AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) began in 1982, around the same time that Louise was first learning about the disease. Serving over 10,000 men, women and children, APLA is considered one of the oldest and largest AIDS service organizations in America. Services include prevention education, a food bank, professional dental care, housing assistance, mental health counseling, women’s services and case management. APLA is a leader in the provision of bilingual HIV treatment information, in print and on the Internet, and advocates for effective AIDS-related policies and legislation on the local, state and federal level. Only 5% of funds raised for APLA go toward administrative costs. To learn more please visit: www.apla.org.
San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science with their dedication to inspiring passion for nature.
The 100-acre (40-hectare) Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. To learn more please visit: sandiegozoo.org.
R.I.S.E. to Empower Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to empower girls and young women to make positive choices by offering a 3-month program that includes a workbook, a memoir, an inspirational quote book and weekly discussion circles led by trained facilitators. Through critical thinking and experiential learning, the program offers the girls a transformational experience in which they will be asked to take a deep look at their lives, the challenges they are faced with daily as teen girls and their relationship to choice. R.I.S.E. to Empower is an advocate that empowers teen girls to find their joy, follow their heart and live their dreams. To learn more please visit: www.risetoempower.org.
Mama’s Kitchen is a San Diego based home meal delivery service for those affected by HIV/AIDS. It was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that people with AIDS were dying from the complications of malnutrition long before their immune systems were overcome by AIDS-related infections. They realized that a home meal delivery service was needed for low-income people who were too ill, isolated or emotionally devastated to help themselves. Thus, Mama’s Kitchen began delivering nourishing meals to the homes of impoverished residents of San Diego County affected by AIDS and HIV. Currently, Mama’s Kitchen prepares and delivers three meals a day, every day of the year, to the men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in San Diego County. Additionally, they recently expanded services to include a food pantry, called “Mama’s Pantry”, which is ideal for clients that are not homebound. To learn more please visit: www.mamaskitchen.org.
San Diego Junior Theatre provides engaging, innovative, high-quality theatre education and productions for children of all cultural heritages, ages, abilities and levels of interest. To learn more please visit: www.juniortheatre.com.
Doors of Change is solving Youth Homelessness Through Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency, by offering safe housing, life skills, education, and other support services. They help to transform the lives of homeless youth. To learn more please visit: www.doorsofchange.org.
San Diego Youth Services (SDYS) has helped to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of homeless, runaway, abused and at-risk youth and their families. Launched in 1970 when volunteers established one of the first runaway youth shelters in America, SDYS now provides intensive services to more than 20,000 children and their families each year. This nationally recognized agency offers emergency services, safe places to live and long-term solutions for kids “on their own” by providing shelters, group homes, foster homes, community centers and transitional housing. Professional help for high risk youth is provided at all 14 major locations in San Diego County. To learn more please visit: www.sdyouthservices.org.
The mission of Meals-on-Wheels Greater San Diego, Inc. is to support the independence and well-being of seniors. A private, not-for-profit corporation, Meals-on-Wheels San Diego strives to keep seniors independent in their own homes by delivering meals to those who are unable to adequately meet their own nutritional needs. Often, the availability of this service enables seniors to avoid seeking institutional alternatives. Meals-on-Wheels is currently the only organization in the area home-delivering two meals a day, for seven days a week (including holidays), and providing modified diets to seniors, age 60 and older, throughout San Diego County. In 2009, agency-wide, 82 staff members supported over 2,200 volunteers who donated their time to home-deliver 450,000 meals to approximately 2,000 seniors throughout San Diego County. To learn more please visit: www.meals-on-wheels.org.
Grazin Pig Acres, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which functions as an animal rescue and sanctuary. They are dedicated to providing a permanent home in a nurturing, safe environment for abused, neglected, abandoned, or unwanted animals, especially pot-bellied pigs. Although they have a variety of animals at the sanctuary including dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, sheep, horses, and donkeys, they specialize in the physical rescue and care of the pot-bellied pig. To learn more please visit: www.grazinpigacres.org.
It is my birthright to live fully and freely.
I feel tolerance, compassion, and love for all people, myself included.
There is plenty for everyone, and we bless and prosper each other.
I allow my love to flow freely. It gives me joy to take care of myself and others.
We are all family, and the planet is our home.