One Hour Cares
Classic Air’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning launched our OneHourCares.com initiative in January, 2013, awarding deserving Hampton Roads based charities and organizations $5,000 each quarter. The site encourages eligible applicants to make their case and submit their stories. At the end of each quarter, three finalists are selected, and site visitors vote via Facebook “like” for which organization they’d like to see win. With every “like”, each organization increases their chances of winning the quarterly prize.
Since launching the site, we’ve received hundreds of amazing submissions. Check out our previous winners and each quarter’s finalists below, and head over to onehourcares.com to cast your vote or enter your cause!
H.E.R. SHELTER INC. – WINNER! – The H.E.R. Shelter, Inc. (Help and Emergency Response) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit domestic violence shelter for women and children. H.E.R. services include a 30-day emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and homeless individuals and their children. H.E.R. also helps with court advocacy, such as protective orders, housing needs, case management and safety planning, bringing awareness to human trafficking and fighting against that ugly phenomenon, as well as works with PHAC and other organizations to better our Hampton Roads areas and communities.
OCEANAIR ELEMENTARY – We are Oceanair Elementary School, a title 1 school in Norfolk Virginia. We are determined to teach our students two things: 1. Your circumstances do not determine your destiny. 2. Excellence is never an accident. We are raising money to increase attendance. Your donations will be used to fund incentives for perfect, near perfect and improved attendance. Those incentives include, prizes, snacks, ice cream socials gift cards prizes and even alarm clocks for parents, teachers and students. We will publicly recognize each donor one.
DEEN BALL SPORTS – Earlier this month someone set our concession stand on fire. This is the way that we raised money to pay for our umpires, equipment, and allowed us to let some children play ball that were unable to pay the registration fees. Our commissioner is Charles Butler. He and his wife, Gwen, work full time and spend most of their free time at the field helping to coach and teach the kids how to play ball. They also invest their own money when funds are low. The money would go to help rebuild our stand so we can start raising money again.
HOUSES OF H.O.P.E – WINNER! – Houses of H.O.P.E. is a nonprofit organization that gives 100% back to the community. H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Other People Excel. Our mission is to give back to the community by providing food & shelter to the homeless, helping the elderly, teens, children & all people. We work regularly with individuals & families who need assistance with food, power, rent or mortgage, clothing, furniture & employment. Houses of H.O.P.E. provides help to those in crisis by fulfilling their tangible needs, which in turn helps to encourage, motivate & show love to those who just want someone to care.
HAMPTON ROADS GOOD SAMARITAN FUND – The Hampton Roads Good Samaritan Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity whose mission is to help those who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own. Services include but are not limited to assisting with financial shortfalls, such as power bills, rental assistance, medical co-pays, emergency medications, car repairs, food, and clothing. Funds from this event will help us continue to be as assistance to those in need during the approaching winter season.
TAA YOUTH FOOTBALL, CHEERLEADING AND SOCCER –TAA strives to keep all children off the streets and involved in organized sports, we offer football, cheerleading, and soccer to Norfolk children. TAA turns does not turn away any child for any reason, including those who cannot afford registration fees. We are not just a youth sports organization, we are a family and we go above and beyond for family!
EVELYN’S WILDLIFE REFUGE- WINNER! – Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in Virginia Beach that is city, state, and federally licensed to rehabilitate injured or orphaned Virginia wildlife. EWR receives, rehabilitates and release approximately 600 birds and wild animals. EWR relies solely on donations from the community to run the refuge. 100% of funds raised for this event will go towards rescue, rehabilitation activities, habitat, care, and feeding.
FC UNITED U11 GIRLS BLUE TEAM – FC United Soccer Club is a new travel soccer program that consists of players from all over Hampton Roads. The U11 Girls Blue team is a newly formed team and could really use your help. The team plays in an 8-v-8 format, but currently does not have enough players due to financial constraints. Any money received would go directly towards adding new players and offering reduced fees to the families of the players. Please help these girls play the game they love!
BACKING THE THIN LINE – The Backing the Thin Line is a non-profit organization, 501(c)(3) made up of family members and friends of 1st Responders who seek to support each other and the important work of our 1st Responders. The $1,000.00 from One Hour Cares would go towards the continued support of the BTTL who participates in various activities such as police and firefighter graduations, National Police Week, Fire Safety Week events, fundraisers for families of fallen 1st Responders, and other first responder-community oriented activities.
