Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. exists to directly improve the health and well-being of children. Every night, more than 12,000 families stay close to their hospitalized children in more than 336 Ronald McDonald Houses and 197 Family Rooms around the world. These locations include comfortable beds, kitchens, showers, and laundry facilities?everything families need while they focus on helping their children heal.
In addition to serving families receiving care at 78% of the world's top pediatric hospitals, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc. and its network of local Chapters also provides health education and treatments for families in vulnerable communities who have difficulty accessing health, dental, and medical care. Fifty Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles around the world provide immunizations, dental care, check-ups, and referrals to ongoing medical support to kids from Thailand to New Orleans. Extending its reach around the world, the organization also invests in grants to nonprofits that focus on critical needs of children, and awards scholarships to rising U.S. high school seniors working toward a higher education.
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In 1860, three women in Hartford Connecticut believed that the boys they saw lollygagging in the streets should have something better to do with their time. So they made sure they did. They started a club that gave the boys constructive, community-based activities that helped forge their characters. In the 150 years since, this idea has spread from a community cause to a national sensation, with that first club inspiring more than 1,140 independent organizations to form since. Today, Boys & Girls Clubs of America reach more than 4,000 communities, giving children?including the child versions of spokespeople Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez?positive outlets for their spare time.
The Clubs' programs touch on everything from volunteer-service days to bake sales and zoo field trips. Yet no matter what the specific activity, participating students gain a connection with and respect for their community, enhancing their communication skills and self-esteem. The organization also focuses on specific goals through tailored programs, helping build leadership skills, artistic talents, or the knowledge necessary to compete in the job market.
For more than a century, the National Audubon Society has helped connect people with nature, thanks to a national network of more than 500 community-based nature centers and chapters. Audubon continues to engage millions of people in conservation action that protects and restores the environment through its education, advocacy, and scientific programs.
Many might associate Audubon with birds, and rightfully so?the conservation organization has supported efforts that protect and restore their local habitats, along with helping implement policies that safeguard birds across the United States and the Americas. However, Audubon also continues to work to conserve and restore the natural ecosystems of all wildlife, for the benefit of the earth and all creatures in it.
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Dress for Success understands that some women may just need a little help to achieve their career goals. Since its inception, the organization has helped more than 700,000 women around the globe on the road to employment. It provides support at every stage of a woman's career, from overcoming unemployment, to adjusting to a new job, to progressing in her field. Programs target each of these stages by providing business attire for interviews and a network of career-development tools including r?sum?-writing and job-search assistance.
The Coral Restoration Foundation takes an active approach to restoring coral reefs. Its teams grow and plant new coral clusters in reefs near the Florida Keys and in tropical water around Colombia and Bonaire. Since it started restoring reefs in 2003, the team has outplanted more than 10,000 corals in local reefs with an 80% survival rate. They focus on two varieties of threatened coral?staghorn and elkhorn?which then provide shelter for a variety of fish species and preserve a delicate ecosystem.
Bruno’s Bath House elevates the dog-boarding experience by housing pups inside plush suites that will remind them of home. Two times a day, room service peeks in, checking to make sure beds are comfy and bowls are brimming with filtered water. Dog-loving caregivers oversee dogs so that each pet receives ample attention as they gambol across the indoor and outdoor play areas or nap on communal couches. This attentive treatment carries over into Bruno’s Spaw, where dogs receive baths with plush add-ons such as aromatherapy, massage, and Pawdicures. Edible and wearable doggie accessories are also available at Bruno’s Bistro and Boutique.