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http://www.ihaveadreamlasvegas.org/

“I Have a Dream” Foundation Las Vegas helps at-risk children from low-income communities become productive citizens by providing a long-term program of tutoring, mentoring and enrichment, with the assured opportunity for higher education. Their goal is to have every Dreamer graduate from high school, be functionally literate and prepared to either fulfill employment or pursue the ultimate goal of an “I Have a Dream”® sponsored higher education.

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http://www.accessbooks.net/

Access Books provides quality, high-interest books to Southern California’s most impoverished school libraries. Many students at the schools they serve simply do not have anything to read. They are working to change that one library at a time.

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http://aim.4agoodcause.com/

Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM) provides services to Alabama’s incarcerated women with emphasis on enhancing personal growth and strengthening the bonds between inmate mothers and their children. About 3,000 children in Alabama have a mother incarcerated. Your donations help support these children and reunite separated families.

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http://www.sheriffsranch.org/

Alabama Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches provide Christian, family-style residential homes for Alabama’s needy, neglected or abused, school-aged children in an atmosphere where they may grow spiritually and physically into productive, responsible and happy adults. Children live in family situations with house parents on working ranches where Christian principles, hard work, responsibility, manners and loving kindness are used to help children grow strong in body, mind and spirit.

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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://www.artstart.org/material-donations/ 

If your organization or company generates scrap, discards, or over runs which are destined for the trash or landfill, then ArtStart has an idea for you! By donating your discards or scrap to ArtStarts ArtScraps, a creative materials reuse store, your material donation reaches literally hundreds of individuals, families, and organizations, including Head Start programs, child care associations, daycare providers, social service organizations, schools, neighborhoods and many arts organizations, who shop the store. Besides supporting the creative materials and programming needs of many organizations through ArtStart, your company’s material donation is tax-deductible.

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http://www.assistanceleaguesb.org/fundraising.html

Assistance League of Santa Barbara is a nonprofit all volunteer organization that develops and implements philanthropic programs to benefit children and adults in Santa Barbara County.

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http://www.baltimorereads.org/

Through portable classrooms, Baltimore Reads offers FREE English as a Second Language (ESL), reading and GED prep programs across Baltimore City. But they don’t stop there. Baltimore Reads operates the Baltimore Reads’ Book Bank, which provides free books to children, their families, and schools to encourage and improve literacy skills, and develop an intergenerational love for reading and lifelong learning. They believe that parents who can’t read raise children who don’t read.

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http://foundation.missoulacatholicschools.org

Bargain Corner is a thrift store with all proceeds going to Missoula catholic schools. Donations are always welcome.

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http://www.goadelante.org/bargain_square.html

Bargain Square is a thrift store that sells gently used furniture, clothing, appliances and household items at great prices. The money generated from Bargain Square supports Adelante programs for people with disabilities, but more importantly, the store provides retail training and employment for over 30 people with disabilities.

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http://www.bethesdaok.org/

Bethesda offers therapeutic services to sexually abused children and to their non-offending caregivers throughout the state of Oklahoma. Healing takes place one step at a time. With the support of trained therapists, these courageous and strong children make amazing progress. Bethesda is a healing place for broken hearts.

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http://www.betterworldbooks.com/

Better World Books supports world literacy by reselling used books. A portion of the profits go toward setting up reading programs in other countries. You can donate or sell your books to them.  Here is a list of what they will accept

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http://www.bibledonate.org/ 

Bible Donate provides Bibles to people who cannot afford them. Their waiting list currently exceeds 130,000 people!

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http://www.littlesneedbigs.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Juan Co works to help children achieve their potential through positive adult relationships. A volunteer does not need any special skills to be a Big Brother or Big Sister. They only need to be interested in sharing special moments with a child by sharing experiences, celebrating accomplishments and listening to a child’s concerns. By these moments a Big Brother or Big Sister can make a difference to a child.

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http://www.bbbsn.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada is a leader in youth mentoring services. They work to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of youth in the community, ages 6 through 18.

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http://bikeworks.org/

Bike Works builds sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. They work to educate and empower youth, and make bicycling accessible and affordable to the Seattle community.

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http://bikesnotbombs.org/about

Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. They reclaim thousands of bicycles each year and ship most of  them overseas to economic development projects through their international programs in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Bikes that don’t get shipped often land in their youth programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Their retail bike shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that they receive, employing many graduates of their programs. The Shop’s profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales and repairs goes towards funding their youth and international work.

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http://www.bluelotusfarm.org/
 
Blue Lotus Farm serves at-risk, physically disadvantaged and the mentally challenged by providing recreational programs and curative workshops in a caring and inspiring 64-acre day camp setting. Donations of outdoor gear are greatly appreciated and insure that Blue Lotus will continue to provide a safe respite and healing space for those with any special needs.

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http://www.bookcrossing.com/

BookCrossing is the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site that aims to connect people through books. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked, thus connecting its readers. Breathe new life into books instead of letting your old favorites collect dust – pass them along to another reader. BookCrossing is free to join and free to play. So don’t be selfish with your books – read and release!

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http://www.bookends.org/

BookEnds, a nonprofit organization recycles children’s books through student-run book drives and places them in schools and youth organizations in need of books. BookEnds’ diverse recipients include inner-city schools, youth centers, homeless shelters, family literacy centers, after-school enrichments programs, children’s group homes and juvenile detention facilities.

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https://www.booksforafrica.org/books-computers/donate-books.html

Books For Africa collects, sorts, ships, and distributes books to children in Africa. Their goal is to end the book famine in Africa. They are the world’s largest shipper of donated books to the African continent. Since 1988, Books For Africa has shipped over 24 million high-quality text and library books to children and adults in 46 African countries. Millions more are needed.

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http://www.booksforpeople.org/

The goal of Books for People is to benefit charities serving homeless children either by distributing books or by selling them on their behalf, to raise funds for local libraries, and to keep books, CD’S, and DVDs out of landfills!

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http://booksforsoldiers.com/

Register for an account with Books for Soldiers to see the troop requests posted on their bulletin board. Once you are registered, you will be able to view the requests and send troops books, DVDs, games and relief supplies.

