San Francisco's Favorite Charities: Vote on the Top Seven!
Where there were once 49 contenders, now remain seven of the top-voted charities doing hard work here in San Francisco. It's amazing to see how fiercely our readers have rallied behind the ones they're most passionate about–but we've still got one more voting round to go! From those who help find animals new homes to the creators of health programs for underserved communities and support for at-risk youth, the final seven are major forces to be reckoned with in our community. Keep tweeting, Facebooking, emailing and passing the word around however you can to help your favorite organization win the $10,000 grand prize (or one of the six $2,000 runner-up prizes) furnished by the philanthropic-minded folks at PG&E. This final voting round closes on December 9th. For the complete timeline, click here.
1. HEARING & SPEECH CENTER OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California works to help people with hearing or communication challenges of all income levels by offering clinical, educational and social service programs people of all ages, including a school, afterschool programs, senior outreach, support groups, audiology and speech pathology. They help thousands of people annually find the tools, resources and skills to be independent, safe and empowered in their lives.
2. LYON-MARTIN HEALTH SERVICES
Lyon-Martin Health Services is a small comprehensive community clinic whose mission is to provide excellent healthcare in a safe and compassionate environment with sensitivity to sexual and gender identity. While open to everyone regardless of ability to pay, they specialize in services to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people. They are home to nearly 2,500 low-income patients who do not have access to respectful, compassionate health and behavioral health care elsewhere providing over 10,000 annual visits.
3. MAYOR'S YOUTH EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION PROGRAM (FISCALLY SPONSORED BY THE JAPANESE COMMUNITY YOUTH COUNCIL)
MYEEP is a program that helps youth get a job, keep that job, save money, stay in school, learn life skills, make lifelong friends, meet supportive mentors, survive their teenage years, think about their future and be successful when they graduate. It supports youth development through work experience.
4. MINDS MATTER
Minds Matter San Francisco is a nationally recognized not-for-profit serving high-achieving, low-income students in cities across the United States. Their mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.
5. MUTTVILLE SENIOR DOG RESCUE
Muttville is dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. Volunteers rescue senior dogs and find them new homes or give them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do. Ultimately, Muttville will have its own facility to house dogs that are not yet placed, or that are unlikely to be placed.
6. SAVING GRACE RESCUE
Saving Grace Rescue has helped find forever homes for over 3000 cats and kittens. Run by Amber Holly, the program focuses on helping kittens under 8 weeks old and felines with special needs.
7. SF ASIAN WOMEN'S SHELTER
Asian Women's Shelter brings new hope to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. We provide comprehensive services, including a 24-hour crisis line, shelter program, case management and access to health and legal services. At AWS survivors and their children begin to heal and rebuild their lives.