All posts by Linda Allen

Canines for Disabled Kids

Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) is a fairly new charity (established in 1998). This group offers assistance dogs to children under age 12 who have physical disabilities, hearing disabilities, or autism. Since it started, CDK has sponsored more than 80 assistance dogs. Besides aiding with everyday tasks, these assistance animals give companionship to the little ones, assisting them in developing responsibility and confidence.

The objective of CDK is to endorse the conception of child-canine service teams to inspire social awareness and independence. They achieve this by:

  • Encouraging guidance, referrals and advocacy which helps families in deciding if a service dog is the right tool for their child and then seeking the right service dog training program to fulfil their child’s specific needs
  • Providing scholarships for the families of children with disabilities to help with the cost of training a service pet
  • Presenting educational programs to civic groups, schools, businesses, and other community organizations, intended to deliver information which makes those communities more accessible and friendly to child-canine teams.

Canines for Disabled Kids (CDK) started in 1998 as an offshoot of the NEADS Dog for Deaf and Disabled American’s training program. Not many assistance dog programs are eager to offer trained assistance dogs for little children. CDK recognized a need and did something to filled it. It was conceivable to train animals to aid children with hearing impairments, disabled children, and autistic children in the classrooms.

In an effort to enrich the courage, independence and education of children with disabilities across the nation, they began to sponsor dogs that would work with the child and the parents. Soon, hundreds of applications were arriving to the program. Since 1998, CDK has sponsored more than 150 assistance pets, dogs that can aid children with different disabilities, and some with the parents as helpers.

PAWS Chicago

Every year, PAWS Chicago saves more than 4,500 homeless dogs and cats. After the rescue, the 1st stop is at PAWS Chicago’s Medical Center, the place where all animals get personalized medical care, vaccinations, and spray/neuter from qualified veterinarians. While numerous are in good health and all set for adoption, most of them, approximately roughly 2,500 animals yearly, need more medical treatment.

PAWS Chicago is typically the last hope for these cats and dogs, in particular those bearing injuries and illnesses that other rescues aren’t able to treat.

PAWS Chicago is the only shelter that has the medical resources and medical crew to offer extensive, and usually crucial, medical care for injured, sick animals. There are plans to develop the present medical center so that they can increase the number of dogs and cats being treated at PAWS.

The expansion of the medical center will renovate a little over 15,000 square feet of current uncompleted and undefined space into an innovative medical facility. This new medical center will enable PAWS Chicago to take in and treat more animals. The extension will also double their:

  • Surgery room capacity
  • Isolation space
  • Suite space for homeless dogs and cats
  • Quarantine area
  • Volunteer center
  • Play area
  • Foster care program

Paula and Alexis Fasseas (PAWS founders) “a-ha” moment came when the couple saved a stray dog in 1996 in Crete. The dog was killed once tourist season was over. The couple was appalled Greece treats its homeless dogs with so inhumane. They were driven to help homeless animals back home.

In 1998, PAWS Chicago began with an adoption affair, Angels with Tails. The message that homeless animals necessitated to be saved was taken to the public. The affair was held on the streets and in the store in the high-end North Michigan Avenue area. Local businesses passionately agreed to display the dogs and cats in their storefront windows.

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade: The Walk to End Breast Cancer

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade strives to advance breast cancer outcomes and lessen inequalities in survival rates across the US in each community. Their strategic grant creates a universal and place-based approach in much-needed communities around the nation. There is also their devotion to promoting to medical advances and support services for breast cancer patients, particularly those from low-income neighborhoods. They have a deep commitment to financing the research on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade centers on care and pursues to helping everyone who has been or will be affected by breast cancer, aiding those who are at a high risk for being diagnosed with the disease, but also advancing research in finding better treatments and finally finding a cure.

Since its establishment, the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has aided over 10 million educational encounters via their outreach program, which promotes community-based organizations around the nation to give culturally competent outreach and education, uniting underserved communities to early detection programs.

The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade upholds patient navigator programs at Safety Net Hospitals to aid patients in understanding and overcoming the difficult medical maze that comes after getting a breast cancer diagnosis and the complexities in getting access to top-quality and timely breast cancer treatment. Today, Avon Access to Care Programs have bestowed over 750 grants that total over $230 million to over 200 hospitals across the nation. The aim of these programs is to assist women and men who might go through the cracks of the healthcare system gain access to superior breast cancer services and the most advanced medical treatment.

Funding goes towards the seven Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Centers of Excellence, all situated at major academic medical centers. These grants let these centers create new programs to reach and treat underserved individuals in their communities.

Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) teaches prison inmates to train explosive detection canines for law enforcement and service animals for war veterans who are wounded.

