Thursday, May 5, 2011

Nominate your favorite Charity!!!



We are hosting a LIVE STREAMING @ CHA event July 19-20 and we need to choose a charity to benefit!

Please leave a comment with:
  1. Your charity of choice (must be a 501(c)(3) non profit organization)
  2. The website to this Charity
  3. A short statement on why you are nominating them.
We will choose 3 charities to be voted on by our amazing supporters.

and keep an eye out for details on the LIVE STREAMING @ CHA  event!

Thank so much for your support!


angeland said...

I'm voting for the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.

My son was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome at the age of 7. For 7 years we went without knowing what the reason for his delays were-why he didn't sleep, why he laughed so much, why he was so active, asking when he would, if ever, learn to walk, why he was obsessed with water. Getting connected to the other parents was the greatest thing. The estimate is that somewhere between 1 in 10,000 1 in 20,000 are affected.

The Angelman Syndrome Foundation has been instrumental in spreading information to professionals about the syndrome, sponsors biannual national conferences and supports alternating years international conferences and sponsors an annual walkathon. More importantly it connects families so they are not wondering alone.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I am voting for "East County Veterans". Their website is I am nominating East County Veterans because this a new group that started earlier this year. It's about veterans helping veterans. They opened a resource center so veterans can come learn about what is out there for them and the resource center also has a recreational area for them to hang out and relax. The group also has a committee that sends care packages to deployed troops.

cassie d said...

I came to post about The National MS Society ( but just read the previous comment about Angelman Syndrome and now I want to nominate that charity, too!
My husband was diagnosed with MS about 14 or 15 years ago. Everyone was saying "there will be a cure in about 10 years for this". Well, 10 years has come and gone and no cure. I've been seeing a very rapid decline in the past 6 months. He has now moved to a wheelchair and can't do simple things for himself such as make himself lunch. I'm asking for this charity so a cure can finally be found so others don't have to suffer from this disease.

Marisa Pawelko said...

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

I nominate the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation for the amazing work they are doing to put an end to human sex trafficking. This issue is often considered taboo because of the sexual nature, however it is tragic to think of the large amount of kids, teens and even adults that fall victim to this crime in our nation each and every day. I would like to see Charity Wings support this cause to help put an end to this kind of atrocity!

Mittens said...

I would like to nominate the Old Glory Honor Flight org, the Northeast Wisconsin hub of the national Honor Flight Network.

Old Glory' mission is to offer World War II veterans a memorable, safe and rewarding tour of honor to our Nation's Capital.

At no cost to those who have given so much, on a one day whirlwind "mission" the veterans visit those memorials dedicated in their honor including the World War II Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, as well as Arlington National Cemetery.

Far too many of our Nation's heroes have never had the chance to visit their memorial, and with 1,000 WW II Veterans dying each day time is running out!


Queen Ladybug said...

I'm nominating the Mountain Fifes and Drums. This is a music program based on the traditional fife and drum corps of Colonial times. It is rich with history, patriotism, musicality, and focuses on discipline and leadership. Over 200 youth on the mountain have benefitted from this program, and my son joined up in February. On recruit night, I had the pleasure of meeting the Director, Kevin Garland, who was raised on the east coast and was in a fife and drum corps there for 10 years. He brought his passion for music to the West coast and started the Mountain fifes and Drums in 2001. The kids that have been in this programming are amazing to watch. Talented, dedicated, disciplined. They are the leaders of the future. Sadly, Kevin Garland was killed in a car accident on May 4th, 2011. His legacy will continue as the corps marches on. Their website is
Go to the press page to see a few of their performances. To learn more about Kevin Garland, go to
Thank you,
Wendy Crafts

fordgirl said...

