Notable San Diego Nonprofits to Support National Nonprofit Day
National Nonprofit Organizations Day, celebrated on August 17 each year, commemorates the entry into force of the tariff law in 1894 and grants exemptions to charities and nonprofits. In San Diego, we can celebrate National Nonprofit Day by recognizing local charities and helping them support them in their missions. Across the county, nonprofits help develop communities through food services, veterans support, children’s organizations, and more. By helping these local charities, you can have a long-term impact on the well-being of the community by volunteering, donating, or helping to raise awareness. While there are many impactful nonprofits in San Diego, here are a few that make an exemplary difference:
Houses of wounded warriors
Wounded Warrior Homes was created to serve our heroes by providing them with a safe, supportive environment and additional services to help them return to civilian life. The non-profit organization provides transitional housing and reintegration services to 9/11 ex-combatants with head trauma (TBI) and / or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The city and county of San Diego has not only one of the largest populations of veterans, but also one of the largest numbers of homeless veterans. The goal of Wounded Warrior Homes is to alleviate the growing stress of homeless veterinarians in California by providing transitional housing for these veterans.
Next month, Wounded Warrior Homes’ annual golf outing, Fairways 4 Veterans, will raise funds for veteran services. The community can sponsor a veteran to play for $ 175 or donate to support the event.
Oncology and Children (OAK)
Oncology And Kids (OAK) is a 501c3 nonprofit that makes sure that no child feels alone with cancer. They run a free peer support program, Camp Reach for the Sky, which, since 1983, has offered children affected by cancer and their siblings (ages 4 to 17) the chance to just be kids again. This year’s relaunch connects new families diagnosed with childhood cancer with existing families. OAK programming helps reduce the emotional burden cancer places on children and their families. Current initiatives include the Junior Council for Children Ages 12-21 who are developing an emotional health toolkit for children their age to cope with life during and after cancer.
Foundation for Women Warriors
The only organization of its kind in the country, the Foundation for Women Warriors annually helps more than 1,100 women and children with services that change their lives, improve their personal and fiscal well-being, and enable them to reach their full potential. .
The Foundation for Women Warriors offers essential programs to strengthen the resilience and professional development of women warriors. In addition, the organization provides assistance with childcare, one of the most overlooked elements of the military transition. The Foundation for Women Warriors also hosts interactive sessions on budgeting, networking, interviewing, career change navigation, leadership, resilience, and salary negotiation. Veteran participants are able to enhance their professional skills and build productive relationships with business professionals and other female Veterans.
Cristo Rey High School
San Diego’s Cristo Rey High School is considering its second year of supporting low-income students with college preparatory education and study jobs. The non-profit high school welcomed its first class of freshmen in August 2020 with virtual classes, then opened in person in September. Today, they have more than twice as many students enrolled for the next school year, but not enough partner companies to support the work-study program.
To qualify to attend school, a family’s income must fall below 300 percent of the federal poverty rate. San Diego’s Cristo Rey High School prepares students with limited economic means to succeed in the workforce of tomorrow. The Corporate Work Study Program is an innovative model of education that provides students with college preparatory training while gaining work experience in a corporate setting. The program also helps fill the gap in tuition fees. Cristo Rey High School is looking for other business partners in San Diego to help support their students’ education.
PAWS4Thought is an all-breed animal rescue organization that rescues dogs at risk of euthanasia, as well as abandoned, abused and stray dogs in the United States, Tijuana and Rosarito areas. PAWS4Thought is always on the lookout for foster families who are willing to open their homes and hearts to dogs awaiting adoption, and they cover all the costs. You can also support the local nonprofit organization by signing up to volunteer for adoption events, carrying dogs and donations, fundraising events, etc., or you can donate directly through their website here. PAWS4Thought will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in September with a fundraiser at Brasserie Second Chance!
Corazon de Vida
Corazon de Vida, established over 26 years ago, is a “purpose-built” organization providing life-changing support to orphaned and abandoned children in Baja, Mexico. Corazon de Vida’s mission to end child abandonment by breaking the vicious cycle of poverty is achieved by funding local orphanages, providing quality of life improvement services and investing in future of children by financing higher education. You can get involved by sponsoring a child, joining the association on a trip or donating through their website, and on Saturday August 21st, Black Swan Initiative will host a Gatsby Summer Gala, 100% of the net proceeds of which will be donated directly to Corazon de Vida.