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF VIRGINIA – Young Audiences of Virginia is a nonprofit based in Norfolk dedicated to bringing arts experiences into schools particularly where arts have been cut due to focus on SOL testing. In addition to arts performances, YAV also sends teaching artists into classes using the arts to support core classroom concepts such as tap dancing math equations. $1,000 would provide several such residencies in schools most in need of such programs.
CONNECT WITH A WISH – WINNER! – Connect with a wish is a non profit organization finishing our first year of service. Our mission is to connect the wishes of children in the foster care system of Virginia Beach with the generosity of our community. Our goal is to show love and support in ways that will help improve their lives. We achieve this through several committees,our wish program grants the wishes of children of foster care one child at a time. Our organization works hard to fund raise to be able to provide these much needed services for this population in need. Learn more.
TAA PACKERS – TAA (Tarrallton Athletic Association) is a youth sports rec league based in Norfolk. They offer soccer, football, and cheerleading for every child. Military children, children with disabilities, and children whose parents cannot afford registration fees. The $1,000.00 from One Hour Cares would go toward the purchase of equipment and add more scholarships for those children who might not be able to play due to money issues. TAA prides itself in honesty, fair play, and being more of a family than a league
MADE FOR MORE – WINNER! – Made for More is committed to helping high school students in Hampton Roads be successful by offering free college planning support and workshops and opportunities/experiences that build leadership and entrepreneurial skills, encourage community service, and academic achievement. The money would be used to support our Higher Ground program which provides college tours, one-to-one coaching for students and parents on navigating the college application and financial aid/scholarship process, and assistance with application fees for students who cannot afford them.
SANTA FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN – Each year Santa for Special Needs Children offers pictures with Santa for Special Needs families at Hotroder’s cafe on Mt. Pleasant Rd. in Chesapeake. The goal is to allow these families to have plenty of time to get pictures with Santa without being rushed. Also gifts and a meal for the whole family.
WOUNDED WEAR – WINNER! – Helping Warriors Rediscover the Hero within through Pride, Power, Purpose, and Peace. We provide free clothing and modifications to wounded warriors and raise national awareness of their sacrifice.
VIRGINIA AREA CHEER (NORFOLK, VA) – We are a non profit competition Cheerleading organization in Norfolk, VA. Helping girls and boys of all ages practice team work, building social and performance skills VAC has a wonderful gym that keeps the kids inside for year round practices. Our team works incredibly hard to fund raise throughout the year, $1,000 would help with upkeep of the gym and extra funds for operation. Our goal is to keep the kids off the streets in a safe environment doing what they love to do!
GREAT BRIDGE RURITAN CLUB – Ruritan Club are about community service. All fundraising monies go back into the community. Our motto is “Fellowship, Good Will, and Community Service.” Your donation of $1,000 would make it possible for the Great Bridge Ruritan Club to expand its Angel Tree Project to 250-300 needed children and not just the 150 currently served. Help us to wish Merry Christmas to more children in 2015.
VIRGINIA BEACH CITY PUBLIC SCHOOL “BEACH BAGS” PROGRAM – WINNER! – The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals to students who may not have enough to eat over weekends and school breaks. Thousands of children throughout our city simply do not have enough to eat and the sad reality is that a hungry child cannot focus on learning. Without the continued generosity of our community, fewer and fewer students will receive the food they so desperately need.
HICKORY MIDDLE SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION – The Hickory Middle School Technology Student Association is an unfunded after school activity devoted exclusively to students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The students’ qualified for the National TSA competition in Texas from 28 June – 2 July. $1000 would help cover travel expenses to allow these deserving students to represent Hampton Roads and Virginia at Nationals!
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS – Blankets for the homeless has been delivering supplies to homeless in Hampton Roads. They have been plagued with various problems, and recently have had to acquire a new vehicle to make these donations with. $1000 would help to maintain and fuel their delivery vehicle(s). We receive donations daily, and make regular street and parking lot deliveries to the homeless themselves.
COMMUNITY FREE CLINIC OF NEWPORT NEWS – The mission of Free Clinic of Newport News is to provide continuous compassionate, high quality primary and dental care for uninsured residents of the Virginia Peninsula. Even after the affordable care act extended medical coverage for Americans, approximately 400,000 Virginians are uninsured.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD – WINNER! – Yellow Brick Road is an organization unlike any other. The mission of YBR is to bring support to the less fortunate children in Hampton Roads. YBR uses a culturally relevant way to provide quality food, clothes and a home to children who are insecure in these areas. Check them out
ARTS INCLUSION COMPANY – Arts Inclusion Company is a new company where people of All Abilities are welcomed to participate in all aspects of theatrical arts. The organization puts on theater performances including but not limited to individuals diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, hearing/vision impairments, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. They offer an inclusive environment where we provide mentorships and workshops.
