Affiliated with a national association that reaches more 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind of Texas supports people who are blind by providing resources to help them improve their quality of life; combat legal, economic, and social discrimination; and achieve their goals. The organization also spearheads research on blindness and promotes relevant new technology, such as the digital talking newspaper.
Through its Sprouting Healthy Kids project, SFC combats childhood obesity and diet-related diseases in low-income communities. Sprouting Healthy Kids partners with schools in areas with high levels of obesity, higher prices for limited produce, and inadequate food stores. Through in-class food lessons, an after-school gardening program, field trips to local farms, and taste tests, the campaign aims to empower kids to make healthy nutrition decisions as well as foster a preference for fresh produce instead of unhealthy foods.
As one of Austin’s largest pet shelters with a no-kill policy, the Austin Humane Society strives both to reduce pet overpopulation and to protect Austin's homeless cats and dogs. More than 1,000 active volunteers at the shelter work to eliminate unnecessary euthanasia through spay and neuter programs, pet adoption, an extensive foster program for vulnerable pets, and emergency animal-rescue operations. Between 3,000 and 4,000 pets are adopted from the shelter each year, and the shelter serves more than 10,000 animals annually. Its adoption counselors provide insight into each animal’s personality and history to ensure a good fit into their permanent homes.
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The 21st Annual Summer Fan Drive helps low-income individuals avoid the life-threatening dangers of extreme heat by equipping low-income seniors, disabled individuals, and families with children in 11 Central Texas counties with fans and air conditioners. In addition to helping prevent heat exposure, the drive allows more than 250 of the organization's volunteers to identify other unmet needs, such as food, adequate housing, or medical care. Since 1990, the Summer Fan Drive has outfitted Central Texas homes with more than 60,000 fans and 700 air conditioners. Family Eldercare would like to continue to expand its reach and supply as many homes as possible with the means to battle extreme heat this summer. The organization can purchase one fan for $15 and fans can run for as little as two cents an hour while cooling a room by as much as six degrees.
Since TNT's inception, 26 years ago, over 570,000 team members have raised more than $1.4 billion in the fight against blood cancers. Experienced, certified coaches prepare teams to walk or run half or full marathons, cycle century rides or complete triathlons, helping individuals achieve fitness goals while forming new friendships and making a difference in the lives of cancer patients.
• For $13, you get a training program plus one race entry for the Chicago XSport Fitness Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon on Sunday, August 14 (a $25 value). • For $13, you get a training program for the Life Time Chicago Triathlon on Sunday, August 28 (a $25 value). • For $13, you get a training program for the Chicago Bank Of America Marathon on Sunday, October 9 (a $25 value).