Featured Organizations

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TEARS of Seminole County

TEARS Inc. is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded to support abused, abandoned and relinquished animals within Seminole County Animal Services (SCAS). Our mission is to work in unison with SCAS to improve both shelter living conditions and quality of life for these homeless animals. Unlike private shelters, SCAS must take in every animal brought to them and provide it with food and basic medicine, regardless of whether or not they have the space or adequate staffing to care for them. If a dog or cat comes into the shelter needing medical attention, either it’s put up for adoption in hopes that someone adopts it and gets it the medical help it needs, or it’s euthanized. The shelter is also not permitted to raise additional funds in order to support its efforts which means the support TEARS offers is critical to the animals that come in needing medical care.

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Seminole County Animal Services

Seminole County Animal Services was established in the early 1970’s to have local ordinances to prevent domestic animal nuisances and to have a safe place to take stray and homeless pets. Today not only do we enforce ordinances, we provide such services as rabies vaccinations and microchipping as well. We ask that you “Adopt- Don’t Shop” and come to the shelter and adopt your next family pet. We also have plenty of volunteer and foster home opportunities if you would like to help the homeless pets in our community. As our mission statement says “We strive to preserve the lives of all animals”.

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Food Bank of North Alabama

In 1984 a small group of committed volunteers started the Food Bank of North Alabama by borrowing a desk from the Huntsville Madison County Senior Center and making calls to local farmers. In our early years, we focused exclusively on feeding neighbors in need but the number of residents who could not afford to buy enough food to eat only increased. So, we broadened our aim and now take a two-pronged approach to solving hunger.

We feed the hungry today AND create solutions that will end hunger tomorrow.

We accomplish this mission by supplying 13 million pounds of food a year to a network of over 200 food pantries, shelters and children’s programs in 11 counties of North Alabama. Together we feed over 80,000 people at risk of hunger annually.

We also address hunger’s root causes through broad-scale collaborations and local food initiatives that foster entrepreneurship and healthy food access across our region.

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WNY Women’s Foundation

The WNY Women’s Foundation creates opportunities for each woman to learn, earn, lead, and thrive.

At the WNY Women’s Foundation, we recognize that anyone who identifies as a woman is a woman; inclusive of cis, non-binary, trans, and gender fluid individuals.

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Rescue Our Furry Friends

The Rescue Our Furry Friends organization was established in 2004 by Diane Adair and Cindy McClellan. ROFF has placed over 450 dogs, over 250 cats and 23 birds thus far.

ROFF does not have a facility and therefore relies on the generosity and kindness of our local families whom are willing to foster dogs and cats until their forever homes are found.

As of June 2008, our organization was granted a non-profit status. All donations to ROFF are now tax deductible.

All dogs are vaccinated for rabies, distemper and kennel cough. They are de-wormed and started on Vectra. If the dogs are over 6 months of age, they are spayed and neutered before they can be adopted. We begin the dogs on housebreaking and crate training as soon as they enter the rescue.

All cats are tested for feline leukemia and feline AIDS. They are also de-wormed and started on Vectra. If the cats are over 6 months of age, they are spayed and neutered before they can be adopted. We begin litter training as soon as they enter the rescue.

Rescue Our Furry Friends requires an application to be completed if anyone is interested in one of our animals. Their is no adoption fee. There is an adoption contract that needs to be signed prior to any adoption. The animals we adopt out must be kept as inside animals.

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Reading Partners

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities to provide students with the proven, individualized reading support they need to read at grade level by fourth grade.

We know that reading is the foundation for all future learning. The ability to read transforms lives and empowers children and communities to reach their full potential. Research shows that students who read at grade level by fourth grade have a greater opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.

That’s why we partner with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Our volunteers provide hour-long tutoring sessions to students— following a structured, evidence-based curriculum developed with an expert team of curriculum advisors.

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PEN America

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our Membership—a nationwide community of more than 7,500 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.

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La Casa de las Madres

The mission of La Casa de las Madres is to respond to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We give survivors the tools to transform their lives. We seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence.

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