Charity Spotlight
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Mercy HouseMercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!

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Water Wishes was founded to help alleviate the death and illness connected to unsafe water around the world. The goal of the non-profit organization is to provide low cost water filtration systems that can substantially change the quality of life. Many water well programs are expensive and ineffective. The filters provided by Water Wishes uses the latest technology that offers a unique and cost effective way to filter water. The system’s mobility also allows for increased flexibility during disaster relief and aid.

The Blessing Basket Project

was founded by Theresa Carrington in 2003 following a difficult personal situation. When friends and family rallied around her -- helping with groceries, home upkeep and other family needs -- she filled a basket in her living room with all of their cards and letters as reminders of her many blessings. During her lectures to women’s groups about overcoming personal tragedy, attendees would ask where they could acquire “blessing baskets” so they could collect their own symbols of triumph and blessings.

The Opportunity Nation Coalition

is a bipartisan, cross-sector national campaign made up of more than 250 non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, community organizations, and individuals all working together to expand economic opportunity and close the opportunity gap in America.

Belize inspiration center 

the Belize Inspiration Center will give children support, care, stimulation and opportunities they need. It will provide a safe place for children to recreate and interact away from the crime and violence that permeates the Belizean society. The Center will cater to children 0-16 years, giving priority to those with special needs and disabilities to create a reverse “integration child care model.” It will also provide specific stimulation and childcare and will also train parents, helping them develop practices at home to stimulate and support their disabled child.

Urban Community Outreach  serves the real-world needs of people looking to improve the quality of their lives. In addition to providing temporary shelter, regular meals, and essential personal care items, the economically disadvantaged are given access to a computer lab where they can search for permanent housing and employment online. They are also provided with document scanning services to upload important papers, saving them within their email so that they always have access in case the originals are lost.

The Child & Family Center  is a nonprofit foundation that began more than 30 years ago with the goal of providing the parents of special needs and emotionally disordered children with special training and resources.

Tomchei Shabbos   provides Kosher food distribution as well as a wide variety of social services. Donations to this amazing organization are welcomed and encouraged by clicking on the enclosed link https://tomcheishabbos.org/contribute/donate/. Every dollar donated will be used to help a family in need.

Zimmer Children’s Museum   is dedicated to inspiring young people of all ages to cultivate a social conscience and embrace their responsibility to help make the world a better place. It is our mission to help young people develop their capacity for creating positive change through interactive learning, creative self-expression and leadership development.

Watsi   provides people the opportunity to help fund urgently needed medical care for patients in underdeveloped countries. Founder Chase Adam was inspired to begin his efforts to unite the poorest of the poor with sophisticated medical care when he saw a woman forced to beg passengers on a bus for the money to fund her son’s surgery. Watsi is named for the Costa Rican Village where Mr. Adam witnessed the woman’s desperate effort for her son.

Charitable Endowment Support  serves as an umbrella to organizations that enhance the life and welfare of people battered by seven common maladies of the impoverished: despair, desolation, oppression, illiteracy, poverty, crime and society’s ills. The non-profit organization seeks humanitarian opportunities around the world where their empowerment programs can address a community’s lack of sufficient economic, education, training, and spiritual resources and offer hope for a brighter future.

Hearts Without Boundaries  has successfully provided thousands of dollars of aid and supplies to Cambodia’s desperate poor. The organization works to improve and expand medical services, schools and orphanages. For every humanitarian operation, all volunteers pay their own travel expenses and transport supplies and equipment themselves.

Project Night Night provides more than 25,000 care packages to homeless children every year, from newborns to pre-adolescents. These care packages consist of a stuffed animal, an age appropriate book, a blanket and a tote bag. The packages are free of charge, and are distributed to homeless shelters throughout the United States.

Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market.

Born out of Whole Foods Market's desire to give something back to those who have helped us succeed while focusing on the persistent problem of world poverty and hunger, our mission is poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.

Union Rescue Mission (URM) is dedicated to serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. We provide comprehensive emergency and long-term services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row.

UCP Wheels for Humanity was founded in 1985 in Studio City, California, where 130 wheelchairs were restored in a residential garage and given to disabled Guatemalan citizens. After only one year, UCP Wheels for Humanity grew so large that the operation was moved to a 10,000 square-foot warehouse in North Hollywood, where more than 60,000 wheelchairs have since been manufactured and donated.

We Care for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve relations across borders through the promotion of health, wellness, and the arts.

