'Tis the Season: Vote For Your Favorite San Francisco Charity
Last week, we asked you to nominate your favorite San Francisco-based charities. And here they are (in the order they were nominated) - over 60 inspiring organizations helping to support our community and make the Bay Area one of the best places to live on the planet.
Looking forward to the holiday season, we want to give back to your favorite charities - and will award the seven charities with the most votes each $700 (we're really into sevens). We'll also do larger features on the winning charities on 7x7.com, inviting you to give back to them as well. In February we'll profile the organization with the most votes in the magazine as a "Charity You Love."
Here's how it will work:
• Vote for your favorite charity here until October 11 at midnight. On October 12, we'll reveal the top 7 charities with the most votes (these organizations must be 501 (c) (3) and based in San Francisco). You can vote once a day.
• Each Tuesday from October 19 until November 30, we'll profile one of the top seven charities on 7x7.com
• On December 1, we'll honor the charity with the most votes.
Here are the charities you nominated. Vote at the end of the list for your favorite charity in the city.
1. Support for Families of Children w/ Disabilities
Support For Families ensures that families of children with disabilities have the knowledge and support they need to make informed choices about their child's health, education and development through peer support and education programs.
2. Sunset Youth Services
Sunset Youth Services supports at-risk youth and families through programs that help improve their ability to navigate life in a healthy way.
3. Girls on the Run Bay Area
Girls on the Run aims to build confidence in young girls through non-competitive running programs that encourage emotional, social, psychological and physical development.
4. Thrive House for Youth
Thrive House provides tutoring, art and play therapy groups and computer programs for under-deserved children.
5. SF Food Bank
The SF Food bank collects millions of pounds of food for delivery to over 400 local nonprofit organizations, serving over 147,000 people a year.
6. KEEN SF
Keen San Francisco provides free recreational opportunities to children and young adults with disabilities.
7. Project Night Night
Project Night Night delivers packages filled with books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children. They donate over 25,000 children's books each year.
8. DISH SF, A project of the Tides Center
Dish SF helps adults with physical, mental health and substance abuse issues get into long term housing. They provide custom property management serves to the SF Department of Health's Direct Access to Housing Program and reinforce the self-worth of people who have not had access to clean places to live.
9. Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
Operating for over 100 years, this organization helps over 2,500 poverty-stricken Latino immigrant families access services, develop self-sufficiency and participate fully as members of the San Francisco community.
10. City Youth Now
City Youth Now supports those in foster care and the juvenile justice system by providing funds for services and programs that promote stability and personal growth. They also work behind-the-scenes to address the needs of children and youth in the San Francisco Juvenile Court System. Probation officers, social workers, attorneys, and others come to them every day with requests for youth under their supervision.
11. Groundwork Opportunities
Groundwork Opportunities connects a network of donors and volunteers interested in a more personal and measurable approach to giving. They help people donate and work for causes that interest them and provide full transparency along the way about where the money and work is going.
Hospice provides palliative care health services to support and comfort patients and their families through the final stages of life.
13. La Cocina
La Cocina provides affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities to low-income food entrepreneurs. They focus primarily on women and immigrant communities.
14. Homeless Prenatal Program
Homeless Prenatal Program empowers families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives. They have three major goals: healthy babies, safe and nurturing families where children thrive, and economically stable families.
15. Enterprise for High School Students
This organization engages and empowers Bay Area youth to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests through training, guidance and employment experiences in a diverse and supportive learning environment.
16. Pets Unlimited
Pets Unlimited runs a state-of-the-art veterinary and adoption center thanks to donations. They provide special emergency services, shelter lost pets, treat injured animals and serve as an information clearinghouse.
17. America SCORES
Bay Area SCORES empowers students in 32 Bay Area schools using soccer, writing, creative expression and service-learning. Their teams of poet-athletes play in community games every week, perform in poetry slams, and organize community action events around social issues important to them.
18. First Graduate
This college access program helps students finish high school and become the first in their families to graduate from college. Starting the summer after 6th grade, the organization makes 10-year commitments to each student, providing year-round academic instruction, community, college scholarships and support.
