The Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their families a free, temporary place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. The Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where patients and caregivers can retreat to private rooms or connect with others who are going through many of the same experiences. The WGIRLS NYC has an ongoing partnership with the Hope Lodge and regularly hosts events providing food, entertainment and activities to the Hope Lodge guests while they receive cancer treatment from NYC area hospitals. In August 2008, the WGIRLS NYC hosted a happy hour whose proceeds were used to fund those events.
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. In October 2005, the WGIRLS NYC hosted a Black & White party to raise donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In partnership with a corporate matching program, proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of the hurricane victims.
The Arts Effect Theater Lab is a performing arts development project committed to challenging and supporting young, impassioned artists and their communities. Through the study and exploration of the performing arts, the creation of ambitious theatrical experiences, and the production of educational/outreach events, The Arts Effect will provide opportunities for up and-coming artists to spread awareness, ignite change, and have their voices heard.

In October 2009, the WGIRLS NYC held its 4th Annual Back to School Night to raise money and awareness for The Arts Effect. The event was attended by over 250 young professionals helping to make a difference.

Asha for Education is a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. In January 2005, the WGIRLS NYC hosted a Bachelor and Bachelorette fundraising auction event to raise money for the victims of the 2005 Tsunami tragedy. Proceeds from that event were donated to Save the Children and ASHA.
Bliss, the special care baby charity, provides vital support and care to premature and sick babies across the UK.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Breast Cancer Help, Inc. is a not-for-profit grass roots organization with a focus on action and advocacy to eradicate breast cancer. Founded in 1994 by Lorraine Pace, a breast cancer survivor, and Father Thomas Arnao, the group promotes education and awareness of breast cancer issues on Long Island and elsewhere in New York State. Pace was also the founder of the West Islip breast cancer mapping project, which pinpointed breast cancer clusters. This original mapping project, which spearheaded the breast cancer environmental movement, has now spread to other parts of New York, the U.S. and abroad.

Since its inception, Breast Cancer Help, Inc. has taken a multi-pronged approach to combating Long Island breast cancer. The organization has worked to mobilize citizens into breast cancer coalitions leading to breast cancer mapping projects; worked to bring cancer education into our schools; served as advocates to change state and local laws to preserve our environment; and worked to strengthen the rights of breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Help has also worked to ensure that Long Islanders have access to the best possible medical diagnosis and care through the purchase of radiosurgery equipment and lease of a digital mammography unit at Stony Brook University Hospital.

In March of 2003, Breast Cancer Help opened its Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center. The Center represented a partnership between Breast Cancer Help, Inc. and the Village of Lindenhurst, a municipal government with a long history of support of grassroots efforts to find the causes and a cure for breast cancer. The goal of the Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center is to provide increased cancer awareness to promote early detection, while providing patients and survivors with needed support.

CR UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research and have saved millions of lives with their groundbreaking work into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

WGIRLS London participates in CR UK’s Race for Life,the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK, each year.

The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society (founded in 1853, is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation

In October 2006, the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 1st annual Back to School Night Bash to raise funds used to send thousands of school supplies to the Children’s Aid Society for distribution to some of NYC’s neediest children. The WGIRLS NYC also donated proceeds from their 2nd annual “Back to School Night Bash” in September 2007 to benefit the Children’s Aid Society and Dancing Dreams.

The Children’s Trust is a national charity working with children who have multiple disabilities and complex health needs. Base based at a 24 acre site in Tadworth, Surrey but offer services to children from across the UK.
Children of Bellevue
Children of Bellevue (CoB) is a non-profit organization founded in 1949 to initiate, fund and develop special programs and to act as an advocate for children and their families within Bellevue Hospital Center. In the 1940s a group of dedicated volunteers joined together to create programs for children who were receiving medical care.  CoB now funds programs throughout the pediatric and psychiatric programs.

The work of Children of Bellevue is to touch every child who comes to Bellevue Hospital. We seek to address and alleviate the fear, pain and potential trauma from being hospitalized, having a chronic or mental illness or being abused. We also seek to leverage health care to enhance early development and school readiness in children at risk because of family poverty.

The programs of Children of Bellevue help ease pain, loneliness and other difficult aspects of children’s hospital experiences, help abused or neglected youngsters to cope, recover and heal, advance language development among children at risk of delay, and nurture children and adolescents hospitalized for psychiatric reasons. They fall into five general areas:  Child Life and Development, Child Protection and Development, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Reach Out and Read and the Video Interaction Project.

Country Holidays for Inner City Kids (CHICKS) is a children’s charity that aims to provide life enhancing respite breaks to as many disadvantaged children as possible at one of our retreats in Devon or Cornwall.
Dancing Dreams
The dream of little girls to put on a tutu and glitter — and dance just like other little girls.

But despite their dreams, these little girls were not able to dance like their friends and sisters. They had physical and medical challenges that prevented them from joining classes in their community.

