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2022 Choice Organization  

The Surfrider Foundation: Virginia Chapter

Our irreplaceable national network of chapter volunteers serves as the first response to local threats in coastal communities across the US. They are the boots on the ground who collaborate on both the local and national level with regional staff and issue experts to carry out our mission through campaign, program and educational initiatives in their local communities. Our network grows stronger with every chapter we add.

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JANUARY 

Big Brother Big Sister Program

 

Here at MABELS mentoring is a vital element of our day to day life. Mentoring the next generation of young adults in our community and organization is paramount. The Big Brother Big Sister program encourages mentoring and relationships with young children and members of the community to assist and promote their health and well being. We believe all children deserve an opportunity and the ability to build relationships with individuals who can support them and this is why we donate and support the BBBS program! 


“One-to-one matches between Bigs and Littles truly empower youth and strengthen communities. Professional staff from Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully build and support each match, and ensure it meets the strictest standards. Agencies strive for matches that are not only safe and well suited to each child’s needs, but also harmonious and built to last. The entire matching process, from the initial screening to the final pairing—and beyond—is made possible by your financial support.

 

But don’t just think of us as simply matchmakers. We provide ongoing support and supervision to the Big, the Little, and the Little’s family. We offer training and advice to help ensure that the match is working for everyone involved. And our local agencies even receive their own ongoing training and consulting from the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Office. This web of support helps maximize the likelihood that a Big Brothers Big Sisters relationship will thrive.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the country’s largest evidence-based mentoring organization. We are committed to continuously evaluating and improving the quality of the services we provide to youth. We evaluate our programming at the match level, agency level, and national level. Our annual impact report provides an overview of our outcomes evaluation system, tools, and the most recent national data and trends.”

  • The Big Brother Big Sister Impact 

 

FEBRUARY  

American Heart Association 

 

At MABELS we know many impacted by their cardiovascular health and understand the importance fo the American Heart Association. We donate to the American Heart Association to give back to an organization that is doing ground breaking research in order to say thousands of individuals every year. 

 

The six cardiologists who founded the American Heart Association in 1924 would be amazed. From humble beginnings, the AHA has grown into the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. A shared focus on cardiovascular health unites our more than 40 million volunteers and supporters as well as our more than 2,800 employees. Learn more about our impact over time. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Our size and scope let us have real impact. The AHA has invested more than $4.8 billion in research, making us the largest not-for-profit funding source for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease research next to the federal government. Learn more about our life-changing funded research breakthroughs.

 

MARCH 

Women’s History Month

 

The MABELS Entrepreneur Grant

For Women’s History month we have carefully developed a grant to a local, female entrepreneur. This grant is to help her buy business cards, do research, buy equipment, market herself and her company and so much more! We hope that through this grant we can give back to local female entrepreneurs. This grant never has to be repaid and can be used with complete discretion to the recipient of the grant. The grant is worth $500. To enter to receive the grant you must be 18 years or older and have a valid business license. 

 

Since, MABELS is a female run organization with two out fo the three leaders being seasoned business owners in their own respects - they believe deeply in giving back to the entrepreneurs who need it most. Being an entrepreneur is hard but rewarding and we want to lift all the local entrepreneurs up and the MABELS Entrepreneur Grant is one of the ways we hope to achieve this. 

 

 

APRIL

Special Olympics  

 

Autism is said to effect 1% of the entire worlds population and it is out responsibility to donate and give as much as we can. This is why we donate to the Special Olympics. We believe everyone deserves to be involved no matter the reason. Special Olympics embodies and organization that is giving back in one of the best ways possible. 

 

“The Special Olympics mission remains as vital today as it did when the movement was founded in 1968. Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment—on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. There are as many as 200 million people with intellectual disabilities around the world. Our goal is to reach out to every one of them—and their families as well. Special Olympics does this through a wide range of trainings, competitions, health screenings and fund-raising events. We also create opportunities for families, community members, local leaders, businesses, law enforcement, celebrities, dignitaries and others to band together to change attitudes and support athletes.”

  • Special Olympics Mission 

 

MAY
ALS Association 

“Established in 1985, The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting ALS on every front.  By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

 

As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.  The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.” 

