Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.
Last year, CKIN helped more than 80,000 economically disadvantaged students receive school supplies in the greater Cleveland area. Teachers report that receiving the supplies increases students' motivation, creativity, and self-esteem, as the students can concentrate on their studies rather than worrying about having the necessary supplies to do their assignments. In order to continue to donate school supplies, CKIN relies on cash and product donations from individuals, as well as national manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of school and office supplies.
The Crisis Nursery’s Tuck a Baby in Bed program provides infants with a warm place to sleep and a safe place to stay when a crisis affects their family life or results in homelessness. Babies stay at the shelter between 24 hours and 60 days, until they can safely be sent home or can receive care in a more permanent setting. During their stay, babies receive medical treatment as well as close personal attention and compassion. On average, children reside at the facility for 25 days at a cost of $16 per night.
In the Boston area, Points of Light Institute will equip and mobilize volunteers with the tools and funding necessary to complete local service projects organized by Boston Cares. Volunteers will work indoors and out, on projects such as creating a chalk mural on City Hall Plaza and preparing library books for Boston Public Schools's libraries. Meanwhile, caring cadets in other parts of the city will transform an urban orchard into an outdoor classroom at Hennigan Elementary School, clear land on an unused railroad for a recreational trail, and pack medical supplies for developing countries.
Although the symbol of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is a small pink ribbon, it represents a powerhouse of breast-cancer research and education. The rallying cry of "I am the cure" represents the foundation's multifaceted approach to fighting the disease, which focuses on community outreach, public perception of the disease, and funding for scientific research. Susan G. Komen for the Cure's work has helped increase early detection, survival rates, and federal funding of groundbreaking breast-cancer research.
Beyond its signature pink ribbon?bedecked merchandise, the Race for the Cure is the centerpiece of the foundation's fundraising and outreach efforts. Originally an 800-person charity race in Dallas, Race for the Cure has blossomed into a series of more than 150 races worldwide, which collectively host more than 1.7 million participants annually. Marathoners, runners, and walkers alike collect sponsorship donations from friends and family as they tackle races of varying lengths, wearing personalized signs on their backs to honor the breast-cancer victims and survivors in their lives. To date, Race for the Cure has raised more than $1.9 billion to support Komen initiatives. The Northeast Ohio affiliate serves 22 counties, and 75% of its net funds earned stay within the area, while the remaining 25% go to global research.
The staff and partners of Emerald Development and Economic Network (EDEN), Inc. believe that all people need a home. As part of this mission, they maintain a collection of more than 90 properties, group homes, and affordable permanent-housing units across Cuyahoga County for more than 3,500 people with low incomes, a history of homelessness, and qualifying disabilities. In each property, residents maintain the freedom and independence necessary for them to be a part of the greater community, while still receiving access to support services within their building. EDEN property managers regularly work with partner agencies, such as Veteran’s Administration and AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and Mental Health Services (MHS). In time, tenants can take strength from their newfound stability to get a full-time job, reconnect with family, overcome addictions, or stay off the street.
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