Jeans for Charity
Protis has developed a way to give back to the community through the establishment of Jeans for Charity. Jeans for Charity was established in 2008 when the idea of a casual work environment became appealing to the majority of the office.
How it works: Team members can wear jeans if they donate to the charity of the month. Each month, a different team member is selected to choose a charity. They are then put in charge of collecting money from their peers for the selected charity.
The Result: A small price to pay where everyone wins. In fact, this simple act will raise $5,000 in 2011 just for the opportunity to wear jeans.
Below is a list of the charities involved:
Livestrong has been working to improve the lives of people affected by cancer since 1997. They started as a small group trying to raise money to fight this disease. As cancer has quietly become the world’s leading cause of death, their work has expanded and now reaches every corner of the globe. "Join the fight."
Unicef: Unite for Children
UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
UNICEF advocates for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future. UNICEF is part of the Global Movement for Children – a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child. Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, the organization encourages young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives.
Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Inc.
The Angelman Syndrome Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) organization of families, caregivers and medical professionals who care about those with Angelman Syndrome. Our mission is to advance the awareness and treatment of Angelman Syndrome through education and information, research, support and advocacy for individuals with Angelman Syndrome, their families, and other concerned parties.
Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.
Founded by the Rev. Everett Swanson in 1952, Compassion began providing Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education and health care, as well as Christian training.
Today, Compassion helps more than 1 million children in 26 countries.
Kaleidoscope for Kids
Kaleidoscope is a not-for-profit, charitable child welfare organization helping kids throughout Chicago recover from neglect and abuse. All the kids at Kaleidoscope have some “special need”, often as a direct result of their abuse.
Those working for Kaleidoscope connect vulnerable children with what they need and deserve: loving families caring unconditionally so all kids have a chance to lead healthy, productive, independent, and happy lives.
Kaleidoscope has a history of pioneering care for children and families that has gained national acclaim and created models for other programs around the world.
Susie's Place celebrated its Grand Opening in April, 2009, as a Child Advocacy Center in Hendricks County. Since that time, well over 100 child forensic interviews have been conducted at Susie's Place. Susie's Place has been utilized by 13 different law enforcement agencies and seven (7) county Department of Child Services offices. Additionally, Susie's Place has coordinated cases with four (4) other states. Susie's Place is committed to strengthening the community's ability to nurture and protect children.
"There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in." --- Graham Greene
At Susie's Place, they believe that "moment" is when their door opens and a child walks in.
Rebuilding the Wall, Inc.
Rebuilding the Wall was developed as an organization aimed to stabilize the housing in the urban Reagan Park Neighborhood. Chris and Mary Provence had been doing bible studies in the area and saw the great turnover in kids who would come; however, with poor living conditions, unfair rent, and absentee landlords, the children were constantly moving making the bible studies difficult.
This inconsistency is what inspired Chris and Mary to develop Rebuilding the Wall, which stabilizes and empowers low-income families by renovating vacant inner city properties and giving the families the opportunity for homeownership. They have committed themselves in the next five to ten years to transforming 20 properties into homeownership opportunities for very low income families.
Midwest Food Bank
Midwest Food Bank is a faith based, non-denominational nonprofit organization. It was started in 2003 when the Kieser family began providing food out of a building on their family farm. As a faith-based organization, it is their aim to alleviate hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not for profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients.
Today, they serve approximately 500 organizations across the Midwest; and, the food given out each month now reaches over 100,000 people.
"Our hope is to help bridge the gap between prosperity and poverty in our community." -- David Kieser, President
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
The Lupus Foundation of America is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services, and hope to all people affected by lupus. It was established in 1977 when local organizations made a strong effort to bring national attention and resources to lupus.
Since its establishment in 1977, it has developed nearly 300 chapters, support groups, and community representatives nationwide.
By pursuing its mission through its program objectives, it has proven itself as the field’s preeminent nonprofit lupus organization.
All Pro Dad
All Pro Dad is Family First’s innovative program helping men to become better fathers. By using 53 NFL spokesmen, multiple events with NFL teams, over 1,000 All Pro Dad’s Day chapters, and Play of the Day daily emails, they are able to change lives as a result of the solutions they offer.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army was founded as an evangelical organization dedicated to bringing people into a meaningful relationship with God through Christ. Their mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
“…We are privileged to minister to men, women, and children, no matter their circumstances, and it could not happen if it were not for the absolute commitment of the soldier.”