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America's Charities Success Story Former Teen Smoker Takes Lead on Anti-Tobacco Youth Movement

Former smoker Raymond Lader, 17, lost his father and several family friends to tobacco-related illness. His losses turned him into a leader among anti-tobacco youth advocates, and the CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO-FREE KIDS has named him National Youth Advocate of the Year for 2000. Ray was honored along with five regional winners at a May 12 gala at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. Now in its fifth year, the Youth Advocates of the Year Awards recognize the powerful role young leaders play in solving the national epidemic of youth tobacco use. The senior at Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, FL, will be busy representing the CAMPAIGN this year at youth summits and advocacy training efforts nationwide. This summer, he‟ll start helping to develop a new youth section on the CAMPAIGN web site. Ray has lobbied at the Florida capitol in Tallahassee for tobacco settlement funds for tobacco prevention, and served as president of his high school‟s chapter of SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco). He has convinced local restaurants to go smoke-free, raised more than $3,300 for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and performed anti-tobacco puppet shows for more than 2,600 students. “…When I return to the schools the next year, I have kids run up to me and say they remembered me and that they were offered a cigarette and said no because of what I had told them about it,” said Ray. “I may have only touched one kid, but that is one the tobacco companies cannot get.”

Animal Charities of America Success Story Story Contributed by ACA Member Marine Mammal Center Artemis (Eumetopias jubatus)

A rare Steller sea lion pup just a few weeks old, Artemis was observed and then admitted to The Marine Mammal Center's hospital when her mother failed to return after two days. The Steller sea lion population has suffered an 80% decline since 1965 and is on the U.S. Endangered Species List-this fragile pup is one of only about 500 Stellers left in waters off California. Rescuing Artemis was her only chance for survival. The Marine Mammal Center rescues stranded marine mammals like Artemis that are injured, sick or orphaned, and rehabilitates them back to the wild. Feeding Artemis initially posed a challenge since she did not have an adequate suckling response. Nine months of intensive rehabilitation by dedicated staff and volunteers lead to her graduation from round-the-clock bottle feeding to learning to eat fish. Artemis was then successfully released back to her ocean home. Outfitted with a satellite transmitter, we learned that Artemis was diving and foraging just like a wild-raised Steller. Monitoring released animals helps determine the efficacy of our rehabilitation efforts. Visit our website at to see photos of Artemis, and learn more about these amazing creatures of the sea.

Children's Charities of America Success Story

Story contributed by CCA member BOOKS for the BARRIOS A public schoolteacher in a remote rainforest of the Philippines evaluates our book donation project: "Our existing school libraries have only a few shabby old books, mostly donated and mostly informational! With your beautiful books now available we can entice our children to love books and therefore develop their reading habit at an early age. The pupils flock to the library during off-hours just to see the books out of curiosity, and many are actually spending time to read them. What a magical experience! By putting up this library, you have not only made education in our school effective, but also attractive and enjoyable. I know what I am talking about because I grew up in a barrio. I can still remember how happy I was when I received my first picture book, a textbook actually, and how I loved the stories it contained, and how I would look and look at the pictures and savor their colors and import. Bringing joy to children in the classroom, what better service can one give? The angels watching these children must have been smiling all day seeing their wards excitedly feasting with their minds and hearts on these beautiful materials."

Christian Charities USA Success Story

Testimonials contributed by CCUSA member Bible Believers Fellowship's "Through Bible Believers Fellowship's abundant generosity of inspirational booklets, pamphlets and newsletters, it has had a definite positive impact on the inmate population, and we appreciate their faithful, dependable, God-loving charitable hearts." - Chaplain Bill Lindsey, Wm. Donaldson Facility (Bessemer, AL) "I want to say that my studies through the Spanish ministry of Bible Believers Fellowship has been an exciting and fulfilling time in my life... The personal guidance and devotion by the staff has turned many rainy days of depression into days filled with sunshine through their constant beams of hope and encouragement. Praise the Lord!" - Nidia Vargas, inmate at Orleans Parish Prison (New Orleans, LA) "Bible Believers Fellowship has been there to supply any request we have for ministry tools, whether tracts, books, videos. Any church, organization, or individual will be blessed by the Lord greatly if you support this ministry..." - Chaplain Robert Watkins, Huttonsville Correctional Center (Huttonsville, WV) "With Bible Believers Fellowship's help, I have received the badly needed material that a young Christian behind bars needs to grow in the Faith. I and all of this ministry thank you for all your help in our time of need. Thank you again and may the Lord bless your ministry for ever." - Omar Arias, inmate at Hamilton Correctional Institution Annex (Jasper, FL)

