Explore Ecology Feb13

Explore Ecology

Each year, Yardi distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees near the company’s global offices. Today, we introduce Explore Ecology, founded in 1990 in Santa Barbara, California. Explore Ecology (EE) promotes leading environmental education and artistic expression. Through their programs, Explore Ecology reaches over 40,000 community members. From teaching students how to garden to organizing beach cleanups and creative reuse art workshops, Explore Ecology educators provide hands-on learning experiences that empower the community to protect and preserve the environment. Learn more about these programs: Explore Ecology School Gardens: beautiful outdoor classrooms on school campuses where children can explore nature, learn to garden organically and see in real life what they read about in science class. Art from Scrap: A creative reuse store that provides discarded and reusable materials from landfills at affordable prices. Through its school materials program, this program also offers low-cost arts and crafts supplies to teachers and schools. Explore Ecology Makerspace: located above Art from Scrap, filled with technology, sewing machines, and arts and crafts supplies used for the community to join in and invent, create, imagine and collaborate. Watershed Resource Center: located at Arroyo Burro Beach, students and visitors learn how to keep creeks and oceans clean and join monthly for beach cleanups that remove thousands of pounds of litter annually. Environmental Education: In-class lessons and field trips are available for public and private schools, community groups and camp programs and are accessible to most Santa Barbara County schools, depending on location. Funding from Yardi helps with core support to continue to bolster entry-level salaries for garden and environmental educators and reuse store staff. EE recently hired a new full-time development director, hoping to reach more funding support and foundation grant awards to serve environmental education better to...

Daily Bread Food Bank Feb02

Daily Bread Food Bank

Daily Bread Food Bank, a nonprofit suported by Yardi Canada, was founded in 1983 in Etobicoke, Ontario. Unlike other food banks, Daily Bread is a member organization and delivers food to 207 meal programs at 132 agencies across Toronto, Etobicoke and Scarborough. One in ten people in Toronto rely on food banks, twice as much as in 2022. Daily Bread distributed nearly 28 million pounds of food in 2022-2023, a 50% increase from the previous year. Clients have doubled over the years since the pandemic, and in December 2023, Daily Bread had over 284,000 clients, surpassing previous records. “Before COVID, we spent $1.5 million yearly on purchased food.  Now, we are spending that each month. This past year, we spent $22 million on food, 14 times more than pre-COVID,” said Carol Eby, senior manager for corporate partnerships. Daily Bread hopes the Canada Disability Benefit Law will be approved in the federal government’s March budget. Since many of Daily Bread’s clients rely on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), this will help them out of deep poverty and be less reliant on food banks over time. Daily Bread ensures they have enough food to provide for those in need. “Our food budget is presently $22 million, and we anticipate this will increase this year to $29 million based on economic factors remaining status quo and the impact these have on an increase in food bank clients,” Eby shares. Funding from Yardi helps Daily Bread purchase food needed to manage the consistent increase in food bank clients it is experiencing. It also helps with research and advocacy efforts to provide foundational research from clients as to why they need to use a food bank. For food bank clients to decrease, Daily Bread strives for systemic change. “This important research is used to inform and educate the various levels of government on policies that need to be created to manage the various economic issues that are impacting the citizens of Toronto,” explained Eby. As poverty rates soar and the hunger crisis worsens in Toronto, Daily Bread recognizes donors like Yardi Canada, “We are so appreciative of the very generous support from Yardi Canada. We do not receive any government funding; we rely solely on corporate donations and individual giving,” expressed Eby. Elena’s Story Many clients of Daily Bread have had compounding medical issues, leaving them unable to work. Elena, a Daily Bread Food Bank client, was in this challenging situation. Health complications forced her to shut down her sales agency, and today, Elena survives on the limited income she receives from the ODSP and support from her local food bank. She is thankful for the food bank’s having fruits, vegetables, and proteins like meats and lentils so she can keep a balanced diet to help aid her health issues. “I see more and more people using the food bank every time I go,” says Elena. “The volunteers and staff are working hard to keep up. I know it is tiring, but I want to remind everyone what a difference they are making in people’s lives, people who are struggling to have food in their cupboards.” At Daily Bread, they are committed to supporting Elena and thousands just like her today who are facing extreme challenges to meet their essential needs. Volunteer Opportunities The Daily Bread Food Bank offers shifts on Thursday and Friday mornings from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and afternoons from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. A maximum of 20 Yardi team members can join them for the morning or afternoon food sorting. Please get in touch with Carol Eby at [email protected] to organize volunteer shifts. Find future non-profit profiles...

