One Hour Cares
Classic Air’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning launched our OneHourCares.com initiative in January of this year, awarding deserving Hampton Roads based charities and organizations $1,000 each month. The site encourages eligible applicants to make their case and submit their stories. At the end of each month, 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 monthly prize.
Since launching the site, we’ve received hundreds of amazing submissions. Check out our previous winners and each month’s finalists below, and head over to onehourcares.com to cast your vote or enter your cause!
FUR-EVER HOME RESCUE – 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