Step 1: Vote for your 2019 Charity

The 2019 Foodie Philanthropy Charity Selection Committee needs your voice! Please vote for the charity you would like to see receive the funds from next year's event (set for February 2, 2019).

Below the poll is a short description of each of the charities that submitted a comprehensive profile of their program and were deemed eligible by the Charity Selection Committee. Thank you in advance for your assistance in helping select the 2019 Foodie Philanthropy charity recipient.

Voting will conclude at 5:00pm on Friday, July 27th.

Best Wishes,
2019 Foodie Philanthropy Steering Committee

Please choose 1 program to be the recipient of the 2019 Foodie Philanthropy Charity fund:

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* 1. Please choose 1 program to be the recipient of the 2019 Foodie Philanthropy Charity fund:

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1.  Charity Name: Alzheimer's Association, North Central Texas Chapter

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: REACH, Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health, is briefly defined as a multi-domain psychosocial and behavioral training intervention for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia living at home.

Request for Funding Overview:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the oldest and largest national voluntary health organization committed to combating Alzheimer’s disease. Based in Fort Worth, the North Central Texas Chapter works daily to further its mission 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. In addition to the menu of information, education and support services it offers through multiple avenues, for the past eight years the North Central Texas Chapter has served 2,054 families through the REACH Program, Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health. This nationally recognized evidence-based program is designed to reduce caregiver burden and depression, improve caregivers' ability to provide self-care and provide social support. Caregivers are provided with a customized plan of support which includes face-to-face home visits, educational information, skills to manage care recipient behaviors, social and telephonic support, cognitive strategies and strategies for managing stress and enhancing healthy behaviors. A six-month intervention that is delivered in the home by master’s level professionals, REACH promotes independence and decreases the risk of premature nursing home placement. One caregiver called REACH “an incredible and, quite possibly, lifesaving program!” Another local family member said, “I can’t imagine how caregivers make it without a program like this!”

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
There are at least 380,000 individuals in Texas with Alzheimer’s, a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgements, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals often experience changes in personality and behavior; at the same time they become increasingly dependent on others to meet their needs. More than 70% of those with Alzheimer’s disease live at home where family members provide most of their care. The duration of Alzheimer’s disease can vary from three to 20 years, making the toll on caregivers prolonged and difficult. Caregivers frequently need assistance in coping with what are typically experienced as overwhelming demands associated with providing care at home for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. An evidence-based program targeting at-home caregivers, REACH was identified as an effective approach in helping caregivers carry out the role thrust upon them by Alzheimer’s disease, while reducing their risk of prematurely placing their loved ones in nursing home care. Our Association’s eight years of providing this service have demonstrated its impact both through program evaluation and caregiver feedback.

Website: www.alz.org/northcentraltexas

2.  Charity Name: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Academic Success Initiative, a comprehensive homework help, tutoring and literacy program

Request for Funding Overview:
As the premiere youth development organization ¡n Fort Worth, our overarch¡ng goal is attained by focusing on academic success, healthy lifestyle initiatives and positive c¡tizenship. The Club provides quality programs for over 2,000 youth ¡n e¡ght strategically located branches and outreach programs. The Academic Success lnitiative is a comprehensive homework help, tutoring and literacy program that provides youth with the support, resources, and gu¡dance necessary to succeed academically. Our youth are dery¡ng the odds and breaking the cycle within their families despite the disadvanlaged background they come from. Through the Academ¡c Success lnitiat¡ve, children receive the resources, support, and
guidance they need to succeed in academics and beyond.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:

The Academic Success lnitiative is a comprehensive homework help, tutoring, and l¡teracy program that provides youth with the support, resources, and guidance necessary to succeed academically. After-school and summer programs present the greatest opportun¡ty to close the education gap and help all kids succeed. The program is offered every day after school. During the summer, efforts are focused on reducing the summer learning loss that many low income youth exper¡ence. Each day after school, youth go to the educat¡on room to work on homework, receive tutoring, and participate in literacy or other educational activities. Through ASl, Club staff identifies areas of improvement and provide extra attent¡on and focused assistance to alrisk members and those in need of motivation and d¡rect¡on. The additional support provided through the ASI has proven to increase members'grades, literary levels and standardized test scores.

Website:  www.fortworthkids.org
3.  Charity Name: Cowboy Santas Program, Inc.

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Cowboy Santas

Request for Funding Overview:
Cowboy Santas serves low-income families in all Tarrant County of all races, ethnicities and economic levels.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
Program expansion to provide toys and books to children from low-income families no only at Christmas, but year round.

Website: www.cowboysantas.org
4. Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: iCan Shine Bike Camp

Request for Funding Overview
Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring genetic condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome, or approximately 6,000 births per year. Today, there are more than 400,000 people with Down syndrome living in the United States - more than 200 per year in North Texas. We are requesting consideration in support of our annual bike camp program. The iCan Shine Bike Camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle using adapted bike equipment during daily 75-minutes sessions over five days. Approximately 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. The remaining 20% often make great progress towards that goal. Bike camp builds self-confidence, independence and physical fitness.

