With a mission to promote the safety and well-being of neglected, abused, and abandoned horses, Hope for Horses fosters and cares for horses as well as provides specialized training for law-enforcement and animal-control officers. As one of the oldest equine-welfare organizations in the state, Hope for Horses recognized the need for better resources for officers and developed the state’s first equine-cruelty-investigations-training course. Volunteers feed, groom, and care for the horses as they await foster care or adoption.
The amiable staff at Elegant Details, ranked one of the area's best gift shops, stocks the boutique with home embellishments, candles, kitchenware, and women's apparel. Peruse the assortment of Archipelago candles ($22) and Lepi de Provence French soaps ($5.95) to add a fresh fragrance to any home or cyberspace, or adorn coffee tables with a set of four Marble coasters ($17). Wine glasses ($10) and candles in a wine cork motif ($12) can clothe a bare bar, while a ruffle glass cake stand ($20) and linens ($9–$20) decorate drab kitchens. Give a vintage burlap journal to a jotting jet setter or use it to record the number of consecutive days the local meteorologist inaccurately predicted gravy showers.
In 2011, a group of firefighters founded Red Emergency Prevention Services to keep local homes and families safe with emergency training and disaster prevention services. On certain days, the group’s off-duty firefighters lead CPR certification classes with responsive electronic dummies to help people of all ages learn how to save lives. They also contribute to the community by gathering canned goods for local food banks. Though that may seem separate from their other missions, these efforts help bolster community preparedness during disasters great and small. One-on-one, the team also conducts safety reviews in neighborhood homes and evaluates them on their fire and emergency preparedness. During those sessions, they check the readiness of smoke alarms, furnaces, and play kitchen sets, teach people how to turn off their gas and water during an emergency, and promote fire safety by cleaning out dryer vents.
FurKidz 911 rescues dogs who are in danger of being euthanized due to injuries or overcrowding at local shelters. The organization’s staff of volunteers rescues the dogs from shelters, fosters and rehabilitates them in their own homes, and transports them to veterinary appointments and adoption events. When the dogs have fully healed, they can meet with potential families until they find a loving permanent home.
Personal trainer Al Yenkevich draws on 15 years of experience and training in the Army to lead groups through diverse workouts in weekly boot camps. The schedule includes indoor courses in varying locations that torch calories without meddling from the elements. Al provides all necessary equipment, workout mats, and appropriate stationery for penning farewell letters to stretchy pants. Students of all fitness levels tote along water and towels and set their own pace or ambitiously strive to match the moves of their trainer, whose clientele have gone on to run marathons.