Our Big Kitchen Jan25

Our Big Kitchen

Let’s journey to the land down under and introduce Our Big Kitchen (OBK), a Yardi-supported nonprofit that was founded in 2005 in Sydney, Australia. Our Big Kitchen is dedicated to community well-being through initiatives like providing nutritious meals, cooking classes and fostering connections. “We strive to address food insecurity and promote sustainability, contributing positively to the community’s overall health,” said George Karounis, OBK operations manager. Our Big Kitchen is working to expand its impact by aiming to enhance meal preparation efforts and ensure more individuals receive nutritious meals. In addition, OBK is committed to strengthening connections by collaborating and supporting more charities. “Through these priorities, we strive to create a broader positive influence in our community and address pressing needs,” Karounis says. Funding from Yardi helps enhance meal preparation and strengthens OBK’s partnerships with charities. The funds directly contribute to OBK’s mission of reaching more people in need and creating a more significant community impact. “We’re thrilled and grateful for Yardi’s support. It energizes our mission and propels us towards making a greater impact in the community,” expressed Karounis. Fostering Connections Sarah and many of OBK’s clients faced loneliness and hunger. By joining OBK, her transformative journey brought her meals and a supportive community. In her journey, fostering connections and providing nourishment beyond the plate has been detrimental for her to achieve a healthy life. Volunteer Opportunities For those interested in learning more and volunteering at Our Big Kitchen, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] Beyond Our Big Kitchen’s main activities, OBK caters to birthday parties and hosts “Cooking with Family” events. Join the fun for unique and meaningful experiences to support OBK’s community initiatives. Find future non-profit profiles...

Partners in Housing Jan18

Partners in Housing

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. Today, we introduce Partners in Housing (PIH), founded in 1991 in Colorado Springs, CO. Partners in Housing’s mission is to guide families in the housing crisis from insecurity to stability, self-reliance and prosperity. Throughout its 33 years in the community, the number and complexity of this issue have continued to change and grow. PIH’s Family Self-Sufficiency program provides homeless families with children a safe, stable place to live where they gain the knowledge and practical skills to overcome personal barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. Due to economic difficulties and inflation, PIH had an influx of applicants in the past year. The added pressure and increases make it harder for some to afford doctor visits and daycare. PIH offers housing and childcare to relieve external stressors while families work towards their goals. The program offers courses to improve credit and budgeting, technological literacy, employment qualifications, and the confidence to utilize these skill sets. PIH staff also provide various employment training resources, allowing clients to work toward their desired career path. “The resources provided within PIH’s Family Self-Sufficiency program allow clients to explore their financial health and knowledge in a safe, supportive space, leading to lasting change,” said Kayley Weber, grants and web presence manager for PIH. PIH’s board of directors has recently approved an updated strategic plan with support from its advisory board, which includes past clients. The plan consists of newly approved goals and initiatives with a specific continued focus on outreach to those in the area who are disproportionately affected by the housing crisis, including those members of the BIPOC community and others who are underrepresented...

SafeHaven of Tarrant County Jan08

SafeHaven of Tarrant County

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. SafeHaven of Tarrant County, founded in 1976 in Arlington, Texas, is the only state-designated center for family violence in the county. Throughout SafeHaven’s history, they have never strayed from a mission to end domestic violence. SafeHaven creates a custom service plan for every family who walks through its doors. SafeHaven is the only 24/7 domestic violence hotline in Tarrant County and connects families to robust resources, including emergency shelters, transitional housing, counseling, legal aid and more. SafeHaven’s Prevention Department focuses on preventing and decreasing dating violence and bullying by implementing evidence-based school programs. Its Partner Abuse Intervention and Prevention Department works with domestic violence offenders to end violence in their relationships. “We will not stop until EVERY woman in Tarrant County feels safe in her relationship,” expressed Kendra Balod, director of development for SafeHaven. SafeHaven is collaborating with RAND Corporation to develop a nationally recognized tool to help the criminal justice system and others in the work of domestic violence to determine the dominant aggressor in an abusive intimate partner relationship. “We are proud to announce the tool will begin testing at law enforcement agencies nationwide in 2024. In addition to survivor resources, our goal is to emphasize research and continue bettering the systems survivors count on daily to survive,” said Balod. Funding from Yardi is vital in keeping survivors and their children safe and holding offenders accountable. When a woman gets the courage to call the hotline, she must count on a secure room in the shelter. Yardi’s contribution makes that safety possible and funds vital work in bettering the system for those who depend on it to survive. “We were thrilled to receive such a generous gift from Yardi! Domestic violence affects everyone, and it’s vital to have such supportive community partners on our team. Partnering with new organizations like Yardi in this important work is always exciting. This gift is truly life-changing for women and children in our county,” Balod shared.Carrie’s Venture Carrie arrived at the shelter after finding herself in a familiar but painful situation: returning to her abuser after once again being charmed by him. But this time would be different – Carrie was determined to provide her children with a better and safer environment. Their home life was no longer acceptable.SafeHaven’s team helped Carrie find employment just two weeks into her stay, and the shelter’s children’s team provided free daycare so Carrie wouldn’t have to worry about her kids’ safety while she was at work. Despite her former partner intentionally damaging her car, Carrie’s support network helped her acquire new transportation for her family.Finding affordable housing after shelter can be tricky. Still, Carrie was determined, and SafeHaven helped her find a new apartment close to work and provided the essentials for her new home. Carrie left the shelter and moved into her home in a much-improved state of mind. She felt safe and independent and was proud of the life she created for her children.Carrie has continued participating in SafeHaven’s domestic violence group sessions to learn more about warning signs and establishing boundaries and communication in new relationships. “Carrie showed that with determination and life-saving community resources, freedom from domestic violence IS possible,” expressed Balod. Volunteer Opportunities There are multiple volunteer opportunities at SafeHaven. To learn more, please email SafeHaven’s volunteer manager, Katy Pirot, at [email protected]. In Tarrant County, one in three women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. “The number one rule of being an ally to a victim of domestic violence is to believe her. Often, abusers can be charming, and it can be hard to believe that someone you know can do such bad things to their partner. It’s not your role to investigate for abuse – your role is to...

