and poverty.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Fighting Hunger. Delivering Hope.
Founded in 1955, God's Pantry Food Bank's mission is to reduce hunger in Kentucky through community cooperation making the best possible use of all available resources. God's Pantry collects and distributes donated food to agencies across central and eastern Kentucky. God's Pantry works with over 390 partner agency programs to fight hunger and alleviate the symptoms that accompany it.
Founded
1980
Size
Small
Working to end domestic and sexual violence
Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County strives to eradicate family violence in all its facets through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana. Alternatives philosophy is all persons have the right to live in a loving, caring, safe and secure environment. We support victims through the initial crisis with the ultimate strategy of helping them achieve abuse-free and financially independent lives. In recognition of the complex needs of victims, we draw upon the resources of local communities to support victims in their quest for peace and security.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Out of the box solutions for hunger
The primary purpose of Shared Harvest Foodbank (SHF) is to alleviate poverty and hunger by soliciting and judiciously distributing surplus marketable and wholesome grocery products to a network of charitable food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other distributing organizations, which in turn distribute these products to needy and hungry people. SHF develops, monitors, strengthens, and otherwise supports this network of charities by fostering communication, setting standards for distribution and storage, and disseminating educational materials appropriate to our collective mission of helping people in poverty. SHF educates the public and private sector, and the community in general, about the nature and solutions to the problems of hunger and poverty.
Founded
1984
Size
Small
Changing lives
Fairhaven Rescue Mission provides for the physical and spiritual needs of disadvantaged men, women, and children of Northern Kentucky. We provide housing, clothing, and food to homeless and destitute people, while teaching them how to provide for themselves. Additional services provided by Fairhaven Rescue Mission include: family emergency assistance; computer instruction; teaching living skills; reading and tutoring classes; nightly chapel services for men; weekly bible study for women; personal spiritual guidance; and home and hospital visits.
Founded
1984
Size
Tiny
Helping people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities
Philanthropy Ohio is a statewide membership association that provides the network, tools and knowledge to help people engaged in philanthropy become more effective, powerful change agents in their communities. It is an association of foundations, corporate giving programs, individuals and organizations actively involved in philanthropy in Ohio. Philanthropy Ohio's mission is to provide leadership for philanthropy in Ohio and to enhance the ability of members to fulfill their charitable goals.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
Security. Dignity. Community.
Tender Mercies transforms the lives of homeless adults with mental illness by providing security, dignity, and community in a place they call home. Security means a housing environment where residents' personal safety is a priority. Dignity means a housing environment that allows residents to develop personal, social, and economic strengths. And community is a regular, predictable housing environment that offers a sense of family, while affirming the individual. We achieve our mission by maintaining 134 units of permanent supportive housing and 16 units of transitional housing in 6 buildings in Over-the-Rhine. Our model of housing is based on the belief that by addressing the root causes of homelessness, we can help an individual break the cycle of homelessness once he or she leaves Tender Mercies.
Founded
1988
Size
Large
Serving those who impact youth
Founded in 1988, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being. Their organizational vision is that all Indiana children and youth will attain five critical elements of healthy youth development: physical health and safety, emotional fulfillment, academic achievement, civic engagement and economic self-sufficiency. IYI provides capacity-building programs and resources for the state's youth workers and nonprofit youth-serving organizations, including schools. The IYI's programs are offered for free or very low cost, allowing youth organizations that are often on tight budgets to save money that can be used instead for their services to youth.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Homelessness ends here.
The mission of Downtown Women's Center (DWC) is to provide permanent supportive housing and a safe and healthy community fostering dignity, respect, and personal stability, and to advocate ending homelessness for women. DWC's overarching goal is to end the cycle of homelessness for women in Los Angeles. Founded in 1978 and located in Skid Row, DWC is committed to providing critical services in the most high-need area. We implement all activities through four streams of programming- Day Center, Housing and Supportive Services, Health and Wellness, and Job Readiness and Supportive Employment. Our innovative, holistic, and individualized approach to ending homelessness for women addresses all dimensions of participants' needs. In 2016 we will provide 100,000 meals, 6,000 case management sessions, on-site and community-based housing to over 257 women, and an array of job readiness, and health services to over 3,000 chronically homeless and extremely low-income women.
Founded
1952
Size
Large
Be part of something great!
Founded in 1913, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus (JCC) is a human service organization offering a varied program that is largely Jewish in nature. It is committed to enhancing the quality of family life and promoting the physical, intellectual and spiritual wellness of the individual. It provides health-related activities and cultural and educational programs that reflect the Jewish heritage. Although primarily a membership organization, the JCC also delivers services to the community at large, including populations at risk. Through its wide array of programs, the JCC pursues its mission of strengthening the individual, family and community.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Hope. Confidence. Success.
Families Forward was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated community members who shared the same vision of providing supported housing programs for families in crisis. Families Forward assists families in financial crisis to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. We do not just provide support; we supply the tools for families to move from depending upon public services to return to being independent, productive residents of the community. At Families Forward, we give families renewed self-confidence and the tools they need to succeed in life. Last year, Families Forward assisted over 6,000 individuals through housing, counseling, food, referrals, school supplies, career coaching, and other services.
Founded
1990
Size
Tiny
Committed to the rescue of homeless and street kids
STANDUP FOR KIDS (SUFK), founded in 1990, is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. Its National Headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The core mission is to end the cycle of youth homelessness throughout the United States. STANDUP FOR KIDS carries out this mission every day in cities across America through our national volunteers, who go to the streets in order to find, stabilize and otherwise help homeless and street kids improve their lives by providing and connecting them with life-saving services. The mission is also furthered through deterrence and resource programs provided in schools and via the internet. All facets of this mission are guided by the mandate that our volunteers shall tell the kids they care about them and then, at every turn, prove it. STANDUP FOR KIDS continuously strives to provide life-saving and outreach services to homeless, street kids and at-risk youth
Founded
1994
Size
Tiny
Resourcing, allocating and distributing nutritious food through non-profit agencies
Imperial Valley Food Bank (IVFB) is an independent, non-profit charitable corporation, created and operated for and by residents of Imperial Valley with the purpose of feeding those in need living in Imperial County. The food bank was established in 1991. IVFB has steadily increased our capacity to meet the needs of our community. The demand for emergency food assistance in Imperial Valley remains a county-wide effort as IVFB consistently serves 20,000 individuals monthly. IVFB's primary function is to resource, allocate and distribute nutritious food through non-profit agencies in the county who distribute food directly to their local communities.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
Enriching the lives of children since 1896
Founded in 1896, the mission of Hiram House is to enrich the lives of children through camping. We provide the youth of our community with an opportunity to live, play and learn in an environment that is racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Hiram House is committed to promoting family values, building character and opening new horizons for youth. Hiram House Camp offers year-round outdoor education and recreation programs for youth, schools, churches, businesses, civic and other organizations through a variety of Summer Camps, School Camps, and Group Retreats.
Founded
1951
Size
Giant
Serving children with disabilities and their families for 75 years
Founded in 1940 as a three-man Rotary Club service project known as Society for Crippled Children, Achievement Centers for Children is one of Greater Cleveland's most effective agencies providing high-quality services and programs for children with disabilities and their families. Our mission is to enable and empower children with disabilities and their families to grow, learn, play and prepare for lifelong achievement in society. Children served at the Achievement Centers have a wide range of disabilities including physical, neurological, sensory, cognitive, emotional or a combination of these. We focus on the key program areas of family support, education, autism, therapy & recreation/adapted sports. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Achievement Centers served over 2,300 children and their families through our 3 locations and in community and home settings. Our dedicated staff are partners in a family's challenging journey and help children and their families find hope and get results.
Founded
1942
Size
Medium
Eliminating racism, empowering women
YWCA Greater Cleveland, established in 1868, is a unique and vital community resource in Northeast Ohio committed to eliminating racism and empowering women. Although the YWCA is committed to the empowerment of women, our organization is not comprised of only women -- or serving only women. The YWCA has women and men as members, volunteers, supporters and leaders of the organization. Our programs serve women and men, young adults, adolescents and children. We also provide services to other nonprofit organizations and the business community.
Founded
1979
Size
Small
Because love shouldn't have to hurt
Established in 1978, Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI) provides safe shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, prevention and educational services for victims, their children and the community. We will not rest until we have in place a complete and effective violence education/prevention/awareness campaign for Stark County students grades pre-K through 12, every person in Stark County is free from abuse, and we use across the County a common message with common terminology about interpersonal violence.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
Every child is your child.
Mission StatementProvidence House fights to end child abuse and neglect by protecting at-risk children, empowering families in crisis, and building safer communities for every child.Vision StatementChildren everywhere are raised in safe, loving families free from abuse and neglect.About UsProvidence House, Inc. was founded in 1981 to provide emergency shelter for children in Cleveland whose families were experiencing a crisis. As Ohio's first licensed crisis nursery, we offer free, voluntary (non-custodial) shelter to children newborn-10 years old who live in situations which place them at risk of abuse or neglect. Our program is focused on child abuse prevention and family preservation and serves over 400 children annually. Providence House services address the specific needs of the child and parent through a two-generation approach to help protect children, stabilize family crisis and establish a solid foundation for their future.
Founded
1983
Size
Small
Empowering homeless women through building a strong work ethic
Founded in 1983, ACCESS is dedicated to addressing the plight of homeless women and children in our community. ACCESS encourages the development of self-esteem and the attainment of self-sufficiency through its commitment to providing a holistic, safe and supportive environment, and through its programs of housing, advocacy and empowerment.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Building community, strengthening lives.
Family Promise of Greater Cleveland is an organization formed from the merger of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cleveland and New Life Community. Our mission is to inspire and empower homeless families to transform their lives, become self-sufficient, and fulfill their promise. Our mission is to inspire and empower homeless families to transform their lives, become self-sufficient, and fulfill their promise. Over 100 families each year benefit from our work thanks to the generous support of the Greater Cleveland community. We rely on our dedicated and talented volunteers, individual supporters, congregations, businesses, foundations, and government funders to make our mission a reality.
Founded
1944
Size
Large
For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility
As a community-based organization, the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo reflects the needs and values of the communities it serves. The mission of the YMCA of Greater Toledo is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Likewise, the mission of the Jewish Community Center of Toledo is to serve the needs of the entire community in a manner consistent with Jewish values. Founded in 1865, the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo enhances the general welfare of the community through a variety of spiritual, social, mental and physical activities.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
For youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
The YMCA of DeKalb County has grown into a socially responsible organization that focuses on youth development and encouraging healthy lifestyles throughout the entire DeKalb County area. Our two locations include the Main Street YMCA founded in 1914 and the North Street YMCA, which was built in 1996. Through our partnerships and working relations with numerous community organizations, the YMCA of DeKalb County serves thousands of people annually.
Founded
1937
Size
Large
Because we care about our young people
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis believes every young person deserves to live a life filled with hope and opportunity. Because we care about our young people, we provide a safe, educational and positive atmosphere where they can prosper and reach their full potential.
Founded
1972
Size
Medium
Start something
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
until every bowl is filled...
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. was founded in 1980. Ever since, we have grown as hunger has grown - fighting the crisis in central and southeastern Indiana every step of the way. Gleaners works to end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need. We accomplish our mission by securing, storing and redistributing donated food to more than 250 charities, including food pantries, senior centers, shelters for battered women and children, homeless shelters, residential care centers, soup kitchens, faith-based nonprofits, and youth programs. Gleaners is grateful for the food and critical grocery items that come from more than 400 companies and organizations, and from hundreds of individuals.
Founded
1990
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Small
From shelter for a day…to stability for a lifetime
Horizon House is a full-service agency that connects our homeless neighbors with integrated, comprehensive services. We provide a safe place and basic services for our community's homeless, serving them with dignity and respect, as they take steps towards a more stable life. Horizon House will be a model community advocate and direct service provider offering comprehensive support services to meet our homeless neighbors' unique needs resulting in self-sufficiency and permanent, stable housing.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Providing life-changing services to each of our guests
The Center for the Homeless is not a homeless shelter. While we have provided more than 700,000 safe nights and over 1.5 million meals to more than 45,000 men, women and children since our opening in December 1988, our focus is on providing not just life-saving, but life-changing services to each of our guests. Our innovative service model offers homeless families and individuals an on-site structured, step-by-step process to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. This revolutionary program relies on partnerships with every sector of the community and has been endorsed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Founded
1962
Size
Medium
Michiana helping her own
Faith Mission of Elkhart is an inter-denominational Christian social service agency which provides food, shelter, clothing and other services for needy individuals. Guided by the core values of faith, hope, compassion, integrity, and relationships, Faith Mission of Elkhart provides faith-based programs and services that minister to the homeless and other individuals so they may have positive life changing opportunities.
