Charities & Organizations
I grew up in the Not-For-Profit world and it has been an abiding and constant part of my life. At different junctures, I have either worked, volunteered or help to create and run a Not-For-Profit.
Nothing gives me greater joy and meaning then the sharing of time and talent. To give, support and advocate for charities and organizations; that share and further values, that are important to me, will always hold a special place in my heart and my life. I am excited at the opportunity to share them with you!
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Logo and image property of GirlUp.org
part of United Nations Foundation
As a Health Services Coordinator for a Charter School, I had the privilege of serving as an Adult Advisor to our Teen GirlUp group.
I loved assisting the girls with developing their first group, advising them on club governance, helping to plan fundraising events, and helping them advocate for issues that affect women and young girls worldwide.
Started in 2010, founded by the UN Foundation as an initiative to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls.
Issues of Relevance:
Logo and image property of CASA/GAL.org
I had the great privilege of volunteering as a CASA/Guardian Ad Litem beginning in 2012 for the 17th Judicial Court in Abuse & Neglect Court. As a Children's Case Manager for a local Domestic Violence Advocacy Organization, I often felt powerless when it came to advocating for children affected by abuse and neglect. CASA gave me that opportunity to advocate for the most vulnerable of our society. My time there holds a special place in my heart.
I encourage you to seek out your local CASA office if you are interested in advocating for children.
Founded by Seattle Superior Court Judge David Soukup, in 1976, has become a national volunteer movement. It has 950 state organizations and local programs in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
CASA/GAL volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for children’s best interests. They volunteer and collaborate with legal and child welfare professionals, educators and service providers to ensure that judges have all the information they need to make the most well-informed decisions for each child.
Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Organization
Logo and image property CATCH
One of my recent pleasures and privilege was as a volunteer teacher for C.A.T.C.H.-Coordinated Approach To Child Health pilot program, supported by Northern Illinois University, YMCA, and Northwestern Kishwaukee Hospital.
C.A.T.C.H. is a community health promotion program that teach guided lessons to mastery, building upon lessons taught in previous grade-levels on recognizing Go-Slow-Whoa Foods, Energy Balance, Reduction of Screen-time, and Increasing Physical Activity.
C.A.T.C.H. is based on the CDC Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model in which health education, school environment, and family/community involvement work together to support youth in a healthy lifestyle.
"The CATCH Global Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2014. Our mission is to improve children’s health worldwide by developing, disseminating and sustaining the CATCH platform in collaboration with researchers at UTHealth. The Foundation links undeserved schools and communities to the resources necessary to create and sustain healthy change for future generations"
Coordinated Approach To Child Health Organization