Traffick911 Jan03

Traffick911

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. Today, we introduce Traffick911 of Addison, Texas, founded in 2009. Traffick911 exists with the sole purpose of freeing youth from sex trafficking by building trust-based relationships. Traffick911 has a 24/7 crisis response Voice & Choice Program team that walks alongside child sex trafficking victims along with multi-disciplinary team partners. Traffick911 hopes to expand its advocacy team so more child survivors of sex trafficking have an advocate. “Advocacy at Traffick911 is built upon trust-based relationships, meaning that we go deep with the youth we serve and those in our community,” said Dominique Arce, mission engagement coordinator for Traffick911. In addition, the organization hopes to provide further support to families and caregivers with their children during recovery periods. Funding from Yardi helps Traffick911’s mission and allows them to expand their impact to serve more kids than ever. Advocates spend nearly every day in the community meeting with youth and walking alongside them in their freedom journey. Through play and fun activities, advocates build trust and can work towards Traffick911’s goal of seeing communities free from relationship deviation. “We are completely humbled and grateful to Yardi! During our weekly team meeting, we had the chance to share the news with our entire staff. You should have heard the cheers! Every dollar given to Traffick911 is a YES to a child sex trafficking survivor. Truly, we would not be able to impact the lives of the survivors we serve without you. We are grateful,” expressed Arce. Alaina’s Freedom Journey “Oftentimes, when we begin our journey with a survivor, their exploitation has been extensive—rarely are we able to intervene in the...

NAMI Greater Cleveland Dec19

NAMI Greater Cleveland...

NAMI Greater Cleveland was founded in 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio. For more than 40 years, this organization has been smoothing out the challenging path that emerges when someone is diagnosed with a mental health condition. This arduous journey is often through feelings of shame, fear and uncertainty and is compounded by a lack of understanding and the persistence of societal stigma. NAMI GC offers free mental health education and support programs as essential bridges and supports medical protocols. Support Groups: Led by trained volunteers, individuals or families provide emotional support and understanding, coping and problem-solving strategies and form a supportive network. Family and Peer Education Courses: families and individuals are offered education courses to understand better mental health diagnoses, treatment, coping, and navigating public assistance and medical care. Community Education and Outreach: NAMI GC staff and speakers, including clinicians and subject matter experts, make informative presentations to professionals, the community, and the public on topics related to resources, diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and how to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. Information and Referral services: Individuals can call the NAMI GC helpline and email to support accessing community resources and navigating the mental health system. These programs offer valuable insights, resources, and perspectives to people living with a mental health diagnosis, their family members, and community members, helping them navigate the complexities of mental health with greater understanding and support. NAMI GC is working on building its reach to serve populations that have historically had poor mental health outcomes, including those in stigmatized racial groups, LGBTQ+ and communities of faith. Funding from Yardi goes a long way in helping NAMI GC meet the increasing demand for its programs and services. “NAMI Greater Cleveland’s Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers are grateful to Yardi’s employees...

AVLF Dec14

AVLF

Let’s head to Georgia and introduce the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), founded in 1979 and created through joint efforts of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers and the Gate City Bar Association. AVLF’s mission is to create safe and stable homes for families and fighting for equal justice. “We believe no one standing up for their rights should have to do it alone. That’s why we stand with, for, and in support of low-income Atlantans as they demand safe and stable housing and break free from domestic violence,” says Libby Rother, development director of AVLF. AVLF is the largest pro bono legal services provider in Atlanta and Fulton County, Georgia and serves those of domestic abuse, children in high-conflict disputes, and residents in disputes with property owners. “At AVLF, ‘here’ means many things. It means beside them in court, at our downtown legal clinics nearly every Saturday of the year, in our two offices inside the Fulton County Courthouse, our communities’ schools, and our clients’ homes,” explains Rother. Together, this foundation is working for a fairer and more equitable Atlanta, one family at a time. In 2022, 4,340 clients were served, and more than $725,000 in emergency assistance was distributed. At the heart of AVLF is its community, which aligns with Yardi’s motto of “taking care of the community.” AVLF is constantly looking for innovative ways to deepen its reach in the community. In 2016, AVLF established school offices with a Community Advocate and Attorney who would meet with parents to discuss housing issues. Now, AVLF has an office location on the Westside of Atlanta—a community with high rates of evictions and domestic violence. After establishing this office location, AVLF launched a Mobile Advocacy...

