EVENT DATE: Oct 10, 2015
These organizations are near and dear to our hearts, and it would mean the world to us if our wedding helped these charities thrive. Below is a brief summary of each organization:
Northern California Innocence Project: The mission of the Northern California Innocence Project (NCIP) is to promote a fair, effective and compassionate criminal justice system and protect the rights of the innocent. NCIP challenges wrongful convictions by exonerating the innocent, educating future attorneys, and reforming criminal justice policy. Eighty-seven wrongfully convicted men and women were exonerated in 2013 in the United States. Since its founding in 2001, NCIP has attained justice for 17 innocent people – including 3 in 2013 alone – who had collectively served over 215 years in prison. (Please note this is funded through President - Board of Trustees of Santa Clara's Tax ID -- but earmarked for NCIP only.)
International Justice Mission: A global team of nearly 600 lawyers, social workers, investigators, community activists and other professionals who work to protect the poor from violence in nearly 20 communities throughout the developing world. International Justice Mission has collaborated with local authorities to rescue thousands of victims of everyday violence and modern-day slavery -- including trafficked women and girls -- and put hundreds of violent criminals behind bars.
Glide Foundation: A radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Glide serves over 800,000 meals every year in San Francisco -- 3 meals a day, 364 days a year. Glide also provides affordable, accessible and quality healthcare and offers a full range of traditional health care services to San Francisco's homeless and poor. Glide's Women’s Center is a safe and supportive community that empowers survivors of domestic violence to heal and thrive.
Project Night Night: Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children who need these childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children it serves.
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Red Cross seeks to provide all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world with care, shelter and hope; works to ensure our communities are ready and prepared for disasters; aims to ensure that everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products; and helps all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed.
Swords to Plowshares: Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. Swords to Plowshares is committed to helping veterans break through the cultural, educational, psychological and economic barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world. The core services include Health and Social Services, Supportive Housing, Employment and Training, and Legal Assistance.
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center: The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center empowers children to speak up, enables parents to be better caregivers, and creates a strong community to protect all kids. The Center provides services to families; educates the community; and works with city-wide partners to improve systems. The Center offers free, ongoing groups and workshops on a variety of issues, including parenting classes and 12-step programs.
San Francisco Homeless Prenatal Program: The Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) is an award-winning San Francisco Family Resource Center. For 25 years, HPP has provided poor and homeless families the ability to end childhood poverty. Built on a foundation of supportive, nonjudgmental case management, HPP empowers families, particularly mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood, to recognize their strengths and trust in their own capacity to transform their lives. HPP staff partner with clients to design a plan for health and self-sufficiency and serve as role models for clients who want to turn their lives around.