Tukwila Children's Foundation – A Small Non-Profit Doing Big Things

7Op4G is delighted to announce our Non-Profit of the Month: the Tukwila Children’s Foundation!

Created by a group of local citizens in 2002, the Tukwila Children’s Foundation aims to meet the unmet daily needs of the children of Tukwila, Washington. These needs include clothing, school supplies, scholarships, personal hygiene items, and miscellaneous goods (such as alarms clocks). The goal is to ensure that all of Tukwila’s children will have the experiences, opportunities, and tools to succeed; grow to care about themselves and others; and become involved in their communities.

To learn more about the Tukwila Children’s Foundation and how you can support them, please visit their site or sign up with Op4G.

Flickr photo credit: Jeffrey Pott

Op4G Partner Profile: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

big brothers big sistersOp4G has long been a supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBS). In fact, as of May 2013, Op4G is partnered with 16 Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters across the US—from Maine to Texas to Puget Sound!

Founded in 1904 by a court clerk troubled by the number of juvenile offenders, Big Brothers Big Sisters aims to help children in adversity reach their full potential. To achieve this mission, the organization pairs boys and girls (“Littles”) with caring and professionally-supported volunteer mentors (“Bigs”).

According to national research, “Littles” and “Bigs” meet 3 times monthly, on average. The relationship that develops leads to “direct and measurable impacts on children’s lives”. For example, Little Brothers and Sisters are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27% less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52% less likely to skip school. They are also more confident in school and get along better with family members.

So how can you help Big Brothers Big Sisters of America? If you have a few hours of free time each month, consider volunteering to be a “Big”. Simply fill out an online application (at www.bbbs.org) and a BBBS staff member will contact you shortly. We also encourage you to complete Op4G surveys on behalf of our BBBS partners (Op4G Non Profit Partners). If your local BBBS chapter is not on our list, please refer them by completing our non-profit sign up form.

Who are the Greatest Victims of a Struggling Global Economy?

As the global economy continues to struggle, among the greatest victims are today’s children.

According to a recent report from the United Nations Children’s Fund, more than one in five American children fall below the poverty line (defined as less than half of the median income). In fact, the US ranks 34 out of 35 developed countries, above only Romania. To make matters worse, the average poor child in the US lives in a household than earns 36% less than the relative poverty line. Only Italy has a wider gap.

Even more disturbing are child poverty rates in the developing world. Of the world’s 2.2 billion children, the UN estimates that approximately 1 billion live in poverty. Consequently, as of 2012, nearly 20% of children under age 5 in the developing world are underweight, 30% are stunted, and 20% lack basic vaccines. Furthermore, approximately 7.6 million children under the age of 5 perish annually.

Certainly, the heaviest cost of all is borne by the children themselves. However, research reveals that societies also pay a heavy price for child poverty. Among other effects, child poverty translates into lower educational achievements, reduced skills and productivity, increased chance of unemployment and welfare dependence, and higher costs to judicial and social security systems.

To help reduce child poverty in the US or abroad, please support one of our partner non-profits: A Chance for Kids, A Kid Again, All the Children are Children, Community Services for Children, Education for all Children, Stand Up for Kids Silicon Valley, Tukwila Children’s Foundation, and the Westchester Children’s Association.

Op4G's $100 Twitter Winner: Susan Sliney!

3333Op4G congratulates member Susan Sliney, our $100 twitter winner!

In honor of Op4G’s philanthropic mission, Susan has generously offered to donate a portion of her winnings to Op4G partner Beverly Bootstraps. Based in Massachusetts, Beverly Bootstraps works to provide critical resources to families and individuals so that they may achieve self-sufficiency. Through its food pantry and thrift shops, it offers such resources as food assistance, clothing, and household items.

Susan choose Beverly Bootstraps because it helps the families most in need that are having a hard time with trying to survive in today’s economy. As a mother of five who faced some struggles in the past, she knows the importance of having local social service agencies where people can turn to in a time of need. She only wishes that every community had such an organization!

Susan registered with Op4G only a few weeks ago, stating that she loved the fact that through taking surveys, I can help someone else. As she has a strong passion for helping others, she plans to continue taking surveys to raise as much money as possible for Beverly Bootstraps.

For your chance to win in our upcoming contests, please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook today!

Flickr photo credit: Jamie McCaffrey

Welcome to Operation Glass Slipper!

11Calling all fairy godmothers! Meet our newest Non-Profit partner, Operation Glass Slipper. A small non-profit in the greater Minneapolis area, OGS makes prom dreams come true for over 1000 teen girls each year. By coordinating donations from local businesses and schools, Operation Glass Slipper provides complete Prom looks from head to toe for girls who otherwise could not afford them.

At their yearly “Princess Event”, a staff of pink-clad volunteers or “fairy godmothers” wave their magic wands and each girl chose their perfect look.

Our intern, Claire, has volunteered with OGS for over 5 years. “It’s almost like playing personal shopper for the day” says Claire, “and each girl is so happy when you help them make their dreams come true”. This year’s Princess Event will be happening this weekend at the Southdale Mall in Edina, MN.

To support Operation Glass Slipper, check out their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/OperationGlassSlipper) or complete Op4G surveys on their behalf!

Written by: Clair Repp: Op4G Non-Profit Development Intern

Flickr photo credit: N!(K-loveforphotography)

Operation Glass Slipper Event