LTYM’s mission includes supporting parents and communities in both creative and tangible ways. The benefits of LTYM reach beyond the audience and cast, with a portion of the proceeds from all five 2011 productions going to a national charitable cause and local community charitable causes supporting mothers and families.
LTYM supported the following causes for 2012:
Any Baby Can is an organization that improves the lives of children by educating their families and offering therapy and family support services. They serve over 6,000 of the youngest, sickest, and poorest children and families in Central Texas. They do this by providing many evidence-based practices in both prevention and intervention strategies, superimposed with advocacy and support. They also provide parental education and support groups, and family literacy programs.
Bright pink is the only non-profit organization to focus solely on early detection and prevention of breast and ovarian cancer in women aged 18-45. They provide education and support to young women and empower them to be proactive advocates for breast and ovarian health.
Susan Neibur was a remarkable woman—mother, astrophysicist, and beloved blogger– who developed a rare form of inflammatory breast cancer that is not easily detected and presents without a lump. She lived with this form of breast cancer for five years and made it a person goal to inform as many women as she could about its warning signs. Though this is not a local cause, there has been a local DC fundraising effort established in Susan’s name.
The Urban League of Greater Madison’s Healthcare Administrative Training Program helps make a difference in Madison’s community by providing training though local businesses in the healthcare sector and helping needy people in Madison attain living-wage jobs. They get trained in the latest software, procedures and skills in health care administration, participants receive individualized career counseling throughout the program, job placement assistance after graduation and retention assistance, career advancement guidance for at least 12 months post graduation.
Arkansas Visitation and Exchange Center is a center that allows children to have access to their parents though the provision of supervised visitation and monitored exchanges in a child-friendly environment that emphasizes parent and child safety. This is used for when parents are going though a separation, divorce or custody process where issues may arise and provides a safe and supervised place where parents can see their children.
The Caring Place is a service and shelter for families and victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to being a shelter The Caring Place offers community education, support groups, legal counseling, case management and a independent living planning.
Room to Grow is a place where parents expecting a baby are referred to by selected prenatal programs to assist low-income families. Referred parents then visit Room to Grow every three months from just before their child’s birth and until their child turns three. The families have one on one appointments with a staff of social workers and parents receive developmental information, customized support, and all of the needed baby items to guarantee a healthy and stable start for their child.
The William Way Community Center is a place that tries to encourage, aid and advocate for the welfare and approval of LGBT peoples through service, entertainment, educational, and cultural programming.
826 Valencia is a non-profit organization that is “dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.” In addition to tutoring they also offer many programs and workshops such as, college readiness preparation, summer programs, and project-based learning that affords the opportunity for students to have their work published.
The Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant is a place that serves to fill the nutritional gaps for women and children in need. This organization provides families access to freshly prepared and healthy means three times a week served in a restaurant style by being greeted, seated and served. Along with providing meal in their location they also send prepared means to other organizations that also work with low-income women and children
2011 NATIONAL CAUSE
City of Joy
V-Day and UNICEF, in partnership with Panzi Foundation, opened the City of Joy on February 4, 2011. City of Joy is a revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. City of Joy will provide up to 180 Congolese women a year with an opportunity to benefit from group therapy; self-defense training; comprehensive sexuality education (covering HIV/AIDS, family planning); economic empowerment; storytelling; dance; theater; ecology and horticulture. Created from their vision, Congolese women will run, operate and direct City of Joy themselves.
2011 COMMUNITY CAUSES
Austin, TX: Any Baby Can
Any Baby Can works to improve the lives of children by strengthening them and their families through education, therapy and family support services. Each year, the agency serves more than 6,000 of the youngest, sickest, and poorest children and their families in the Central Texas area.
Los Angeles, CA: Inner-City Arts
Inner-City Arts is an oasis of learning, achievement and creativity for under-served children in the heart of Skid Row.
Madison, WI: YWCA
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The Third Street Program provides affordable housing for single mothers and their children.
NW Indiana: Gabriel’s Horn
The mission of Gabriel’s Horn is provide a protected refuge for homeless women and their children by establishing and maintaining a facility,which will provide,for them, a safe and temporary shelter and outreach services. We will empower women by giving them the tools to become “self-sufficient”,through collaboration with our community,education, and counseling.
Spokane, WA: VOA – Crosswalk Teen Shelter
Founded in 1985, Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. In an average year, Crosswalk serves more than 1,000 youth. Emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all services are free and voluntary.