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Early Music America logoEarly Music America’s mission is to develop, strengthen, and celebrate early music in North America by supporting the people and organizations that perform, study, and find joy in it, and by championing the contributions they make to the health and vibrancy of their communities.

Early Music America is the North American community of people who find joy, meaning, and purpose in performing, studying, and experiencing music created before the 20th century. For more than 30 years, EMA has enriched the field of early music in North America by developing and supporting interest in the music of the past, so that it informs and shapes our lives today. The breadth of EMA’s membership – including professional performers, educators, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, philanthropists, and many more – has made it an important advocate for early music throughout North America. Through its membership publications and activities, EMA supports the performance and study of early music and promotes public understanding of its potential impact on people and communities coast-to-coast.

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EMA serves and strengthens the early music community in North America. EMA envisions a world where early music flourishes as an integral part of musical culture and reaches a large and diverse audience; where people understand what early music is and are engaged with it throughout their lives as listeners or performers; and where early music performers are fairly paid, early music organizations are financially stable, and philanthropists see the early music world as a good place to invest. EMA believes that early music provides a valuable way to understand history and human culture; that historically-informed performances provide important musical insights and experiences; and that early music fosters creativity.

Worldwide Fistula Fund logoIn the late 1970s while conducting anthropological field research, Lewis Wall witnessed how inadequate healthcare systems in sub-Saharan Africa had devastating effects on women and children. He returned to medical school to become an OB-GYN and dedicated his life to addressing the maternal health challenges faced by women in Africa, focused on childbirth injuries. Dr. Lewis Wall founded the not-for-profit Worldwide Fund for Mothers Injured in Childbirth in 1995. We relaunched in 2003 as the Worldwide Fistula Fund (WFF). We have historically focused on programs addressing obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa: prevention education, expert surgical services with comprehensive care for recovery and reintegration/empowerment training to begin life anew.

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WFF began by funding multiple programs and training doctors across sub-Saharan Africa to provide quality fistula repair surgeries. Providers we supported: Evangel VVF Centre in Nigeria, Aberdeen Clinic and Fistula Center in Sierra Leone, Mercy Maternity and Fistula Center in Ghana and MercyShips. Countries where we provided surgical training: Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo and Benin.
During these early years, we simultaneously raised capital funds to build a new, desperately needed model fistula hospital for west Africa. In 2009, 2010 and 2013, Pulitzer prize winning columnist, Nicholas Kristof, wrote New York Times articles about WFF’s mission and goal to build this hospital.

In 2012, we opened Danja Fistula Center in Niger with our operational partner, SIM. WFF currently has active programs in Niger, Uganda, and Ethiopia delivering fistula treatment, reintegration & empowerment programs and medical professional & health advocate training.

Guiding our mission and strategic plan is a Leadership Team which includes a Trustee of the International Continence Society, Clinicians in Obstetrics and Urogynecology, Professors in Global Health, Medical Anthropology and Physical Therapy, Experts in health delivery to increase access to care and Captains of industry.

Good Shepherd Center LogoThe mission of Good Shepherd Center is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing.

Established in 1983 as a modest Soup Kitchen, Good Shepherd has grown to become the largest provider of homeless services in the region. Current programs include the Soup Kitchen which serves over 88,000 meals a year; Second Helpings food salvage and distribution program; Sgt. Eugene Ashley Center providing transitional and permanent supportive housing for Veterans and men; a Day Shelter providing the homeless with access to showers, clothing, transportation, and on-site mental health and health services; and a Night Shelter with 118 beds for homeless men, women, and families with children.

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Good Shepherd recently opened SECU Lakeside Reserve, an affordable housing unit with 16 apartments for chronically homeless adults with disabilities, including seniors and Veterans. Plans are underway to continue construction on an additional 24 units.

A hot meal. A warm bed. A return path to housing.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” – Booker T. Washington.

Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula LogoBoys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, aka BGCP, was founded in 1958 to give at-risk young people a safe place where they could build positive peer and adult relationships. Youth joined the Club, connected with adult role models, and participated in activities. After they turned 18 and graduated from high school, most Club kids found entry-level manufacturing jobs that could support a family and lead to a long-term career.
Safety and relationships are now as necessary as ever, but they are not enough. Today’s Club youth must experience school success, build 21st century skills, and find a pathway to post-secondary education or training so they can participate in and benefit from Silicon Valley opportunities.

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Students don’t need a longer school day; they need a longer learning day and a longer learning year. They need expanded leaning time opportunities to fill in gaps, reinforce what they are learning in school, and develop the academic mindsets and habits that lead to success in school, and beyond.
This is where BGCP makes a difference. We partner with families and schools to provide youth with the opportunities all kids need.

BVKID LogoThe mission of our parent group Boulder Valley Kids Identified with Dyslexia (BVKID) is to create a culture of innovation and to promote awareness of dyslexia among parents, teachers and administration in Boulder Valley (BV) and to serve students with dyslexia and related learning disorders to ensure that they reach their maximum potential.

