Charities we partner with
Hearth's goal is to provide a progression of supportive services and housing that empowers families to become independent, self-sufficient and adequately housed. Their mission is accomplished through two main programs: Benedictine Place and PRIDE. At Benedictine Place they provide transitional housing to homeless women with children while they work to become economically self-sufficient. When the women leave Benedictine Place they are able to obtain and maintain employment, financially supporting themselves and their children. PRIDE is a permanent supportive housing program for women with a mental health or physical disability comprised of scattered site apartments throughout the community. Through this program, women leaving Benedictine Place who are in need of longer term support can continue to receive it while taking additional steps to become independent.
The Down Syndrome Association of Pittsburgh is a group of parents and professionals dedicated to enriching the lives of people with Down syndrome. The mission of the DSAP is simple. We are here to support families by providing: New Parent Packets to families beginning their journey; financial support to the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for both the pediatric and adult clinics, two clinics established due to the generosity of DSAP members; and contributions to the community resources and national endeavors that focus on improving the well-being of people with Down syndrome.
Oakland Catholic High School “is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school for young women of diverse backgrounds. The Oakland Catholic community is committed to an environment that promotes spiritual formation, excellence in education, a wide range of activities and athletics, and service to others. We are dedicated to teaching young women to lead lives of faith, courage and commitment as they lay the foundation for their future as responsible and respected global leaders.” www.oaklandcatholic.org.
About the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force & Persad Center
Commemorating its 20th anniversary in 2005, the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is one of the oldest and largest community-based providers of HIV education, support and prevention information in Pennsylvania. PATF provides free support services to more than 500 individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS and delivers targeted prevention outreach and education programs to thousands who are at risk of infection. PATF provides the only community-based free, anonymous HIV testing program. For more information about the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, please visit www.patf.org
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The 24/7 Helpline at 1.800.272.3900 provides information, referral and care consultation in more than 100 languages. Visit www.alz.org about Alzheimer's disease and Association services and programs for all those affected.
About The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center (ARL)
The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center (ARL) is a nonprofit organization for animals. They find permanent, loving homes for dogs, cats, and other companion animals. There is no time limit of how long they will keep an animal. Healthy and friendly companion animals are kept until they are adopted. At the Wildlife Center, they rehabilitate native Pennsylvania wildlife that has been harmed or displaced by encounters with man. The ARL is the only shelter in the region that takes in and cares for both wild and companion animals. www.animalrescue.org
About CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates
There are over half a million abused and neglected children, most unable to live safely with their own families. Children of all ages face this uncertain future, alone. Like the tree and its seedling in the Plates With Purpose design, CASA speaks up for these children providing stability and permanency. With a trained, court-appointed CASA volunteer, an abused and neglected child can grow into a strong and healthy adult. There are over 900 CASA programs in the United States. For more information about the CASA programs in California and Pittsburgh, please visit www.CaliforniaCASA.org and www.PGH-CASA.org.
About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is the only hospital is western Pennsylvania dedicated solely to the care of infants, children and young adults. Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, Children’s Hospital has helped establish the standards of pediatric care during its more than 118-year history. Children’s will open its new state-of-the-art, LEED-certified building in May 2009 in Pittsburgh’s revitalized Lawrenceville neighborhood. The Healing Garden Plates with Purpose™ were designed by Cassandra Ott, Riverside’s Creative Services Director, and one of the many well-cared-for Children’s Hospital patients. The symbols Cassandra chose: holly, fern, rosebud and leaves, and the oak tree and acorn, meaningfully represent the seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall, respectively. Additionally, each of these healing botanicals bears inspirational properties, including courage, endurance, hope, and strength. The 7” plates will be sold as a set of four, including one plate with each design. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation is the sole fund-raising arm of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Through the foundation, donors help the hospital care for sick and injured children; they also help make possible the hospital’s mission of excellence in patient care, teaching and research. For more, visit www.GiveToChildrens.org.
About the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, a member of America's Second Harvest, is a nonprofit organization committed to eliminating hunger and developing collaborative strategies to encourage self-reliance in southwestern Pennsylvania. Distributing nearly 17 million pounds of food per year to 350 member agencies, the Food Bank serves approximately 120,000 people per month, of whom 37,000 are children. Located in an award-winning "green" warehouse in Duquesne, the Food Bank depends upon volunteers who help with food repackaging, clerical work, office activities, special events, and farm activities. For every $1.00 donated, the Food Bank is able to purchase $5.00 worth of goods and services. For more information about the Food Bank, please visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org.
About Forbes Hospice
Since its founding in 1979, Forbes Hospice has helped thousands of terminally ill people to live each day to its fullest, surrounded by the comfort of home, family and friends. In the very early days of the program, an average of five patients were cared for each day. Today, Forbes Hospice serves on average, 120 patients each day and 1,200 new patients each year. Featuring one of the Pittsburgh region's most comprehensive hospice and palliative care programs, Forbes Hospice provides a plan of care individualized to meet the unique needs of each patient and family. It is the mission of Forbes Hospice to preserve dignity in the last stages of life through the provision of state-of-the-art care to patients and families and to support education and research which advances the delivery of care for the terminally ill. For more information about Forbes Hospice, please visit www.wpahs.org/hospice.
About Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity
Using donated funds and materials, Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with volunteers and low-income families in need, to build simple, decent homes. Habitat is not a give-away program. Participants must work a minimum of 350 hours on the construction of their homes. Low income families, earning 25-50% of the area’s median income, purchase the homes through no-profit, no-interest mortgages. In 2006, Pittsburgh Habitat for Humanity will celebrate its 20th year of service. Since its inception in 1986, Pittsburgh Habitat has built or renovated 53 homes. For more information about Pittsburgh Habitat, please visit www.pittsburghhabitat.org.
About the National Autism Association
The National Autism Association (NAA) is a parent-founded and parent-led advocacy organization. NAA is the only national membership organization providing direct financial assistance to families affected by Autism through its unique family-care programs which award grants to pay for the many services, therapies and treatments not covered by medical insurance. The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will educate society that autism is not a lifelong incurable genetic disorder but one that is biomedically definable and treatable. We will raise public and professional awareness of environmental toxins as causative factors in neurological damage that often results in an autism or related diagnosis. We will encourage those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential, funding efforts toward this end through appropriate research for finding a cure for the neurological damage from which so many affected by autism suffer. For more information, please visit www.nationalautism.org.
About United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation is dedicated to promoting research and education for the diagnosis, treatment and cure of mitochondrial disorders - hereditary disorders, that affect the cell's ability to produce life-sustaining energy - to provide support to affected individuals and families. Since 1996, the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation has funded nearly $5 million in research toward a cure and has helped thousands of families through the family support network. The Ladybug Plate with Purpose™ was designed by Tristan Bramblett, a six-year-old autistic artist who creates designs through Blue Elephant Creations (www.blueelephantcreations.com) to raise awareness and funds for autism. For more information about the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, please visit www.umdf.org
About Persad Center
Persad Center is a licensed substance abuse and mental health counseling organization that seeks to increase the emotional well being of sexual minority persons, all persons affected by HIV/AIDS, and the family members and significant others of these persons. Founded in 1972, Persad Center is the nation’s second oldest licensed counseling center specifically created to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals. For more information about the Persad Center, please visit www.persadcenter.org.