Weekly Results Round-Up: Project Health, Grid Alternative, NYC Coalition Against Hunger, and SF Education Fund
For many low income families prescription drugs and antibiotics are not enough alleviate an illness or keep them healthy. Founded in 1996 at the Boston Medical Center Pediatrics Department, Project Health works to fix this problem. The non-profit allows doctors to “prescribe” food, fuel assistance, housing, and other resources to patients who need them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Over a five month period last year, Project Health’s help desks secured housing for 205 families, child-care and after-school programs for 154 clients, and access to food for 135 clients. By providing staples like these, they help low-income families and individuals become and remain healthy.
Grid Alternative works to help communities in need by supplying them with clean and renewable energy sources. Since its start in 2001, the nonprofit has worked to provide solar electricity and energy efficiency to low-income families. They identify specific needs and provide solutions that are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable. Since 2004, they have installed 487 solar electric systems for low-income families throughout California. These systems have reduced each families electric bill by 75%, which means a total of over $9.9 million in energy generated over the systems’ estimated life spans. The systems will also prevent about 39,975 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.
Hunger is a major problem throughout America, but it is particularly visible in major cities, such as New York City. To combat this epidemic, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger works to meet the immediate food needs of low-income New Yorkers, and come up with innovative solutions to help them move past soup-kitchens to self-sufficiency. The non-profit represents the more than 1,200 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City. Recently, the group has helped 30 agencies increase their food stamps outreach, leading to a 104,167-person increase in Food Stamp Program participation in the last year.
The San Francisco Education Fund focuses on improving the success rate of students in their public schools. They take a multifaceted approach to the problem that makes use of teachers, volunteers, students, and strategic partnerships in order to make a difference. The non-profit has been able to place more than 1,900 volunteers in San Francisco’s public schools, engage 757 students to serve 19,000 of their peers through the Peer Resources program, and award 19 grants to teachers to increase student outcomes in literacy and math and increase teacher retention, quality, and leadership.