Fifth Donation, The Villages

So this is actually my second post this week because I’m trying to get back on schedule, woops! We’ve left Texas and are now hopping on up to Indiana. You may begin to see a theme with my donations and the audiences I target. I am very supportive of organizations that support children and teens that allow them an opportunity for a safe environment, access to quality education, and the opportunity to express themselves through creative outlets that they otherwise wouldn’t have.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our next org! The Villages is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency, their main focus being on foster care and adoption. First established in 1978 by an endowment, the agency opened its first home in 1980. Since then it’s grown exponentially to more than 20 offices strategically placed throughout Indiana.

As I mentioned, they focus primarily on foster care and adoption, but dang do they have a laundry list of other incredible programs! Their programming focuses on providing education for parents and children to improve relationships. Healthy Families, for example, strengthens the relationship between parent and child at the very beginning, providing education to parents on how to be the most effective parents to their child(ren).

Be on the lookout in your own state for orgs like these, and for our highlight next week!

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Fourth Donation, Denton County Friends of the Family

Sorry for the late blog post everyone, the holidays really threw me for a loop! Can you believe, we’re now on our fourth donation? I’ve circled back to Texas, with a truly incredible organization that partners extensively with my grad school, the University of North Texas.

Denton County Friends of the Family (DCFOF) “is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing, and prevention.” It is the “sole provider in Denton County of shelter and free outreach services to those who have been affected by relationship violence and/or sexual assault.”

DCFOF has a 24-hour crisis line, a physical outreach office and shelter space, and a thrift store where “proceeds from community shoppers benefit our agency’€™s extensive and comprehensive services.”

As I mentioned, they have a great partnership with UNT. They happily provide resources, education, and programming for any students or offices that ask.

Consider donating to your local shelter, they provide a much-needed service to so many families trying to get out of bad situations. Not only do they provide shelter, but they provide education and resources to their communities. I’m especially partial to organizations that also work with local campuses to provide education, support, and relief to those students and employees!

I’ll be posting a new highlight next week. If you know of any orgs that you’d like me to highlight or have any requests for a cause to research, let me know!