19. Asian Neighborhood Design
A non-profit architecture, community planning and employment training organization, dedicated to helping disadvantaged individuals and communities become self-sufficient.
20. SF SPCA
The SF SPCA saves and protects animals, provides care and treatment, advocates animal welfare and works to enhance the human-animal bond. They accept animals who would otherwise be euthanized. Their live-release rate was 97% in 2009.
21. One Child at A Time
This organization helps one child at a time by partnering with worldwide projects. They give 100% of the money raised directly to the children.
22. Women’s Initiative
Since 1988, Women's Initiative has been assisting high-potential low-income women who dream of business ownership through an intensive 20 session program — in English or Spanish — to overcome economic and social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.
Kiva empowers individuals to lend to entrepreneurs across the globe for the sake of alleviating poverty. By combining microfinance with their open platform, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.
24. Galeria De La Raza
The Galería is a non-profit community-based arts organization with a mission to foster public awareness and appreciation for Chicano and Latino art. They serve as a laboratory where community members can explore contemporary issues in art, culture and civic society and through those learnings, advance the intercultural dialogue.
25. SF Sex Information
San Francisco Sex Information trains sex educators and operates a free information and referral switchboard that provides free, confidential, accurate and non-judgmental information about sex and reproductive health. If you have a question about sex, they'll either answer it or refer you to someone who can.
26. Opportunity Impact
Opportunity Impact equips the youth from our lowest income communities with the skills needed to create the life they desire for themselves. They provide programs to develop personal and academic skills as well as case management services.
27. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development provides affordable housing and after school services for the Tenderloin community. They also offer free on-site social services to help tenants stabilize their lives.
28. SF Bay Area Child Help Group
The Bay Area chapter focuses on spreading awareness and raising funds for Child Help through various local events. Child Help is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
29. American Himalayan Foundation
The American Himalayan Foundation is a locally-based nonprofit dedicated to helping the people and ecology of the Himalaya through building schools, planting trees, training doctors, funding hospitals, taking care of children and the elderly and restoring sacred sites throughout the Himalayas.
30. The Village Well
The Village Well is a community resource center offering a variety of creative and fun programs to educate and nurture the community, including parent-child drop-in playgroups, parent education seminars, music classes (in conjunction with the Blue Bear School of Music), Tai Chi and CPR and First Aid classes.
31. Edgewood Center for Children & Families
Edgewood Center for Children and Families helps children and families take back their future by working with them to overcome severe challenges like abuse, neglect, mental illness, and family crisis. They are the oldest children's charity in the western U.S.
32. 826 Valencia
Founded in 2002 by Dave Eggers, 826 Valencia is dedicated to fostering writing skills in children ages 6 to 18 through free tutoring services, workshops, in-school assistance and student publishing.
33. A Good Idea SF
A Good Idea is a vehicle for positive social change that connects people in need with people who want to help. They build these connections through service, education and technology and form teams of experts to implement proven social change models.
34. Creativity Explored
A nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art. Creativity Explored provides workspace and materials in ongoing studio sessions facilitated by a team of professional artists who support and assist studio artists.
35. Hands On Bay Area
Hands on Bay Area creates opportunities for people to volunteer, learn and lead in their communities. They work with local nonprofits, schools and parks to identify high-impact, group-based volunteer projects.
36. Summer Search
Summer Search takes resilient low-income high school students and inspires them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising and a lasting support network.
37. Project Avary
Project Avary supports youth with incarcerated parents to develop the skills, confidence and positive life views necessary for healthy personal development through camping programs and family activities.
38. Give Me Shelter
Every day adult and senior cats with treatable medical and behavior conditions are euthanized. Give Me Shelter’s mission is to rescue these cats and place them into loving permanent homes.
39. Save A Bunny
Save a Bunny believes that all companion rabbits are worthy of a safe, loving home regardless of breed purity, pedigree or temperament. They offer educational programs, adoption outreach events, community in-service programs and pet-assisted therapy for at-risk youth and senior citizens.