Christian Service Charities Success Story The Pain Is in the Details Thursday, April 18, 2002 Marquita Lindsay is surprisingly optimistic for a 16-year-old growing up in a tough American inner city. She has a winning smile and enviable people skills. She loves children and they regularly gravitate to her loving, nurturing personality. In fact, she dreams of someday becoming a pediatric nurse. But Marquita is not naive to the dangers of inner-city living. She has seen friends succumb to the temptations of alcohol, drugs, and sexual immorality. And she has seen many more teens overrun by feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty.

Marquita is only one of 14 million at-risk American children who witness daily the emotional and physical effects of poverty. But as a budding poet, she is extra sensitive to its devastation. In a recent poem, Marquita offers an honest look at poverty's teenage victims: I sit and watch my brothers and sisters get wasted away. And for what? For a quick sensation. And when it leaves, you feel the way you felt before you used it. I look around and see my sisters no older than 17 throw their lives away just because they feel a need to be loved. They turn to a boy or a man, and in the end there is a child. I sit and watch my brothers give their lives over to the streets because they feel that there is no other way to go. They put their lives in danger for wanting to be popular, have money. And they think that makes them grown. But it don't ... The kids Marquita writes about are not halfway around the world. They are in our own backyard. They are in our cities, on Native American reservations, and in poor rural communities. They are easy to overlook, but they are precious to God, and He is calling us to take action on their behalf.

Community Health Charities Success Story Tyrell's Miracle Time Local Chapter of National Easter Seals of Washington, D.C. Charity that helped: Easter Seals

Two-and-a half year old Tyrell is a vibrant young boy. But there was a time when Tyrell struggled for life. Tyrell suffered an in utero stroke. His doctors are not sure if the stroke happened while he was in his mother's womb, or when he passed through the birth canal. Worse, doctors didn't detect Tyrell's medical problems immediately. It took four months to discover the extent of the damage. Tyrell's family knew something was wrong. His parents had sought medical care often because he simply was not doing the things that a newborn normally did. The stroke had left him without the ability to do anything but lie still. His parents were advised that some children develop slower than others do. They were ensured time and again that their son was health and that they should not compare his progress with that of his older sister Tyra. At the age of four months, Tyrell had his fist seizure. A CAT scan revealed brain damage and epilepsy. The stroke had also left Tyrell with paralysis on the left side of his body. His family was devastated. Tyrell's parents were advised that they should focus on getting his seizures under control with medication, and that they should face the fact that their son would be disabled for the rest of his life. Theodore, Tyrell's father, a Combat Engineer in the United States Army, was advised to take his son to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC for a second opinion. Treatment got Tyrell's seizures under control. At eight months Tyrell began receiving therapy through a local program, but he needed additional care. Two months later Tyrell's therapy was enhanced by inhome and Center-based therapy offered through the Easter Seals Child Development Center. Tyrell began to make steady progress. At the age of two Tryell was enrolled in a local preschool program. His mother began taking him to therapy, then picking him up on her lunch break and returning him to school. It was difficult. His family decided to remove him from the preschool program and enroll him in the Easter seals Child Development Center program full time. Receiving early education therapy services in one place “was so much easier” said his mother, Angel. Tyrell has been receiving services from Easter Seals for two years now. At the beginning he was not able to do anything for himself. He could not sit up, could not drink from a bottle, could not hold anything. He could not swallow – it was believed he was wheelchair bound. Today, Tyrell has transformed in to a happy boisterous child who is loving and affectionate. He took his fist steps without the aid of a walker in late May 2001 and has been running ever since. “My son has begun walking and is learning sign language to communicate. His verbal skills are improving as well; he said „bye' today for the first time. It is all so amazing, “says Angel.