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http://booksforthebarrios.org/home-book-donations-recycling.html

Books for the Barrios collects English reading books and educational learning aids in the United States and delivers them to remote barrio public schools throughout the Philippines.

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http://action.aac.org/site/PageServer?pagename=boomerangs_whatisboom

Boomerangs is owned and operated by AIDS Action Committee of MA, Inc., New England’s first and largest AIDS organization. All proceeds from Boomerangs support AIDS Action’s work to prevent new infections, support those affected and tackle the root causes of HIV/AIDS. 

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http://www.hsbgc.org/

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hot Springs provides 1,000 youth, a safe, structured and positive environment for after school, during holidays and summer vacation. They serve young people through life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals and hope and opportunity for all.

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http://www.bgchutch.com/

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hutchinson have hundreds of members who attend one of four club locations. They serve low to moderate income youth with programming in character, leadership, education, life skills, the arts and sports. The impact on the lives of these youth ranges from a new sense of self-esteem and higher academic achievement to youth being directed away from gang involvement.

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http://www.bgcwn.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Nevada provide a variety of facility based programs that enable all youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring individuals.

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http://www.breadoflifemission.org/

The Bread of Life Mission exists to overcome the cycle of homelessness in men’s and women’s lives through a Christ-centered complete recovery model.

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http://www.buymytronics.com/index.aspx

BuyMyTronics offers a fast, simple and eco-friendly way to get money for your gadgets. They’ll even pay for the shipping. They wipe your device of all personal data. Additionally, devices with hard drives are wiped to Department of Defense standards. Hundreds of thousands of used cell phones, mp3 players and other e-gadgets wind up in landfills every year. This is an easy way to help the planet (and your wallet)! 

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http://camoquiltproject.blogspot.com/

The Camo Quilt Project is made up of volunteers that create thousands of quilts destined for military personnel stationed in the Middle East. The quilts are made from the same camouflage material as the soldiers’ uniforms. Lightweight and breathable, they are valued for their many uses—slept on and under, they serve as protection from the harsh elements.

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http://www.campaldersgate.net/

Camp Aldersgate enriches the lives of children and youth who have medical or physical conditions or developmental delays, through educational and recreational opportunities in an out-of-doors camp environment. Hundreds of campers come each year from across Arkansas and from surrounding states to enjoy an experience of a lifetime.

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http://www.carcinc.org/

CARC provides services for people with special needs that enable them to be active citizens, feel accepted and find meaning in life.

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http://www.bccarehouse.org/

CARE House provides services and resources for children who are victims of sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. Their services are provided in a home-like environment where children feel safe and comfortable.

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http://www.casaesperanzanm.org/

Casa Esperanza works with area hospitals to extend the best “human” care available. They provide appropriate housing and emotional support for patients and their families who reside temporarily in Albuquerque while the patient receives treatment. Casa Esperanza’s families come from all backgrounds and income levels, but they share one thing in common – each family is facing fear and emotional upheaval.

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www.cash4books.net

Cash4Books is an online used book buying service that is committed to providing a simple, secure, and convenient way for anyone to sell their books with confidence and receive instant price quotes, fast payment, and exceptional customer service. A portion of the profits go to fund classroom projects on DonorsChoose.org. Cash4Books is passionate about helping classrooms get the books they need so that students can grow and learn. 

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http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/page.aspx?pid=292

Catholic Charities serves a wide range of disadvantaged populations: dependent, abused and neglected children; unemployed or homeless adults; parents and children requiring family counseling; people struggling as the result of drug abuse or alcoholism; senior citizens with special needs; and many more. They seek to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect. They empower people to make permanent changes in their lives leading to self-sufficient, dignified lifestyles.

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http://www.ccfinorman.org/

The Center for Children and Families offers strength-based programs and services to aide and educate families coping with abuse, neglect, divorce, separation, teenage pregnancy, a lack of quality out-of-school care and/or other adverse experiences.

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http://www.chs-nw.org/default.aspx

The Center for Human Services (CHS) is strengthening the community through counseling, education and support to children, youth, adults, and families. They helps individuals and families develop skills and strengthen behaviors that allow them to become self-reliant and dependently stronger on natural supports. CHS encourages positive mental health, prevents and treats addictions, supports youth academic success, assists parents’ engagement in their children’s learning, and strengthens relationships and parenting skills to create an environment that values and respects diversity.

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http://www.charitymusic.org/

Charity Music helps cultivate young artists by loaning musical instruments to homeless students and at-risk and disadvantaged youth wishing to explore their hidden musical talents. In addition, they provide musical instruments and live entertainment to veteran hospitals nationwide.

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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.childrensbookproject.org/

The Children’s Book Project helps build literacy by providing free, new and gently used books to children who need them. They have given away over 1.5 million books, helped thousands of children build home libraries and provided books for thousands of classroom and school libraries.

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http://www.chsmo.org/

Children’s Home Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in need. Their adoption and pregnancy counseling services continue to build strong families. They also provide short and long term care for children with significant developmental disabilities. Click here to see their current list of needs.

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http://www.chs-wa.org/

Children’s Home Society of Washington (CHSW) helps provide children with strong families, loving stable homes and their best chance for happiness and success. They provide a comprehensive network of care to 39,000 children and families each year in early learning, family support, out-of-home care, child and family counseling, adoption and advocacy.

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http://christmissions.org/

Christian Mission Centers provide physical, emotional and spiritual support for those in need. What started in one small building has grown to a network of hot meals service, homeless shelters, bargain stores, substance abuse treatment and ministries reaching across all ages, and from all backgrounds. The stores also serve as work training centers to help residents learn vital skills needed to become financially independent and return to the work force.

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http://coffeecreekquilters.org/

Coffee Creek Quilters teaches quilting classes to women incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon. Since 2002, they have provided a positive, hands-on program that gives their students an opportunity to learn and practice many life-enhancing skills.

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http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/
 
Collectibles with Causes charity accepts all types of collectibles as a charity donation. Donate a pinball machine, cash register, vinyl records, barware, lighters, figurines, vanity items, anything you collect. In addition to being a great tax and financial benefit for you, the proceeds benefit families in need and charitable causes across the United States.

