Non-Profit Resources & Directory

The Special Olympics

The Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1962. Her sister Rosemary had an intellectual disability and is often credited as her inspiration to create the Special Olympics. Soon after they created a sports camp known as Camp Shriver. Today over two million athletes perform in these special olympics from over 150 countries. Athletes compete in 26 Olympic Events in events for the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

Special Olympics is an international organization created to help people with intellectual disabilities develop self confidence, social skills and sense of personal accomplishment through sports training and competition. Special Olympics conducts the Special Olympics World Games every four years.

The motto of the Special Olympics is to let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Their office in the United States is located in Washington, DC. These athletes have inspired others to do things that they thought that they cannot do. These athletes can be in wheelchairs and each athlete displays the heart of a champion.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is an organization founded in 1950 which works to put an end to illnesses such as muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous and muscular systems in general by providing funds for research and providing medical and community services and educating health professionals as well as the general public.

One of the biggest fund raising events put on by the Muscular Dystrophy Association is the annual Labor Day Telethon hosted by well known actor and comedy legend Jerry Lewis. In fact, the event is known by most people as helping Jerry's kids. Funds from the telethon go to help the association so they can fund some wonderful programs such as summer camps. They also provide funds for buying and repair wheelchairs and leg braces.

Today the Muscular Dystrophy Association oversees 230 hospital affiliated clinics. They are working towards helping people who are struggling with different kinds of muscular dystrophy such as duchenne, becker's, emery-dreifuss, limb-girdle, facioscapulohumeral, myotonic, oculopharyngeal, distal and congenital. This organization is filled with compassionate people who wants to bring joy and happiness to these people suffering with this diseases.

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston was founded in 1870 and opened its doors in 1876. A large number of works came from the Boston Athenaeum Art Gallery. The first museum was located in Copley Square as part of the Back Bay in Boston. The museum moved to its present location on Huntington Avenue in 1909. In recent years, there has been many expansions and renovations to enhance the look and venue of the museum.

The Museum of Fine Arts, known as the MFA, houses and preserves a preeminent collection of art and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. College students in the area can get in the museum for free with a valid college identification. The MFA wants to inspire people to be more in touch with the visual world and to appreciate it.

The MFA houses artifacts such egyptian artifacts and sculptures, sarcophogi and jewelry. They also have some magnificent french impressionist works as well as 18th and 19th century American Art from John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. Their Morse collection is made of 5,000 pieces of Japanese pottery. The Gund Gallery and Japanese Garden are all worth seeing and enjoying.