So many nonprofits were nominated for #SupportingOurSector and we were overwhelmed with the heartwarming nominations that came in! When we designed this initiative, we wanted to be sure to help amplify the causes that our community cares about. In response to the dozens of organizations and hundreds and hundreds of meaningful recommendations we read through, we’re sharing the list of nominated organizations with links to their website and social media pages, and a selection of the nominations we received.
We encourage you to visit them and learn about a new organization, or more about one you may already be familiar with.
“Our vision is to provide the women of Miriam’s House with a safe, stable environment in which they can raise their children, become self-empowered, economically responsible, and productive members of society, and continue their journey of recovery and rehabilitation in a conducive and supportive community of counselors and peers.” – Anonymous
“We embrace partnerships with clients, families, staff, volunteers, business relationships, and community resources. Through these partnerships, we strive to enhance our ability to serve our clients and to provide value to our partners. Our services are based on client choice and preferences; teamwork among everyone; and partnerships with community resources.” – Anonymous
Parent’s Education League of Los Angeles
“Parents Education League of LA help parents navigate schools and educational choices for their children, from Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten through HIgh School” – Anonymous
People Assisting the Homeless
“PATH, provides empowering personal services of grooming, counseling, clothing, temporary housing and feeding the homeless in Los Angeles, and focusing largely on women and children.” – Anonymous
“Project Lyme is very active in educating the public about lyme disease and how to prevent it. It teaches people how to recognize it so that treatment can be administered early enough to prevent more serious symptoms. I feel that it is a very valuable community service.” – Alessia P.
Step Up Women’s Network
“Uplifting underserved teen girls get the education they need to financially support themselves and their communities.” – Amy T.
The Wikilife Foundation
“We are only beginning to understand how lifestyle choices affect individual health and well-being. DataDonors provides the global health community a database that can be used by researchers, scientists and physicians around the globe to help discover new scientific research behind healthy living.” – Anonymous
Together 1 Heart
“Togeher1Heart is a new nonprofit organization works to care for and secure the rights of young women and girls who are victims or at risk of being victims of slavery and to successfully recover, educate, train and reintegrate them into mainstream society through financial independence in a sustainable and innovative manner.” – Christina D.
“volunTEENnation believes that young people are powerful agents of social change and providing service learning opportunities is essential to improving communities. We created our nation’s first and only youth-led, youth volunteer platform that activates, mobilizes, and connects youth with volunteer opportunities, resources and grants to get involved and to promote positive change in the world.” – Anonymous
Wags & Walks
“Wags and Walks rescues family friendly dogs from high kill shelters in Los Angeles, and places them in loving forever homes. I adopted by own dog from Wags and Walks, and it changed my life. They’re an incredible organization and I couldn’t feel more lucky to have found them. I now volunteer for them and am constantly impressed by their dedication to saving lives.” – Rachel R.
Women’s Center for Creative Works
“Founded in 2013, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, or WCCW, is a not-for-profit organization which cultivates La’s Feminist Creative Communities and Practices. Combining a co-workspace on the LA river in Frogtown, project incubation facilities, residency programs, a rapidly growing network of over 11,000 followers, and a full calendar of artistic and professional development programming for female creatives, WCCW advocates for female-lead creative businesses and projects in Los Angeles.” – Kathleen J.
“WriteGirl brilliantly connects women writers with at risk girls to support them with their writing, self expression and professional possibilities. Then WriteGirl helps their girls get into college. They have a 100% success rate!” – Jodi W.
“Our mentors understand that mentoring is not about simply giving good advice. They understand that the most effective way to mentor an ‘at risk’ youth is to shine a light on their gifts and care for their wounds. Gifts include inherent talents and positive personality traits each person was born to share with the world. For example, a young person may be a gifted artist, but without recognition from the culture (ideally in the form of mentoring) that gift may take a turn toward tagging or graffiti, effectively criminalizing their gift. We have discovered natural leaders, musicians, entrepreneurs, engineers, counselors and scores of other gifts and passions just waiting to be acknowledged. Youth Mentoring programs put the components in place for each youth to be ‘seen’ to feel deeply inspired and to realize there is a purpose for their lives. Further, we know that we can only see the gifts that give youth purpose when we also see and care for the wounds that hold them back. Like an athlete with an injury, a youth’s talents and full potential cannot be realized until the wounds are acknowledged and cared for. At a deeper level, the wound is intrinsically connected to the gift. Understanding this gives the wound a purpose and thus, renders it less debilitating.” – Paul W.
Please note, Starfish Impact did not conduct any due diligence on the above organizations to ensure their nonprofit status, and is not explicitly endorsing any or all of these organizations. The quotes are pulled from the nominations, and attributed when permission was received, or anonymized if not.
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