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Achieve Tahoe logoBased in North Lake Tahoe, Achieve Tahoe leads the way in adaptive sports and recreation for people with disabilities. With over 48 years experience, our trained staff and volunteers guide you in discovering life without limits. Our specialized adaptive equipment and teaching methods allow us to accommodate almost ANYone with ANY disability.

Our Mission is to provide affordable inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence.

Brief History In 1967 Jim Winthers, a World War II Veteran of the 10th Mountain Division and Director of the Soda Springs Ski School, brought together a group of Vietnam Veterans to support each other as they learned to cope with their disabilities. These Veterans taught themselves and others how to ski. From there, our organization was born.

Achieve Tahoe has continued its rehabilitation orientation and remains dedicated to the belief that sports are a vital part of the process in which individuals with disabilities gain self-confidence, mobility, and greater independence. Our programs promote education, socialization and employment. They help turn tragedy into triumph by instilling in participants the knowledge that it’s not their disabilities, but their abilities that count.
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Foundation for Prader-Willi Research logoThe Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), with the input of community stakeholders, has developed a strategic research plan for Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) to accelerate research and the development of therapies for PWS. Through the implementation of new translational research programs, the management of a world-class grants program, and the development of PWS research tools, FPWR will advance research in order to develop new treatments for PWS and improve the health and well being of those with PWS.
With the support of the PWS community, FPWR’s research program has grown from funding small pilot studies to encompassing a robust and diverse research portfolio that facilitates and guides the PWS research agenda. We have played an instrumental role in advancing the field of PWS research by supporting innovative research, encouraging collaboration, engaging pharmaceutical companies, and enabling a research-ready community.
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The Family Center logoThe Family Center Mission: breaking multi-generational cycles of child abuse, neglect, and trauma by empowering parents to raise children who can then reach their highest potential.

Child abuse, neglect, and trauma is recognized as a serious public health concern that causes lifetime physical, psychological, and behavioral problems for children and impacts communities for generations. The Family Center has a vision that all children will grow up in safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. As change agents, we’re dedicated to providing a safe space where parents and children can connect and grow through a two-generational approach to learning. Our evidence-based programs provide guidance and support as families navigate new strategies for coping with trauma and move forward with confidence and purpose.

The Family Center… changing lives, changing families, and changing futures.

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The Blue Bench logoAt The Blue Bench, our mission is to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.

Our hope is to one day live in a world where sexual assault no longer exists; where there are no more victims, friends and families suffering in its wake. This is our hope. This is what inspires our efforts. And until that day comes, our work is not complete.
Inspired by the courage of one another – as survivors, activists, advocates and community leaders, The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area women and men find the courage to move from victim to survivor.

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The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP) is metro Denver’s only comprehensive sexual assault prevention and support center. Since our founding in 1983, we have worked tirelessly to eliminate sexual assault and diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community.
Through issue advocacy, scientifically-supported prevention programs and a robust offering of low to no-cost client services including a 24-hour hotline, individual and group therapy and case management, The Blue Bench has helped hundreds of thousands of Denver-area people of all gender identities find the courage to move from victim to survivor.

The Autism Society of Oregon is Oregon’s leading organization providing resources, education, advocacy and support for individuals and families living with autism.
We are committed to these core principles:
• We provide services without regard to a person’s age, race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, income level or level of need on the autism spectrum
• We strongly encourage and welcome families, professionals and individuals living with autism with opportunities to participate in our governance, on our committees, and as staff members
• We partner with others to advance the well-being of all living with autism
• We promote individual choice and self-determination of individuals living with autism, aided by parental and guardian advocacy
• We recognize a person living with autism can and should be able to maximize his/her quality of life and oppose any denial of their opportunities
• We oppose any discrimination and harm directed towards individuals living with autism and their families

Handicap International LogoCo-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, Handicap International is an 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.

Handicap International 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.

Center for Healing by Design logoCenter for Healing By Design, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Lisa K.Y. Wong, L. Ac in 2015, raises public awareness of the intrinsic self-healing technology in the human body, revolutionizes people’s way of seeing their bodies, and teaches them to use the highly sophisticated, yet simple, “mind-body” healing techniques to enable them prevent and overcome common health challenges. The company’s mission is to engage, educate, and empower people all over the world with effective self-care skills so they can “climb the mountains” in their lives.

Lisa climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, in July 2015 as a way to launch her global Climb Every Mountain Self-Care Movement. She is leading the way in helping people worldwide discover their inner healing tools, as people hunger for non-conventional healing alternatives. Since July 2015, over 1000 people worldwide, from 4-year-old orphans to 80-year-old world record holders, have benefited from this movement. The movement aims to reach at least one million people, kids and adults, in 20 countries by 2020.