Food Bank of CENC Dec08

Food Bank of CENC

Today, we introduce the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, founded in 1980 in Raleigh, NC, with offices in Wilmington, Greenville, New Bern, Durham and Southern Pines. It works daily to provide food to people in need while building solutions to end hunger in the community. The Food Bank collects donated, government-allocated purchased food, sorts it into family-sized portions and distributes it to a network of approximately 700 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and meal programs for children and adults. All foods are healthy and nourish families, children, seniors, and individuals. Through partnerships, education and evidence-based programs, the Food Bank empowers communities to overcome hunger, creating an environment where all North Carolinians can thrive. “Our mission is to nourish people, build solutions to hunger, and empower communities to work with us to solve hunger,” said Andrea Maron, manager of the foundation partnerships for the Food Bank. The Food Bank’s core mission is to distribute nutritious and culturally meaningful food to underserved individuals. Intending to distribute and target children and seniors, the Food Bank serves over 100 million pounds of food—83 million meals, including 50 million pounds of fresh produce. Realizing that they cannot solve hunger without addressing its root causes, they will continue to expand the cause of hunger work, including investing in policy and advocacy work to strengthen policies that can end hunger. The Food Bank additionally wants to focus on culturally meaningful foods to provide more variety to extend to other communities.   Inflation is hitting the Food Bank and partner agencies hard. Food and freight costs strain the budgets. Funding from Yardi helps the Food Bank buy nourishing food and transport it to those who need it in central and eastern North Carolina. “We are...

Sustainability Stewards Nov30

Sustainability Stewards

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) is a nonprofit organization supported by Yardi in Reno, Nevada, founded in 1989. KTMB is dedicated to creating a more sustainable and beautiful region through waste reduction, education and active community involvement. KTMB has several annual community clean-up events that oversee 700 volunteers each. In addition, they also provide sustainability education for businesses and groups. “We also have a Youth Education Department that goes into classrooms in Washoe County to teach kids about Waste, Weeds and our Watershed,” said Chris Ewing, communications director of KTMB. Each year, KTMB calls on the community to come together for various cleanups. Its goal is to make local parks and other community-use spaces worth visiting again and to bring community pride. KTMB exceeded expectations year after year with its volunteer cleanup signups: Adopt-A-Spot and Neighborhood Cleanups, Great Community Cleanup 2023, and Truckee River Cleanup 2023. Learn more about the cleanups and how to get involved. Adopt-A-Spot and Neighborhood Cleanup 167 cleanups 4,352 volunteers 11,220 volunteer hours 133,037 lbs. trash 66,518 lbs. of green waste “Because of this, KTMB is looking to expand our beautification and cleanup efforts by growing this program through additional funding and assistance from our municipalities and focusing on projects that have been delayed or neglected due to manpower and resources,” Ewing said. Funding from Yardi goes toward making sure program projects are funded for supplies, tools, dumpsters, volunteer equipment and educational supplies. Funds also ensure both internal and external are maintained and up to date. “We are so grateful for the support we receive from Yardi to help KTMB continue being stewards of creating a clean and sustainable community,” Ewing expressed. Waste, Watershed, and Weed Warriors Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful is more than an organizer of beautification and cleanup projects. KTMB has a youth educational department that spends time in the classrooms of schools, teaching children the importance of what they do and how the kids can be a part of the solution through its Waste, Watershed and Weed Warriors programs. Each lesson is differentiated by grade level and focuses on one of the “Environmental R’s”—reducing, reusing and recycling. KTMB’s sustainability department offers many resources for recycling. Its Recycling Online Guide is a comprehensive list of what can and cannot be recycled in Washoe County. It is maintained and updated quarterly or when a significant change in the local recycling stream happens. Volunteer Opportunities Yardi employees are encouraged to volunteer and participate in any KTMB cleanups. KTMB will also facilitate a unique clean-up if there is a public space the Yardi crew is fond of. To arrange a clean-up, contact Adopt-A-Spot and Community Cleanups coordinator Matt Weber at [email protected]. Find future non-profit profiles...

Page Youth Center Nov20

Page Youth Center

In 2022, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will bring you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, we introduce Page Youth Center (PYC), founded in 1984 in Santa Barbara, Calif., a youth center for children with a broad range of sports, fitness, wellness and recreational activities, all for a reasonable cost. The youth center is a safe and friendly environment for children and their families. They also offer recreational programs for adults in the morning and evening, including badminton, pickleball, jazzercise, open gym, and adult basketball leagues. PYC focuses on providing an excellent Blenders Basketball experience to 1000 youth participants and continues to grow and expand its Spring volleyball program for both boys and girls. The center also plans to offer Summer Sports Camps throughout the Summer break and provide scholarships to those in need, specifically for those in Old Town Goleta. In March 2024, PYC will have its annual gala to raise awareness and funds for these programs. Funding from Yardi helps to keep its program costs as low as possible and provides excellent programming to the youth in the community. Donations are used in various ways through operations, facility upgrades and scholarship funds. “Thank you for the continued support of the Page Youth Center and our Mission to Build Character Through Youth Sports,” said Aaron Martinez, executive director of Page Youth Center. “Your generosity is greatly appreciated and assists us in offering the best programs we can for our community’s youth!” Blenders Basketball League With 1,000 youth participating this season and over 250 volunteers, the Page Youth Center prides itself on the Blenders Basketball League program. Volunteers help with coaching, scorekeeping and team parents. Over...

