In the month of July, we celebrate multiple awareness days and those who continue to fight for a better tomorrow. You may have seen some hashtags drop like #WorldPopulationDay, #MandelaDay and #WorldDayAgainstTrafficking. There are communities around the world attempting to reverse the pain and evil people face each day. At Green Skies, we love to recognize the nonprofits in the Triangle making change happen. Here's just a few:
Image. Discover. Learn. Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit children's museum located in downtown Raleigh with a mission to "spark imagination, discovery and learning through interaction and playing." Their doors opened in 2007 and have been filled with crowds ever since. Why call it Marbles? A wall wraps around the museum and is filled with more than one million marbles that light up at night. It's also the nickname for brains! Therefore, kids use their marbles to explore and play.
Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief org that sends food and life-changing aid to the world's most deprived areas. Their goal is to mobilize their resources in order to end hunger in those communities by 2030. With over 376,000 volunteers, this organization has fed over one million individuals. Rise Against Hunger started in 1998, by Ray Buchanan - a United Methodist minister and a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam war. He realized the purpose of establishing this mission overseas and committing to something larger than himself.
Pretty in Pink Foundation's mission is to provide uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in North Carolina with financial assistance for quality, life-saving medical treatment. Founder Dr. Lisa Tolnitch, a breast cancer surgeon in Raleigh, learned that many of her patients were not getting follow-up treatment after their cancer was surgically removed. Many women lacked funds to pay for chemotherapy and radiation. Since 2006, Pretty in Pink Foundation has covered the cost of life-saving treatments for thousands of breast cancer patients.
Several years ago, Jan Frantz was volunteering as a tutor at Northwoods Elementary when she saw the need for proper resources to improve children's reading and writing skills. From this, the nonprofit was created and so was the Frantz' first mobile classroom with books she had been collecting in her attic. With an added touch of treating children to a proper meal, Read & Feed was established. Today, Frantz has three mobile classrooms and additional sites in communities across the county. The organization has more than 425 active volunteers, provides 7,700 hours of tutoring and has distributed over 33,000 books annually.
Camp Corral is a one-of-a-kind nonprofit summer camp for children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members. Since its start in 2011, the camp has grown over 750% with over 17,000 services. The expansion has led to 23 camps in over 19 states. It's a true transformational experience, providing the opportunity for children to make new friends, learn new skills and take risks in safe environments. Not only is it an experience for children but a gift to the camper parents, including veterans, active duty and reserve service members who have sacrificed so much to keep the nation safe and protect the personal freedoms that we all hold so dear.
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