This week, our featured charity is Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids.
Bringing Tenderness To Tragedy and turning tragedy to triumph for the families of kids who have lost a parent by providing practical, professional, and personal assistance at each stage of the grieving and recovery process. This Foundation is dedicated in honor and loving memory of Manuel S. Yatooma (1947-1993).
The sudden loss of a parent triggers a broad range of family crises that may take years to surmount. Through partnerships with business professionals and social service organizations, Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids assembles a team of volunteers to meet each family’s unique needs throughout each phase of their grieving and recovery process.
This week, our featured charity is Variety, The Children’s Charity.
The generous grant support received from Art Van allowed Variety to continue to reach out to more than 15,000 children in need in our community. Grant funds were used in support of the Variety Myoelectric Center to benefit children to live fuller and more productive lives. Once the amazing “miracle limb” is put on a child, there is a tremendous physiological change which immediately leads to a more normal life.
Art Van’s support has enabled us to continue our mission to serve children by assisting children in the costs of myoelectric prostheses and to provide hope and opportunity for children with special needs in our community.
The grant funds were used in support of the The Variety Produce Rescue Mission Program which provides healthy, nutritional food to children. Many needy people don’t get any fresh vegetables or fruit and perishables are hard for agencies to handle and hard to get to people, so what we are strive to do through this program is close the loop. Variety’s goal for the Produce Rescue Mission has been to provide healthy, nutritional food to children who otherwise might go to bed hungry. With the help of Art Van, this year we were able to provide thousands of children and their families with much needed nutritional food.
The funds were also used to support the Variety K.I.D.S. (Kids in Distressed Situations) Program. This program provides coats, clothing, shoes, books, toys, and school supplies to children to keep them safe and healthy. This program provides children with a sense of pride and dignity.
This week, our featured charity is The First Day Shoe Fund.
The First Day Shoe Fund’s mission is to provide new shoes to children in grades K – 2 in the Kalamazoo Public School system who qualify for free and/or reduced lunch as set by the Federal government. The Art Van grant will go towards shoes for 2011 distribution.
This week, our featured charity is Special Kids Inc.
Special Kids offers individual, specialized therapies and services to children with developmental and learning disabilities. Special Kids focuses on providing quality and affordable therapeutic programs to children in need. Special Kids has been providing these important and vital programs since 2002. We believe in helping the kids who need it the most!
This week, our featured charity is the The Andre’ Bosse Center.
The Andre’ Bosse Center was created in response to the brutal abduction and murder of 11 year old Andre’ Bosse. The Center has gone on to become the first rural child advocacy center in Michigan to be accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. The Art Van Grant will help fund assessment and treatment services.
This week, our featured charity is The Bottomless Toy Chest.
The Bottomless Toy Chest, Inc. is devoted to delivering art projects, crafts and interactive toys to hospitalized pediatric cancer patients. Their mission is to promote a positive state of mind in young cancer patients by providing them with empowering, engaging activities. The Art Van grant will help provide emotional support for pediatric cancer patients.
This week, our featured charity is Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.
Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired’s mission is to promote the independence of people who are visually impaired and to promote the prevention of blindness. The Art Van Grant will help with vision loss, prevention and rehabilitation.
This week, our featured charity is American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.
The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention is exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. They also reach out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. The Art Van grant will help fund a walk that will raise funds for aggressive mental health research within our local community.
This week, our featured charity is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan (“BIGS-NW”) is a non-profit organization that works tirelessly to change children’s lives for the better. For over 50 years, we have been committed to creating and fostering one-to-one adult-child mentor relationships for at-risk children (single-parent, low-income households) in an eight-county region. Serving approximately 300 children annually, BIGS-NW has successfully helped more than 2,500 children to date. However, we must do more! The reality in northwestern Michigan is that there are more than 2,500 at-risk children in need of a mentor. Someone they can count on, who will listen without judgment, and help guide them toward making good decisions. Someone who will open up opportunities they might never have known existed. BIGS-NW is one of the most recognized donor-driven charities operating today. We rely solely on our community for financial support. BIGS-NW does not receive any state or federal funding. A first ballgame, a heart-to-heart talk, a milk-through-the-nose laugh … these things might not seem earth-shattering to most people, but for a child in need the power of a moment like this can be life-altering and truly part of something BIG.
This week, our featured charity is The Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Saginaw County .
The CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region’s CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program is a nationally accredited program to provide highly trained volunteers as a powerful voice that advocates for a safe, permanent, loving environment for children who are in the Saginaw County court system because of abuse and neglect.
CASAs are ordinary people making extra-ordinary contributions to the lives of abused and neglected children. Every child has the right to a safe, permanent and caring home. Yet, according to the Saginaw County Department of Human Services, each year in Saginaw County over 350 children are confirmed victims of abuse or neglect. Most of these children live in foster care or with relatives because it is not safe to return home. Most of these children will end up in court. Their only ‘crime’ is that they have been victims.
It is up to a family court judge to decide the child’s future. Is it safe to return home? Will the child remain in foster care for the rest of their childhood? Will adoption be the permanent solution? A CASA will research their case, assess the facts, identify key problems and submit court reports and then make a recommendation to the family court judge who will then make a decision about the child’s future.
The Art Van grant will help support this vital program that advocates, “I am for the child”!