When I began this whole endeavor, I sent out an e-mail to all my friends, acquaintances, and family members to join with me in spreading the news about good causes and to hopefully generate some much needed money for worthy organizations. I also asked them to send me suggestions for inclusion here.
I recently got an e-mail from an acquaintance, Sheryl, who I briefly worked with on a nonprofit project. She regularly volunteers for organizations and has high standards for what makes an excellent nonprofit organization. She recommended that Noah's Ark be highlighted here at Dollar Philanthropy. What a piece of synchronicity--- I had just driven by this organization on a family trip down to Jackson, Georgia. I recognized the name because a family friend had taken her grandchildren down to Noah's Ark one afternoon to volunteer. So when I drove by, I placed it on my list to check out. With Sheryl's recommendation, it flew to the top of the list.
So What is Noah's Ark?
The mission of Noah's Ark is "bringing children and animals together for the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service, and a future full of hope." Thus they operate children's homes and an animal rehabilitation center. So-- here again, a slam dunk for highlighting here at DP--animals and kids-- two of my favorite things.
The philosophy of Noah's Ark is to bring children and animals together to provide a unique approach to rehabilitation for both. The animals at the rehabilitation center play a large role in providing unconditional love needed by the children. This, along with a great need for children's care homes, makes Noah's Ark a vital refuge for many hurting children and animals.
The highest hope for Noah's Ark is to provide an awareness through our rehab/education programs which emphasizes that all living things have value no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. The expectation is that when we as a society can recognize this fact, we will begin to win the battles for conservation and preservation.
As a courtesy to donors and grant makers, Noah's Ark is comprised of two nonprofit organizations so that donors can be assured that their money is going to help as they intend.
The Children's Home provides a true home for abused, neglected or unwanted children. Through this program Noah's Ark provides an education for a culturally diverse group of children that focuses not only on academics but also on improving social skills, and helping children develop emotional stability that will help to break the cycle of poverty and destructive behavior. As a part of this program Noah's Ark has a vision to provide a Virtue Village as a little city for children where virtuous character gives a child entrance and allows them privileges. The definitely need donations to make this happen.
The Animal Rehab Center is located on 250 acres and takes in unwanted, abused and/or neglected wildlife, domestic livestock, exotic animals, and birds. If an animal cannot be released back into its own habitat, it will have a forever home at Noah's Ark. Thousands of school children participated in the Educational Program each year. They provide a 40 acre Nature Trail for visitors to experience natural habitat animals as well as native wildlife along the way. All these services, and more, are provided absolutely free of charge. This is why donations are so critical.
Ms. Jama Hedgecloth, the executive director and the folks at Noah's Ark have won many awards and accolades for their work including:
- TBS Citizen award 1991,
- Who's Who among outstanding Americans 1995,
- featured in Guidepost Sept 1999,
- featured in Southern Living June 2000,
- featured in Power for Living Oct. 2001,
- 2004 Woman of Substance,
- 2006 TBS Pathfinders Award,
To Send Your Dollar (or More):
By Mail to:
|Noah's Ark Children Care Homes, Inc|
712 LG - Griffin Rd
Locust Grove, GA 30248
|Noah's Ark Animal Rehabilitation Center, Inc.|
712 LG - Griffin Rd
Locust Grove, GA 30248
By Credit Card through their website: Click Here
They also need a volunteer to redesign their website. If you need some good press for your web design company and are willing help them create a professional cutting-edge site, please contact Sally.