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http://aba.org/

The American Birding Association inspires all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.They provide leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills and enjoyment of birding. They also contribute to bird and bird habitat conservation through a variety of programs. Their Birder’s Exchange program provides gently used birding equipment and educational materials for local scientists, conservationists and educators throughout South America, Middle America, and the Caribbean.

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http://carlsbadshelter.com/

Carlsbad Battered Families Shelter wants to make sure that victims of domestic violence are aware of various services that may help them in their time of need. Domestic violence is a vicious cycle and there are services available to help break that cycle.

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http://www.childrensaid.org/

Children’s Aid Society provides services to families in need or who are at risk. They help parents with the skills and resources they need to keep families together or, when children could not remain with their own families, other homes have been provided through foster care or adoption.

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http://www.colfaxcommunitynetwork.org/

Colfax Community Network advocates for, and works on behalf of, children and families residing in low-income, transient housing (primarily residential motels) along Colfax Avenue by providing information, services and programs to strengthen and improve family and community life.

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http://www.compasshousingalliance.org/

Compass Housing Alliance develops and provides essential services and affordable housing for homeless and low-income people in the greater Puget Sound region. They offer unique services and structured programs that promote the dignity of each person and lead individuals from homelessness to independence and healthy community life. Services include hygiene facilities (showers and laundry), banking and mailing, emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent low-income housing.

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http://www.ccolife.org/

Cornerstone Community Outreach was created to raise the quality of life for low-income residents of the Chicago area through social, educational and economic development programs that include: development & preservation of decent & affordable housing for the poor, job training & creation, educational & social programs, as well as feeding and sheltering the homeless.

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http://www.crossroadsabq.org/

Crossroads for Women is a transition program for homeless women with co-occurring addictive and mental health disorders. They help women create safe, secure and drug free lifestyles for themselves and their children. As well as futures of economic self-sufficiency. They also provide programming in the local jail and work closely with women reintegrating to the community after incarcerations.

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http://dismashousenewmexico.org/

Dismas House is a beacon of hope and safe passage for adults transitioning from jail or prison into society. They are dedicated to serving formerly incarcerated adults and seeing the hope and potential for good in each of their residents.

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http://www.dvs-snoco.org/index

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County (DVS) is dedicated to ending domestic abuse by providing a wide range of services for victims, including their children and by facilitating social change. They are the only program in Snohomish County providing emergency shelter and comprehensive, confidential services to victims of domestic abuse.  They also work within the community to create an environment which is safe, responsive and supportive of domestic abuse victims and their children.

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http://familysunshine.org/

The Family Sunshine Center exists to end family violence and sexual assault and to foster hope and healing in seven Alabama counties. They offer services not only to victims with immediate crisis needs but also those ready to move out of emergency shelter and into self-sufficient lifestyles.

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http://www.lawrenceshelter.org/

The Lawrence Community Shelter provides safe shelter and comprehensive services and programs that provide a path to a positive future for people experiencing homelessness and those that are at risk for homelessness.

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http://www.lifeworksaustin.org/

Life Works supports youth and families in their strong determination to achieve self-sufficiency and to make generational changes. Life Works has identified four basic cornerstones necessary to this scale of success – counseling, housing, education/workforce and youth development.

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http://www.madre.org

MADRE’s Helping Hands program provides women around the world with first aid supplies, medical equipment, classroom materials and other necessities. With these resources women can strengthen their families and communities. You can take part by giving your reusable goods to families that would otherwise not have access to essential everyday supplies.

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www.nevadahomelessyouth.org

The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth is dedicated to eliminating homelessness among Nevada’s youth and is the only youth service provider in Nevada with a continuum of services extending from street outreach and 24-hour crisis intervention services to a full-time drop-in center and independent living program.

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http://newfutures.org/

New Futures partners with families and educators in their communities to ensure that children succeed in school and in life. Their programs in low-income apartment complexes build skills, foster connectedness and promote strengths.