Tyrell's future is brighter, thanks to the perseverance of his family, and the services he received from Easter Seals. “Today, when Tyrell and I went to pick up Tyra at school, we saw an assistant who works at the Easter Seals Center. I put my son down, braced him the way the physical therapist suggested, and he walked to his friend. She was excited. We were both crying. It was fantastic!

Conservation & Preservation Charities of America Success Story

Story contributed by CPCA member Appalachian Trail Conference When the going gets tough, the tough get going! After Mother Nature closed the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, volunteers from the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club (NBATC) organized a massive effort to reopen the Trail for spring hikers. When a winter ice storm left much of the NBATC's 90-mile section of the A.T. impassable, club president Bill Foot organized maintenance parties each weekend for a month to clear the Trail of debris. The normal Wednesday maintenance crews were also enlarged. NBATC volunteers cleared the 90 miles in just a month, often hiking in through deep snow to reach the affected sections of Trail. The NBATC is an affiliate member of the Appalachian Trail Conference, the nonprofit organization that manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Affiliates are each assigned a section of the Trail to maintain, with volunteers performing virtually all of the maintenance chores along the 2,160-mile long A.T.

Do Unto Others: America's Emergency Relief, Development and Humanitarian Outreach Charities Success Story

Story contributed by DUO member Global Action International Blankets for the Barrios of Mexico The San Diego Union Tribune headline read "OVER 200 DEAD IN COLD WEATHER." We at GLOBAL ACTION knew that we had to take action to save the children that suffer and die in the hills of Mexico every year when cold weather blows in to that region. We set about to acquire over 3000 blankets and then moved into barrios outside of Tijuana to take the life saving blankets to the families who live in the cardboard shanties that dot the hillsides. There is no electricty or running water.

The only warmth comes from the blankets that our partners provide. As we drove up the dirt roads, families would run towards the van hoping to receive a life saving blanket. With tears running down their faces they would hug us and whisper "mucho gracias" in our ears. GLOBAL ACTION TOOK ACTION and we believe many lives of children were saved because people like you cared. School Supplies and Soccer Balls in Uganda We had the privilege of taking a supply of Educational materials to Uganda. The schools had pretty well been depleted under the previous political leaders. We were able to supply many items that they so desperately needed. We linked up with Peace Corps volunteers that were working to improve the school system. I noticed that for recreation they would make soccer balls out of banana peels. We made arrangements with the Peace Corps that when we came back to the United States we would send some "real" sports equipment. With the help of our partners, GLOBAL ACTION was able to send soccer balls to Uganda. The Peace Corps volunteers set up a special contest in the schools, and the winners would receive a ball. This is something we take for granted here in the States, but the volunteer said it was the greatest competition in the schools that he had seen. He sent us a picture of the class who had won the "real" soccer ball and I wish you could see the joy on their faces. Something so simple, yet making a big difference in the lives of children who could never dream of having a "real" soccer ball. What a thrill to bring joy like this to children who have suffered so much.

Earth Share Success Story Your gift to Earth Share can help: * establish community parks and gardens, and trails for hiking and biking; * protect the public from pollution and toxic substances that affect our health; *save endangered species, like the California condor and giant panda and their habitats, including wetlands, rainforests, canyonlands, and coral reefs; * plant trees and preserve forests that help clean our air, reduce topsoil erosion, and provide homes for wildlife; * clean up thousands of miles of coastlines, rivers and lakes; * educate children and adults about the critical nature of our natural heritage. $1 per pay period can remove 60 pounds of trash from a beach, catalogue it and identify who put it there; $2 per pay period can save 18 feet of rail trail for bicycling, horseback riding, running or hiking;

$4 per pay period can protect three square meters of coral reef, home to hundreds of species of marine plants and animals; $5 per pay period can plant five trees in an urban area; $10 per pay period can safeguard U.S. drinking water by supporting Citizen's Right To Know programs reporting on contaminants in drinking water; $20 per pay period can purchase one spotting scope for monitoring released California condors, Aplomado falcons, Hawaiian songbirds and Harpy eagles.