I would like to nominate St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Eight years ago we got a call that a friends almost 2 year old had a brain tumor and all our local hospitals could do nothing. After out of state travel for help, all they found were closed doors. As they headed back home to try and make his last few months happy, and pain free, they got a call saying try St. Jude. I am happy to say that this little boy is now 10 years old and attending regular classes with little signs of ever having major brain surgery and months of chemo. During all this, BCBS of Michigan denied all charges due to being out of network. St. Jude's never charged the family a dime, including all meals and housing for the parents/siblings. While we thought we would never hear of another child we know needing St. Jude, we got a call exactly 6 years later that my young cousin, was on her way to St. Jude with Osteosarcoma, (childhood bone cancer). While the survival rate is very low at most Childrens hospitals, we knew she was in the best hands. I am proud to say she is now cancer free, walking on her own again (they removed the bone in her leg), and back in school getting all A's! Once again St. Jude did not charge her family. I believe we all need St. Jude around in the future as we never know when your child, Grandchild, Neice or Nephew, or in my case Cousin will need them. We thank God for Danny Thomas and St. Jude every day!

Visit their website and see the wonderful things they do for children with Cancer.

dawn said...

I nominate
My mom has been fighting ovarian cancer for 6 years. The cancerschmancer charity is about education, prevention and early dectection of cancer in women.

From their website:
We are fighting cancer a different way: CATCHING IT EARLY. By shifting this nation’s focus from just searching for a cure to education, prevention and early detection, we can save lives TODAY. By empowering ourselves and the women we love to become medical consumers; to listen to our bodies, ask the right questions of our doctors and seek second opinions, we can prevent cancer and, if we still end up with it, detect cancer in its earliest stages. At Cancer Schmancer, we aren’t reinventing the wheel. We are shedding light on a method that works to end mortality due to late stage diagnosis. And that’s EARLY DETECTION. Join us in saving lives.
Their website is:

Kas said...

I would like to nominate Let There Be Mom

I have had the pleasure to help with this organization. I can't imagine being one of these parents and knowing that I will not be there to see my children grow up. These parents need their energy to remain with their families as long as possible and not expend it worrying about their children's future. There is NOTHING more precious than a child's memory of their parents and this organization is all about making sure this is done the way the parent's want them to be. I love making scrapbooks for the children so they can hold the wonderful pictures of their parent's life.

Here is there statement:
Let There Be Mom was created to help moms when they, or their child's father, are diagnosed with a life threatening illness by preserving the legacy of the ailing parent. We are here to assist moms in preserving the traditions their families have started, the memories they have made and the hopes and dreams they have for their children. We hope that each mom & dad that we work with make a full recovery, however in the event that one of them is taken from this earth, Let There Be Mom will have helped them leave something for their children to embrace.

Our teams of volunteers also step in to help alleviate some of life’s everyday stresses. This allows Let There Be Mom families time to focus on their health and on creating more memories

Monica M said...

I would like to nominate the non profit organization, Acts of Simple Kindness. It was started by a dear friend of mine, after the sudden death of her husband. It's to benefit children by giving grants for them to continue their activities that are so important during the grieving process. Getting back to their music, sports, etc may put a financial strain on the new widow or widower. That is where Acts of Simple Kindess can help.

The website is
Thank you for your consideration~

scootingranny said...

What a wonderful blessing you will be giving to three charities!

The charity I would like to nominate is called the Snowball Express and they sponsor family events for children who have lost a parent in military service since 09/11/01.

Although not intentional by any means, it seems that the most vulnerable and impressionable of our society are sometimes overlooked and this organization gives them the opportunity to meet other kids and families who are going through the same struggles they are. The magnanimous actor Gary Sinise is one of the spokespersons for this group and supporting this organization will help so many children whose wounds are not physical but are definitely there and who definitely need our attention, love and support.

Sherry Fralic said...

I would like to nominate the Make a Wish Foundation. Their volunteers and sponsors improve the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through wish-granting. The Foundation's work makes a life-changing impact on the children and their families.

Valerie M said...

I'd like to nominate World Vision.

