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American Heart Association – June 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for June 2019 is American Heart Association

On June 10, 1924 a handful of pioneering physicians and social workers met in Chicago to form the American Heart Association. They believed from the start that scientific research could lead the way to better treatment, prevention and ultimately a cure. In 1948 the association reorganized, transforming from a professional scientific society to a nationwide voluntary health organization, and became The American Heart Association that we have today.

Every 43 seconds someone dies from heart disease, stroke or another cardiovascular disease. Heart Disease is the number one killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish the quality of life. American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.

33 million volunteers and supports as well as more than 3400 employees unite through a shared focus on cardiovascular health. Their 2020 goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans as well as reduce the deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20%. If you are interested in getting involved please visit their website.

And remember that for the month of June 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to The American Heart Association. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

Alzeimer’s Association – May 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for April 2019 is Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias worldwide.  The Alzheimer’s association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and also to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease and we stand behind them.  They work to accomplish this vision on both a national and local level. They provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Association is committed to advancing vital research towards methods of treatment, prevention, and ultimately a cure. As a result of this, they currently are the worlds largest organization that funds research of Alzheimer’s.

Not only are they the world’s largest organization that funds the research they are also the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at both the state and the federal level. If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through their website here.

And remember that for the month of May 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Alzheimer’s Association. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

Visionaries + Voices – April 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for April 2019 is Visionaries + Voices

Established in 2003, Visionaries + Voices is a non-profit organization that provides exhibition opportunities, studio space, supplies and support to more than 125 visual artists with disabilities. V+V artists actively contribute to the greater arts community through creative, educational, and strategic partnerships with local and regional artists, schools, and business leaders. Collectively we’re growing a more inclusive arts community in Greater Cincinnati.

Every year Visionaries + Voices put on a fundraising Art Auction Benefit called Double Vision. This year is the 10th annual Double Vision benefit. We are proud to welcome Visionaries + Voices Double Vision X as our April Charity of the Month for both our retail store as well as our website.

If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through their website here.

And remember that for the month of April 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Visionaries + Voices. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

Pockets Full of Sunshine – March 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. The charity for March 2019 is Pockets Full of Sunshine.

Pockets Full of Sunshine’s mission is to provide “socially inclusive employment opportunities for adults with intellectual and physical disabilities”.  Special needs individuals are some of the kindest and most joyful people to know. This organization gets their name from describing special needs adults as “rays of sunshine”.

Pockets Full of Sunshine believes that the general public’s discomfort with adults with disabilities comes from the lack of their inclusion in the community. They state on their website “Most individuals with disabilities are truly exceptional people with unique gifts and talents, who each have something to offer their community, be it performing a vocational service, or just offering a friendly smile.” This is why they seek provide opportunities for employment, increased independence, and personal growth for adults with disabilities.

Pockets Full of Sunshine was founded by a Special Education teacher named Dayna and a Speech Language Pathologist named Laurin working together at a school. After bonding as colleagues, they wondered what happened to their special students as they grew older and aged out of the school system. Dayna’s brother sparked an idea by giving her by-product from a mechanical splined shaft and asking if her students could use it for anything. The item looked “exactly like a small yellow sunshine and Dayna was instantly inspired”. This sparked the idea for Pockets Full of Sunshine.

“She arranged for the “sunshines” to be recycled and re-purposed by a local group of special needs adults. They are currently being made into greeting cards, gift tags, magnets and stationary or sold by the “pocket-full” to be used in any crafty way you can dream up! Proceeds from the sale of these products will be put towards opening an eco-friendly, community craft center in Beaufort County which will be fully staffed by intellectually and physically disabled adults.” – http://www.pocketsfullofsun.org/our-story

If you would like to get involved, you can contact the organization through their website here.

And remember that for the month of March 2019, $0.75 of every order on frameusa.com is donated to Pockets Full of Sunshine. You can also add an additional donation if you’d like on our checkout page.

National Fragile X Foundation – February 2019 Charity of the Month

Every month Frame USA partners with a different local or national charity. We give to each charity through donating time, money, exposure, and resources. For every order places on frameusa.com $0.75 is donated to the charity of the month. For February 2019, the charity is the National Fragile X Foundation.

National Fragile X Foundation

Fragile X Syndrome is “a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges, and various physical characteristics.” There are several types of Fragile X conditions that range in severity and symptoms. These conditions are the most common known genetic cause of intellectual disabilities.

The National Fragile X Foundation focuses on promoting awareness and research for treatments for this condition. They have programs to encourage advocacy for this disorder, including their Sibling & Self-Advocate Program. This program allows children with Fragile X Syndrome and their siblings to connect with others and build relationships. For adults and parents affected by Fragile X, they offer a large community support network with numerous ways to get involved.

