Jeans BeCause – Daniel and Henry Co. Cares

Every month, The Daniel and Henry Co. will donate to at least one of our not-for-profit clients. We are giving our employees and producers the opportunity to contribute to the Jeans BeCause – Daniel and Henry Cares program. Those who give, receive a jeans day once a month.

  • 2017

    January
    MissionGateChristianCenterThe ministry of Mission Gate Christian Center has been threefold:  Regeneration, Rehabilitation and Reintegration.  Mission Gate Prison Ministry was founded in 1985. Conservatively nine out of ten that complete the Mission Gate program, never go back to prison.  The guiding purpose of Mission Gate Christian Center is to feed, clothe, shelter and spiritually counsel Christians and others in need, with the emphasis on assisting the homeless, inmates of correctional institutions, and the families of inmates of correctional institutions.

    To learn more about Mission Gate Christian Center, Inc. and their volunteer opportunities, click here.

    March
    Better Family Life Logo
    Better Family Life (BFL) was founded in 1983. The 5 pillars that support the developmental thrust of BFL are Community Outreach, Cultural Arts, Housing and Asset Development, Youth, Family and Clinical Services and Workforce Development.

    BFL’s mission is to plan and establish social, cultural, artistic, youth, economic, housing, educational programs that help to promote positive and innovative changes within the metropolitan St. Louis area. Much of BFL’s programming is geared toward people who are unemployed, underemployed, disadvantaged and skill-deficient.

    BFL’s vision is to enlighten and empower people to develop vibrant communities and enhance the capabilities of its residents. Central to this vision is The Better Family Life Cultural, Educational and Business Center, which serves as the central hub of community gathering, learning, research, affordable housing and community development, entrepreneurial development and new business enterprise, vibrant neighborhoods, workforce development towards self-sufficiency and civic activism.

    To learn more about this wonderful organization and the work they do, click here.

    April
    food

    The St. Louis Area Food Bank began its service to the community in 1975.  Today, they continue to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those I need of food assistance.  Over the years, they have grown to be the bi-state region’s largest non-profit 501(c)(3) food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need.  The St. Louis Area Foodbank feeds roughly 43,000 people in 26 counties each week by distributing food through its network of 500 partner agencies. The mission statement of St. Louis Area Foodbank is simply stated: Feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger.

    To learn more about St. Louis Area Food Bank, read inspiring stories, learn how to volunteer and provide support, click here.

    May
    adopt

    The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the St. Louis metropolitan community.
    This is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. They help connect all other resources to help foster families find a permanent home and encourage adoptive families.  They provide 24-7 Help   Crisis Intervention services for pre- and post-adoptive/guardianship families in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. 

    [RE]Fresh is a Fashion Forward Resale Boutique with great clothes and accessories for everyone, from designer items to vintage finds. 

    You can make a foster child’s birthday wishes come true by becoming a Birthday Buddy!  As a Birthday Buddy, you donate presents to a foster child who has been identified as likely to receive very few or no gifts for his/her birthday.

    There are opportunities to grant a little wish or to grant a big wish or to volunteer in a number of other meaningful ways. To learn more about the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, explore their many programs, join their mailing list, and more, click here.

    June
    cancersupportcenter

    Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis  is an affiliate of the  international non-profit organization Cancer Support Community, whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community to enhance their overall well-being.

    Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis offers more than 150 workshops, managed by licensed mental-health professionals, and professionally-led  groups monthly ~ all provided at no charge ~ for men, women, and children whose lives have been impacted by cancer. Their program is designed to help people with cancer and their friends and family deal with the physical, psychological and emotional challenges of cancer.  They offer support, education, healthy lifestyle/stress management, social opportunities and resource/referral.

    To learn more about Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, click here.

    July
    UrsulineUrsuline Provincialate Central Province of the U.S.:
    Taking root in Brescia, Italy in 1535, the Ursulines grew and extended their presence to France, Germany and other parts of Europe. They established a strong identity as educators and founded communities and schools for the education of girls wherever they went. Pioneer educators in North America, they arrived in Quebec in 1639 and New Orleans in 1727.

    During the 19th century, more Ursulines arriving from Europe and Canada settled in Missouri, New York, Maine and California, bringing the tradition begun by foundress Angela Merici to new educational endeavors. These new communities of Ursulines grew and spread across the country.

    The Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province have ministries in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota but also serve in many other places. As the needs of the times change, Ursulines continually broaden their ministries to meet society’s needs, reaching beyond geographical boundaries to serve around the world.

    Today’s Ursulines continue to minister in educational institutions on every level. They also are involved in spiritual and social services fields with outreach to immigrants, the dying, elderly homeless and other disenfranchised populations.

    To learn more about Ursuline Provincialate, their global reach, ministries, and to see what’s new, click here  and by reading Laurels, a publication of the Central Province.

    August
    American Youoth Foundation

    The American Youth Foundation was established in 1925 by a group of progressive leaders committed to helping young people reach their potential. The founders were inspired by a common vision: to develop leaders for all of life’s vocations, to inspire young people to discover and develop their own best self, and to give them the tools to live a balanced life.     

    Early leaders of the organization purchased two scenic properties: one on Lake Michigan, which they named Miniwanca, and one in the Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire, named Merrowvista. After a busy year of preparation, they began conducting distinctive camp conferences at the two sites in the summer of 1925.  For over 90 years, Miniwanca and Merrowvista have continued to evolve to meet the needs of the young people served.     

    Learn more about American Youth Foundation, their camps and programs, national leadership conference, and ways to support AYF by clicking here.

  • 2016

    January
    BCI   The Boone Center’s Social Mission is to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of productive and fulfilling employment. Boone Center’s Business Mission is to provide human resources and manage logistics to deliver superior value added processing for our customers through partnership based on trust, quality, reliability and flexibility. When both missions are met they achieve their vision: All people have the opportunity to achieve their potential and find purpose in meaningful employment.

    To learn more about Boone Center click here.

    March
    Riverbend Head StartThe mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is to enable children and families to develop the positive skills to meet life’s challenges.

    Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is a non-profit agency that provides children living in poverty, or challenged with special circumstances, with an early childhood education through Head Start and Early Head Start programs. They teach preschoolers early math, reading and vocabulary so they are on the same level as their peers when they enter kindergarten. They help infants and toddlers master their fine and gross motor skills and learn those valuable socialization skills. Children also receive health and dental exams. In addition, they are a comprehensive program and work with the families on nutrition, unemployment, education challenges and more.  Parents in the Riverbend Head Start & Family Services program are encouraged to volunteer in their classrooms and are taught to become their child’s first teacher.

    Riverbend Head Start & Family Services serves Madison County, Illinois families with a child ages birth through five that qualify for their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. They also enroll pregnant moms into their Early Head Start program.

