Charity & Grassroots in Keene

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• For $90, you get four admissions, including lunch, to the Green River Tour at D2R2 Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, on August 27 (a $180 value). • For $120, you get two adult and two child admissions, including lunch and dinner, to the Green River Tour at D2R2 Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee, on August 27 (a $240 value).

36 State Street
Shelburne Falls,
MA
US

Animal Rescue Front (ARF) was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina as a first-responder animal-rescue team that helped save the lives of cats and dogs that survived the disaster. Focusing on one affected community in Mississippi, the organization transported more than 1,100 animals to homes and shelters that wouldn't euthanize them at locations across the country. The effort reduced the kill rate from 80 percent to zero for the first 12 months after the hurricane.

Now, ARF continues to fulfill its mission: “Until there are none save one.” The organization works to prevent companion animals from being euthanized through spay/neuter initiatives, adoption services, and educational programs. Teams in Louisiana and Mississippi also rescue animals directly from shelters that are at full capacity, and then place the animals in foster homes to socialize them and provide medical care and prepare them for adoption.

PO Box 704
Groton,
MA
US

Students should bring: Water bottle, yoga mat

Average class length: 60-90 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: Before 1950

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: No

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Welcoming staff, beautiful 1855 building, welcoming community members from towns around Brimfield.

2 Brookfield Rd.
Brimfield,
MA
US

Wags, an elderly pit bull, lives in a motel with his family, who recently lost their house. Tori, a nine-year-old boxer, is a source of comfort for her human companion, John, who lives on a meager fixed income. And Moose the Great Dane helps lift the spirits of his human companion, whose debilitating emphysema prevents him from working. All of these dogs were on the verge of being stripped from their families due to financial difficulties. That's when Kane's Krusade stepped in.

Kane's Krusade distributes Canine Assistance, Resources and Empowerment (C.A.R.E.) Kits to families in the Springfield area to help them feed and house their companion animals through difficult times. By doing so, they help reduce the amount of dogs who end up surrendered to shelters. The organization also educates the public about misunderstood dogs who are given a negative label due to their breed or appearance.

P.O. Box 1085
East Longmeadow,
MA
US

Moved by an article about deployed troops that felt forgotten by their country, Heidi Janson decided to show her support by doing what she does best: matching brides to their perfect wedding gown. Heidi staged a gown giveaway for 50 military brides in 2008 at her bridal boutique?a modest start for Brides Across America, Inc., which has since paired more than 12,000 brides with designer dresses. The organization garnered the attention of ABC's Nightly News in 2011 and 2012 and People magazine in 2013, though its highest honor came during a 2012 White House event hosted by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden.

28 West Main Street
Georgetown,
MA
US

Some problems confound the means and efforts of even the most gifted individuals; in 1904, tuberculosis was one such problem. Then, concerned citizens banded together to create the American Lung Association—one of the oldest voluntary health organizations still extant in America today—ultimately defeating the disease through the power of collective action. Today, the nature of the battle may have changed, but the spirit of community concern and volunteerism still thrives. Instead of actively fighting to cure certain diseases, the American Lung Association takes a big-picture approach, helping people quit smoking through education and encouragement, providing in-school programs for kids with asthma, and encouraging the community to keep the air healthy, breathable, and free from clouds of inhalable hornets.

460 Totten Pond Rd
Waltham,
MA
US