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Paws for Healing
Mending hearts, minds, and bodies with loving paws and guiding hands.
Paws for Healing (PFH) is a nonprofit organization that trains and certifies canine-assisted therapy (CAT) teams, who are then able to participate in programs that enhance the quality of life for people with special needs in educational and health care facilities.
With over 200 active teams, PFH provides unconditional love and comfort within hospitals, mental health facilities, special education classes, adult day care centers, cancer units, hospice rehabilitation units, assisted living settings, and public libraries and schools.
Through its Paws for Reading literacy program, PFH places volunteers and their dogs in a classroom or library to act as an incentive for children to read. Dogs are viewed as nonthreatening entities who can promote reading and increase interaction and social skills in children.
The children view the dogs as lovable and nonjudgmental, which are the keys to success in this program. Children have said that the dogs give them confidence because a dog doesn’t make fun of them if they read slowly or mess up pronouncing a word. They are also great listeners and give the child a sense of comfort while reading.
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Reach Out and Read
Prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school.
Doctors and nurses know that growing up healthy means growing up with books. Reach Out and Read, an evidence-based national nonprofit, promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Reach Out and Read serves more than 4 million children via nearly 5,000 pediatric practices, health centers, and hospitals across the country.
Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten better prepared to succeed with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills.
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Save the Children
Takes on the challenges of early childhood development, health, and education.
Founded during the Great Depression, Save the Children has spent more than 75 years helping children worldwide to survive and thrive by improving their health, education, and economic opportunities.
In times of crisis, Save the Children mobilizes rapid lifesaving assistance to help families recover from the effects of conflict and natural disasters. The organization’s programs in the United States focus on early childhood development, literacy, physical activity, and nutrition.
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Donates books to organizations that work with underserved children.
The Lisa Libraries donates new children’s books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and underserved areas. Since its founding in 1990, the Lisa Libraries has contributed over 300,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.
Some of the libraries established have been at day care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements under-filled shelves and provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before.
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First Book Canada
Gives access to new books for children in need.
First Book is an international nonprofit organization with a single mission: to provide children from low-income families with the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Since its founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 80 million new books to children in need. Now qualified as a registered charity in Canada, First Book/Le Premier Livre stands ready to reduce barriers to book ownership by offering free and affordable new books to programs reaching the most disadvantaged children in Canada, ensuring every child is able to experience the joy of reading.
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A Canada-wide, volunteer-based literacy organization.
Since 1899, Frontier College has been developing and delivering literacy programs across the country. In order to meet the increasing literacy needs of a knowledge-based society, Frontier College has recruited thousands of volunteers across Canada to reach children in high-needs communities as well as adults with particular learning needs. Frontier College believes literacy is a right for all.
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The Literacy Foundation/Fondation pour l’alphabétisation
Working to promote literacy through its grassroots project, The Gift of Reading®.
Since 1999, more than 255,000 underprivileged children in Quebec have received a new book through the Literacy Foundation. The Gift of Reading reaches out to children from infancy to age 12, as well as to parents who have difficulty reading and writing.
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Save the Children Canada
Creating lasting change for children in need in Canada and around the world.
Save the Children Canada has been working for 90 years both in Canada and overseas to bring immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives through the realization of their rights. Their focus on education includes increasing access to relevant and quality education, literacy, and skills training for children and youth. Their work is targeted toward ensuring that all children receive basic education that is relevant for their future and building education infrastructure that is nationally sustainable.
Save the Children Canada is a member of the International Save the Children Alliance. With 28 members and operational programs in over 120 countries, the Alliance is the world’s largest global movement for children.
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