    To learn more about Riverbend Head Start and their volunteer opportunities, click here.

    April
    cancersupportcenterCancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis  is an affiliate of the  international non-profit organization Cancer Support Community, whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community to enhance their overall well-being. All programs are completely free of charge and offered in a comfortable, home-like environment. Cancer Support Community offers professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes to empower and educate individuals affected by cancer.

     To learn more about Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, click here.

    May
    Affinia_Ver_PMS
    The history of Affinia Healthcare, Inc. (formerly Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc.) begins in 1906 when it was part of the mission work of Holy Cross House. Called Holy Cross Dispensary, the Health Center, was founded when treatment was offered to the city’s alcoholics. The doctors who administered “the cure” suggested that the community might be better served by a clinic, which could offer services to other needy individuals as well.

    Today, Affinia Healthcare is a dynamic and transformative health system, providing affordable primary and preventive health care services to residents in the City of St. Louis. Their five facilities are staffed and equipped to provide comprehensive Primary Care Services, in addition to an array of Health Support Services and Community Health Programs.

    Affinia provides trusted health services through highly qualified and dedicated professionals at each of their locations. These providers, working alongside dedicated staff and volunteers, have received their training and certifications from some of the most highly regarded programs in the nation.  Affinia Healthcare provides medical, oral health, and behavioral health services. In addition they provide ancillary and community health services.

    To learn more about Affinia Healthcare and how to help, click here

    June
    Shakespeare_Festival

    Inspired by R. Crosby Kemper, III, the idea of a free Shakespeare festival began in 1997, and with broad civic support Shakespeare Festival St. Louis received 501(c)3 status in December 1999. In 2001 Chairman of the Board Marvin Moskowitz, first Managing Director Lana Pepper, and a visionary Board of community leaders produced the first annual free Shakespeare festival in Forest Park. Since the initial two-week run that attracted 33,000 audience members, the Festival has grown into a year-round institution producing over 250 public performances annually for nearly 100,000 patrons and students.

    Today the Festival is recognized as an arts and culture leader and has received numerous awards including “Best Theatre Company,” “Most Innovative Arts Organization,” and Exemplary Community Achievement from the Missouri Humanities Council. In January 2015, the Festival received the Arts and Education Council’s Excellence in the Arts Award.

     To learn more about Shakespeare Festival St. Louise and how to get involved and provide support, click here.

    ucp-heartland-main-logo

    Founded in 1953, United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (UCP) is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury.  UCP Heartland is committed to change and progress for children and adults with disabilities, whether it is a disability manifested from birth, the result of an accident or as a consequence of aging.

    The mission of UCP Heartland is to provide the highest quality of programs, services and supports while advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities in Central and Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.  UCP Heartland provides five primary services, including Children’s Services, Family Support Services, Adult Day Services, Residential Services and Employment Services.

    To learn more about UCP Heartland, their upcoming events, and opportunities for giving, click here.

    July
    CASA Cook County

    The CASA vision is to protect children who have experienced neglect and abuse by providing them a voice in court, a safe and permanent home, and an opportunity to grow, learn and thrive.

    For nearly 30 years, CASA of Cook County has been training diligent, committed, everyday citizens to stand up for children in the foster care system who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect.  Trained volunteers advocate for the best interest of foster children who are under the jurisdiction of the Cook County Juvenile Court through no fault of their own. 

    CASA of Cook County’s Child Advocacy Program works to diminish the challenges faced by children in foster care by recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers who advocate for the best interests of children in court and who strive to ensure that children leave the system to live in safe, permanent homes. Unlike caseworkers and other child welfare professionals, CASA volunteers handle only one case at a time and are able to give each child the attention he/she needs and deserves.

    Volunteer advocates are court-appointed to cases deemed most in need of individual, dedicated support. CASA dedicates one advocate to champion one child, or one set of siblings, ensuring that the child’s voice is present in court even if the child is not.

    To learn more about CASA of Cook County, read some of their stories. learn how to get involved and provide support, click here.

    SeniorServicesPlusLogo

    Senior Services Plus, Inc., was established in 1973 after three seniors-Floyd Galliher, Art Steinman and Roy Morrow-realized the need for more senior programs in the Alton area. These three seniors soon formed the Alton Area Senior Citizens Council which has become the present-day Senior Services Plus, Inc.

    From its humble beginnings to the present, the agency has gone through one metamorphosis after another, even emerging bigger, bolder, and stronger than before, even in the face of adversity and difficult economic times.  It is conceivably the only senior agency in the state that offers every major funded program that the Illinois Department on Aging has developed, plus several of its own creations under one umbrella agency.

    Programs include: Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Travel, Foster Grandparents and J.B. School of Dance.

    Services include:  Home Care, Wellness & Fitness, Information & Assistance, Care Transitions, Events & Activities

    Locations served include the Headquarters in Alton, IL. with additional locations in Madison County and St. Clair County, IL.

    To learn more about Senior Services Plus and their upcoming events, click here.

    SSP will host the 7th Annual Feed the Need Benefit Concert for Meals on Wheels at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater feature Rodney Atkins with special guest Jana Kramer.  Ticket price and more information is available by clicking here.

    August
    UrbanStrategiesLogo

    Urban Strategies Inc. is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in implementing place-based human capital development strategies in public housing communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization. Founded in 1978, Urban Strategies works to help communities build safe neighborhoods, enhanced schools, and a range of comprehensive human service supports. Their work is focused in urban core residential communities and is designed to build social and economic mobility for low-income families living in mixed-income communities.

    The Mission of Urban Strategies is to empower residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods to lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities.

    Urban Strategies, Inc. believes people are at the heart of our neighborhoods, and their capacity to learn, earn and thrive makes community change possible.  They know that successful community development requires a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies around building people and building place.

    To learn more about Urban Strategies, explore their work, learn how to get involved and provide support, click here.

    food

    The St. Louis Area Food Bank began its service to the community in 1975.  Today, they continue to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those I need of food assistance.  Over the years, they have grown to be the bi-state region’s largest non-profit 501(c)(3) food distribution charity dedicated to feeding those in need.

    The St. Louis Area Foodbank feeds roughly 57,100 hungry individuals per week by distributing food through its network of 500 partner agencies.

    The mission statement of St. Louis Area Foodbank is simply stated: Feed hungry people by distributing food throughout the bi-state region and engage our community in the fight against hunger.

    To learn more about St. Louis Area Food Bank, read inspiring stories, learn how to volunteer and provide support, click here.

