Giving back is one of today's corporate "hot buttons." But at Lightlife, it's hardly a trendy thing to do. For us, it's been a way of life ever since we opened our doors over 30 years ago. Every year since our beginning, we've given back at least 5% of net profits to charities that support causes of human dignity, the environment and good health.
Lightlife® is proud to support Urban Farming™ in their mission to end hunger, empower people and encourage healthier eating through sustainable residential and community gardens. This year, our donation will help grow 25 tons of food and feed an estimated 50,000 people.
SELF is a world pioneer in showing the practicality and sustainability of solar power for the nearly 2 billion people still without electricity, extending the critical benefits of refrigeration of vaccine.
Since 1977, Safe Passage has provided non-judgmental support and services to survivors of domestic violence. All of our services are free, confidential, accessible to people with disabilities, and available in English, Spanish, and other languages. Safe Passage provides a variety of services, including a shelter, a 24-hour hotline, individual counseling and support groups, and legal services.
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts provides more than 6 million pounds of food a year to a network of more than 400 local food pantries, shelters, meal sites and other programs, such as Brown Bag for the Elderly, serving more than 100,000 people. Their mission is to work with our community to reduce hunger and increase food security. In addition to food distribution, The Food Bank works collaboratively with community organizations addressing the causes of hunger by strengthening local food systems and increasing access to food assistance resources.
Franklin County Community Meals Program
The mission of the Franklin County Community Meals Program (FCCMP) is to work in partnership with the community to alleviate hunger in Franklin County. Last year, FCCMP served 18,155 free meals at our three meal-sites in Greenfield, Turners Falls, and Orange. We also gave away enough food through the Orange Food Pantry to feed 8,240 people for 3 - 4 days each. By the end of 2007, we expect to have served an additional 1,000 meals to our own neighbors who are hungry. FCCMP operates almost entirely on the generosity of the community, which includes wonderful companies like Lightlife Foods!
CISA is a community organization comprised of farmers, consumers and professionals working together to sustain agriculture and the unique rural character of our communities in western Massachusetts. CISA is the creator of Senior FarmShare, the Pioneer Valley Women in Agriculture Network, Farm to School projects, a workplace CSA program, and the 'Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown®' public awareness campaign. Learn more about CISA at www.buylocalfood.com or call 413-665-7100.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity International is a non-profit, ecumenical housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses around the world, providing more than 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife, Linda.
Vitamin Angels reduces child mortality by connecting infants and children under five with essential nutrients. We help children attain good health and the opportunity to lead meaningful and productive lives. In 2010 Vitamin Angels will connect over 15,000,000 children in over 38 countries, including the US, with the vital nutrients they need as a foundation for good health.
Franklin County Home Care helps elders, caregivers and persons with disabilities live better lives. For 35 years we've served Franklin County and Athol, Phillipston, Petersham and Royalston, Massachusetts. We can also help long distance caregivers of people who live in our service area. We have more than 40 programs and services including In-Home Care, Caregiver Support, Information & Referral, Help Understanding Health Insurance & Prescription Drug Plans, Home Repair Resources, Emergency Funds and much more!
New England Learning Center for Women in Transition
NELCWIT has been saving lives in the rural Franklin County-North Quabbin area of Massachusetts since 1976. Our crisis and recovery services for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence include a 24-hour hotline, safe homes, counseling, support, education, and advocacy for adults and children. We also offer prevention education for area schools, professionals, and community groups. All of our services are free and confidential. Last year, we served more than 900 adults and 100 children.
Amherst Survival Center
Since 1976, the Amherst Survival Center has promoted the health and well being of residents of Franklin and Hampshire counties with a wide variety of programs designed to help people meet their basic needs. The Center serves over three thousand people each year. Our services, all of which are free, include a Food Pantry, Soup Kitchen, Drop-In Health Clinic, Free Store, and a variety of other supports.
Relay For Life
Relay began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man's passion to fight cancer into the world's largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives.
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society
The Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need.
Greenfield Community College
Greenfield Community College is the smallest of the 15 community colleges in the Massachusetts higher education system, known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community. Our career programs prepare students to enter the work force or update their skills, while credit-free workshops and seminars are offered for personal enrichment. Day, evening and weekend classes provide a flexible academic schedule that accommodates all students. Today, the annual fall enrollment of the College exceeds 3,000 students.
The Care Center
The Care Center is an alternative education program in Holyoke, MA for teen mothers who have dropped out of high school. We layer a rigorous college prep curriculum over GED classes so our educational approach emphasizes art, poetry, humanities and athletics as well as reading and math. We remove barriers to students being engaged learners by providing transportation, day care, nutritious meals, support counselors and health services for young mothers and their children. 70 - 85% of Care Center graduates go on to college.