Founded
1936
Size
Large
Cultivate Character
The Greater Joliet Area YMCA is a charitable organization that has been serving Will County and its surrounding areas for more than 84 years. Our focus is to provide programs and services that build healthy relationships among children, adults and families to strengthen our community. Out of nearly 20,000 participants, the YMCA provides financial assistance to 1 out of 5 individuals. Our mission is to put Christian Principles into practice by developing relationships among all persons and providing programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
Supporting you always
The Cradle's mission: "With our deep history in adoption as our foundation, we will advance the well-being of children by compassionately delivering exceptional education, guidance and lifelong support to build, preserve and strengthen their families." Renowned as one of the foremost adoption and child welfare agencies in the country, The Cradle has helped place more than 15,000 children into lasting, loving homes since 1923. We provide lifelong support for anyone with an adoption connection - birth parents, adoptive parents and adopted persons. The Cradle is the only U.S. adoption agency with an onsite, 24-hour infant nursery. It provides a safe, temporary, neutral place for babies to stay while their birth parents continue their counseling. The Cradle Nursery is also a haven for infants who have special medical needs and may require a bit more time until a capable, loving family is identified for them.
Founded
1958
Size
Medium
Eliminating racism. Empowering women.
Founded in 1947, YWCA Evanston/North Shore is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. With a unique focus on women and girls in our community, YWCA Evanston/North Shore makes a difference in the lives of women, children, and families by working to end domestic violence against women and children, nurturing women's economic empowerment and leadership, fostering racial, gender and economic equity, and empowering youth through swimming. We empower thousands of individuals to transform their lives and make our communities more just and equitable for all their members.
Founded
1967
Size
Small
Start Something
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) helps children realize their potential and build their futures. As Metro Chicago's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBSMC makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") ages 7-14. Our programs nurture children and strengthen communities across Cook, Lake and DuPage counties in Illinois and Lake County, Indiana. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Founded
1971
Size
Small
For Youth Development. For Healthy Living. For Social Responsibility.
Founded in 1970, The Pav YMCA works to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. The Pav YMCA offers: an indoor family/lap swimming pool, sauna & whirlpool, complete wellness/fitness center, 1/10-mile indoor track, full-court gymnasium, two racquetball courts, dance studio, climbing wall/challenge course, outdoor basketball court, childcare, massage therapy and babysitting services.
Founded
1972
Size
Medium
Working to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community
One of Chicago's largest and longest-operating food pantries, Lakeview Pantry's mission is to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community by providing food to fill the basic need of hungry people; increasing the independence of our clients through self-help initiatives and other innovative programs; and raising awareness of hunger and poverty and working towards solutions to eliminate them. For 46 years, Lakeview Pantry has provided a nutritious variety of groceries and essential social services to our neighbors on the Northside who struggle with food insecurity.
Founded
1973
Size
Medium
40 years 15,000 kids
Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United, Inc.) is a youth development agency founded in 1971 that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. It is our goal that all young people acquire the skills, self-confidence, and opportunity to participate fully, freely, and responsibly in the life of the community.
Founded
1977
Size
Tiny
We lead, we inspire, we win
Founded in 1948, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) provides qualified individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play, learn and compete in the sport of wheelchair basketball. NWBA's core values will guide us in achieving our vision and mission: we value unequivocal excellence in all aspects of the organization; we strive for excellence with integrity and respect; we recognize our rich tradition as a solid foundation; we celebrate the development of our members and our community; and we believe in the pursuit of competitive excellence always.
Founded
1977
Size
Medium
#SOLImitless
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Through programming in sports, health, education and community building, Special Olympics is changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities solving the global injustice, isolation, intolerance and inactivity they face. Special Olympics Illinois provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for over 22,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We are also actively working in schools & communities to change public perceptions about people with intellectual disabilities and end bullying.
Founded
1980
Size
Tiny
Changing lives and communities in Illinois
Community Shares of Illinois represents a diverse group of charities with a common mission, to make our world a better place. Whatever your passion - women's issues, protecting children, helping animals, preserving the environment, promoting health care or curbing poverty and disease - Community Shares members provide options for you to help make positive change in your own community. In 2003, the Illinois Women's Funding Federation (IWFF) and the Public Interest Fund of Illinois (PIFI) joined forces and created Community Shares of Illinois. Restructuring as Community Shares of Illinois strengthens our ability to provide support to community-based organizations throughout our state.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Meeting our community needs - neighbor to neighbor
Founded in 1975, People's Resource Center (PRC) community exists to respond to basic human needs, promote dignity and justice, and create a future of hope and opportunity for the residents of DuPage County, Illinois through discovering and sharing personal and community resources. Today, more than 31,000 DuPage residents rely on the PRC for help each year. Most families are working, but struggle to make ends meet due to the high cost of living in DuPage County. Our programs include basic services of food, clothing and emergency assistance, as well as training programs to help people break the cycle of poverty. These empowerment programs include literacy, computer training and refurbished computers for families homes, job assistance and art enrichment. All our programs are free and many are in neighborhood sites throughout the county.
Founded
1982
Size
Tiny
Housing opportunities & maintenance for the elderly
H.O.M.E. helps low-income seniors in Chicago maintain their independence by providing home upkeep and repair, a shopping bus and three affordable, intergenerational buildings. H.O.M.E. ensures seniors enjoy healthy and safe living conditions. Free shopping bus assists seniors who have limited mobility or live in food deserts to have access to groceries, pharmacies and medical services that are essential to their well-being. H.O.M.E. also owns and manages three affordable buildings where seniors can choose between two styles of living - individual apartments or, for residents who need some assistance, shared living. H.O.M.E.'s moving program offers seniors support and assistance through one of life's most stressful events-moving from one home to another.
Founded
1984
Size
Small
Fighting for the human right to housing since 1980
Community organizers, public policy specialists and legal aid attorneys advocate for and with people hurt by homelessness - including mothers with children, unaccompanied youth, low-wage workers and ex-offenders. Together, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) advocates for a shelter safety net, affordable housing, jobs with fair wages, and access to quality public schools. A new campaign, HomeWorks, advocates with Chicago housing providers for more family housing and organizes homeless families to push for better school services. Regular outreach at 30 shelter and street programs reaches 7,000 youths and adults a year. A Statewide Network organizes in nine communities, focused on Aurora, Rockford and Waukegan. The Speakers Bureau reaches 4,500 people a year and organizes students to advocate with CCH. The Law Project and its mobile legal aid clinic, Youth Futures, close more than 400 cases a year, 93% on behalf of homeless students or youth with civil legal needs.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Serving vulnerable women, children, and men
The CornerStone Rescue Mission, established in 1981 in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves the physical and spiritual needs of more than 500 people everyday and we've impacted the lives of thousands more over the years. Many have gone on to lead fulfilling, independent lives and contribute to the community in many ways. The Cornerstone Rescue Mission is the main provider of shelter and the only ongoing and free source of meals for the homeless in the Black Hills region.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
A community of friends, a world of opportunities
Founded in 1968, The Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with developmental disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life. We see a future where every person with a developmental disability is an equal, valued and contributing member of the community. At CEL, we provide opportunities for our members – the people who come to CEL – to make new friends, have fun and acquire new skills for social inclusion and independent living. And because 84% of our members are at or below the federal poverty level, we keep our fees low and offer scholarships for all programs!
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
A Place to Call Home
Special K Ranch provides family oriented Christian homes, on a working ranch for adults who have developmental disabilities. Although unaffiliated, the program has a strong Christian emphasis in philosophy and practice. Special K Ranch is a place where people who have developmental disabilities live, learn, and work with loving and caring advisers who are committed to sharing their lives in this very special way. Ranchers are learning independent living and vocational skills through participation in daily personal, household, and ranch responsibilities.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Empowering Young Families: Our Legacy, Our Future
Through the power of support Teen Parent Connection helps young moms and dads confront challenges and create opportunities. Since 1985 our mission has been to provide teen parents with support, information, and resources to help them navigate their lives as parents and as teenagers. Teen Parent Connection's seamless network of programs offer both group and individual support at all stages of parenthood. Working from what we know Teen Parent Connection educates the community on the realities and responsibilities of teen pregnancy. For more than 30 years, Teen Parent Connection has been the DuPage County community expert on adolescent pregnancy, parenting, and prevention.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Fighting Hunger, Feeding Hope.
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank's mission is to feed the hungry of Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Our nonprofit food bank, formerly known as the Arrowhead Food Bank, began February 15, 1984 in Gilbert, MN, as a program of the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency (A.E.O.A.). We were formed to coordinate large donations of food arriving for NE Minnesota's 14 area food shelves which were assisting thousands of iron mine workers laid off during one of the most difficult economic times in our region's history. Today, we operate in Duluth, MN, as Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank, and rescue nationally and regionally donated food for 180 non-profit agencies and over 44,000 people in need who reside in our service region.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Creating opportunities to thrive
To engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Give where the need is greatest
Founded in 1986, Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless (OYH) seeks to help hungry and homeless Minnesotans through grants to food and shelter providers and to raise awareness of the needs of people who are hungry and homeless. As a mission-driven organization, OYH assists the community in three primary areas: we help alleviate hunger by providing financial assistance statewide to local food shelves, food banks and on-site feeding programs; we help ease the burdens of homelessness throughout Minnesota by funding homeless shelters and transitional and permanent supportive housing programs; and we meet the frequently over-looked needs of homeless school children by giving education grants to homeless shelters and housing programs that serve them.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Restoring people, rebuilding communities
Restoration Ministries' mission is to restore hope to people while bringing lasting change to the community. We have youth development programs for at-risk, underprivileged youth. These programs include Homework Help & Tutoring, Kids Cafe, Bread for the Head Reading Program, Chess Club, the Harvey Boxing Club, a visual and performing arts center, and Summer Day Camp. We also operate two free Christian-based 18-month residential programs for men and women with histories of addiction, and a food pantry and assistance programs for families, individuals and senior citizens struggling in poverty. In addition, we have two thrift stores that provide revenue for our organization and job training and employment for residents of our recovery programs.
Founded
1990
Size
Small
Improving the life opportunities of inner-city youth through long-term comprehensive programming.
Founded in 1984, Chicago Youth Programs (CYP) serves inner-city youth who do not have access to social services due to location, poverty, or availability. CYP strives to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth through a comprehensive, long-term approach aimed at developing their capabilities. Recognizing that there are many obstacles to inner-city children's social, cognitive, emotional, and physical growth, CYP provides consistent programming in the areas of: Education, Mentoring, Recreation, Leadership Development, Preventative Health Care, College Prep, Scholarship Support and Career Assistance. All of their programs are free and CYP provides free transportation to and from programming to ensure access.
Founded
1990
Size
Tiny
Working solutions for working families
Established in 1990, the Center for Economic Progress helps hard-working, low-income families move from financial uncertainty to financial security. Local in service but national in voice, we achieve our mission in three ways: we provide trusted tax and financial counseling, giving Illinois families the tools to make sound choices; we lead a national coalition of organizations that promote economic progress for low-wage workers and their families; and we advance policies and practices to create a financial system that works for all.
Founded
1992
Size
Large
Rise and Create Change
Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.
Founded
1938
Size
Large
All for Fun. Fun for All
The Stevens Family YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA promotes the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through programs that help build a healthy spirit, mind, and body. All people are welcomed to the YMCA, where we strive to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. The Stephens Family YMCA is a leading nonprofit community service organization, serving Champaign, Urbana, Savoy and the surrounding communities with health and fitness facilities, day camps, and numerous child-care locations.
Founded
1924
Size
Small
Serving the homeless and hungry with Christ's love since 1917
Founded in 1917, Home Sweet Home Ministries serves Christ by providing food, shelter and hope to the hungry, homeless and hurting. We provide case management and other supportive services to the homeless such as shelter, hot meals, clothing and toiletries, addiction recovery, and children's programming. We also offer educational and vocational training, counseling and weekly worship services. Our goal is to help people find independence, restore their hope and share the love of Jesus Christ with them.
Founded
1946
Size
Medium
Enable all young people to reach their full potential
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential as responsible citizens through education, recreation, and other positive community experiences in partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Boys & Girls Clubs subscribe to the theory that programs should provide youth with a Sense of Belonging, a Sense of Usefulness, a Sense of Competence, and a Sense of Power or Influence. When this has been established, the self-esteem of youth will be enhanced.
Founded
1974
Size
Small
Increasing the ability of children, youth, adults and families to succeed in a diverse community
The United Methodist Community House (UMCH) is a non-profit agency based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a mission to increase the ability of children, youth, adults and families to succeed in a diverse community. The history of the UMCH can be traced back to 1902 when a group of Methodist women came together to do settlement work. Through the years, the program was expanded to meet the growing needs of the community. Today, UMCH is truly a place where the community gravitates for its daily necessities. The UMCH collaborates with area agencies to offer a range of family friendly programs, from childcare to family and senior programs.
Founded
1960
Size
Medium
Compassion Demonstrated.
Our mission is to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ toward the hungry, homeless and hurting of the greater Grand Rapids area. Since 1900, Mel Trotter Ministries has dedicated its ministry to feeding the hungry, lifting the fallen, restoring the broken and healing the hurting. Every year, thousands of women, children and men experience the love and compassion of Jesus Christ through Mel Trotter's primary services: Emergency Shelter, 4x4 Program that transitions individuals and families out of homelessness by finding them stable employment and permanent housing, Community Food Services, Public Inebriates Program and Thrift stores. At Mel Trotter, we believe God has called us to use our faith to help those in crisis. In partnership with the community, we provide hot meals, warm beds, educational opportunities, job training, dental, vision and chiropractic care, emergency food boxes, clothing, personal-care items, diapers and many other needed items.
