Get to know four participants in 2015 Annual Giving Drive

dudley_0Whether your passion is protecting animals, improving literacy, preventing hunger, helping seniors or young people, or supporting the arts, there are more than 930 participating nonprofit organizations that you can choose to contribute to in the 2015 Annual Giving Drive, which kicked off October 5. Click here to make a pledge.

Meet four of this year’s participating nonprofits below (see full list of participating nonprofits here):

Cowgirl Spirit Equine Rescue (9406) shelters, rehabilitates, and rehomes unwanted and slaughter-bound horses. Located in Carnation, Washington, its horses are cared for by an all-volunteer staff and supported entirely by donors.

Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services (9269) provides food and emergency services to residents in its service area and aims to educate, empower and engage the community in solving issues of hunger and nutrition. Its long-term goals are to increase client ability to meet other financial obligations, significantly reduce the likelihood of homelessness, help families stay together through difficult times, improve nutrition and reduce hunger.

The Mockingbird Society (9177) trains young people who have been homeless or in foster care to be their own best advocates. By doing so, they change policies and perceptions that stand in the way of every child having a safe and stable home. Its family programs advocate for innovation in the way services, such as foster care, are delivered. By creating supportive systems of care, youth thrive while developing lasting connections to support their successful transition to adulthood.

Northwest Kidney Centers (9121) is a nonprofit, community-based organization with a mission to promote the optimal health, quality of life and independence of people with kidney disease through patient care, education and research. It provided 247,254 dialysis treatments in 2014 alone, for 1,544 patients who chose to dialyze in one of its centers or at home.

Find out more about all of the 930 nonprofit organizations participating in this year’s Annual Giving Drive, and click here to make a pledge.