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http://www.coloradocoalition.org/

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of at-risk families, children and individuals who are homeless throughout Colorado. They are recognized nationally as a leader in the integration of housing, healthcare, support services and child care for persons experiencing homelessness.

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http://www.caspinc.org/

Community After School Program provides a safe, supervised after school environment for school-age children who would otherwise be left unsupervised while their parents begin or complete their workday.

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http://www.donatecsb.org/

Community Services for the Blind raises funds to support SightConnection programs and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. Your donation of clothing and household goods supports independent living services for people with vision loss.

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http://cradlecare.org

Conway Cradle Care helps teens moms complete their education by supporting their academic and emotional needs as well as the developmental needs of their children.

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http://www.couragepickup.org/gd.donations/main/acceptableDonations.aspx

Courage Center is a non-profit rehabilitation and resource center that empowers people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life. They use a holistic approach that includes comprehensive rehabilitation therapies, independent living services, drivers services, a community reintegration program, accessible aquatics and fitness programs, camps, and adapted sports and recreation programs. 

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http://cradlestocrayons.org/about

Cradles to Crayons provides children ages 0 to 12 with some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. In other words, they provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, they make children feel valued.

They partner with social-service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources. When you donate to Cradles to Crayons, you can be absolutely sure that your donation will go to a deserving local child, for whom the donation was specifically requested.

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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://clnkids.org/

Cuidando los Niños provides children experiencing homelessness access to accredited early childhood development in a setting that supports the development of individual and family strengths. They are also a community leader and advocate for social change necessary to break the cycle of homelessness.

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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://www.doorwayshousing.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35

Doorways is a non-profit organization that provides housing and related services to individuals and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. 

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http://www.dumaswesley.org/

The Dumas Wesley Community Center educates, empowers and enriches the local community through collaborative programs of Christian service that provide for immediate human needs, strengthen family life, develop leadership and encourage personal responsibility.

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http://www.earthcorps.org/

EarthCorps’ programs bring together young people from the USA and around the world to work, learn and grow. Their efforts unite environmental restoration with a community-based approach to service, education and action. They restore key ecological sites around the Puget Sound region and around the world.

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http://esgw-nrm.easterseals.com

Easter Seals-Goodwill Northern Rocky Mountain currently operates Goodwill stores in Montana and Southern Idaho and Utah. The stores provide vocational training sites for individuals with developmental, physical or emotional disabilities, as well as people who are unemployed due to educational or vocational disadvantages. Participants develop and improve their work skills and gain work experience. Proceeds from the stores are used to pay the wages of these workers and to support additional Easter Seals-Goodwill programs and services.

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http://www.babycorner.org

Eastside Baby Corner helps families struggling with job loss, homelessness, medical crisis and poverty. When you donate new or gently-used goods, you can be confident that they will be put into the hands of a local child at no cost to the family or to their qualified partner agencies almost immediately.

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http://www.ecoencore.org/

Eco Encore raises funds for environmental organizations in the Pacific Northwest through the online resale of books, CD’s, DVD’s and recent software donated by individuals and institutions across the country. They also increase awareness of reuse as a vital practice for resource conservation.

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http://www.edlabgroup.org/

The EdLab Group serves students and teachers to provide them with learning opportunities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

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http://www.elcentroinc.com/

El Centro strives to strengthen communities and empower families through educational, social and economic opportunities. Their programs and services are aimed at strengthening family ties and, as a result, to make the community a better place to live and work.

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http://www.emmasharvesthome.com/

Emma’s Harvest Home is a community-based organization providing residential treatment services for women struggling with addiction and mental illness. Their programs prepare women for sobriety by offering them opportunities that enhance their skills, knowledge and interest, and assist them in becoming self-sufficient, productive adults.

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http://eventleftovers.com/

Event Leftovers is an online marketplace to buy and sell new and gently used party supplies. Whether you are an event professional, or someone who throws parties for family and friends, this site is for you. Recycling your event leftovers through this website helps the environment, can make you some extra money and helps you find some great deals.  Registration is free and it is free to post. However, there is a service fee assessed to the seller once an item sells. They also donate a portion of their premium listing fees to breast cancer research.

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http://www.familyconnection-inc.org/

Family Connection is a non-profit child and family services agency who provides a variety of crisis prevention and intervention programs. They are dedicated to building positive futures for the community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families.

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http://fightingcancerinc.org/

Fighting Cancer encourages and provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to cancer patients, survivors, their caregivers and friends. They visit new chemotherapy patients at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, on the first day of treatment and deliver a sunshine box to them. All volunteers who deliver the boxes have had experience with cancer, either as a survivor or caregiver.

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http://www.foyadc.org/

The Fountain of Youth Adult Day Center exists to serve as a safe haven and loving refuge for care giving families. They provide excellent care, fun and stimulating activities, nutritious meals and a “family feel” environment for the precious senior citizens and other dependent adults that spend their days with them. They also work hard to provide peace of mind and a much needed break from constant care giving to care giving family members.

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http://www.strans.org/freecycles

Free Cycles provides a place for you to fix your own bike, get used parts, check out a loaner bike or build your own free bike through their bike well program. Volunteers are available to assist you with your project.

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http://www.freerecycling.com/
 
Free Recycling has a history of leadership in the recycling industry. They offer businesses and consumers effective recycling solutions.

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http://www.gambiahelp.org/

Gambia Health Education Liaison Project, also known as GambiaHELP, exists to enable communities in Gambia, Africa to protect, conserve and improve their own health, the health of their community, and their natural environment. They do this by providing communities in Gambia with books, educational opportunities, medical help, seed money and human resources.

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http://www.gazelle.com/

Gazelle is a reCommerce service that helps you sell and recycle your used electronics. They believe electronics recycling begins with reuse. They extend the lives of used electronics by selling them through retail and wholesale outlets. Items without value are responsibly recycled. Whether you want to sell a cell phone, laptop, or any other of the more than 250,000 other products they accept, Gazelle can help. 

