Happy Holidays from PCG
Each year, in lieu of holiday cards and gifts, PCG makes donations to selected nonprofit organizations that support the missions and community interests of our public sector partners, and the populations they serve. This year, we are honored to support the following organizations:
- The Chanda Plan Foundation
- Los Patojos, Guatemala
- My Life My Choice
- Reach Out and Read
- Sacramento Children’s Home
- Shooting Touch
The Chanda Plan Foundation
The Chanda Plan Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities through advocacy and programs to access integrative therapies. Their programs give persons with disabilities a service that can improve their overall health and participation in life by providing access to acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic care, cranial sacral and adaptive yoga. The ultimate aim is to help persons with disabilities heal with their whole body. Learn more at www.thechandaplanfoundation.org.
Los Patojos, which translates to "the Little Ones," is a nonprofit organization that assists the children of Jocotenango, Sacatepequez in Guatemala. Since its foundation in 2006, Los Patojos has promoted education, art, and nutrition, helping children avoid violence, unplanned pregnancy, and drugs. Los Patojos uses an alternative education method to emphasize critical thinking and to empower young children to lead a fruitful life. The organization has recently inaugurated new facilities that include classrooms, cafeteria, nursery, cultural theater, and a musical space. Learn more at http://lospatojos.org.gt.
My Life My Choice
Harnessing the strength of the collective voices of survivors, My Life My Choice empowers vulnerable youth to be agents of change in their own lives and in the movement to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Since 2002, My Life My Choice has successfully trained over 11,000 service providers in Massachusetts and nationally; provided prevention groups to more than 2,000 girls to teach them how to recognize and avoid the recruitment tactics of exploiters; mentored over 400 girls in Greater Boston; and, trained facilitators on its Prevention Curriculum in 29 states. Learn more at http://www.fightingexploitation.org/.
Reach Out and ReadReach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. Since the first Reach Out and Read program was introduced in 1989 at Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), Reach Out and Read has grown at an annual rate of 5%, and today, is a national organization that works through more than 5,800 program sites. Reach Out and Read serves 4.7 million young children and their families each year, including one in four children living in poverty in this country, and continues to grow each year with the vision that one day the Reach Out and Read model will be a part of every young child's checkups. Learn more at http://www.reachoutandread.org/.
Sacramento Children’s Home
The Sacramento Children’s Home’s mission is to open doors to the future by maximizing the potential of children and families. Since 1867, the Sacramento Children’s Home has been dedicated to caring for our community’s most vulnerable children and families. They offer a comprehensive spectrum of prevention, early intervention, and mental health treatment programs to strengthen families and stop the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect. From educating parents of infants and toddlers to teaching independent living skills to young adults, Sacramento Children’s Home is able to make a significant difference in the lives of more than 6,900 children and 4,600 families a year. Learn more at http://www.kidshome.org/.
Shooting Touch, Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to use the power of sport to deliver health education, intervention, and empowerment to young individuals and their families around the world. Founded in 2007, Shooting Touch utilizes a sport-for-social-development model that provides at risk youth with increased access to physical activity and education that encourages healthy habits and personal development. Learn more at http://www.shootingtouch.com.
TASH is an international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect, and institutionalization. TASH works to advance inclusive communities through advocacy, research, professional development, policy, and information and resources for parents, families, and self-advocates. The inclusive practices TASH validates through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people. Learn more at www.tash.org.