As 2015 comes to an end, many of us are reminded of the things we are grateful for – family, friends, a roof over our head, food on our tables and much more that we often take for granted. It is a time to reflect and engage, and also to take note of others in our community who may be less fortunate than us.
There are a number of Inland Empire non-profit charities worthy of our time, money and donations this holiday season. If you have the means to do so, please take the time to choose a non-profit you and your family can connect with. Regardless of the mission, all local non-profits would be grateful to receive help during the busiest time of the year. Here are five noteworthy local charities in need to help get you started:
Since 1977, House of Ruth has a mission that is two-fold: (1) to advocate for and assist women and children victimized by domestic violence and children exposed to violence in transforming their lives by providing culturally competent shelter, programs, opportunities, and education; and (2) to contribute to social change through intervention, education, prevention programs and community awareness.
Today the House of Ruth, Inc., located in Pomona, California, is a comprehensive domestic violence center with a staff of more than 40 and an active volunteer program. Their voluntary leadership consists of a 19-member Board of Directors.
At House of Ruth, they offer support during the holidays, when emotions, fears, and depression can affect abused women and their children. They create a warm and safe environment to enjoy some of the traditional holiday activities. And most importantly, they make sure that Santa can find all of the children that anxiously await their arrival! Want to find out more or help contribute to their Wish List? Go here.
The Let It Be Foundation in Chino, California aims to provide ongoing support and services to families of children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses throughout the sick child’s treatment, with a focus on the entire family.
Inspired by Karla Asch-Rosen, who at the age of 15 was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, The Let It Be Foundation cares for an entire family, not just their sick child, during the length of medical treatment.
With the help of the community, the Let It Be Foundation has thrived by caring for and providing relief to overwhelmed and financially-strained families. The foundation helps them to enjoy things right in their own community by socializing and having fun. Most importantly, they help children and their families avoid centering their existence on a disease, and instead, focus on the positives that can come from it. Find out more about the Let It Be Foundation here.
Founded in 1959, Peppermint Ridge in Corona, California is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing loving homes and empowering support services for individuals with developmental disabilities, gently guiding these special people toward greater independence and fuller community participation.
Today, they serve almost 100 residents in 11 homes. Every day, residents are loved and cared for just as they are. From sharing a smile to learning a new skill, each day is filled with opportunities that enable adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their greatest potential and lead lives of dignity and purpose.
Learn more about Peppermint Ridge’s history and how you can help here.
Priceless Pet Rescue’s mission is simple: saving one by one until there are none. They are a non-profit, no-kill, volunteer pet rescue organization serving the Inland Empire and surrounding cities. They are dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats left homeless for whatever reason – dogs/cats in public shelters where they are at a high risk of euthanasia due to pet overpopulation, pets given up by their owners because of difficult circumstances, and those in danger of abuse or neglect.
With two storefront adoption centers in Chino Hills, California and Claremont, California called “The Orphanage”, Priceless Pets is able to add a personal touch and ensure the right family finds their perfect dog or cat. Animals in their care are spayed or neutered, receive all appropriate veterinary care and treatment, and are placed in nurturing foster homes or The Orphanage. They assist dogs/cats in distress without regard to age, breed or ease of placement.
Determined to keep administrative expenses extremely low so that every dollar taken in goes directly to animals in their care, Priceless Pets is 100% volunteer-based, and directors of their organization are unpaid. Find out more about Priceless Pets here.
The Unforgettables’ mission is to enable low-income families to give their children a dignified burial, empower communities to memorialize children who have died, educate parents and children’s caregivers to confront, control and conquer the primary risks to our children’s health and wholeness; and encourage communities to recognize the financial trauma which is often associated with the death of a child.
For 15 years, The Unforgettables Foundation has helped thousands of families in over 80 southern California cities find comfort in giving their children a dignified burial. They recognize the importance of honoring a beloved child in the proper way, and ensure that each one is “unforgettable.” Find out more about them here.