Causes

San Francisco Aid for Animals

sfafa logoSan Francisco Aid for Animals provides charitable grants for veterinary services to pet guardians facing financial hardship in the San Francisco community. It serves as a safety net for those pets with urgent medical needs that would otherwise result in euthanasia or surrender.

Support SF Aid for Animals at the 2013 Java Jolt 10k or Pep & Paw 5k!

Find out more at SFAidforAnimals.org

Boost West Oakland

Boost LogoBoost! West Oakland is a no-cost tutoring and mentoring program for K-5 students enrolled at Lafayette Elementary School in West Oakland. Since its inception in 1997, the program has served more than 1650 students.

Find out more at BoostOakland.org

Global Exchange

ColorGlobeGlobal Exchange’s Fair Trade Program has worked to promote Fair trade, end child and forced labor and trafficking in the cocoa industry, as well as educate and empower children and adults to advocate for and purchase Fair trade. Because Fair trade cocoa and coffee provide an economically viable way for producers to protect the forests that shade their crops, this campaign has played an equally important role in protecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity.

Find out more at GlobalExchange.org.

Opportunity Fund

Opportunity Fund is a not-for-profit social enterprise helping thousands of California families build financial stability by providing microloans for small businesses, matched savings accounts, and community real estate financing. Now California’s leading microfinance provider, Opportunity Fund began based on the idea that small amounts of money and financial advice could help people make permanent and lasting change to improve their own lives. Since making their first loan in 1995, their team has deployed over $235 million into our communities.

Find out more at opportunityfund.org.

Leap

Leap logoLeap was founded in 1979 as a response to the passing of California Proposition 13, which dramatically reduced state funding for education, effectively eliminating the arts from public elementary schools. Encouraged by the positive changes witnessed in their pilot program, and by an overwhelming response from the community, Leap expanded its residency programs.  A dynamic group of teaching artists have joined the Leap roster over the years. During the 2011-12 school year, Leap served over 8,000 children in 40 local elementary and middle schools. Programs provide valuable learning experiences that enhance students’ overall education, while preparing them for future success in school and in their communities.

Find out more at leaparts.org

Project Open Hand

Project Open Hand has been providing “meals with love” to seniors and those living with serious illnesses in San Francisco and Alameda Counties since 1985.

Project Open Hand delivers meals and groceries to those with symptomatic HIV/AIDS, cancer, and others who are homebound or critically ill regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability or ability to pay.

Find out more at openhand.org.

Stepping Stones International

Stepping Stones International’s first program is being implemented in Mochudi, Kgatleng District, Botswana. They   provide an after school program for 12-18+ year olds with outreach to the families and the community. Botswana is at the epicenter of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and is one of the countries hardest hit by the virus.

While many programs are working to help orphaned children, teenagers are often left unsupported during the most formative years of life. That’s where Stepping Stones steps up. Stepping Stones develops leadership and life skills, provides psychological support and mobilizes the community – lifting the community as a whole. Stepping Stones aims to stop the AIDS cycle by educating youth, providing stability and support, and most of all, giving hope.

Learn more at steppingstonesintl.org

Semper Fi Fund

The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Urgently needed resources are directed to post-9/11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces. The Fund provides support in a variety of ways, including Service Member and Family Support, Specialized and Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance, Therapeutic Arts, and Team Semper Fi.

Find out more at Semperfifund.org

The Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The organization is dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for the disease.

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Find out more at alz.org

Blondes vs Brunettes

Blondes vs Brunettes is a volunteer-driven annual event that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Two teams of women compete in a flag football game with volunteer coaches and announcers to build an atmosphere of fierce, friendly competition. 100% of the money raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Association, and BvB has raised over $1 million since Sara Abbot started the mission in 2005 in honor of her father.

Leading up to game day, teams participate in a series of social events to increase awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, each player raises money to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. Ultimately, Blondes vs. Brunettes hopes to meld the passion and spirit of young community leaders with the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

Find out more at blondesvsbrunettes.org

The Brighter Sky Foundation

This foundation puts social workers in public schools with high dropout rates. By paying for social workers’ salaries, the foundation has increased graduation rates in 5 schools so far.

Contact Camilla Ritchey at CamRitchey@gmail.com for more information.

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