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http://girlscoutsnca.org/

Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

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http://www.girlsinccentral-al.org/

Girls Inc strives to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. They help girls reach their fullest potential by providing gender-specific, age-appropriate programming that teach life skills and promote healthy life choices.

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http://www.girlsincfortsmith.org/
 
Girls Inc of Fort Smith is committed to providing a safe environment with educational and recreational programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.

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http://glpinc.org/

Global Literacy Project donates books and literacy support materials as well as conducting educational programs aimed at improving knowledge, enhancing global awareness and developing skills in the US and abroad.

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http://www.goodwillnm.org/

Goodwill Industries of New Mexico provides skill development, work opportunities and career-building services to people with barriers to employment.

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www.goodwilldenver.org

Goodwill Industries of Denver works with both teens and adults to help them get the education and training they need to obtain and sustain meaningful employment and improve their lives. Goodwill’s retail division funds highly successful programs in workforce development and help people find the tools to succeed at work and in life.

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http://www.goodwillsocal.org/

Goodwill of Southern California (GSC) has enhanced the quality of life of people with disabilities or other disadvantages by providing education, training and job opportunities to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient and productive. Through the sales generated in their retail stores and donation centers, they are able to offer critical job-development services to thousands of local residents.

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http://www.gotbooks.com/

A for-profit fundraiser that collects used books, sponsors used book sales and gives half of the profits of these sales to their non-profit partners. Other books are sold or donated.

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http://www.recycledskis.com/

Green Mountain Ski Furniture recycles old skis and snowboards into ski furniture and usable ski art.  They specialize in ski Adirondack chairs, ski benches, ski tables, ski racks, outdoor furniture and custom designed and built products with your old gear or theirs. Each piece is a unique work of art, hand-crafted in Vermont.

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http://www.greendisk.com/

Now there is one place to responsibly and securely dispose of all your computer-related waste, spent supplies and obsolete accessories.  GreenDisk handles all your technotrash disposal needs from a CD to a PC and just about everything in between. You can stop worrying about what to do with all of that old technotrash piling up in your office, store room, attic, or garage.  Let GreenDisk safely and securely destroy your old data, recover reusable components, and recycle all of the rest of your accumulated technotrash – all at your convenience, at home or at work.

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http://www.habitatbirmingham.org/

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham provides affordable housing options. Volunteers work alongside the homeowners to help build homes, communities and hope.

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http://www.heartsdesireinc.org/

The mission of Heart’s Desire is to provide Biblical solutions for individuals with life-controlling issues. Heart’s Desire endeavors to help individuals become mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually whole through counseling, crisis help and residential programs.

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http://www.hopeservices.org/

Hope Services helps people with developmental disabilities to be valued and participating members of their communities. They provide their clients with job training, job placement and independent living services.

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http://www.housingworks.org

Housing Works provides housing, medical, prevention and support services for those living in New York.  Their mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy.

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http://www.interfaithcalhoun.org/

Interfaith Ministries is a coalition of religious organizations with a mission of developing and coordinating resources and volunteers to meet human needs. They provide benevolence to individuals and families in need through emergency assistance, homelessness, prescription medicine, food, holiday assistance and dental care.

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http://www.intlbookproject.org/

The International Book Project promotes literacy, education and global friendships by sending over 150,000 books annually to schools, libraries, churches, community organizations and Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the developing world and in the United States.

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http://www.kidfoundation.org/

KID Foundation is a Colorado public charity which is the fundraising arm of the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation. The mission of the SPD Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for children with SPD and their families. All proceeds donated by the KID Foundation to the SPD Foundation are used for SPD research, education and advocacy.

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http://www.dawsonchurch.org/kidsconnection

Kids Connection is a ministry of the Dawson Family of Faith and its purpose is to show God’s love to the least of these by providing for the physical and spiritual needs of children from birth to age 16 whose parents or guardians do not have the resources to meet all of those needs.

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http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/index.htm
 
Kids Don’t Float is a statewide injury prevention program that was developed to address Alaska’s high child and youth drowning rate. In a collaborative effort between several state and federal agencies, organizations and local grass-roots sponsors, Kids Don’t Float now includes a life jacket loaner board component and an educational component.

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http://www.lashares.org/

LA Shares is a non-profit materials reuse program which takes donations of reusable goods and materials (both new and used) and redistributes these items free of charge to non-profits and schools throughout Los Angeles County. This is accomplished by using their interactive website where interested schools and non-profits create an online profile of their organization, including a “Wish List” and “Top 20 List” of needed items. This profile is then entered into their unique, relational database, which proactively identifies each organization’s needs and continuously seeks to match those needs with the donated items on record. When a need is matched, the recipient is notified, via e-mail, to come to one of our two area warehouses to retrieve their items or instructed to go directly to the donor for pick-up. Either way, this state-of-the-art system is designed to help schools and non-profits obtain needed items quickly.

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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://leftoversetc.com/

Leftovers, etc. is a community-based educational and environmental resource and learning center that provides free and affordable, traditional and non-traditional, school supplies for use as learning tools to public and private school educators, home school educators, early childhood educators, and organizations working with low-income parents. They provide instruction in developmentally appropriate, educational, family-centered activities for low-income, at risk and special needs youth. They also support local and national artists seeking “found objects.”

The list of stuff they take is endless. Check it out here.

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http://www.liferootsnm.org/

Life ROOTS provides a caring and stimulating environment where disabled, developmentally delayed or behaviorally challenged children and adults will recognize and achieve their fullest potential.

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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.lssnv.org/

The Lutheran Social Services of Nevada expresses the love of Christ by serving and caring for people in need through nutrition services, supportive housing, rental/utility assistance, career assistance and in-home personal care programs.

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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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http://wish.org/about
 
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. The organization started with one boy’s wish to be a police officer and has evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the U.S. every 40 minutes.

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http://www.maryssheltergulfcoast.org/

Mary’s Shelter Gulf Coast provides family-style living for homeless adult pregnant women who choose life for their unborn child, while educating them in the life skills needed to become independent and contributing members of their community.

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http://www.mfta.org/

Materials for the Arts collects goods that are no longer needed and redistributes them to educators and arts organizations that do need them.

