Changemaker Nomination: DASH Sports Education

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to DASH Sports Educationdashcamp.org

Here’s what Lucas has to say about this fearless organization:

“Because they are helpers! They live with diabetes, and they give back to the diabetes community through sports programs, empowering diabetes education and love. Their work is located in low income neighborhoods suffering from diabetes. In affluent areas (Menlo Park) they are building a relationship with suffering poor communities (East Palo) Health clinics to transport a diverse range of youth living with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Their goal is to build a family around diabetes to reinforce positive identities built through sports.”

A little more info:

“Through the pedagogy of sports and shared experience we seek to empower, support and sustain positive diabetes identities in youth, their friends/family members and the general population of diverse communities. People living with diabetes must overcome the anxiety of potential seizures, constant planning and discrimination when playing sports. To live with diabetes one has to be a work horse, and playing sports you have to work even harder, which is why DASH provides a safe environment, athletic role models and years of expert experience that creates a loving family around individuals, families and communities living with diabetes so they can DASH to success!”

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Changemaker Nomination: Save America’s Forests

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Save America’s Forestssaveamericasforests.org

Here’s what Elaine has to say about this fearless organization:

“Save America’s Forests brings to Congress and citizens a scientific understanding of our global need to protect forests — for water quality, air quality, habitat and indigenous rights.

From protecting the California redwoods to documenting risks of development in Ecuador and Peru — Save Americas Forests provides effective leadership and support to forest activists and tribal communities in key regions world wide. Also important, is the ongoing long term effort to further legislation that would stop the clear-cutting and protect special areas of America’s National Forests.”

A little more info:

42_SaveAmericasForests“Save America’s Forests is the nationwide campaign to protect and restore America’s wild and natural forests.

Citizen involvement is how our laws are made. Help shape U.S. forest protection policy.
Become an activist, a group or business member, or an individual supporter.
Together, we can protect and restore America’s wild and natural forests!”

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Changemaker Nomination: Mark Hecker, LICSW

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Mark Hecker, LICSW: www.reachincorporated.org

Here’s what Judy has to say about this fearless individual:

“Mark Hecker has created an extraordinary model for addressing a significant literacy challenge among the students of the District of Columbia’s Public Schools. 85% of the city’s students do not read at grade level when they enter 9th grade, a problem that develops as early as 3rd grade for most students. Mark’s nonprofit, Reach Incorporated, uses a highly creative approach to addressing these issues. He trains low-performing adolescents to create lesson plans grounded in the principles of literacy development and to serve as tutors for low-performing elementary students in their neighborhoods. The teens gain proficiency in reading skills without being made to feel inadequate, and the elementary students gain both a cherished, cool mentor and a literacy instructor in the process. Both students benefit enormously from this very special relationship. This early stage social venture has the potential to change thousands of young lives. Mark and Reach Incorporated are worthy of support.”

A little more info:

41_ReachInc“85% of DC public school students do not read at grade level when they enter 9th grade. These problems develop early; proficiency by 3rd grade is critically important.

You may see two challenges. We see one solution.

Reach Incorporated uses an innovative, three-pronged model:

Training: Two days each week, teachers guide our adolescent tutors in preparing lesson plans grounded in the core components of literacy development.

Tutoring: On two alternating days, our tutors provide reading instruction to elementary school students in need of support.

Compensation: Our tutors are paid for program participation and can earn raises based on performance in and after school.

Reach Incorporated is a 2011 winner of the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship, an honor bestowed upon the most promising early-stage social innovations in the world. The organization was also recently highlighted as a 2012 Social Innovation Rockstar.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Tashmica Torok, The Firecracker Foundation

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Tashmica Torok, The Firecracker Foundationthefirecrackerfoundation.org

Here’s what Melissa has to say about this fearless individual:

“I have recently come in contact with the most amazing foundation headed up by one fearless woman. Her name is Tashmica Torok and she has started The Firecracker Foundation, dedicated to honoring the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma with a community invested in the healing of their whole being. Through mentoring, yoga, art, and community; Tashmica is finding ways to help heal and encourage people of all ages who have been victimized as children. She is one fearless Changemaker!”

40_FirecrackerFoundationA little more info:

“Mission Statement: Honoring the bravery of children who have survived sexual trauma with a community invested in the healing of their whole being.

