In addition to gathering critical data, WeALLCount’s volunteers hand out vouchers for food, share information on local resources, and distribute hygiene kits to provide temporary relief and comfort while the organization seeks long-term solutions. Each hygiene kit costs $3 to assemble, and includes soap, a toothbrush, a small towel, and other bath and care products in a reusable bag. RTFH needs additional funding to meet its goal of distributing 1,000 hygiene kits.
Each of the horses under care at the non-profit Laughing Pony Rescue has been saved from abandonment, sickness, or an abusive situation. Responsible for the rehabilitation of more than 300 horses, Laughing Pony Rescue educates the public, trains horses and humans, and gives these noble creatures a happy home. Visitors can share in the communal spirit through group horse hugs or the ranch’s assortment of activities, which include lessons and trail rides as well as therapeutic riding.
Veterans 360 works with recent combat veterans, helping them develop professional and interpersonal skills as they reintegrate into civilian life. Structured daily activities and projects are based around four goals: engagement, healing, education, and employment. When veterans first begin the program, they receive holistic posttraumatic-stress-disorder treatments that can include mentorships and therapy. Through engaging activities, they can learn about wind turbines, help maintain children’s playgrounds, and learn how to surf. Educational programs, meanwhile, help participants prepare for a return to the classroom or provide vocational training for specific careers. Ultimately, veterans can earn certifications in trade skills and work with mentors to find jobs.
IBPF plans to publish a new reference manual, “Healthy Living with Bipolar Disorder,” to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder to cope with its effects. The reference book is also useful to the families and caregivers of those affected, with chapters written pro-bono by bipolar experts on understanding the illness, as well as various resources for treatment. IBPF plans to distribute the book to mental-health providers, city libraries, and universities across the country. However, the organization still needs $6,850 to meet its goal to publish 500 copies of the reference book at $13.70 each, including funds for binding, graphics, printing, and tabs.
Lava Sport & Fitness offers a wide variety of monthly fitness classes across its five locations, providing fitness aficionados and exercise newcomers a spacious, mutual home base. The monthlong unlimited access to one of Lava's five gyms (up to a $298 value) includes attendance to any available fitness classes. Check the list of locations to see which classes are offered near you, and then try your hand at an indoor cycling course, or your soon-to-be blurrily speedy leg at a kickboxing class. Lava also offers group instruction on jiu jitsu, Pilates, and yoga, as well as specifically targeted workouts such as the abs class or the butt and guts course.
The JA Titan of Industry Challenge is a worldwide online competition that begins locally in high-school classrooms. Teams of three or four students use graduate-level computer programs to manage a virtual company, collaborating as they control all aspects of the business, including pricing of goods, production, marketing, research and development, and charitable giving. The repercussions of students' decisions are reflected in regular reports of profit, sales, and market shares. Teams must learn the nuances of competing in a global marketplace to succeed, and the top performing team in each classroom is invited to attend the San Diego County-wide JA Titan of Industry Competition on Friday, December 9th, where they get the chance to win savings bonds, laptops, and an opportunity to compete internationally. It costs the organization $40 for each student to participate in the classroom simulation, including costs for materials and training, and Junior Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Counties would like to sponsor 30 teams of students in the event.