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Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

Charity of the Month August 2018: Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Charity means a lot to us at Frame USA.

Every month, Frame USA selects a different local or national charity to donate to. It’s our goal to make a difference in the community by providing resources and donating money and time to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation Charity

This month we have a returning local charity – The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation. This foundation works to help prevent melanoma through education, awareness, and supporting research to find a cure. They named their foundation after Andy Caress, a young man from Cincinnati who lost his battle to melanoma at age 24 in August 2010.

On their website, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation says this about Andy and his battle:

“In October, 2008, Andy became concerned about a mole on the back of his neck and went to a dermatologist. The biopsy indicated that the mole was melanoma, a disease that Andy and his family knew next to nothing about. Then Andy started on a 22 month journey to try to beat back “the Beast”, as he called it. He started with surgeries to remove the mole and the lymph nodes in his neck in Cincinnati, then continued his treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. There he worked with an incredible medical team, headed by world renowned melanoma specialist, Dr. Patrick Hwu. Andy and his close friend started a web page, andycaress.com, where Andy chronicled his journey, and friends could send him messages. To date, there have been over 36,000 visitors to that site!

Andy bravely endured more surgeries on his neck, the insertion of a rod to strengthen his femur, countless rounds of radiation, and weeks upon weeks of debilitating bio-chemo therapy. He remained positive and confident that he would win his fight. He became friends with other young adults who were also battling melanoma, and referred to them and himself as ‘Melanoma Warriors.'”

To continue the work that Andy began, ACMF has based their mission around his goals. They list their goals as the following:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

Along with taking donations through Frame USA’s Charity of the Month and other private donations, ACMF is always in need of volunteers for events. If you are interested in getting involved, visit their website here for more information.

August Charity of the Month

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Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center

At Frame USA it’s important to us to make a difference.

Each month Frame USA supports a different charity organization. It’s a priority to us to help those in need by donating money, time, and other assistance and resources. Our goal is to make a difference in the community, both local and national, by providing resources to a variety of charity foundations.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Frame USA Charity VICRC

July 2018’s Charity of the Month is a local organization called Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, or VICRC. The Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center is a non-profit organization which provides resources to at risk community members that help them to build lifelong stability. VICRC’s mission is to build self-sustainability and create lasting change in the Lockland, OH area community.

VICRC provides emergency resources for families in need. They have a food pantry where every 30 days low income families can go “shopping” for free. This food pantry offers a wide selection of not only food, but also personal care products and baby formula. VICRC understands the impact of and wants to help reduce food insecurities and the rising childhood hunger rates.

In addition to their food pantry, VICRC has a similar clothing pantry. Every 30 days families have access to free clothing and housewares. They insure low income families and children have proper clothing, along with necessary household items such as dishes, cookware, and small appliances. Their clothing pantry also has other necessities available including baby diapers, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products.

Charity Valley Interfaith

Along with emergency material resources, VICRC offers financial aid to residents in the area who are at risk of eviction or utility disconnection. This resource reduces the risk of homelessness or loss of crucial utilities services like water and electricity.

Valley Interfaith also provides holiday assistance to families in need. They will give holiday packages including food boxes and children’s gifts for Easter, Thanksgiving, and the winter holiday season. Along with this, they have a Back-to-School program where households with school age children receive school supplies at the beginning of the school year.

Valley Interfaith Charity

To learn more about Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, you can visit their website here. They are also currently accepting volunteers who are mission driven, team players, enthusiastic about helping others, and supportive of their vision.

Remember that for the whole month of July 2018, any purchase made on www.frameusa.com goes toward helping this charity. Frame USA’s website also gives you the option at checkout to make an additional donation to Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center if you choose to do so.

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June Charity of the Month: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Frame USA is dedicated to helping those in need.

Every month, we support a different local or national charity by donating money, time, and other resources. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to offer our assistance to those who need it the most.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

Charity of the month

The charity we have chosen for June 2018 is the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, also known as SPAN.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They are a community organization working for advocacy and education. SPAN offers services and counseling for adults, youth, and children because they know that people of all ages need support.

