Great organizations to get involved with, whether you’re donating, volunteering, or just want some good karma headed your way.
United Way: United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In 2008, United Way initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018: Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts (1.2 million students, every year) in half. Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families (half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable) on the road to economic independence. Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.
UNICEF: UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children. We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.
Junior Achievement: JA empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. Junior Achievement impacts 4 million U.S. students in more than 173,000 classrooms. With the help of 171,000 volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.
Dress A Girl Around The World: Welcome to Hope 4 Women International’s Dress a Girl Around The World campaign! People from all over are forming clubs and sewing pillow case dresses for Hope 4 Women International to distribute around the world. Teams and partners hand carry these dresses to countries throughout the world.To date we’ve delivered well over 50,000 dresses to 56 countries, including the United States and people from all States, Canada, Uganda, and Hong Kong continue to make dresses. Together we really will dress the girls around the world.
Children’s Hospitals: Children’s is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and 9 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, comprise our research community. Current initiatives have attracted a record $225 million in annual funding, including more federal funding than any other pediatric facility.
The Humane Society: The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization, backed by 11 million Americans. We help animals by advocating for better laws to protect animals; conducting campaigns to reform industries; providing animal rescue and emergency response; investigating cases of animal cruelty; and caring for animals through our sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centers, emergency shelters, and clinics.