SHOE LOVERS CARE: SUMMER 2015
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June 12, 2015

A couple times a year, we ask our associates to think about nonprofit organizations that means a lot to them. Then we ask them to nominate them to win a $75,000 donation from DSW in our Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program. We narrow it down to include a variety of finalists who do everything from assisting the local community to helping fight illness and disease.

Get to know the organizations that our Shoe Lovers chose, then vote on who you want to see get the donation!

Association for Women in Science MA Chapter
Mission Statement:

To champion the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) across all disciplines and employment sectors and ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Nominated by Uriah Brecht

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
The money would allow MASS AWIS to gain a shared office space for quarterly board meetings, monthly committee meetings, and small events and allow MASS AWIS to have a home and storage space. We could hire an IT advisor to upgrade and manage the MASS AWIS website as well have as have the ability to offer workshops and seminars by leaders in the STEM fields whose speaker fees would be outside of our present budget.

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Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
Mission Statement:

To help build a No Kill Community, where no homeless dogs or cats are ever euthanized for population control, and where true euthanasia is reserved only for animals with no hope of rehabilitation.

Nominated by Staci Davis

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
At any given time, we have over 550 orphaned animals in our care. As a private, non-profit organization, we receive no government funding for our work. Since we primarily focus on the animals most at risk in the local shelter system, the dogs and cats in our care typically need medical rehabilitation, behavioral rehabilitation, or both. The $75,000 award would make a huge, direct impact on our lifesaving programs, including our Help Me Heal fund, our Help Me Learn fund, and our Spay/Neuter Assistance fund.

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Colon Cancer Alliance
Mission Statement:

To knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research, and providing the highest quality patient support services.

Nominated by Carrie Callihan

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
The funds from the DSW Shoe Lovers Care program will support our prevention initiatives that provide screenings for those in need, our research efforts that allow us to be on the offensive in the fight, and our patient support programs where we’re the rock for those currently in the battle for their life.

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Darkness to Light
Mission Statement:

To empower people to prevent child sexual abuse.

Nominated by Tami Ayers

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
The award would allow us to accomplish two vitally important goals:

  1. Provide training to 4,500 individuals via our online training portal at no cost through December 2015

  2. Produce a new 60-minute, two-part video-training module on how to recognize the indicators of physical and emotional abuse and neglect and the requirements on how to fulfill requirements as a legally mandated reporter for teachers and school administrators.

The latter is especially important when you consider that 52% of reports made by professionals to child protective services on suspected abuse are made by teachers.

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Fisher House Foundation
Mission Statement:

To improve the quality of life for members of the military, retirees, veterans, and their families.

Nominated by Denny Glassmire

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
At the heart of our Fisher House program are the comfort homes we provide. A $75,000 donation would mean that you helped provide 7,500 nights of lodging to military families in need—or, this donation could help impact one of our scholarship programs and provide 15 Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships to children of those who have died or become disabled 

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The Foundation for New Education Initiatives
Mission Statement:

To enhance student achievement and to encourage community engagement in support of vital educational initiatives as well as The Parent Academy of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS).

Nominated by Onnie Opasone

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
We could take 6,000 low-income first grade students to the theater through the Cultural Passport Program; purchase professional baking/bakery supplies for our intellectually disabled students enrolled in the school district’s Bakery Arts Program; stock the food pantry with nutritional food items and toiletries for the district’s nearly 3,600 homeless students; and provide much needed support for more robust foundation marketing and development activities

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Village Family Service Center
Mission Statement:

To improve the quality of life through services designed to strengthen individuals, families, and organizations throughout North Dakota and Minnesota through mental health and financial counseling, adoption and pregnancy counseling, high needs child care services, chemical dependency services, mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters, and more.

Nominated by Andi Elvert

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
The $75,000 could make a huge impact in five areas: building upgrades (windows, plumbing, technology infrastructure, etc.), the food program, playground equipment, teacher salaries, and child care scholarships.

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YWCA Columbus
Mission Statement:

To eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Nominated by Amy Jo Donohew

How would the $75K grant impact your association?
The donation would help provide basic care items like diapers and hygiene products for homeless mothers and children in our shelter, provide executive leadership training for young female leaders, and ensure our single female residents have transportation to meet with their mental health practitioners and to take GED classes.

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