“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the true spirit of the holiday season, so today, each LVA employee was gifted $100 from Lisa to give to their charity, or charities, of choice. Charity work is very important to the agency, and this small gift will allow us to support the causes nearest and dearest to our hearts.
This #givingtuesday, LVA staff chose to donate their gifts to the following organizations:
- Alzheimer’s Association: The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
- American Diabetes Association: The American Diabetes Association’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes. It does this by funding research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivering services to hundreds of communities, providing objective and credible information and giving voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.
- The Humane Society of the United States: Fighting the big fight to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, The Humane Society takes on puppy mills, factory farms, trophy hunts, animal testing and other cruel industries. It rescues and cares for thousands of animals every year through animal rescue teams and other hands-on animal care services. This is all to achieve the vision behind the name: A humane society.
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.
- The Mark and Sandy Furst Scholarship Fund: PACT is the only specialized childcare center in Central Maryland for young children with complex medical needs or infants and toddlers who are experiencing homelessness. During his time on PACT’s Board of Directors, Mark Furst shared his vision of establishing a fund to make care affordable for families at PACT, and to ensure opportunity and accessibility to the World of Care medical child care program for all children in need, whatever their family’s income or insurance coverage. Child scholarships provided through the Fund will realize Mark’s vision for multiple families, thus charting a positive trajectory for children who would likely otherwise face tremendous challenges in their young lives and beyond.
- The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF): Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma. MRF is committed to eradicating melanoma by accelerating medical research while educating to and advocating for the melanoma community.
- One Love Foundation: Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. One Love was founded in honor of Yeardley Love: A young woman who tragically lost her life at 22. Her death was completely preventable. The mission is to make sure that it doesn’t happen to others. One Love educates young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.