In one year, Without Regrets Foundation co-founders Tara Ballard and Ché Heinroth knew three adults who passed away and left behind young children. One of these parents, Scott, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2010 and died the following April. He wanted to take his son to Yankee Stadium before passing away, but was unable to make his dream come true. Because of this story and many others like it, Ballard and Heinroth decided to do all they could to give families an opportunity to create memories from one last experience.
Before starting Without Regrets, both cofounders worked with a variety of family charities including March of Dimes and The Leukemia Society. They meet with families who have at least one parent facing a terminal illness and help them pick a good experience for them to share with their children. With approval from the parent's physician, the group then funds the event or trip, leaving the kids with lifelong memories to cherish.
APA shelters FeLV-positive cats in individual enclosures so that they can live out the remainder of their lives in comfort, without the risk of infecting other animals. Infected felines cannot live in normal shelters due to the contagious nature of their illness, so they must move either to specialized shelters or adoptive homes. APA requires additional funding to build more cat enclosures for FeLV-positive cats, with the goal to prevent unnecessary euthanasia.
The Amala Foundation aims to inspire youth to become peaceful and compassionate leaders through local, national, and international humanitarian service projects. Many of these projects are directed at helping to connect underserved youth, including refugee and immigrant children, with opportunities to take leadership roles and serve others. Youth participants have often experienced religious persecution, child labor, extreme poverty, gang violence, or war, and Amala's projects are aimed at helping them to achieve inner peace as well as peace within the communities where they work. Programs include the One Village Project and the Global Youth Peace Summit, which unite youth from around the globe to help them heal and connect with others. Over the last decade, the Amala Foundation has directly impacted the lives of thousands of young people in Austin and around the world.
Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled has worked to improve the dignity and independence of elderly individuals or people with disabilities by providing compassionate, top-quality personal-care assistance services for four decades. Personal-care attendants cater to individuals' needs, performing nonmedical tasks from bathing and grooming to shopping and laundry. The organization's more than 270 attendants travel to the residences of nearly 350 clients, enabling people who require assistance to remain within the comfort and familiarity of their homes.