World Vision works nationally and internationally to help impoverished people with a hand up, not a hand out. They are best known for their child sponsorship program (about $30/month to sponsor a child in a country of your choice). But they do so much more! More likely than not, they are working in your city in a variety of ways.

My personal experience with World Vision was being a board member with a subsidiary program called "Women of Vision" as part of their Pasadena, CA chapter. As a chapter, we volunteered time with a local charity, and picked a "focus" country (we picked two, since we could not narrow it down!) whereby we learned about the specific causes of poverty, and effective remedies for such.

We also raised money for hand picked projects (domestic and international, again in our focus countries). Projects ranged from residential rehabilitation programs for girls (not women, children) being rescued from sexual exploitation, microenterprise loans, residential homes for street children, AIDS relief, gender equality, nutritional education, promoting school for girls, rescuing people from indentured servitude, emergency aid, and so much more.

Through this experience, I got to travel to Cambodia twice to personally visit our projects and was pleased to see the money being used wisely, with lasting effects for the people whom they served.

When World Vision invests in a third world country, they pick a locale and commit to spending 15 years there (three 5 year phases with a different focus/objective for each, ending with transferring complete ownership and management to the local people). They believe, for instance, that fundamental infrastructure must be in place (water quality) before working on social issues (such as sending boys to school before girls). While education is extremely important, they recognize the natural progression to strengthening a society.

Their 2010 financial disclosure statement shows that 85% of their revenue goes directly to programs; 10% to fundraising, and 5% to management & general.

My overall experience and impression in partnering with World Vision has been that we are so INCREDIBLY blessed. I don't have to figure out how to live on $2/day income, and make tough choices about which of my children can go to school and which must be sent into the streets to beg. I don't have to figure out how to make my one sack of grain last for an entire season of meals in light of a recent drought. But I can stand alongside an organization that is truly making a difference and offer financial support.

In closing, their vision statement says:

"Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness;
Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so."

Karen said...

I would like to also nominate Acts of Simple Kindness (ASK). ASK is a 501c3 nonprofit that helps kids of widows and widowers, through the age of 18, pursue programs in the areas of education, sports, music and the arts.

The loss of a spouse and parent is difficult enough without worrying about how to afford the programs that will bring their grieving children happiness, provide stability and often fulfill a wish of a parent no longer here to grant the wish themselves. Acts of Simple Kindness, Inc. was created so that this very important and overlooked need would be provided for.

I founded Acts of Simple Kindness (ASK) after my husband, Steven, died suddenly and unexpectedly in August of 2007. After nearly 10 years together, I found myself instantly thrown into the world of widowhood and single parenthood with our 4 1/2 year old son. Sad and scared, I had no idea how I would continue on without my best friend while navigating the journey of grief for myself and our young son. It was a very difficult time.

In meeting other widows and widowers along my journey, I realized that there was a real need to provide support for what many consider 'extra-curricular' activities such as participation in sports or music or even a tutoring program to get them back on track with their studies. For a grieving child, it could be something as simple as continuing swim lessons, signing up for Little League or being able to rent a clarinet for music classes at school (just like Mommy or Daddy did when they were younger) that begins their journey of healing.

Thank you so much for your consideration of this worthy cause!

Karen said...

My apologies - forgot the website!

We also have an active Facebook page -

JenniferAnn said...

I'd like to nominate THE LEAVEN.
Funds are greatly needed to provide summer programs and prepare for the new school year. 100% of the donation will go to the children.
Founded in 2005 to provide the community-at-large a way to greatly impact the lives of at-risk and under-performing children residing in the most under-served neighborhoods in Fairfield, CA. The Leaven is proud to begin its sixth year of service. Our organization was initially established through a collaborative effort between the City of Fairfield, the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District and Parkway Community Church. However, in March of 2009, The Leaven became its own tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The Leaven continues to run three program sites around the city of Fairfield. We are scheduled to open a fourth site in October 2011 in the Grande Circle neighborhood. Each site is located in or around densely populated, low-income housing complexes.