Founded
1967
Size
Medium
Seeing lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit
Carriage Town Ministries is a Christian Social Services organization established in 1950 to represent Christ in the Flint, Michigan area as it reaches out to the needy or our community. The mission's purpose is to share the Lord Jesus Christ with the homeless women, children, and men of our community through providing food, shelter, clothing and education while encouraging accountability, growth, and ultimately service back to God. While many changes and improvements have taken place since the inception of the mission, there is one thing that has not changed, the desire to reach out to the last, the least, and the lost with the message of hope through Jesus Christ. The purpose of the mission has always been to see lives changed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Founded
1964
Size
Small
Start Something
Big Brothers Big Sisters A Community of Caring programs are designed to matches children ages 5 through 17 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Knowing that some truly cares about the decision that make is a gift that more than 1,800 children are receiving through our programs across southwest Michigan. We have programs in Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren counties. The mentoring programs and services to kids, parents and mentors are flexible and can happen in community, in schools, at businesses, in churches, in community centers or within other organizations.
Founded
1969
Size
Small
Meeting the needs of disadvantaged youth
Founded in 1968, Youth Haven is a non-denominational Christian outreach with a single purpose of meeting the needs of disadvantaged youth - free of charge. With campuses in Michigan and Arizona, they have designed year-round on-site programs, Kids' Klub after school activities, Caring Clowns hospital outreach, and follow-up efforts to show hurting kids that God loves them, people care about them, and there is hope for the future!
Founded
1979
Size
Small
Simply helping kids-no matter the need
Variety the Children's Charity Detroit provides vital medical and therapeutic services, recreational facilities and educational opportunities to children with special needs.Detroit's Tent 5, one of 58 'tents' or chapters around the world, was established in 1932 and today has more than 1,500 volunteers and supporters who are committed to changing the lives of children with unique and special needs. Variety's core programs include the Variety Myoelectric Center providing myoelectric prostheses, Variety Bikes for Kids, Variety Cardiology Center, Variety Feeds Kids, Variety K.I.D.S. program, Variety 4H Horseback Riding program, Variety Produce Rescue Mission, and the Variety Community Outreach Program.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Ending hunger in West Michigan
Since 1981, Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank has served as West Michigan's regional nonprofit clearinghouse for saved, donated food on its way from the food industry to churches and charity agencies that assist needy people. The food we distribute is drawn primarily from the surpluses and edible/useable errors of local and national food and grocery products companies. Through our seven warehouses, we serve roughly 1,300 food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic violence shelters, rescue missions, and other charity agencies across 40 Michigan counties. Each year, we distribute close to 25 million pounds of food and other goods.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Providing compassionate and practical help to those in need.
Founded in 1987, Hope Clinic, an interdenominational Christian organization, provides compassionate and practical help to those in need, ministering to the whole person with dignity and respect. We offer medical care and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured, plus a variety of social services to minister to the whole person.
Founded
1984
Size
Small
A hand-up and the gift of hope
Crossroads of Michigan is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need. Acting in partnership with many other agencies, parishes, hospitals, companies and organizations in the metro area, Crossroads offers assistance in the form of a hand-up. We work with our clients to meet their immediate needs and help them assess their situations to lessen the likelihood of future problems. Our efforts are funded by foundations, individuals, and friends who are committed to bringing hope to those living on the edge of despair.
Founded
1986
Size
Small
Take a moment. Take action.
Guiding Light Mission exists to create a healing experience that allows individuals to discover a new life in Christ. We expect re-engagement in community. We provide food and shelter to all and resources to men that support their social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual needs.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Neighbors helping neighbors in need
The Heat And Warmth Fund, THAW, is a leading provider of utility assistance for Michigan residents in need. We collaborate with our partners to deliver services that support long-term energy solutions.THAW, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, distributes assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 80 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed more than $145 million in assistance to more than 200,000 Michigan households in need.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community (Washtenaw County, Michigan).
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources. Food Gatherers is not only Michigan's first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman's Delicatessen in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1988, we provide enough food for nearly 14,000 meals a day to 150 community programs serving our neighbors, mostly families and children, in need of food. More than 7,000 different volunteers donate their time to Food Gatherers annually. Volunteers account for the majority of hours worked at Food Gatherers. Since 1988, Food Gatherers has distributed more than 54 million pounds of food throughout Washtenaw County.
Founded
1990
Size
Medium
Feeding the Jewish hungry
Yad Ezra opened its doors in 1990 with the purpose of providing kosher food to needy Jewish families in Southeastern Michigan. The founders of Yad Ezra learned that there were impoverished Jews living in the community who relied heavily on government assistance programs including food stamps. Yad Ezra was founded to alleviate some of our clients' financial burdens by distributing groceries on a monthly basis to families in need. During 1990, Yad Ezra served an average of 250 families every month. Current statistics indicate that we provide an average of 1,600 impoverished families (almost 3,300 individuals) with food, health care items and household goods every month. In addition, Yad Ezra distributes appropriate foods that help enhance the clients' celebration of every Jewish holiday.
Founded
1946
Size
Medium
Serving those in need since 1942
Grace Centers of Hope is Oakland County's oldest and largest homeless shelter providing hope and help since 1942. Today, Grace Centers of Hope is considered one of the leading faith-based organizations in Southeastern Michigan daily confronting issues of homelessness, addiction, poverty and spiritual emptiness. On any given night, Grace Centers of Hope will accommodate between 150-200 men, women and children. Each year we serve over 100,000 meals and provide over 55,000 nights of stay. Grace Centers of Hope is a Christian organization committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education and work-related programs.
Founded
1966
Size
Tiny
Little moments. Big magic.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit Mission is to provide children facing adversity with safe, strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1942
Size
Large
Serving children, strengthening families, building communities
COA Youth & Family Centers (Children's Outing Association) was founded in 1906 as a fresh air camp for needy immigrant children of Milwaukee. Today, the agency provides a holistic array of family-centered programs including early child development (early child education and parental engagement), youth development (after school and summer youth programs as well as our year-round camping programs), and community development. COA's Family Resource Centers provide daily programming for parents and their children.
Founded
1966
Size
Giant
Inspiring and equipping at risk youth
Since 1965, Rawhide Boys Ranch has helped hundreds of troubled teen boys change their lives. Located in the heart of Wisconsin along the scenic Wolf River, Rawhide is a faith-based, residential care center dedicated to changing the lives of troubled teen boys. The family living model, along with other program offerings, sets Rawhide apart from other residential care centers by providing a home-like setting with Houseparents and Resident Instructors, and offering moral guidance, encouragement, therapeutic counseling, specialized education, work experience and fun activities. Rawhide also creates a unique treatment plan for each student with specific outcome goals in order to create more opportunities for success after they leave Rawhide.
Founded
1976
Size
Tiny
Start something.
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
End Hunger. Start Here.
The Food Pantry of Waukesha County provides food, hope, and dignity to county residents in need, and advocates to increase awareness of hunger in the community through collaborative action. We distribute food based on nutritional guidelines, family size, special dietary needs and availability of provisions. The Food Pantry provides a variety of items from nonperishable food and goods to perishable items like frozen meat, fresh milk and produce. There is also a high demand for baby products, so formula, diapers and hygiene products are available as well.
Founded
1955
Size
Small
Connecting our community
Keystone Community Services is a community-based human service organization in St. Paul, Minnesota, offering a variety of human service programs for all ages at multiple sites. Our programs include three foodshelves and emergency assistance; a comprehensive Seniors Program that provides Meals on Wheels, peer counseling and programs for active seniors; case management for seniors, the disabled and at-risk families; a support program for Hmong youth and their families; and Youth Express, an employment and youth development program that operates two social enterprises - Express Bike Shop and Express Yourself Clothing.
Founded
1934
Size
Giant
Building healthy families & communities one job at a time
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota provides comprehensive, proven employment, education and independence services, including: job preparation, skills training, job placement, family strengthening and support services. Other services include the Minneapolis FATHER Project, AgrAbility farm program and the Medical Equipment Loan Program. The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals is to assist people with barriers to education, employment and independence in achieving their goals. We prepare people for work. We believe all people have the right to work. We advocate on behalf of persons with barriers to work by encouraging everyone to get involved in public policy initiatives.
Founded
1974
Size
Small
Offering food, shelter, dignity and hope
Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) is a human services agency sponsored and governed by 39 Duluth congregations. CHUM began in 1973 when ten Central Hillside congregations pooled resources to assist low-income people in Duluth. The organizational goals are to provide basic needs services for homeless and marginalized members of our community while working to effect changes which will eliminate the need for our services. CHUM provides core social safety net programs which include emergency food, shelter, advocacy, and outreach to over 7,000 hungry, homeless and low-income people each year. Housing advocates and street case managers provide stabilization services through case management programs for homeless or imminently homeless families and single adults. CHUM's congregational outreach and community organizing efforts center on social justice issues relating to homelessness, poverty and employment.
Founded
1974
Size
Small
Offering children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition
Special Olympics Minnesota offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. Through Special Olympics' athletic, health and leadership programs, people with intellectual disabilities transform themselves, their communities and the world. Special Olympics Minnesota is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with intellectual and physical disabilities. Special Olympics Minnesota believes that consistent training is essential to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.
Founded
1983
Size
Tiny
Meals. Kindness. Comfort.
To provide nutritious meals to people who are hungry across Minnesota in an atmosphere of hospitality at site locations where the need is greatest and to develop joint ventures/partnerships with like-minded organizations assisting guests with additional basic needs key to becoming self-sufficient. We are guided by our vision that all people, regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic background deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect. It is only then that self-esteem and empowerment can move individuals to independence. We are focused on the individual. Loaves & Fishes dining sites provide access to additional social services as needed
Founded
1984
Size
Tiny
Ending Hunger
North Country Food Bank, Inc. is associated with Feeding America a national hunger relief organization. Under their umbrella there are 201 food banks around the US that make up a sophisticated distribution network that captures donations & surplus food in order to redeliver to local agencies like food shelves, soup kitchens, homeless shelters including those that serve children and seniors. These agencies rely on food banks to capture food opportunities that are too large for them to handle. Our non-profit food bank distributed over 7.4 million pounds of food last year to over 230 hunger relief agencies and programs within our 21 county service area in northwest, west central Minnesota and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota. North Country Food Bank has been serving this area since 1983. We are working hard to evolve in a sustainable manner, developing innovative programs to assist our manufacturing & agriculture partners while improving the lives of those in need.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
To empower American Indian women and families
The Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center (MIWRC) is a social and educational services organization committed to the holistic growth and development of American Indian women and their families. Founded in 1984, MIWRC provides a broad range of programs designed to educate and empower American Indian women and their families, and to inform and assist those who work providing services to the community. Our mission is to empower American Indian women and families to exercise their cultural values and integrity, and to achieve sustainable life ways, while advocating for justice and equity. MIWRC is located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, which has the third largest urban American Indian population in the United States. MIWRC is the only organization addressing the gender and culturally specific needs of our community.
Founded
1994
Size
Tiny
Working to kick hunger for over 24 years
The Taste of the NFL aims to address the needs of the hungry and homeless by raising awareness and money through special events. Since 1992, the Taste of the NFL has rallied the country's top chefs and the NFL's greatest players to raise money in support of food banks throughout the United States. Through the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who help make “Taste of the NFL – Party With A Purpose” the single most successful charitable event at the Super Bowl, the Taste of the NFL organization continues to help feed the 37 million Americans who have turned to their local food banks for assistance. Millions of needs, thousands of families and dozens of new hunger projects have been affected by this major volunteer effort. Our goal: end hunger.
Founded
2005
Size
Tiny
Lives transformed. Hopes realized.
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County is a private non-profit social services agency serving the greater Ann Arbor community since 1993. Originally established by the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County to assist the growing number of refugee families in Ann Arbor from the former Soviet Republics, JFS has since grown into an organization providing programs and services ranging from older adult caregiving to immigrant resettlement and career services. As an agency in Washtenaw County that serves a diverse, international population, the mission of Jewish Family Services is to create solutions, promote dignity and inspire humanity.
Founded
1978
Size
Small
Meeting Basic Needs. Building Stronger Communities.
Since 1973, Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP) has provided services to help low-income individuals and families meet their immediate needs and attain stability. VEAP serves the communities of Bloomington, Edina, Richfield and south Minneapolis through a mix of professional and volunteer services. Sixty-seven percent of all households served have a monthly income of $1,200 or less and 59% have children under the age of 18 living in the home. VEAP's four programs--Food, Children and Youth, Transportation and Social Services--can help avoid a financial crisis such as loss of housing. In 2014, with the help of over 1,700 volunteers, VEAP served over 19,000 unduplicated individuals representing an increase of more than 2,000 over 2013. This is due in part to VEAP's new facility, which opened in January 2014. VEAP's tenant is Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health Department. This innovative public-private partnership leverages the unique resources of both agencies and focuses on the collective client outcomes.
