First Highlight, Limbs for Life

As I’ve mentioned, I will be donating to a non-profit in either Indiana, Texas, or Louisiana every 2 weeks. In my off weeks, though, I will be highlighting a non-profit to share with you all!

I am incredibly fortunate to have a family who supports me in pretty much everything I do, especially my mom! So for my very first highlight, I have chosen a non-profit with a focus that my mom is interested in.

Limbs for Life is located in Oklahoma City, OK and is a “global…organization dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.”

They are able to help those stateside by “work[ing] with prosthetic clinics and skilled clinicians  nationwide who donate their time, labor and energy to help those in need.” To reach out globally they “[accept] gently-used prosthetics and prosthetic components from individuals who no longer need them. [T]hese used, but functional components…are able to reach hundreds of amputees in developing countries and provide them with an inexpensive prosthetic option.”

One of the cool things about Limbs for Life is that they have built a strong support system within their own community through engagement opportunities. Those engagement opportunities include the Blaze 5k which is held in partnership with the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and Hangar Clinic, drawing about 500 runners and walkers to the Oklahoma River. They are further supported by Scott Sabolich Prosthetics, which hosts a golf tournament each fall with partners like MidFirst Bank and Chili’s.

If you’re interested in donating to Limbs for Life, click here. They provide options to donate online, by mail, and by phone! Providing someone with a properly fitting prosthetic can make such a difference in a person’s life – the gift of mobility, the self-esteem to follow their dreams, the list goes on.

If you’re interested in supporting non-profits in this vein, below I’ve included a list of some other cool orgs I found.

I’ll be sharing my second donation next week, but comment below if you know of any awesome non-profits I should add to my donations and highlights list!

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First Donation, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center

Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. In the event you missed the sidebar of information, my name is Clare and I plan on donating $10 to a different non-profit in either Louisiana, Texas or Indiana for the foreseeable future. I have wanted to regularly donate to a non-profit, however, I kept putting it off, donating only when a natural disaster would strike or something particularly nasty was on the horizon. Like many others, I have felt a call to action post-presidential election and thought this would be a great way to learn about some organizations I had no previous knowledge of and support them, too! (Selfishly, it also means I don’t have to pick just one non-profit to support.)

So let me share with you an organization that I just found out about and became my first donation, the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, TX. Texas holds a special place in my heart as the place where I completed my Master’s degree and was truly challenged as a student and as a professional. I have some close friendships in Texas and wish I were able to visit it more often. (Plus, Whataburger honey butter chicken biscuits, am I right?)

To start off, I found the Las Americas IAC through the Department of Justice’s List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers. This site provides information for the entire United States, so if you’re interested in contributing funds to aid a particular community then you easily can!

The Las Americas IAC “provid[es] high quality legal representation to immigrants and [advocates] for human rights.” They do so by providing “low-income immigrants with a great variety of low-cost immigration services.” This includes “family-based immigration, victims of crimes services (including domestic violence and human trafficking), [and] asylum.”

But wait, that’s not all!

They also maintain two special projects, which really shows the commitment to their mission and community. Their community outreach program is entitled Las Abejas, or The Honey Bees. These are “outreach workers, or promotoras, all survivors of domestic violence or friends/relatives of survivors” who “speak out in the community about domestic violence and options for victims.” The second project is the Mexican Asylum Project. Just south of El Paso, TX is Ciudad Juárez, where thousands have been killed due to warring drug cartels. Because of this there have been many Mexican asylum seekers who are searching for relief in the United States, many of whom have received threats from cartels or criminal organizations. Las Americas IAC “is committed to the pursuit of justice and the protection of due process for Mexican nationals who have legitimate asylum claims.”

Pretty awesome organization in my book!

While I already have my next non-profit picked out, feel free to comment with any non-profits doing great work that I should add to my list! I prefer donating to non-profits in the three states I listed, but that doesn’t mean I’ll rule out any national/international organizations.