    September
    st-louis-county-library-logo

    The St. Louis County Library District was established as a political subdivision of the State of Missouri with taxing authority by an election held in April of 1946. The first library building opened in 1947 and was quickly followed by two branch locations in the heavily populated portion of North County. The 1960s saw an additional four branches, including a new Headquarters building and the first of many building expansions. This building boom resulted in the construction of branches throughout the 524 square miles of the county. A tax levy passed in 1973 allowed the library to add 12 branches to the system, bringing the total number of branch locations to 20. The St. Louis County Library is supported primarily by the property taxes of District residents.

    The Mission of the St. Louis County Library District is to provide the resources and services to enrich individual minds, enhance lives and expand perspectives.To learn more about St. To learn more about the St. Louis County Library, explore their many programs, author events, and to learn how to volunteer, click here.

    October
    adopt

    The Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition strives to create permanency in every foster child’s life by recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families in the St. Louis metropolitan community. This is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. They help connect all other resources to help foster families find a permanent home and encourage adoptive families. They provide 24/7 free Crisis Intervention services for pre- and post-adoptive/guardianship families in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County.  REFRESH is a Fashion Forward Resale Boutique with great clothes and accessories for everyone, from designer items to vintage finds. 

    You can make a foster child’s birthday wishes come true by becoming a Birthday Buddy!  As a Birthday Buddy, you donate presents to a foster child who has been identified as likely to receive very few or no gifts for his/her birthday.

    To learn more about the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, explore their many programs, and to learn how to volunteer, click here.

    An upcoming event with delicious food, open bar, music, games, dancing, silent auction, and surprise entertainment is A Sizzling Celebration benefiting Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. For more information about this event, click here.

    November
    sisters-of-st-joseph-carondelet

    The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is a congregation of women religious which traces its origin to and follows the spirit of the foundation made in LePuy-Velay, France around 1650 by Jean Pierre Medaille, a Jesuit priest, with Francoise Eyraud and her five women companions, under the pastoral care of Henri de Maupas, Bishop of LePuy. The community had a rapid growth until the time of the French Revolution when convents were suppressed and the sisters were forced to live as lay persons. Mother St. John Fontbonne was one of these sisters. She returned to her parental home and continued to minister to others as she had done before.

    A combination of circumstances contributed to the first establishment of the Sisters of St. Joseph in America. Through her work with the Propagation of the Faith, Felicite’ Duras, a Countess, was greatly moved by a letter from Bishop Rosati, the first Bishop of St. Louis, asking for sisters who would undertake instruction of deaf-mutes.

    So the first six sisters, the oldest 30, the youngest 21, set sail from LeHavre, France January 17th, 1836 on the ship, the Natchez. They arrived in New Orleans March 5th after seven weeks at sea. Bishop Rosati had arranged for them to stay with the Ursuline Sisters and met with them the next day. (And he planned to travel north with them to St. Louis.)

    The sisters enjoyed the hospitality of the Ursulines for two weeks, learning much about life in America.

    They boarded a steamer, the George Collier, traveled up the Mississippi and reached their destination in St. Louis on March 25, 1836.

    In a letter of introduction the Archbishop of Lyons recommended the sisters by stating – “They will be excellent catechists, good infirmarians, and zealous instructors.”

    When these Sisters of St. Joseph arrived at their first foundation outside Europe, they brought with them the heritage of a tradition nearly two hundred years old.

    From Carondelet many institutions had their start and continue their good works to the present day. St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, St. Joseph’s Academy, Fontbonne College, now Fontbonne University, all began in the convent at Carondelet.

    To learn more about the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, take a virtual tour, explore their upcoming events, and learn other ways to give, click here.

    December
    UrsulineTaking root in Brescia, Italy in 1535, the Ursulines grew and extended their presence to France, Germany and other parts of Europe. They established a strong identity as educators and founded communities and schools for the education of girls wherever they went. Pioneer educators in North America, they arrived in Quebec in 1639 and New Orleans in 1727.

    During the 19th century, more Ursulines arriving from Europe and Canada settled in Missouri, New York, Maine and California, bringing the tradition begun by Angela to new educational endeavors. These new communities of Ursulines grew and spread across the country.

     

    The Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province have ministries in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota but also serve in many other places. As the needs of the times change, Ursulines continually broaden their ministries to meet society’s needs, reaching beyond geographical boundaries to serve around the world.

    Today’s Ursulines continue to minister in educational institutions on every level. They also are involved in spiritual and social services fields with outreach to immigrants, the dying, elderly homeless and other disenfranchised populations.

    To learn more about Ursuline Provincialate, their global reach, ministries, and to see what’s new, click here.

  • 2015

    January
    Eugene-Field-House-Logo
    The Eugene Field House & St. Louis Toy Museum was the boyhood home of Eugene Field, who is beloved to this day as the “Children’s Poet” and widely known as the “Father of the Personal Newspaper Column”.

    Eugene Field was born in St. Louis at 634 South Broadway, on September 2, 1850. His father, Roswell Martin Field, was a well-known attorney.

    In 1853 Roswell served as the attorney for the slaves Dred and Harriet Scott and their daughters, Eliza and Lizzy, when they brought action in federal court for their freedom. The Scotts were denied their freedom on the grounds that African-Americans were not citizens and therefore could not sue in federal court. The refusal of the United States Supreme Court to treat Dred and Harriet as citizens is believed by many to be a factor that precipitated the Civil War.

    In November 1856, Frances Field, Eugene’s mother, died and the next year Eugene and his brother, Roswell, were sent to Amherst, Massachusetts, to attend school and live with their paternal aunt, Mary, and their cousin, Mary Field French, until they entered college.

    While a student at the University of Missouri, Eugene was co-founder and literary editor of The Missourian, the campus newspaper. In May 1873, Mr. Field joined the staff of the St. Louis Journal and the following October married Julia Sutherland Comstock in St. Joseph, Missouri.

    Eugene’s first published children’s poem, “Christmas Treasures” was written in St. Louis. His career was to take him to St. Joseph, Missouri, back to St. Louis, and then to Kansas City and Denver, and finally to Chicago, where the Chicago Daily News hired him to write “exactly what I please on any subject I please.”

    Eugene Field died in his sleep on November 4, 1895, 62 days after his 45th birthday, a young man at the height of his career, famous for both his poetry and his column, and the father of five surviving children. He is buried in the churchyard of the Church of the Holy Comforter in Kenilworth, Illinois.

    To learn more about The Eugene Field House and Toy Museum and their upcoming events, click here.

    February

    gracehillhealth

    The Grace Hill mission is “To provide high quality health care and exceptional service, while promoting healthy lifestyles.”

    Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc. was established in 1906.  They provide low-cost, primary and preventive health care at five locations to primarily low-income and uninsured residents in the City of St. Louis.  Grace Hill Health Centers is accredited through The Joint Commission and a NCQA Accredited Organization.

