Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation’s life-changing mission is to provide men and women who are blind with its elite German Shepherd guide dogs – partners in their engaged and vibrant lives – creating increased independence, safety, and mobility for all clients as they pursue their goals and dreams.
Fidelco is inspired every day by our exceptional clients. They climb Mt. Everest, win gold medals as world class athletes, serve America in the military and sacrifice on the battlefield. They educate, create documentary films, work in business and government, raise families, and advocate for those who are visually impaired.
Hospital for Special Care
Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is the fourth largest, free-standing long-term acute care hospital in the U.S. and the only one in the nation serving adults and children. HSC is recognized for advanced care and rehabilitation in pulmonary care, acquired brain injury, medically-complex pediatrics, neuromuscular disorders including ALS research, spinal cord injury, comprehensive heart failure and comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.
Located in New Britain and Hartford, CT, HSC operates inpatient and outpatient facilities serving Southern New England and the Tri-State area on a not-for-profit basis.
Achilles International-Connecticut Chapter
Achilles International-CT Chapter is a not-for-profit organization that partners able-bodied runners with disabled athletes. Our mission is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self-esteem, and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.
empowerHER was founded in 2013 with a very specific mission: to empower, support and connect girls of all ages who have experienced the early loss of their mother. Currently we have over 200 girls enrolled in empowerHER from Massachusetts and beyond. We are a non-therapeutic based organization with one mission and two programs: EVENTS for GIRLS and 1:1 MENTOR MATCH PROGRAM. As the only organization of it’s kind in the country, we continue to grow at speeds we never imagined – out of the demand of girls who are in need of our programming. To learn more about us, or if you’d like to refer a girl, please visit our website. For more about TEAM empowerHER, contact Ann Marie Leitao.
Girl Scouts of Connecticut
Girl Scouts offers the best leadership development experience for girls in the world, and encourages and empowers girls to try new things, be themselves, speak up and take the lead.
Everything a Girl Scout does centers around STEM, the outdoors, development of life skills and entrepreneurship. Whether she’s building a robotic arm, coding her first app, building a shelter in the backcountry, or running her first marathon in Hartford, a Girl Scout has an exciting array of choices to suit her interests at every age.
We’re more than 41,000 members strong – over 27,500 girls and nearly 14,000 adults – who believe that every girl can change the world.
Healing Meals Community Project
Healing Meals Community Project has a dual mission to provide healthy, organic meals to people in an acute health crisis, while fostering compassion and empowering youth and adult volunteers in our communities.
We are the only non-profit in Connecticut that experientially teaches volunteers about nutrient-rich foods from start-to-finish while helping those in a health crisis heal. Volunteers have the opportunity to plant and harvest produce from our organic garden, prep food, cook, package and deliver healing meals to those in need. The experience is transformational for all.
A Foundation Building Strength
A Foundation Building Strength (AFBS) has a mission to find treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Nemaline Myopathy (NM). NM is a group of neuromuscular disorders that cause muscle weakness of varying severity. Many people with NM can’t breathe, swallow, speak, or walk on their own. AFBS was founded in 2008 and is the only organization in the world solely focused on NM.
Abby’s Helping Hand
The mission of Abby’s Helping Hand is to improve the quality of life for those impacted by chronic disease through support, education and research. We help families with financial assistance for specialized therapies, medical equipment or home adjustments that insurance does not cover. Over the past 5 years we have helped hundreds of families giving over $300,000 to improve their quality of life….access to their homes, wheelchair vans, roll-in showers for independence, therapies to help children walk as well as cancer treatments and service/therapy dogs.
The Sauerhoefer family of East Windsor, CT established this organization in honor of their daughter, Abby who has Congenital Disorder of Glychosylation. They started with raising money for a mitochondrial foundation by holding the Walk for Abby. After two years of more than 500 people attending the walk, they decided to form their own organization and give back to the communities that continue to support their fundraising efforts. Visit www.abbyshelpinghand.com to see some of the faces of the families they have helped and read more about Abby’s story.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer and together with the support of our millions of volunteers and supporters, we are doing just that!