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http://www.mercyministries.org/splash.htm

Mercy Ministries provides group homes around the world that provide hope, healing and housing completely free-of-charge to young women, aged 13-28, who are seeking freedom from life-controlling problems such as drugs, abuse and self harm. 

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http://www.mersgoodwill.org/

When you donate and recycle your unneeded items to Goodwill, they make them available to your neighbors at affordable prices. The revenue that their forty stores earn is then invested in your community through a variety of services including skills training courses and employment programs. You can be confident that your donation to Goodwill is making a difference to improve the life of someone in your community.

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http://www.midwrc.net/

Midwest Recycling Center is one of only two recyclers in the state of Missouri that have achieved level 4 certification. They recycle a ton of stuff. If you can’t figure out where to recycle something, they’ll be glad to help you figure it out. 

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http://www.miriamfoundation.org/content/

The Miriam Foundation improves the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and their families through innovative and comprehensive programs.  The Miriam Switching Post accepts donations of gently used furniture and household items for re-sale (they are not a consignment shop). Proceeds from sales support the programs of the Miriam Foundation, The Miriam School and the Miriam Learning Center.

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www.themissionwear.org

Mission Wear is a non-profit sewing business that hires women with obstacles for employment. They work to create reusable products (laptop bags, totes and messenger bags among other great products) from upcycled materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

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http://www.moblind.org/

Missouri Council of the Blind and its affiliates are active members of the American Council of the Blind. They work for causes that affect people who are visually impaired and strives to improve their quality of life. MCB assists people with several degrees of vision loss: Totally blind-no usable vision, legally blind-visual acuity of 20/200 or less with corrective lens, or field of vision limited to 20 degrees or less, or progressive eye disease which will lead to severe vision loss.

MCB offers educational scholarships, health benefits, summer camps, special services program, public awareness programs, adaptive technology information and advocacies employment and legislation issues.

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http://mtwyouth.org/

More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. By working as a team to manage their own retail and online used book business, café and community space, youth develop the employment skills, leadership and self-confidence they need to successfully transition to adulthood.

In addition to store-based job training, youth are engaged in personal transition planning and case management to support their progress towards employment and education. The MTW model is premised on the belief that when at-risk youth are challenged with authentic and increasing responsibilities in a business setting and have high expectations and a culture of support, they can and will address their personal barriers, create concrete action plans for their lives, and become thriving members of society.

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http://www.mhopus.org

Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to under-funded music programs, giving children the benefits of music education, helping them to be better students and inspiring creativity through playing music. 

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http://www.mda.org/
 
The Muscular Dystrophy Association provides help, hope & knowledge about Muscular Dystrophy through a varierty of educational resources, clinics, training programs, camps, etc.

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http://mustcreate.org/index.html

Music in Schools Today (MUST) serves public school grades K-12 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite extensive research indicating that music instruction supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to children’s development, music and arts programs are often the first victims of budget cuts. MUST combats this trend with a comprehensive set of programs that are resistant to budget slashing. MUST serves over 21,000 children and youth annually in schools and community centers, conducts research and development and advocates to restore music as an essential principle of education.

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www.nwsn.org

Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada promotes affordable housing, homeownership and neighborhood revitalization in targeted areas throughout Southern Nevada. They own and manage 132 units of affordable rental housing grouped in three distinct locations and serving different income and family compositions. They strive to build better neighborhoods, block by block.

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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://newbornsinneed.com/

Newborns in Need takes care of  sick and needy babies. They provide care necessities to local agencies and hospitals serving premature, ill or impoverished newborns. They also distributes items free of charge regardless of race, religion or birth circumstances.

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http://www.nikkeiconcerns.org/

Nikkei Concerns provides health services in a traditional atmosphere to primarily elderly Nikkei (Japanese) in the Pacific Northwest. Their goal in all they do is to provide services that exemplify compassion, innovation and the highest quality of care to elder members of the community and their families.

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http://www.recycles.org/
 
Nonprofit Recycling and Reuse Network allows you to donate your used but useful equipment toward a worthy cause. They receive needs requests from nonprofit professionals around the world and their unique exchange process allows you to remain anonymous when giving to meet their needs.

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http://www.offcenterarts.org/

OFFCenter is a community artspace where anyone in the community is welcome to come to make and buy art. They believe that shared creative expression leads to shared visions and the emergence of a compassionate collective life.

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http://operationhappynote.com/
 
Operation Happy Note is a volunteer effort to send musical instruments to deployed service men and women throughout the world. With the help of thousands of great Americans, they have sent over 4000 instruments overseas.  Thousands of requests are still coming in; clearly these soldiers need the joy that music brings them.

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http://occnet.org/

Ouachita Children’s Center provides quality services for abused, neglected and troubled youth that empowers them to achieve success in their home, community, school and vocation by teaching accountability, respect and trust. They provide both residential and non residential services to clients including a 24 hour emergency shelter, family needs assessments, case management and therapeutic interventions.

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http://www.outofthecloset.org/

Out of the Closet Thrift Stores generate income that helps fund the medical services Aids Healthcare Foundation provides. In addition to regular retail operations, three locations also offer free HIV testing and counseling in a private area of the store.

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http://www.outdoorsforall.org/

Outdoors for All offers a variety of recreational activities for children and adults with physical, developmental and sensory disabilities. Activities are designed to include people with disabilities in typical Pacific Northwest outdoor activities and to promote education, independence, socialization, exposure to adaptive equipment and techniques. And, of course – to have lots of fun!

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http://www.paperretriever.com/form/search_us.asp?ID=267

The Paper Retriever program recycles newspapers, magazines, catalogs and mail, which reduces landfill use, saves water and energy. 

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http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php 

Paperback Swap helps avid readers swap, trade and exchange books for free. It’s easy to list the books you’d like to swap with other club members. They’re even mailed to you free with no hidden charges.

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http://peacepassers.org/

Peace Passers supports team development and the funding of sustainable sports league play to empower youth & maximize hope for all participants locally and globally by collecting and distributing soccer supplies to people and communities throughout the world.

