HS Senior learns, leads and leaves a mark with her volunteer internship

Charity Connect helped me find unique and exciting volunteering/internship opportunities focusing on the different aspects I was interested in. Even after looking at multiple organizations, Charity Connect never stopped or wavered in trying to find the right place for me to develop new skills and gain new experiences. They reached out to a non-profit organization called "A Wider Circle" and introduced me, in the end helping me secure an internship position which showed me a new perspective to ending poverty. My internship experience was truly amazing, thanks to Charity Connect!
-Rhea Tanamala

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Zoe and her friends share smiles with their peers at Children's Hospital

Zoe used her passion for helping kids who are in the hospital to fuel her fundraising. She hosted a percent of sales event at ivivva girls clothing store. She created a fundraising page and after spreading the word, raised over $800! Zoe bought items that would appeal to her peers that are spending time at Children's Hospital. She and her friends assembled the Jared Boxes and wrote friendly messages on the tops of the boxes. 48 kids at Children's Hospital received those beautiful boxes of smiles! 

The "right fit" volunteer opportunity for Debra turned out to fit her family too!

Debra's story is fuel in the tank for Charity Connect. When we first met, she was looking for a meaningful, long-term volunteer opportunity. Enthusiasm and inspiration enveloped our conversation as we talked about the causes that were important to her. We came up with three cause areas and correlating opportunities and then decided to begin with her desire to fight hunger. We facilitated Debra's first volunteer experience at Nourish Now convenient to her in Rockville.  7 months later, Debra has been helping Nourish Now with their food recovery and assistance regularly for 8 hours a week. Her children, along with some of their friends, also volunteer in the warehouse at Nourish Now and as a family, each week they rescue food as part of Panera's Day End Dough-nation program. The mission of Charity Connect is to help people like Debra find the volunteer opportunity that fits into their life and fulfills them. 

Farming and Friendship

For a Charity Connect service field trip, 33 tenth graders from the McLean School in Potomac worked with 25 students with special needs from Rockville HS to spruce up Oasis Farm. They all enjoyed learning about composting while making compost bins, painting the fence together, clearing the hiking trails and taking turns on the ride mower. Everyone agreed that the best part was making new friends!

Online Chat for kids with Celiac disease

Jordan is a 7th grader with celiac disease. With the help of Charity Connect, he started an online community for kids 18 and under who have celiac disease to share tips and support each other.  Gecko Life, a safe, private, fun-to-use app will be hosting Celiac Chat. Please note that Celiac Chat will be private, invite only, and non-searchable on GeckoLife. Here is a link to a review of GeckoLife on common sense media, which rates the app for ages 8+  https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/geckolife  

To join, please download the app and create an individual account. Email cristin@charityconnect.us so that she can invite you to join the Celiac Chat Canvas. A canvas is a place where we can post our thoughts and share ideas. We can create more canvases specific to different categories such as favorite gluten-free foods, best celiac-friendly restaurants, recipes, etc. 

Celiac disease is a serious genetic autoimmune disease. It is triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the finger-like villi of the small intestine. When the villi become damaged, the body is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment. Left untreated, people with celiac disease are at-risk for serious health consequences, like other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, and even certain cancers. The treatment for celiac is a gluten-free diet. 

12 year old enlists her family and school in her mission to support foster kids

Ella Gorodetzky connected with the mission of Comfort Cases, a nonprofit that provides backpacks filled with essentials and comfort items for foster children. She first volunteered with her mom to inventory and organize items for the cases. Wanting to make even more of an impact, Ella organized a collection drive at her school and sent a personal email to friends and family asking for support. Ella didn’t stop there! She recruited more help for Comfort Cases and sparked more connections by hosting 20 volunteers for her school’s Families in Action Day. Way to go, Ella!