Nonprofits of the Quarter: First Quarter 2020

Nonprofits of the Quarter: First Quarter 2020

Every month our contributors each select one or two nonprofits to feature. We’ve included more information and helpful resources for each organization below, as well as the best link to go donate. If you like book(ish) humans and want to spread the love, consider donating to one of these great causes.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) is the leading national organization advocating for the rights of unaccompanied migrant and refugee children in the U.S.

In 2008, KIND was founded to address the gap in legal services for unaccompanied minors. KIND provides pro bono legal representation for refugee and migrant children across the country.

Over the past decade, KIND has expanded their services to include mental and social services, advocating for new law and policy in the U.S. and countries of origin, and educating policymakers and the broader public about these issues.

To date, KIND has been referred more than 20,000 children since 2009, has had over 50,000 training participants on how to represent children alone, and fostered over 644 legal partners.

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Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of people worldwide.

For more than 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.

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The Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees.

RAICES defends the rights of immigrants and refugees, empowers individuals, families, and communities, and advocates for liberty and justice.

With more immigration lawyers than any organization in Texas, in 2018 RAICES managed 37,863 cases at no cost to their clients. Without pro-bono legal services most of their clients, including children of all ages, would have to go to court alone, with zero representation. RAICES believes no child should go to court alone.

RAICES also empowers the community by offering services to remove barriers of oppression, multiply agents of change, and increase clients’ quality of life.  RAICES offers a wide range of services including case management, resettlement assistance, a national hotline to connect migrants with local community resources, and transit support for recently released migrants.

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On April 7, 2018, following the MDEQ release of water quality data, the State of Michigan announced the discontinued resource of bottled water for Flint residents. The United Way of Genesee County (UWGC) believes everyone has a right to clean safe drinking water.

The United Way of Genesee County will use all funds raised through its Flint Water Fund are for the purchase and distribution of bottled water; filtration devices not supplied by the State of Michigan; and, health access for children affected by lead. United Way will use 100% of the funds for this purpose with no Administrative Fee assessed.

Purchased water will be delivered to the three community Help Centers – Greater Holy Temple, Asbury United Methodist and Bethel United Methodist – via the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan and Schools within the City of Flint.

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