Educate America! The Education, School Support and Scholarship Funds Coalition Success Story Story contributed by EA member Dollars for Scholars EDUCATION WAS THE ONLY WAY OUT From young drop-outs with babies to college students, two sisters have beaten the odds and are working toward degrees in radiology. “Our family did seasonal work in the fields and I knew that was my future if I didn't return to school.” said Sara Diaz. Her sister, Xochitl Hernandez, likewise learned that to have a good economic future, she had to continue her education and go on to college. Because of the Dollars for Scholars program in Toppenish, WA (and a special Dollars for Scholars partnership project with Heritage College), Sara and Xochitl have both graduated from Toppenish High School and have received services and financial assistance to enable them to attend college to pursue their plans to become radiologists.

Health & Medical Research Charities of America Success Story

Story contributed by HMR member Cancer Survivors Coalition From Ana Pedreira-Marcinik of Puerto Rico. Dear NCCS: Thank you very much for calling me at home and giving me such valuable information on all the cancer help organizations available. I'm convinced you are an angel acting like a helpful human. God bless you for being so caring and concerned. We are all going through my dad's cancer for a reason. I believe I will be able to help others in need, thanks to all the information I received from you. I have already been able to help a person last week. I made her happy because there is

hope, that made me happy. My dad - Papi as I call him - started receiving treatment yesterday. Although it might not be pancreatic/liver cure, we hope it will give him relief from pain so he could enjoy life a little better and longer. I enjoyed all the literature you sent. Your motto "From the time of discovery and for the balance of life, an individual diagnosed with cancer is a survivor" is one of the most beautiful and encouraging thoughts I have ever read. Thank you for your time once again. Take care. You provide an excellent service. Sincerely, Ana Pedreira-Marcinik Isla Verde, Puerto Rico

Hispanic United Fund Success Story

Story contributed by HUF member ESPERANCA Harry Owens, Jr., M.D., served as a volunteer physician at the Esperanca Clinica dos Pobres (Clinic of the Poor) from 1972 to 1978. During that time, Dr. Owens treated thousands of poor remote villagers throughout a 1,000 mile radius of the central Amazon and its tributaries. During a trip to a very remote river village, Dr. Owens came upon a mother in a very difficult labor, unable to deliver her child (who was breached). Dr. Owens was able to assist in the delivery. Mother and child survived, and in gratitude the mother named the boy 'Haroldo d'Esperanca' in honor of Dr. Harry Owens. Upon a return visit to the Amazon 12 years later, Dr. Owens had the privilege of again meeting Haroldo d'Esperanca, who had traveled by canoe to the Esperanca Clinic for needed dental work. It was a tearful, happy reunion with the grateful mother, child and doctor.

Human and Civil Rights Organizations of America Success Story

Story contributed by HCROA member Blind Federation of America The Blind Federation of America seeks to help blind persons become a part of the productive mainstream of the nation. Some have special stories to tell.

As a young man Carlos Servan joined the special military forces in his native Peru and worked in counter-terrorist operations. In a terrorist attack, Carlos lost his eyesight and one hand. He came to the United States several years ago to receive sophisticated medical treatment in order to make something of the rest of his life. Speaking not a word of English, he quickly learned it. He also learned our kind of freedom. And he found the Blind Federation of America. Carlos won on merit the top scholarship we awarded in 1992 and began preparing for a productive career. He is a man of character and determination for whom the Blind Federation of America provided a boost through supporters like you.

Human Service Charities of America Success Story It has been heart wrenching for Danelle‟s family to watch her everyday knowing she has a life threatening disease. To them, its unfathomable that, in today‟s age, there is nothing the doctors can do. Her cancer is spreading and there is nothing clinically proven to help. Miracle Flights for Kids successfully transported Danelle from Montana to Maryland to participate in a National Cancer Institute clinical trial that may prove beneficial in stopping Danelle‟s cancer.

