As moms, we all want to make the world a better place for our kids and grand-kids. Whether that means volunteering in your community or making a monetary donation to an organization of your choice, giving back is oh-so-important.
In the spirit of giving back, we’ve put together a list of some of the charities that are near and dear to the hearts of our bloggers. Explore these wonderful organizations and perhaps consider supporting one that speaks to your heart.
Ann Quasarano’s Charity of Choice: National Diaper Bank Network
From birth to toilet training babies go through a ton (literally!) of diapers. Did you know that public assistance (Food Stamps & WIC) do NOT provide for diapers? And most day care providers do not accept babies without diapers and will not accept cloth diapers – so parents can’t work! This organization donates diapers to women and children in need and organizes local community and workplace diaper drives.
Carly Corrigan’s Charity of Choice: The Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund is an organization that has helped so many families during devastating times. This includes some very young family members of Carly’s family who have courageously battled cancer.
Christa Allard’s Charity of Choice: The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition
The Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition’s mission is improve Connecticut’s health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
Cora Fuss’s of Choice: Foodshare
Cora’s family has donated to Foodshare for years because they understand that there are many families in Connecticut and around the country who struggle with food security. Cora and her loved one’s also understand just how easily any of us could become one of those families.
Elise Schreier’s Charity of Choice: The Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents (CAFAP)
CAFAP is an organization that provides support, training and advocacy for the foster, adoptive, and kinship care community. It is their vision that the citizens of Connecticut recognize that family life is a necessity for all children and they work tirelessly to support the families that support our state’s children. Some of the many programs they are involved in include: museum passes, Avenue of Dreams (prom & Accessory drive), backpacks for kids, and a wide range of training and support for foster and adoptive families.
Jenn Ford’s Charity of Choice: Love146
New Haven based Love146’s mission is the abolition of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less. Love146 believes in helping grow the movement of abolition while providing effective, thoughtful solutions.
Jillian Gilchrest’s Charity of Choice: Stupid Cancer
Stupid Cancer provides a community to young adults and their loved ones who are impacted by cancer. They are a nationwide organization whose sole purpose is to provide support and ensure that those diagnosed with cancer can get busy living.
Katie Schunk’s Charity of Choice: Little Elves for Little Angels – CT
Katie’s high school friend Julie Veilluix started this organization and according to Katie, she runs it with unwavering compassion and dedication. Little Elves for Little Angels provides families in the community with Christmas, Birthday and Back-to-School assistance.
Kriste Stevenson’s Charity of Choice: March of Dimes
This organization is near and dear to Kriste, more on a local level than a national level. While she admires the work they do for babies worldwide, the March of Dimes office at the UCONN NICU was a lifeline to her while her preemie was there for 15 weeks. The coordinator provided Kriste and her family with resources to help get a grip on their situation and supported them to feel more like “normal” parents.
Marie Schweitzer’s Charity of Choice: Heart Strides- Two Shoes. One Mission.
The mission of Heart Strides is to support Moms during a time when they are least likely to make their health a priority. In order to achieve this, Heart Strides provide running shoes to Moms caring for children with a critical/chronic illness or a special need. Some Moms will use their new shoes to advocate and fundraise in events for causes. Some Moms will wear their shoes to walk around the block or follow the sidewalks of a hospital campus. After receiving their shoes and a care package, Moms can find continued support through their active facebook community where they advocate, celebrate, and support Moms.
Mary Grace Peak’s Charity of Choice: Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut
Mary Grace has written extensively about her beloved mother’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s and dementia and how that has tremendously shaped her life as a mother. She wants to help eradicate this terrible illness that is the sixth leading cause of death in America because she feels that no daughter, granddaughter, or sister should witness someone they love go through life with this dreadful disease.
Melanie Dunn’s Charity of Choice: Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Greater Hartford Legal Aid is a not-for-profit law firm whose attorneys provide clients living in poverty with free representation for civil legal issues. They advocate for equal justice for poor people, work with clients to promote social justice, and use the law to address the effects and root causes of poverty.
Melissa Muszynski’s Charity of Choice: YWCA of New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Service
YWCA New Britain’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service (SACS) covers a 46-town region. They offer assistance to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. These services are critical after such trauma, helping victims and their families regain feelings of independence, optimism and hope. The advocates on staff are trained to work with hospital staff, the court system, public safety officers and other counselors assisting their clients.
Melissa Pelletier’s Charity of Choice: Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
Melissa went to her first CDSC event when her daughter Abby was just 8 weeks old. The love and support they showed this new, terrified mother of a child with Down syndrome was unbelievable. She’s met people through this organization that will be friends for not only her life, but Abby’s as well
Michelle Noehren’s Charity of Choice: The Connecticut Food Bank
The mission of the Connecticut Food Bank is to provide nutritious food to people in need. They do this by supplying food products and resources to their member agencies, as well as through direct food distribution programs and by promoting public awareness about the problem of hunger.
Sara Orris’s Charity of Choice: The Children’s Tumor Foundation
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is dedicated to finding effective treatments for those with Neurofibromatosis. NF affects one in every 3000 people and can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities, and excruciating and disabling pain. Sara’s daughter was diagnosed with NF at the age of five so this foundation has special meaning to her and her family.
Sarah Bernhardson’s Charity of Choice: Warm the Children
Sarah loves this organization because all the money goes to children in need, and she loves seeing how thrilled families are to receive much-needed winter gear. Volunteer shoppers meet the families in need (identified by schools and social services) at the store and help them select appropriate clothes for the children in their household, then pay for them with funds from Warm the Children.
Stephanie Wright’s Charity of Choice: Legacy
Legacy is a program dedicated to research, youth activism, education campaigns, government outreach, federal regulation, and environmental impact regarding tobacco. This cause is close to Stephanie’s heart as her mom died at the age of 49 and had been a heavy smoker since she was 9-years-old. While her immediate cause of death was heart failure, it was directly related to complications from severe COPD and early-onset emphysema. Parents need to educate their children on the life threatening dangers of smoking. It’s as addicting as any other drug and as hard to break as heroin. Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it safe.
Vivian Lee-Shiue’s Charity of Choice: Dravet Syndrome Foundation
You never realize how much strength a mother truly has until you witness someone who has to fight for a better life for their child. One of Vivian’s friends is fighting to provide a better life for her daughter, who has Dravet Syndrome. Dravet syndrome is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy. It can be life threatening. Children with Dravet syndrome do not outgrow this condition and it affects every aspect of their daily lives. Funds raised go towards research for effective forms of treatment or a cure.
Please note that while there are many wonderful charitable organizations doing great work, our list is limited to one charity per blogger.