The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
Since its founding in 1967, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) has sought the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The National Institutes of Health commended the CCFA for its work "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research." The CCFA established the precedent for research in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by forming its own scientific journal and educational symposiums and funding cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions. It has helped discover chromosomal regions with IBD-related genes and NOD2, the first gene for Crohn’s disease.
In addition to medical research, the CCFA runs a wide range of educational programs and support services to improve the quality of life for people affected by IBD. With awareness campaigns, webcasts, and periodicals, such as Take Charge and Under the Microscope, the organization reaches out to more than one million patients and caregivers. Nationwide chapters further this work by conducting more than 300 support groups for patients and summer camps for children every year.
Dress for Success promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing them with professional attire to secure and maintain employment, as well as a support network and career-development tools to help them thrive both professionally and personally. Since its founding in 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 650,000 women around the world referred from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations and government agencies, including domestic-violence shelters, immigration services, and job-training programs.
Recognizing that finding employment is only one step in a woman's progress toward economic independence, Dress for Success also supports women through its Professional Women's Group, which helps them transition to the workforce, find mentors, and build thriving careers.
A group of volunteers founded Coastal Boxer Rescue of Florida in 2005 to rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected boxers. The organization takes in dogs from owners who can no longer care for them, as well as from high-kill shelters that would otherwise euthanize the animals due to lack of space. With no physical office, volunteers coordinate with vets and foster families to provide dogs with medical treatments, food, and loving care until they can find their forever home. Coastal Boxer Rescue cares for more than 100 boxers annually, with the number rising each year.
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SOS Children's Villages - Florida nurtures youth in foster care through a neighborhood built exclusively for them. The street's 12 houses buzz with the activity of the 75 resident boys and girls, who were removed from their homes due to abandonment, abuse, and neglect. They spend their childhood with foster families selected by a caseworker and have access to an array of social and mental-health services. Most children stay at the Village for about two years until they are found a permanent adoptive home or reunited with their biological families. The Village places a high priority on maintaining family connections among siblings, generally placing them in the same house.
SOS Children’s Villages sustains a connection with all its youth after they turn 18 through the After Care program, which helps them transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency. SOS boasts incredible success with this program: 83% of its alumni have graduated high school—33% higher than the national average for foster children—and 47% have gone on to pursue higher education.