How many times have we said to ourselves that we would like to help others but then the thought seems to stop right there? Can I really make a difference? What group to get involved with? How would I contact them?
Here are some organizations that we believe in and actively support – groups that help people, animals and our planet.
We’re pleased to sponsor the Versitas Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving, actively enrolled college student in an Accredited Post Secondary Institution with one of the following majors: Business Administration, Human Resources, Management, Business & MBA, Adult Education.
Our goal is to help students with their education, so they can go on in their careers to help others.
To learn more, visit versitas.com/scholarship.
The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Their popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred internet recruiting tool for more than 30,000 nonprofit organizations.
To learn more about VolunteerMatch and how you can participate, visit them at www.volunteermatch.org.
Based in San Rafael, California, Guide Dogs for the Blind is a nonprofit, charitable organization with a mission to provide Guide Dogs and training in their use to visually impaired people throughout the United States and Canada. Their dogs and services are free to those they serve, thanks to the generosity of donors and support of volunteers.
They are devoted to promoting the human/animal bond. We had the opportunity to attend a recent guide dog graduating class ceremony and it was incredible. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was a very moving day and reconfirmed why we felt this was such a worthy organization.
To learn more about Guide Dogs for the Blind and how you can participate, visit them at www.guidedogs.com.
Young Ryan Hreljac demonstrates the power of one individual and what they can do to bring about change. Ryan has been raising funds for local water well projects in developing countries with the help of many others, since the age of six.
His inspirational work has helped to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Africa who might not otherwise have been able to lead healthy, normal lives. The organization is now responsible for the building of over 250 water wells in 12 countries. Ryans story shows the power of what one person can do.
To learn more about the Ryans Well Foundation and how you can participate, visit them at www.ryanswell.ca.
We’ve all heard about Koko, the amazing lowland gorilla who learned to speak American Sign Language when she was just a baby. Her teacher, Dr. Penny Patterson, continues to work with Koko to this day.
Koko has become famous not only for her language capabilities, but also her heart-warming relationship with kittens (captured in the book Koko’s Kitten). As Penny says, “she’s just as much a person as we are.” Today, Koko has a vocabulary of more than 1,500 words and continues to learn more.
To learn more about this groundbreaking research, visit them at www.koko.org.
In more than 8000 villages around the world, The Hunger Project empowers local people to create lasting, self-reliant improvements in health, education, nutrition, food production and family income. The Hunger Project is a strategic organization and global movement committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.
To learn more about the Hunger Project and how you can participate, visit them at www.hungerproject.org.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
To learn more about the Nature Conservancy and how you can participate, visit them at www.nature.org.
To learn more about the Cousteau Society and how you can participate, visit them at www.cousteau.org.
The World Wildlife Fund leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2 million members in the U.S. and another 4 million worldwide.
WWF is the world’s largest privately financed conservation organization. It directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: saving endangered species, protecting endangered habitats and addressing global threats such as toxic pollution, over-fishing and climate change. From working to save the giant panda and bringing back the Asian rhino to establishing and helping to manage parks and reserves worldwide, WWF has been a conservation leader for more than 40 years.
To learn more about the World Wildlife Fund and how you can participate, visit them at www.worldwildlife.org.
The mission of Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest) is to create a hunger-free America. They distribute food and grocery products through a nationwide network of certified affiliates, increase public awareness of domestic hunger, and advocate for policies that benefit America’s hungry.
Their network includes more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations, serving every county in the U.S. The effectiveness and operating efficiency of this network depends on the cooperation of food banks, food-rescue organizations, service agencies, donors, and national programs.
To learn more about Feeding America and how you can participate, visit them at www.feedingamerica.org.
To learn more about the Make A Wish Foundation and how you can participate, visit them at www.wish.org.