Research shows that children dealing with significant challenges—such as delinquent behavior, abusive home lives, or emotional or cognitive developmental delays—benefit greatly from contact with animals in therapeutic activities. By caring for and playing with animals, children can develop a sense of responsibility, foster their nurturing instincts, and build relationships with animals that can lead to developing trust with caring adults as well.
Heartland Farm Sanctuary provides care and a peaceful, safe environment for homeless farm animals and creates programs that cultivate animal-human bonds to improve the animals' quality of life and benefit vulnerable children. As part of its community-outreach efforts, Heartland Farm Sanctuary's Farm on Wheels program serves special-needs, seriously ill, or at-risk children by bringing farm animals to Madison-area nonprofit organizations, where children can learn more about the animals and participate in therapeutic activities with them under the supervision of Heartland's staff and volunteers.
Join G-Team and donate $10 to help provide vulnerable local youth with therapeutic animal activities. If G-Team members raise $400, then Heartland Farm Sanctuary's Farm on Wheels can visit eight community organizations to provide these activities. Each additional $50 raised will be used to provide another community group with therapeutic animal activities. When G-Team members donate to today's cause, they can vote through the redemption form on one of five organizations, or suggest another organization, to help decide which groups the Heartland farm animals will visit.
Unlike traditional Groupon deals, G-Team campaigns typically don't offer you a "discount" or "savings." So "buyer" beware—when you click "Buy" to donate your time or money to a worthwhile G-Team cause, the only discount you may receive is 100 percent off free, priceless karma. Read more about G-Team.