Changing Lives Nov17

Changing Lives

Yardi Dubai supports the Al Noor Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities as part of the company’s global program of philanthropic support for nonprofits and NGOs. Established in 1981, Al Noor provides special education, care and services to those with neurodivergent challenges such as Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy or a combination of conditions. Among its successes, Al Noor has prepared up to 100 students for work placement in the community. Al Noor staff have developed a curriculum for students that significantly impacts lives and helps them be independent members of the community. Al Noor plans to establish additional training and services that will enhance and develop the lives of its students. “We wish to work closely with corporations like Yardi .. to partner with us on our various projects,” said Apple Castaneda, senior sustainability and community relations executive for Al Noor.   Al Noor charges subsidized fees to parents or, in some cases, the total tuition fees for parents who cannot afford to pay the fees. They have a no-rejection policy. “We do a holistic approach to giving our students the maximum quality of training and education to maximize their potential,” said Castaneda. Funding from Yardi helps Al Noor obtain resources through financial support, ensuring the organization can maximize potential care to students. Yardi has consistently provided sustainable financial contributions to the center, enabling the organization to expand its educational programs for children with determination. This has enhanced individuals’ learning experience and skill development under Al Noor’s care. “The Centre is very thankful for the continued support of Yardi, as it is helping us fulfill our mission of giving an equal opportunity to our students of determination and being out there in the community,” shared Castaneda. #TeamYardi and Celebrating World Cerebral Palsy Day Yardi employees...

Operation Kindness Nov15

Operation Kindness

Today’s featured nonprofit is Operation Kindness, from Carrollton, Texas, founded in 1976. Operation Kindness is an animal welfare organization making the world a kinder place for animals and people who love them. This September, Operation Kindness expanded and opened the Lifesaving Partnerships Hub. Funding from Yardi fund Operation Kindness’s mission to serve animals in Texas and where the help is needed most. “Operation Kindness is so happy to have support from partners like Yardi. Your support makes our work possible,” said Lilly Watson, marketing manager of brand and communications for Operation Kindness. Thriving Pups Last summer, Operation Kindness took ten dogs surrendered to the Human Society of the United States in an animal cruelty case. All dogs were highly malnourished, gravely underweight and suffering from life-threatening heartworm disease. A year later, after the help and care of Operation Kindness, their staff and volunteers, these dogs are thriving, happy and healthy with their new owners. Read about Jazz, Jay and Bruce and their stories and testimonies from their owners.  Yardi Dallas and Irving Office Gathering #TeamYardi of the Dallas and Irving offices gathered recently for a puppy and kitten-loving fun-filled day. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, but that didn’t stop them. The office made a slight adjustment and hosted the fur babies inside. Each kitten and puppy were given much love and attention that day. A few employees are now in the adoption application process, hoping to have a new friend for the holiday season. To spread some joy this holiday season, consider donations to Operation Kindness. You can make a tax-deductible gift online here. Find future non-profit profiles...

Care and Share Nov12

Care and Share

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2022, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. We hope you enjoy the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Food banks differ from food pantries, soup kitchens or emergency shelters because they supply the food to these organizations and then distribute it directly to those in need. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado was founded in 1978 in Colorado Springs. Care and Share provides food to 291 partner pantries, shelters and schools throughout Southern Colorado, allowing these partners to stretch their dollars for their best work, such as job training, housing assistance, medical care and other critical services. Over 23 million pounds of food was provided to the community seeking support in the past year. Care and Share is an affiliate of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization. Despite five other Feeding America food banks in Colorado, Care and Share is the only food bank dedicated to serving the state’s southern half. During the height of the pandemic, the generosity of the southern Colorado community bolstered Care and Share to serve those needing food assistance for the first time. “Care and Share is now dealing with the after-effects of the pandemic and is seeing even more need than we saw during the pandemic,” said Joan Selman, director of major gifts at Care and Share. The following areas are the most significant causes of increased need: Economic Conditions: Though inflation numbers have decreased, food prices are still at an all-time high. This affects low-income households whose food costs typically compromise a third of their income....

New Beginnings Nov08

New Beginnings

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2022, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will bring you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. New Beginnings is a nonprofit founded in Santa Barbara in 2000, continuing the work of the Santa Barbara Counseling Center. This organization provides psychological counseling and housing assistance services to people experiencing homelessness, as well as low-income individuals and families throughout Santa Barbara County. New Beginnings serves over 2000 people each year with various programs and centers: Counseling Center The Safe Parking Shelter and Rapid Rehousing Program The Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program The Life Skills Parenting and Education Program. “In the spring of this year, we underwent a major transition and moved into a fabulous new space. The new space has allowed for all four programs to be housed under one roof, improving the client experience by streamlining inter-agency collaboration and strengthening our wraparound services,” said Shana Hill, community engagement and programs specialist for New Beginnings.   New Beginnings plans to expand telehealth services with improved marketing and outreach efforts. They are working to expand the Safe Parking Program throughout the county and increase the number of lots in Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Lompoc. In addition, they are working on publishing a second edition of the Safe Parking Program manual to take steps toward establishing the Safe Parking Program model as an evidence-based practice. It will also work to expand the number of community partners for the Life Skills Parenting and Education program and increase community involvement for houses for...