CRESTWOOD INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL STEM ROBOTIC CLUB – This year, 13 students are making sketches, prototypes, and two working robots. They are learning independent thinking as well as working together as a team under the guidance of their instructor, Daniel Weaver. Our future scientists and engineers are in this club because of their passion for science. (This club is not funded by Chesapeake School System)
S.M.I.L.E. – WINNER! – S.M.I.L.E. (Samantha Makes It a Little Easier) provides goods & services to local children affected by life-threatening diseases. $1000 would provide additional services to continue the dream of namesake Samantha, a FCHS alum who lost a 4 year battle with cancer at age 20. Samantha wanted strangers and friends alike to be able to forget about the pain for at least a short moment. smileasier.org
PAINT YOUR HEART OUT! – Paint Your Heart Out! Chesapeake is in its 24th year of painting and sprucing up the exterior homes of the elderly and disadvantaged in the City of Chesapeake. Once a year, we tackle 15 homes with over 600 volunteers. This year’s event will take place on Saturday April 18th from 8 am to 2 pm.
EAST END FLYERS TRACK & FIELD CLUB – We are a non-profit organization of volunteers, seeking to make a difference in our communities. Our program allows underprivileged or “at risk” youth living in Newport New and its East End Community the opportunity to travel, socialize, compete athletically and learn skills that will enhance physical fitness, personal growth and life experiences. www.eastendtrack.wix.com
GIRLS ON THE RUN OF SOUTH HAMPTON ROADS – We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. $1,000 would help cover the costs of scholarships to 15 of our local Hampton roads girls. www.gotrshr.org
CHESAPEAKE HUMANE SOCIETY – WINNER! – We recently started a Seniors for Seniors adoption program where we connect older pets to adopters that are also in their golden years. $1,000 would help us provide medical care (such as a dental cleanings, blood work, etc.) for our senior animals before they are adopted into their forever home. www.chesapeakehumane.org
BOYS BASEBALL OF LYNNHAVEN – Boys Baseball of Lynnhaven provides fields, equipment, uniforms and instruction to over 800 boys & girls. Our goal has always been to make playing baseball affordable to all who would like to participate. With your help we can continue to keep our registrations fees low and repair & restore our vandalized concession stands which we heavily rely on for income. www.lynnhavenbaseball.org
AUTISM BUDDIES – WINNER! –Autism Buddies provides respite for parents of children with Autism by holding events throughout the year such as a Holiday respite, a Tea Party, and Kayaking Days. Once a month, parents also drop their children off at The Bounce House in Virginia Beach. This money would help us pay for these events and help a least 30 children a month! www.autismbuddies.org
YOUTHBANDS, INC. – Founded by 3 local dads in 2011, YouthBands helps build local young musicians between 9 and 19 by teaching, providing live performances, and promoting music education to youth in Tidewater….all for FREE. $1000 would help buy sound equipment for future shows. www.youthbands.org
MONTERO MEDICAL MISSIONS – Our mission is to promote healthcare access, information, and education to our local military veterans through free medical screenings at quarterly health fairs. All of the doctors, nurses, and staff are volunteers. monteromedicalmissions.org
TEENS WITHOUT 2 – WINNER! – Teens Without 2 provides scholarships to teens being raised in a single parent household to help them pay for their college education. $1,000 would turn the dream of attending college into reality for a deserving teen. facebook.com/TeensWithout2
OLIVE BRANCH LITTLE LEAGUE – The funds raised from sponsorships help us to cover the cost of uniforms, equipment, umpire equipment and education, field maintenance, and various other costs associated with a quality program. facebook.com/Olive-Branch-Little-League
HOTEL KIDS – WINNER! – It is our mission to bring hope for the holidays back to our homeless children and to show them that even in the worse situations hope can still survive. With $1,000, we would provide Christmas and hope to this under served population. hotelkids.org
CONNECT WITH A WISH – Our mission is connect the wishes of children in Foster Care with the generosity of community. $1,000 would go directly to our Wish Program where we grant the wishes of children in Foster care one at a time. connectwithawish.org
HAMPTON GROWS INC. – Hampton Grows creates and implements garden programs. We work with young children to seniors. $1000 allows us to continue setting up gardens and teaching how to garden and have access to safe, fresh food! hamptongrows.org
THE NOBLEMEN – The Noblemen provide Christmas to families with terminally ill children in Hampton Roads during the holidays. $1,000 will ensure that these families and children receive food, gifts and joy again this year delivered by The Noblemens’ members and community partners. : thenoblemen.org
