RCMA – FLORIDA

What We Do
At RCMA, we provide quality child care and early education for children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Florida. The largest non-profit child-care provider in Florida, RCMA is a leader in high-quality early childhood services. More than half of RCMA’s child-care centers are nationally accredited.

BREAK AWAY ALTERNATIVE BREAKS

What We Do
Break Away started small, but was founded on big ideas. Michael Magevney and Laura Mann, two Vanderbilt University students, began Break Away in June 1991. Thanks to the tremendous financial and administrative support Break Away enjoyed in their near-decade operating as a program at Vanderbilt, we grew from a fledgling alternative break resource center to a leading national organization. We currently have a network of over 200 chapter schools, more than 500 nonprofit partners, and thousands of alternative break alumni worldwide. As true believers in the power of positive change, we are proud of our growth and transformation over the years.

CAMPUS COMPACT

What We Do
Campus Compact provides tools and resources to enable colleges and universities to engage effectively on issues that matter to communities beyond the campus.  We help colleges and universities fulfill their public purposes–educating students for lives of citizenship and working through partnerships to meet the challenges affecting local, state, national, and global communities.

FEED AMERICA

What We Do
Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. For 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks. The concept of food banking was developed by John Van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the late 1960s. Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve the hungry. One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up—similar to the way “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.

FOOD AND FRIENDS

What We Do
Founded in 1988, Food & Friends began in the basement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church with 20 volunteers enlisted to deliver 15 meals/day serving a total of 1,800 meals to 60 clients. Since our inception, we have moved from the cramped church basement to our own state-of-the-art kitchen and pantry facility and initiated new programs to meet the changing needs of people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses in the Washington, DC metropolitan community.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC MISSIONS

What We Do
Making disciples by serving, sharing life,and sharing Jesus with people. Our organization provides street medical clinics, cares for children rescued from street prostitution and feed the very poor in the Dominican Republic.

WILD BIRD SANCTUARY –FLORIDA KEYS

What We Do
The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary provides a humane, natural and protected refuge to hindered birds. Founder Laura Quinn recognized that some injured birds could not safely return to the wild. She knew, though, they could humanely live long and enriched lives if given a secure space to thrive. The Sanctuary offers acres of wetlands that serve as a habitat for many of the birds that fit this description. The property offers one of the only known saltwater tidal ponds in Monroe County, an abundance of native flora and fauna. The Sanctuary serves as a natural habitat to wildlife, as a healthy and flourishing part of the ecosystem and as a home for those birds no longer able to survive in the wild.

ASIS WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER (COSTA RICA)

What We Do
Costa Rica is known for its great diversity of plants and animals, however, human development and the accompanying destruction of natural habitat, not to mention illegal hunting, have led to a precipitous decline in wildlife populations, causing many species to be in danger of extinction. We at ASIS believe by doing our part in helping injured wild animals and educating the public on the struggle of these animals, we will be helping to restore the balance between man and nature.

LIBERTY CHILDREN’S HOME (BELIZE)

What We Do
Liberty Children’s Home is a sanctuary for children in need, providing in a natural environment, love, nurturing, and a high standard of education. Situated in Ladyville, on the outskirts of Belize City, Belize, Central America. Liberty Children’s Home is unique in its commitment to child-centered care and education. The home’s philosophy has been influenced by the Pikler method of childcare, a well-researched approach developed to prevent the damaging effects of institutionalization on children. Liberty also draws from the Reggio Emilia and Montessori methods that aim for the fullest possible development of the whole child.

BABOON SANCTUARY (BELIZE)

What We Do
The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey (called ‘baboon’ in the local Creole dialect) while promoting the economic development of the participating communities. The result has been an innovative project in sustainable ecotourism that protects the habitat for the endangered Black Howler Monkey and other species while offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rainforest and witness Black Howler Monkeys in the wild.

HACIENDA TRANQUILA (GALAPAGOS)

What We Do
Hacienda Tranquila is where people go to help strengthen the human and natural communities of the Galapagos by day, and to soak up the cultural and natural beauty of the islands by night (and weekend). Physically, Hacienda Tranquila is a 50 hectare plot of land located in the tiny 15 family farming community of La Soleadad on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos. The plot of land itself is extremely impressive, as it borders the national park and affords astounding views of the native forests of the Galapagos all the way down to the island’s eastern and western shorelines. However, Hacienda Tranquila is so much more than a plot of land with a view. Hacienda Tranquila is defined by the work its volunteers do to. Our mission is to strengthen the environment and community simultaneously. Virtually all volunteer programs in the Galapagos focus solely on the environment and neglect the problems of the people.

