LVA is taking part in #GivingTuesday to support causes nearest and dearest to our hearts. In the spirit of the holiday season and with much generosity, Lisa gifted each LVA office employee $250 to donate to the charity or charities of their choosing.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
This #GivingTuesday, LVA staff chose to donate to the following organizations:
Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
American Heart Association: For nearly 100 years, American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. AHA wants to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
amfAR: amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $550 million in its programs and has awarded more than 3,300 grants to research teams worldwide.
Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project: Chikumbuso, a grassroots project located in Ng’ombe compound, provides hope and opportunity to some of the most vulnerable women and children in the township. Chikumbuso offers free education for children, adult training and capacity building through micro enterprise opportunities, youth life skills training and outreach to the elderly.
Electronic Frontier Foundation: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
Maryland Food Bank: The Maryland Food Bank is a non-profit organization leading the movement to end hunger in Maryland. MD Food Bank has an extensive network of community and organizational partners across the state that distribute food to the Marylanders who need them. MD Food Bank supplies the food to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and faith-based organizations that serve food-insecure Marylanders.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland: Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland provides a “home-away-from-home” for seriously ill children and their families. Part of an international network serving children and families in 54 countries, Ronald McDonald House Charities Maryland is an independent, locally funded and controlled Chapter of one of the world’s most recognized and respected philanthropic organizations.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
Weekend Backpacks: The mission of Weekend Backpacks is to provide food to vulnerable, food-insecure Baltimore City youth to facilitate academic success and improve their lives both physically and emotionally. All Baltimore City schoolchildren are provided breakfast and lunch at school each day. However, many of the students suffer from food insecurity, lacking sufficient funds to provide them with food when school is not in session. Weekend Backpacks provides child-friendly, nutritious food directly to children in need over the weekends.
World Health Organization: WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. Its main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services.