BOBBIE’S BLANKETS – WINNER! – We are a local ministry that donates blankets to Virginia Oncology, CHKD, Animal Aid, XOXO Pet REscue, A New Beginning Cat Rescue, and Riverside Rehabilitation Center. This $1,000 would cover the cost of the materials to get over 200 blankets! : facebook.com
COLONIAL HERITAGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION – Our foundation is a 501(c)((3) public charity that provides support, programs and assistance to family caregivers of senior family members. $1,000 will help provide supplies for such activities as garden therapy, music therapy, and art programs. : colonialheritagecommunityfoundation.org
ADOPT-A-STUDENT – The Adopt-A-Student program helps homeless children in the Hampton Roads area receive their specific supply requirements and a new backpack before school and clothing and gifts for Christmas. $1000 a month would allow us to help an additional 10 children a month with their supplies or Christmas gifts. That’s a lot of smiling children here in Hampton Roads! Learn more by visiting : adopt-a-student.com
DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF HAMPTON ROADS – WINNER! – We are working to raise funds for our team “Down and Up for Lydia” as part of the Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads. Their mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with Down Syndrome, helping them reach their full potential by providing family support, education, and social opportunities in Southeastern Virginia and Hampton Roads. : dsahr.org
TIDEWATER REDSKINS FOOTBALL AND CHEER ASSOCIATION – The Tidewater Redskins FCA provides opportunities for area student-athletes in various programs such as speed camps, uniforms, equipment and end of year banquet. It would be a blessing to provide more opportunities to these kids with your help. 100% of the proceeds from your donation will directly benefit our organization and its young athletes. Learn more by visiting : tidewaterredskins.teampages.com
FUR-EVER HOME RESCUE – WINNER! – We take in death row dogs, treat them medically and work with them on behavior issues, then find them fur-ever homes. $1,000 would pay for FOUR heartworm treatments, or 14 spay/neuter surgeries and medicine, or 55 puppy vet exams, shots and wormings, or 29 adult/over 3 month vet exam, booster shots and wormings. A $1,000 award would help us help many more needy animals! Learn more by visiting : facebook.com
BLANKETS FOR THE HOMELESS – Blankets for the Homeless is a non-funded, mobile ministry founded by Mariah Smith. Born and abandoned on Christmas Eve, from homeless to helper, Mariah distributes blankets, lunches, and many other desperately needed items to people living on the streets not fortunate enough to get into a shelter. We are non-funded so $1,000 would be a huge blessing in helping with anything that is needed. Learn more by visiting : facebook.com
REALLY AWESOME PEOPLE SWIMMING (RAPS) – In 2007 this swim lesson program was started to teach minorities and disadvantaged children how to swim and to be safe while in, on, or around the water. These children do not live in neighborhoods that have pools nor can their parents afford swim lessons. The program has taught 1,574 children and adults in just eight summers. It is amazing how much the children learn in just one week! Learn more by visiting : reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org
NAUTICUS FOUNDATION – Nauticus is committed to providing quality educational experiences to children and adults throughout the Hampton Roads Community. The Nauticus Foundation supports youth education through hands-on exhibits and historic preservation aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. Learn more by visiting : nauticus.org
PLAZA LITTLE LEAGUE – In the Spring of 2014, Plaza Little League celebrated its 50th Anniversary for serving the Princess Anne Plaza and surrounding communities of Virginia Beach. Winning $1,000 would help pay for our facility’s utility bills over the winter before the start of the Spring season. Learn more by visiting : facebook.com/plazall
CHILDREN’S HEALTH INVESTMENT PROGRAM (CHIP) – WINNER! – CHIP is a proud sponsor of Sleeptight – a campaign developed to encourage safe sleeping and reduce the risk of SIDS and infant mortality in Hampton Roads. It provides an opportunity for a low-income parent to attend a safe-sleeping educational program and receive a crib at no cost. Learn more by visiting : sites.google.com/site/chiphamptonroads/
SOUTHSIDE DIRTBAGS – Help support our 10U Southside Dirtbags baseball team!! Our goal is to help create years of memories and friendships and to support our young athletes as they grow towards becoming responsible young adults in our community. Your donation will make up the difference needed to provide uniforms, equipment, supplies, and travel-related expenses once the season has started.
