We have looked in to all the nonprofits listed below to confirm that they are doing good – efficiently and effectively. Let us know which one speaks to you, and call us between now and February 15th to schedule your surgery anytime before the end of 2015, and I’ll donate 5% of my surgical fee to that nonprofit!
Elizabeth Lee, MD, FACS
HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS:
Homes for Our Troops provides newly constructed, specially adapted homes designed for maximum freedom and movement and the ability to live more independently at no cost to the veterans we serve.
Our specialized homes go beyond ADA compliance. They feature single-level, open floor plans, roll-in showers, roll-under countertops, cook tops, and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Depending on the severity of the injured sustained by the veteran, the homes may also include such specialized items as lift systems, keyless door entry, and voice-activated controls.
We have completed hundreds of new homes throughout the country, and we have several ongoing new constructions.
TONY LARUSSA’S ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION (ARF):
People rescuing animals . . . animals rescuing people
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) was created in 1991 by Tony and Elaine La Russa to address the needs of companion animals. ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others’ lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care. ARF is an organization that can not only aid abandoned and homeless animals, but also promote the concept that people’s lives can be enhanced by strengthening the bonds between humans and animals.
FOOD BANK OF CONTRA COSTA AND SOLANO:
Founded in 1975, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is leading the fight to end hunger, in partnership with our community and in service of our neighbors in need. We presently serve over 149,000 people every month, and distribute 18 million pounds a year, enough food for 14 million meals.
MEALS ON WHEELS AND SENIOR OUTREACH SERVICES:
Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services has been enhancing the lives of Contra Costa County seniors since 1968. We serve a growing population of seniors (age 60 or older) in Contra Costa County. We offer six programs that work together to help keep our clients healthy, safe, and independent in their communities. These include: Meals on Wheels, CC Cafes, Friendly Visitors, the Home Care Registry, the Fall Prevention Program, and Geriatric Care Managers.
BREAST CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION:
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), founded in 1993 by the late Evelyn H. Lauder, works to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime by providing critical funding for innovative clinical and translational research at leading medical centers worldwide, and increasing public awareness about good breast health. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $500 million to support research at medical institutions across the globe conducting the most advanced and promising breast cancer research that will help lead to prevention and a cure.
SHELTER, Inc. strives to prevent and end homelessness through:
PREVENTING HOMELESSNESS – Families and individuals are offered assistance to stay in their homes. Homeless families and individuals are offered financial assistance to return to housing.
ENDING THE CYCLE OF HOMELESSNESS – SHELTER, Inc. provides temporary housing in combination with supportive services to families and individuals who are homeless. Participants receive case management services, life skills training, employment, education and other supportive services to become self-sufficient.
PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING – SHELTER, Inc. owns or master leases 250 properties throughout Contra Costa County providing affordable and supportive housing to individuals and families, including those diagnosed with mental illness.
SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES (SSVF) – Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) provides intensive case management to help participants increase their ability to sustain permanent housing and reach their greatest potential.