The 9/11 Tribute Center is a visitor center opened in 2006 by the September 11th Families Association, a not-for-profit corporation. 9/11 Tribute Center offers visitors to the World Trade Center a place where they can connect with people from the 9/11 community: family members of lost loved ones, survivors, first responders and people who live and work in lower Manhattan. Through walking tours, exhibits and programs, the 9/11 Tribute Center offers “Person to Person History,” linking visitors who want to understand and appreciate the historic events with those who experienced them. Visitors learn factual information about the events, the identity of 2,973 people killed in the attacks, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations and the tremendous spirit of support and generosity that arose after the attacks. Personal gallery and walking tour experiences are available for student and group visits. Learn more about 9/11 Tribute Center programs, visit www.tributewtc.org.
The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) seeks to reknit the social, economic, and physical fabric of the Bloomfield, Garfield, and Friendship neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by engaging and inspiring members of the community. Community-based and board driven, one of BGC's main goals is to get as many people in the community as possible to participate in efforts aimed at physical revitalization, an improved economy, and strengthened well-being. To see a video showing the work of the BGC, click here.
Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) serves Burmese migrants and refugees on the Thai-Burma border. BCMF was founded in 2006 to transport very ill children to hospitals in Thailand to receive lifesaving surgery. BCMF today continues this work, and has expanded to serve adults, as well as remote communities in Burma with eye clinics and wheelchair distribution. We believe that all people have a right to heath care. We have facilitated surgery for over 2,000 people since our founding, and have served thousands more with eyeglasses and wheelchairs. Please visit their website for donation information.
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Through its Summer Immersion Program and Girls Who Code Clubs, the organization is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Additional information is available at www.girlswhocode.com.
Since 2012, the Healthy Artists project has been educating artists and young adults across America on the critical issue of health care reform. We’ve also mobilized artists to tell their stories and speak out for single-payer universal health care. Our team of dedicated volunteers has created over 40 video documentaries and written interviews that are easy to access and available online for free. We hold art exhibitions, community film screenings, educational forums, and workshops, often for standing-room-only audiences!
Created by Dr. Jay Keenan, A'60, GA'62, and John E. Lane, Jr., this fund benefits undergraduate students who are members of the Red Masquers at Duquesne University. The Duquesne University Red Masquers is proud to lay claim to being the oldest amateur theatre company in the city of Pittsburgh. Known as the Red Masquers since 1914, the group traces its roots back to the late 1800s when Duquesne first started to offer an education in dramatics. Students must plan on enrolling in two semesters of the academic year for which they receive the award and must have accumulated Red Masquer volunteer service points from the previous academic year.
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and providing people with lymphoma and healthcare professionals with up-to-date information about this type of cancer. LRF's mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease.
Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, ages 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 15,000 wishes. At any given time, there are between 550 and 650 wishes pending. Wishes have a life-changing impact on our kids and their families. According to a 2011 study, 98% of parents felt that wish experience gave them the opportunity to be a “normal” family again, and 89% of health professionals, social workers and child life specialists said they believe the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health. For more information visit, greaterpawv.wish.org.
We reached out to Rachel at StyleSteno to choose a charity close to her. She chose Mote Marine Laboratory. Mote Marine Laboratory has been a leader in marine research since it was founded in 1955. Today, they incorporate public outreach as a key part of their mission. Mote is an independent nonprofit organization and has seven centers for marine research, the public Mote Aquarium and an Education Division specializing in public programs for all ages.
We asked Joanna of Jojotastic to choose a charity that meant something to her. She chose Operation Ava, a Philadelphia based no-kill animal shelter where she adopted her dog, Noodle. Operation Ava was founded by nine and twelve year old Ava and Lexie Gutierrez. They provide foster, rescue and adoption services through the Save A Life Program, help less fortunate families afford the necessary medical care for their sick pets, and educate kids of all ages on the issues facing homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats. Choose Ava10 for PAE to donate 10% of your purchase to Operation Ava.
PeacePlayers International (PPI) was founded in 2001 on the premise that “children who play together can learn to live together.” In its twelve years of operations, PPI has reached more than 65,000 participants and trained more than 1,100 youth leaders. Through a groundbreaking peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum, PeacePlayers International uses basketball to bring children together and teach them proven tactics for improving their communities. PeacePlayers International currently operates year-round programs in South Africa, Northern Ireland, Israel and the West Bank, and Cyprus.
We reached out to Amber, of Brunch With Amber to choose a charity close to her heart. She chose the SPCA of Texas. The SPCA of Texas is a local, independent non-profit animal welfare organization serving North Texas, funded by the generosity of the community. The SPCA of Texas is dedicated to providing every animal exceptional care and a loving home. Help support them today!
When one person or one family has clean, accessible water, their lives are changed. But when entire regions and countries have water, the world is changed. Water For People exists for one purpose, and it’s as simple as our name: we want all people to have safe, continuous water, and when they do, our job will be done. We want water for everyone, forever. The current story is one of millions of people without clean water or adequate sanitation facilities. How do we #ChangeThat? We’re looking beyond toilets and wells and water pumps, and into the future. We’re talking to people to find out how they live and what they need to feel healthy, safe, empowered, and successful. We’re designing solutions based on long-term needs — and long lives. We don’t want to be around forever, but we want water to be.