TOBY’S DREAM FOUNDATION – Toby’s Dream Foundation will create dream experiences for children facing an uncertain tomorrow that will allow them to continue believing in the possibility of a moment unencumbered and a life full of hope. A diverse team of volunteer Dream Makers help children with life-threatening medical illnesses realize their most fantastic Dream. Learn more by visiting : tobysdream.org
PORTSMOUTH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION – WINNER! – Portsmouth Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission of positively supporting Portsmouth’s public schools. A $1,000 donation would directly support teachers and students within the public schools. The money would be used to fund Innovator Grants. These grants provide money for the development and implementation of ingenious programs to reach and motivate students. Learn more by visiting : portsmouthschoolsfoundation.org
EDMARC HOSPICE FOR CHILDREN – WINNER! – EDMARC is a not for profit organization that not only helps children during end of life care, but provides a fantastic support system for the families of these children. Any money that can be raised or donated to support this amazing organization will go towards helping a family in need during their most unimaginable struggle. Learn more by visiting : edmarc.org
TIDEWATER CHAPTER TUSKEGEE AIRMEN – A OneHourCares.com donation would continue to excite Hampton Roads’ area Youth in the form of a college scholarship and directly support our A-STEM (Aviation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming endeavors that encourage Youth to pursue A-STEM careers.
GREAT NECK 12U BREAKERS BASEBALL – The Great Neck Breakers will represent Virginia Beach this July in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament, at Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York. Please help their dream to play teams across the US come true, in the legendary place where the game began in 1839!
WOUNDED WEAR – Wounded Wear, started by Jason Redman, a former NavySEAL who’s endured massive injury and surgical reconstruction, provides fashionable clothing and clothing modifications to America’s wounded veterans and support to military families. With $1000, Wounded Wear can support fallen service members in the name of freedom. Learn more by visiting :
BONESHAKERS SOCIAL CLUB / BIKES FOR TYKES – WINNER! – A $1000 prize would allow Boneshakers Social Club to double the amount of “Bikes for Tykes” donated last year in Hampton Roads to 200. This non-profit organization of motorcycle enthusiasts collects new and slightly used bikes for sick and needy children. Learn more by visiting : Facebook
MALIBU ELEMENTARY DESTINATION IMAGINATION – Malibu Elementary school has 21 kids going to global finals for Destination Imagination. There, the children will compete using their creativity and innovation to solve technical problems, performing in front of thousands. This prize money will help to offset costs for participating families. Learn more by visiting : Facebook
BLOSSOM LIKE A FLOWER – Just Us Gurlz was founded by a college student. This program empowers young ladies to get involved in their community and build self esteem. Winning this contest and $1,000 will help the program continue to be free. This year the Blossom Like a Flower Conference will reach hundreds of girls in the HR area. Learn more by visiting :
Blossom Like a Flower on Facebook
H-E-A-R-T/COLONIAL 70 RELAY – Running over 77 miles to support victims of sexual assault, Ashley Springer and her team will participate in the Colonial 70 Relay. They hope to double their fundraising dollars to support HEART (Hope Exists After Rape Trauma) and assist in costs for their Victim 2 Victim retreat. Learn more by visiting : www.colonial200.com
INDEPENDENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND PARENTS – WINNER! – The Independence Middle School has a band of great performers and dedicated children. The kids haven’t had new uniforms in over 20 years. $1,000 would help the volunteers and parents purchase new threads for school performances. Learn more by visiting : www.imsband.org
HAMPTON ROADS YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION – WINNER! – The Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association is the premier youth ice hockey association in this area. One of their coaches recently collapsed on the ice and suffered a fatal heart attack. With this money, they can buy two Auto External Defibrillators to prevent this from happening in the future. Learn more by visiting :
WE CARE MARINES – We Care Marines is a memorial fund that honors LCPL. Cody S. Childers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010. Over 3,000 care packages have already been sent to our deployed troops through this program. With this money, they can send even more packages to those fighting for our freedom. Learn more by visiting : www.wecaremarines.com
