2021 Giving Tuesday Grant Contest Winners

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Our Home Pet Rescue Lost

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We are excited to announce the winning nonprofits for the 2021 Giving Tuesday Grant.

We are determining how best to share the impact of these great organizations in their communities rather than letting their nominated team members tell us their own words.

Congratulations to these nonprofits and all of our team members who give back to their communities every day!

Our Home Pet Rescue Lost

Tempe, Arizona
First place winner and recipient of $25,000 bursary
Recommended by: Diane Ross

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue is more than just a pet shelter. It originally started in 2008 as a popular response to the housing crisis that has left thousands of people homeless and thousands of pets abandoned. Soon they learned that there was a greater need.

In addition to accreditation, this organization provides:

* Temporary Care – Provides up to 90 days of complete care for pets when their parents are experiencing hardship in life and are temporarily unable to care for them. This relieves parents of the intense fear of losing their pet and thus allows them to focus solely on restoring stability in their lives until they can be reunited with their pet.

* Pet Food Bank – Provides pet food and supplies to individuals who are financially struggling so they don’t have to give up their pets just because they can’t afford pet food during their time of need.

* Partnership with a domestic violence shelter that allows women fleeing domestic violence to keep their pets.

This is a unique organization, allowing families who are having difficulties keeping their pets and not losing another important part of their lives.

Volunteers growing a plant in a raised garden bed


Dallas, Texas
2nd Place Winner and $15,000 Scholarship
Recommended by: Trish Cole

I first learned about After8toEducate through a charitable organization that my son and I are members of the Youth Service Association. One of our meetings highlighted the work that After8toEducation does to homeless youth in Dallas. We were not aware of this dire need in our society, nor were we aware of the large number of homeless high school students.

More than 4,000 students in the Dallas area are currently homeless. One in 30 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 will experience unaccompanied homelessness over the course of a year. Despite their living conditions, these students have the drive and determination to continue their education, but they need tremendous support. When unprotected students grow old outside the foster care system or exit the child care system altogether, they are left with limited public and private resources.

After8toEducate (“After8”) is the first nonprofit organization in Dallas to provide comprehensive support to homeless high school youth. “Unprotected” is defined as living in a car, parking lot, campground, street, or abandoned building. Their mission is to improve life outcomes and promote self-sufficiency by giving homeless high school students a safe place and offering education as a pathway out of homelessness and poverty. After8toEducate provides a comprehensive solution that supports non-immunized high school students to enable academic development and social and emotional development so that they can lead healthy, productive and independent lives. After8toEducate works with the Dallas Independent School District as well as other local organizations, to meet the immediate needs of homeless students enrolled in DISD.

Services include:

* Residential services: 35 beds are available for emergency shelter services for youth and the services of the Transitional Living Program.

Support: Academic, emotional, and social support services such as tutoring, job training, counseling, and family reunification resources.

* Round the clock delivery service: Round the clock services for immediate needs of meals, showers, clothes, laundry and other support services.

More than ever, in these extremely challenging times, After8toEducate needs all the resources it can gather to directly support homeless youth.

Street Ministries
Street Ministries

Street Ministries

Memphis, Tennessee
3rd Place Winner and $10,000 Scholarship
Recommended by: David Coleman

Streets Ministries serves nearly 400 disadvantaged students daily in Memphis by engaging, encouraging, and equipping them through mentorship-based educational, athletic, and athletic programs in two 34,000-square-foot facilities.

With the support of my boss, I was a six-year mentor for two young men through the Streets Ministries Mentoring Program.

I remember the first year when I met the interns, I took them to get a hamburger after the orientation session. They were talking about their chances of making a middle school basketball team. I asked them what positions they played and how tall they were compared to other children who play. I also asked them about their parents’ height. One intern said he never met his father because he was in prison. The other intern said he thought his father lived in Atlanta, and had no idea how tall he was. That conversation melted my heart, and I knew I would do everything I could to help these guys make their way through middle school and high school.

Streets Ministries provide a wonderful environment and support for me to connect with and guide my comrades. I’ve seen the positive impact that Streets employees and mentors have on the lives of young teens. I personally know that my students have changed my view of the inner city and helped me become a better man. I believe any grant from Streets Ministries will help advance their programs and provide more opportunities for at-risk children in Memphis to reach their God-given potential.

*** Images posted with permission from Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, After8toEducate and Streets

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