Children have access to the program center 4 days per week, after school and during summer break. The children participate in the following:

After School Tutoring: Leaven staff/volunteers work one-on-one with each child on basic skills instruction involving literacy, grammar and mathematics skills improvement, in addition to communicating with teachers to address deficiencies and work on individual homework assignments.

Crime/Violence Prevention: Leaven staff/volunteers reinforce Peacebuilder’s (violence prevention) concepts taught in school, include children in comprehensive approaches to preventing local crime and violence and organize a health/safety and cultural diversity fair for local families.

Summer Success: Extending tutoring and recreational opportunities into the summer, The Leaven collaborates with schools to provide enrichment activities in basic math/reading skills.

Health/Wellness: The Leaven brings organized fitness and soccer programs to children. The Leaven has established a yearly Farm to Families program to address childhood obesity

Lauren B. said...

I'm nominating Covenant House New York ( Covenant House New York provides at-risk and homeless youth with a safe place to live, no questions asked. It also helps to teach them essential values and skills needed to feel a sense of power over their own lives and to foster relationships with other people. Covenant House New York is especially in need now that the governor of New York has drastically cut funding that had previously been put towards homeless youth.

Anonymous said...

Date: 11/01/2012 - 12/25/2012
Time: 12:00 am - 05:00 pm
Angels with Faith Ministries 501c3 non-profit charity announces
the kickoff of our Christmas Angels Program on November 1st through
which we provide Christmas to 100s of area children who would not
otherwise have anything under the tree on Christmas morning.Since we
receive no funding we rely strictly on the tax deductible donations of
our community & this year we expect over 1000 children.We have
volunteers to pickup donated toys(new&LIGHTLY used),Bikes,baby
needs,gifts for older children,warm clothing,food for holiday
baskets,computers,laptops&other electronics such as mp3
playesr,ipods,tablets etc,donations can also be made via paypal on our
We are hosting a 1 day Christmas Angels festival& Toy drive fundraiser
event at Jug tavern Park & Pavillion on December 1st from 7 am until 7
pm.We have live music being played all day by local groups
country,gospel & Christmas music, free moonwalks,facepainting & of
course Santa for the kids,a Cutest Kids contest (everyone is welcome
to enter those cute kids see details on our website)with the grand
prize being donated by Disney World Orlando,games,a bake sale
(donations needed by November 30th PLEASE),silent auctions for
authentic autographed Nascar,music & sports legends,raffles all day
for those who donate new toys,bikes(new or lightly used),food,gift
cards,or by credit card,check or cash for every donation you will
receive a raffle ticket for these drawings to be held every 30 minutes
for GREAT prizes donated by area merchants.We will also have our Angel
Tree from which you can choose a family or families to adopt or
sponsor for Christmas & choose to meet & work with that family
personally or through us.ALL donations are tax deductible & 100% of
ALL donations go directly to providing Christmas gifts,warm clothing &
holiday food baskets to Georgia childen.PLEASE come out & show your
support & love for Georgias littlest angels!Applications for Christmas
assistance available through DFCS & also childens hospital,disabled
military groups,Toys for Tots,Salvation Army,etc & can also be emailed
to us here after November 1st.You must live in georgia,have a true
financial need for assistance & you must not be receiving Christmas
help from anywhere else,we will check.
If you are a vendor & would like to reserve a spot to sell your arts &
crafts,Christmas items,etc please call asap deadline is November 22nd
we have 15 spots available for a $25 donation you can have a spot for
the busiest shopping weekend of the month,you must provide your own
tables & all vendors must remember that we are a Christian charity Lori,director 678-754-1541/Rev Michael
Tuck 678-754-2337 volunteers Avis 678-887-5395 Vickie 770-990-4579

Location: Angels with Faith Ministries & Church 501c3 non-profit charity
722 Chicken Lyle RD
Winder,GA 30680