FORKIDS – ForKids is an organization that aims to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families. With more homeless families constantly seeking help in Hampton Roads alone, this money will give them the extra boost in funds to help even more children in need. Learn more by visiting : www.forkidsva.org
JAKE HARDISON MEMORIAL CHALLENGER JAMBOREE – WINNER! –The Jake Hardison Memorial Challenger Jamboree is a weekend-long event that provides children with disabilities from all over the U.S. the opportunity to enjoy all that the sport of baseball has to offer. Each baseball player receives a medal for participating as well as priceless memories. Learn more by visiting :
Jake Hardison Memorial Challenger Jamboree on Facebook
NEWBORNS IN NEED –Newborns in Need works with hospitals, crisis centers and other social service agencies in Hampton Roads. Winning the One Hour Cares prize would go a long way to filling Essential Kits with necessary items (diapers, bottles, etc.) to ensure that needy infants have the best possible start to life! Learn more by visiting : newbornsinneed.org
STANDUP FOR KIDS –StandUp for Kids is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations to provide for homeless and at-risk youth in Hampton Roads. Their primary goal is to establish and build relationships with runaway, homeless & street-dependent youth ages 13-25 by teaching them basic life skills. Learn more by visiting : standupforkids.org
PCC FREE CAMP – WINNER! –FREE CAMP provides an opportunity for underprivileged children located in Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Portsmouth to experience a summer camp at no cost to their families. FREE CAMP is a 4 day/3 night experience that focuses on music, team building, creative arts, sports and fun! Learn more by visiting : myfreecamp.org
OUR HOUSE FAMILIES –Our House Families is a non-profit and the only emergency homeless shelter in Chesapeake for homeless families. The $1000 would help by providing meals, day care, utilities coverage and financial support while the parents receive training, search for jobs and move towards self-sufficiency. Learn more by visiting : ourhousefamilies.org
NORFOLK CASA, INC –Our Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) are the voice in court for abused and neglected kids. CASAs stay an active part of their kids’ lives until they are in a safe, permanent home. With support from One Hour Cares, Norfolk CASA could train more volunteers to place with children in foster care. Learn more by visiting : casanorfolk.org
YOUNG LIFE CAPERNAUM – WINNER! –Young Life Capernaum is an outreach to kids with disabilities in middle school and high school throughout the Hampton Roads. Staff and volunteers build friendships with kids with disabilities, make memories with them, and then have opportunities to talk with them about life, love, and God. Learn more by visiting: capernaum-hamptonroads.younglife.org
757 SEAHAWKS CHEERLEADERS –The 757 Seahawks Youth Athletic Association is a non-profit organization established to support the youth of Hampton Roads academically and athletically. The 757 seahawks cheerleaders placed 3rd in the AYC cheer competition in November and have the chance to compete at Nationals in Florida on December 14th and 15th. Learn more by visiting : 757seahawks.org
REALLY AWESOME PEOPLE SWIMMING –The RAPS Program teaches minority and disadvantaged children to swim and tries to break the cycle of that population’s high drowning rates. The program teaches children between the ages of 5 -14 because their drowning rates are four times higher than those of other populations. Learn more by visiting : reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org
BEYOND BOOBS! – WINNER! –Beyond Boobs! is a support group for breast cancer survivors that works to educate everyone about breast health while also offering unique, uplifting, life-changing support to those affected by the disease and advocating for breast health awareness and the importance of early detection, especially in younger women. Learn more by visiting : beyondboobs.org
LOVE4VETS –Love4Vets is an organization that works with military veterans, active duty service members and their families. One of its main projects is the Children Support Group, which helps educate and teach children how to cope with (parents’) deployments, death and/or PTSD within family using various activities and projects. Learn more by visiting : love4vets.org
CHILDREN’S HARBOR –Children’s Harbor is a comprehensive early childhood program operating in South Hampton Roads. Our vision is advocating for access to early care and education for all children. By providing places and programs, Children’s Harbor is the model for comprehensive services for children. Learn more by visiting : childrensharbor.cc
SHINE GIRL – WINNER! –SHINE Girl is a self esteem program for girls that teaches girls that they have Strength, Worth and Purpose. A nine week program, SHINE Girl works with 5th through 12th graders. $1,000 would pay for the materials to present SHINE Girl to groups of 15 girls in 5 more schools. We also have a STRENGTH self esteem class for boys starting this Fall.
