Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.
Founded in 1951, Achieve, formerly known as Children’s or Citizens Development Center, empowers men and women with disabilities to achieve their highest level of employment, and ultimately their highest level of independence. Achieve is a non-profit annually serving more than 600 adults with severe intellectual, physical, and /or mental health disabilities, primarily through its programs of: Community Employment Placement Services and Work Center/Vocational Training; and, it is increasingly providing employment services and job search assistance to veterans with disabilities. Participants, or Achievers, also attend a variety of classes to enhance their vocational, social and life skills which are learned through work, and enjoy social activities, such as parties, gardening and games that are run regularly at Achieve for development of the social skills needed for successful employment.
American Littoral Society
The American Littoral Society promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. It works to restore and preserve Jamaica Bay, NY; Barnegat Bay, Delaware Bay, and Sandy Hook Bay, NJ; and Sarasota Bay, FL. In New York, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a 13,000 acre salt-marsh eco-system along the coast of Brooklyn and Queens, within Gateway National Recreation Area. It is home, or migratory stop-over, for 330 bird species and 107 species of fin fish, and provides shoreline erosion control and a protective flood barrier for the surrounding communities. The American Littoral Society, Broad Channel, NY, is committed to restoring and preserving the Jamaica Bay natural habitat.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank helps feed the hungry through large-scale distribution of food and other basic needs products to hunger relief agencies throughout Southeast Texas. It collects from various sources in the food industry, food that would otherwise be thrown away, warehouses the food, and with help from volunteers, sorts, packs and re-distributes across the community. The Houston Food Bank also offers job training in the foods service and warehousing industries for people in need of marketable skills.
March of Dimes March for Babies®
The March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and supports research for the problems that threaten babies’ good health. Its mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality through its programs of research, community service, education, and advocacy. As such, March of Dimes provides information and programs for women of childbearing age, and sponsors a NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Unit) Family Support Program at U.S. hospitals nationwide to support families when a baby is born too soon or with a birth defect.
The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command
The Salvation Army serves the Greater Houston area though eighteen (18) Salvation Army centers of operation that meet human needs without discrimination. Year-round the Salvation Army provides help with basic needs: shelter for those who would otherwise face the night sleeping on the streets, food for families who are struggling to put a meal on their table, and financial assistance to help pay rent or utilities for individuals whose budgets are stretched to a breaking point. In addition, the Salvation Army’s seasonal efforts provide assistance to children and families, such as school supply distribution, summer camps, and Christmas gift assistance.
Scholarship America is a nonprofit with a mission to mobilize America through scholarships and other educational support to make postsecondary success possible for all. Scholarship America works to engage the private sector in programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education, helping more students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment. As the nation’s largest provider of private scholarships, Scholarship America has distributed over US$3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students since 1958.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a research, treatment and education center, is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Entertainer Danny Thomas opened St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on 4 February 1962 in a vow to St. Jude Thaddeus the patron saint of hopeless causes. Since then, St. Jude’s can claim groundbreaking research that has helped push the survival rate for childhood cancer from less than 20% in 1962 to more than 80% today, based upon its commitment that no child is ever denied treatment on the basis of race, religion, or a family’s ability to pay.