Friends of the Children Utah Nov02

Friends of the Children Utah

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2022, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will bring you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, we introduce Friends of the Children Utah, founded in 1993 in Kearns, Utah. Its mission is to impact generational change by empowering youth facing the most significant obstacles through consistent and holistically supportive relationships with professional mentors. “Our innovative approach has been proven to help children facing the greatest barriers improve their well-being across multiple domains and achieve educational and life success,” says Keili Bell, development director of Friends of the Children Utah. The children in the organization’s programs experience intergenerational poverty. They have been exposed to multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and are impacted by the foster care system. Services for children from kindergarten to high school include long-term, intensive, holistic, one-on-one professional mentoring. Friends of the Children Utah is working to grow the GEM Giving Circle (Give Every Month) program to sustain services for youth and families. “By becoming a GEM, you provide consistent and reliable support to the children in our program. Our vision is to see each child graduate with the skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of generational poverty. To do this, we apply trauma-informed practices that help youth cultivate the resilience needed to overcome barriers and build a strong foundation for adulthood,” Bell shares. In the three decades, Friends of the Children Utah has accomplished rigorous internal and external evaluations for long-term impact and the ability to break generational cycles: 83% of program graduates earn a high school degree or GED, unlike 60% of their parents. 93% remain free from the juvenile justice system, yet 50% have a parent impacted by the criminal justice system. 98% wait to parent until after teenage years, though 85% were born to a teen parent. 92% go on to enroll in post-secondary education, enlist in the military or find a living-wage employment. Funding from Yardi provides holistic, intensive support services for youth and families facing the most significant challenges. The investment strengthens youth, families and friends’ mental health and wellness support. This contribution ensures that the youth and families they serve have safe, stable and supportive home environments. While mentors have the support, they need to maintain health and wellness and effectively support the community. “Thank you so much to Yardi for your investment in our work. We are on a mission to end generational poverty, one child at a time. We cannot do this work without the support of companies and donors like you,” Bell shares. Watch this video for a glimpse of the miraculous miracles Friends of the Children Utah is accomplishing. Volunteer Opportunities Friends of the Children Utah offers Cards with Friends program, where employees can create handwritten cards for youth and family members. Your support creates hope and belonging for the child in its program. Contact development director Keili Bell for more details at [email protected]. Find future non-profit profiles...

Achievement Centers for Children Oct26

Achievement Centers for Children

Today, we introduce Achievement Centers for Children (ACC), founded in 1940 in Highland Hills, Ohio, with a mission to empower children and adults with disabilities to achieve their most tremendous potential through holistic and family-focused services. For 83 years, this organization has recognized the importance of recreation for children and adults with diverse abilities. In addition to recreation, they offer a wide range of services to individuals with disabilities and their families in three locations across Northeast Ohio. These locations provide the following services: Educational services, including autism schools at two sites. Family support and advocacy services, including home-based and early intervention services. Therapy services inclusive of physical and mental health Adult services through its day program at Camp Cheerful (circa 1947). All services are eligible to anyone regardless of the ability to pay. Over the years, ACC has adapted its work to meet the changing needs of the children and families they serve. The staff is committed to offering campers and athletes new recreational and sporting opportunities to enrich their lives and increase how they can participate via new adaptive equipment or techniques to improve access to a broader range of recreational experiences. Outdoor summer programs encourage children and adults to develop their confidence, independence and self-esteem in a beautiful setting within the Cleveland Metroparks. “Each year, hundreds of dedicated volunteers provide support, encouragement, and friendship to more than 600 children and adults who enjoy our recreation and sports programs – from day camp to therapeutic horsemanship to adapted sports,” says Susan Christopher, director of marketing and communications at ACC. ACC strives to be consistent for its clients and families. They seek to make their experiences positive and reliable in a world of barriers and irregularity. With the population growing and resources dwindling, especially for low-income families, ACC positions itself to serve the growing families seeking services with a strategic plan they started in August 2022. This three-year roadmap is hope for goals securing the future: Provide sustainable, exceptional and equitable services for children and adults with disabilities and their families. Establish and maintain strong partnerships and alliances that support organizational success and achieve broader systemic change for the health of the community and organization. Maintain a robust infrastructure that fosters a culture of inclusivity, anti-racism, innovation and trust. Funding from Yardi supports the programs and services ACC provides to children and adults with disabilities in Northeast Ohio, including recreational activities at Camp Cheerful. Philanthropic funds are directed to cover gaps in ACC’s budget, as the cost of providing these services is high, reimbursement from third-party payers is minimal, and they do not ask low-income families to pay more than they can for services. Funds are also used to improve sites, directed to maintaining accessibility for all and working to meet and exceed ADA requirements, which can be incredibly challenging in a natural setting like the camp. “Staff, volunteers, and families of Achievement Centers were thrilled to receive this gift from Yardi – it’s through the generosity of individuals and companies such as Yardi that enables our organization to continue to provide robust services to children and families more than 80 years after we were established,” shares Christopher. Camp Cheerful Children and adults enjoy traditional camp activities at Camp Cheerful, including swimming, canoeing, horsemanship, arts & crafts, and nature. “We offer adapted riding sessions in our Therapeutic Horsemanship program and the opportunity for athletes of all abilities to play year-round sports in our Adapted Sports program,” said Christopher. Watch the video of Julia’s story, her therapeutic horsemanship achievements, and footage of the adapted soccer and the kids in action with their volunteer leaders. Volunteer Opportunities ACC relies on corporate groups to help them with upkeep at its three properties, especially the beautiful 52-acre Camp Cheerful campus. Spend a day or a half helping with grounds upkeep and building maintenance projects. Those interested in learning more, please get in...