Independent Charities of America Success Story

Story contributed by ICA member Results Educational Fund Nurjahan is a borrower of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, an institution that makes loans to very poor people, enabling them to better care for their families. RESULTS Educational Fund advocates on behalf of Grameen and many other similar institutions. Abandoned by her parents at three months of age and raised by a neighbor, Nurujan was married at twelve--only to be abandoned by her husband a year later, while three months pregnant. She then returned to the family who had raised her, cooking for them while raising her son. Before joining the bank, Nurjahan had never earned more than $37.50 in a year and owned no land. By 1995, after five years as a borrower, her average annual income was US$250 (just above the national average) and she owned two goats,

one pregnant cow, ten hens, and two-thirds of an acre of land. The land cost US$1,000, more than four times the average annual income. Seasonally, she employs two farmhands to assist with her rice crop. In a country where only 46 percent of the children reach grade five, Nurjahan's son is now in the eighth grade.

International Service Agencies Success Story For José Herrera, an elementary school administrator in El Salvador, the availability of running water -- the result of an ISA charity sanitation project -- "has completely changed school life," says Herrera. Students no longer need to walk long distances carrying their own water supply, and the high absenteeism rate caused by unsanitary conditions is no longer a problem. Herrera's teachers now spend quality time teaching healthier students. Even on days when she rises at 2:00 a.m. to go to work, Ms. Teresita Cabactulan from the Philippines is grateful to the ISA charity that helped her start a business. Although it's a small bakery, employing just 12 people, it's part of a larger community project to improve peace in the area for both Christian and Muslim families. The bakery thrives as a symbol of community cooperation. For Blandina Bumbo in Uganda, one pregnant cow given to her by an ISA charity changed dozens of lives. The milk, and money she eventually earned from selling the cow's calves, allowed her to feed her children, take in two orphans, start a small nursery and hire a teacher. Today, 30 children get an education and a daily hot meal as a result. Thanks to a team of doctors sponsored by an ISA charity, Monika Mlcakova from the Slovak Republic, is a little less blue -- literally. Born with a complicated heart condition, Monika was blue from the lack of oxygen in her blood. In addition to helping Monika, this medical team also trained a group of local pediatricians. Approximately 350 infants a year now survive to celebrate their first birthdays because of this outstanding project.

Medical Research Agencies of America Success Story Brain Tumor Foundation of America Helped to Save the Life of My Son By Colleen Rimer February 22, 1987, was just another Sunday afternoon at our home when we received a telephone call from the emergency room; he had just had a grand mal seizure and was scared.

Craig had no history of seizures and our family had no inkling of what was to come. After three Computerized Tomography (CT) scans and one Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI), we were informed that Craig had a brain tumor in the left frontal lobe that required immediate removal. Following surgery, he was referred to a local university medical center to continue his treatment. We immediately began gathering information about brain tumors, which led us to the Brain Tumor Foundation of America. The Foundation gave us current information on Craig's tumor, which allowed us to make informed decisions regarding his options. With this information, Craig entered an experimental chemotherapy program while simultaneously receiving radiation treatment. Within six weeks of surgery, Craig returned to college, where he was a music major, and performed in a concert. He was overjoyed to participate, knowing that the surgery and treatment had not robbed him of his memory or coordination. We continued our search for information about brain tumors and the side effects of treatment. Also, the Brain Tumor Foundation of America's volunteer Support Network helped link us with other families willing to share information and support. This year, more than 100,000 people will be diagnosed with a primary brain tumor and 14,000 people will die from this disease. Brain tumors are the second leading cancer killer of children under the age of 19. The Brain Tumor Foundation of America provided us with a wide variety of free service and programs. It also funds innovative research into the cause, treatment, and the cure of brain tumor disease. Thirteen years later, Craig is still involved in music as a performer and teaching private lessons. Most importantly, his yearly MRI continues to show no tumor recurrence. We believe the donations made to Brain Tumor Foundation of America helped save our son's life.

Military, Veterans & Patriotic Service Organizations of America Success Story

Story contributed by MVP member Airmen Memorial Foundation Her young husband was 6,000 miles away in Korea on assignment with the Air Force while she remained behind in the expensive Washington, D.C. metropolitan suburbs with their two handicapped children. Suddenly, without advance warning, the Social Security Administration notified this young mother that her SSI (Supplemental Income) entitlement had been cancelled due to her husband being out of the country and "no longer resident in the home."