Vision Statements:

  • We believe in the healing power of quality therapy that is rooted in consistency, faithfulness and deep trust.
  • We believe in fostering a community committed to learning how to protect their children and sharing that knowledge with others.
  • We believe that delving into the arts can provide a healing outlet that supports the work done in therapy.
  • We believe that physical exercise helps children reconnect their hearts to their body while building confidence in their abilities.
  • We believe that through the collaboration of our community resources, we can provide families with the resources they need to break the cycle of abuse in our generation.
  • We believe that the adult survivors in our community are uniquely qualified to mentor, serve and advocate for children on their path to healing.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Purrfect Pals

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Purrfect Palspurrfectpals.org

Here’s what Jennifer has to say about this fearless organization:

“I’m writing to ask you to consider helping a remarkable no-kill shelter and sanctuary for cats, the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. At Purrfect Pals, no limits are put on what constitutes an “adoptable” animal; we’ve found homes for blind cats, three-legged ones, cats as old as 20, feral kittens that require months in foster homes to learn to trust, and more.

We’re a regional rescue group, not only taking in unwanted cats around Puget Sound, but also working hard to lower the high euthanasia rates at other shelters in our state, rescuing over a thousand cats a year from these groups and adopting them out to loving families. Many of the cats we take in from other shelters are ill or injured and require months of care from our volunteers before they can be put up for adoption. We believe those cats deserve to find happy homes every bit as much as healthy cats do, and for them, every penny truly counts!

Thank you so much for your consideration.

>^..^< ”

A little more info:

39_PurrfectPals“Purrfect Pals was born from the tireless dedication of a woman who has committed her life to cats: Kathy Centala. Kathy founded Purrfect Pals in 1988, originally as a boarding facility for cats which also helped the occasional homeless cat. Quickly Kathy found herself taking in more and more orphaned cats, overwhelming her small Brier, Washington home.

In the early 1990s Kathy moved Purrfect Pals to a spacious 5 acre spread in rural Arlington, Washington. By converting her new home into a shelter, Kathy was able to provide a comfortable sanctuary to hundreds of cats. And best of all for Kathy, she gets to sleep with 20 cats every night!

Because of our rural location, Purrfect Pals has pioneered off-site adoption events and placement of cats in partner pet stores. In the early years we placed just a few dozen cats every year, but now we’ve grown to the point where we place more than 2,500 cats every year through our shelter and more than 20 off-site locations across Puget Sound.

The Purrfect Pals sanctuaries have become one of the most important cat resources in all of North America. Our comfortable sanctuary spaces for feral cats, cats with Leukemia, cats with FIV, and cats with behavioral issues set a standard for cat comfort and care.

In the late 1990s we opened the Purrfect Pals Cat Hospital on our campus to provide top-quality care for our shelter cats and also to provide free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries to low-income families, as well as free surgeries for feral cats. Annually our veterinarians perform more than 2,000 surgeries.

Purrfect Pals has become well-known for our two signature events: the Black Cat Ball and the Average Joe Cat Show. The Black Cat Ball is held the final Sunday in October. A gala auction and gourmet dinner, the Black Cat Ball raises money for the shelter. The Average Joe Cat Show is a fun cat show for family cats. The Average Joe Cat Show is held every year in Spring.

Purrfect Pals is currently the northwest’s largest cat-only adoption organization and sanctuary.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Julie Adelman

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Julie Adelmanwww.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/julie-adelman-gktw/wdwmarathonweekend2014

Here’s what JoDee has to say about this fearless individual:

“Quotes from Julie’s page:

‘For those who know me, know I am a dedicated mother to three wonderful young men. Being a single mother, I know what it is like to balance a career, children, children’s school work, and scouting efforts, but I am also actively serving our country in the United States Air Force Reserves. Add into the mix a training schedule that has me preparing for a new and amazing adventure…..

In January of 2014, I will be running the Walt Disney World® Marathon/Half Marathon as part of the Run GKTW (Give Kids the World) Team… Additionally, I am dedicating this run to my father, who passed in August 2012, and my friend, David, who died May 8th, 2013, of cancer. My goal is to raise $3,000 for Give Kids The World, a non-profit that exists solely to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. These deserving families are treated to week long fantasy vacations to Central Florida where accommodations, attraction tickets, entertainment, meals and more are all provided at no cost.’

There is so much to say about what Julie is trying to accomplish and why…she is only 57% of the way to her goal as of today and your help would mean the world to her.

Thank you for considering a donation to her cause :-)”

A little more info:

38_GiveTheKidsTheWorldAbout Give Kids The World:  The most magical sound in the world is that of a child’s laughter. That is what fills the air at Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a fanciful, carefree retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their deserving families.

GKTW is a 70-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. While at the Village children and their families are treated to weeklong cost-free fantasy vacations, complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attractions tickets, meals and much more. These children learn that dreams really do come true as they and their families and immersed in joy, love and hope for a few unforgettable happy days- a most welcomed escape from the weight of their challenging circumstances.

Since 1986, GKTW has hosted families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. The extraordinary, life-changing experience that GKTW offers is a gift made possible only thorough the generosity of countless corporations and individuals like you.

