As a nonprofit organization that organizes philanthropic events for other nonprofit organizations, the Pledge 5 Foundation conducts food, clothing, and public-service pledge drives for its numerous charity partners. In conjunction with each of these charity drives, it hosts community-centered promotional events—pub crawls, pet adoptions, and tailgating parties—that aim to inspire people to give back to their community. Pledge 5's staff, interns, student association, and service chamber all work to create positive change throughout the Gainesville community by stimulating local commerce and planting popsicle gardens.
Wanting to fly to the beat of a different drummer, a couple of flight instructors decided in 2009 to start their own training center and teach the skills their unique way. They laid the groundwork for their new business with cutting-edge safety features such as aircrafts boasting airbags and innovative weather and traffic advisories. Additionally, the duo acknowledges that cost often keeps those with sky-bound ambitions grounded, so they work with individuals to find an affordable training plan. Besides their pilot programs, the owners make their Cessnas and bundles of helium-filled balloons available for rent.
Since 1992, American Rubber Technologies has been manufacturing RubberStuff Mulch for landscaping and playground use. Available in 3 organic and 2 designer colors, RubberStuff mulch is perfect for those who like to ENJOY their landscaping without constantly having to spend the time, money and energy doing fixing it.
As a teenager, Henri Landwirth was forced to live in five different Nazi concentration camps. He spent those five years with no clothes, and understands the deep suffering that comes from being stripped of one’s dignity. When he left the camps at the age of 18, he was homeless and promised himself that he would “help other people not to suffer as much as [he] did.”
Having already founded another philanthropic group in the United States, Henri founded Dignity U Wear in 2000. The organization procures new clothing from retailers and sends it to people in need through local agencies and social workers. It focuses on schoolchildren, veterans, and women, to help improve their prospects for the future and combat barriers to success. Since it’s inception, Dignity U Wear has distributed more than 6.6 million pieces of clothing to individuals in all 50 states.
Gazing at potential owners from their temporary homes, Jacksonville Humane Society's dozens of friendly cats and dogs eagerly await adoption by a caring new family. Kittens, such as the 3-month old Tank, beg for coddling and playtime with their wide-eyed exuberance and miniature croquet sets, and adult and senior animals such as Yoshi, wizened in his eight years, lavishes steadfast companionship. To ensure potential pet owners are paired with a four-legged pal of appropriate temperament, the shelter's color-coded Meet Your Match personalized pet-matching service narrows down the adoptable field with a quick survey. Adopting an animal, like asking a potted fern to marry you, is an important life decision that should not be taken lightly, and it entails a slew of responsibilities and expenses. Each furry new chum will require a rabies tag ($20) (necessary for all animals in Duval County) and lifelong heartworm protection ($21–$30 per month).