These are the Difference Makers™
In 1997, a group of concerned government and business leaders, decided to do something about the poverty and barriers to success faced by children in the San Francisco Bay Area. They discovered that various public funding streams were underutilized. The Partnership for Children and Youth (PCY) was created to help improve the effectiveness of funding streams and services.
PCY serves as the bridge between on the ground needs and the work of policy makers at the local, state, and federal levels to improve services for students and their families. They provide schools and community partners with financial assistance to improve and sustain after school and summer programs, as well as support the development of a state wide community schools network. The network will address the whole needs of the student-including student center learning, family engagement, wellness, readiness and transitions, as well as expanded learning.
To learn more about how PCY is changing the lives of children throughout California, log on to their website:
Shriners Hospital for Children has a mission to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. They provide for the education of physicians and conduct research to discover new techniques for improving the quality of life for children and families everywhere. This mission is carried out without regard to race, color, creed, sex or sect, disability, national origin or ability of a patient or family to pay.
The internationally renowned experts at Shriners specialize in areas such as orthopedics, burn care, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate deformities. Their discoveries have changed the treatment for children suffering from debilitating conditions. Educational programs are provided by experts at various hospital locations to help families prevent accidents. They have 22 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, which provide exceptional loving care for children.
The Shriners Hospital staff in Honolulu provides care to children with orthopedic, plastic, dental and neurological needs. This is accomplished through a multi-disciplinary program that reaches out to Hawaii and all areas of the Pacific Basin offering treatment, care, and education that is culturally sensitive, compassionate, and involves patient, family and community, in the traditional Hawaiian sense of Ohana. (Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind - or forgotten). They are looking to use MARCO products to draw attention to a campaign to prevent infections.
To find how Shriners Hospitals are changing lives for children everywhere, log on to their website:
Family Crisis Center, Inc. (FCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to taking the crisis of domestic violence out of families. Based out of Farmington, NM, they provide a broad range of services in San Juan County, and the Four Corners region including the Navajo Reservation. Services are geared toward response to the crisis of domestic violence through education, counseling, and prevention of further violence within family relationships. They have two facilities: Marge's Place, which is an 8,000 sq. ft., 14 bedroom protective shelter for victims and their children, and an Administrative and Counseling Center which provides services to victims, child witnesses, and offenders, as well as offices and support services.
Studies indicate that one-in-three New Mexico women, and one-in-seven New Mexico men, will experience abuse at the hands of an "intimate partner". San Juan County, New Mexico experiences domestic violence at nearly THREE times the national average. In 2014, Marge's Place hosted over 13,500 bed nights and provided safety for 422 domestic violence victims and their children. In the past year, their counseling services have provided nearly 3,000 sessions, while the 24 hour Crisis Hotline received nearly 800 calls.
FCC also offers outreach and educational programs to a number of groups each year, most notably Farmington area high schools, as well as nursing and emergency services like San Juan Regional Medical Center, Urgent Care, and other service providers. Overall, FCC provides meaningful services for over 3,000 people annually.
To find out what other life-saving services are provided by this amazing group, please log on to their website:
Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) supports, develops, and empowers successful student councils at the local level at secondary schools in Texas. Students who are able to go through the programming and training in student leadership, are able to build a better world--one student, one council, and one school at a time.
TASC offers leadership development activities and support throughout the year to 1300 member schools in Texas. Their two person staff serves thousands and thousands of students and advisors who improve school culture and climate and build active civic participation in students. In addition to school projects, TASC members raised over 25 million dollars that was put back into their communities in donations of goods, money and time in 2014.
TASC hosts two Advanced Student Leadership Workshops each winter, one in January and one in February. One of the state report areas is DASH (Drugs, Alcohol, Safety, and Health). Distracted driving is a huge issue for students and adults and will be a focus at this year's workshop with the help of MARCO products.
To learn more about the amazing students and volunteer advisors involved with this program who help create a brighter future every day, log on to 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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