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There are so many wonderful organizations that tirelessly advocate for the causes you are most passionate about. below are just a handful of organizations that are doing all the good they can to build a better tomorrow. by clicking on the a link, you will be brought directly to a page providing information as to how you can do good through that organization.
Organization: Children's Defense Fund
Purpose/Mission: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) provides a strong, effective and independent voice for all the children of America who cannot vote, lobby or speak for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs of poor children, children of color and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive investments before they get sick, drop out of school, get into trouble or suffer family breakdown.
Organization: Feeding America
Purpose/Mission: According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Feeding America serves twelve million children, over 3.5 million of whom are ages 5 and under.
Purpose/Mission: ChildHelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. The organization focus on advocacy, prevention, intervention, treatment and community outreach.
Organization: National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA)
Purpose/Mission: The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive.
Organization: Stand For Children
Purpose/Mission: Stand For Children's mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training. To make that happen, the organization: (1) educates and empowers parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent public schools; (2) advocates for effective local, state and national education policies and investments; (3) ensures the policies and funding they advocate for reach classrooms and help students, and; (4) elects courageous leaders who will stand up for their priorities.
Organization: Community Options, Inc.
Purpose/Mission: Community Options, Inc. believes in the dignity of every person and in the freedom of all people to experience the highest degree of self-determination. Embracing this philosophy, the organization works with individuals with significant disabilities through residential services, day programs, social enterprises that employ individuals with disabilities, high school transition programs, and specialized programs for respite and medically fragile adults.
Organization: Special Olympics
Purpose/Mission: The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. This gives 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.
Purpose/Mission: The AbleRoad website and apps allow people with disabilities and medical conditions - including those who use a wheelchair or have other mobility, vision, hearing or cognitive disabilities - and their families and caregivers to review any public space or business. Each review helps people with disabilities "to know before you go" the accessibility of a restaurant or business.
Organization: PACER Center
Purpose/Mission: The PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others.
Organization: Best Buddies International
Purpose/Mission: Best Buddies International is an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down Syndrome, Autism, Fragile X, Williams Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.
Organization: Community Initiatives For Visiting Immigrants In Confinement (CIVIC
Purpose/Mission: Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC) is a nationwide network of concerned individuals who are rising up in outrage to address the broken immigration system and the effects it has on human life. CIVIC demands that the public have a right to visit and support immigrants in detention. CIVIC’s visitation programs help ensure that the government remains accountable to human rights standards through weekly independent, community oversight.
Organization: National Network For Immigrant And Refugee Rights
Purpose/Mission: The National Network For Immigrant And Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Since its founding in 1986, the organization has drawn membership from diverse immigrant communities, and actively builds alliances with social and economic justice partners around the country. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all.
Organization: Young Center For Immigrant Children's Rights
Purpose/Mission: The Young Center believes that all immigrants deserve to be safe. The organization understands that children who flee violence, abuse and poverty need an advocate, not an adversary. The mission of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights is to promote the best interests of unaccompanied immigrant children with due regard to the child’s expressed wishes, according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and state and federal law.
Organization: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Purpose/Mission: The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. The organization protects the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. HIAS advocates for the protection of refugees and assures that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve.
Organization: New American Workforce
Purpose/Mission: The New American Workforce works with businesses to assist their eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship process so they become full participants in the workplace, community and economy. Statistics show a direct correlation between immigrant integration and happier, more effective workers, which directly impacts business profitability.
Organization: The Trevor Project
Purpose/Mission: The mission of The Trevor Project is to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people. The organization works to fulfill this mission through four strategies: (1) provide crisis counseling to LGBTQ young people thinking of suicide; (2) offer resources, supportive counseling and a sense of community to LGBTQ young people to reduce the risk that they become suicidal; (3) educate young people and adults who interact with young people on LGTBQ-competent suicide prevention, risk detection and response; (4) advocate for laws and policies that will reduce suicide among LGBTQ young people
Purpose/Mission: Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation's largest family and ally organization. Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Purpose/Mission: As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality. HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Organization: The Ali Forney Center
Purpose/Mission: The Ali Forney Center's (AFC) mission is to protect LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. AFC’s clients come from all walks of life. More than 80% are kicked out of their homes for being who they are. The remainder run away due to abuse, neglect, or a combination of rejection and abuse. About half of our clients come to us from other states and some are even from around the world. 49% of their clients are male, 29% are female 22% are transgender. 60% of AFC’s clients are African American, 30% are Latino, and 10% are white; 90% of clients are uninsured and the majority do not even have proper identification. 75% have a history with the police. At least 20% are HIV positive.
Organization: Atticus Circle
Purpose/Mission: Atticus Circle educates and mobilizes straight people to advance equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) partners, parents, and their children. The organization provides information about the rights of parents and partners denied on the basis of sexual orientation. They seek to create cultural and attitudinal change by helping people understand the unique challenges and discrimination same gender couples and their families face, and by encouraging acceptance of all families and partnerships.
RACIAL + CULTURAL EQUALITY
Purpose/Mission: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
Organization: Anti-Defamation League
Purpose/Mission: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Now the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.
Organization: Council On American-Islamic Relations
Purpose/Mission: The Council On American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) civil rights department counsels, mediates and advocates on behalf of Muslims and others who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation or hate crimes. The department works to protect and defend the constitutional rights of American Muslims, thereby supporting the rights of all Americans.
Organization: National Urban League
Purpose/Mission: The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically under-served urban communities. The organization spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.
Organization: Center For Native American Youth
Purpose/Mission: The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy. The organization fulfills its mission through four priority strategies: youth inspiration, advocacy, policy change, and serving as a resource platform. In order to address the needs and improve the social and physical well-being of Native youth, CNAY aspires to develop meaningful partnerships with tribal governments and organizations.
Organization: National Organization For Women
Purpose/Mission: The National Organization For Women's purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.
Organization: American Association Of University Women
Purpose/Mission: The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since 1881, AAUW has been advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Organization: Center For Reproductive Rights
Purpose/Mission: The Center for Reproductive Rights uses the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.
Organization: League Of Women Voters
Purpose/Mission: The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan citizens’ organization that has fought to improve our government and engage all citizens in the decisions that impact their lives since 1920. The centerpiece of the League’s efforts remain to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans.
Organization: Girls Inc.
Purpose/Mission: Girls Inc. delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.