Founded
1938
Size
Giant
The Y--For Youth Development. For Healthy Living. For Social Responsibility
Founded in 1868, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines has been a constant in the changing horizon of the Des Moines area. Central Iowa has embraced the YMCA because we pride ourselves on our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA of Greater Des Moines has grown to 11 branches a permanent supportive housing campus and Y Camp serving over 95,000 individuals.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Igniting the competitive spirit of Iowans for sports, recreation and health
The Iowa Sports Foundation (ISF) mission is to provide sports, recreation, health and wellness opportunities for Iowans of all abilities. ISF promotes amateur sports within the state of Iowa as well as hosts international and national Olympic competition exhibitions and tryouts that qualify for recognition for state games by the US Olympic Committee and the president's council on physical fitness and sports.
Founded
1994
Size
Tiny
Serving Over 100 Agencies
The Food Bank of Siouxland strives to be responsive to the needs of its agencies, donors and volunteers. We were established to provide a year-round source of food to these organizations. Today our outreach includes eleven counties in the Siouxland area. Currently, the Food Bank of Siouxland provides food to nearly 125 member agencies, consisting of food pantries, emergency relief agencies, shelters, children's homes, day care centers, rehabilitation programs, senior citizens centers and other outreach programs.
Founded
1965
Size
Tiny
Dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa.
Founded in 1937, Variety the Children's Charity of Iowa is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa. Due to the generous support of individuals and the corporate community, Variety has provided funding for capital projects, essential medical equipment and special programs to more than 300 charities throughout Iowa and neighboring states. In addition, over 280 Sunshine Coaches are transporting kids across the state.
Founded
1942
Size
Large
Little moments. Big magic.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. We have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Founded in 194, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri aims to provide a mentor for every child who wants and needs one. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri matches children ages 5-17 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. We currently provide services to children and families in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Cape Girardeau County and Scott County.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Gathering and distributing food for the hungry
The St. Louis Area Foodbank's mission is to feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger. We gather and distribute over 37 million pounds of food each year to 500+ food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and emergency feeding programs throughout 14 counties in eastern Missouri and 12 counties in southwestern Illinois. We help the elderly, single-parent families and the working poor. Children comprise the largest segment of the population in need of food. Hunger does not discriminate. It affects poor and homeless people in urban and rural areas.
Founded
1982
Size
Small
Building hunger-free communities
Because we care about those who struggle with hunger, Second Harvest Community Food Bank is a nonprofit food distribution hub and food pantry serving 19 counties across Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. We nourish our neighbors by distributing food through a network of over 100 Partner Agencies located throughout our service area and through our direct service programs. Last year we distributed over 5.9 million pounds of food.
Founded
1985
Size
Medium
Transforming Urban America since 1991
Kids Across America (KAA) builds Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering urban youth and their mentors throughcamping and education.
Founded
1991
Size
Large
Caring for Children and Families. Mind. Body. Soul.
Our Little Haven was founded in 1993 by Scott and Kathleen Hummel. We have grown over the years from an organization serving 30 children annually through one program to one serving over 600 children annually through a suite of 4 programs. Our Little Haven is relentlessly committed to providing a safe, secure and healing environment for children suffering from the tragedy of abuse and neglect. Our dedicated and compassionate community of caregivers makes the hurting stop, the healing begin and the love last, one child at a time.
Founded
1991
Size
Small
For Every Child . . .A Place to Call Home
Founded in 1989, the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in foster children's lives by recruiting and retaining foster/adoptive families. The Coalition is one of the area's largest recruiters of foster/adoptive homes because of our partnerships with the local media, including KSDK and 13 local newspapers. The Coalition also offers support to parents, including support groups, training, 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, newsletters, two resale shops, and the Little Wishes program. The Coalition consists of 38 member agencies, including the area's most-respected public and private agencies. The Coalition's staff is made up of foster/adoptive parents and child welfare professionals with a broad range of expertise.
Founded
1967
Size
Small
Start Something
Founded in 1964, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBSKC) works to create and support life-changing friendships for children. BBSKC provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring and professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSKC matches school-aged youth (Littles) from one-parent or other non-traditional homes, with caring, adult volunteers (Bigs).
Founded
1968
Size
Medium
Helping children with physical and mental disabilities reach their full potential
Founded in 1932, the mission of Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis is to serve children with physical and mental disabilities in the Greater St. Louis region whose needs would not be met were it not for Variety's sustained commitment. Variety serves these children each time they need assistance, from infancy to the age of 21, focusing on four core areas to help kids become independent and productive: gifting medical equipment for mobility and independence; developing unique education and recreational programs; and funding therapy. Variety partners with 75 agencies to support programs and give scholarships that directly impact the lives of Variety children.
Founded
1966
Size
Large
The positive place for kids
The primary mission of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield is to enhance the quality of life for youth as participating members of a richly diverse society. With special concern for the disadvantaged, the Boys & Girls Club helps youth to help themselves realize their potential for growth and development. Basing its program on member and community involvement and a recognized role as spokesman for youth, the Boys & Girls Club is aware of the influences of the total environment and so provides youth with relevant, everyday various and diversified individual and group services.
Founded
1976
Size
Large
Love lives here
Since 1894, the Noyes Home has been a place where a child who is facing a family crisis feels safe, and can just be a child, until his or her family is able to get back on its feet. The Noyes Home is a place where a family facing eviction or the loss of employment can talk about their next steps with professionals while their children are cared for with kindness and compassion - for a few days, or a couple of weeks, while they find a solution. It's where a teen finds friendship, security and a positive environment to continue attending high school if a parent has become incarcerated or is unable to care for him.
Founded
1956
Size
Tiny
Where hope begins
Northlands Rescue Mission is a place of rescue, relief and restoration for all who come here, no matter their needs or challenges. For the homeless living on the streets, we're a hot meal, a warm bed and a second chance. For the mentally ill, we are a safe harbor that offers compassionate care. For an impoverished family in crisis, we are a source of help and hope. Our Christian-based nonprofit ministry provides homeless men and women in 21 counties in North Dakota and Minnesota with shelter, meals, clothing, spiritual guidance and case management, all delivered in a safe environment, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Changing the way America saves at-risk youth
Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch is a residential treatment home for at-risk boys between the ages of 7-21. We desire to help each boy find his way back to his family by changing his behaviors and by helping him discover those things about himself that help him re-build a positive structure for a successful future. This is done through behavior management techniques and individualized counseling, whereby goals are set for each young man, with the staff helping each boy achieve his goals. Through the use of Biblical counseling and applying Christian principles in their lives, we are re-building broken homes and family relationships.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Giving high school students the opportunity to participate and compete in this unique and challenging sport
The National High School Rodeo Association was created to give high school students the opportunity to participate and compete in this unique and challenging sport. Although not recognized by high school athletics, the NHSRA offers a rodeo program that sets high school rodeo apart from other varsity sports: Athletes compete on a scale comparable to collegiate and professional rodeo competitors. The NHSRA is an independent student athletic association -- governing itself without supervision of school administrations or assistance from tax dollars. Members are fully insured, supervised and guided by adult experts. Competitors have the opportunity to acquire scholarships and grants for continuing their educational careers.
Founded
1963
Size
Small
Start Something
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is a community-based mentoring program. We match children in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro and surrounding areas of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with caring adult mentors. Big Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18, in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Feeding the hungry since 1981
Food Bank for the Heartland, formed in 1981, distributes emergency and supplemental food to families in need in Nebraska and western Iowa. The Food Bank partners with 550 other non-profit organizations such as emergency shelters, meal providers, after-school programs and schools. The Food Bank receives donated food from retailers, manufacturers and wholesalers. However, the Food Bank also purchases food, with an emphasis on food with high nutritional value, in order to meet the need for assistance. For every donated $1, the Food Bank can distribute enough food for thee meals. According to the best data available, approximately 220,000 people in the Food Bank's service area struggle with hunger, 87,000 are children under the age of 18.
Founded
1946
Size
Giant
Ensuring that people with disabilities have opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities
Founded by Senator Arthur Capper in 1920, Easter Seals Capper Foundation provides exceptional individualized services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. We provides services to children, teenagers and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Services include, Early Intervention, Pediatric Therapies, Recreation, Professional & Family Training, Parent Support, Equipment Loan, Case Management, Residential & Day Services, Supported Employment, Wellness Monitoring and In-Home Supports
Founded
1971
Size
Large
Transforming Lives in Our Community
KidsTLC is one of Kansas City's largest organizations providing children with a continuum of care through innovative and successful psychiatric treatment, community outreach, outpatient behavioral health, autism and wellness programs. Services are focused on evidence-based therapies and trauma-informed care, with a strong emphasis on family wellness and preserving the family unit. KidsTLC continues to respond to the growing needs of children in the Kansas City Metro area by adding critically needed services that fill community gaps and alleviate wait times for families to receive care.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
The Positive Place for Kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas nurtures young people's self-esteem by instilling in them a sense of belonging, competence, power and influence, and usefulness. The clubs do this daily by providing young people with one-on-one relationships with caring adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming. Founded in 1990, the clubs provide homework assistance and tutoring, performing arts, reading, health education, computer training, character and leadership activities, entrepreneurship and sports programs for every child interested in participating. Each program area focuses on the youth development strategy of the club, and that is instilling in every child a sense of competence, belonging, power and influence and usefulness.
Founded
1939
Size
Giant
The positive place for kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We are the only statewide Boys & Girls Club in the world. We currently serve more than 35,000 young people ages 5-18 - one out of every five school-aged children in Delaware - at 44 locations across the state. Through innovative and proven educational enhancement, physical education, and character building programs, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware helps young people realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
Founded
1993
Size
Large
Serving the homeless, addicted and impoverished
Sunday Breakfast Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through Christ-centered programs to meet their spiritual, social and physical needs. Our primary goal is to restore people to right relationship with God, their families and society. We Shelter for more than 280 homeless men, women, and children nightly. We also offer long-term substance abuse programming for 90 homeless and addicted men and women. In 2001 we provided hungry men, women, and children over 319,000 nutritious meals and provided over 59,000 nights of safe shelter for people who would otherwise be sleeping in alleys, abandoned buildings, cars, or other dangerous and inhospitable places.
Founded
1975
Size
Tiny
Every family living in health and hope within a supportive community
Founded in 1070, RAYS' (Rention Area Youth & Family Services) mission is to strengthen the lives of children, youth and families by restoring hope and stability in the face of emotional conflict, substance abuse and poverty. In partnership with our community, we transform the lives of kids and families through comprehensive counseling, training and support. Our vision is for all youth and families in our community to have the resources, support and strength they need to recover from substance abuse, mental health issues and other serious life challenges.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
Empowering Lives and Restoring Hope
Founded in 1975, The St. Louis Park Emergency Program (STEP) strengthens the community by responding to the basic emergency needs of individuals and families in St. Louis Park. STEP is a community-wide resource which serves the basic needs of more than 1,600 people each month. STEP is more than just a food shelf; it provides a full-service resource for people in need and helps people by providing advocacy, referrals, and going the extra mile to serve those who are most vulnerable in our community.
Founded
1953
Size
Tiny
Little moments. Big magic.
For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As Maryland's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6 through 18, in your local community. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1937
Size
Medium
Now It's Up To Us!
Helping Up Mission provides hope to people experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction by meeting their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.Since 1885, Helping Up Mission has been coming to the aid of men in the City of Baltimore and surrounding region. Those struggling with homelessness have been receiving the help they need to start a new life. Today, most of the men who come to us have a drug and/or alcohol addiction problem. We know that men battling homelessness and/or addictions can get well if he gets the right kind of help. This is what the Mission's Spiritual Recovery Program is all about. At Helping Up Mission, we provide a vast array of services to an even more diverse group of men: providing over 1,200 meals each day, 182.500 nights of shelter, over 175,000 pieces of clothing and toiletries distributed annually, and 2,750 chapel services and educational classes conducted each year.
Founded
1974
Size
Large
More than housing ... homes
Jubilee Housing is a faith based organization founded in 1973 to provide affordable housing and supportive services to economically disadvantaged residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC. Today in the Nation's Capital, as in so many other areas of the United States, there is a growing dearth of safe, affordable housing. As the District of Columbia is in the midst of near-record level growth and development, the availability of quality affordable housing is threatened like never before. But thanks to so many partners and supporters, Jubilee Housing exists as an alternative to current trends and market forces. Neighborhoods and communities can preserve affordable options for all of their residents. Affordable housing and supportive community can be sustained even in the most stressed housing markets.
Founded
1975
Size
Giant
A community of empowerment and recovery for women
Founded in 1972, N Street Village is a community of empowerment and recovery for homeless and low-income women in Washington, D.C. With comprehensive services addressing both emergency and long-term needs, we help women achieve personal stability and make gains in their housing, income, employment, mental health, physical health, and addiction recovery. Nearly 900 women use our programs each year, which include a drop-in day center, wellness center, education and employment center, clinical services, case management, and four residential programs ranging from temporary shelter to transitional and permanent supportive housing.