    Community Health Centers like Grace Hill were funded under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act to provide primary and preventive health services in medically underserved areas.  They are located throughout the country and provide high quality, community-based care to over 12 million patients in rural and inner city areas.

    In 2009, Grace Hill Health Centers increased their capacity through additional programs and services and hired more providers.  For over a decade, their Children’s Developmental Center has served children from infancy to high school with developmental and behavioral problems.

    Grace Hill Health Centers also administers the Health Care for the Homeless Program for St. Louis and provides integrated mental health services in collaboration with BJC Behavioral Health.

    To learn more about Grace Hill Health Centers and opportunities to support them, click here.

    March
    SeniorServicesPlusLogo

     
    Senior Services Plus, Inc., was established in 1973 after three seniors-Floyd Galliher, Art Steinman and Roy Morrow-realized the need for more senior programs in the Alton area. These three seniors soon formed the Alton Area Senior Citizens Council which, through several metamorphoses, has become the present-day Senior Services Plus, Inc.

    Senior Services Plus is the “Leader in Aging” for the St. Louis area.  They are a non-profit 501c United Way agency established to help enrich the lives of older adults through programs and services that encourage independent living.  Their Mission is “to provide opportunities and resources to individuals as they age”.

    Programs include: Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Travel, Foster Grandparents and J.B. School of Dance.

    Services include:  Home Care, Wellness & Fitness, Information & Assistance, Care Transitions, Events & Activities and School House Grill & Dining.

    Locations served include Alton, Godfrey and Belleville, in Illinois, and St. Louis in Missouri.

    To learn more about Senior Services Plus and their upcoming events, click here.  

    April
    Girls_on_the_run2015

    Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program (PA-PYD) designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experience. The mission of Girls on the Run St. Louis is to empower girls for a lifetime of healthy living.

    Their program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grades inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

    The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

    Girls on the Run is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

    Girls on the Run® is a 501©3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

    To learn more about Girls on the Run or to Volunteer for an upcoming event, click here.

    May
    cancersupportcenter
    Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis  is an affiliate of the  international non-profit organization Cancer Support Community, whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community to enhance their overall well-being. All programs are completely free of charge and offered in a comfortable, home-like environment. Cancer Support Community offers professionally-led support groups, educational workshops, nutrition and exercise programs, and stress-reduction classes to empower and educate individuals affected by cancer.

    To learn more about Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, click here.  

    Another recipient for the month of May is:

    humane
    Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances. They provide a safe and caring haven to all animals in need – large and small – that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and pet overpopulation through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs and educational classes. The Humane Society is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through their adoption programs. They further support that bond by making available world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs.

    The Humane Society of Missouri receives no local, state or federal tax support, nor any United Way funding. They able to provide their programs and services thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.

    To learn more about Humane Society of Missouri, click here.

    June
    North Side Community School
    North Side Community School is a free, neighborhood, charter public elementary school serving children and families in North St. Louis City.  The mission of North Side Community School, a pre-K through 5 grade charter public school, is to ensure that all of its students acquire the skills, knowledge, and personal qualities needed for success in their classrooms and in middle school. 

    North Side Community School focuses on the whole child offering an exceptional academic experience, enrichment through art, music and cultural experiences, consistent physical education and extracurricular opportunities, and social and interpersonal development. 

    Skills are acquired through the use of innovative technology, individualized instruction, small class size, low student/teacher ratio, and the active involvement of parents and families.

    To learn more about North Side Community School and their volunteer opportunities, click here.

    July
    Riverbend Head Start
    For over 90 years, Riverbend Head Start & Family Services has embodied itself in their mission to serve those living in Madison County.

     Starting in 1916, a group of civic-minded individuals created a family oriented agency named Alton Public (Welfare) Council with a mission to help impoverished mothers care for their own children, and to provide care to people in their own homes.

    In 1923 Alton Visiting Nurse Association merged with the organization.  The two organizations formed Associated Charities.  In 1954 the name changed to Family Service and Visiting Nurse Association to more accurately reflect services given.

    Through the following years the organization began to provide counseling to adolescents and their families, became the grantee for the federal kindergarten readiness program called Head Start, became a United Way member agency to provide mental health services on a sliding fee scale, began a federal comprehensive child development program, and re-directed their focus from healthcare to child development, family strengthening and counseling services.  In 2000 the organization changed their name to Riverbend Head Start & Family Services to better reflect their focus.

    To learn more about Riverbend Head Start and their volunteer opportunities, click here.

    August
    MissionGateChristianCenter
    The ministry of Mission Gate Christian Center has been threefold:  Regeneration, Rehabilitation and Reintegration. 

    Mission Gate Prison Ministry was founded in 1985. Conservatively nine out of ten that complete the Mission Gate program, never go back to prison.

    The guiding purpose of Mission Gate Christian Center is to feed, clothe, shelter and spiritually counsel Christians and others in need, with the emphasis on assisting the homeless, inmates of correctional institutions, and the families of inmates of correctional institutions.

    To learn more about Mission Gate Christian Center, Inc and their volunteer opportunities, click here.

    September
    ucp-heartland-main-logo
    Founded in 1953, United Cerebral Palsy Heartland (UCP) is a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury.  UCP Heartland is committed to change and progress for children and adults with disabilities, whether it is a disability manifested from birth, the result of an accident or as a consequence of aging.

    The mission of UCP Heartland is to provide the highest quality of programs, services and supports while advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with disabilities in Central and Eastern Missouri and Southwestern Illinois.  UCP Heartland provides five primary services, including Children’s Services, Family Support Services, Adult Day Services, Residential Services and Employment Services.

    To learn more about UCP Heartland, their upcoming events, and opportunities for giving, click here.

    October
    UrsulineTaking root in Brescia, Italy in 1535, the Ursulines grew and extended their presence to France, Germany and other parts of Europe. They established a strong identity as educators and founded communities and schools for the education of girls wherever they went. Pioneer educators in North America, they arrived in Quebec in 1639 and New Orleans in 1727.

    During the 19th century, more Ursulines arriving from Europe and Canada settled in Missouri, New York, Maine and California, bringing the tradition begun by Angela to new educational endeavors. These new communities of Ursulines grew and spread across the country.

     

    The Ursuline Sisters of the Central Province have ministries in Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota but also serve in many other places. As the needs of the times change, Ursulines continually broaden their ministries to meet society’s needs, reaching beyond geographical boundaries to serve around the world.

    Today’s Ursulines continue to minister in educational institutions on every level. They also are involved in spiritual and social services fields with outreach to immigrants, the dying, elderly homeless and other disenfranchised populations.

    To learn more about Ursuline Provincialate, click here.

