GreatCall is passionate about connecting people to what’s important to them. With the GreatCall Does Good volunteerism program, we’re helping people make an impact on the organizations that matter most in their lives.
Over the past month, people from across the U.S. submitted stories about their time helping others in charities benefitting several causes.
Public voting determined five winners – one for each category: arts, animal welfare, the environment, health, and education – that will receive a $1,000 donation each, courtesy of GreatCall.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back, and we are glad to support the winning charitable organizations.
Rescue4All is a small grassroots rescue that provides safe, loving foster homes until dogs are adopted. They advocate for the end of breed discrimination and help special needs and behavioral-challenged dogs. The organization was largely responsible for shutting down a puppy mill, rehoming and rehabilitating the dozens of abused and traumatized dogs and making sure the perpetrators were brought to justice. They’ve also rescued and rehomed over 20 puppies with Megaesophagus. One submitter, Stephanie K shared, “I have adopted 3 R4A pups! Including their 21st MegaE puppy!”
Nominated by: Brennda C, Melody B, Stephanie K
Feed The Children’s vision is to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. They connect donors, experts, partners, leaders and communities to attack the mass problem of child hunger from all angles. Nominator Betty K said, “Feed the Children is an organization that does the most important work: feeding hungry children that could otherwise die of starvation and malnutrition. They have one of the best reputations for using the donations wisely. What could be more important than ending childhood hunger?”
Nominated by: Betty K
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Submitter Carrie G shared that, “They organize walks all over the country which are always well-attended and considerate of the patrons with Cystic Fibrosis. They also put their donations toward research and give you updates on the newest medical breakthroughs. They offer support, education and hope.”
Nominated by: Carrie G
The San Diego Botanic Garden works to inspire people to connect with plants and nature and promote environmental stewardship and conservation. Some of the goals of the organization are to enable learning, conserve the environment, and provide an urban oasis. Nominator Sally W shared, “The San Diego botanic garden offers volunteer opportunities for a vast variety of interests. Even pulling weeds affords me the satisfaction of a job well done by enhancing the plants for education and pure pleasure.”
Nominated by: Sally W
Launched in 2005, Voice of San Diego was the first digital, nonprofit news organization in the country to serve a local community. VOSD works to increase civic participation by giving residents the knowledge and in-depth analysis necessary to become advocates for good government and social progress. Nominator Susan W said, “Their astute reporters investigate all sources to give San Diego citizens the ability to make fully informed decisions about politics, education, the environment and all community matters.”
Nominated by: Susan W