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BV-KID Objectives

    • 1. To ensure universal dyslexia/reading disability screenings for all kindergartners and any new students entering the district and to monitor their progress using scientific-based assessment tools that are quantifiable and objective.
    • 2. To ensure that a scientifically-based core reading program is implemented in grades K – 3rd, district wide, which aligns with the National Reading Panel Report to include: Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension.
    • 3. To ensure that the intervention for dyslexic students at all grade levels is scientifically-based with attention to frequency, intensity, duration and fidelity.
    • 4. To create an equitable pathway through high school, to provide access to all curriculum with peers of similar intellectual capacity, and to achieve similar graduation rates to the overall student population.
    • 5. To ensure that staff and administrators receive the best, most up-to-date professional development to empower them to feel confident in their ability to teach any child to read.
    • 6. To promote collaboration between parents and schools in BV to address and meet the needs of students identified with dyslexia and related learning disorders under state and federal laws.

Marty Turcios Therapeutic Golf Foundation logoMarty Turcios Therapeutic Golf Foundation teaches golf, as therapy, to veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries and to teens and adults with autism, Down’s syndrome and other severe disabilities such as amputees and stroke survivors.
Golf is therapeutic when taught by Recreation Therapist, Marty Turcios.

In 2009 Marty Turcios created this non-profit public charity in order to raise money to fund the programs he was already spending his life teaching. Marty Turcios has been teaching golf, professionally, mostly to disabled people since the 1980’s.

Marty Turcios was born with severe cerebral palsy, yet he often plays 18 holes in the 90’s.

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Marty earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno State and his Master’s Degree from San Jose State. Marty’s degree is in Recreation Therapy Administration.

Marty Turcios teaches golf three days a week at Wedges & Woods Driving Ranges/Training facility in Augusta Georgia. Please go to the services page to schedule a lesson or join a class.

Morrissey-Compton Educational Center LogoDesigned to address the broad needs of children, adolescents, and adults with learning challenges, attention disorders, and emotional difficulties, Morrissey-Compton Educational Center was founded in 1982 in Palo Alto, California by Patricia Morrissey, Ed.D. and Carolyn Compton, Ph.D. Government funding cutbacks were impacting school-based programs at that time, and Pat and Carolyn’s vision was to develop an organization that could provide tutoring, summer school, and diagnostic services for students with learning disabilities.

It is the mission of the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center to enable children and adults with learning disabilities and school-related difficulties to achieve their goals by providing the highest quality diagnostic and intervention services in a supportive environment.

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Since 1999, MCEC has provided educational consultation through contracts with Santa Clara County Departments of Juvenile Probation and Child and Family Services to ensure that dependents and wards of the Juvenile Court are enrolled in and attending school and receiving an appropriate education plan. Through this program, called Youth Education Advocates, MCEC is able to help over 400 foster or adjudicated youth each year. MCEC also provides educational and other consultation services to Synapse School, an independent elementary and middle school in Menlo Park, and two of its clinicians serve on an interdisciplinary team providing developmental and behavioral health care for children in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Spurwink LogoIN 1960, we began with one house in Portland, Maine. Today, Spurwink Services has 37 active homes serving children, and another 18 homes serving its adult program.
Spurwink’s 4 special education schools serve children ranging from 5 to 21 years of age.
Starting with a handful of employees, Spurwink today draws much of its strength from its nearly 1200 employees.
Our values remain the same. They are the cornerstone of what we do and how we deliver services: Developing positive self regard in those we serve by honoring and respecting who they are, and then building upon the strengths of the individual and the family.

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We go the distance in order to change lives.   We bring to bear clinical and educational expertise as well as our ingenuity in creating solutions with clients and their families in order to meet their needs.  While deeply committed to evidence-based practices, we embrace new methods, technologies and resources to serve our clients…


Humanity & Inclusion LogoCo-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Humanity & Inclusion (the new name of Handicap International) is a 35-year-old independent and impartial organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.
We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
With local partners, we run programs in health and rehabilitation and social and economic integration. We work with local authorities to clear landmines and other war debris and to prevent mine-related accidents through education. We respond quickly and effectively to natural and civil disasters in order to limit serious and permanent injuries and to assist survivors’ recovery and reintegration. We advocate for the universal recognition of the rights of people with disabilities through national planning and advocacy.

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Humanity & Inclusion is the world’s most comprehensive mine action charity. The heart of this action is victim assistance—this was our beginning in 1982—but teams also prevent injuries through weapons and landmine clearance, risk education activities, stockpile management, and advocacy to ban landmines and cluster bombs.
Humanity & Inclusion U.S.
In the U.S., Humanity & Inclusion is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a member of the Humanity & Inclusion Network, which includes the Humanity & Inclusion Federation, headquartered in Lyon, France, and eight national associations. Humanity & Inclusion U.S. and the national associations in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the U.K. raise funds and awareness in support of programs in nearly 60 countries. The Humanity & Inclusion Federation implements these programs.

L.O.T. Health Services logoWelcome to L.O.T. Heath Services,
“The King will reply: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the LEAST OF THESE brothers & sisters, you did for Me.” ​Matthew 25:40
“Serving with Love” is precisely the reason that this organization was planted in Palm Beach County, Florida.

We believe that for our health professionals, life should have the following order of priorities: First God, Second Family, Third Other Humans and Fourth Work and Business. Healthcare service should be given with compassion & honor to EVERYONE.
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Our desire to serve the community led us to join forces with other doctors in the county to offer free medical services to care for all ages, races, and ethnicities who lack financial resources. We started this aggressive project in 2014. Now in 2017, we have seen tremendous growth. We have multiple service sites all over Palm Beach County and clinicians of Primary Care (Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Pediatrics) and many specialties (Mental Health, Cardiology, Neurology, General Surgery, Imaging Services, Vision, Dental, and more) partnering with us to improve the health of the underserved.