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Sponsored Post: Spotlighting 6 Nonprofits That are Fueling Change

Learn more about some of the great nonprofits that are participating in the Fueling Good contest.

When it comes to driving change, CITGO is helping nonprofits through their Fueling Good program. With a commitment of $120,000 in 2011, the company will reward thousands of gallons of gas to charitable organizations. Whether it’s a bus delivering new books to underserved families or a food pantry helping feed a community, nonprofits can team up with CITGO and show how one gallon of gas can fuel change in many different ways. Learn more here about how worthy charities can enter to win.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Upholding a 161-Year Tradition of Therapeutic Help for Kids

Home of the first school for social work in the U.S., Children's Village has a 161 year history of therapeutic and emotional care for kids and teens.


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Children’s Village was founded in 1851 as a refuge for homeless immigrant boys living on the streets of Manhattan. In 1927 it moved to 277 acres in Dobbs Ferry, New York, and was one of the first therapeutic communities in the United States.

The “home-like” environment was ahead of its time in its caring approach, and included residential cottages where the boys lived while taking part in the treatment and educational programs. Children’s Village was also the home of the first school for social work in the United States.

Today, Children’s Village is focused on changing the lives of vulnerable children and teenagers, many from abusive homes or foster care families. Children who are at-risk can benefit from being away from bad influences. The organization has cottages that give a respite from a troubled environment by providing a structured, caring place located in a natural setting. "Our work is not only to care for children during times of crisis, but to help the family unit become strong for a promising and hopeful future," says Topher Nichols, Communications Manager at the organization.

The programs at Children’s Village run the gamut from the residential cottages with a K-12 school to foster-care placement to after-school programs at a satellite location at a Harlem community center. An Assistance Dog Training program teaches boys how to train dogs that will be used as service animals for the handicapped or seeing-eye animals.

Volunteers are an important part of the life at Children’s Village, helping out with programs like “Books for Boys,” founded by literacy coach Pam Allyn. With a network of volunteer reading mentors, book authors, and writing coaches “Books for Boys” encourages the kids to see themselves as readers. Students from Amherst College tutor the boys in reading and writing during the summer. The boys go on to start to book clubs, read at Dobbs Ferry senior centers, and participate in poetry jams.

According to the annual report, in 2009-2010 Children’s Village helped 9,422 children and its results are consistently higher than the national and state averages in reuniting families and having less children in foster care, and fewer youth offenders are re-arrested.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Hoping to Transform Lives for the Better

Originally helping Latino kids transition to English-speaking schools, La Casa de Esperanza now helps anyone who wants to stand on their own two feet.


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Spanish for “house of hope,” La Casa de Esperanza has been bolstering hope throughout Waukesha, Wisconsin for the past 45 years. First known as History Builders, the organization’s goal was to help Latino children transition from their Spanish-speaking homes to English-speaking public schools. Over the following decades, the organization has grown to include five programs that focus on substance abuse to job training to housing.

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Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving Providence's Most Vulnerable a Head's Up Rhode Island Nonprofit HeadsUp Helps the Most Vulnerable

HeadsUp operates with the understanding that nourishing the mind and creative spirit is as important as providing shelter and hot meals.


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Founded in 2000, HeadsUp (an acronym for "Health, Education, Arts Developing Strength, Unity and Peace") was a grassroots effort focused on reaching downtown Providence, Rhode Island’s vulnerable populations, including those diagnosed as HIV-positive, at-risk children and families, and residents emerging from a low-income or homeless background.

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Next Stop, Volunteering! The Do Good Bus Makes Community Service Easy (and Fun)

Part mobile volunteer unit, part feel-good party, The Do Good Bus travels around Los Angeles, delivering eager do-gooders to causes that need them.

Even without knowing much about them, the name was enough to get us interested in The Do Good Bus. But when we found out that this mobile volunteer unit had been traveling around Los Angeles for the past year, delivering eager do-gooders to causes that needed them, we knew we had to get on board.

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Q&A: In Lean Times, Nonprofits Give the Business World Tips

Read a Q&A with Nancy Lublin, CEO of DoSomething.org, who shares lessons that for-profit businesses can learn from the resourceful nonprofit world.

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