Founded
1978
Size
Tiny
We honor those who serve and protect
Founded in 1960, the American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens (AFP&CC) assists family members and children of officers killed in the line of duty through programs of compassion, scholarship and gifts, and assists in the process of adjustment after the loss of a loved one. AFP&CC also promotes the training of police reserves; encourages a free exchange of information between men and women presently engaged in law enforcement and reserves; encourages citizens interested in volunteer law enforcement to involve themselves in their communities; aids in the national civil defense program in the event of any natural disaster or in time of war for the protection of life and property; and educates the public about the contribution made to society throughout history by law enforcement personnel.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Until Hunger Ends
The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland. For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. Through carefully crafted programs, the food bank aims to meet the immediate needs of Marylanders while simultaneously working to find long-term ways to reduce hunger statewide. Currently distributing more than 112,000 meals per day-more than 41 million meals annually-the Maryland Food Bank will continue to expand its efforts until hunger ends.Our mission is to lead the movement and nurture the belief that together we can improve the lives of Marylanders by ending hunger.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Reducing hunger in western, northern, and central Virginia
Established in 1981, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's (BRAFB) mission is to feed hungry people through a network of community organizations, and to engage our communities in the fight to end hunger locally and nationally. We ensure that people are food secure by providing access to three nutritious meals a day for children and access to two nutritious meals a day for adults year round. BRAFB serves 25 counties and nine cities in northern, western, and central Virginia.
Founded
1982
Size
Small
Services to empower survivors of domestic violence
Founded in 1979, My Sister's Place (MSP) is an interactive community committed to eradicating domestic violence. We provide safe, confidential shelter, programs, education and advocacy for battered women and their children. Our goal is to empower women to take control of their own lives. From the moment a woman and her children arrive at our emergency shelter, compassionate and professional staff supply victims of domestic violence with the tools necessary to attain self-sufficiency. Among the highest priorities beyond safety for each shelter resident are: securing transitional or permanent housing before the end of their stay in our emergency shelter; enrolling in higher education or job training or securing stable employment; developing a personalized safety plan; and receiving counseling to enhance coping skills.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Preventing and ending homelessness in the United States
The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, mission-driven organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States and is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. We work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
Together Meeting Needs, Changing Lives
Since 1983, Shepherd's Table has been a necessary and effective resource welcoming and serving those in need in Silver Spring. Our mission is to provide help to people who are homeless or in need by providing basic services, including meals, social services, information and referrals, medical support, clothing, and other assistance in an effective and compassionate manner. Shepherd's Table offers a wide range of services. We provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week, and brunch and dinner on the weekends, a Clothes Closet, which allows individuals to select from among our donated clothing items each week, to our Resource Center, which is open every day to help homeless people collect mail, make phone calls, or receive assistance with social services, and our Eye Clinic, where individuals can get free exams and prescription glasses. Shepherd's Table serves the community's most vulnerable populations with compassion and dignity.
Founded
1988
Size
Small
Combating hunger, creating opportunity
DC Central Kitchen uses food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. Since our founding in 1989, DC Central Kitchen has prepared 27 million meals for our low-income neighbors in Washington, DC - but don't mistake us for a soup kitchen.The 5,000 meals we prepare each day are distributed at little or no cost to 80 homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.Most importantly, we're working to shorten DC's line of hungry people by the way we're feeding it. In our main kitchen, we offer a rigorous Culinary Job Training program for unemployed men and women who want to replace homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with new careers and changed lives. Our graduates have averaged a 90% job placement rate during the recession, and we now employ 60 graduates in social enterprises that create living wage jobs, serve healthy food, and earn the majority of our annual revenue.
Founded
1989
Size
Giant
Saving lives and strengthening communities, one family at a time
Established in 1988, Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care works to build better futures through the delivery of health care, education and social services. We embrace our culturally diverse community and provide the highest quality care regardless of ability to pay. Mary's Center demonstrates how improved access to family medical care, supportive and family literacy services lead to healthy families and safe communities. In addition, through its numerous programs the Center provides dynamic child development services, intensive home visits for pregnant women and their infants, case management for teen pregnancy prevention, and educational training to prevent school dropout.
Founded
1989
Size
Tiny
Lawyers working to end homelessness
The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) was established in 1989 by Maria Foscarinis, a lawyer who has been working to end homelessness at the national level since 1985. The mission of NLCHP is to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness. To achieve its mission, the organization pursues three main strategies: impact litigation; policy advocacy; and public education. NLCHP strives to place homelessness in the larger context of poverty. By taking this approach, the organization aims to address homelessness as a very visible manifestation of deeper causes, including: the shortage of affordable housing; insufficient income; and inadequate social services.
Founded
1991
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Medium
Sunny starts. Bright futures. Where homeless children grow.
Bright Beginnings was established in 1991 and is today a nationally-accredited child and family development center that offers a bright start for homeless infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Bright Beginnings serves about 186 children annually whose families are living in crisis shelters or transitional housing. Their educational, therapeutic, health and family support services prepares these children for kindergarten and stabilizes their families so ultimately they can make the transition out of homelessness. Bright Beginnings' vision is that their leadership and programming will restore and revitalize the quality of life for every homeless child and family in Washington, DC.
Founded
1991
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Small
Enabling all young people to reach their full potential
Founded in 1990, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the critical after school hours. It is at these times that many young people become introduced to or participate in unhealthy activities. To combat this, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County provides services to these youth to offer a healthy alternative. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing program and character development experiences, and hope and opportunity.
Founded
1995
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Large
Honoring and remembering America's fallen fire heroes
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers. Since 1992, the Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America's fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.
Founded
1943
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Large
Be informed. Be linked. Be great!
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) is to help boys and girls of all backgrounds, especially those who need us most, build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults. Established in 1886, BGCGW's 18 Clubs - covering a territory of 75 miles that stretches from Fredericksburg to Germantown - serve as safe havens for our members. The clubs are open when schools are not, and provide a safe, comfortable, and fun alternative to youth who would otherwise be home alone or on the street. Nearly 21,000 members attend the Clubs for activities, to see their friends, and to spend time with positive and encouraging adults.
Founded
1949
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Medium
Great Futures Start Here
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia enables all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We serve over 2,600 boys and girls. We operate 11 clubs in 7 cities.
Founded
1972
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Medium
Mission - ACTS provides relief, fosters hope and promotes self-sufficiency for our Prince William area neighbors in crises due to hunger, homelessness and personal violence.
Founded
1976
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Large
40 Years of Giving
Founded in 1975, the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation (NADCF) is committed to preserving and promoting private enterprise and personal freedom of mobility by supporting organizations involved in emergency medical care and higher education. NADCF has contributed over $13 million to communities throughout the nation, supporting emergency assistance for dealership employees after natural disasters, as well as scholarships for deserving students. As a result of its collaboration with Canine Companions for Independence to provide trained assistance dogs for children, NADCF is now embarking on a similar mission to help wounded warriors.
Founded
1979
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Medium
Creating pathways out of domestic violence and homelessness leading to safe and stable housing.
Founded in 1978, Doorways for Women and Families strives to end homelessness and family and intimate partner violence by offering safe shelter and housing, life-changing support services, and community advocacy. We operate a domestic violence hotline and provide 24/7 shelter and housing through a Domestic Violence Safehouse (11 beds), Family Home (21 beds), and HomeStart Supportive Housing Program serving 20 households at a time. We also provide support and advocacy, financial literacy counseling, children's services and a range of essential life skills promoting healthy, vibrant living. We serve more than 1,400 people per year, and more than half of the people in our housing programs are children.
Founded
1984
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Large
Strengthening American Indian economies
Through a three-pronged strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating for Systemic Change, Capitalizing Indian Communities, First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own - be they land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities. First Nations serves rural and reservation based Native American communities throughout the United States.
Founded
1992
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Medium
Children who have health have hope
CHIP of Roanoke Valley is an early childhood home visiting program. We pair low-income children, ages birth to kindergarten-entry, with a Community Health Nurse and Family Case Manager for health care coordination (help accessing needed medical services, assistance with the management of chronic conditions, and preventive services like fluoride dental varnish); developmental education, kindergarten preparation and regular child assessment and monitoring. Their families receive services like anticipatory child development guidance, employment and education support, parent meetings and transportation. These services work to help build parenting capacity and to provide support to families as they set and reach goals and move toward self-sufficiency. CHIP also offers supplemental case management services that target specific needs: Prenatal Case Management, Mental Health Case Management, and Asthma Case Management.
Founded
1984
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Tiny
Serving WV, KY & OH
Facing Hunger Foodbank is a private, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1983 and is incorporated in West Virginia. Formerly known as the Huntington Area Food Bank, the foodbank initially served Cabell and Wayne Counties. The need was so great across the region that the foodbank expanded its service area after just its first year of operation. The foodbank's service area currently includes nearly 200 agencies across 17 counties in West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southeastern Ohio.
Founded
1944
Size
Giant
Strengthening Children, Families & Communities
Founded in 1886, Thompson (formerly Thompson Children's Home) is the most comprehensive provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across Mecklenburg County. The Matthews, North Carolina-based, nationally accredited nonprofit agency offers a full range of evidence-based/evidence-informed prevention and intervention services that strengthen and support children and families in crisis or facing challenges in Mecklenburg, Union and Cabarrus Counties, North Carolina, and York County, South Carolina. In Fiscal Year 2015-16, Thompson impacted more than 12,500 children and families from its four locations that provide mental health services, early childhood care and education, and family education and support. The agency accomplishes its work through a continuum of care that fulfills the agency's mission: to strengthen children, families and communities through healing, teaching, worship and play.
Founded
1943
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Small
For youth development, for healthy living, for social responsibility.
The mission of the Eden Family YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. As YMCA staff and volunteers, putting this mission into practice is our biggest challenge. There are many ways we do this in the YMCA with a variety of programs. Helping individuals clarify their values and finding a faith for everyday living is an important part of meeting our mission.
Founded
1938
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Tiny
Building a stronger community by strengthening the family
Founded in 1937, Triangle Family Services is a human services nonprofit organization meeting the needs of families in crisis through mental health, family safety, and financial stability programs. Our mission is building a stronger community by strengthening the family. Triangle Family Services is recognized as a United Way of the Greater Triangle "Agency of Excellence", accredited by the Council on Accreditation, a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, and a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency . The agency annually provides services to almost 3,000 individuals and families living throughout Wake County and the Triangle area.
Founded
1957
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Medium
We educate the mind, nurture the body, and lift the spirit so each child can fulfill the potential that lives within.
Founded in 1952,The Centers for Exceptional Children works to provide a world class educational/therapeutic experience for children with special needs. The Centers maintain a loving, hopeful environment that is conducive for each child to develop to their fullest potential and capacity by means of outstanding professional staff, the best equipment and facilities, and teamwork with the families of our children. The Centers are dedicated to educating and caring for children with developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities and/or other long-term chronic health impairments to prepare them to lead independent, productive and fulfilling lives.
Founded
1975
Size
Tiny
Feeding out neighbors in Wake County
Since 1974, Meals on Wheels of Wake County wants to end senior hunger in our community by serving the elderly, homebound and people with disabilities. We serve 1,300 noontime meals every weekday to the elderly, homebound and persons with disabilities of Wake County. Our outreach consists of hot meals to homebound individuals, communal dining for seniors in congregate dining rooms, and frozen meal service for dialysis patients and other homebound individuals in isolated areas. Over 2,200 volunteers help us deliver meals Monday through Friday each week.
Founded
1972
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Medium
Play Unified!
The mission of Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. In North Carolina, the first SONC Summer Games were held in 1970 in Burlington. Currently, Special Olympics programs exist in just about every community in North Carolina reaching nearly 40,000 athletes.
Founded
1978
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Small
Delivering nutrition and more to neighbors in need
Founded in 1978, Friendship Trays delivers about 750 meals daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable or greatly restricted in their ability to prepare or secure meals and who reside within the area we can reach with our corps of drivers. This meal consists of two separate containers, one with meat or fish, vegetable and such, the other with carbohydrate and dessert. Also included is a container of milk or juice. Diet orders are obtained for all clients from their doctors, and a range of special diets are available to fill doctors' written orders for certain medical conditions.
Founded
1981
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Tiny
Assisting Transylvania County Residents in Need
Sharing House, a faith based organization, assists Transylvania County residents in need with the basic necessities of life, and opens up opportunities for people to improve the quality of their lives. We also assist the greater community in understanding and responding to these needs. Sharing House is a place where people in crisis are impacted in such a way as to significantly advance them on their journey toward self sufficiency.
Founded
1982
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Tiny
Charlotte-Mecklenburg's leading voice for children
Council for Children's Rights is a legal advocacy program for children in the Southeast which stands up for every child's right to be safe, healthy, and educated. In 2006, the Council for Children and the Children's Law Center united to create Council for Children's Rights. As the state's leading expert on children's issues, we provide holistic representation for children in Mecklenburg County to ensure their long-term success and well-being. Our team of 30, highly-skilled advocates, attorneys and social workers provide legal representation, advocacy, systems reform, public policy, and research and planning for the most at-risk populations in the community.
Founded
1956
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Medium
To enrich the lives of children with disabilities so they can reach their maximum potential.
