Shining Stars Foundation
The Shining Stars Foundation (COLORADO) provides year-round sport, recreational, cultural, and outreach programs for children and young adults with cancer and life threatening diseases at no cost to the child or their family. With 3 full-time staff members and more than 350 volunteers, Shining Stars Foundation provides extraordinary experiences for these children.
The Aspen Winter Games is the only such program in the country that provides an intense & diversified week-long winter sports experience at no cost for the kids ages 7-20. Each child has their own individual, specially trained adaptive volunteer ski instructor. All activities are designed to correspond with each child's health and unique needs. A medical support team, staffed by doctors and nurses who volunteer, are available at all times.
Volunteer instructors such as Doug support their Shining Star even in the après-ski hours for fun events such as the Disco Party, Star Bar, snowmobiling, team building, and crafts night.
Other programs provided by the Foundation are the Aspen Summer Adventure which is not your average summer camp but a dynamic, week-long program for children ages 8-13. The program is designed to foster new relationships between participants, while giving them challenging and unique experiences. The Grand County Summer Adventure Family Camp, and many one day reunion events are offered to the Stars and their families. The Foundation brings hope and a huge support network for these families and children by providing these programs at no cost.
To learn more visit: www.ShiningStarsFoundation.org
For 2010, 2011, and 2012 the Better Business Bureau has awarded the "Achievement for Excellence in the Non-Profit Category" to Shining Stars Foundation as 95 cents of every dollar is spent directly on programs for the children.
The TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $15,000 will be used for expenses related to hosting the Aspen Winter Games.
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Small Miracles Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. (TENNESSEE) is a non-profit corporation founded through love in 1995 to enhance the physical, emotional, social and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through means of equine-assisted activities and therapies. Our programs include Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Positive Youth Development and Equine Services for Heroes. Small Miracles is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International member-center.
Small Miracles was recognized for Strong Performance of THR Programs by the United Way of Greater Kingsport's Citizens Review Panel in 2012.
The TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 is supporting Small Miracles’ Student Sponsorship Program.
Sponsorships allow us to assist everyone who could benefit from our services, regardless of the ability to pay. Student Sponsorships help to cover the difference between what we charge and the actual costs of providing our services.
South Jersey Field of Dreams
Since 2003, The South Jersey Field of Dreams (NEW JERSEY) has been a first-class facility where physically and mentally challenged children and young adults from all over Southern New Jersey have the opportunity to play America’s favorite pastime, baseball.
This organization is more than a baseball field—complete with dug-outs, spectator stands, concession stand and a merchandise store. The Field of Dreams is a gathering spot and provides a “social” life for over 270 special boys and girls who don’t get invited to sleep-overs, parties, dances, etc. Dreams come true here for these special children; the Field creates a community for them which is a vital part of their social life. As one player put it in a TV interview: “Playing baseball is very fun and I made friends!”
The South Jersey Field of Dreams is an essential part of the local community and during the fall and spring on a typical weekend of play, there are often over 100 teenagers and adults helping out in a variety of ways--assisting and encouraging players, coaching, "manning" the concession stand where baseball fare is the norm, setting and cleaning up the facility, singing the National Anthem, and sometimes just hanging out with the players who may have autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, perceptual impairment or one of over 50 other types of challenges..
The South Jersey Field of Dreams, a community in itself, is making dreams come true for everyone who participates—players and volunteers alike. The focus is not on what makes us different, but how we can all have fun and enjoy our time together at a baseball park. At The South Jersey Field of Dreams, EVERYONE participates and EVERYONE wins!
In May, 2012, The South Jersey Field of Dreams received the Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference which recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a great impact on others and have performed outstanding community service.
Watch our video HERE.
The South Jersey Field of Dreams was recognized in 2012 with the Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference by the Russell Berrie Foundation.
The TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $7,500 will be used to enhance the inclusive adaptive playground that has been constructed this fall by adding multiple components such as swings for wheelchair-bound children and even a “fitness track” in years to come.
Children having fun on the new playground
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society
D.A.W.G.S. (Developing Adoptable dogs With Good Sociability) (FLORIDA) in Prison is a program with a two-fold mission, giving both man and his best friend a second chance at life. DAWGS recently celebrated its 4-year anniversary and has saved the lives of over 280 shelter dogs and given over 300 inmates the skills to make a better life for themselves upon release.
DAWGS was developed over 4 years ago to provide training and socialization to the less adoptable dogs of St. Joseph Bay Humane Society. In addition, many of these dogs are also provided medical care and rehabilitation from injuries and illnesses.
Our DAWGS graduates have not only become loving family members but have also gone onto save the lives of the families that adopt them and the people they encounter along the way. To learn more visit: www.SJBHumaneSociety.org
Our DAWGS program has been recognized as a template for other dog-inmate training programs throughout the state of Florida and other states where our dogs are adopted out. DAWGS has been featured in the local Florida media outlets as well as other sources including a book written by a New York Best Selling Author.
The TSF Grant Accelerator Award of $5,000 will be used to support the D.A.W.G.S. in Prison program and allow us to continue to save the lives of our shelter dogs while enhancing the lives of the humans they encounter.
Sweet Mandy & Greyson in their new home together…one DAWGS just wasn’t enough!
Ryan a DAWGS graduate became a certified therapy dog & assisted with the Newtown tragedy. Ryan happily lives in Torrington, CT with his sister Pepper also adopted from the DAWGS program.