Non-Profit Resources & Directory

The United Nations Children's Fund

The United Nations Children's Fund, also known as UNICEF, was created on December 11, 1946 at the United Nations General Assembly. Today UNICEF is the world's leading childrens advocacy organization. UNICEF is located in 190 countries around the world. They began by providing emergency food and health care for children from countries that were devastated by the actions of World War II.

Today UNICEF is working on five primary areas which are child survival and development, basic education, gender equality, child protection, HIV/AIDS and children's rights. UNICEF has made a difference by helping these children who are victims of war and poverty. UNICEF is known around the world and they are doing what they can to ease the suffering of children.

Some of the more successful programs is Trick or Treat for UNICEF. These orange boxes are well known and these funds have grown throughout the years. Another UNICEF program that was started recently is called Art In All of Us. This program teaches that all of us have some art skill and this program has given children confidence.

The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps were started on March 1, 1961 on executive order by united states president John F. Kennedy. The Peace Corp is an independent united states federal agency that was created to promote world peace and friendship by helping countries in meeting needs by using trained manpower.

Since 1960, over 187,000 people have been peace corps volunteers in over 139 countries. These volunteers are living and working in developing countries. The three main ideas for the peace corps are as follows: Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

The idealism displayed by President John F. Kennedy inspired talented young people do make a different in the lives of people in developing countries. This vision produced tangible results and many young people lived and worked in these countries and they have made a difference. Today the Peace Corps is active and young people are making this commitment to service.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a christian based charity that was started by William and Catherine Booth in London's East End in 1865. The organization sought to bring christian salvation to the poor and destitute and hungry by meeting both their physical and spiritual needs. Today the Salvation Army is based in 113 countries and their message of salvation is given in 175 different languages.

One of the Salvation Army's most well known programs is the Salvation Army Red Kettle Christmas Campaign. The familiar red kettle brings in a large amount of revenue for the organization. Their familiar logo of a red shield symbolizes blood and fire. The blood represents the blood of jesus christ and the fire represents the holy spirit. The soldiers of the Salvation Army do christ's work on the earth.

One of the most well known Salvation Army soldiers was May Williams, the mother of baseball player Ted Williams. Ms. Williams was well known in the San Diego area and she brought many people to th Lord. The Salvation Army is famous for their brass band. They are dedicated to the salvation of mens and womens souls and for practicing christian charity wherever they can.