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Dare to Be logoThe Dare To Be Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by U.S. Olympic cyclist Amber Neben. It aims to impact the lives of financially and physically challenged youth in need through an unconditional gift and an inspirational message — to DARE TO BE a doctor, a teacher, the President . . . whatever it is they dream to be.
A Moment of Inspiration
When Amber was a 4 year old, she came down with a very serious case of spinal meningitis. She spent 3 days in a coma and two weeks in CHOC, (Children’s Hospital of Orange County.) The doctors first told her parents that she would die, and then said that if she survived, she would be brain damaged and deaf. She survived without any residual issues. Of this time in the hospital, she had one memory of a very specific day when a professional baseball player with the California Angels came to visit her, encourage her, take a picture and leave her with a Snoopy watch. The watch was not anything special, and it didn’t help her get out of the hospital, but it came with a message of hope and encouragement. She treasured that watch for a long time, and it still makes her smile today. She didn’t get to spend a long time with the baseball player, but in those few moments and with that gift, he left her with a life long memory and a reminder that she could survive.

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Amber started The Dare To Be Project out of a passion to make a lasting impact on a child’s life through a gift and a message, just as that baseball player did for her over 30 years ago. She wants to reach out to underserved kids with a bike and a message of encouragement. She wants to inspire them to keep fighting, to get up off the mat again, to work hard or even harder, and to DARE TO BE their dream.

EAC Network logoHere at EAC Network, our mission is to respond to human needs with programs and services that protect children, promote healthy families and communities, help seniors, and empower individuals to take control of their lives.

In 1969, four concerned women formed the Education and Assistance Corporation (EAC) to help students with special needs in Port Washington, NY. Over the years, our organization’s services slowly expanded to meet a growing need to help families, seniors, and individuals all across Long Island and New York City.

In 2013, EAC rebranded to EAC Network in order to represent the broad spectrum of programs and services we now provide. EAC Network aims to empower, assist, and care for all people in need.

Our organization has grown, offering over 70 programs over the past 46 years, but many of society’s core problems remain. People’s lives are still being destroyed by addiction, families continue to struggle to overcome poverty, abuse, and neglect, and seniors face isolation and abandonment.

Today, over 71,000 people rely on our services.


CM small logoThe Charlotte Maxwell Clinic is named in honor of Charlotte Maxwell, who died of ovarian cancer in 1988.

Charlotte Maxwell was born in Buffalo, NY on April 21, 1932.

She graduated from Mary Washington College in Virginia. Her first post college job was with the Virginia Welfare Department. She retuned to Buffalo as a social worker with the Catholic Charities, serving children in foster care and adolescents in group homes. Next, she completed a graduate program at the University of Buffalo and received a Master of Social Work degree.

At the time of her graduation, President Lyndon Johnson was unfolding his War on Poverty program. Along with the introduction of Medicaid and Medicare, the mid 1960’s reforms included a new outreach program by the Federal Bureau of Maternal and Child Health to reduce the nation’s premature birth rate. Donate to Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, Click Here!
Charlotte joined the Erie County Department of Health as a member of an interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers and a gynecologist, nutritionist and health educator. The team brought pre-natal care to community sites, including a housing project and a school for pregnant teens. During this time, her volunteer efforts centered on welfare reform and fair housing issues.

In 1971, influenced by the emphasis public health personnel and social workers put on community organization, outreach and prevention, Charlotte moved to California to pursue a second graduate program, this time in public health. Once she earned her Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley, Charlotte became Service Director for the American Cancer Society in San Francisco, and later the Director of Community Unlimited, a new program for adult disabled persons living independently in group homes or with their families.

Charlotte possessed a zest and enthusiasm for life. She had strong ties with her family – a brother, sister, nieces and nephews – and with a network of friends and colleagues. She was a spiritual person whose faith guided her.

Many would recall Charlotte’s gift of humor, which brought them laughter and raised their spirits. Others would remember her as a good listener who somehow helped them view their problems and solutions in a new light. Still others would describe Charlotte as a forward thinker, able to envision better strategies for improving programs and services. It is fair to say all valued their time with her.

Charlotte received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the spring of 1987. She passed away at he age of 56 in Oakland, CA on December 6, 1988. She lived that year and a half with the same spirit and determination as she had throughout her life.

Having participated on many health care teams, Charlotte knew the value of team care. Facing cancer and unable to find a support group that met her needs, Charlotte put together her own health team, consisting of wonderful women practitioners who specialized in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, guided imagery, homeopathy and eventually hospice care. This team gave her loving support, visited her in the hospital, and when she could no longer travel, brought their services to her home.

This compassionate group of women who cared for Charlotte knew there were many underserved women with cancer who could benefit from integrative cancer care but would not have access to such treatments. Out of their experience, foresight and passionate belief in complementary integrative medicine the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic was born. To this day, the Clinic provides integrative cancer care, safety-net social services and health education to low-income women with cancer.
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