Alliance for Smiles. Sends teams of surgeons, dentists, nurses and others dedicated to helping those afflicted with cleft lip and palate. In countries where poverty is widespread. All volunteer. http://www.allianceforsmiles.org. (415) 647-4481.
Amazima Ministries. Founded by 19-year-old Katie Davis in 2008, the organization feeds, educates and encourages orphaned and vulnerable children and the poor in Uganda, Africa, and implements self-sustaining vocational programs. Child sponsorships, online store, adoption support referrals. http://www.amazima.org. (615) 656-5355.
Binky Patrol. All-volunteer national organization makes and distributes homemade blankets (binkies) to children born with severe medical issues, and abused or traumatized children. Volunteers range from students and Girl Scout troops to seniors, and everyone in between. Binkies are made for ages 0-18, and can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted. http://www.binkypatrol.org. (503) 214-8346.
Genocide No More-Save Darfur; Redding. Advocacy group that sponsors educational programs to raise awareness about genocide in Darfur. Raises funds for humanitarian organizations providing relief for displaced families and individuals. Youth participation welcome.
http://www.reddingumc.org/index.php/genocide-no-more-save-darfur. (530) 229-3661.
KIRF India. Kirwin International Relief Foundation is a charitable trust that operates a school, community health clinic and tailoring center, and provides water when possible for some of the poorest people in India. Projects are situated in rural Bodhgaya, Bihar where the majority of the poor are illiterate. http://www.kirfindia.org. (805) 509-6859 (April-Dec).
Kiwanis International Foundation. A global organization of members of every age. Focus is on supporting youth in the community, changing the world one child and one community at a time. Find a local chapter here: http://www.kiwanis.org.
Locks of Love. Helps return a sense of self-confidence and normalcy to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Donations of ponytails help provide high-quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children. http://www.locksoflove.org.
Make-A-Wish Foundation. Enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions by fulfilling children’s unique wishes. http://www.wish.org. (1-800) 722-WISH.
Max’s Miracles/The Max Williams Foundation; Biggs. Max’s Miracle Ranch is a working farmstead, orchard and entertainment center that provides a no-cost retreat and support for families and their “miracle children” who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Train rides, gold panning, hay rides, picnic and play areas, petting zoo, organic produce and more. Open to the public on special days, for birthday parties, or by appointment. Open daily Spring-Dec. http://www.maxsmiracles.org. (530) 354-7168.
Pay It Forward Foundation. Educates and inspires students to realize that they can change the world by providing opportunities to do so. Students work with teachers at their local schools to develop Pay It Forward assignments. The foundation can provide supportive education materials and seed money to those who qualify. http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org.
Project Linus. Through gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteer “blanketeers,” provides love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. Rewarding and fun service opportunity for individuals and community groups. http://www.projectlinus.org. (309) 585-0686.
Save the Children. Independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Programs focus on health and nutrition, education, protection, and livelihoods to make a difference for each child reached.
http://www.savethechildren.org. (1-800) 728-3843.
Save the Rain. Educates people in water-starved areas to harvest, store, clean and use rain as a sustainable water supply. Every 15 seconds a child dies from lack of clean water; Save the Rain’s goal is to stop these needless deaths. http://www.savetherain.org.
Mt. Shasta office: (530) 926-9999.
Scholarship America. Believes that every student deserves an opportunity to go to college, regardless of their financial status. Their mission is to mobilize America, through scholarships and educational support, to make postsecondary education possible for all students. scholarshipamerica.org. (1-800) 279-2083
UNICEF. Advocates for the world’s children, believing that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. The organization works with others to overcome obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. http://www.unicef.org. (212) 686-5522.
Water and Stone Center, Inc. Supports God is Good Primary School in Kyebando, Uganda. Assistance for its impoverished children comes from student sponsorships and donations toward infrastructure development. For information:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.waterandstone.org.
Wings of Eagles. Helps N. CA families of children with life-threatening illnesses; preference given to pediatric cancer cases. Provides support such as gas cards, and help obtaining needed equipment, car repairs, etc. Provides caring emotional support. Established in memory of Joseph Alvarez, who died in childhood from leukemia. http://www.wingsofeagles.org. (530) 893-9231 and (530) 570-5985.
Updated 02/05/2014 MS