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http://www.penelopehouse.org

The mission of Penelope House is to provide safety, protection and support to the victims of domestic violence and their children through the provision of shelter, advocacy and individual and community education. Donations to Penelope’s Closet are given to clients and/or sold to raise money for the programs at Penelope House.

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PianoAdoption.com

Piano Adoption is a free site where you can find a home for your unused piano. Give the gift of music to a family in search of a starter piano or an institution such as a church, school or retirement home in need of a piano. For every piano that is unwanted or no longer used, there may be dozens of potential recipients in your area. Piano Adoption is dedicated to finding a new home for all serviceable pianos before they end up in the local landfill.  

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http://www.playitagainsports.com/

Kids grow like weeds – and they outgrow sports equipment so fast it’s amazing.  Much of this gear is still in great condition and has lots of years left in it, which makes that cluttered garage or closet a potential source of income.  If your treadmill is collecting dust and you have a fancy to try something new like an elliptical machine, we can help you trade your quality used fitness equipment in for something new, used or for cash.  Instead of getting pennies on the dollar at a garage sale, simply bring your used sports and fitness gear in to a Play It Again Sports store where they will buy, sell and trade quality sports equipment. Play It Again Sports pays cash for all kinds of sports and fitness equipment, large and small.  

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www.plazadelaraza.org

Plaza De La Raza has provided year round quality education in music, art, dance and theater for 32 years. They provide a safe and supportive environment where every student can give life to creative expression.

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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://radioshack.cexchange.com/online/home/index.rails

Radio Shack accepts eligible working electronics as trade-ins for gift cards. If your item doesn’t have any trade in value, they will recycle it free for you. Their website will determine the trade-in value of your item(s) and create a pre-paid shipping label for you.

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http://www.raft.net/

RAFT serves educators who teach in the classroom, in afterschool programs, camp programs, scouting and homeschooling. They provide creative ideas, affordable project materials, pre-packaged activity kits, one-on-one mentoring and professional development for educators who believe in the power of hands on teaching. By transforming the learning environment, RAFT helps close the achievement gap and helps students apply their knowledge to a real world environment.

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http://www.surplusbooksforcharity.org/

Reading Tree is a non-profit organization that collects books from schools, libraries, and individuals who no longer want them, and sends them to schools and libraries which desperately need them. They care about less affluent people who do not have enough books to sustain educational and intellectual growth and are condemned to ignorance, illiteracy and poverty. Since their inception, they have provided more than five million books to needy areas ranging from Haiti, India, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, the Gambia, and Tanzania, to the newly independent states of the former USSR (including Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia). They provide books to schools and libraries globally, on five continents, and to needy areas here in the U.S.

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Ready to Learn is dedicated to improving underprivleleged students’ educational opportunities by providing books to them for free because a child who can read is a student who will learn. Education provides a gateway for underprivileged children to overcome the cycle of poverty. 

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www.rtsnv.org

Rebuilding Together Southern Nevada (RTSNV) provides free home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners. They work with the community to preserve affordable homeownership by bringing volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners throughout Southern Nevada. Services are provided at no cost to qualified homeowners.

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http://www.rcofa.org/

Recovery Centers of Arkansas is a community-based provider of services for substance abuse and related disorders. They enable individuals to live free from the abuse of alcohol and/or drugs by providing treatment programming and other professional services within an atmosphere of dignity and respect.

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http://www.recycleyourmat.com/
 
Recycle Your Mat has two main objectives – recycle and upcycle yoga mats as new products and to reuse mats through donation. These objectives are met through yoga mat collection at yoga studios, fitness centers and through individual’s shipments of yoga mats. Yoga restores our body, soul and mind, and the materials that support the practice, if recycled or reused can save mountains, streams and other biodynamic places.

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http://www.recyclingforcharities.com/index.php

Recycling for Charities is a non-profit organization helping other charities. Donate your old cell phone, PDA, digital camera, ipod, and ink or toner cartridge to be recycled and benefit the charity of your choice.

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http://www.davthriftstores.com/

Red Racks Thrift stores are owned and operated by the Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s veterans. When you shop or donate to Red Racks you’re helping provide education, housing, health and rehabilitation services at no cost to our military veterans. They also recycle just about everything under the sun, from old t-shirts to console televisions and everything in between.

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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://www.rosiesplace.org/Page.aspx?pid=247

Since 1974 poor and homeless women, age 18-80, have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie’s Place. The mission of Rosie’s Place is to help women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Many of the women they assist are working and in housing but simply can’t make ends meet. Some are newly homeless, while other women have been living on the streets for years. Approximately one-third of their guests have children. Some of their guests are living with HIV/AIDS or have hidden disabilities such as addiction or mental illnesses that prevent them from effectively integrating into society. 

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http://www.ryther.org/

Ryther is a recognized leader in behavioral health services for children and their families facing complex challenges. They are dedicated to providing comprehensive services and innovative treatments. They guide, coach and teach so that every child and family they work with may experience new ways of thinking, develop positive relationships and realize a better life.

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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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http://www.stuffedanimalsforemergencies.org/

SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) collects various items such as stuffed animals, toys, books and baby blankets and donates them to fire, ambulance and police departments to benefit children during emergency situations such as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies such as tornadoes, floods and hurricanes.  They also donate the items they receive to other childrens organizations, military organizations, libraries and even nursing homes.

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www.safeplace.org

Safe Place provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence. They help victims in their healing so they can move beyond being defined by the crimes committed against them and become survivors.

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http://www.tsaabq.org

The Albuquerque Salvation Army offers services & programs to assist those in need as well as a place of worship for those seeking spiritual direction. Proceeds from their four area thrift stores support the variety of programs that they offer.

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http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

Samaritan’s Purse provices spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. They have helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love. They impact the lives of vulnerable children through educational, feeding, clothing and shelter programs that let them know they are not forgotten.

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http://sarc-maryland.org/

SARC works to aid victims of stalking, domestic violence and sexual violence with their 28-bed emergency shelter; community outreach and education services. They provide a safe haven which offers hope, empowerment, opportunities and tools for new beginnings.

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http://www.scarceecoed.org/

SCARCE stands for School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education. They work to inspire people, through education, to preserve & care for the Earth’s natural resources, while working to build sustainable communities.