Program/ Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: 
Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas has partnered with iCan Shine Bike Camp for 8 years. This one-week program is provided to individuals with Down syndrome to allow them to learn to ride a bike. We enroll 30-35 students each year. Individuals receive 75 minutes of daily instruction. The cost per attendee is $150. Additionally, we assist them with the purchase of their own bike and safety equipment.

Website: www.dspnt.org
5.  Charity Name: Gladney Center for Adoption

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: New Beginning for Waiting Children

Request for Funding Overview:
The grant funds would be used to raise awareness in the community about children in state foster care waiting for adoption, increase the number of prospective families who are recruited to apply to adopt these children, and support and empower adoptive families and children through the adoption process and beyond through pre-adoption training and post adoption services for a lifetime

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
With your partnership, we will raise awareness in the community about waiting children in foster care and medically fragile infants through outreaches and information sessions; provide initial information to families who contact Gladney to inquire about adopting a child; complete orientations; recruit and train new families; place children from foster care with adoptive families; and support and empower families and children beyond the adoption process through placement preparation, explanation of Gladness' Post Adoption Services, answers to questions, and evaluation of needs.

Website:  www.gladney.org

6.  Charity Name: Helping Restore Ability

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: In Home Attendant Care

Request for Funding Overview:
Helping Restore Ability provides attendant care to children and adults with long term disabilities, allowing them to remain in their homes, living as independently 
possible.  Many of HRA clients are able to continue school or work thanks to the care provided, and avoid more costly institutional care as well as maximize their quality of life and contribute to the community they live in.  HRA serves 1,000 clients each year.  Donations must be raised to fund the out of pocket enrollment costs of approximately $1,000 per client that is require to enroll a client in a lifetime of attendant care services.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
Helping Restore Ability's In Home Attendant Care program provides disable children and adults with attendant care to allow them to remain in their homes, living with their families and as independent as possible.  Ninety-eight (98%) of HRA's clients are Medicaid eligible and come to HRA to get help in finding an attendant or helping them hire someone they know.  HRA provides the necessary training for attendants, background checks, creation of necessary wage and tax information for the client/attendant as well as monitors the budget available for the client.

By enrolling a client in the Medicaid eligible services they have be approved for, HRA's data indicates that the current client base require $26,000 in services each year.  the average cost of the alternative, institutional care, is $80,000.  Therefore, by providing the attendant care services to support the client remaining in their home, the Medicaid system (supported by taxpayers) saves $54,000 per client.  HRA can enroll a client for $1,000 donation.  Over the average client lifetime of 25 years, this results in a impacted savings of $1,350,000 per client.

Website: www.hratexas.org 
7.  Charity Name: Hope Center 4 Autism

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Therapist Training Program

Request for Funding Overview:
In 2017, the CDC increased the estimate of autism's prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59 children. We provide therapy designed specifically for the needs of each child and delivered by trained therapists. We focus on language skills, cognitive development, self-help and social play skills. As the number of children diagnosed increases, we need to increase their access to therapy.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
At Hope Center for Autism we do an intake evaluation on each child and develop a program specifically focusing on the child and their individual needs. The child is assigned a therapist and a treatment plan. With increasing numbers of children being diagnosed and families looking for therapy we need to increase the number of service hours offered.

Website: www.hopecenter4autism.org
8.  Charity Name: The Ladder Alliance, Inc.

Program/ Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Computer Skills Training-General Operating Support for The Ladder Alliance Programs

Request for Funding Overview:
The Ladder Alliance addresses the issue of economic insecurity by equipping 300+ women victims of domestic violence and low-income women with necessary skills that will drive positive impact in an increasingly technological word, focusing on educating women for 21st century jobs.  According to a report published by the Women's Economic Security Campaign, providing education that leads to jobs that help sustain the family is directly related to improving economic security for low-income women.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
Ladder Alliance provides two distinct programs to ready women to either enter or return to the workforce.  The Basic Computer SkillsTraining program offers participants the training to learn entry level skills, including keyboarding, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, and internet usage.  Professional Office Skills Training expands upon the basic training by offering participants advanced Microsoft Office skills, business communication, customer service, and other relevant administrative and technical skills.  Tarrant County College conducts the certified customer service program for Professional Office Skills Training participants.


