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Your $25 Donation Can Make A Difference This Holiday Season

Wondering how to make an impact this year? Maybe you don’t have much time to donate but you still want to give back. Donate just $25 to one or more of these worthy causes this season of giving.

Make a hospitalized child’s day with a $25 gift to The Art of ElysiumYour donation provides a hospitalized pediatric patient in the United States with art supplies. The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997 that encourages working actors, musicians, and artists to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. They provide artistic workshops in these disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting, and creative writing.

Volunteers Shannon Going, Heidi Kerring, and Jenny Robinson were join on stage by two special guest cast members during today’s session of Animated Storytelling!

Nov 20, 2013 – Volunteers Shannon Going, Heidi Kerring, and Jenny Robinson were join on stage by two special guest cast members during today’s session of Animated Storytelling! (Photo Credit – The Art of Elysium Facebook Page)

 

Help our veterans find a job by giving to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America‘s Combat to Career Program. This program offers groundbreaking resources to their members, like providing 6,000 free business suits to veterans, helping hundreds of them navigate the job market at Smart Job Fairs and providing critical training to vets through Google Resume Workshops. IAVA’s programs are nationally-recognized, trusted and cost-effective. And thanks to generous in-kind donations, for every dollar donated, IAVA delivers $4 in programmatic support to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. IAVA is a 501(c)3 organization (EIN# 20-1664531).

IAVA and US Chamber of Commerce at Job Fair to Hire Our Heroes (Photo Credit - IAVA.org)

IAVA and US Chamber of Commerce at Job Fair to Hire Our Heroes (Photo Credit – IAVA.org)

 

Donate $25 to Equus Foundation and cover a therapeutic riding session for a patient recovering from a stroke or injury. The benefits of human-animal interaction are well-known, but developing a bond with a horse is also physically and mentally challenging. Developing a relationship with a horse can develop confidence, trust, patience, and empathy. The Equus Foundation also sponsors a number of other programs including one that cares for the therapy horses.

Photo Credit - Equus Foundation

Photo Credit – Equus Foundation

 

Your donation to Pencils of Promise can help end illiteracy in Guatemala by covering a student’s entire tuition for a year! It can also go toward the building of new schools globally in places of need. Pencils of Promise focuses on building strong structures and sustainable education programs. By forming long-lasting, collaborative relationships with communities, they increase access to quality education and positively impact students and parents in high-need communities throughout Laos, Ghana and Guatemala.

Pencils of Promise Nicaragua Photoshoot Seeds of Learning

Pencils of Promise Nicaragua Photoshoot
Seeds of Learning (Photo Credit – Pencils of Promise)

 

Help an inner city urban famer to grow fresh food by visiting Growing Power. For $25, you can provide 25 trays of healthy seedlings. Growing Power is committed to providing safe, affordable and healthy foods to communities through the development of Community Food Systems. The organization’s efforts are focused on three main areas: teaching growing methods and facilitating growing projects, providing education and technical assistance, and establishing food production and distribution.

Growing Power Chicago Light Urban Farm- 2012 Jamba Juice It's All About the Fruit and Veggies Grant Winner

Growing Power Chicago Light Urban Farm- 2012 Jamba Juice It’s All About the Fruit and Veggies Grant Winner (Photo Credit – KidsGardening.org)

 

~There are so many easy ways to give back this season – pick a charity that speaks to you and your passions!~

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