Mercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!
Global Family is a non-profit organization that endeavors to rescue and care for abused, oppressed, and abandoned children within the context of family. Jennifer and Clark Jensen founded Global Family as an international advocacy group to rescue desperate children with the assistance of local community organizations, volunteer caregivers, and child sponsors.
Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market.
Born out of Whole Foods Market's desire to give something back to those who have helped us succeed while focusing on the persistent problem of world poverty and hunger, our mission is poverty alleviation through microcredit in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.
Union Rescue Mission (URM) is dedicated to serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness. We provide comprehensive emergency and long-term services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row.
UCP Wheels for Humanity was founded in 1985 in Studio City, California, where 130 wheelchairs were restored in a residential garage and given to disabled Guatemalan citizens. After only one year, UCP Wheels for Humanity grew so large that the operation was moved to a 10,000 square-foot warehouse in North Hollywood, where more than 60,000 wheelchairs have since been manufactured and donated.
We Care for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to improve relations across borders through the promotion of health, wellness, and the arts.
We Care for Humanity provides free educational programs to those who are underprivileged by utilizing live streaming technology. These programs include information on financial literacy, beauty and empowerment, fitness and wellness, and health and nutrition.
Humanitarian Projects Blog is a helpful resource for humanitarian projects provided by the Himalayan Institute and VIDA project. You can visit this blog for the most updates on how the Himalayan Institute is making progress to assist needy families in countries such as Mexico, India, and Africa.
Children Today (http://www.childrentoday.org) was founded by working mothers Theresa Bixby and Jennifer Fitzgerald- after they saw an infant wandering along a street in Long Beach, California with no parent in sight. The organization advocates for the needs of children in a system that typically sees homelessness as an adult problem.
Smart & Final is a restaurant warehouse store where service industry professionals as well as households find high quality food service supplies at lower-than-retail prices.
Danette Neisinger began Mama D’s Sober Living Home with the goal of providing a safe and non-judgmental environment for people working towards leading healthy, sober lives. The shelter provides weekly 12-step meetings, full kitchen and laundry facilities, cable television, and internet access.
Precious Lamb Preschool is a non-profit organization committed to providing children and families facing homelessness with free, Christ-centered education and care. The preschool serves families living in shelters or transitional programs who have experienced domestic violence, crisis pregnancy, substance abuse and homelessness.
The Guatemala Aid Fund was started by Bethany Eisenberg Zeeb, who adopted two Guatemalan children and, as a result, learned firsthand of the plight of the abandoned children living in the underserved orphanages in Guatemala.
The Himalayan Institute (http://www.himalayaninstitute.org) is a leader in the field of meditation, spirituality, yoga and holistic health. Its goal is to serve the global community by providing humanitarian, spiritual, educational and medical programs that unify Eastern and Western spirituality, wisdom, technology and science.
Welcomed to the philanthropic scene only four years ago, Vittana (vittana.org) has been called innovative and a “game changer.” It partners with microfinance institutions throughout the developing world to create and support student lending programs. Its mission is to empower young people with the education and training they need to build a life of prosperity and opportunity. Every one of the students featured on Vittana’s website is real. All sponsors have to do is pick one, and then put them through school.
The Young Storytellers Foundation (http://www.youngstorytellers.com) is a volunteer initiative that provides sequential arts education programs to public elementary schools, with plans to branch into middle and high school. Schools and school districts do not pay for the Young Storytellers Foundation services; the program operates entirely with funds contributed from donors and friends of the program.
Sylvia’s Serenity Sober Living (sssoberlivinginc.com) has three locations; two in Riverside, California and one in Hemet, California. These homes are all fully furnished, have onsite mentoring and bible study programs and have internet access for online job searches. Transportation to treatment centers and Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings is provided.
The I AM Foundation (iamfoundation.org) seeks to empower children and adults to make a positive difference in our world by publishing and gifting books and music with inspiring messages. The Foundation's signature publication, “The I AM! Affirmation Book” contains 32 positive statements that focus on what is good and right and helps children and adults face their fears and go on to succeed. The messages also inspire readers to share their talents and gifts in order to make a positive difference in the world.
Hands for Hope (hands4hope.org) was founded in 2000 as an after-school and single parent resource program to serve predominately low-income minority youth and their families in North Hollywood. Created to address the “latchkey child” syndrome, H4H provides a safe a supportive environment where at-risk youth are nurtured and can evolve into their best selves. After-school programs provide a safe place to be from 3-7 pm, the crucial hours when many children are unattended, unsupervised and vulnerable to the many enticements of the streets.
Swords to Plowshares (swords-to-plowshares.org) is a community-based, not for profit veteran service organization that provides comprehensive care to thousands of veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares has a long track record of success helping veterans lead stable and healthy lives.
GO Campaign (gocampaign.org) is a non-profit organization formed to enhance the lives of children and young adults throughout the world. Partnering with local heroes to deliver local solutions, GO Campaign connects donors with high-impact grassroots projects aimed at changing lives and transforming communities. The Campaign’s global partners develop programs to provide children and young adults with basic human needs such as shelter, food, clean water, education, medical care, vocational training, and income-generating activities.
BookEnds is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 when eight year old Brandon Keefe compelled his third grade classmates to donate books from their homes to a local children’s home where his mother worked. Brandon’s compassionate effort was the beginning of Bookends and turned out to be the first of literally thousands of book drives! Today, his mother Robin Keefe is the organization’s president and together they have mobilized more than 220,000 young people to collect, sort and deliver over 2.1 million books to children in Southern California.
The vision of UniversalGiving (http://www.universalgiving.org) is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering Are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.” “Our policy is to have 100% of each donation made on our site go directly to the cause,” says Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving.
The Raining Season provides a unique sponsorship opportunity centered on facilitating a personal relationship between sponsor and child. The goal is to promote a relationship that builds life-long bonds of trust so that both participants experience the joy that comes from truly changing the life of another. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jason Rust and his wife Erica Stone following their successful adoption of their daughter Jayda from Sierra Leone.
Charitable Endowment Support (ces7.org) serves as an umbrella to organizations that enhance the life and welfare of people battered by seven common maladies of the impoverished: despair, desolation, oppression, illiteracy, poverty, crime and society’s ills.
NURTUREart is a non-profit that provides exhibition opportunities and resources for emerging artists, curators, and public school students. Its educational outreach program is dedicated to nurturing the next generation with unique arts opportunities that connect practicing professionals with students and teachers.
Terry’s Team is a group of 15 friends and family members riding in support of Terry Krieger, a 45 year old attorney who lives in Seal Beach, California. Krieger, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in March of 2011, is proof that health troubles can happen to anyone at any time.
Food Finders, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly.
The Playing for Change Foundation is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Established in 2007, the nonprofit’s mission is to create positive change through music and arts education.
A global nonprofit, dedicated to financial dignity, Operation HOPE promotes self-respect and self-sufficiency through financial literacy and education tools to underserved communities in more than 273 cities worldwide.
No More Poverty and its co-founders Michael Omidi, MD and Julian Omidi will help sponsor Upward Bound House’s Annual Welcome Home Celebration. Upward Bound House provides community-based housing placement and support services to families and low-income seniors. Founded in 1991, the non-profit agency offers an array of services that give families the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency, including parenting classes and financial training combined with intensive case management.
Raphael House was established in 1971 as the first shelter for children and families experiencing homelessness in Northern California. What began as a homeless drop-in shelter has grown into a full service family support center where families thrive.
Mercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400.