    November
    UrbanStrategiesLogo

    Urban Strategies Inc. is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in implementing place-based human capital development strategies in public housing communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization. Founded in 1978, Urban Strategies works to help communities build safe neighborhoods, enhanced schools, and a range of comprehensive human service supports. Their work is focused in urban core residential communities and is designed to build social and economic mobility for low-income families living in mixed-income communities.

    The Mission of Urban Strategies is to empower residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods to lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities.

    Urban Strategies, Inc. believes people are at the heart of our neighborhoods, and their capacity to learn, earn and thrive makes community change possible.  They know that successful community development requires a comprehensive and integrated set of strategies around building people and building place.

    To learn more about Urban Strategies, click here.

    December
    The Sheldon 2015   

    The Sheldon Arts Foundation is committed to the preservation and operation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and is dedicated to enriching the greater St. Louis region and beyond with a wide range of music, visual arts and educational programs of the highest quality, diversity and educational impact.

    The Sheldon Memorial, named after Walter Sheldon who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society, was designed by the noted 1904 World’s Fair architect Louis C. Spiering and opened its doors in 1912 as the home of the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Speakers such as Margaret Mead, Thurgood Marshall, R. Buckminster Fuller, Norman Cousins and Martha Gellhorn have spoken from its stage and the St. Louis Chapter of the League of Women Voters was founded in The Sheldon’s Green Room. The day after music was first heard in The Sheldon, the headline in the St. Louis Globe Democrat declared: “Acoustics found perfect.” Musicians and music loves have been enjoying those perfect acoustics for 100 years and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest.”

    When the Ethical Society relocated to St. Louis County in 1964, concert programs continued and the Society also used the facility as a community center for social action programs such as job training. From 1973 to 1984 The Sheldon was two different gospel churches and outside promoters began presenting concerts of jazz, blues and folk music. In 1984, Eugene Golden, a California attorney with a love for chamber music, purchased The Sheldon, began restoration of the hall, and engaged Walter Gunn as the first executive director. The non-profit Sheldon Arts Foundation was formed in 1988, and with Leigh Gerdine as chairman, purchased the facility in 1991 to preserve the venue as one of St. Louis’ important cultural resources. Paul Reuter became executive director in 1994 and a major capital campaign begun in 1996 made possible major renovations to the Concert Hall, Ballroom and the adjoining Annex, formerly a parking garage. A street level entrance and two elevators made the Concert Hall and Ballroom accessible for the first time in its history, a second floor lobby was added along with a sculpture garden between the two buildings, and the 7,000 square foot Sheldon Art Galleries were created on the first and second floors of the Annex. One year later in 1999, the third floor 500-seat ballroom called the Louis Spiering Room was opened. In 2001 new stained glass windows designed by Rodney Winfield were installed by Emil Frei & Sons in the Sheldon Concert Hall.

    Today The Sheldon is the site of over 350 events each year, including great jazz, folk and classical music in the Sheldon Concert Hall, featuring the world’s finest musicians. Artists such as Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, José Carreras, Herbie Hancock, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Judy Collins, Ren&eactute;e Fleming and many more have performed at The Sheldon. In addition, The Sheldon presents a wide range of educational programs for schools, Matinee Concerts for families, Coffee Concerts for seniors, and Sheldon Sessions and Ballroom Concerts for college students and young professionals. The weekly Notes From Home series showcases St. Louis musicians in every genre. The Sheldon Art Galleries present a wide range of exhibits in photography, architecture, St. Louis artists and collections, jazz history, children’s art, sculpture and emerging artists. Recent exhibits have included Josephine Baker: Image and Icon that drew visitors from Europe and around the country, was named best exhibit in 2006 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and travelled to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The Sheldon has also shown City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis and published the accompanying book of the same name, the first full-length book on St. Louis’ important contributions to jazz.

    The Sheldon collaborates with a host of community organizations on programs such as First Night, What’s Right with the Region Awards, Grand Center Visionary Awards, the 9/11 Commemoration, jazz and blues programs for Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies, and many fundraising events for other non-profit organizations in the St. Louis region.

    To learn more about The Sheldon, click here.

  • 2014

    January

    BCIThe Boone Center’s Social Mission is to enrich the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a choice of productive and fulfilling employment.  Boone Center’s Business Mission is to provide human resources and manage logistics to deliver superior value added processing for our customers through partnership based on trust, quality, reliability and flexibility.  When both missions are met they achieve their vision:  All people have the opportunity to achieve their potential and find purpose in meaningful employment.  

    To learn more about Boone Center click here.

    February

    PresbchildhomePresbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been helping struggling children and families since 1914. Their programs make a real difference in people’s lives, whether they are struggling with poverty or mental illness, abuse or neglect.  They give kids a safe, loving place to heal and to grow when their families can’t provide that.  And, they offer extra support that helps families weather trouble together.

    Since the agency’s beginning as an orphanage in Farmington, MO, it has grown into a state-wide organization offering a continuum of care that includes residential treatment, counseling, mentoring, education, and intensive in-home care for families in crisis.  Sadly, more than 35 percent of their clients were victims of sexual abuse before they came into their care, and 30 percent enter the agency’s programs with a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse.

    To learn more about Presbyterian Children’s Home, click here.

    March

    wellspring-logoWellSpring Resources began in 1959 as a county funded mental health service in Alton, Illinois and has grown to two facilities serving four counties in the Metro St. Louis Area. Prior to 2011, WellSpring Resources was formerly known as Community Counseling Center of Northern Madison County.

    WellSpring Resources serves more than 6,000 adults, children, couples and families each year and is nationally recognized as a leader in recovery. They offer skilled counseling, support, psychiatric and medical services, substance abuse and medication assisted recovery. Recovery is a way of living a satisfying, hopeful and contributing life.

    To learn more about WellSpring Resources, click here.

    April

    gracehill

    Grace Hill Settlement House works in partnership with neighbors and stakeholders to identify the social and economic challenges in North and South St. Louis, and establish families and communities that are strong and self-sustaining. 

    Through multiple hub-like locations, thousands of St. Louis residents are impacted each year by the multitude of resources and services that Grace Hill Settlement House offers which include early childhood, youth and family supports, aging and special needs, and community and economic development.

    The Settlement House Movement began in America in 1889 with the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams, who founded the Hull House in Chicago which was modeled after the Toynbee House in England.  The movement, locally, nationally, and internationally, strives to create a strong core within communities which supports and improves the social and economic status of individuals and families.  The goal is to reduce barriers and increase opportunities for equitable participation in the pursuit of the American Dream, while engaging people in defining their course toward self-reliance at the individual level and interdependence at the community level.  The work of the movement in the United States is produced by more than 750 settlements and millions of volunteers. 