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http://www.scrap-sf.org/

SCRAP is a non-profit creative reuse center, materials depot, and workshop space. They breathe new life into old objects and reduce waste by diverting over 200 tons of materials heading to landfill every year. Quality reusable materials are collected and then made available to teachers, parents, artists and other organizations.

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http://www.seattlechildrenshome.org/

Seattle Children’s Home helps children and their families face situational, emotional and developmental challenges through a broad range of counseling, therapeutic and psychiatric services aimed at helping children create solid emotional foundations for successful futures.

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http://www.seattlechildrens.org/

Seattle Children’s is the pediatric and adolescent referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. They deliver superior patient care and advance new treatments through pediatric research. They are also the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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http://www.seattleeducationaccess.org/

Seattle Education Access provides higher education advocacy and opportunity to people struggling to overcome poverty and adversity. They specialize in helping low income and homeless students complete college degrees.

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http://www.seattlegirlsschool.org/

Seattle Girls School is a 5th through 8th grade middle school committed to empowering young women to be leaders in their communities through a challenging academic program focused on collaboration, integration and real-world problem solving.

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http://www.seattlemidwifery.org/

Seattle Midwifery School has been educating childbirth professionals for more than 30 years. Their well-known, rigorous midwifery training program is the oldest direct-entry midwifery program in the country .

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http://www.ugm.org/site/PageServer?pagename=default

Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in Seattle. They serve, rescue and transform those in need and strive to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness.

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Second Blessing Store

Second Blessing Store is a ministry of West Houston Assistance Ministries, Inc. – WHAM, which is a model of Christian service, utilizing the talents and resources of the community to minister love and support to those in need. WHAM provides assistance with basic needs and promotes independence.

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http://www.secondchanceinc.org/

Second Chance, Inc. creates “green collar jobs” by taking apart buildings that would otherwise be demolished and dumped in a landfill.  They then offer the reclaimed materials — and other donated items — to the public at a discount, which helps to fund their job training and workforce development programs.

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http://www.sewrightinc.com/

Sew Right promotes creativity and entrepreneurship through the operation of a not-for-profit school for interior design fabrication.

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Here is a list of some suggestions for places you can donate your sewing machine.

  1. Contact local quilting clubs.
  2. Contact schools that teach sewing.
  3. Many sewing machine manufacturers such as Pfaff, Husqvarna Viking, and Bernina offer the opportunity to join clubs through local dealerships. These clubs often work on charitable projects. Contact your local dealer or visit your machine manufacturer’s website for more information.

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http://showmeaquatics.org/

Show Me Aquatics & Fitness provide a barrier-free facility that allows people who have physical challenges to access warm-water and movement-directed exercise programs offering therapeutic benefit to improve their overall quality of life.

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http://skichair.com/
 
SkiChair manufactures recycled sports furniture and blemished and used sports equipment. Their recycled products reflect the passion and lifestyle of outdoor enthusiasts.

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http://www.svdpseattle.org/

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul helps their neighbors in need to prevent homelessness, hunger, power-shut offs and more. In addition to material assistance, they bring compassion and hope.

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http://solutionsatwork.org/

Solutions at Work was founded by a group of homeless individuals in Cambridge in 1989. Their mission is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, professional skills and financial stability. They envision a Greater Boston in which homeless and poor people have the resources, opportunities and partners they need to achieve self-sufficiency.

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http://www.thespeciale.com/

Special E is a unique green business that “rescues” items that are left over from special events such as banquets, receptions, weddings, private parties, galas, fundraisers, meetings, conferences, trade shows and more. They re-purpose them in ways that benefit our planet and people in need. The rescued items are redirected to a wide range of charitable and non-profit organizations. Items not being donated are re-purposed into other useful products by a one-of-a-kind network of recycling artists.

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www.spreadthewordnevada.org

Spread the Word Nevada is dedicated to advancing early childhood literacy by placing books in the hands and homes of children from preschool through 5th grade within Southern Nevada’s at-risk, low income communities.

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www.stjudesranch.org/

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children serves abused, abandoned and neglected children and families. They create new chances, new choices and new hope in a safe homelike environment. This is accomplished through an array of services to children and families.

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http://www.sltrc.com/

St Louis Teachers Recycle Center gathers creative materials (see below) from local business and industry that are landfill-bound and makes them available to teachers, parents and youth groups.

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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.starlight-northwest.org/

Starlight Children’s Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children around the globe with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and life-altering injuries.  They provide entertainment, education and family activities that help children cope with the pain, fear and isolation of prolonged illness.

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http://www.step2reno.org/

Step 2 is a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program that provides women and their children suffering from chemical addiction, poverty and domestic violence the opportunity to rebuild their lives. The result is self-sufficient healthy families.

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http://www.strivedc.org/

STRIVE DC helps chronically unemployed people transform their lives through employment. The program helps people find and keep employment through three programs including job-readiness training, a fast-track GED program and Career Gear, which provides professional clothing to men seeking work. All the services are provided free-of-charge to participants.

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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.techaccess.org/

Technology Access Foundation (TAF) makes education a priority in underserved communities of color. Serving one child at a time, TAF enhances their educational and professional prospects through the delivery of tools for learning in the 21st century. Donations to TAF directly benefit the children they serve in after school programs.

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http://www.saintlouistc.org/

Teen Challenge of St. Louis offers a 14-month faith-based program for young men struggling with addictions.

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http://www.temporaryemergencyservice.org/

Temporary Emergency Services (TES) assists individuals and families in crisis situations in order to allow them to survive the immediate crisis they are encountering. TES and the thrift store serve residents of Tuscaloosa County on an as needed basis.

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http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/

TerraCycle offers national programs (Brigades®) to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. While some programs have a cost, most of the Brigades offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage that you collect.

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http://arcnm.org/

The Arc of New Mexico improves the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages by advocating for equal opportunities and choices in where and how they learn, live, work, play and socialize. Items donated to The Arc of New Mexico are sold to Thrift Town, a local for-profit thrift store. Thrift Town purchases its merchandise for its Albuquerque location exclusively from The Arc of New Mexico. This partnership provides annual unrestricted funds to The Arc of New Mexico and supports their efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

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http://www.theboldermatcompany.com/
 
The Bolder Mat Company helps connect you with yoga charities all across the United States that are in need of donated yoga mats. By donating and recycling your old mats, you help create some happiness for those less fortunate.