The Meyer Center for Special Children's mission is to provide quality education and certified therapy services to preschool children with disabilities. The Meyer Center aims to enrich the lives of children with disabilities so they reach their maximum potential. By delivering quality education and proper therapy, we can put each child on the road to success. Unlocking the potential that lies in each child regardless of disabilities, setbacks, or circumstances is at the heart of Dr. Leslie Meyer's original vision. He recognized that every child, regardless of his or her medical challenges, could benefit from quality education and therapy services.
Founded
1979
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Small
Be a fan
Special Olympics South Carolina provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts skills and friendships with their families, and other Special Olympics Athletes and the community. Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports.
Founded
1984
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Large
A common sense solution to hunger
The Lowcountry Food Bank works to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The Lowcountry Food Bank was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items through the generosity of both the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Trident United Way. Our service model is simple and cost-effective. We collect, inspect, maintain, and distribute otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, wholesalers along with farmers to redistribute these food products to a grassroots network of 416 member agencies providing hunger-relief services.
Founded
1942
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Large
Reaching for the stars
Tamassee DAR School is a children's home and family service organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families in crisis. We believe that education is the key to success. Our programs and services are built on this belief. We focus on all aspects of learning and growing to help our children gain confidence, build relationships, and realize their potential.
Founded
1958
Size
Giant
Empowering people to love, serve and live meaningfully
The Pastoral Institute offers counseling, consulting and educational resources to care for the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals, families and communities. Founded in 1974, the vision of the Pastoral Institute is to empower people to love, serve and live meaningfully.
Founded
1979
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Small
Promoting the constitutional Office of Sheriff
The mission of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association is to promote and further professionalize the Office of Sheriff in order to enhance public safety throughout Georgia. Since its beginning in 1957, the Georgia Sheriffs' Association has engaged in a variety of activities and provided many services: annual training events for Georgia sheriffs and related personnel, and other valuable crime prevention programs; advocacy at the Georgia General Assembly for tough crime control measures and laws that promote professionalism and enhanced effectiveness of your Office of Sheriff; and sponsor of the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes which provides full-time residential care for the abused, abandoned, and neglected children in the state.
Founded
1962
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Medium
Transforming Atlanta, strengthening families, one child at a time.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever.Our vision: Transforming Atlanta, strengthening families, one child at a time.
Founded
1969
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Small
Making a great start toward a bright future
The Child Development Association (CDA) provides affordable early learning programs and childcare for preschool children of low-income families in the metro Atlanta area. The CDA prepares economically disadvantaged children for success in education and life. And, our childcare services enable hardworking parents to maintain full-time employment to support their families. The CDA is a vibrant organization that has provided outstanding service to low-income, hard-working families and their young children for 45 years.
Founded
1978
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Large
Working to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors
For 39 years, Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to battered women and their children in metro Atlanta. PADV works to end domestic violence by: offering safety and shelter for battered women and their children; restoring power, self-sufficiency and control to domestic violence survivors; and educating the public on the dynamics of domestic violence.
Founded
1978
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Medium
Safety, Support, Awareness
InterAct provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct also promotes violence-free relationships and communities through collaboration, public information, education, and advocacy. InterAct is the only confidential domestic violence prevention program serving Wake County's twelve municipalities.
Founded
1979
Size
Tiny
Dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect
Founded in 1979, Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina (PCA NC) is the only statewide nonprofit in North Carolina dedicated to the prevention of child maltreatment. Its mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by supporting the development of safe, stable, nurturing relationships for children in their families and communities. Through family-strengthening programs, public and professional education, leadership, and advocacy, we work to give every child a healthy, nurturing childhood and the opportunity to grow up to be a caring, contributing adult. PCA NC is using the latest research to help communities prevent abuse before it occurs. We are leading the state, along with our partners, in implementing evidence-based prevention programs - programs that are scientifically proven to prevent child maltreatment and strengthen families. Services are provided to all communities in North Carolina.
Founded
1981
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Large
Eliminating hunger
Established in 1982, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee works to eliminate hunger in our 18 county service area by providing food, services and education to address the nutritional needs of all people at-risk of hunger. Second Harvest distributes food to roughly 140,000 hungry people every month through a network of partner agencies throughout East Tennessee. Agencies are non-profit organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry and include church pantries, shelters, group homes, local kitchens, after-school program sites, rehabilitation centers and many others.
Founded
1982
Size
Giant
Mending Shattered Lives Since 1974
The Durham Rescue Mission is a faith-based, non-profit organization. Our primary goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. The Durham Rescue Mission is achieving this goal as we minister to the homeless and addicted in central North Carolina. Our Mission is to meet through the power of Jesus Christ the needs of the whole person: spiritual, educational, emotional, physical, social, and vocational, so that those who are hurting may become fully functioning members of society.
Founded
1983
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Small
Food, Shelter and a Future
The mission of Urban Ministries of Durham (UMD) is to provide food, clothing, shelter and supportive services to our neighbors in need. Our core values are to carry out this mission while providing a welcoming, caring and compassionate environment that affirms the dignity of our guests, volunteers and staff. Urban Ministries of Durham was developed and is partially supported by a diverse group of faith communities as well as many individuals, foundations, corporations, and levels of government. UMD distinguishes itself from other organizations that care for Durham's homeless and impoverished neighbors by serving as a comprehensive service provider of food, shelter, clothing and supportive services for over 6,000 men, women and children annually.
Founded
1985
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Small
A Pi Kappa Phi philanthropy
The Ability Experience, formerly Push America, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities. The Ability Experience was founded in 1977 as the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Although the organization is still fulfilling the purpose for which it was intended, The Ability Experience has grown into a nationally recognized nonprofit with numerous programs educating undergraduates, alumni and communities about the abilities of people with disabilities.
Founded
1986
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Medium
Working together to end childhood hunger in America.
The Arby's Foundation, the charitable arm of Arby's, carries out a mission to end childhood hunger in America. Building on a philanthropic heritage that has contributed over $71 million to child-related causes since its inception in 1986, the Arby's Foundation is working to ensure every child in America has the meals they need to succeed, especially when school is out. With more than 16 million U.S. children-more than 1 in 5-facing hunger daily, the Arby's Foundation has devoted its resources to providing education and access to wholesome food choices for children across the country. The Arby's Foundation is a registered 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Atlanta.
Founded
1987
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Medium
A Childcare and Support Center for Homeless Families
Our House breaks the chains of homelessness by providing quality early childhood education and comprehensive support services for families who are experiencing homelessness. Our House founders envisioned offering homeless parents more than free childcare: they wanted to provide a loving, safe haven where a parent could confidently leave her child while she sought employment and permanent housing. They realized that without reliable childcare, homeless parents, especially single women, were trapped in the cycle of unemployment, poverty and homelessness.
Founded
1989
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Small
Building stronger families and thus a more stable community
Community Assistance Center (CAC) works to meet basic human needs such as food, shelter, and clothing with the goals of helping individuals and families stay in their home, helping to reduce poverty and building stronger independent families and thus a more stable community. The Center does this by providing short term assistance to families or individuals facing an unexpected financial crisis, Assistance includes financial assistance (i.e. rent, utilities) and/or in-kind assistance (i.e. food, clothing, school and household supplies). We work with clients to address their immediate crisis, identify other available services or providers and guide them to CAC educational programs which offer additional skills that may help them sustain career and personal success for greater economic security.
Founded
1989
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Small
Help. Hope. Healing. For children and families affected by child sexual abuse.
Founded in 1987, the Our Kids mission is to provide expert medical evaluations and crisis counseling services in response to concerns of child sexual abuse, and to increase community awareness, conduct research and offer education and training about child maltreatment.
Founded
1989
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Large
Loving Hearts, Caring Hands
Southwest Christian Care works to glorify God as guardians of the sanctity and dignity of life by providing physical, emotional, and spiritual care to our patients and their families and offer hope based on faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of life and death. We serve people from all walks of life, without regard to economic status, race or religion. We provide place where our patients and their family members can find inner peace and be strengthened and supported. Whether we are serving a terminally ill patient in hospice, providing respite for a child with special needs or giving special love and attention to seniors, our goal is to offer the very best care possible in a nurturing and accepting environment.
Founded
1982
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Small
Feeding neighbors and building hope since 1981
The Middle Georgia Community Food Bank exists to supply food and other commodities to 501(c)(3) Participating Agencies helping needy people in Middle Georgia. The mission of the MGCFB is to provide the maximum amount of food possible to our Participating Agencies at the lowest possible cost to reach the maximum number of needy people. The explicit purpose of the Food Bank is the salvaging of surplus food. Mistakes in food processing, overproduction, and distribution become a source of supply for the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.
Founded
1979
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Large
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida serves nrealy 20,000 girls in grades K-12 and nearly 8,500 adults annually in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives - like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others.
Founded
1951
Size
Tiny
Start Something BIG
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida helps children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results, serving in Duval, Baker, Clay, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and Volusia Counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages 6-18 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships. Matches come together through our two essential programs: community-based mentoring, and site-based monitoring. We provide full support along the way so that matches can grow into lasting friendships. More than a century since the founding of the first chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states, and in 35 countries around the world!
Founded
1957
Size
Medium
Where girls grow strong
Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, organized in 1956, serves girls throughout Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. The Council serves more than 15,000 girls and has more than 8,000 adult volunteers. One out of every seven girls in our area is a Girl Scout. The council is a charter member of Girl Scouts of the USA, the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Founded
1963
Size
Tiny
Bringing hope, dignity and joy to all
Goodman JFS is dedicated to empowering individuals, strengthening families and protecting the vulnerable by providing exceptional social services to the entire community, based on Jewish values.Throughout the past 54years, JFS has continued to expand and provide services to people of all ages, ethnicities and religions. The essence of our mission is to support those who face daily challenges, whether they are the normal transitions of life, new and unexpected hardships, or immediate crises. Our programs provide personal growth opportunities for people of all ages, counseling for families and individuals, support for the most vulnerable in our community and volunteer opportunities for those who want to give something back.
Founded
1971
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Medium
An association for professionals in law enforcement
Founded in 1967, the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP) promotes and supports the law enforcement profession through a variety of programs and services. NACOP encourages leadership of command law enforcement and private security within the United States and her territories. NACOP encourages a free exchange of information between men and women presently engaged in law enforcement, reserves, security, etc., through publications, meetings, regional training, research endeavors, films and study courses. It also creates the opportunity to recognize and encourage citizens and law enforcement officers for their community deeds of bravery and valor through the medium of an awards program.
Founded
1968
Size
Tiny
Learning early. Succeeding now.
Founded in 1964, Immokalee Child Care Center (ICCC) is a nationally accredited early childhood education center located in the rural farming community of Immokalee, Florida. ICCC creates a positive, nurturing environment where relationships are strengthened, children are encouraged, and families are able to lay a strong, healthy foundation for their children. Many children are left in inappropriate settings and miss out on the learning and social interaction necessary to prepare them for the onset of public school. Our goal is to make a difference in the children in Immokalee by offering partial tuition assistance/scholarships for parents in need. ICCC provides child care services for approximately 100 children per week.
Founded
1970
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Medium
Providing Basic Social Services to Underserved Individuals and Groups
The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) was founded in 1963 to address the significant gaps that existed in the social safety net of our community. Seven local church women created the IFC "to discover unmet needs and to respond through the coordinated efforts of volunteers." With no paid staff or office space, IFC began providing crisis intervention assistance to people in dire need. Today it is a not-for-profit non-denominational social service organization with a small staff providing basic services to combat poverty, hunger and homelessness in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. IFC is the principal agency in Orange County for mobilizing our community to address homelessness, hunger, and economic disparity.
Founded
1970
Size
Tiny
Empower a kid. Change the world
The Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast works to inspire and empower all young people and their families, in partnership with our community, to achieve their full potential to be great. For the past forty years the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast have passed on a tradition of excellence to the next generation by empowering them to become strong adults, responsible citizens, and community leaders. We are empowering kids to achieve academic success, build good character and lead healthy lifestyles. We also encourage our community to be a part, because we believe that when you empower a kid you change the world.
Founded
1978
Size
Tiny
Little moments. Big magic.
Since its inception in 1968, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast has grown from a small volunteer organization to its position today as the leading youth mentoring organization in Southwest Florida, with a history of serving more than 22,000 children and youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast serves children and youth in schools and community locations throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida, including Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands and West Charlotte Counties. We help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
Little moments. Big magic.
In Broward County, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing children's lives since 1973. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles"), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1975
Size
Tiny
Seeking the least, the last and the lost
Panama City Rescue Mission is a privately funded organization. We provide an environment where the compassion and love of Jesus Christ can empower people to overcome and prevent life's adversities. We receive no direct city, county, state or federal funding and is not currently an affiliated agency of the United Way (however, United Way contributors can designate their donations to the Mission). All funding comes from grants, foundations, businesses, churches, and members of the community, plus proceeds from The Bargain Center and other work training/enterprise programs.
Founded
1976
Size
Giant
The Sky Family YMCA
Founded in 1976, the SKY Family YMCA is an inclusive, nonprofit organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The SKY Family YMCA is an intergenerational community hub with programs, services and resources available to all persons, regardless of status or ability to pay, that will enable them to improve their quality of life.