Behind in her car payments, rent and other bills and under severe stress from being the only adult responsible for two children requiring constant care, her own mental and physical health suffered dramatically. In desperation she turned to her local base Family Support Center who provided immediate aid but it was insufficient to cover all of her arrears. Still facing loss of her critically needed automobile used to transport her children for therapy and with little funds for food, the Family Support Center put her in contact with the Airmen Memorial Foundation for consideration of a humanitarian grant. Quickly, the AMF responded with sufficient funds to cover her outstanding bills and permitted her to provide sufficient food for the family until the SSI decision was reversed and funding restored.

National Alliance for Choice in Giving Success Story From Boston to Los Angeles, from Atlanta to Seattle and dozens of cities in between, NACG members received close to $1 million from CFC donors in 2000. These dollars are building and strengthening locally-controlled initiatives to win social justice and a safe environment for all people.

National Black United Federation of Charities Success Story In the 10 year history of the NBUFC Federation, member organizations through the continued support of federal workers have put forth great programs. AHEAD INC. is one example. AHEAD Inc., an all volunteer organization provides direct hands-on, people-topeople assistance to underserved communities in Africa and the United States. AHEAD has achieved a reputation for implementing successful grassroots programs that combine problem-solving approaches to medical treatment, public health, nutrition, agriculture and education. AHEAD has achieved a 95.5% immunization rate among children five and under in AHEAD target villages in Tanzania.

USO (United Service Organizations) Success Story The USO has opened “cyber cafes” in many of its centers around the world, allowing deployed service members to send email to friends and family, surf the Internet, play games, or shop at online stores. The Konnect Kafe, which recently opened in USO Centers in Okinawa, boasts the best computers and fastest Internet

connections on the island, at lower prices than similar facilities elsewhere on Okinawa. In addition, these Internet services are offered in clean, wholesome, smoke- and alcohol-free environment

United Way of America Success Story Sharon thought of herself as a typical young wife and mother who dreamt of a future filled with birthday parties and graduation celebrations for her baby daughter Ashley. But when her marriage ended and she found herself struggling to balance work while trying to find affordable daycare, she almost lost hope in that future filled with joy. Sharon had heard about the daycare program at the local YMCA but since she was only earning $7 per hour she couldn't pay the $76 a week and still afford her rent. Hearing about her dilemma, the Director of the local YMCA pulled Shaton aside one day and offered her a "scholarship/grant" that would reduce daycare costs so Sharon could return to college and also feel confident about Ashley's care. "I always felt comfortable leaving her at the Y. Knowing she was in good hands make it much easier to head off to school and work." Today, Sharon has completed her degree and both she and Ashely still come to the Y to help out painting the daycare rooms and veen raising money for the new Y in their hometown. Contributions to the United Way help to open doors to brighter futures for everyone. Because of programs like the scholarship/grant at the YMCA, people like Sharon can look ahead to a positive and happy celebration of their own achievements and lead the way for others.

Women, Children and Family Service Charities of America Success Story

Story contributed by WCFS member Family Violence Prevention Fund In 1992, Stephen McCandless' sister Betsy was murdered by her abusive exhusband. This is despite the fact that she got a restraining order, had filed criminal charges, and had stood in front of a judge describing the beatings from her husband and his threats to kill her. Apparently seeing no risk and disregarding the danger to Betsy, the judge let the abuser go free without bail. In May, l 995, Stephen told Betsy's story at a press conference announcing the FUND's development of an interactive CD-ROM program for judges handling domestic violence cases which allows judges to receive instructions about domestic violence

in the privacy of their own chambers. "My sister's suffering is over," Stephen stated at the conference, "But her story will not fade and must not fade away. Across the country, every day, women and their families are injured or killed by domestic violence. My sister wanted to help others avoid an ordeal like hers. The projects of the Family Violence Prevention Fund work toward that goal. I applaud their work in training of judges and I hope that the CD-ROM project showcased today will save the lives of women who find themselves in the same danger as my sister."

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