 

JUNE:
Alzheimer Association 

 

The Alzheimer's Association® is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

Our Vision: A world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia®

Our Mission: The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

 

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's® is full of flowers, each carried by someone committed to ending this disease. Because like flowers, our participants don't stop when something's in their way. They keep raising funds and awareness for a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Walk to End Alzheimer's is happening — and you can join us at your local event or Walk From Home in your neighborhood. No matter where you participate, know that your health and safety are our top priorities. All local events will implement safety protocols including physical distancing, contactless registration, hand sanitizing stations and more. Per CDC guidelines around crowded outdoor settings, we ask that all Walk attendees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a mask when in an overcrowded area. Masks will be available on-site. We will continue to closely monitor CDC, state and local guidelines to ensure Walk events adhere to recommendations and are safe for attendees. If you prefer to Walk From Home, you can still engage in many Walk-day experiences through our mobile app.

 

JULY

Hunger Awareness Association 

 

Feed More

Feed More collects, prepares and distributes food to neighbors in need. With a service area that stretches across 29 counties and five cities, our comprehensive programs and Agency Network are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.

We have had a presence in Central Virginia for close to five decades. Meals on Wheels was established in 1967, where it served just eight clients, and the Central Virginia Food Bank has been in operation since 1980. The Central Virginia Food Bank was created by 60 local churches and charities that were concerned about growing hunger and poverty in the region.

In 2005, the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels came together to build a joint kitchen, named the Community Kitchen, to cost effectively create cooked-from-scratch meals for neighbors in need across Central Virginia. This led to the formal merger of the Central Virginia Food Bank and Meals on Wheels and on July 1, 2008 Feed More was born.

With nearly 100 employees, close to 300 agencies and more than 200 volunteers a day, Feed More is able to carry out its mission of fighting hunger throughout its vast service area in Central Virginia. Feed More is a proud member of Feeding America and Meals on Wheels America.

 

AUGUST: 

Literacy Month 

 

MABELS Back to School Scholarship 

 

The MABELS Back to School Scholarship is available to any high school senior in Virginia. The student must be accepted into a trade program/school or into a school program (2 year or 4 year program). The scholarship is worth $500 and can be rewarded to the recipient each year they are in their program. The recipient must write a 1,000 word essay to be entered to win the scholarship. To enter into the scholarship the student must write an essay on a topic selected each year. The essay has to be submitted by March 15th and will be rewarded May 1st. The 2021/2022 topic is: How will you leave a lasting impact in the world that will impact others? 

 

SEPTEMBER

Children Cancer Awareness Month 

 

St. Judes Children’s Hospital 

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family's ability to pay.

 

OCTOBER:

 

American Cancer Society 

 

While most people know us for our research, we do so much more. We attack cancer from every angle. We promote healthy lifestyles to help you prevent cancer. We research cancer and its causes to find more answers and better treatments. We fight for lifesaving policy changes. We provide everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for those who have been touched by cancer. And we do it all 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Encouraging Prevention

We help you take steps to prevent cancer or find it at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Providing Support

We’re here for you every second of every day, to help you through every step of your cancer experience.

Making a Difference

Today, almost 1,700 people in the US will die of cancer. That adds up to more than 600,000 Americans dying of cancer this year alone. That’s why, with our 1.5 million volunteers, we are taking action.

Fighting for What’s Right

We work with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join our mission.

Access to Care

We're working every day to free the world from the pain and suffering from cancer, but we can't continue our progress while millions of underinsured and uninsured Americans don't have access to lifesaving cancer cares.

Fostering Innovation

We fund and conduct lifesaving research that helps us better understand, prevent, and find cures for cancer.

Supporting Multicultural Communities

The American Cancer Society supports multicultural communities in a variety of ways to help reduce the risk of cancer.

Advancing Health Equity – Addressing Cancer Disparities

No one should be disadvantages in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.

 

NOVEMBER:

Male Health Month 

 

Movember: 

We’re taking them all on

Mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer – we’re taking them all on.

Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up men’s health research and transforming the way health services reach and support men.

 

We report on every intiative so you can see the impact of your donations

We exist to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives – this is what drives every single one of our 1,250 men’s health projects.

In everything we do, we strive to be transparent and accountable. We report thoroughly on each project so that our Mo Bros and Mo Sisters can see how their support is changing the lives of men around the world.

 

DECEMBER:

 

USO: United Service Organizations 

 

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

 

The USO provides programs, entertainment and services at more than 250 USO locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and the United States.

 

Service members watch a movie at USO Vicenza. | Photo credit Sandi Gohn/USO In 2019, USO centers were visited more than 8.1 million times by service members and their families. USO centers provide a warm and comforting place where service members can connect to loved ones via Internet or phone, play a video game, catch a movie, have a snack or just put their feet up and relax.