Giving Back

 
WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET, BUT WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE.
— Author Unknown
 

 

A note from Sophia:

At the beginning of my career, I vowed to give a portion of royalties from each of my books to charity. I choose charities that are close to my heart and that are involved in my books in some way. I created this page to give you more information on the organizations I've chosen.

~ A heartfelt Thank You to each one of you ~

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St. John Providence Open Arms Grief Support
Open Arms is a grieving children’s support program that helps children ages 3-17 years and their family members find healthy ways to cope with their feelings of sadness, anger or frustration, and be able to return to their day-to-day activities. Open Arms has become a place of comfort for children and adults who are surviving the loss of a loved one.

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RAINN.org
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of "America's 100 Best Charities" by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. In 2015, the Online Hotline expanded to offer services in Spanish at rainn.org/es. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Earthworks Urban Farm
The Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Earthworks Urban Farm is a 2.5 acre certified organic farm located in the City of Detroit. We seek to build a just, beautiful food system through education, inspiration, and community development. As a working study in both social justice and in knowing the origins of the food we eat, Earthworks strives to restore our connection to the environment and community.
 

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Special Olympics 
Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. We are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters.
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The CF Foundation supports a wide range of innovative research programs to discover and develop new and effective CF therapies. By harnessing the best minds in science and medicine, the Foundation has made tremendous progress in understanding and treating the disease, and we continue to pursue every opportunity that could help people with CF live longer and healthier lives. 

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Checkers Charitable Foundation

The Checkers Charitable Foundation is a 501C3 that exists to assist in the funding of non-profits in the Carolinas that focus on promoting the health, character, education and success of children and adolescents. Proceeds from fundraising are distributed to numerous charities in the Carolinas. With your support, the Checkers Charitable Foundation is able to provide funding to deserving local non-profits to support their missions and impact the community.

 

“Unidos”: A Hurricane Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico  

A coalition of New York City civic leaders including Mayor Bill DeBlasio, U.S. Congress Members Nydia Velázquez and Adriano Espaillat, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have joined the Hispanic Federation and its partnering community based organizations to launch “Unidos” (United), a hurricane relief fund to help those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 

The fund will be managed by the Hispanic Federation, a leading Latino 501C3 nonprofit organization with more than 25 years of experience in providing disaster-relief assistance to Latinos in the United States and Latin America. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help hurricane victims and the recovery efforts through fellow community and civic organizations in Puerto Rico.

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Karing for Kirsten

A Go Fund Me where the money goes directly to the family of a friend I met in college.


“In August of 2017, our daughter discovered she had an aggressive form of Brain Cancer, specifically, a Germinoma. She underwent a craniotomy soon after. She spent 2 weeks in the ICU, and 3 weeks of inpatient rehab. As a result of the procedure, she lost the use of her pituitary and adrenal gland which caused Addison's disease to occur, as well as diabetes insipidus. She spent 6 months  working with occupational/ physical rehab therapists, and couldn't drive. 

Sadly, at her most recent MRI scan, it was discovered that her tumor had returned, and had doubled within the last 4 months. Following meeting with her team, Surgery is necessary, with another ICU stay, and extensive recovery at home, followed by 6.5 weeks of Chemo/Radiation to hopefully rid her body of this for good.
 
We are doing our best to be positive for Kirsten, Patrick and the children. We want to raise money for the family to assist in their daily lives. Since Kirsten cannot drive, (the tumor has affected her eyesight and there is risk of seizure) we want to be able to provide her the assistance to obtain transportation (especially to Therapy and Dr. appointments for approx. 6 months), obtain child care for Logan after school until dad gets home as Radiation can be very debilitating. We want to also assist in the mounting medical bills as catastrophic illness can bankrupt the best of families. The Walls have gone from a two person income to a one person as Kirsten was also forced to sell her successful business. It takes a village, and we want to help her, her husband, and Braden (14) and Logan (6) as we begin a new school year and a chance for a possible cure and successful recovery. Thank you, and please share with anyone you think may not see this and would want to help in some way.”