Puppies are given to the prisoners when they are 8 and they live with them for around two years. As the puppies grow into well-behaved and well-loved dogs, the prisoners understand what it requires to add to society rather than take away from it. PBB programs give the healing and love of dogs to many people each year. The animals give pride and hope to the prisoners and security and independence to those they assist.

Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) was founded in July 1997, when the founder learned of a guide dog/prison program that was in Gainesville, Florida operated by veterinarian Dr. Lane. He began the first prison/guide dog program in the nation and it was thought of as a magnificent idea.

The 1st PBB was at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, the only maximum-security prison for women in NY and classes began the first week in October.  Two puppies were let in and 7 weeks later on January 1998, there were 5 Labrador retriever puppies living in the prison with their trainers, nurtured and loved by 10 female inmates.

At Puppies Behind Bars, they feel that dogs can alter lives for the good. These dogs can transform the lives of prison inmates who erected walls around their emotions so they can survive in prison.  These dogs can enrich the lives of law enforcement agents who are examining for hidden explosives and realize that the noses on their canine companions are the truest ways to discovering something, and they can enhance the lives of wounded war veterans for whom, in most cases, war has begun to feel normal while being home has felt really scary.

Treehouse Humane Society

The aim of Treehouse Humane Society is to rehabilitate and rescue injured, sick, abandoned and abused stray cats. Located in Chicago, IL, this no-kill organization accepts in-need felines from all over the city and suburbs.

Tree House is a humane society that upholds the inherent value of all animals and tries to school the public about responsible and proper animal care with an emphasis on the placement of stray cats with distinctive emotional and physical needs. They are devoted to have all treatable and healthy animals in a home.

Since being established, Tree House has fabricated progressive and unique approaches to animal welfare that not only enriches the lives of companion animals in every community, but also give a bigger awareness of animal welfare problems to the general public.

Admission/Adoption: Tree House’s main mission focuses around the rescue of neglected and sick cats. Since 1970, Tree House has helped more than 20,000 cats.

Spay/Neuter Program: Tree House has neutered over 25,000 animals through public spay/neuter services and their community Cats/T-N-R (trap-neuter-return) program.

They are always seeking support for their ongoing efforts to recover abused, injured, neglected and sick stray cats. Your donation lets them keep on rescuing all the defenseless animals in need and give crucial medical treatment, comfort, and care as well as continue their rehab efforts to aid these deserving furry little ones find permanent owners and residences.

Your support also allows them to aid hundreds of other animals via their services like Pet Food Pantry, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) Education Outreach, Animal Assisted Therapy, Grief Counseling, and Animal Behavior Counseling programs.

Tree House has been given a rating by Charity Navigator of being a four-star charity, which means most of their funding is utilized for their services and programs instead of fundraising and administrative costs. Tree House also possesses a BBB favorable rating. Every dollar counts!

Hosana/Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing is a global business that make audio Bibles. It is managed by a NPO and has audio Bibles accessible worldwide in over 850 languages, generally the New Testament. The group has a four-star Charity Navigator Rating and is a part of the Forum of Bible Agencies International. The president is organizer Gerald (Jerry) Jackson.

The ministry, which started under the name “Hosanna”, was created in 1972 by Jerry and his wife Annette as a library that loaned tapes with Christian themes and concepts offered by various instructors. The notion for making audio Bibles came from a missionary visit of theirs to a Hopi Indian reservation, where they saw that Bibles translated into the Hopi language weren’t being used because of enduring illiteracy. It came into the international marketplace in 1986, when the ministry started working with many Haitian missionaries to tape a Creole translation of the Bible. From 1986 on, the ministry used donations and revenues to tape translations of the Bible into various different languages. In 1991, its 1st international recording office was established in Ghana. The recordings utilize theatrical effects, like music and sound effects. The organization partnered with numerous Bible distributors and translators.

Faith Comes by Hearing has Bible recordings in over 1,000 languages voiced by over five billion people. Over 400 million folks in practically every country have been touched via their vast range of programs and their audio Bibles.

Deaf Bible Society is a group that promote sign language Bible translations and to involve Deaf people organizations with the gospel. The Bible should be limitless and accessible just like God and His Word. Whether it’s free Bible apps to Audio Bible proclaimers and podcasts, our objective is to offer people around the world free access to God’s Word via audio Bibles in any translated language.

Walking for AIDS

Over 30,000 people in the US are infected with AIDS every year and the majority of them are Black women. Black women account for over 75% of new HIV cases.

With these devastating statistics, what is the answer? Some businesses are stepping up with charity contributions backing the cause and assisting in various ways.