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF TIDEWATER –In order to bring a little cheer to the holidays, Jewish Family Service of Tidewater started the Helping Hearts Project, now in its 8th year. The Helping Hearts Project provides indigent adults, from ages 18-100, with bags stuffed with knitted items, socks, candy and other necessities during the holiday season. Learn more by visiting : jfshamptonroads.org
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COALITION –The mission of the Community Outreach Coalition is to minister to low income youth and children with disabilities through academics, athletics, and fine arts. The $1,000 will help children with Autism and other developmental disabilities get classroom equipment to aid in teaching. Learn more by visiting : cocoutreach.org
LUV SACKS FOR CANCER – WINNER! –Luv Sacks for Cancer helps cancer patients who struggle with getting toiletries essentials due to the overwhelming cost of paying for their treatment. The $1000 donation will aid in purchasing the supplies needed to assemble and provide sacks for those dealing with the growing cost of cancer treatment. Learn more by visiting : luvsacks4cancer.org
LAW ENFORCEMENT UNITED –Each year dozens of surviving children of fallen law enforcement officers travel to a summer camp where they receive counseling in a safe and familiar setting. The camp is entirely funded and partially staffed by Law Enforcement United. They also help Officer Down Memorial Page and their efforts to provide lasting tributes to each officer killed in the line of duty. Learn more by visiting : lawenforcementunited.org
PORTSMOUTH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION –Portsmouth Schools Foundation offers grants to teachers within the Portsmouth Public Schools. Grants in the past have allowed teachers to establish creative programs that are not able to be funded by the school system, such as purchasing musical instruments for preschool students with autism. This award will allow us to provide grats to two deserving teachers. Learn more by visiting : pps.k12.va.us/about_pps/schools_foundation
BENEFIT FOR LANDON HALE – WINNER! –Landon Hale and his family are in need of a handicap accessible van. Landon was diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, a rare and severe form of epilepsy. Physical lifting and carrying him has become harder and transporting him daily is becoming more difficult. The money will go towards the purchase of this specially equipped van, ideal for transporting Landon.
CUBSCOUTS PACK 42 OF CHESAPEAKE – Cubscouts pack 42 of Chesapeake is a small group of boys that love to be involved in local events. They have participated in Clean the Bay, Patriotic Parades, and local church events to name a few. The contribution will go to continue support for the boys and help them grow with strong morals and good work ethics. Learn more by visiting : the Cubscouts Pack 42 of Chesapeake on Facebook
TRANSITIONS HOME FOR HOPE –Transitions provides a safe home for abused and troubled women while helping them get back on their feet. The program guides these women with life skills that allow them to leave the home confident, with increased self-esteem and ready to confront the future with the knowledge and direction needed for continued success. The $1000 award will provide a help up, not hand out to Local women. Learn more by visiting : http://transitionhomesva.org/
VANGUARD LANDING – WINNER! – Vanguard Landiing’s mission is to provide a safe, progressive, and self-sustaining community for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, providing a well-rounded community life for both residents and employees. Programming addresses residents’ life skills, continuing education, job skill development, meaningful employment, fitness, social skills, friendships and community involvement. Learn more by visiting : http://www.vanguardlanding.org/
TEAM HOYT – Team Hoyt VB is a local non-profit running group inspired by the Father/Son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Their mission is to compete with children and young adults with disabilities from Hampton Roads in local road racing events. The money will help promote inclusion and reach out to more families, group homes and residential facilities to include more athletes in our race events. “Yes you can” Learn more by visiting : http://www.teamhoyt.com/about/
CHILDREN’S TUMOR FOUNDATION – This Yorkown-based volunteer organization and annual cobia fishing tournament donate all proceeds to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving lives of those affected by neurofibromatosis, a condition with no treatments or cures. Jen Gundling, with her husband Mike and a great group of volunteers, organize the anual tournament, inspired by their youngest daughter Kalyn who has NF. Learn more by visiting : http://www.ctf.org
GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS – WINNER! – This November, the Governor’s School for the Arts is putting together a two week tour through Japan to perform in cities affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. This trip has proved a once in a lifetime chance for students in the past and hopes to continue doing so. The $1000 helps offset the airfare for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend. Learn more by visiting : http://www.gsarts.org/
YOUTH MATTERS SAPPHIRE CHEERLEADERS – The Sapphires Cheerleading Squad is a wonderful recreation program for new and experienced cheerleaders, ages 5 -14 years old. We take pride in focusing this program around cooperation, self confidence, respect, and all of the important foundations of cheerleading. This $1,000 would go along way in helping us with our mission. Learn more by visiting : http://www.youthmatter.org/ymi_sapphires.htm
HAMPTON ROADS JUNIORS VOLLEYBALL – Hampton Roads Juniors is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing young volleyball enthusiasts an opportunity to improve their skills and develop as players. This money would allow our organization to purchase training equipment so we can continue our mission of providing a quality program that fosters teamwork and sportsmanship. Learn more by visiting : http://www.eteamz.com/hrjuniors/
GET SMART – WINNER! – Get Smart is an initiative to young people who are making important decisions in their lives. They are about to become adults and we help them with specifics of homework and decision-making but also let them know that they are not alone. There are people to care for them and want to help them become adults. Learn more by visiting :
CHURCHLAND FOOTBALL/CHEER ASSOCIATION – The Churchland Football Association has been offering the youth of Portsmouth a football athletics program for many decades. Their goal is to develop young individuals who will act as role models in their local communities in academics, as well as athletics while teaching the fundamentals of football, fostering self-discipline, goal setting and goal attainment.
