Here are the charities that we are supporting in 2018. Every year, we support a new group of charities local to San Diego. In addition, we donate our times to such causes as the Rock N Roll Marathon (running a 100+ volunteer water station), beach clean-up, and the San Diego Food Bank. If you would like to volunteer with us, or or if you are a 501 (c)3 charity looking for funding, feel free to email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – San Diego Chapter
"Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
• Funding scientific research
• Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
• Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
• Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission"
Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Inc.
"BTM Mentoring program provides a community of caring, male mentors who meet with 786 high-risk boys on a weekly basis. Many of these boys begin the program with crippling trauma, anger, frustration, isolation, and loneliness. The boys lash out and exhibit their feelings through violent, destructive behavior, and rebellion often causing parents and families to feel hopeless and without options for their boys. These weekly meetings are vital to providing a safe space for boys to express their emotions in a constructive way. The relationships between boys and mentors helps boys improve their emotional and mental health. Boys are challenged to see their life through a different lens learning how to overcome challenges, seek help when necessary, make better decisions, and set positive goals for their future. The group setting surrounds the boys with positive influences cultivating an increase in emotional intelligence and social skills. The communities of male mentors help boys realize they are not alone and learn that they are not defined by their mistakes.
We currently offer 40 weekly meetings at 30 San Diego schools. Boys are offered two program models:
• In-school meetings: School administration requires boys with academic/behavior issues to attend BTM session during school hours. 90% are fatherless.
• After-school meetings: Boys attend on a voluntary basis. 68% are fatherless boys.
The boys we serve are growing up without a father or a positive male mentor in their lives and are at risk of educational failure and becoming involved in gangs, drugs and violence."
Horses of Tir Na Nog
Horses of Tir Na Nog is the longest-operating non-profit equine sanctuary in San Diego County. Named for the Irish land of youth, our goal is to create a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, we help build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, increasing awareness about responsible horse ownership and care through education. Since 2008 we have served as an Adoption Partner with County of San Diego Department of Animal Services. We take in horses and other equines that they have rescued from abuse, abandonment, and neglect that cannot find adoptive homes, typically due to age or medically manageable conditions. Through this partnership, Animal Services has not had to euthanize a single medically manageable equine in nearly a decade. We are currently caring for fifty-five equines, all but three of which were rescued in San Diego County. Horses in our care range from one year of age to thirty-two years. In spite of birth defects, arthritis, and other medically manageable conditions the horses enjoy a high quality life, enriched by volunteers who groom them, take them for walks, and love them. In addition to our equines, the ranch is home to sheep, goats, llamas, pot-bellied pigs, dogs, cats and roosters, most of which have been placed in our care by San Diego’s Animal Services. We provide a life-long home for all of the animals in our care.
San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation
The San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation (SDBTF) was created in 2002 to support the Brain Tumor community in San Diego County. The foundation is a non-profit, voluntary grassroots organization, dedicated to providing essential resources and caring support for brain tumor patients, their families and caregivers. Our goal is to ease the difficult journey that brain tumors often impose on their day to day duties, and provide hope in what so often feels like a hopeless situation. Through our financial grants and monthly support groups we are able to assist patients in need.
The Seany Foundation
The Seany Foundation is a local non-profit organization that was founded to carry on the legacy of Sean Lewis Robins and his battle with Ewing sarcoma. Our main goal is to bring relief and happiness to kids struggling with cancer and to their families, particularly siblings. Cancer is a family disease, and it affects everyone who loves the person with the disease. Our largest project is Camp Reach for the Sky (CR4TS), which is a free summer camp for kids with cancer and their siblings. Camp is a magical place where kids dealing with the stress of cancer can go to hang out and connect with other kids who truly understand what they are going through. Camp is based in San Diego and is made up of three weeklong sessions and three weekend ones. One session is for siblings of kids with cancer, another is a day camp for kids with cancer (residents) and siblings, and the last is an overnight camp for residents. The resident camp is fully equipped with medical staff and equipment so that all of the kids’ needs are met while at Camp. The weekend sessions consist of Teen Winter Weekend, Family Camp for kids with a parent in treatment and a bereavement camp. CR4TS is a particularly special program because it is so important to the kids who attend. Because cancer threatens their futures, the time they spend at Camp is invaluable.
Us4Warriors (Us for Warriors Foundation)
Us for Warriors Foundation or "Us4Warriors" is a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit foundation dedicated to help veterans, active duty military and their families overcome hardships and improve their ability to contribute their unique experiences, training, and leadership skills to society. Everything we do impacts the lives of the troops, veterans and their families. We bring communities together, aid military families in need, help individuals transition from military-to-civilian life, help veteran’s businesses thrive, connect veterans with needs to service, and care in many more ways by looking at every need as an opportunity to maximize support in every action by employing a three- step process of helping warriors live, helping them prosper and then giving them the platform to aspire for greater dreams. Through our Us4Warriors support programs, helping hand deeds, inspiring events and advocacy; we believe that the key to making lives of fellow veterans better is to focus on the "whole veteran" and find ways to engage a community to fill the gaps and make a difference to enrich lives. We are uncompensated and driven in purpose. Increasing the quality of life of military and veterans is our mission. Everything we do helps the troops, veterans and their families. The footprints we leave behind are not just imprints from strong boots, but also stronger lives.