Front Steps Housing & Services Oct23

Front Steps Housing & Services

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. Today, we introduce Front Steps Housing & Services organization, founded in 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio. This organization is a member of the Cuyahoga County Office of Homeless Services Continuum of Care and has over 35 years of experience working with homeless individuals in the county as transitional and permanent housing. Front Steps has served more than 4,000 clients with a 98% success rate during this time. Since opening its doors in 1986, they have developed a broad array of services to serve chronically homeless individuals and community members at risk of homelessness. Services include: Case Management Employment and Training Intensive Outpatient Program  Community Support Services  Behavioral Health Counseling   Prevention Services   Music and Art Therapies   Front Steps has been recognized as an organization guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for: Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (adults) Community Housing: Mental Health (adults) Outpatient Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (adults) Community Employment Services: Employment Supports Front Steps has also been certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (OMHAS) to operate an outpatient alcohol and drug addiction program and has been approved to offer the following behavioral/mental health services: Behavioral Health Counseling & Therapy Employment/Vocational Referral and Information Community Psychiatric Support Treatment Mental Health Assessment Art Therapy Today, these services are needed on a broader scale for the aging, underserved communities that are facing barriers of systemic disparities. “We continue to respond to the call for housing assistance and behavioral health services desperately needed in this post-pandemic world. Our hands-on staff is second to none, offering life-changing support and one-on-one counseling to our residents and individuals in our community,” said Matthew Anderson, development director for Front Steps. Front Steps hopes to expand its reach in Greater Cleveland and broaden its presence with a campus including a women’s recovery center, sober living, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and health and wellness programs. “Help us realize these dreams by creating a safe haven for people recovering from a life of pain, suffering and intolerance,” Anderson shares. Funding from Yardi will help Front Steps achieve behavioral outreach efforts to serve individuals needing health services. It will allow them to enhance the case management treatment and connect with more individuals throughout the region. These therapy areas include: Mental Health Substance Abuse Music Therapy Art Therapy Horticultural Therapy “We’re ecstatic, not only for the financial support but for the relationship we’ve built with the Yardi Systems family over the past couple of years,” exclaimed Anderson. He continued, “We can’t say thank you enough for believing in our core value: to transform the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness.  Thank you for your faith in Front Steps, and thank you for believing in our commitment to serving as an inclusive, equitable and accessible organization where everyone can realize their full potential.” James C. Venture James found his way to Front Steps after suffering a deep-rooted substance abuse and mental health diagnosis after a stint in the military. This resulted in angry outbursts, isolation and related behavioral health issues. He became an overwhelming burden to himself and his family. After arriving at Front Steps, James discovered his voice and self-expression through counseling with Life Skills coordinator Denise Jackson. Today, still overcoming his barriers, he’s an example for others and exhibits pride and self-assurance through his work in the community garden. (pictured here). Volunteer Opportunities Front Steps offers plenty of volunteer opportunities throughout the year. From sorting clothes to organizing its food pantry, they have various jobs inside and out. For those interested, please get in touch with Matthew Anderson at [email protected]. “We are passionate, dedicated, and unwavering in our commitment to provide essential wrap-around services that help our clients...