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http://www.bookthing.org/

Their mission is to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them. The books are totally free to anyone and there are no limits as to how many a person can have.

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http://www.dreamingzebra.org/

The Dreaming Zebra Foundation providing support so that children and young adults are given an equal opportunity to explore and develop their creativity in the arts. Their Community Art Recycling Program provides access to art and music supplies for thousands of children, schools, art therapy programs and community organizations throughout the United States.

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http://www.empowermentprogram.org/

The mission of The Empowerment Program is to provide education, employment assistance, health, housing referrals and support services to women who are in disadvantaged positions due to incarceration, poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS infection or involvement in the criminal justice system. Their goal is to decrease rates of recidivism by providing care management, support services, basic skills education, housing and resource coordination that can offer viable alternatives to habits and choices that may lead to criminal behaviors.

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http://www.healingcenterseattle.org/

The Healing Center is a grief-support community for adults, children and families.  They help people with a variety of losses, including the death of a partner, parent, sibling, child or infant. Their approach is long-term, multi-faceted grief support that combines structured therapy sessions with informal events and social networks. 

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http://thelongbeachdepot.org/about-2/

The Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse is a Non-Profit Public Benefit Organization and relies entirely on contributions from supporters and benefactors to accomplish their objectives of acquiring and disseminating information and materials to enhance a more “Green America” and to promote reuse of throwaway items by inspiring public participation in the reduction of items destined for our landfills. 

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http://mangroveactionproject.org/

The Mangrove Action Project is dedicated to reversing the degradation and loss of mangrove forest ecosystems worldwide. Its main goal is to promote the rights of traditional and indigenous coastal peoples, including fishers and farmers, to sustainably manage their coastal environs.

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http://www.thepencilbox.org/

The Pencil Box enhances the learning environment of students in New York City public schools. Anyone wishing to donate items can list them on the website where a deserving school can access the donations directly from the donor.

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http://www.thepreemieproject.com/
 
The Preemie Project seeks to provide comfort and support to critically ill infants and their families in Newborn Intensive Care Units in Iowa.

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http://www.therootsofmusic.com/
 
The Roots of Music Program fills a void in music education programs in the New Orleans educational institutions. Marching bands were always an integral part of the New Orleans middle schools before Katrina drastically changed that. Now many schools don’t even offer music programs anymore. Today the program serves over 100 students, making up a full marching band that is successfully parading the city since Mardi Gras 2009. The program provides music education in history, theory, instrumental instruction and ensemble performance. Furthermore, academic tutoring is offered to ensure the students maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in school.

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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.settlementhome.org/

The Settlement Home for Children’s mission is to care for and promote the healing of troubled children and their families. They believe that healing and learning take place when a child’s deepest needs are met, both physically and mentally. They are dedicated to helping children who have been abused and neglected by resolving their emotional, behavioral and familial problems and providing quality residential care.

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http://www.upxchange.com/

The Upcycle Exchange is a social enterprise that aims to benefit the St. Louis area’s creative community by offering post-consumer materials at pay-as-you-wish pricing and optional purchase credits for in-store material drop-offs. They collect the most frequently requested items from individual crafter wish-lists compiled over the course of the last 3 years.

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http://www.topangawomenscircle.org/

Topanga Women’s Circle is an organization of volunteer women who are committed to making a difference to homeless familes as they move into transitional shelters. By enhancing their lives at a crucial time,  they are given a sense of dignity and self-worth. By providing new and like-new items, we help create an environment of comfort, warmth and dignity.

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www.tsilasvegas.com

Transition Services provides meaningful work and activities to support people with disabilities each day. They are committed to creating employment that gives each individual more control over their own lives.

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http://trashedstudio.com/
 
Trashed offers a creative environment for all ages and experience levels to learn and enjoy the craft of repurposing while raising environmental awareness. They offer classes and workshops using materials intercepted from the landfill and up-cycled into new high quality products.

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http://www.urbanartworks.org/

Urban ArtWorks empowers young people through professional opportunities in the arts. By providing subsidized employment, volunteer, and entrepreneurial experiences, they improve young lives as well as the surrounding community.

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http://www.van-go.org/

Van Go Inc is an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth, ages 14-21. Using art as the vehicle, Van Go is devoted to delivering constructive activities to children at risk for drug and alcohol use, teen pregnancy, truancy or delinquency.

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http://www.warmcurrent.org/
 
Warm Current works with underserved communities through kids surfing programs and charitable donations of recycled wetsuits and surfboards. They provide access to the ocean and encourage the pure joy of ocean sports and an appreciation of the environment in the US and abroad.

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http://www.wiregrasshabitat.org/

Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry dedicated to showing God’s love in action through partnering with their communities to improve the quality of lives by providing decent, affordable housing.

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http://www.worldcomputerexchange.org/
 
World Computer Exchange believes that exposing youth in developing countries to a 21st century education by bridging the digital divide makes for a better world. Being better educated means that these youth will be more equipped to fight poverty, disease, injustice and instability.

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Here are several suggested ways to recycle your yearbooks:

  1. Contact the school library that your yearbook is from. They may want them.
  2. List them on Freecycle, Craigslist or E-bay. Someone may have lost theirs in a fire, flood, etc.
  3. High School yearbooks are sold in many used book stores and are available on on-line book dealers sites.

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http://youthinfocus.org/

Youth in Focus is an afterschool program that uses intensive photography training as a tool to help disadvantaged teens develop personal voice, positive identity, social skills and artistic skills. They offer free, multi-level classes for teens ages 13-19 in both film and digital photography.

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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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http://www.ywcaenid.com/Home

YWCA Enid is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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http://www.ywcaofmissoula.org/

YWCA Missoula believes that everyone has the right to a life free of violence and that every person is entitled to safe and decent housing. They are determined to create a community where all people, regardless of gender or race, have opportunities for growth, leadership and power.

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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.