These are the Difference Makers™
Destiny's Daughters of Promise (DDP) provides a safe environment where teen girls can come to learn strategies to become confident leaders and contributing members of society. DDP has grown tremendously in the number of girls they serve and in the innovation and reach of their programs. Demand continues to grow in the county and surrounding counties for their life-enhancing community service projects, group outings, field trips, mentoring and leadership workshop sessions. Their program targets middle and high school girls. They have joined forces with engaged parents, local schools, community leaders, businesses and corporations to help teens graduate and become productive citizens. They believe that when they save a girl, they save a generation.
The three components of their program include:
Leadership Development Sessions
Middle School Program: NX Gen (Next Generation Leaders) is designed to prepare middle school girls for transition into healthy and independent adults. The after school sessions enhance leadership development, strong interpersonal skills and basic life skills.
High School Program: Girl with Promise is specific to the enrichment and development of young women in grades 8-12. The purpose of establishing Girl with Promise is to teach vital life skills through direct instruction, opportunities for career exploration, field trips and role-playing; this in turn will help foster personal growth and development. Teen girls in the high school program come from various high schools in the Metro Atlanta area. In addition, the teens enjoy occasional outings and field trips.
For more information or to bring DDP to your area, log on to their website:
Through peer support, burial assistance, education, and awareness initiatives, Hope After Loss provides connections, comfort, and care to those who have experienced the loss of a baby.
Each year, hundreds and hundreds of grieving women and men come to them in search of compassion and support. They help all of them, completely free of charge. They provide free peer bereavement support programs to women and men who grieve the loss of a pregnancy or infant. They help one another on their journey of healing.
To learn more about this group's efforts, log on to their website:
The Joy Fund raises donations from the community to purchase new toys for children in Southeastern Virginia who may not receive one during the holiday season.
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UCP Heartland's mission is to provide the highest quality of programs, services and supports while advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities.
Founded in 1953, United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (UCP) is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. UCP Heartland is committed to change and progress for children and adults with disabilities, whether it is a disability manifested from birth, the result of an accident or as a consequence of aging.
The mission of UCP Heartland is to provide the highest quality of programs, services and supports while advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities in Central and Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois. UCP Heartland provides five primary services, including Children's Services, Family Support Services, Adult Day Services, Residential Services and Employment Services.
UCP Heartland is a proud United Way Agency and reputable nonprofit that has been serving the needs of people with disabilities in our community since 1953.
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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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