Founded
1975
Size
Medium
Teaching independence and inspiring hope for 40 years
Founded in 1973, the Lighthouse of Broward (LHOB) serves visually impaired children, youth, working age adults and elders and is the primary resource for services and information for the blind in Broward County. As the only source in Broward County for comprehensive rehabilitation training and adaptive computer training for adults with visual impairment, LHOB also is the only local facility offering specialized skill building for blind babies and children. Every day, the staff at the Lighthouse strives to further its mission to enhance the independence, productivity and quality of life of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired.
Founded
1977
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Small
A Christian home providing a second chance for teen girls
The Lighthouse Children's Home has been operating since 1977 and is a full time Christian residential facility for teenage girls ages 13-17 who either have no home or are having discipline problems. We believe The Lord alone is the great changer of hearts, lives, and attitudes. The girls attend church every week as well as chapel services and devotion times both in the school and dorm. All of the counseling for the girls is done from a pastoral and spiritual perspective. This spiritual emphasis also includes a ministry of singing (gospel music and hymns only). The girls travel and sing all year throughout Florida, Georgia, and Alabama. Through the years the Lighthouse has recorded eleven CD's.
Founded
1978
Size
Small
Safety. Hope. Renewal.
Since 1977, The Spring of Tampa Bay has provided sanctuary and services to more than 50,000 abused adults and their children. The Spring is the largest of Florida's 42 certified domestic violence shelters and the first in the United States to have an accredited school on site. The mission of The Spring of Tampa Bay is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities. The vision is to be a premier provider of domestic violence services and a positive force for social change, creating a zero tolerance attitude towards domestic violence in Hillsborough County. The Spring has seven service sites: the emergency shelter with an on-site school and child care center, a transitional housing apartment complex, three Outreach centers, and two thrift stores.
Founded
1982
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Small
A center of new life and hope for the hearts of women, children and families
Kimberly Home is a non-denominational pregnancy resource center that offers assistance to women in unplanned or troubling pregnancies. Opened in 1983, we provide a host of services including counseling, material assistance, infant and toddler daycare, and transitional housing as well as referrals to the resources throughout the community. For 25 years, we have been assisting women in making healthy and positive choices for themselves and their babies. All of our services are provided on a confidential basis.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
It takes a whole community to stop domestic violence.
Community Action Stops Abuse (CASA), has been working in the Tampa Bay area since 1977 providing refuge, crisis intervention, advocacy, professional training and community outreach to break the silence that isolates victims of domestic violence and prevents them from a life of hope, independence and peace. CASA staff members understand the courage it takes to disclose abuse, and they work with the community to build a network of support for survivors and their children.
Founded
1982
Size
Large
Fighting hunger. Feeding hope.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 500 partner agencies in six Central Florida counties. We fight hunger in Central Florida by: providing access to food and other grocery products; promoting and supporting the development of our partner agencies; mobilizing leaders and communities by bringing visibility to the invisible problem of hunger and poverty; and by developing more holistic and county specific solutions to hunger. In fiscal year 2011-2012, we provided nearly 36 million pounds of food resources for our local community, which translates into approximately 24 million meals for people in need.
Founded
1982
Size
Small
BE THE ONE -- Volunteer, donate, advocate today!
Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.Our vision is that all children achieve success in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is part of the nation's largest donor and volunteer-supported mentoring network, and holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. In 2015, nearly 3,000 children were paired with mentors in Hillsborough, Citrus, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk Hernando and Sumter counties.
Founded
1984
Size
Giant
Preparing disadvantaged kids for a better future
Founded by Jim Moran in 1984, the mission of the Youth Automotive Training Center (YATC) is to train and educate at-risk youth in basic automotive repair skills, academic remediation, job readiness and life management skills. The goal of this program is to prepare young adults who are at a disadvantage in their lives to become self-sufficient, productive, law-abiding citizens. YATC is unique in that its support does not end at graduation. The school continues to provide resources and opportunities to graduates to help them stay on the right track. YATC has developed from a one-room training center into a 16,000 square-foot modern facility featuring technical and academic classrooms, a computer learning center/library, state-of-the-art automotive shop, conference room, lunch room and fitness room.
Founded
1985
Size
Tiny
Providing friendship, support, and guidance at a crucial time in a child's life.
Our service matches children from primarily one-parent households, with adult volunteers. The mentors and the children come from all walks of life. Prospective volunteers, who usually commit to an hour a week for abut a year, are carefully evaluated by agency staff. Each match is based on the needs of the child and the interests of both the child and the volunteer. Once a match is made, professional caseworkers are there to provide advice and support to help the match grow.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Helping Palm Beach County families become self-sufficient
Adopt-A-Family was founded in 1983 by three Palm Beach County women who recognized the need to help families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless due to a financial reversal, illness, divorce, death or other extenuating circumstances. The organization serves residents in Palm Beach County who meet any of the following criteria: homeless children and their families; lower income, working families in search of affordable housing opportunities; working poor who do not earn enough to support their families and are at risk of becoming homeless; and families in a short-term situational crisis putting them at risk of homelessness.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Up this path walk God's angels
St. Gerard Campus works to provide pregnant teenagers with time and education to meet the physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges of responsible parenthood with self-confidence and self-esteem, and to equip them with the technical skills they need to compete in the marketplace. The campus serves as a maternity home for pregnant and unwed mothers, and is an accredited high school. Day-care and residential programs are available as well. All services are free and offered to everyone. Since 1981 we've helped over 45,500 mothers in crisis.
Founded
1986
Size
Tiny
Providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships
Founded in 1986, the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We provide professionally supported adult mentors to children and youth in our community through one of our three proven programs: Community Based Mentoring, School Based Mentoring, or Career Skills Mentoring. Being a mentor, or Big, can have an incredible impact on the life of a child. All you have to do is be there.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
Fighting Hunger and Changing Lives in Broward County
To be a seamless system of care for those in need in Broward County by providing necessary food, ancillary services and referrals. LifeNet4Families has provided 30 years of service to the hungry and homeless of Broward County. From the humble beginnings of distributing a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless, to today's provision of almost 1 million meals a year, the agency's dramatic development has reflected both the growing numbers and the growing needs of the poor in our community. LifeNet4Families feeds hungry bodies, minds and souls - welcoming children, individuals, and families with respect serving those in crisis situations with hot meals, an emergency food pantry, job training, housing placement, haircuts, and more. Our diverse family center offers hope, contact with community-wide services, emotional support, and a hand-up out of difficult times
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Because we care we share
The Christian Sharing Center works to prevent hunger and homelessness by assisting with basic and essential needs during times of personal financial crises caused by job loss and medical issues. Clients may receive food and clothing, help with costs of rent/mortgage, transportation, bus tokens, utilities, household goods. Children or adults in the family may be assisted in special ways specific to their individual or family needs. Our Oasis daytime service center allows homeless people to get showers, laundry services, haircuts, access to computers for job searches and links to other services to help them find jobs or housing and regain stability.
Founded
1987
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Small
Be A Voice
Founded in 1984, Voices For Children Foundation raises funds to support the 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program. Additionally, Voices raises funds to meet the social, educational, and medical needs of Miami-Dade's abused, abandoned, and neglected children. Voices For Children exists to fill a big gap. The State of Florida requires that the interests of every abused, abandoned, and neglected child be represented by a GAL. However, the GAL Program does not receive adequate public funding. That's where Voices helps.
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Friends Feeding Friends
Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is a private non-profit organization that was founded in 1987. We collect, sort, store and distribute donated food and basic essentials to more than 170 non-profit partner agencies such as food pantries, homeless shelters and other feeding organizations who directly feed the hungry. We serve 5 North Central Florida Counties- Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy. We are a Partner Distribution Organization under Feeding America. More and more of our donated food is fresh and perishable and cannot sit in the warehouse, therefore, we established the Food on the Move program to be sure the food reaches those in need quickly. Every $1.00 donated can provide 7 meals to those in need.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Journey Home.
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida was created in 1987 by a group of concerned citizens who noted a growing problem of homelessness in the community. The Coalition is now the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. We help to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. Our goal is to return our residents to self-sufficiency through counseling, job training, and educational programs. While our clients work to reestablish productive lives, we provide transitional housing and daycare for their children until they are ready to move back into the community.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Making a house into a home.
The mission of the Mustard Seed of Central Florida is to provide household goods, furniture, clothing, toys and books to those who have suffered from natural or personal disaster and who demonstrate the desire to rebuild their lives and become self-sufficient. The Mustard Seed helps an average of over 100 traumatized families a month regain their dignity and independence. The Mustard Seed Furniture and Clothing Bank provides the basic life necessities to help our Mustard Seed families regain their dignity and self-worth. We are helping rebuild the disrupted, often shattered, lives of the homeless and others who have lost everything, due to unforeseen circumstances.
Founded
1992
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Medium
Empowering and supporting girls and women
Established in 1991, The LPGA Foundation empowers and support girls and women through developmental and humanitarian golf initiatives. We aim to be a leader in improving the lives of girls and women through the game of golf. The LPGA Foundation has four main goals: to develop and maintain junior golf programs across the country; to develop and maintain scholarship programs for junior golfers; to maintain a financial assistance fund for those in the golf industry; and to conduct research and develop educational activities related to golf instruction. The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, one of the Foundation's programs, has established The LPGA Foundation as a leader in the golf industry in youth initiatives.
Founded
1994
Size
Large
Honoring the sacrifice military veterans make
The mission of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is to honor the sacrifice military veterans make for our country by helping them make a smooth transition from the battle front to the home front. Chartered in 1957, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation is the fundraising engine of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Through grants and outreach programs we lend support to other organizations whose programs align with Purple Heart's mission, as well as make smaller direct contributions to veterans facing exceptionally difficult financial challenges.
Founded
1964
Size
Giant
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause.
Founded in 1853, the YMCA of Central Kentucky strives to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That's why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors in our communities to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.
Founded
1952
Size
Tiny
Delivering God's justice and mercy to children and families in need
Established in 1914, the Potter Children's Home & Family Ministries works to be a tool in the hands of supporting churches of Christ and individual Christians to deliver God's justice and mercy to children and families in need. Our Residential Group Care program is at the core of our ministries. This program is for children ages 6-18 years old who are in need of a loving, stable, structured home environment. Our Single Parent Alliance for Raising Kids (SPARK) program allows families to stay together during their recovery from a divorce, desertion or death. The Transitional Living ministry is designed to serve young people ages 18-23 who have little or no support from their families. We also offer foster care and Christian counseling.
Founded
1989
Size
Small
Seeking help. Finding hope. Moving forward.
Our Mission is to help homeless men address barriers to self-sufficiency and housing so that they may leave homelessness for good. By providing shelter, social services, supportive housing, and serving as a hub with partner agencies, St. John Center is where homeless men “seek help, find hope, and move forward.” Our Vision is a city where all homeless men have the resources and support they need to leave homelessness for good.
Founded
1968
Size
Small
Changing perspectives. Changing lives.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Vision is successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools, and stronger communities for all. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 7 through 16, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
Founded
1942
Size
Large
Eliminating racism, empowering women
It is the vision of the YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee to focus on women and girls who desire to create a better quality of life for themselves and/or their families, to achieve self-sufficiency, and to increase their financial strength. The YWCA will also be a spokesperson for those women who have no voice. Further, we will raise the awareness and diminish the incidence of violence and racism.
Founded
1964
Size
Tiny
Empowering girls for a better community
Girls Incorporated is a national youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. For more than 60 years, Girls Inc. of Memphis has responded to the changing needs of girls through programs, research and advocacy designed to build girls' skills and self-confidence. Girls Inc. of Memphis offers informal educational programs in six core areas: careers and life planning, health and sexuality, leadership and community action, sports and adventure, self-reliance and life skills, and culture and heritage.
Founded
1957
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Medium
Enabling young people to realize their full potential
The Mission of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga is "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens." The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chattanooga has a lineup of tested and proven nationally-recognized programs. The Club's programs meet developmental needs in five core areas: character and leadership, education and career, health and life skills, sports and fitness and the arts. These Core Programs address today's most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
Founded
1987
Size
Small
Providing support, encouragement, & compassion to children, adolescents & families in need
Founded in 1985, Daystar offers counseling to kids and families in the Middle Tennessee area. Daystar offers both individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, families, and young adults. Counseling services are provided on a sliding scale. Daystar's model is "one-life-touching-another". It is demonstrated through one-on-one counseling sessions between a kid & a counselor, but also through group counseling, where kids learn to how to respond to each other and encourage one another.
Founded
1993
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Small
Great Futures Start Here
Founded in 1989, the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains offers young people what they need and want most — adults who respect and listen to them; a safe environment where they can have fun and be themselves; and interesting, constructive activities that channel youthful energy into challenging pursuits. A youth development strategy that fosters a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence underlies all Boys & Girls Club programs and builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Raising hope, growing confidence and nurturing faith for since 1868
The Presbyterian Home for Children, recognizing the changing needs of children and families, and responding to the call of Jesus Christ to be agents of reconciliation, does hereby covenant, in reliance upon the Grace of God, to provide a ministry of comprehensive programs and services to individuals and families in order that they might become the fully functional persons whom God created them to be. We further covenant to treat each individual in need with dignity, and to bring every available resource to bear in the healing process. Our programs include child care, recreation and camps.