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country to ensure we have a presence in every community.
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters
Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters is Connecticut’s premier, innovative mentoring organization that is making a real difference in the lives of over 1,200 children ages 6-18. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community, we are accountable for each child in our program achieving:
- Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
- Avoidance of risky behaviors
- Educational success
Connecticut Education Foundation
The Connecticut Education Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation that was established in 1991 to help children with extraordinary personal hardships and students planning teaching careers. The Foundation’s Children’s Fund assists needy students in Connecticut’s public schools and provides basic needs such as clothing, food, medicine, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Our Holiday Bear Project is a holiday gift-giving program that links CEA members, the public, and businesses with hundreds of needy public school students. We also offer scholarship programs designed to support high school and college students pursuing a career in education in Connecticut public schools.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation has remained at the forefront of research for more than five decades and provides patient education and support services to the more than 3 million patients suffering with these diseases in our country as well as their families and support networks.
Donate Life Connecticut
Donate Life Connecticut is dedicated to increasing the number of registered organ and tissue donors through public education and awareness of all Connecticut residents and beyond. To be successful in our mission, DLC hosts many large scale awareness programs throughout the state including community events and educational programs such as a high school art contest and school health education.
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Girls on the Run Greater Hartford
Girls on the Run Greater Hartford is a Physical Activity Positive Youth-Development Program. Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in grades 3 through 8 participate in an after-school program like no other. GOTR lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development by exploring and discussing the girls’ own beliefs, experiences and challenges they face at this age. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence, participate in physical activities and deliver a community service project. Each GOTR season culminates in a celebratory 5k run/walk which shows the girls how the seemingly impossible, becomes possible.
Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Independence Unlimited, Incorporated (IU) is a non-residential, non-profit center for independent living that serves very diverse populations in 38 cities and towns in mainly Hartford County. The Center, which was established in 1982, is governed and managed by people with disabilities.
We provide a variety of services that benefit persons with disabilities such as aging in place assessments and resources so people can remain in their own home, live in the community and pursue their dreams. The primary purpose of the agency is to support persons with disabilities to live in the community as an alternative to institutionalization.
Jordan Porco Foundation
The Jordan Porco Foundation’s mission is to prevent suicide, promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. They accomplish this by providing engaging and uplifting peer-run programs. Their programs strive to start a conversation about mental health that reduces stigma while encouraging help-seeking and supportive behaviors. The Jordan Porco Foundation is named in memory of the co-founder’s son, Jordan. Jordan died by suicide in 2011 as a college freshman. What started as two grieving parents’ vision, has grown into a nationally respected Foundation that helps tens of thousands of young adults across the country.
Journey Home’s mission is to ensure a home for all. We believe the most powerful way to do this is collectively – by working together with service providers, elected officials, businesses and local communities to end homelessness in Greater Hartford. We will build partnerships, advance innovative solutions and achieve enduring, systemic change.
Mental Health Connecticut
Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) empowers individuals to achieve long-term mental wellness and independence, while collaborating with other organizations and leaders to instigate meaningful systems change. For adults and young adults in recovery, MHC is a trusted companion on the complex journey to obtaining a safe home, achieving whole health, realizing meaningful purpose, and becoming an active member of the community. Established in 1908, MHC is a statewide, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve mental health for all Connecticut residents.
Ron Foley Foundation
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd deadliest cancer and has the worst survival rate of all cancers. Our mission is to fund medical research leading to improve diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer and find a cure for this terrible disease. We are also committed to raising awareness of pancreatic cancer through education and providing direct financial aid to pancreatic cancer patients in need.
Susan G. Komen New England
The mission of Susan G. Komen is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Komen New England serves as the leader in the breast cancer fight. We work to ensure our neighbors have access to a continuum of care, including preventative care, diagnostic tests and treatment support, and cutting-edge research.
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut serves the 40-town region by mobilizing people and organizations to give, advocate and volunteer to promote early childhood education, ensure families are financially secure, provide access to health-related services and supports, and immediate emergency assistance, such as food and shelter.