We Care for Humanity provides free educational programs to those who are underprivileged by utilizing live streaming technology. These programs include information on financial literacy, beauty and empowerment, fitness and wellness, and health and nutrition.

Humanitarian Projects Blog is a helpful resource for humanitarian projects provided by the Himalayan Institute and VIDA project. You can visit this blog for the most updates on how the Himalayan Institute is making progress to assist needy families in countries such as Mexico, India, and Africa.

 

Children Today (http://www.childrentoday.org) was founded by working mothers Theresa Bixby and Jennifer Fitzgerald- after they saw an infant wandering along a street in Long Beach, California with no parent in sight. The organization advocates for the needs of children in a system that typically sees homelessness as an adult problem.

Smart & Final is a restaurant warehouse store where service industry professionals as well as households find high quality food service supplies at lower-than-retail prices.

Danette Neisinger began Mama D’s Sober Living Home with the goal of providing a safe and non-judgmental environment for people working towards leading healthy, sober lives. The shelter provides weekly 12-step meetings, full kitchen and laundry facilities, cable television, and internet access.

Precious Lamb Preschool is a non-profit organization committed to providing children and families facing homelessness with free, Christ-centered education and care. The preschool serves families living in shelters or transitional programs who have experienced domestic violence, crisis pregnancy, substance abuse and homelessness.

The Guatemala Aid Fund was started by Bethany Eisenberg Zeeb, who adopted two Guatemalan children and, as a result, learned firsthand of the plight of the abandoned children living in the underserved orphanages in Guatemala.

The Himalayan Institute (http://www.himalayaninstitute.org) is a leader in the field of meditation, spirituality, yoga and holistic health. Its goal is to serve the global community by providing humanitarian, spiritual, educational and medical programs that unify Eastern and Western spirituality, wisdom, technology and science.

Welcomed to the philanthropic scene only four years ago, Vittana (vittana.org) has been called innovative and a “game changer.” It partners with microfinance institutions throughout the developing world to create and support student lending programs. Its mission is to empower young people with the education and training they need to build a life of prosperity and opportunity. Every one of the students featured on Vittana’s website is real. All sponsors have to do is pick one, and then put them through school.

The Young Storytellers Foundation (http://www.youngstorytellers.com) is a volunteer initiative that provides sequential arts education programs to public elementary schools, with plans to branch into middle and high school. Schools and school districts do not pay for the Young Storytellers Foundation services; the program operates entirely with funds contributed from donors and friends of the program.

Sylvia’s Serenity Sober Living (sssoberlivinginc.com) has three locations; two in Riverside, California and one in Hemet, California. These homes are all fully furnished, have onsite mentoring and bible study programs and have internet access for online job searches. Transportation to treatment centers and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings is provided.

The I AM Foundation (iamfoundation.org) seeks to empower children and adults to make a positive difference in our world by publishing and gifting books and music with inspiring messages. The Foundation's signature publication, “The I AM! Affirmation Book” contains 32 positive statements that focus on what is good and right and helps children and adults face their fears and go on to succeed. The messages also inspire readers to share their talents and gifts in order to make a positive difference in the world.

Hands for Hope (hands4hope.org) was founded in 2000 as an after-school and single parent resource program to serve predominately low-income minority youth and their families in North Hollywood. Created to address the “latchkey child” syndrome, H4H provides a safe a supportive environment where at-risk youth are nurtured and can evolve into their best selves. After-school programs provide a safe place to be from 3-7 pm, the crucial hours when many children are unattended, unsupervised and vulnerable to the many enticements of the streets.

Swords to Plowshares (swords-to-plowshares.org) is a community-based, not for profit veteran service organization that provides comprehensive care to thousands of veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares has a long track record of success helping veterans lead stable and healthy lives.

GO Campaign (gocampaign.org) is a non-profit organization formed to enhance the lives of children and young adults throughout the world. Partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions, GO Campaign connects donors with high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities. The Campaign’s global partners develop programs to provide children and young adults with basic human needs such as shelter, food, clean water, education, medical care, vocational training, and income-generating activities.

BookEnds is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 when eight year old Brandon Keefe compelled his third grade classmates to donate books from their homes to a local children’s home where his mother worked. Brandon’s compassionate effort was the beginning of Bookends and turned out to be the first of literally thousands of book drives! Today, his mother Robin Keefe is the organization’s president and together they have mobilized more than 220,000 young people to collect, sort and deliver over 2.1 million books to children in Southern California.