ST. MARK LUTHERAN YOUTH GROUP – The Youth Group of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Yorktown, has set a goal for June 2014 of walking along the Santiago de Compostela, the way of St. James, in Spain. Just as pilgrims of old, the youth will walk the last 72 miles over 5 days. Through this experience they hope to strengthen their faith and discover how God calls them to live in this world.
UNTAMED SPIRIT THERAPEUTIC + EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM – WINNER! – We strive to enhance and enrich the lives of individuals with special needs through a partnership with horses. We rely on the generosity and donations from the community in order to serve special needs children and adults. This $1,000 would be able to fund the food and shelter of two therapy horses for an entire month. Learn more by visiting :
THE HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND – In just three years the Hampton High Band has grown from 38 to almost 200 students. This $1,000 would go directly to providing scholarships to students who can’t afford to pay the band dues to participate. This would mean the world to many of our low income single parents, and help us continue to provide the materials and music these kids need. Learn more by visiting : The Hampton High School Band on Facebook
FAMILIES OF AUTISTIC CHILDREN IN TIDEWATER – The mission of F.A.C.T. is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families in Tidewater. Every summer over 240 campers attend our camp, and kayaking has become one of the favorite activities. We would use this $1,000 to purchase our own kayaks to help us keep puttting smiles on our campers’ faces. Learn more by visiting : http://www.camp4autism.org/
MEA’ALOFA AUTISM SUPPORT CENTER – WINNER! – (MASC) is a non-profit organization founded to provide quality ABA services to families of children with autism in Tidewater regardless of their ability to pay. MASC offers one on one therapy, social skills groups, and consultations for families with a child with autism. Learn more by visiting :
STAND UP FOR KIDS – Stand-Up for Kids provides a support group for kids who are homeless, many times on their own. They provide food, counseling and access to services. The goal is to keep these kids in school so they can eventually become productive, contributing members of society. Learn more by visiting : http://www.standupforkids.org/
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA – FBLA from Nansemond River High School in Suffolk, VA is in need of help that will afford us the opportunity to attend this year’s FBLA State Leadership Conference in Reston, VA. With your generosity, we will be able to “turn the key” to “unlock our potential” in many areas of business.
CRITTERS 4 U RESCUE – WINNER! – Critters 4 U Rescue is working with the community to save and help the unwanted/homeless animals have a second chance in life. Many of these animals have had a rough start in life and just need a second chance to have a happy healthy life. Learn more by visiting : http://welcome.to/critters4urescue
CRADOCK LITTLE LEAGUE – The Cradock Little League offers baseball and softball to boys and girls ages 5-16. The ballfields are located at the St. Juliens Creek Annex on Victory Blvd. in Portsmouth. The League values the concepts of good sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork from players, coaches, parents, and fans.
ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION – The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer. We’re a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most-promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. Visit http://www.StBaldricks.org.
ROC SOLID FOUNDATION – WINNER! – The Roc Solid Foundation builds custom playsets for pediatric cancer patients, fostering a child’s ability to have fun despite their condition. This $1000 would help us in our efforts and prove that sometimes— A SMILE IS THE BEST MEDICINE. Learn more at: www.rocsolidfoundation.org
STOP ABUSE INC. – A division of Children’s Performance Workshops, Stop Abuse Incorporated is a marionette production that teaches kids how to recognize, prevent, and disclose sexual abuse. We’ve helped put 156 Hampton Roads predators in prison. We need funding to continue to educate these children.
UNITED COED SOCCER – Our team name is United Coed and we are comprised of some of the areas most talented soccer players and play in multiple leagues throughout the year. We are seeking sponsorship opportunities to help with tournament registration fees and uniforms.
HICKORY CREW CLUB – WINNER! – Since 1998, Hickory Crew Club has introduced a number of members to the sport of rowing while fostering a spirit of teamwork, mutual respect and good sportsmanship. What started out as a club without coaches and only 14 members, has grown into a self-supporting club with as many as 50 members at various times. Learn more at: www.hickorycrew.org