Many of the people affected by the storm are moving out of shelters and into temporary housing with very few home necessities such as coffee makers, clothing, bedding, and cooking supplies. Family-to-Family asks affected families to complete a questionnaire with a detailed list of needs and then donor families fill a personalized package with some of the requested goods. Sponsored families receive one box filled with necessities each month for three months.
The husband-and-wife team of Drs. Darren Tong and Mariliza Lacap has 20 years of experience in dental implants, cosmetic procedures, and orthodontics. Determined to make patients feel as comfortable as possible, the dentists and their team of seasoned hygienists, assistants, and patient coordinators first get to know patients by holding a Q&A session with each tooth before investigating them for decay and other issues. Each treatment comes with special perks, such as relaxing paraffin hand treatments. Instead of using drills, the dentists remove decay with quiet electric tools that reduce heat and vibration while conserving more of the patient’s tooth. To make sure decay is removed, the dentists follow up with laser therapy to zap away the final bits of decay that may remain. In addition to keeping adult teeth in tip-top chomping shape, the team also pays special attention to the youngest smiles with dedicated pediatric dentistry services.
At Sword Martial Arts, Grand Master Jin K. Seong oversees devotees training in the ancient martial art of kendo, or kumdo, a form of sword fighting nearly 2,000 years old. A member of the International Kendo Federation with internationally recognized rankings, Sword Martial Arts ensures student safety by wrapping combatants in protective gear before they spar to hone self-discipline, develop confidence, and learn how to defeat the black knight's ghost in their attic. Though it originated as a form of combat, kendo's modern form focuses on respect for others and protection of the weak. Mook-sang meditation sessions bookend each lesson, focusing minds on the kendo philosophy and bringing pupils closer to the purity of heart most often found in baby unicorns. The academy’s schedule of classes invites neophytes and younger students to drill in foundational techniques, whereas students 15 and older grip the hilt of bamboo or metal swords under the watchful guidance of expert instructors.
Matt Warshay understands the importance of education—along with a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA in strategy and consulting, he is a certified high-school math teacher. But it was his first-hand experience at ineffective group studies that lead him to develop Jump Start Tutoring, where students in kindergarten through college are given customized studying tools to help them pass ACT and SAT exams, various school subjects, and even nursing-school entrance exams.
The friendly staffers at Fun2Bounce infuse fun into block parties and special events, giving new meaning to the term sock hop. Kids can hop to their heels' content atop an armada of inflatable play surfaces, which include bounce houses and water slides. Fun2Bounce offers renters their choice of three different bounce houses and four different wet and dry slides, from giant waves that resemble a surfing curl to of-scale castles modeled after King Arthur's original air-filled kingdom. Just as important as ensuring kiddies enjoy themselves is safeguarding them during play, which is why the rental company purchases lead-free products and scrubs them with green, organic, person-safe cleaners.
Kids go to the Golden Life Resource Center for not only for tutoring, but also for assistance in planning their futures—the tutors helps them with college applications and job searches. The nonprofit doesn't focus exclusively on kids, though; the team also strives to enrich the lives of senior citizens with resources such as technology training and fitness classes.