    To learn more about Grace Hill Settlement House click here.

    May
    humane

    Since 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances. They provide a safe and caring haven to all animals in need – large and small – that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and pet overpopulation through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs and educational classes. The Humane Society is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through their adoption programs. They further support that bond by making available world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs.

    The Humane Society of Missouri receives no local, state or federal tax support, nor any United Way funding. They able to provide their programs and services thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.

    To learn more about Humane Society of Missouri, click here.

    June
    food

     
    The St. Louis Area Food Bank began its service to the community in 1975. They started out in an office space on Lindell Boulevard that was supplied by the Red Cross Bi-State Chapter. In that first year, St. Louis Area Food Bank distributed 135,000 pounds of food. In 2011, they distributed more than 25 million pounds of food received from food companies and grocery stores, the USDA, Feeding America, and community food drives organized by area businesses, groups, and individuals. The mission statement of St. Louis Area Foodbank is: Feed hungry people by distributing food through our partner agencies, and educate the public about the nature of and solutions to the problems of hunger.
    The $1,500 contribution by The Daniel & Henry Co. through Jeans BeCause will serve 6,000 people.

    To learn more about St. Louis Area Foodbank, click here.

    July
    Applied Scholastics logo

    Applied Scholastics is an international educational organization providing Study Technology, a precise set of learning tools. Established by a group of American educators in 1972 as a nonprofit, tax-exempt public benefit corporation, its purpose is to promote and develop programs of effective education for educators, business trainers, tutors, parents, children—anyone who needs improved study skills to enhance their scholastic, business and personal success.

    Applied Scholastics provides educators, vocational trainers, community leaders, parents and students with the tools they need to increase both learning rates and the ability to successfully apply what is studied. This is done by training people in Study Technology either at Applied Scholastics International Headquarters in Missouri or on location in their communities. Applied Scholastics also makes its books on Study Technology available through catalogues or online.

    To learn more about Applied Scholastics International, click here.

    August
    UrbanStrategiesLogo

    Urban Strategies Inc. is a national nonprofit with extensive experience in implementing place-based human capital development strategies in public housing communities that are undergoing comprehensive physical revitalization. Founded in 1978, Urban Strategies works to help communities build safe neighborhoods, enhanced schools, and a range of comprehensive human service supports. Their work is focused in urban core residential communities and is designed to build social and economic mobility for low-income families living in mixed-income communities.

    The Mission of Urban Strategies is to empower residents in distressed urban core neighborhoods to lead healthy, prosperous lives in thriving, self-sustaining communities.

    To learn more about Urban Strategies, click here.  

    September
    SeniorServicesPlusLogo

    Senior Services Plus is the “Leader in Aging” for the St. Louis area.  They are a non-profit 501c United Way agency established to help enrich the lives of older adults through programs and services that encourage independent living.  Their Mission is “to provide opportunities and resources to individuals as they age”.

     Programs include: Transportation, Meals on Wheels, Travel, Foster Grandparents and Jennifer Bishop’s School of Dance.

     Services include:  Home Care, Wellness & Fitness, Information & Assistance, Care Transitions, Events & Activities and School House Grill & Dining.

     Locations served include Alton, Godfrey, Belleville and Granite City, in Illinois and St. Louis, in Missouri.

     To learn more about Senior Services Plus, click here.

    October
    ucp-heartland-main-logoFor the last 60 years, UCP Heartland has helped to enhance the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, their families, and their communities. UCP believes that individuals with even the most challenging disabilities have the right to quality education and transition services, integrated employment opportunities with competitive wages and career opportunities. They also promote full inclusion in community life by providing resource and referral, advocacy, and community integration services. 

    St. Louis adult services include Adult Day Care, Employment Collaborative and Employment Resources.  St. Louis children services include After School Care, Childgarden Child Development Center and Summer Day Camp.  St. Louis family services include In Home Supports and Residential Service.  There are also Mid Missouri and Illinois Services available.

    To learn more about UCP and their upcoming events click here.

    November
    Sheldon

    The Sheldon Arts Foundation is committed to the preservation and operation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and is dedicated to enriching the greater St. Louis region and beyond with a wide range of music, visual arts and educational programs of the highest quality, diversity and educational impact.

    The Sheldon Memorial, named after Walter Sheldon who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society, was designed by the noted 1904 World’s Fair architect Louis C. Spiering and opened its doors in 1912 as the home of the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Speakers such as Margaret Mead, Thurgood Marshall, R. Buckminster Fuller, Norman Cousins and Martha Gellhorn have spoken from its stage and the St. Louis Chapter of the League of Women Voters was founded in The Sheldon’s Green Room. The day after music was first heard in The Sheldon, the headline in the St. Louis Globe Democrat declared: “Acoustics found perfect.” Musicians and music loves have been enjoying those perfect acoustics for 100 years and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest.”

    When the Ethical Society relocated to St. Louis County in 1964, concert programs continued and the Society also used the facility as a community center for social action programs such as job training. From 1973 to 1984 The Sheldon was two different gospel churches and outside promoters began presenting concerts of jazz, blues and folk music. In 1984, Eugene Golden, a California attorney with a love for chamber music, purchased The Sheldon, began restoration of the hall, and engaged Walter Gunn as the first executive director. The non-profit Sheldon Arts Foundation was formed in 1988, and with Leigh Gerdine as chairman, purchased the facility in 1991 to preserve the venue as one of St. Louis’ important cultural resources. Paul Reuter became executive director in 1994 and a major capital campaign begun in 1996 made possible major renovations to the Concert Hall, Ballroom and the adjoining Annex, formerly a parking garage. A street level entrance and two elevators made the Concert Hall and Ballroom accessible for the first time in its history, a second floor lobby was added along with a sculpture garden between the two buildings, and the 7,000 square foot Sheldon Art Galleries were created on the first and second floors of the Annex. One year later in 1999, the third floor 500-seat ballroom called the Louis Spiering Room was opened. In 2001 new stained glass windows designed by Rodney Winfield were installed by Emil Frei & Sons in the Sheldon Concert Hall.

    Today The Sheldon is the site of over 350 events each year, including great jazz, folk and classical music in the Sheldon Concert Hall, featuring the world’s finest musicians. Artists such as Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, José Carreras, Herbie Hancock, Doc Watson, Joan Baez, Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, Judy Collins, Ren&eactute;e Fleming and many more have performed at The Sheldon. In addition, The Sheldon presents a wide range of educational programs for schools, Matinee Concerts for families, Coffee Concerts for seniors, and Sheldon Sessions and Ballroom Concerts for college students and young professionals. The weekly Notes From Home series showcases St. Louis musicians in every genre. The Sheldon Art Galleries present a wide range of exhibits in photography, architecture, St. Louis artists and collections, jazz history, children’s art, sculpture and emerging artists. Recent exhibits have included Josephine Baker: Image and Icon that drew visitors from Europe and around the country, was named best exhibit in 2006 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and travelled to the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. The Sheldon has also shown City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis and published the accompanying book of the same name, the first full-length book on St. Louis’ important contributions to jazz.