The National Fragile X Foundation runs Fragile X clinics throughout the USA. These clinics offer comprehensive evaluations and recommended treatments. They also offer, or can refer you to, genetic counseling, behavior therapy, speech therapy, and more. These clinics work with other institutions to improve research and understandings of Fragile X Syndrome. The treatment guidelines for Fragile X disorders can be found on their website here.

If you’d like to help the National Fragile X Foundation, you can do so by placing an order on frameusa.com during February. You can also become a leadership partner or sign up to give them a monthly donation on their website her

Military Spouse Retreat Charity

October Charity of the Month – Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

Every month, Frame USA chooses a different local or national charity to support. Community involvement and helping those in need is super important to us. We contribute to charities by donating money, time, and resources. For every order placed on frameusa.com, we donate $0.75 to the charity of the month.

Chris Kyle Frog Foundation

October 2018’s Charity of the Month is the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF). This foundation focuses on helping marriages and families of military staff, veterans, and first responders stay together. They offer a variety of resources and programs to strengthen family units and marriages, with the goal of helping future generations. CKFF was founded by Taya Kyle in honor of her late husband, Chris Kyle.

“Chris and Taya knew first-hand the challenges military and first responder families encounter from their lives of service. Prior to Chris’ untimely passing in February 2013, he was developing his vision for CKFF programs to support active duty military, veterans and first responder marriages and families. Today, Taya and the CKFF team are fulfilling Chris’ vision through the development and delivery of life-changing, impactful programs and services to service couples across the U.S.” –www.chriskylefrogfoundation.org

Some of the programs that the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation currently offers are:

Date Night Out – a program for military couples to spend time together and also with other service couples. It’s important to share common experiences and have fun spending quality time together.

Revitalization Retreats – Married service couples can apply or be nominated for a special retreat. The retreat provides accommodation for transportation, meals, activities, entertainment, and child care.

Empowered Spouses Retreat – a weekend retreat in a remote place where spouses can get together and meet people with similar experiences. They also offer professional guidance and a variety of fun activities.

Mastering Your Marriage – This is a Capstone program that combines a retreat and online curriculum to teach service couples new skills to support their marriage.

Military Spouse Retreat Charity

Remember that for all of October 2018, each order on frameusa.com contributes a $0.75 donation to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. We also allow you to make an additional donation if you choose at checkout!

 

Charity Foundation for Parkinson's

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s – Charity of the Month

Frame USA’s September charity of the month is the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s.

Every month, Frame USA sponsors a different charity organization. It’s important to us to give back to our community and help those in need. For every order placed on Frameusa.com, we donate $0.75 to the charity of the month. We also help gather donations of money, time, and resources.

Charity Foundation for Parkinson's
The charity we’re donating to for September 2018 is the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. This foundation focuses on supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease to live well.

“While it’s critical to find a cure for Parkinson’s, we feel strongly that people with Parkinson’s also need information in order to take action and live well today.”www.davisphinneyfoundation.org 

Davis Phinney was an Olympic cyclist who celebrated more victories than any other cyclist in American history. Between the 1970’s and 1993, Davis achieved 328 cycling awards. However, Davis was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson’s Disease in 2000 after years of unexplained illness.

Davis was relieved to finally have a name for what was causing these symptoms.  He had been feeling fatigue, muscle cramping, and weakness for years. He founded the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s after realizing there are ways to improve his symptoms and quality of life. His foundation helps fund new research to demonstrate the effectiveness of techniques like exercise and speech in improving Parkinson’s symptoms.

“Today, Davis lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and fellow Olympian, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, and their children Taylor and Kelsey. Davis continues to celebrate the daily victories in his life and inspires others with his message of optimism and encouragement to help people with Parkinson’s live well today.” – www.davisphinneyfoundation.org 

The foundation offers resources including informative books written by disorder specialists, ambassadors who inform their communities, and a library of educational videos.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to get involved, they are accepting volunteers. You can add a donation to your order on Frameusa.com along with the $0.75 we automatically donate.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

Charity of the Month August 2018: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Charity means a lot to us at Frame USA.

Every month, Frame USA selects a different local or national charity to donate to. It’s our goal to make a difference in the community by providing resources and donating money and time to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

This month we have a returning local charity – The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. This foundation works to help prevent melanoma through education, awareness, and supporting research to find a cure. They named their foundation after Andy Caress, a young man from Cincinnati who lost his battle to melanoma at age 24 in August 2010.