Website: www.ladderalliance.org
9.  Charity Name: Meals On Wheels, Inc. of Tarrant County

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Home-delivered Meals Program

Request for Funding Overview:
Hunger and loneliness are critical issues facing our homebound friends and neighbors.  Meals On Wheels Home-Delivered Meals program combats both of these problems.  Every day, volunteers knock on our clients doors to greet them with a smile and a nutritious meal which provides them with full stomachs, happy hearts, and the ability to continue the independence of living on their own.  The Home-Delivered Meals program provided meals to more than 5,000 individuals this past year.  Meals on Wheels brings more to people than just a meal; it brings nutritional, physical, and emotional well-bing.  In short: it brings hope.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
The Home-Delivered Meals program would benefit greatly by these funds.  Our clients receive a nutritious noon mean, delivered by a volunteer, which caters to their specific needs.  Many of our clients suffer from one, if not more, chronic health conditions such as diabetes or congestive heart failure and require a low sodium, low fat meal.  The Home-Delivered Meals program seeks to meet the need of clients to the highest degree, which for some of our clients require more than a noon meal.  A breakfast program is available for these clients and the funding would support the need for extra meals.

Website: www.mealsonwheels.org
10.  Charity Name: The Parenting Center

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Child Abuse Prevention

Request for Funding Overview:
We know that parenting is one of the hardest jobs in the world and everyone, no matter how successful their family bay be, can use the resources to help them find even greater success.  At The Parenting Center, it is our goal to give every child in Tarrant County the childhood they deserve.  Our expert team has provided more than 525,000 families wraparound services that enhance and support the parenting experience.  Through these efforts, The Parenting Center works to educate the community and prevent child abuse.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
Our clinical Counseling and Family Life Education programs are our driving forces for child abuse prevention.  With the help of Foodie Philanthropy, we will continue to educate the community and prevent child abuse through these services.

Family Life Education:
* Evidence-based parenting classes on more than 50-curring-edgetopics, ranging from basic parenting skills to complex issues and spanning birth through the teen years.  Most classes are two hours in length, some are offered online and two courses are eight-week series.  Classes are offered at The Parenting Center's office, as well as various locations throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Clinical Counseling:
*Our clinical counseling program provides services for individual, family, group, marriage and relationship counseling, as well as play therapy for children as young as three years old.  Recently, kid summer camps for all age groups and veteran support groups have been added to the counseling program.

Website: www.theparentingcenter.org 
11.  Charity Name: Project 4031

Program/Project the Foodie Philanthropy Funds Benefit: Funding for Families

Request for Funding Overview:
Project 4031 is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, strengthening end of life stories for terminally ill children and adults. Our mission is to promote peace through emotional, spiritual, and physical support for terminally ill patients and their families. Project 4031 exists because over one-third of terminally ill patients have substantial care needs, and evidence suggests this last phase of life is accompanied by significant emotional distress, financial hardship and inadequate support for patients and families. 

The University of Victoria’s Center on Aging found that 20% of caregivers quit their job, or make another major life change in order to care for a loved one; Further, 40% of families used Request for Proposal, Continued (Page 2 of 4) all their savings providing care for a loved one. Funding for Families provides financial assistance to terminally ill children and adults who are in financial devastation and having difficulty meeting basic needs such as paying for utility bills, mortgage/rent, groceries, and health care items. Families with a terminally ill loved one must deal with the crushing reality of their loved one dying, they wonder what life will be like without them and how they will go on. The overwhelming financial burden of caring for the loved one may also threaten the immediate safety of their family—with an eviction or turning off utilities that the dying person needs to stay alive, they are terrified and heartbroken. The Foodie Philanthropy Grant would allow Project 4031 to serve 50+ patients with the average of 4 people to a home this ripple effect would serve 200+ individuals in our community.

Program/Project the Requested Funds Impact:
Project 4031’s Funding for Families Program provides the initial financial breathing room that families need as they plan their next steps. Some of these families’ finances will return to normalcy after their loved one passes, when the caregiver can return to work and the medical bills are over. Other families need a little time to plan what financial moves they need to make, especially if their loved one was the primary financial source of household income before their illness.

Kaya, a 4-month-old little girl, was recently served by Project 4031. Her family’s life turned upside-down as they struggled to care for her and accept she was near the end of her life. It is not uncommon to see one parent walk away from the family because they simply can’t face this harsh reality. This is exactly what happened to Kaya. Sadly, her father walked away and as the sole bread winner for the family, Kaya’s now single mom was left to provide for her two daughters. Project 4031 made the difference in the life of a dying child and her family by paying their rent and utility bills for one month. This assistance allowed them to formulate a plan moving forward and kept them from being evicted. These are the types of incredibly difficult situations many patients and families find themselves in and the assistance from Project 4031 is the last and only life support they have in many cases.

Most importantly, Project 4031 is able to act quickly to meet the immediate needs of families.  Families are understandably preoccupied with the crisis of caring for their loved one, they often need bills paid in less than a week to avoid eviction or a utility shut off, as an example.  Project 4031 is able to issue same-day payment, if necessary.

Website:  www.project4031.org

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