The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center • American Diabetes Association
Can’t Stop the Serenity • EmanciPET • Equality Now • Heart House Austin
Jobs For Youth • Kids Need to Read • Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. • SafePlace
The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center
The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center provides a safe after-school environment where hundreds of boys and girls in South Central Los Angeles nurture their dreams, participate in tutoring and academic enrichment programs, learn important social skills and are guided to succeed in school and enter college.
Ron Glass, who stars as Shepherd Book in Firefly and Serenity, is on the Board of Directors for the center.
American Diabetes Association
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected—by diabetes.
- We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.
- We deliver services to hundreds of communities.
- We provide objective and credible information.
- We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.
Can’t Stop The Serenity
Can’t Stop The Serenity is an organization made entirely of Firefly and Serenity fans, your loving “Browncoats”. CSTS coordinates screenings of the motion picture, “Serenity”, to benefit Equality Now, an organization supported by your favorite director, Joss Whedon. Equality Now is a charity organization that works to protect the human rights of women around the world, focusing on reforming discriminatory laws and practices. Check www.cantstoptheserenity.com to find out if there is a screening near you! Can’t find a screening near you? Go to community.cantstoptheserenity.com and start planning your own screening!
EmanciPet, Inc., founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt nonprofit organization located in Austin, Texas. EmanciPET is dedicated to preventing animal homelessness and putting an end to euthanasia as a means of population control by providing low-cost or free surgical sterilization of dogs and cats. This website is designed to inform pet owners (and future pet owners) about our services and raise awareness about the pet overpopulation problem in Austin and the spay/neuter solution. In the city of Austin alone, almost 1,000 dogs and cats are euthanized each month! If more pet owners had their pets spayed or neutered, the number of animals euthanized would decrease. If you own a dog or cat, we urge you to join us in combating animal overpopulation and euthanasia by having your pet spayed or neutered.
Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses. Through its Women’s Action Network of concerned groups and individuals around the world, Equality Now:
- brings public attention to human rights violations against women
- distributes information about human rights violations
- takes action to protest these violations
Heart House Austin
Heart House’s innovative afterschool program is the only daily program for school-age children in a neighborhood known for its high crime, high unemployment, and lack of affordable, quality care for children. At Heart House, children have access to caring adult mentors, homework assistance, art enrichment, computer learning, health and safety education, and literacy programs.
Jobs For Youth
Jobs For Youth helps young men and women from low-income families become a part of the economic mainstream; and, in the process, provides the business community with motivated job-ready workers. Jobs For Youth is a free program for teens and young adults ages 17 to 24.
Kids Need To Read
Kids Need to Read is a national nonprofit charity focusing on promoting childhood literacy and addressing the deplorable state of library funding that currently exists in the United States. Donating exciting, new books to schools, public libraries, health clinics and shelters in need, the foundation works to develop a lifelong love of reading in all children.
The highly praised Kids Need to Read book donation list features the best of contemporary reading material to appeal to the sensibilities of today’s youth, including the most reluctant of readers. Whether it is giving free comics and Highlights for Children magazines to homeless children or providing the first books to a charter school with no library, Kids Need to Read focuses on one goal – getting kids to pick up something to read and never wanting to stop.
Kids Need to Read Mission Statement:
Kids Need to Read works to create a culture of reading for children by providing inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs across the United States, especially those serving disadvantaged children.
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
Mission Statement and Programs Objectives
The Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. (LFA) is the foremost national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people
affected by lupus.
The LFA energetically pursues its mission through five program objectives:
- Provides direct financial support to researchers through LFA’s own national research program, Bringing Down the Barriers
- Advocates for increased public and private sector support for research on lupus
- Translates research findings into medically sound information and programs for people with lupus, their families, physicians, and other health professionals
- Heightens public awareness of the impact of lupus
- Supports individuals with lupus, their families and caregivers
SafePlace exists to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change.
They do this through our emergency shelter, 24-hour hotline, hospital accompaniment programs and legal services.
They do this with extensive counseling services for children, teens and adults as well as providing transitional housing, advocacy and life skills training to give people the resources and skills to stay safe.
Their disability services, school-based services and community education work are all focused on preventing violence and promoting safe and healthy relationships.
Working with others, they promote alternatives to the attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate the acceptance of interpersonal violence, especially violence against women.