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http://www.plymouthhousing.org/                                                                   

Plymouth Housing Group works to eliminate homelessness and stabilize homeless and very low-income people in housing by preserving, developing and operating safe, decent, affordable housing, and by providing opportunities for them to improve their lives. They also service formerly homeless residents with their Essential Supply Center providing a place for them to get essential items they might not otherwise be able to afford.

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http://www.procession.org/

The Procession of the Species Celebration empowers communities to engage in cultural relationships with the natural world as a means of sustaining efforts of environmental protection and restoration. Their Community Art Studio relies on donations of usable items and supplies that can be magically transformed into art for the procession. 

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http://www.retexnorthwest.com/ 

Retex Northwest works within the community to develop comprehensive and strategic environmental solutions for recycling unwanted clothes, shoes, backpacks and other textiles. Their greatest goal is providing recycled clothing to people in need, while reducing our solid waste landfills. In 2003, 10.6 million tons of textiles ended up in U.S. solid waste landfills.

The garments you recycle will benefit people all over the globe. Collected textiles and shoes are shipped to countries which are experiencing severe shortages of even the most basic clothing. Garments which are no longer wearable can be made into “rags” or pulled apart and reprocessed into fibers for paper, upholstery and insulation materials. 

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http://www.rootsinfo.org/

ROOTS delivers critical services to homeless young adults and other low income persons. They provide safe emergency overnight shelter 7 nights a week to young adults, ages 18-25, hot dinner and breakfast, opportunities for personal hygiene (including laundry and showers) and other services.

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http://safehousenm.org/

S.A.F.E. House shelters and empowers survivors of intimate partner domestic violence and improves the way New Mexico responds to this violence. Donations are used both at the shelter and by participants to help them establish violence free lives. Items not needed by survivors are sold at the thrift store. All proceeds are used to support S.A.F.E. House programs.

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www.safenest.org

Safe Nest operates the only 24-hour emergency shelters in Las Vegas with undisclosed locations for the safety of battered women and children. Their services include 24 hour hotlines, counseling, advocacy, prevention programs, training and education for the general public.

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http://www.stvincentdepaul.net/

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and providing others with the opportunity to serve. The Phoenix Diocesan Council has been assisting central and northern Arizona families since 1946. Programs include services for the homeless, medical and dental care for the working poor, charity dining rooms, thrift stores, a transitional housing shelter and general assistance for individuals in need.

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http://www.smhc-nm.org/

St. Martin’s Hospitality Center strives to create self-sufficiency and break the cycle of homelessness by providing shelter, food, mental health services, job assistance and other critical programs. The services provided by St. Martin’s stress flexibility, accessibility and comprehensive care, the qualities necessary to assist individuals and families out of homelessness.

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http://www.tahoeyouth.org/

Tahoe Youth & Family Services promotes the healthy development of children, youth and families in the community by providing counseling, education and support services. They serve families through professional and confidential individual and family counseling, community outreach, mentoring, Project Safe Place, Wraparound services, emergency youth shelter and a 24-hour crisis line.

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http://www.abeacon.org/

The Lighthouse is committed to providing support, preventing violence and promoting justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They recognize the impact of these crimes on all of our lives and work hard to increase community awareness and understanding of these problems.

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http://www.thesabanfreeclinic.org/

The Saban Free Clinic, in collaboration with strategic partners, serves as a medical home for the underserved and those who are most vulnerable by providing comprehensive, dependable and affordable quality health care in a caring environment.

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http://www.ywcabham.org/

The YWCA Central Alabama’s vision is to create a more caring community. They are a place of refuge. They respond to the needs of women and their families by providing hope and opportunities in a warm, family-like environment. Their programs and services focus on three major areas: child care, domestic violence services and affordable housing.

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The provision of referrals for charities, ministries, donation sites and green companies is offered by The Stuff Stop as a referral service. We assume no responsibility for the actions or the services provided by any organization referred through this website.