So many nonprofits were nominated for #SupportingOurSector this year 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.
A Sense of Home
“A Sense of Home provides homes for young adults that age out of the foster care system. The feeling of having a safe and loving home is what helps enable human beings to thrive in life. Many of these children have faced unthinkable situations and A Sense of Home provides a community to these people. Everyone who is helped by A Sense of Home pays it forward by volunteering.” -Melinda M.
A Walk on Water
“Provides surf therapy to children with special needs and their families and brings communities together in non judgement and love!” -Anonymous
“Alternative Roadmap is an incredible organization addressing the lack of social mobility for youth in under-served communities by liberating a student’s thinking and opportunity. They are working feverishly to get rid of the stigma associated with the all too familiar concept that “without a college degree, one can’t be successful”. I strongly believe that Alternative Roadmap is empowering children to be themselves, look inward, identify what makes them special, and then pursue their own path that redefines what “success” looks like growing into adulthood.” -Brad G.
Amigas 4 My Soul
“We are a women’s organization dedicated to offering women resources and tools they need to grow, break cycles and live life purposefully and courageously. We host different workshops and conferences for women throughout all of Los Angeles to the OC, Long Beach and the Valley. We also run youth programs for girls at different schools where we focus on topics like vision boarding, self-esteem, anti-bullying & peer pressure. We also host a young girls conference every year for them. We are dedicated to creating a strong tribe of women with Amigas 4 My Soul.” -Anonymous
Arts Bridging the Gap
“This group works with young people from a wide spectrum of socio-economic backgrounds to help engage and empower them around issues of social justice. They bring public and private school students together and lead them through a series of workshops in environmental justice and art that culminate in a public art project for the students’ shared community in Los Angeles. The program provides arts resources for public schools in LA with limited access, and the opportunity for students at all schools to reach across divides and find shared ground to make the world a better place through innovation, creativity, and collaboration.” -Anonymous
Autism Society of Los Angeles
“One of the premier autism organizations for advocacy” -Anonymous
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
“Great outreach to the community – educational and fun!” -Anonymous
Child Care Resource Center
“Child Care Resource Center works to support the children, families and child care providers in our sector. They provide critical services to an underserved population with a focus on quality, education, development and advocacy. CCRC is keenly focused on the importance of the first five years of a child’s life and places a heavy emphasis on the necessity for access to high quality early learning environments. They do so by educating parents and the public on what quality means, and equipping child care providers with trainings, resources, and one on one support. All of which encourages school readiness and future success. CCRC also provides financial assistance to families that qualify, thus allowing parents to work, go to school, provide for their families and contribute to the economy. A community thrives when families are supported. Their commitment to provide financial assistance for care, literacy programs, community wide events and outreach, family engagement opportunities, professional development resources, and advocacy impacts our region in incredibly positive ways.” -Anonymous
Children Mending Hearts
“I know that empathy training is one of the most powerful tools for children and teens to deal with hatred, bullying, low self-esteem, gang violence, fighting, suicidal feelings, depression, anxiety, and fear. From everything I know, Children Mending Hearts is a powerful charity that brings education, enlightenment, and transformation to the lives of children and teens all over the world. I’m proud to be a supporter. Their office is well organized, the staff and COO are caring, competent, and compassionate people who are committed to raising consciousness on this planet, as I am, and the founders as everyone in the organization, have vision, commitment, and love doing what they do.” -Linnda D.
“Clockshop mounts amazing, cross disciplinary arts programming in a truly unique Frogtown setting — the “Bowtie Parcel,” a former rail yard and switching station purchased by CA State Parks in 2003 to be developed as a public park and greenway. In the meantime, as a result of unique public/private partnership, Clockshop commissions site-specific works and programs at the Bowtie, from literary readings by moonlight, to land art sculptural interventions.” -Kathleen J.
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. Minimal edits were made for brevity or fluidity.
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