About Julie: Dedicated to running my first half marathon with Karen Bonk. For many reasons. To celebrate our upcoming 40th bdays. To give back to GKTW for their role in Patricks life. To remind self that life is short. In memory of my father & friend, David.”

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Changemaker Nomination: City Harvest

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to City Harvestwww.cityharvest.org

Here’s what Kyle has to say about this fearless organization:

“Great idea and thank you for working to make a difference. It all adds up. We in City Harvest work to rescue all the good healthy excess food in New York for our over 400 hunger relief agencies. Any assistance in supporting our mission is greatly appreciated.”

A little more info:

37_CityHarvestNYC“More than 1.7 million New Yorkers live in poverty, struggling to afford basic necessities such as rent and medical care while trying to put food on their tables. As more people are affected by the recession and high unemployment in New York City, the need for emergency food has increased dramatically.

City Harvest is and always has been the New York City community’s response to hunger. We link the food industry and countless organizations, foundations, corporations and private citizens together to help feed their hungry neighbors. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers who face hunger each year.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Animal Protectorates

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to The Animal Protectorateswww.tapsusa.org and www.burbankcrops.com

Here’s what Shelley has to say about this fearless organization:

“The Animal Protectorates (TAPS) under the dba of CROPSusa (Citizens for Rescue-Only Pet Stores) helped pass ordinances in Burbank and Glendale, California whereby pet stores can only “sell” animals that come from local shelters, rescue groups or humane societies.  This takes a bite out of the cruel puppy mill industry.  Additionally, TAPS recently became involved in taking on Riverside County after it let a hoarder kill likely thousands of dogs over a 17 years period on a remote vacant parcel.  TAPS traced the hoarder to multiple counties and connected the dots to more killing, including euthanasia of 40 dogs and dogs in freezers.  TAPS is now working with state legislators to enact an animal abuse registry in California — which would follow New York passing such legislation.  TAPS is bold and professional — comprised of attorneys and other animal welfare advocates who have been involved in animal welfare for decades.”

A little more info:

36_TAPSUSA36_BurbankCROPS“OUR TREATY : The specific purpose of The Animal Protectorates (TAPS)  is to facilitate the direct protection of animals in every possible way;  provide sponsorship for, and financial support to programs and organizations involving animal welfare;  provide outreach and education to promote an increased awareness of animal cruelty;  encourage every citizen to become active,  involved and responsible animal guardians; promote the legal re-classification of animals to a category other than property; and, to carry on other charitable activities associated with these goals as allowed by law.”

“C.R.O.P.S. stands for “Citizens for Rescue-Only Pet Stores.”

We are a dedicated group of Burbank residents, volunteering our time in an effort to add our city of Burbank to an ever-growing list of cities in the Greater-L.A.-area who are banning the retail sale of pets.

C.R.O.P.S. works with local animal welfare organizations, adoption centers and rescue groups to facilitate and promote adoption/rescue pets through events, word of mouth and social media. We help set up events at retail establishments within our community as to provide additional venues for homeless pets to be showcased, so that our community has an easy alternative to adopt rather than purchasing online, from a pet store (puppy mill supplier) or irresponsible breeder.

A “paradigm shift” is occurring, replacing the former way of thinking and doing business. People generally want to be part of a solution and businesses such as pet stores are embracing the opportunity to help animal shelters and rescue groups by hosting adoption events, or adopting out homeless animals from shelters rather than obtaining them from commercial breeders (a.k.a. puppy mills).”

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Changemaker Nomination: Our Humanity in the Balance

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Our Humanity in the Balanceourhumanityinthebalance.org

Here’s what Laura has to say about this fearless organization:

“They strive to protect civilians in conflict zones and fight against genocide. There are 1000s and 1000s of the world’s population who fall through the cracks and this organization is looking out for their well-being.”

A little more info:

35_OurHumanityInTheBalance“In 1993, at the opening of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, there were many who said “Never again.” One year later a panga blade split the first Rwandan head, then 800,000 more. Are genocides and crimes against humanity scourges that will pass only after they have run their course and hundreds of thousands have died? Can no one stop the killing?

The United Nations and its member nations have failed and disappointed in profound ways. Those who are targeted by killers are often villagers who have the misfortune to come from a different ethnic or religious group. These ordinary individuals placed their hopes in the UN, trusting that the UN could protect them and their families, and many met death still thinking the UN might save them.

We have seen civilian populations in conflict areas. We have seen those who have lost hope. We have shared their fear and felt helpless with them. Today, we no longer feel helpless.

We will go where we need to go to protect civilians in conflict zones and to prevent or stop genocide.”

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