In 2002, Dancing Dreams was started by Joann Ferrara, a pediatric physical therapist, to make the dreams of these girls come true.

In September 2007, the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 2nd annual “Back to School Night Bash” fundraising event and donated proceeds from that event to the Dancing Dreams organization as well as the Children’s Aid Society.

DonorsChoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy to help students in need through school donations.
Girls on the Run
GOTR is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. Our curricula address all aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

In September 2008, the WGIRLSNYC hosted their 3rd annual Back to School Bash happy hour and donated proceeds from that event to GOTR.

                                                                           Glamour Gals Foundation                                                                                                        Through the years WGIRLS has had a special relationship with the Glamour Gals Foundation whose mission is to inspire and organize teens to provide ongoing complimentary beauty makeovers and companionship to women living in senior homes. We have supported many of their east coast efforts.

HELP USA
HELP USA’s mission is to provide housing and the supportive services necessary for the homeless and people in need to become and remain self reliant. Through the development of quality housing with on-site support services, HELP USA provides resources for its residents to become independent and self-sufficient. HELP USA breaks the cycle of dependency by addressing underlying causes in a way that respects the dignity of those we serve. HELP USA helps their clients help themselves.

In May 2007, the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 1st Annual Spring Fling Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction to raise money for HELPUSA’s HELPHARBOR and HELPHAVEN domestic violence programs in NYC

Harlem Hospital
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, is a $6.3 billion public benefit corporation.  HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and 450,000 of them are uninsured.

In December 2009, the WGIRLS NYC hosted its 4th Annual Hope for the Holidays fundraising event to raise funds for the Harlem Hospital and the Floating Hospital. With those funds, over 800 presents were purchased to grant wishes from “Santa” for 200 underprivileged children.

Harlem RBI
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal hospital and health care system in the country, is a $6.3 billion public benefit corporation.  HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and 450,000 of them are uninsured.

In December 2009, the WGIRLS NYC hosted its 4th Annual Hope for the Holidays fundraising event to raise funds for the Harlem Hospital and the Floating Hospital. With those funds, over 800 presents were purchased to grant wishes from “Santa” for 200 underprivileged children.

Helen Keller International
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International (HKI) is among the oldest international nonprofit organizations devoted to fighting and treating preventable blindness and malnutrition.  HKI provides expertise, training, and technical assistance to establish nutrition and eye health programs in partnership with host countries. HKI began ChildSight, its domestic initiative, as a pilot program in New York City in 1994. The program brings free vision services and free eyeglasses to children living in poverty in the United States

In June 2008, the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 2nd annual Love at First Sight Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction whose proceeds were donated to the Helen Keller International ChildSight program.

Kids Inspire (Registered Charity 06380082 (England & Wales)) builds relationships through therapy, opportunity, love and care. For more information about Kids Inspire visit http://kidsinspire.org.uk.

Chris Harris (name changed). Bullying at his new secondary school ended in a suicide attempt. Funding enabled Kids Inspire to offer Chris therapy and mentoring; we also helped to find him a more suitable school. Chris is now happy. He’s enjoying life to the full and has a bright future. Click here to read Chris’s full story

What is Kids Inspire?  Kids Inspire is a charity which offers therapy, counselling, mentoring and mediation to the troubled children and young people of Essex and Southend. Our aim is to empower them to become positive, valued members of their school and community.

Who Kids Inspire helps:  The children and young people we work with may have lost their way, lack self esteem, or have suffered loss, trauma or abuse. They may be struggling with relationships, or dealing with exams without support from home. They may be excluded from school, be misunderstood, or lack an adult who puts them first. Some may be suffering with a diagnosable mental health problem, which can be frightening for both the young person and their family.  Life is not always predictable and the way that we respond to situations beyond our control can sometimes surprise and worry those around us.  In fact, our child and adolescent clients and their families may be just like you, but something has knocked them off their feet.  In asking for help early enough, the risk of developing mental health issues in adulthood is reduced by 90%.

Children who are in need may be referred to Kids Inspire by schools, social services, GPs or their families. Some may be identified by us through our work in schools and the community; some may contact us directly.

How Kids Inspire makes a difference: Our support services include: complementary therapy; mediation; group therapy; psychotherapy; counselling; drama therapy; integrative arts psychotherapy; art therapy; music therapy; play therapy; systemic family therapy; social work; clinical supervision; parent support groups; training for young people, parents, teachers, and other professionals on a wide range of issues related to emotional well being and mental health;  sports and activity-based therapies; and mentoring.

Through tailored packages of these services, we help children to explore, communicate and understand their feelings and experiences. In turn, this helps to heal wounds, build self-esteem, and enables young people and their families to make positive choices for their present and future lives.

