Whether it is setting up shop in the heart of downtown, staffing retail kiosks, or participating in special events you’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow advocates, learn about important issues, and discover ways to make a difference in your community and around the world.
Started as Heifers for Relief in 1944, Heifer International distributes animals, along with agricultural and training, to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Recipients must agree to “pass on the gift” by donating animal offspring, as well as sharing the skills and knowledge with other impoverished families in the community.
For over 150 years, Boston Children’s Hospital has maintained the same vision: to advance pediatric care worldwide. Their four-part mission is to, provide the highest quality of health care, lead the way in research and discovery, educate the next generation of leaders in health care, and enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community.Boston Children’s is ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non governmental organization. Founded in 1933 as the International Relief Association, the IRC provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution, or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in about 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient. It focuses mainly on health, education, economic well being, power, and safety. In 2016, 26 million people in about 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities benefited from IRC programs.
The Humane Society of the United States is our nation’s most effective animal protection organization. Established in 1954, The Humane Society fights the big fights to end suffering for all animals. They respond to large-scale cruelty cases and disasters around the world, providing rescue, hands-on care, logistics and expertise when animals are caught in crises. Working on a broad range of issues like fighting to ban puppy mills, protecting wildlife, helping impoverished communities afford basic animal care to holding the factory farming industry accountable, they fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind the name: a humane society.
The name “Oxfam” comes from the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, founded in Britain in 1942. The group campaigned for food supplies to be sent through an allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War.
Today, Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice. Working in about 70 countries, with thousands of partners, allies, and communities to save and protect lives in emergencies, they help people rebuild their livelihoods and campaign for genuine, lasting change, keeping women’s rights at the heart of everything they do.
The Salvation Army
Soon after beginning his ministerial career in England in 1852, William Booth abandoned the concept of the traditional church pulpit in favor of taking the gospel directly to the people. Keeping with the social efforts that began the mission, the Salvation Army has always included social justice and charitable work as a key part of its ministry.The organization carries on a wide range of work, including prison visits, disaster response, refugee assistance, addiction and dependency treatment, daycare and children’s homes, homeless and domestic violence shelters, thrift stores, hospitals, clinics, and schools.