    The Sheldon collaborates with a host of community organizations on programs such as First Night, What’s Right with the Region Awards, Grand Center Visionary Awards, the 9/11 Commemoration, jazz and blues programs for Cardinals Care’s Redbird Rookies, and many fundraising events for other non-profit organizations in the St. Louis region.

    To learn more about The Sheldon and their upcoming events, click here.

    December
    Empac Group Logo

    Empac Group is a not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to employ persons with developmental, mental, and physical challenges in Franklin County. Their workshops help their employees develop themselves as workers, with the goal to help them excel as far as their desire and ability can take them until they are of retirement age.

    Empac Group employees provide contract and sub-contract labor for over forty businesses in a 50-mile radius of Washington, Missouri. They are paid on a scale in proportion to what workers in competitive employment would earn for similar work. In order to assure the safety and welfare of each individual, Empac Group provides more supervision per employee than businesses in competitive employment.

    The continued mission of Empac Group is to provide a continuum of employment opportunities to their communities. They currently employ hundreds of those impacted by disability.

    Empac Group workshop programs have been effective in providing employment and training, and they are also proactive in assisting individuals in finding jobs in the community.

    To learn more about Empac Group and their upcoming events, click here.

  • 2013
    January

    mobot“The Missouri Botanical Garden opened to the public in 1859 and began to grow in the European tradition of horticultural display combined with education and the search for new knowledge. Today, 153 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science and conservation, education and horticulture.” A loyal client of The Daniel and Henry Co. for over 25 years, they continue their mission “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.”

    For more information about the Missouri Botanical Garden, click here.

    February

    lydiashouse“Lydia’s House works in faith to end domestic violence by being a place of healing and a voice of hope for abused women and their children..by providing safe, affordable transitional housing.” A newer client to our firm since 2005, Lydia’s House has been serving our community since 1994.

    For more information about Lydia’s House, click here.

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    campbellhouse“The Campbell House Museum is one of the most historically significant Nineteenth Century buildings in St. Louis, The museum is dedicated to continually reinterpreting its collections for exploring issues such as: the exploration of urban economies, emigration, historic preservation….” Our founder, Jesse Henry, was involved in the preservation of this building as a St. Louis landmark. They have been a loyal client of our firm for over 20 years.

    For more information on The Campbell House Foundation, click here.

    March

    zoo1992 was a memorable year at the St. Louis Zoo. Raja arrived, the first captive born elephant at St. Louis Zoo. And, Daniel & Henry because we became their insurance broker. We are proud to remain their broker for over 20 years!

    Their Mission is “to conserve animals and their habitat through animal management, research, recreation and educations programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public.” Their Core Values include Stewardship, Tradition, Customer Focus, Leadership, Knowledge, Integrity, Teamwork, Diversity and Accountability.

    A cherished client for over 20 years and good neighbor! For more information, please click here.

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    CAMThe Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) has been a client of Daniel & Henry for over 20 years. The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis “is one of the leading voices in the world of contemporary art. CAM is dedicated to exhibiting the visual arts and artists of our time and to producing nationally recognized education programs. CAM focuses its efforts on featuring local, national and international, well-known and newly established artists from diverse backgrounds, working in all types of media.”

    For more information, click here.

    April

    sheldonThe Sheldon Memorial opened its doors in 1912 as the home of the Ethical Society of St. Louis and was host to many notable guest speakers and artists. The St. Louis Globe Democrat declared: “Acoustics found perfect”. It has been called the “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest”. The Sheldon has been a Daniel & Henry client since 1984 when a California attorney who had a love of chamber music, purchased it and began restoration. Paul Reuter became executive director in 1994 and major renovations to the Concert Hall, Ballroom and adjoining Annex have taken place. Today it is the site of over 350 events each year including great jazz, folk and classical music artists. “The Sheldon Arts Foundation is committed to the preservation and operation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and is dedicated to enriching the greater St. Louis region and beyond with a wide range of music, visual arts and educational programs of the highest quality, diversity and educational impact.

    For more information on The Sheldon, please click here.

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    gracehillGrace Hill is comprised of sister agencies Grace Hill Health Centers, Inc and Grace Hill Settlement House. The Settlement House was founded in 1903 by the Episcopal Diocese to help immigrant families “settle into their new neighborhood” on the near north side of St. Louis. Now it serves neighborhoods through the City of St. Louis and St. Charles County. Grace Hill Health Centers began in 1906 with a small community health and pharmaceutical service. Now it operates five Health Centers and a community health program in the city. Daniel & Henry has had the privilege of being their insurance broker for over eight years.

    For more information on Grace Hill, please click here.

    May

    Cornerstone_logoCornerstone Center for Early Learning prepares each child for a lifetime of opportunity. As St. Louis’ first accredited early learning facility, Cornerstone Center is devoted to enriching the lives of children during the critical period of development. Cornerstone Center for Early Learning provides high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education for children while following a Constructivist philosophy that governs all aspects of operation. As a nonprofit, United Way agency, the Center enables parents to enter or remain in the workforce, or to seek higher education. Cornerstone Center encourages the development of all people within its sphere, promoting the autonomy, creativity, and initiative of children, staff, and family members.

    To learn more about Cornerstone Center for Early Learning, click here.

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    cancersupportcenterThe Cancer Support Community is an international non-profit dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. CSC offers a menu of personalized services and education for all people affected by cancer. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer. These support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, community oncology practices and online, so that no one has to face cancer alone.

    In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online.

    To learn more about Cancer Support Community, please click here.

    June

    Coalition_Logo_HorizontalFoster and Adoptive Care Coalition is a non-profit organization founded in 1989. Their primary focus is to recruit new foster/adoptive homes and provide the resources to help those parents through support groups, training, advocacy, crisis intervention, two resale shops and their “Little Wishes” program. They help connect all the other resources to help foster families find a permanent home and encourage adoptive families. They have been our client since their founding in 1989.

    To learn more about Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition here.

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    angels_arms_logoAngels’ Arms believes that foster children deserve the chance to be children, to be part of a family and a community, and to live up to their potential. In their nine home, Angels’ Arms provides more than a “roof” for foster parents and children. They provide them with numerous services and resources including monthly activities and meals, to clothing and health issues. Founder and Executive Director, Bess Wilfong, rallied support from fellow foster parents, friends, family and educators, and Angels’ Arms was founded as a grassroots organization in 2000.