Roche Children’s Walk

Roche, a pharmaceutical business that created Invirase and Viracept (HIV protease inhibitors) hasn’t put in for any medical patents in Africa and under developed nations. What this connotates is that these countries (devastated by HIV/AIDS) can fabricate and sell inexpensive, generic versions of the drugs without watching people die by the thousands.

Roche is committed to bringing awareness of AIDS to those around the world. The entire company is working sincerely to address the issue through its Global Employee AIDS Walk in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

The employees at Roche have been participating in the company’s AIDS walk for over two years. Throughout the years, over 15,000 employees from over 40 countries walked to raise money for AIDS. The company matched all the pledges that were obtained by employees.

A part of the funds is given to local AIDS charities, such as the NJ AIDS Partnership. The majority of the money goes to children in Africa that are orphans due to the AIDS crisis. The funds are used to purchase clean water, shelter, food, books, sewing machines, clothing, and bedding. And as you might have considered, the funds are also used to manufacture AIDS/HIV medicine.

If you don’t know or you are unsure of how HIV is spread, here’s the facts. HIV is spread by having sex with an individual who is already invested with the virus. Additionally, HIV can be contracted by sharing needles with someone who has the HIV virus. A person can also contract AIDS via tainted blood and a baby can get HIV if his/her mother has the virus.

Meals on Wheels

Folks do care and do care about helping others. Regrettably, with the economy going downhill, most people are typically more concerned about where they will be living, and if they can purchase food for themselves before considering buying food for others.   Today’s economy has increased the number of poor folks across the nation.

Food is our most crucial need for survival. If you have an old, outdated car sitting in your driveway or garage, why not donate it? A lot of folks can profit from your donated vehicle? Moreover, you never know…one day, it might be you in the line for free food.

In reality, it hinges on the individual who donates where her/his contribution goes. There are hundreds of charities out there. If you go on the internet and put “car donation” in Google, you’ll be bombarded with numerous charities. A lot of them will tell you that donating a car is simple. But, pump the brakes. Before you give your car away, you must be sure to get all the facts about donating a car.

Your vehicle will be put to use in a meals program only if the charity you donate it to has this type of agenda. Don’t hesitate to ask what are the organization’s objectives. If you and your selected charity can’t agree on a certain set of goals, then keep it moving and look for another charity. The inner workings of a charity aren’t that difficult. A donated car can be driven by an individual who is carrying out the meal-on-wheels program or it can be auctioned off to raise money for the donated food.

The bottom line is one day, if you live long enough, you might see your old vehicle parked at the curb, and a charity worker ringing your bell with free meals in hand.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success was started In 1996 by Nancy Lublin. She teamed up with three nuns in her area and, identifying a crucial need that was not being filled, founded Dress for Success in the basement of a church in Manhattan that same year. From that original basement boutique, the mission of Dress for Success spread over all of North America and then across the globe, demonstrating that achieving economic independence is a challenge that all women face regardless of their location, language, customs or culture.

Two years after forming, Dress for Success is now in 22 different cities throughout the United States, and in 1999 they established their first international location. Today, there are more than  149 Dress for Success affiliates in 26 countries — these numbers increase every year.

Dress for Success Worldwide is located in New York and oversees our global affiliate network.  Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. They provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but also focus on more than the clothes. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, their programs furnish women with a confidence that she can carry forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

Food Bank of New York City

Hunger in America is a growing problem for thousands of families everyday. Being hungry can affect all areas of your life, from being able to concentrate at home or at work, to poor health and chronic conditions from malnutrition. In New York City, one organization is trying to make a difference. Founded on research showing that approximately two million New Yorkers are at risk of hunger and that more than half of city households with children would not be able to afford food for their families within three months of the loss of a job or household income, the Food Bank of New York City wants to fill that gap.

In 1983, leaders of the city’s pioneering soup kitchens and food pantries gathered to create a solution to best meet their needs in serving their communities. The result was their founding of Food Bank. That Food Bank has since provided more than 1 Billion Meals FOR New York City.

Today, Food Bank delivers 120 nutritious meals every minute to a network of over 1,000 charities and schools, serving 1.5 million New Yorkers. Their food delivery work begins with the choices made by charity members on behalf of their communities and ends with the strategic targeting of the city’s meal gap to ensure that the most vulnerable are adequately served. Every day, tractor trailer trucks are filled to capacity with vital meals and fresh produce.

The Food Bank For New York City  has a network of approximately 1,200 emergency and community food providers, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, as well as senior, youth and rehabilitation centers. Food Bank of New York City helps to provide approximately 400,000 free meals daily.

According to the organization’s 2013 Annual Report, Food Bank is the largest anti-hunger network in the United States, providing “food and services responsible for 72.5 million meals a year”.