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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.

Adria Giordano’s Charity of  Choice: Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the University of Connecticut School of Medicine department of pediatrics. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is consistently named among the best in the nation in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. The history of Connecticut Children’s spans more than 100 years. Founded as a 10-bed hospital for children who suffered incurable conditions such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and polio, Connecticut Children’s is now one of only two freestanding children’s hospitals in New England—the only freestanding children’s hospital in Connecticut—that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children and adolescents in a patient- and family-centered environment with a focus on research, education and advocacy. A comprehensive array of pediatric services are available at our hospitals in Hartford and Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units in Hartford (Level 4) and the University of Connecticut Health Center (Level 3), along with a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center, five specialty care centers and 10 practices across the state and in Massachusetts.

Colleen Moffett-Mals’ Charity of Choice: Ana Grace Project

In memory of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the Ana Grace Project is a CT-grown organization all about promoting love. Through education, community events and outreach programs they encourage healthier, safer communities. The slogan “Love Wins” is something Colleen uses at home and in her classroom.

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.

Holly Robinson’s Charity of Choice: Ann’s Place

Ann’s Place is a compassionate nonprofit located in Danbury providing comfort, support and resources to people living with cancer and their loved ones. Ann’s Place serves over 1,000 active clients of all ages, with all types of cancer from Connecticut and Hudson Valley New York with professional counseling, support groups, wellness activities and educational resources. They assist patients and loved ones to create a unique pathway through cancer that enhances quality of life. Ann’s Place serves offering their support and services through day and evening activities and services, all at no charge for both those with cancer as well as their loved ones who are caring for them.

Jenn Ford’s Charity of Choice: The Village for Families & Children 

For more than 200 years, The Village for Families & Children has been working to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. They fulfill this mission by providing a full range of child and adult behavioral health treatments, foster care and adoption, and community support services for children, adults and families in the Greater Hartford region.

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.

Mary Elizabeth Smith’s Charity of Choice: JUNTA

JUNTA empowers the Latino and low-income community to take control of their economic and social well being, while civically engaging in the community. They promote a culture of community involvement and advocacy through our programs and initiatives. They offer adult education, children’s programs, economic development, family management, immigrant rights and cultural appreciation.

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.

Molly’s Charity of Choice: Black Lives Matter of New Haven

The mission of Black Lives Matter of New Haven is to educate individuals by increasing their knowledge on laws and their rights. They work to inspire and empower the community through advocacy, education, and community service, and to create long-lasting solutions to social problems.

Sarah Herrick’s Charity of Choice: True Colors

True Colors is a non-profit organization that works with other social service agencies, schools, organizations, and within communities to ensure that the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are both recognized and competently met. The organization trains more than 2400 people annually, organizes the largest LGBT youth conference in the country with more than 3000 attendees and manages the state’s only LGBT mentoring program. True Colors has been spotlighted by both national and local media for their expertise in LGBTI youth issues.

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.

 

 Please note that while there are many wonderful charitable organizations doing great work, our list is limited to one charity per blogger.