    To learn more about Angels’ Arms click here.

    July

    scoutsGirl Scouts of Eastern Missouri serves 60,000 girls in St. Louis City and 28 surrounding counties. It supports three council camps which are Camp Cedarledge, Camp Fiddlecreek and Camp Tuckahoo. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like strong values and self-worth. They have been a client since 2007.

    To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, click here.

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    runGirls on the Run® was established in 1996 on Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24 lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501C3 organization was born.

    With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada.

    This is a relatively new organization to St. Louis and we are proud to be their insurance provider.

    To learn more about Girls on the Run®, click here.

    August

    humaneSince 1870, the Humane Society of Missouri has been dedicated to second chances. They provide a safe and caring haven to all animals in need – large and small – that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their mission is to end the cycle of abuse and pet overpopulation through rescue and investigation efforts, spay/neuter programs and educational classes. The Humane Society is committed to creating lasting relationships between people and animals through their adoption programs. They further support that bond by making available world-class veterinary care, and outstanding pet obedience and behavior programs. The Humane Society of Missouri receives no local, state or federal tax support, nor any United Way funding. They able to provide their programs and services thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations.

    To learn more about Humane Society of Missouri, click here.

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    foodThe St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975. They started out in an office space on Lindell Boulevard that was supplied by the Red Cross Bi-State Chapter. In that first year, St. Louis Area Foodbank distributed 135,000 pounds of food. In 2011, they distributed more than 25 million pounds of food received from food companies and grocery stores, the USDA, Feeding America, and community food drives organized by area businesses, groups, and individuals. The mission statement of St. Louis Area Foodbank is: Feed hungry people by distributing food through our partner agencies, and educate the public about the nature of and solutions to the problems of hunger.

    To learn more about St. Louis Area Foodbank, click here.

    September

    HydeParkThe Hyde Park Youth Symphony is a community-based organization dedicated to providing a high-quality arts experience to youth on the south side of Chicago and nurturing in them a love for music that will last a lifetime. The Symphony serves a broad range of young people and families, from a variety of public, private, and home school programs, and from a diversity of racial, ethnic, educational, and economic backgrounds.

    To learn more about Hyde Park Youth Symphony, click here.

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    AmeriCorpsStLouisAmeriCorps St. Louis is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that builds community by addressing critical unmet needs in the areas of urban education, disaster relief, environmental conservation, and volunteer mobilization.

    AmeriCorps St. Louis, formerly St. Louis Partners AmeriCorps, began as a pilot for National Service in the summer of 1994. Since that initial success, it is the only AmeriCorps program in Missouri, and one of only a handful of programs in the nation, which have received federal funding out of the top tier of “exemplary and demonstrable programs” since the inception of AmeriCorps.

    In 2000, an independent group of local, civic, and business leaders committed itself to sustaining the efforts of AmeriCorps St. Louis (ACSTL). This leadership group legally incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization named Partnership for Youth, Inc., d.b.a. AmeriCorps St. Louis, and continues to be led be a strong and dedicated Board of Directors.

    To learn more about Partnership for Youth, Inc., click here.

    October

    stlscienceThe roots of the Saint Louis Science Center go back. Way back. The Academy of Science of Saint Louis was founded in 1856, as the first scientific organization west of the Mississippi River. The Academy founded the Museum of Science and Natural History in 1959 and moved to Clayton’s Oak Knoll Park. When the Metropolitan Zoological Park & Museum District (ZMD) was formed in 1971, the Museum of Science and Natural History became a member of the ZMD, independent from the Academy, which continues to operate as a separate entity to this day.

    The Museum then outgrew the facilities at Oak Knoll Park in the mid-1980s. In 1984, the museum acquired the James S. McDonnell Planetarium from the City of St. Louis. After a $3.2 million renovation, the building reopened July 20, 1985, as the Saint Louis Science Center.

    Following a $34 million expansion to construct the current main building off of Oakland Avenue, the Science Center opened November 2, 1991, in its larger footprint. On February 8, 1997, the Science Center added the EXPLORADOME, an air-supported building just west of the Oakland Avenue building, in order to provide additional space for large traveling exhibitions, to better accommodate school groups and to have space available for facility rentals and community activities.

    In July 2010, the Science Center broke ground on the addition of a new exhibition hall. With 13,000 square feet of additional space, the new Boeing Hall features a rooftop terrace and provides 12,000 square feet of permanent public exhibit space –- a long term replacement for the air-supported EXPLORADOME. Boeing Hall opened to the public on October 28th, 2011, with the Star Trek Exhibition as its inaugural traveling exhibition.

    Throughout 2013, the Science Center is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Since the James S. McDonnell Planetarium’s doors opened on April 16, 1963, more than 18 million people have experienced a connection with astronomy, space exploration and aviation through a visit to this iconic structure.

    To learn more about the St. Louis Science Center, click here.

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    exchangeWhen the Woman’s Exchange was founded in 1883, there were few options for women desperate to support themselves and their families. For these women, selling handmade goods at the Exchange was a welcome alternative to the horrible working conditions in factories and other less desirable fields. Working as a consignor for the Exchange was an opportunity to work from home while caring for one’s family.

    Society has changed greatly since 1883, and women are now welcomed in every employment field. Still, there remains an intense desire and need for many men and women to earn income from home. The Exchange continues to provide this opportunity by housing, displaying, and selling their beautiful handiwork, paying back at least 70% of the selling price to the consignor.

    The Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis provides a venue for the sale of heirloom-quality clothing and beautiful decorative items handmade by our consignors, the industrious, deserving men and women that benefit from our mission of helping others help themselves.

    As our consignors struggle with difficult family situations, such as a special needs child, a handicapped spouse, severely limited income, or an unexpected financial burden, the proceeds from their skilled handiwork bring financial independence, peace of mind and self esteem.

    To learn more about Woman’s Exchange of St. Louis, click here.

    November

    mga_logoThe Martin G. Alberico Scholarship Foundation seeks to improve the path to education for deserving college students, through the administration of educational grants to students of talent, and merit, in need.

    In 2007, the Martin G. Alberico Scholarship Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3), non-for-profit organization, to provide scholarships for high school seniors and in 2009 the foundation begun granting scholarships to college bound high school seniors.

    To learn more about the MGA Scholarship Foundation, click here.

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    girlsincGirls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. The network of local Girls Inc nonprofit organizations serves 125,000 girls ages 6-18 annually across the United States and Canada.

    The Girls Inc. movement started in New England during the Industrial Revolution as a response to the needs of a new working class; young women who had migrated from rural communities in search of newly available job opportunities in textile mills and factories.

    To learn more about Girls Inc., click here.