ANCHORAGE CHILDREN’S HOME, PANAMA CITY, FL

What We Do
Anchorage continues to provide a continuum of care for at-risk and abused and neglected children, youth and their families, 24 hours a day, 7 days through screening, assessment, case management and counseling, basic shelter, and non-residential aftercare services. From our humble beginning in 1983 to our present success as a nationally accredited service provider, we maintain our culture of caring that makes the difference in the lives of children, youth and their families. We will continue to pursue our vision through community partnership and proven best practices that have served our children and youth well for many years.

NEXT STEP HOMELESS SHELTER (HAWAII)

What We Do
Waikiki Health provides compassionate healing and expert care that result in improved health and quality of life for all in their island community. The mission of Waikiki Health is to provide quality medical and social services that are accessible and affordable for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

LEAVENWORTH FISH HATCHERY, WA

What We Do
The mission of the Complex is to produce high quality spring Chinook salmon and summer steelhead smolts commensurate with the production goals established by the Columbia River Fisheries Management Plan.

FOOD BANK OF THE ROCKIES

What We Do
Food Bank of the Rockies (FBR) is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Colorado. Founded in 1978, FBR was known as the Colorado Food Clearing House. Operating from a 900-square-foot schoolroom in Northwest Denver, the fledgling organization collected bread from a nearby Safeway store, our first food donor, and distributed it to Little Sisters of the Poor, our first partner agency.

GRIZZLY AND WOLF CENTER (YELLOWSTONE)

What We Do
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is committed to conservation, with their main focus being conservation of habitat and wild species in the Yellowstone ecosystem. The GWDC has been working with the Wind River Bear Institute, a group that works with bear shepherding dogs to help train bears to stay away from human areas since 2003. Not only do they educate people about the work of this great organization, but they have brought Nakiska – a Karelian Bear Dog – to work at the Center, helping to create a connection between visitors, these wonderful hard-working dogs and the bears that they help to save. Work is also done with government agencies regarding their conservation efforts. They have worked closely with the National Park Service educating the public about the proper use and effectiveness of Bear Pepper Spray. The hope is that increasing people’s understanding about Bear Pepper Spray will prevent future conflicts.

MOAB SOLUTIONS

What We Do
The mission of Moab Solutions is to reduce and eliminate the waste of materials and human potential while nurturing the well-being of the natural world. We protect and restore natural areas, help the homeless help themselves, and promote the benefits of Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle practices. At their core is a deep respect for and love of the natural world, and all lives that depend upon it. “We are called to assist the earth, to heal her wounds, and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty, and wonder.” –  Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner

OCEAN CONSERVANCY

What We Do

We face many complex challenges when it comes to a clean and healthy ocean, but one problem is simple to understand:Trash. People know that trash in the water:

● compromises the health of humans, wildlife and the livelihoods that depend on a healthy ocean
● threatens tourism and recreation, and the critical dollars they add to our local economies
● complicates shipping and transportation by causing navigation hazards
● generates steep bills for retrieval and removal
Unfortunately, what we see dirtying beaches and floating on the ocean’s surface is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more lies unseen beneath the surface and far away on the open water — but that doesn’t make it any less important. That’s why Ocean Conservancy is taking bold action, working to stop the flow of trash at the source, before it has a chance to reach the water to choke and entangle dolphins or endanger sea turtles, or ruin our beaches and depress our local economies.

REEF TEACH HAWAII

What We Do

The ReefTeach Program at Kahalu‘u Bay aims to educate visitors and residents alike on how to avoid damaging corals and take care of honu (green sea turtles) and reef animals. ReefTeach is a volunteer-powered program initiated in 2000 by UH Sea Grant for West Hawaiʻi. In 2006 UH Sea Grant was joined by another strong partner, The Kohala Center, and ReefTeach has continued to expand into a visible, robust, and effective reef protection program.

FLORIDA FWC MANATEE PROGRAM

What We Do

We secure a network of habitats of sufficient quality and extent to ensure the viability of our native fish, manatee, wildlife, and plants for the use and enjoyment of future generations.

SOUTH WALTON TURTLE WATCH

What We Do

We are a group of volunteers whose purpose is to locate endangered and threatened sea turtle nests and to protect them along the beaches of NW Florida during the crucial nesting and hatching season. By law, Only certified members are allowed to interact with endangered sea turtles.