40. Philanthro Productions
Philanthro Productions gets people involved by throwing parties with leading non-profits to raise awareness and funds for charities around the world.
41. Wonderdog Rescue
Wonderdog rescues dogs of all kinds from Northern and Central California. They offer fostering and adoption programs, vaccinations and medical care, and hospice to special needs and elderly dogs.
42. Community Housing Partnership
Community Housing Partnership owns nearly 1,000 housing units in SF and is dedicated to providing permanent, supportive housing and substance abuse treatment to formerly homeless individuals and at-risk families.
43. City of Dreams
City of Dreams has created a unique program designed to help young people living in low income neighborhoods learn to create the life they want by discovering who they are.
44. The Beat Within
The Beat Within provides incarcerated youth with the opportunity to share ideas and life experiences in a safe space. The organization encourages literacy, self-expression, critical thinking skills and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.
45. High Risk Infant Interagency Council
The High Risk Interagency Council of San Francisco is a county-wide parent and professional collaborative concerned with infants and young children (ages birth through five) with special health care needs and their families.
46. Cardiovascular Health Alliance
This is a diverse group of doctors, medical students, educators, outreach workers and other professionals dedicated to the elimination of preventable cardiovascular disease in developing communities around the world.
47. Peer Health Exchange
Peer Health Exchange recruits college student volunteers to work with high schools without health education programs. They teach students a comprehensive health curriculum through workshops on topics ranging from decision-making and sexual health to substance abuse and nutrition.
48. California Pacific Medical Center Foundation
A non-profit organization governed by a distinguished volunteer Board of Trustees, with a mission to develop philanthropic resources for California Pacific Medical Center.
49. Junior League of SF
The Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
BizWorld inspires children grades 3-8 to be innovative, critical-thinking and confident leaders by teaching them business, entrepreneurship, teamwork and finance skills.
51. About Face
About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image through educational programs and media-literacy workshops.
52. SF CASA
SFCASA empowers everyday citizens to become officers of the court and serve as advocates and mentors to abused and neglected children in foster care. They provide judges with the crucial information needed to make sound decisions that affect the lives of foster children.
53. Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is a small business development organization dedicated to helping women and men who traditionally lack access to resources and information to achieve financial self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship. Renaissance provides training, support services, resources, and networks for business owners at every stage of business development, from idea feasibility through start-up, growth and expansion.
54. Larkin Street Youth Services
Larkin Street Youth helps SF youth who are struggling with substance abuse, are homelessness or who are HIV postive. They run a 16-bed shelter that provides temporary housing for kids, a transitional living program, and the medical care, education and job training necessary to permanently reclaim their lives.
55. SF Child Abuse Prevention Center
This organization is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families and the mental healthy of children. They offer crisis and intervention programs designed to reduce parental stress, enhance parenting skills and provide comprehensive services for families in need.
56. Curry Senior Center
Curry Senior Center provides over 2,600 seniors with primary care at their medical clinic and also offers home visits, case management, substance abuse counseling, social and educational opportunities and breakfast and lunch daily for their patients.
57. Shanti Project
Shanti enhances the quality of life, health and well-being of people living with life-threatening illnesses.
58. Tipping Point
Tipping Point finds the best Bay Area organizations serving low-income families and provides them with the money and support they need to fully realize their potential so they can help their clients do the same. Since 2005, Tipping Point Community has raised more than $25 million to educate, employ, house and support nearly 150,000 Bay Area people in need.
59. Positive Resource Center
Positive Resource Center is a place for San Franciscans living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services. It is regarded as the model program in the United States for agencies hoping to offer similar services.
60. Cobb Montessori
Dedicated to Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy of 'education for life' and to providing equity and access for all San Francisco Families SF Public Montessori was created as part of a strategic plan to help deal with ongoing racial isolation and concentration of low income students in particular schools by offering innovation and a new curricular choice for parents.
61. United Way of the Bay Area
United Way of the Bay Area aims to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2010. They focus on helping working families and individuals meet all of their basic needs while creating opportunities for them to achieve lasting financial stability.