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Felicia is currently staying at the New York Foundling nursery (NY, NY)

“The New York Foundling provides kids the opportunity to redeem their happiness and to gain an education from teachers and mentors who push us past mediocrity. Mrs. Moore, a New York Foundling English teacher, gave me the encouragement and power to learn more and be a better writer. Now, I love English and want to be a teacher because education is very important.  We need to learn about powerful girls like Malala, who was shot because she insisted on going to school. To all the great, diverse females, we should be grateful that we don’t face challenges like Malala’s, but, it is still important we learn of her story.”

Each year, the New York Foundling serves over 27,000 children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential. The organization’s Crisis Nursery, the only city-licensed emergency care facility of its kind, provides a safe and loving place for children to stay while parents respond to short-term crises that could otherwise turn into a disaster. Find how you can make a difference with the New York Foundling here.

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Joshawn, a social worker at the New York Foundling (NY, NY)

“My goal for all the families is to help them keep their families together and enable the parents to provide for their kids independently. I’ve always wanted to be a social worker because I grew up watching my grandmother take in so many kids in need – whether they were family or not. The house was always full of children who quickly formed a strong bond with my grandmother because she genuinely cared for them. And you can tell when love is real or not, she truly loved those kids.  I am the woman I am today because of her.”

Each year, the New York Foundling serves over 27,000 children, youth and adults in need through efforts that strengthen families and communities and support each individual in reaching his or her potential. The organization’s Crisis Nursery, the only city-licensed emergency care facility of its kind, provides a safe and loving place for children to stay while parents respond to short-term crises that could otherwise turn into a disaster. Find how you can make a difference with the New York Foundling here.

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Stephanie (Portland, ME)

“In Guinea, West Africa, women are expected to be wives without a college education. Your place is to cook and take care of your husband. I wanted more than this role. My dream is to go to school, have a career and to live life on my own terms. I finally left Guinea a year ago and now live at Hope House, Portland ME. When I first arrived at the house, Carolyn the Program Coordinator, sat down with me and asked what my goals were and created a plan for me to achieve them. I was speechless! No one has ever asked me that question. It’s a relief to know I’m not taking this road alone. I am so proud of myself because I know, with Hope House, I will accomplish all I dream of.  I’m more excited than ever to be in a classroom and study.”

Hope House is Maine’s only dedicated residential program for asylum seekers. As they work to transform their lives, immigrants are provided educational, legal, social and leadership-focused programs to increase their success in work and independent living. Learn how you can make a difference here.

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Lowry (Portland, ME)

“It’s so nice to be treated not as a sick person, but just as a person. Often, people are willing to help disabled people by running their errands and doing everything for them. However, they would rather do it for you than with you because they don’t want to be slowed down. Sometimes I get embarrassed when I’m stumbling around. But, there is one woman from a church who visits me twice a week to just spend time with me. I don’t even go to her church! She’ll run my errands and take me with her without getting embarrassed, I can’t believe it! To have the patience to wait for me, without burden or guilt, is amazing. I love going to the grocery store and being in a car, even for 15 minutes, it’s so valuable for my emotional health. It has totally changed my life to have someone to spend time with every day. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.”

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Rick, a volunteer “pilot” with Portland Wheelers (Portland, ME)

 “I’m motivated to give back to those with disabilities because my mother and father-in-law have Parkinson’s.  I decided to be a volunteer ‘pilot’ with Portland Wheelers, providing bicycle rides to those who are unable to ride. A story I’ll never forget was when I and another volunteer took a husband and wife, who were both 88 years old, on a bicycle ride. As I pushed the wife past her husband, he yelled, ‘Don’t let them pass us!’ The couple laughed hysterically and continued the race – they were happy as kids!”

Volunteer with Portland Wheelers, in Portland, ME, to help those with disabilities enjoy the great outdoors on a bicycle! Find more information here. 

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Lowry, a rider with Portland Wheelers (Portland, ME)

“I haven’t been able to ride a bike in over 10 years, which is sad because there’s a much greater way to experience the outdoors when you’re on a bike rather than confined in a car. It’s just delightful to feel the sun in your face and watch the leaves change! And when I’m in a wheelchair, people will just walk by me and look away because I’m “disabled.” People can be a bit uptight! But, when I’m on a bike with Portland Wheelers, people wave, smile and talk to me!”

Volunteer with Portland Wheelers to provide those, who are unable to ride a bike, an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors!

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Ray, a volunteer with Portland Wheelers (Portland, ME)

Everyone has a story and I’m fascinated hearing about the life they’ve lived. The elderly are often forgotten and rarely get to enjoy the outdoors outside of a car window. With Portland Wheelers, I volunteer to give people, with disabilities, bicycle rides. It’s a thrill for them to have the wind in their face, it really lights them up! But, I don’t know who gets more out of it, me or them?”

Volunteer with Portland Wheelers to provide those, who are unable to ride a bike, an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! 

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