On their website, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation says this about Andy and his battle:

“In October, 2008, Andy became concerned about a mole on the back of his neck and went to a dermatologist. The biopsy indicated that the mole was melanoma, a disease that Andy and his family knew next to nothing about. Then Andy started on a 22 month journey to try to beat back “the Beast”, as he called it. He started with surgeries to remove the mole and the lymph nodes in his neck in Cincinnati, then continued his treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he worked with an incredible medical team, headed by world renowned melanoma specialist, Dr. Patrick Hwu. Andy and his close friend started a web page, andycaress.org, where Andy chronicled his journey, and friends could send him messages. To date, there have been over 36,000 visitors to that site!

Andy bravely endured more surgeries on his neck, the insertion of a rod to strengthen his femur, countless rounds of radiation, and weeks upon weeks of debilitating bio-chemo therapy. He remained positive and confident that he would win his fight. He became friends with other young adults who were also battling melanoma, and referred to them and himself as ‘Melanoma Warriors.'”

To continue the work that Andy began, ACMF has based their mission around his goals. They list their goals as the following:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Along with taking donations through Frame USA’s Charity of the Month and other private donations, ACMF is always in need of volunteers for events. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their website here for more information.

August Charity of the Month

Frame USA Charity VICRC

Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center

At Frame USA it’s important to us to make a difference.

Each month Frame USA supports a different charity organization. It’s a priority to us to help those in need by donating money, time, and other assistance and resources. Our goal is to make a difference in the community, both local and national, by providing resources to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Frame USA Charity VICRC

July 2018’s Charity of the Month is a local organization called Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, or VICRC. The Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center is a non-profit organization which provides resources to at risk community members that help them to build lifelong stability. VICRC’s mission is to build self-sustainability and create lasting change in the Lockland, OH area community.

VICRC provides emergency resources for families in need. They have a food pantry where every 30 days low income families can go “shopping” for free. This food pantry offers a wide selection of not only food, but also personal care products and baby formula. VICRC understands the impact of and wants to help reduce food insecurities and the rising childhood hunger rates.

In addition to their food pantry, VICRC has a similar clothing pantry. Every 30 days families have access to free clothing and housewares. They insure low income families and children have proper clothing, along with necessary household items such as dishes, cookware, and small appliances. Their clothing pantry also has other necessities available including baby diapers, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products.

Charity Valley Interfaith

Along with emergency material resources, VICRC offers financial aid to residents in the area who are at risk of eviction or utility disconnection. This resource reduces the risk of homelessness or loss of crucial utilities services like water and electricity.

Valley Interfaith also provides holiday assistance to families in need. They will give holiday packages including food boxes and children’s gifts for Easter, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday season. Along with this, they have a Back-to-School program where households with school age children receive school supplies at the beginning of the school year.

Valley Interfaith Charity

To learn more about Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, you can visit their website here. They are also currently accepting volunteers who are mission driven, team players, enthusiastic about helping others, and supportive of their vision.

Remember that for the whole month of July 2018, any purchase made on www.frameusa.com goes toward helping this charity. Frame USA’s website also gives you the option at checkout to make an additional donation to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center if you choose to do so.

Charity VICRC

Charity of the Month Frame USA

June Charity of the Month: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Frame USA is dedicated to helping those in need.

Every month, we support a different local or national charity by donating money, time, and other resources. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to offer our assistance to those who need it the most.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Charity of the month

The charity we have chosen for June 2018 is the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, also known as SPAN.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They are a community organization working for advocacy and education. SPAN offers services and counseling for adults, youth, and children because they know that people of all ages need support.

They run an emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay. In their March 2018 newsletter, SPAN published this story about Becca, a mother living in their shelter:

“Becca is in shelter with us, she has three children in elementary school. Becca’s oldest child does not qualify for transportation from the school district because the school is less than two miles from our shelter and the child is seen as old enough to walk. However, Becca does not feel safe allowing the child to walk alone because of the family violence they are currently experiencing. For this reason she makes the walk — 1.9 miles — twice daily with her older child and coordinates this with the pick-up/ drop off schedules for her two other children. The total walking trips to bus stops and schools takes about 75 minutes each morning and afternoon.
This leaves Becca only a few hours a day to work on the things she hopes to accomplish while in shelter such as, finding permanent housing, connecting with legal support, getting to doctor’s appointments etc.”

Written by Roshan Kalantar

Other resources SPAN provides include support for LGBTQ folks, legal advocacy, Latinx services, and support for immigrants. To learn more, visit their website here.

We are incredibly proud to be working with SPAN this month, and hope to provide them with a substantial amount of donations. To help us out, be sure to donate during the checkout process at frameusa.com!

SPAN Charity