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How Strativity Gives Back During the Holidays

Posted: Dec 21, 2015 by Brianne Spinelli

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and overlook or take for granted the many things we have afforded to us each and every day. Most of us tend to lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why, especially at this time of the year, it is important to reflect on those who may not be as fortunate as ourselves and give back to those in need.

It has become an annual Strativity holiday tradition that the company donates to a variety of charities chosen by employees, on behalf of those employees. The charities chosen are some that our employees hold near and dear to their hearts. This year, Strativity has generously contributed to a number of charitable organizations that run the gamut from animal welfare organizations to medical research to various youth associations and many, many more. 

Read through to learn more about the charities Strativity’s employees feel passionately about. You can visit each organization’s website by clicking on the corresponding logo.

Wishing you, your team, and your loved ones very a very Happy and Healthy Holiday season, from the Strativity team

 

4 Paws for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs. This provides increased independence for the children, and assistance to their families. And 4 Paws also works with veterans from recent conflicts who’ve lost the use of their limbs or their hearing while in active combat. In all cases, the results speak for themselves. Lives are transformed.

16 million children living in poverty in the United States currently lack access to new, high-quality books. In fact, only one in three has books in his or her home. That’s more than 10 million children who don’t have books to call their own. We’re doing everything we can to inspire the next generation of readers – we select the best books to motivate children, design literacy resources and events to help them get the most from each experience, and continue searching for the best ways to bring the joy of reading to kids across the nation. Our programs work to address the never-ending cycle of illiteracy in the U.S. that suppresses millions of Americans, especially those from low-income communities, from reaching their full potential. There are 93 million adults in the U.S. who read at or below the basic level needed to contribute successfully to society. For many of these adults, they’ve had difficulty reading since they were kids.

Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

To honor and empower Wounded Warriors. To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. To help injured service members aid and assist each other. To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

The teenage years are a critical phase in the development in Jewish identity. Teens from all backgrounds- from completely unaffiliated Jews to those that have grown up with richness of Judaism their entire life- are searching for answers and direction. Our programs are on the cutting edge of today’s teen culture and bring passionate Judaism directly to hundreds teens every week. NCSY combats intermarriage and assimilation, promotes unconditional support for the State of Israel and creates tomorrow’s leaders. With your support we can continue to build our programs and inspire the Jewish future.

charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. When you give to charity: water, 100% of your gift funds water projects. A small group of private donors pay our operating costs, so every penny of your donation brings clean water to people in need.

663 million people live without clean water. It’s hard to imagine what 663 million people looks like really, but 1 in 10 might be easier. One in eleven people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and ultimately, a cure. The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level.  We diligently work to make Alzheimer’s a national priority.

The MS Society of Canada is here to ensure that no one faces MS alone. In communities across Canada, our volunteers and staff provide information, support, educational events and other resources for people with MS and their families and work to change government practices.

Each year the MS Society funds approximately $10 million in research to support studies that investigate all aspects of MS both biological and clinical. The MS Society also supports research and training programs which cultivates a network of bright young minds and engages them in activities that fine-tune their skills and knowledge in MS research.

Over the last 11 years, Swish has engaged more than 3,000 straight ally and LGBT members worldwide in joyful partnership with the LGBT rights movement. Now Swish is embarking on a new venture to expand its mission to more communities around the world.  Swish is launching the Swish Ally Fund at The Stonewall Community Foundation – the firsts of its kind – to fund grassroots organizations so that they can engage straight allies in the fight for love and equality.

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It is our goal to provide the FOP Laboratory with the staff and resources they need to find the cure. To successfully utilize animal models of FOP zebra fish, fruit flies, and mice to learn more about the condition and find novel, yet safe treatment options. To begin trials of medical therapy and treatment options on humans. To provide the most compassionate medical advice and care for our patients.

One of the most rare disabling genetic conditions known to mankind, FOP causes bone to form in muscles, tendons, ligaments and other connective tissues. Bridges of extra bone develop across joints, progressively restricting movement and forming a second skeleton that imprisons the body in bone. There are no other known examples in medicine of one normal organ system turning into another.

We bring evolutionary experts together with other experts for a respectful and constructive dialogue, resulting in a new agenda for basic scientific research, policy formulation, and policy implementation. The Evolution Institute uses evolutionary science to solve real-world problems. Currently, there is no mechanism for applying current theory and research to public policy formulation. We aim to provide the mechanism. Working with our large network of advisors, we can:

  • Identify and assemble the evolutionary expertise for virtually any topic relevant to human welfare.
  • Organize workshops, coordinate the writing of position papers, and provide advisors.
  • Assist in the implementation of the policies that we formulate.

New York Bully Crew is a 501c3 not-for-profit rescue organization founded in December 2010. Though based on Long Island, NYBC’s outreach is nationwide. We specialize in rescuing Pitbulls, however no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away. NYBC strives to bring positive attention to the most loyal breed one could encounter, and give second chances to those who have been discarded by humans simply because of what they are…a Pitbull. Finding loving and responsible homes for each and every rescue is our main objective. We at NYBC firmly believe that there are NO bad dogs, just bad owners, and educating the public is a must if the bully breeds are to have a chance of survival in today’s society.

Heifer International (also known as Heifer Project International) is a nonprofit working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. Heifer distributes animals, along with agricultural and values-based training, to families in need around the world as a means of providing self-sufficiency. Recipients must agree to “pass on the gift” by sharing animal offspring, as well as the skills and knowledge of animal husbandry and agricultural training with other impoverished families.