Little Flower
Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York is a not-for-profit charity serving children, families and developmentally disabled adults across New York City and Long Island.  Our staff of over 600 people provide caring and professional services to nearly 2,000 people annually.
Lotus House
WGIRLS launched their first chapter in Florida with a Pre-Saturday night Primp Party and shoe drive benefitting the Womens and Childrens Shelter – Lotus House. With selected salon services donated by Roy-Tee Luck, hors d’ oeuvres and wine by Chef Lars, Photography by Julia Andreasen and the generous donations of numerous local business’s towards a silent auction, the WGIRLS Miami hosted an evening of beauty, food, fun and friends while raising a little over $1000 in donations and more then 300 pairs of new or gently warn shoes for the women and children in Miami who need it the most.
Miracle League of Milwaukee
The Miracle League of Milwaukee is the city’s first universally-accessible baseball league for children with physical and mental disabilities. The complex provides a custom-designed field featuring a cushioned, rubberized, completely flat surface to prevent injuries and allow access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs. All areas of the field, including the dugouts and restrooms, are universally accessible.
Odyssey House is a comprehensive treatment center based in New York City. Our innovative programs help individuals and families deal with substance use disorders, mental illness and medical problems. From working with adolescents to senior citizens, we have taken care to see that all these individuals get the best treatment available to overcome their drug problems.
One Step At A Time
One Step At A Time believes that a diagnosis of cancer should not prevent a child from experiencing the simple joys of childhood. Through the magic of childhood experiences, One Step At A Time camp helps kids diagnosed with cancer reclaim their lives.
The Opportunity Network
The Opportunity Network seeks to equal the playing field for high-achieving, underserved high school and college students by creating access for them to career opportunities, professional networks and college. We believe influential networks are essential ingredients for success not emphasized in career development programs for youth, so we take an innovative approach by underscoring the power of personal connections and professional relationships as vital complements to skills and experience.   Through unique interaction with executives, intensive networking training, coursework in careers, internships and college counseling, our students dramatically change the course of their futures.

In May 2009, the WGIRLS NYC hosted its 3rd annual “Opportunity Rocks” Bachelor and Bachelorette fundraising auction.

Project Sunshine
Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children and families living with medical challenges.

In November 2008, the WGIRLS hosted an “In the Red” fundraising event that proceeds were used to fund a holiday gift giving program for children in Help USA’s program in partnership with Project Sunshine.

Revlon Run Walk
The Revlon Run Walk is an event that is important to cancer survivors and those who want to contribute. These events are held in Los Angeles, California and New York City. All of the proceeds are used to help find a cure for cancer and help those who are fighting it.

The WGIRLS NYC have participated and raised funds for the NYC Revlon Run Walk every Spring for 4 years in a row beginning in 2005.

Save the Children
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.

In January 2005, the WGIRLS NYC hosted a Bachelor and Bachelorette fundraising auction event to raise money for the victims of the 2005 Tsunami tragedy.  All proceeds were donated to Save the Children and ASHA.   In June 2008, the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 2nd annual Love at First Sight Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction to raise money for earthquake victims in China for emergency fund through Save the Children.

Solace’s vision is to support and protect women and children affected by domestic and sexual violence by providing a wide range of services of the highest possible standard and working to prevent domestic and sexual violence by influencing the policy and practice of others.
Sunrise Day Camp
Sunrise Day Camp, for children ages 3-16, is the only dedicated day camp in the nation for children with cancer. It is a camp designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night.

Sunrise Day Camp is operated by the Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC and is situated on the Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds, a 300-acre wooded site that borders Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island in New York. Best of all, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge to all children being treated for cancer or related disorders on a non-sectarian basis.

In addition to their wonderful summer camp, they offer a wide variety of programs all year long, plus many special fundraising and social events.

Teenage Cancer Trust aims to ensure that every young person with cancer and their family receive the best possible care and professional support throughout their cancer journey.
Women in Need
Women In Need, Inc., (WIN) provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance which allow our families to return to their communities and live independently.

In December 2005, 2006 and 2007 the WGIRLS NYC hosted their 1st, 2nd and 3rd Annual Hope for the Holidays events to raise funds used to purchase holiday gifts for the children of WIN.  The WGIRLS NYC hosted a holiday party for children each year and delivered presents to 450 children.

YAYA Inc.
YAYA is an after-school arts and professional enrichment program with a two-decade track record of setting New Orleans youth on positive, productive paths. We teach art and the business of art, but the impact of YAYA extends far beyond the art world, into the business community, families, neighborhoods, and the health and safety of our city as a whole.

Founder Jana Napoli started the program with a vision: “Given the right tools and a fertile environment, creative young people can do extraordinary things.”

YAYA is still rooted in the belief that every young person has the capacity and desire to do well. We use art to bring out this potential. Our tools are passion, talent, and youthful vision. Our products are artists, entrepreneurs and successful, motivated adults.