Charity & Grassroots in Oak Park

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  • Pause4Kids
    Keri Bowers is an autism advocate. She’s a speaker, author, filmmaker, mother, and the founder of Pause4Kids. Normal People Scare Me—her 2006 film made in conjunction with her son, an aspiring filmmaker with autism—interviewed 65 people with autism, exploring seldom-asked questions such as “Do you like being autistic?” and “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Through her films, Keri has spread awareness about autism-spectrum disorders and other disabilities, but her work gets far more hands-on as well. Pause4Kids aims to improve the quality of special education, empowers parents to support their children, and advocates for children’s legal and civil rights. Following a whole-child philosophy, the organization’s volunteers believe that special education should cover a variety of disciplines, including the academic, social-communication, emotional, and recreation realms to enable youth with disabilities to thrive among their peers. Staff members also sponsor a monthly advocacy group and regular recreational activities, such as Art-A-Thons and Abilities Awareness events. See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
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    P.O.BOX 7114
    Thousand Oaks, CA US
  • Sandbox Computers for Kids, Inc.
    From the start, kids exhibit a natural ingenuity, whether they're building spaceships out of Legos or rearranging a sandbox's disorderly piles of sand into immaculate mounds of sand. This inherent affinity for problem solving is what the instructors at Sandbox Computers for Kids, Inc. help cultivate through a variety of kids' classes and programs. Through subjects such as robotics, programming, and game design, young students learn valuable skills to keep their minds engaged and develop a lifelong interest in science and technology. Whether its through classes at its main location, classes for homeschooled students, after-school programs, or activities at schools and community centers, Sandbox Computers for Kids, Inc.'s goal is to make computer education fun, relevant, and accessible to all children.
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    175 E Wilbur Rd.
    Thousand Oaks, CA US
  • Celiac Disease Foundation
    Since it was founded in 1990, the nonprofit Celiac Disease Foundation has pioneered celiac disease education, awareness, and advocacy. Its network of national chapters have responded to the growing health care challenge of diagnosing celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. The CDF Medical Advisory Board brings scientific knowledge to the cause and imparts critical care information to individuals, medical professionals, and industry partners who confront celiac disease and gluten-related disorders on a daily basis. Through its annual CDF National Conference and Gluten-Free Expo, the organization opens the public's eyes to new ways of looking and living with foods that do not contain wheat, barley, rye, or triticale.
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    20350 Ventura Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA US
  • American Tortoise Rescue
    American Tortoise Rescue was founded by husband-and-wife team Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, who began advocating for the humane treatment of animals after adopting a pair of desert-tortoise hatchlings. Since that first adoption, their organization has rescued more than 3,000 turtles and tortoises of various land and water species, focusing their efforts on abused turtles or those with special needs?and has expanded its scope to the treatment of these animals worldwide. At American Tortoise Rescue's facility, approximately 125 animals live in an enclosure that mimics the wild, having freedom to play on the ground or surf in the water. Sick turtles receive medical care from the all-volunteer staff, and stay in the house?or "turtle hospital"?until they're healthy enough to go outside. And to supplement these rescue efforts, the organization also provides information and awareness about the care and rehabilitation of tortoises for the public, working to prevent the sale of hatchlings, the importation and live-market slaughter of adult turtles, and the destruction of the desert-tortoise habitat.
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    30765 Pacific Coast Highway
    Malibu, CA US
  • My Design Remodeling
    Food Forward connects people with food by harvesting excess produce from local farms and public spaces, which it distributes to more than 20 food banks and pantries across Southern California. After receiving an invitation, an all-volunteer force meets at a property and picks produce for one to two hours. A pick leader provides tools, organizes the group, and delivers the fruit to a vetted hunger-relief organization that serves it to clients within 72 hours. By conducting 15–20 picks every month, Food Forward aims to demonstrate the abundance of available food that goes to waste and to raise the issues of urban hunger and food justice in the community.
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    7412 Fulton Ave
    North Hollywood, CA US
  • Talentorium
    talentorium is a performance and production studio that specializes in working with young actors. it provides the kind of training that helps students develop artistically, while imparting great leadership skills. we work with both newcomers and seasoned actors alike.
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    1042 Princeton Dr
    Marina Del Rey, CA US