Founded
1955
Size
Tiny
The positive place for kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi provides a safe place to learn and grow through life enhancing programs while building ongoing, healthy relationships with caring adults and peers. Since 1936, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi has been the leading youth development organization in the region. Annually, we serve about 2,200 youth who spend nearly 750,000 hours at our 4 Metro-area clubs and our camp near Hazlehurst. Today, thousands of boys and girls, at-risk and in need, are taking advantage of the programs, activities, and services provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi. They benefit from trained, caring, professional staff and volunteers who help young people take control of their lives, envision productive futures and reach their goals.
Founded
1966
Size
Large
Great Futures Start Here
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Gulf Coast's mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Our corporation formed to promote the health, social, educational, vocational, and character development of all boys and girls throughout the gulf coast area. BGCGC is now offering the Healthy Choices, Brighter Future Program designed to educate our youth on at risk behaviors and to create an environment within the family and community to support youth decisions to postpone sexual activities until marriage.
Founded
1981
Size
Medium
A Christian Community for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
The Mustard Seed was created in 1981 to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected Christian community and meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential God created within them. We have two group homes on the Mustard Seed campus. Our homes house ten women and eight men in a family-like setting and help our residents win victories and learn life skills while living in a loving and supportive environment. Our Seedsters participate in a ceramic art therapy program Monday-Thursday during our day program.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
Faith meeting needs in our community
Founded in 1981, Stewpot Community Services provides thousands of men, women and children with hot meals, groceries, clothing, shelter, childcare, mentoring and other programs to nurture them and help them get back on their feet. Stewpot, which began as a simple soup kitchen, has developed into an organization offering 17 series - from shelter, to clothing, to counseling, to children's programs. We recognize the giftedness in everyone who walks through our doors and affirm the importance of inter-faith and ecumenical cooperation.
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Breaking the Shackles of Bondage Through the Living Word
The mission of Christian Services, Inc. is to break the chains of bondage, bring hope, and change lives through the practical demonstration of God's love- through feeding programs, emergency financial assistance, a residential homeless and recovery program, low-cost thrift store, grocery distribution, and special community events.
Founded
1988
Size
Tiny
Healing, hope and home for every child
SOS Children's Villages - Florida offers our foster children the benefits of family life and a brighter future. Our village is a place where foster children come to live and grow with the nurturing and stability every child deserves. Since 1993, SOS has helped raised more than 450 boys and girls. Together we have pledged and fulfilled the promise of healing, hope and home for every child. Once a child turns 18, they are considered adults and are no longer part of foster care. However, that doesn't mean that they are no longer part of the SOS Family. Our SOS Next Steps program provides support and services to help our young adults continue to pursue their dreams and succeed on their own.
Founded
1994
Size
Small
Good Beginnings Last a Lifetime
Founded in 1993, Forty Carrots Family Center focuses on nurturing the relationships between developing children and their families. Our aim is to provide every parent with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to raise their children in physically and emotionally safe environments. Our program is made up of three components: parenting education, mental health services, and a nationally accredited preschool.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
Taking care of our own
The Correctional Peace Officers (CPO) Foundation is a national organization, created in 1984. Its primary function is to preserve and support the surviving families of Correctional Officers who lose their lives in pursuit of their chosen profession of protecting the public from those remanded to correctional custody and supervision in the nation's prisons and jails. The CPO Foundation operates and maintain a general fund for the perpetuation of the memory of those Correctional Peace Officers killed in the line of duty; to provide for their spouses, children or other beneficiaries; and to promote and project a positive image of the Corrections profession, both internally and to the general public.
Founded
1983
Size
Medium
Hunger no more
The Arkansas Rice Depot works to alleviate hunger in Arkansas. The Arkansas Rice Depot has spent more than 25 years developing a presence across Arkansas. We feed those in need through a network of more than 800 local hunger-relief organizations. In addition to the local food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens & schools that participate in our network, the Arkansas Rice Depot provides ten regional food drops so food pantries outside of central Arkansas don't have to make the long drive into Little Rock to access our food donation network. The Arkansas Rice Depot reaches out to those Arkansans in need through a variety of programs including Food For Kids, Food For Seniors & Disaster Relief.
Founded
1988
Size
Large
Hope for the Working Homeless
Our House provides working homeless adults and children with housing, job training, education, and children's programs in order to equip them with the skills to be successful in the workforce, in the community, and in their own families. Our House has a licensed child development center for homeless children in Arkansas. There are also out of school-time programs: after school, summer, spring break, and more. State-licensed adult education instructors teach in the Adult Learning Center. Job training, financial literacy and other programs are available for all residents. Families stay connected to Our House for a year after moving out. We serve over 1,400 men, women and children each year. Of those, at least 75% move out of homelessness.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Nourishing NWA communities by feeding hungry people
The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry. The NWA Food Bank currently has about 160 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. In 2016 we distributed over 11.4 million pounds of food to these partners.
Founded
1973
Size
Tiny
Be a fan
Special Olympics Louisiana began in 1968 when 11 athletes from Belle Chasse State School competed in the first International Special Olympics Games in Chicago. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Currently, more than 13,500 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana participate in more than 100 local competitions in the 13 SOLA Areas and state-level competitions.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Restoring hope. Transforming lives.
Mercy Multiplied is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to helping young women break free from life-controlling behaviors and situations, including eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, unplanned pregnancy, depression, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. We hope to help every woman we serve experience God's unconditional love, forgiveness, and life-transforming power.Mercy's residential program is voluntary, biblically based, and completely free of charge to young women ages 13-28. Our goal is to help residents permanently stop destructive cycles, discover purpose for their lives, and become productive and thriving individuals. Our outreach programs and resources are based on the same biblically based, life-transforming principles used by Mercy homes.Mercy Multiplied operated under the name Mercy Ministries until October 2015, when we changed our name to reflect our outreach initiatives and commitment to "multiplying" Mercy outside our residential homes.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Together We're Fighting Hunger
Our mission is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through faith based and other community partners.
Founded
1990
Size
Medium
Working to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana
The Food Bank of Central Louisiana's mission is to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana. We distribute food and grocery products to needy families through a network of approved charitable agencies in eleven parishes: Allen, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vernon and Winn. Food is channeled through more than 104 member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and other nonprofit organizations. The Food Bank distributes more than six million pounds of food to Central Louisiana each year. This is estimated to serve more than 22,400 needy people per month.
Founded
1977
Size
Tiny
Working to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, sciences, and other related technology disciplines
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields - as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a "full circle of support" model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.
Founded
1963
Size
Large
Giving God's children a faith, a family, a future
Providence Place (formerly Methodist Mission Home) was founded in 1895 in the wake of a dramatic and spontaneous conversion experience by Madam M. L. Volino who ran a brothel on San Saba Street. Inspired by a street revivalist, Madam Volino returned to her house in the red light district vowing to begin a new life. Providence Place offers hope to individuals facing spiritually, emotionally and physically challenging circumstances, so they may lead enriched, rewarding and satisfying lives. Through professional guidance and compassionate support, teens and young women facing unplanned pregnancy and families considering adoption make mutually beneficial decisions. Through transitional education, including life skills and vocational training, young adults with disabilities and those who are deaf develop confidence and competence to reach their personal level of independent living.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
Bringing people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service.
Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston (IM) brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration and service, as a demonstration of our shared beliefs. IM provides four main services: Meals on Wheels for Greater Houston which delivers more than one million meals each year to seniors in Harris county; Refugee Services which, in conjunction with the U.S. State Department, resettles hundreds of refugees in Houston each year; Office of Disaster Preparedness and Response (ODPR) which facilitates communication on behalf of Houston's faith communities during relief and recovery efforts and; Interfaith Relations which provides a safe harbor for Greater Houston through its many interfaith programs and dialogue efforts.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
Start Something.
Founded in 1976, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas works to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters targets the children who need us most, including those living in single parent homes, growing up in poverty and coping with parental incarceration. Starting something begins with finding a great match between a Big and a Little.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
Fighting hunger, homelessness and poverty
Caritas provides a service continuum for those experiencing poverty that begins with a safety net and links them to resources to achieve self-sufficiency. Caritas offers the homeless, working poor and documented refugees comprehensive services that support their housing stability. Caritas serves hot meals every weekday through our Community Kitchen and take-home groceries through our Pantry to individuals and families in need. As Caritas provides vulnerable individuals with financial assistance, we also equip clients with the knowledge and life skills to manage their finances more effectively through offering education classes on practical topics. Utilizing our business and community contacts, Caritas assists low income individuals and refugees find stable employment to support their self sufficiency.
Founded
1978
Size
Small
Preventing domestic violence and sexual assault in Southeast Texas
The Women's Shelter of South Texas was founded in 1977 with the mission to prevent and ultimately end domestic violence and sexual assault in South Texas. The agency is the only private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization specifically designed to provide services to adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence across a twelve-county South Texas region which includes Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio counties. All services are provided at no cost to victims.
Founded
1979
Size
Large
Hope. Nourishment. Friendship. Safety. Dignity. Love.
To promote the dignity and independence of seniors who are in need of nutritious meals, companionship, and Alzheimer's care. Christian Senior Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving senior residents of Bexar County for over 30 years. Founded in 1977 as a joint venture between St. Johns and Grace Lutheran Church, the agency began delivering a total of eight meals daily to homebound seniors and established an adult day care center for five of their senior clients. Today, our agency is one of the largest non-profit organizations in Bexar County providing services to adults over the age of 55. Christian Senior Services proudly operates Meals of Wheels of San Antonia, Grace Place Alzheimer's Activity Center, and Senior Companion Program.
Founded
1980
Size
Giant
Fighting hunger. Feeding hope.
The mission of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) is to fight hunger in southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education, and advocacy. Founded in 1980, SAFB serves as a clearinghouse by receiving and storing truckloads of donated food, produce, and other grocery products. SAFB distributes these items in manageable quantities to approximately 400 service agencies that help people in need.
Founded
1984
Size
Giant
Filling pantries. Filling lives.
The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.
Founded
1982
Size
Giant
For Youth Development. For Healthy Living. For Social Responsibility
Founded in 1981, the dream of the YMCA of Greater Williamson County began during the 1970s when the Round Rock United Way formed a committee to study the feasibility of a community-owned and operated youth facility. The Y is dedicated to helping children reach adulthood equipped for the future; providing families with adequate child care and recreational activities they can enjoy together; and helping communities stay together to build a safer, healthier environment. Our future depends on the strength of our children, our families and our communities.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
Overcoming Homelessness
San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, founded in 1983, is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency. SAMMinistries does this by providing transitional housing, employment development, education assistance, and San Antonio's largest resource for homeless prevention services to families and individuals in Bexar County. SAMMinistries also provides volunteers opportunities to be renewed and fulfilled as they serve.
Founded
1984
Size
Large
Protecting and healing children, young adults and families in need
The SAFE Alliance is a merger (which took place in January 2017) of Austin Children's Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The SAFE Alliance's mission is to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
Founded
1985
Size
Small
CASA speaks up for children who've been abused or neglected by empowering community volunteers to advocate for them.
CASA of Travis County exists to promote and protect the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes.
Founded
1986
Size
Large
Fighting hunger, feeding hope
The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Rev. Ted and Martha Knies in Pharr, TX. The Valley had just been hit with a devastating freeze and Rev. and Mrs. Knies wanted to help the families affected by this event. Today, the Food Bank RGV has grown to become the 36th largest food bank in terms of distribution in the nation and the 5th largest in the state of Texas. We currently serve the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Grow Share Prepare
Founded in 1993, Sustainable Food Center (SFC) cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Paving the road to self-sufficiency
The OUR Center (Outreach United Resource Center) helps people move toward self-sufficiency by unifying community resources. The organization provides emergency services to help people through short-term financial crises and also works in partnership with our clients to develop case plans for those needing longer-term assistance. The OUR Center offers programs ranging from emergency assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, shelter, and transportation, to longer term programs that help many of our clients solve underlying problems such as financial difficulties and unemployment. These longer term programs are handled by trained case workers, who help each client discover his or her own personal resources, strengths, and skills. Clients are taught useful life skills, problem solving, budgeting and planning. OUR Center case workers also coordinate with and connect clients with other community resources needed to create financial stability for themselves and their families.
Founded
1989
Size
Medium
Strengthening families - Fortaleciendo familias
El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and financial security services. While we were born out of the Episcopal Church, our goal, as a mission, is to continue to act as the Good Samaritan welcoming the stranger, tending to their wounds, aiding in basic needs and bridging the gap between cultures.
Founded
1989
Size
Small
Love in action
Manos de Cristo was founded in 1988 and is committed to empowering low-income individuals regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference by promoting dignity and self-reliance. Inspired by the Christian ideals of service and compassion, Manos de Christo's services empower homeless individuals and the