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland Oct19

Family Promise of Greater Cleveland

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. Today, we introduce Family Promise of Greater Cleveland, OH, founded in 2011. Though headquarters is in Summit, New Jersey, this location operates independently. Family Promise is a family homeless shelter and supportive services for up to 21 families in a former elementary school building in Cleveland’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood. The agency serves an average of 75 families that consist of 200 individuals each year. Most of them are children with an average age of four with younger parents. The homeless families served by Family Promise are received through active participation in Cuyahoga County’s Coordinated Intake. Families will stay in the shelter for an average of 12 weeks, receiving all the basic needs such as food, clothing, cleaning supplies and access to medical care. Immediately after a family enters a shelter, a case manager conducts a thorough assessment to determine the family’s housing options, benefits eligibility, employment readiness and life skills level. “The case manager then works with each family to develop a plan for housing, employment and long-term stability,” said Connie Sievers, grants and communications manager for Family Promise. They assist the parents by: Searching for affordable housing. Help them to secure an income/employment. Link them to needed medical, mental health and legal services. Ensures children’s needs are met with school and daycare services. All families are also offered Employment Services: Job readiness by eliminating any challenges. Develop and implement job plans. Assistance with resumes Job searching and interview skills. Finding business-appropriate clothing. “They also provide interested clients with links to workforce development programs and educational opportunities,” Sievers explained. Once a family transitions to a permanent home, they will continue to receive case management treatment through Family Promise’s Community Stabilization Program for at least one year to help them maintain their housing and not return to homelessness. “Family Promise’s consistently positive outcomes speak to the effectiveness of its services. In 2022, 100% of positive housing outcomes were achieved with 90% remaining housed upon case closing,” shared Sievers. Family Promise’s core services are growing and expanding its efforts to help address its client’s mental health. Training by The Sanctuary Institute with its evidence-based Sanctuary Model for trauma-informed care began in October 2020 and is ongoing. In addition, Family Promise has also increased its community awareness and taken steps to diversify its revenue sources. Funding from Yardi helps Family Promise’s shelter and supportive services, including occupancy costs and salaries for direct staff. “These two large expenses are key to the help we provide for homeless families, and funding from corporations like Yardi is vital to their continuation,” Sievers shared. She continued, “We are so grateful! The staff was thrilled about the unexpected support and knew it would go a long way to help with their work with homeless families. Many great non-profits were represented in the presentation to Yardi employees, so it was a wonderful surprise to be chosen.” Dina’s Journey Dina and her 13-year-old daughter found themselves homeless after their landlord sold the building they were living in, and the new owner did not want anyone residing on the premises. They first tried living at Dina’s mother’s house, though the conditions were inadequate. Dina had considered seeking services to help her, but her pride wouldn’t let her. Then, a violent confrontation occurred between family members at her mother’s house, and she knew she had to leave the property to keep her daughter safe. Dina contacted Coordinated Intake and was referred to Family Promise. She and her daughter didn’t know what to expect and were nervous, but the staff soon helped her to feel comfortable and safe in their living unit. They ensured that all their essential needs were met and the daughter could remain in the same school she had been attending....

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Oct16

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Yardi is committed to supporting the community in every city where our offices are housed. Each year, the company distributes philanthropic aid to organizations selected by its employees. In 2022, Yardi offices supported more than 350 nonprofits worldwide. For the remainder of the year, we will bring you the stories of those organizations and insight into how they aid their communities. Today, we introduce The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), founded in 1949 in Rye Brook, New York, impacting the cancer community. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary nonprofit health organization that funds blood cancer research and provides education and patient services. Since 1949, LLS has invested nearly $1.6 billion in groundbreaking research, pioneering many of today’s most innovative approaches. “We work tirelessly to find cures and ensure patients can access the lifesaving treatments they need. When someone experiences the fear and uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis, we provide hope, compassion, education and support,” said Becca Gregory, campaign development director for LLS. LLS is starting a new project called The Dare to Dream Project—a new phase for the Children’s Initiative. LLS recognizes kids are different, and their blood cancers must be treated differently, so they hope to change the standard of treatment and care for pediatric blood cancers. LLS has funded the first-ever pediatric AML Data Commons. This platform ensures consistency in global data reporting—and launched the first-ever acute leukemia LLS PedAL Master Clinical Trial, matching patients to treatment based on their cancer’s unique tumor biology. “Our dream is to help as many children as possible get treatment for their cancer. We’re daring to improve the quality of life for every child with blood cancer, daring to dream of them thriving. And we’re just getting started,” exclaims Gregory! Funding from Yardi helps support research, education, policy and advocacy. LLS is committed to providing information, resources and support to those affected by blood cancers. Offerings include: LLS Scholarship for Blood Cancer Survivors Financial Support Food and Nutrition LLS Podcast Support Groups Caregiver Support “We are so grateful for the amazing support we are receiving from Yardi,” says Gregory. “It will truly make a difference in the lives of our patients!” Making a Difference The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has made a tremendous difference in the community, and its advocates sent more than 33,900 letters to lawmakers in 2022. Nationwide, they have helped patients all over. In Minnesota, LLS led a coalition whose efforts resulted in a new state law making drug copays more affordable. In the Cleveland market just last year, LLS had 950 patients who received $9,190,000 financial assistance through the Co-Pay Assistance Program. After hundreds of meetings and thousands of letters from LLS advocates, congress passed the landmark Childhood Cancer STAR Reauthorization Act, which LLS helped write. The law expands opportunities for children’s cancer research, including survivorship research. Education and Services served 2,166 patient households in the Cleveland market. Some services are not accessible for some patients. However, LLS helped to make clinical trials more accessible. 66 patients in the state of Ohio received $33,000 in financial assistance through local travel assistance programs. LLS helped secure landmark policies enabling more patients—including underrepresented—to access treatments. Trial sponsors will now be accountable for diversity targets, and patients should have access to trial services closer to home. And in New York and California, LLS has generated momentum for a successful passage, ensuring millions have in-network access to top cancer centers. Thus ensuring robust provider networks. Volunteer Opportunities LLS always seeks volunteers for event days and the Light The Night event. If interested, please get in touch with [email protected]. Find future non-profit profiles...