These are the Difference Makers™
Pet Connect Rescue-out of Potomac MD, was founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Their mission is to save the lives of abandoned or high risk dogs and cats that are about to be euthanized at another rescue facility, and place them in loving and permanent homes. Over extended shelters from Maryland to Georgia call on PetConnect Rescue to help in whatever way they can and they do so wherever there is the greatest need.
This non breed-specific rescue group arranges and pays for basic medical services ranging from routine treatments, microchips, neutering or spaying, as well as serious medical conditions. Most animals that are placed in their care go into foster care, but some go to trusted vet clinics or kennels.
Before being adopted into their forever homes, the previously homeless dogs go to a transitional residence, Muddy Paws. This is PetConnect Rescue's refuge for training and socializing.
To learn more about this caring group of animal lovers, visit their website. They are always looking for volunteers to help with fostering, transportation of animals, or assistance at their adoption or fundraising events.
Sister2Sister Connection Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit organization out of Las Vegas Nevada, that offers a variety of services for girls between the ages of 10-18. Their mission is to empower girls who face challenges and help them to overcome obstacles and live healthier lives. At the annual 8-week summer camp, the girls attend workshops on health & wellness, etiquette and sex education. They also focus on improving their communication skills and learn about anti-bullying techniques and sex trafficking awareness.
The leaders at Sister2Sister wrote to MARCO looking for help in purchasing a tote bag for each camper for their summer program. They know that this will keep the girls organized AND provide awareness about their amazing program! The volunteers at Sister2Sister want to empower all girls to see life's blessings; understand that each of us has worth and help them to develop to their potential.
To learn more about Sister to Sister, visit their website.
The mission of the Special Olympics is to provide year round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them the opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
Year round training is offered free of charge to over 38,000 children & adults in North Carolina. There are over 19 sports offered on the local level and 12 of these on the national level. Some examples include aquatics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, tennis and triathlon. This year, many of the Gold medal winners from NC will have the opportunity to compete at the 2014 USA Special Olympics Games in New Jersey.
The Special Olympics programs also offer public speaking training to help their members become global messengers, coaches or fulfill a leadership role. Screenings are offered free of charge at certain events, including vision or hearing tests, as well as assistance with the cost of glasses if needed, dental checkups, and other supplies such as tooth brushes, guards, etc.
The promotional products the Special Olympics group is looking for include gift packs for volunteers with custom T-shirts and disposable cameras as well as "Survival kits" for athletes or their guests, which include hats, sunscreen, water bottles and bug spray. To learn more about this amazing group or to volunteer, please visit their website.
The state of Georgia has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world. 72,000 children in Georgia have a parent in prison. (This doesn't include the children of parents in county jails or detention centers). Children who are caught in the middle of these separations are some of the most vulnerable youth! They have a higher risk for mental and emotional problems, criminal behavior, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence. They are 5 to 7 times more likely to end up in prison themselves.
On April 26, children, caregivers, and volunteers from all over Georgia will converge upon Walker State prison for the 3rd year of "Returning Hearts," a program that includes a day of games and activities for incarcerated Dad's and their families to reunite. The inmate fathers can ask for forgiveness and start rebuilding their relationships with their children.
Heartbound Ministries, based in Atlanta GA, wrote to us regarding this program. They want to present something to the children that attend this event and believe youth tees will be a big hit! The celebration brings a smile to the face of over 100 kids and allows them to work towards a new relationship with their Dad. The incarcerated Dad's look forward to it all year!
For more information regarding the "Returning Hearts" program or to learn more about this inspiring group, please visit their website.
Team MARCO and Difference Makers™ may be able to help you in your effort to help others. Each week a $500 credit to use towards a promotional products order (including any set up fees and shipping) will be given free to a 501 (c) (3) organization. Difference Makers™ are welcome to apply.
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