The Feeding America network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The nationwide network of food banks provides more than 3.6 billion meals to virtually every community in the United States through food pantries and meal programs. Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to more than 46 million people each year. We provide safe and nurturing places for children to have a meal; food that helps seniors meet their specific nutritional needs; emergency assistance for disaster victims; and a chance at stability for adults trying to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

Pets Alive is a no-kill animal rescue, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about 1 1/2 hours from New York City. Our mission is to improve the lives of companion animals everywhere by any means possible, including rescue, adoption, advocacy, collaboration, intervention and education. Animals at the sanctuary range from dogs and cats to farm animals, exotic birds, and many others. Many of the animals at Pets Alive are older, have special needs or require special care.

YSOP engages youth, college students and adults in meaningful service experiences through an innovative program that combines an orientation to the issues, hands-on volunteer work and reflection. Using orientation and reflection to frame their service experiences, YSOP inspires our participants to broaden their perspectives and become engaged citizens. Each year, over 4,000 volunteers participate in YSOP programs and that serve more than 500,000 people experiencing homelessness and hunger.

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Planned Parenthood is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. Our skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering men, women, and teens high-quality, affordable medical care.

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Temple Avodat Shalom is a community where individuals and families can worship, study, and assemble within the context of Reform Judaism. We accept and encourage a wide range of ideas and expressions of Judaism. We provide for the lifelong educational needs of all our congregants, helping to cultivate an appreciation of our heritage and the joys of Judaism. Our educational goals include teaching Jews of all ages a love of God, an understanding of Torah, and identification with Israel. Our congregation is devoted to acts of loving-kindness (g’milut chasidim) and healing the world (tikkun olam) through our many social action programs within and beyond our Jewish community. We are committed to equality between men and women, reaching out to interfaith couples, and a respect for Jewish ritual traditions. We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our families, with a focus on our children, who are our future. In the spirit of our faith and our founders, we endeavor to provide a warm community and a chain of continuity for all who wish to share our home.

Open Hearts, Open Homes provides respite and comfort to Israeli teens affected by violence and war. Every summer since 2002, teens have come to our community, thanks to the sponsorship of the YJCC’s Open Hearts, Open Homes; since that time, over 300 have participated. They spend three weeks living with nurturing host families and making connections to a Jewish community far from their homeland, plus they enjoy a summer camp experience with their American peers.

Price Elementary School (Mrs. Donnan)

My students would love to have a document camera and an interactive whiteboard. Having these items in our classroom will increase motivation and engagement. Most of my students do not have access to technology at home, therefore this technology will be beneficial. Students have trouble learning from a text book and with a chalkboard in the classroom; it is hard to keep the students engaged. It is important that I find unique ways to teach the material, however a lot of students are visual learners, therefore it is easier for them to see the materials to help them learn.

Saturn Elementary School (Mrs. Williamson)

These kids deserve manipulatives that are on their cognitive levels that have lights and sounds that challenge and help them. My eight students are in the InD Supported Unit of our 100% free breakfast/lunch Title 1 school. Most are on the Autism Spectrum. They have a host of problems like Oral Dysphasia, Ventricular Septal Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Seizure Disorders, etc. They are loving, kind, and sweet kids! They need a wide variety of tactile and sensory toys that capture their attention and engage them on their cognitive levels, not their biological ages. Two of the eight are verbal while the other 6 are non-verbal. While I do the Reading and Math with them, my goal is to also work with them on their cognitive levels to raise them academically and socially. This year’s goal is to improve communication skills.

Atlanta Mission meets each person where they are, in their unique circumstances, to provide customized services to help them overcome the cause of their homelessness. Since its 1938 beginnings, this Christian nonprofit ministry has grown from a small soup kitchen to a multi-facility organization serving Metro Atlanta’s large homeless population. Today, Atlanta Mission provides emergency shelter, rehab and recovery services, vocational training, services, and transitional housing. We serve more than 1,000 homeless men, women, and children every day.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. SPAN began providing services in 1979 and is crucial to the network of support that offers critical “safety net” services to vulnerable, low-income and at-risk populations. It is the only organization serving Boulder, western Broomfield, smaller towns and unincorporated Boulder County designed to provide shelter and advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence at a time when our community is experiencing higher domestic violence rates than national and state averages.

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The Aish Village Shul is designed to meet your needs. At the Village Shul, Jewish wisdom is accessible to everyone, regardless of Jewish background or knowledge. Young children receive nurturing care at programs while older kids enjoy innovative Torah-related activities. For those adults who seek the meaning and relevance of Judaism in today’s society, there are dynamic classes on Shabbat, during the weekdays, and on many weeknights. Our Shabbat Services are meant to inspire and we strive to create a synagogue experience that is fun and uplifting.

Holiday Helpers provides Christmas packages to low income families. Many families are single-parent households, many are new to Canada and most are involved with subsidized agencies for daycare, housing or other family aid.

Each family receives:

  • A brand new artificial Christmas tree with all the trimmings, including lights, decorations and a tree topper.
  • A $100 grocery gift card for a warm meal.
  • Personalized gifts from the family’s wish list, including brand new warm jackets, clothing, winter boots, household items and toys.

EZRAH helps by finding employment opportunities for candidates seeking entry level to senior leadership positions. EZRAH helps clients live financially responsible and self-sufficient lives by focusing on financial matters and budgeting. Project Ezrah’s success is seen in the results and effects of its work: the majority of candidates find meaningful employment and every Financial Management and Assistance client is rewarded with a greater proficiency and understanding of financial budgeting and management.

The Friendship Circle carries out that concept in life-changing ways by engaging children and teens with special needs through a full range of experiences, supporting parents and members with much needed respite and support, enriching, inspiring and motivating teens to share their time and talents with others, and connecting teen volunteers, children with special needs, and their families to the Jewish community through educational and social opportunities.