6th Annual Giving Back Awards: Top 25 Hampton Roads Nonprofits

These 25 Nonprofits Serve As The Silver Lining For Those Who Need Hope During Their Darkest Days

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Top Nonprofits 6–25 In Alphabetical Order

4 Paws Animal Rescue

They specialize in the rescue and placement of abused, unwanted and abandoned companion animals. They never discriminate on the basis of health, age or breed. By involving and educating the community, 4 Paws Animal Rescue works to raise the public’s awareness of the plight of homeless animals as well as realizing the benefits of adopting an animal in need. 4Pawz.org


Ability Center of Virginia

Their mission is to affect positively the quality of life for persons with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities such as those with Down syndrome, autism, intellectual disabilities, muscular dystrophy and those with hearing, speech and visual impairments and their families creating greater independence and opportunities for inclusion in the community. AbilityCenterVa.org


ALSAC/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. Finding Cures. Saving Children. StJude.org


Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their 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. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Alz.org/seva


The Bunny Hutch

The Bunny Hutch and CLIMATES-Rescue is an exotic animal shelter and educational facility that saves abandoned exotic animals such as snakes, ferrets, chinchillas, lizards, rats and, of course, bunnies. These “pocket pets” overburden traditional city-run shelters, whose main focus is rescuing dogs and cats. The Bunny Hutch and CLIMATES-Rescue believes that education is key to making sure that fewer exotic pets find themselves without homes. TheBunnyHutch.org


Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia provides comprehensive, compassionate services, collaborates with community partners and advocates for those in need in order to empower and enrich lives. CCEVA.org


Center for Child & Family Services

Their mission is to deliver quality counseling programs and support services that empower individuals and families to improve their lives. Their passion is to empower people to face life’s challenges. KidsAndFamilies.com


Daniel’s Grace

They provide sustenance, ease of financial burden and support for daily living for families stricken with cancer. They offer assistance with rent, mortgage assistance, insurance assistance, groceries, meals and goods, transportation assistance, scholarships, as well as other assistance in an effort to help cancer families survive and thrive. DanielsGrace.org


Edmarc Hospice for Children

The mission of Edmarc Hospice for Children is to ease the trauma of a child’s illness or death and to reduce the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement on families. Their vision: Edmarc Hospice for Children sees a community in which no child or family is denied pediatric hospice services and a society that wholeheartedly accepts and supports pediatric hospice care. Edmarc.org


ForKids, Inc.

The mission of ForKids is breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and their children. ForKidsVa.org


Habitat for Humanity Peninsula & Greater Williamsburg

Their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. The organization partners with area families, local government, businesses, faith groups, schools, associations and individual volunteers and donors to build and renovate affordable homes for sale to low-income families. HabitatPGW.org


Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center’s mission is to empower homeless veterans, families and individuals to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive and independent members of our community. JCOC provides that much needed second chance as they help their clients exit from emergency situations into permanent housing feeling hopeful, encouraged and empowered to lead a better life. JCOC.org


Kennedy’s Angel Gowns

The organization’s mission is to help, heal and give back to bereaved families. They provide handcrafted burial gowns for baby girls and vests and ties for baby boys for families who have suffered the loss of a child before, during or shortly after birth at no cost. These beautiful garments are sewn from some of the finest materials, as they are made from donated wedding gowns. KennedysAngelGowns.org


LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc

Their mission is linking community resources to provide fast and affordable housing solutions to homeless individuals/families, as well as emergency services to men, women and children who don’t have access to their basic needs and find themselves in a housing crisis or other emergency situation. LinkHR.org


Mended Little Hearts of Coastal Virginia

The goal of MLH is to give families the hope, support and resources they need to care for their child and family. They want MLH chapters to run smoothly, give families support quickly, have the resources to run effectively and enough leaders to fulfill their heart families’ needs. MendedLittleHearts.net


Roc Solid Foundation

Roc Solid Foundation® builds hope for children battling cancer and their families by offering opportunities for them to do what they do best—play. They provide Ready Bags that include everything a family might need for their unexpected hospital stay, backyard playsets to provide a safe haven for play and escape from the reality of fighting cancer and room makeovers for kids whose weak immune systems force them to be home quite a bit. RocSolidFoundation.org


Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Their goal is to develop and provide comprehensive, coordinated programs that assist seniors, their families and caregivers. It is their mission to help seniors live with choice and dignity in their communities. Their vision is that South Hampton Roads will become a livable community for all ages. SSSEVA.org


Susan G. Komen Tidewater

Susan G. Komen’s mission is to meet the most critical needs of our community and to invest in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. KomenTidewater.org


Wave City Care

Wave City Care is improving the lives of individuals, providing help and healing for the release of human potential. Partnering with others, Wave City Care’s mission is to equip, educate and power our community, one life at a time. This is accomplished through educational and mentoring programs, basic care initiatives and health and human services programs. Their focus is to help meet the needs of the whole family offering mentorships and skills as they walk through life’s journeys and challenges. WaveCityCare.com


YWCA South Hampton Roads

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA South Hampton Roads is a source of strength, courage and empowerment for women and families facing crisis. YWCA-SHR.org


How were the nonprofits chosen?

Online nominations were accepted June 1–July 14, and then a panel of individuals gathered to discuss and determine the 25 organizations that excel at transforming our communities and enriching the lives of others. The top five organizations were decided based on their inspiring generosity, their motivated and passionate work ethic and the significant differences they’re making in Coastal Virginia.

A sincere than you to the members of this year’s Giving Back Awards panel: Sara Jo Rubin, COO of Rubin Communications; January Serda, director of development for Horizons Hampton Roads (chosen as 2016 Giving Back Awards winning nonprofit); Blaine Stewart, morning and noon anchor for WTKR and WGNT; and Cheryl Tan, video marketing and media advisor with Cheryl Tan Media and cohost of “HR Business Weekly.”

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