East Sacramento area nonprofits gear up for the May 5 BIG Day of Giving

For 24 hours on May 5, Sacramento will again come together for a BIG Day of Giving. According to the Big DOG website, the goal is to raise $5 million from 25,000 donors for over 500 nonprofits in a 24-hour giving challenge as part of the national campaign called GiveLocalAmerica. To participate, local donors can go to www.bigdayofgiving.org to give and support the nonprofits. In 2014, our region’s BIG Day of Giving raised more than $3 million from more than 12,000 donors for 400 nonprofits and ranked No. 2 in the nation. Let’s make it No. 1 this year.

On www.bigdayofgiving is a powerful online community tool called Giving Edge and it can help you find nonprofit organizations, learn about the impact they are making, and make a donation. Each nonprofit in the database is a partner of GiveLocalNow, a movement to increase local giving.

What follows below is a listing of East Sacramento area nonprofits that are participating in the Big Day of Giving. The listing also includes links to the organizations’ Giving Edge profiles.

The mission of the

Food Literacy Center,

located at 2973 3rd Ave., is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. The nonprofit teaches low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, community and environment. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1141224#

The

Gender Health Center,

located at 2020 29th St. Suite 201, provides education, advocacy, mental health and other health services to underserved and marginalized populations as an act of social justice with a specialization in gender and sexual identities. Locally, the GHC will have a special event on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. at Hoppy Brewing Company (6300 Folsom Blvd.) http://www.tinyurl.com/GHCBIGDOG

Mercy Education,

6007 Folsom Blvd No. 200, is a unique education ministry of the Sisters of Mercy that exists to build healthy communities by providing affordable educational support, counseling and other services necessary to empower individuals to reach their full potential. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1141230

River City Theatre Company,

PO BOX 19126, is a non-profit young people’s theatre intended to instill a lifelong appreciation of the arts particularly in musical theater. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1130954

Rise Up Belize!

initiates, supports and promotes educational activities that benefit female teens in Sacramento, California, and the children and adults of Belize, Central America. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1136817

Access Sacramento

is located inside the Coloma Community Center at 4623 T St., Suite A. Access Sacramento gives “voice to the people, places, and community cultural and arts events not seen on other forms of public and commercial media that make Sacramento County such a wonderful place to live.” http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1130632

The mission of

Harm Reduction Services,

2800 Stockton Blvd., is to utilize a genuine and nonjudgmental approach to promote health and hope without limits for all people through harm reduction. The specific focus is on the highest risk, hardest to reach populations across Sacramento County and surrounding areas. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1131250

NeighborWorks Sacramento,

2411 Alhambra Blvd., was created in 1987 to revitalize the city and county of Sacramento. NeighborWorks is a HUD certified Housing Counseling Agency. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1135951

Kiwanis Family House,

2875 50th St., is dedicated to providing temporary housing and support to families of seriously ill or injured children and adults being treated at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospitals in Sacramento. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1135994

The mission of

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California,

2425 Stockton Blvd., is to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and certain other special health care needs within a compassionate, family centered and collaborative care environment. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1144095

The mission of

Next Move,

2925 34th St., is to provide assistance to families with children and individuals toward self reliance. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1141305

City Year Sacramento

, located at 1414 K St., Suite 100, is an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to provide targeted interventions for students at risk of dropping out. Every year, City Year unites 17 to 24 year olds from diverse backgrounds for a year of full-time service. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1140935

Teach for America,

located at 3400 3rd Ave., works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children growing up in poverty. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1141248

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services,

3333 Third Ave., assists those in need by alleviating their immediate pain and problems and moving them toward self sufficiency and financial independence. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1131885

Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Northern California,

2555 49th St., is dedicated to supporting programs that improve the lives of children and their families by supporting the Sacramento Ronald McDonald House and Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake.  The House provides temporary housing for seriously ill children and their families receiving treatment at one of five area hospitals. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1132124

The goal of

St. Hope Public Schools,

2315 34th St., is to graduate self-motivated, industrious, and critically thinking leaders who are passionate about life-long learning and committed to serving others. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1136275

Reading Partners,

P.O. Box 5946, is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. Volunteers work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. They recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one. http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1141127

Wellspring Women’s Center

, 3414 4th Ave., in the Oak Park community nurtures the innate goodness and personal self esteem of women and their children. The drop-in center provides respite and services based on “hospitality with dignity and love.” http://givingedge.guidestar.org/nonprofit.aspx?orgId=1135446

Connections for Youth

creates opportunities for foster youth to explore the wilderness, the arts, cultural events, and to create lasting positive relationships between adults and peers. http://givingedge.guidestar.org>

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