They run an emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay. In their March 2018 newsletter, SPAN published this story about Becca, a mother living in their shelter:

“Becca is in shelter with us, she has three children in elementary school. Becca’s oldest child does not qualify for transportation from the school district because the school is less than two miles from our shelter and the child is seen as old enough to walk. However, Becca does not feel safe allowing the child to walk alone because of the family violence they are currently experiencing. For this reason she makes the walk — 1.9 miles — twice daily with her older child and coordinates this with the pick-up/ drop off schedules for her two other children. The total walking trips to bus stops and schools takes about 75 minutes each morning and afternoon.
This leaves Becca only a few hours a day to work on the things she hopes to accomplish while in shelter such as, finding permanent housing, connecting with legal support, getting to doctor’s appointments etc.”

Written by Roshan Kalantar

Other resources SPAN provides include support for LGBTQ folks, legal advocacy, Latinx services, and support for immigrants. To learn more, visit their website here.

We are incredibly proud to be working with SPAN this month, and hope to provide them with a substantial amount of donations. To help us out, be sure to donate during the checkout process at frameusa.com!

SPAN Charity

 

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

 

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America

 

“The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses and to their families and caregivers.

AFA was founded in 2002 by Bert E. Brodsky, whose mother lived with Alzheimer’s disease from 1980-1992. At that time, there was little information available and nowhere to turn for support. Mr. Brodsky’s goal was to make sure that no other family living with Alzheimer’s disease would have to go through the journey alone.

Fifteen years later, AFA has grown to a network of more than 2,600 member organizations nationwide that provide direct care and services. To date, AFA has trained more than 13,000 healthcare professionals in dementia-specific care, provided free, confidential memory screenings to over 3.5 million people, and provides support, counseling and education to thousands.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in appreciation for your online order for the month of February.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

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Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck
Fill The Truck

“In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision; to fill an entire 53′ foot semi-truck for a local charity. He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and he would need a team to assist him. He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing professionals and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days. By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

The truck didn’t stop there. To Dan, the truck represented hope, life and a second chance for people within his community who were down on their luck. It was at this point that the truck became a catalyst, ultimately giving birth to what is now called Fill The Truck.

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky and southern Dayton area. Each business hosted a truck and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill The Truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 different locations.

In the last two years, 2015 and 2016, Fill The Truck has grown and in each of the last two years the charitable initiative has collected over 40,000 items at multiple locations throughout greater Cincinnati.

This year, the 2017 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with 17 different businesses and corporate partners to donate items to seven great charities.

We are collecting donations to Fill The Truck. Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need. Please consider donating an item today through our website.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

Fill The Truck Charity

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St Jude Children's Research Hospital
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital

“St Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in 1962. St. Jude’s is a pediatric treatment and research facility that is focused on children’s catastrophic diseases. The hospital costs around $2.4 million a day to run and there is no cost to be treated. 

Since St Jude was established, the survival rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common type of childhood cancer, has increased from 4% in 1962 to 94% today. Also during this time the overall survival rate for childhood cancers has risen from 20% to 80%. St. Jude has treated children from across the US and over 70 countries, with doctors across the world consulting with St. Jude on their toughest cases.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

Framerica’s Corners for the Cure

Corners For The Cure
Corners For The Cure

“Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer too. 

Symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple and changes in the shape or texture of the nipple or breast. One out of every eight women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime because it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Framerica’s Corners for the Cure breast cancer awareness in appreciation for your online order for the month of October.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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Corners For The Cure GFI Banner

Help after Hurricane Harvey with the Houston Food Bank

Houston Food Bank
Houston Food Bank

An unprecedented number of people in the greater Houston area are affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The storm unleashed monumental destruction across southeast Texas. For individuals who already struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs, the flooding is even more catastrophic. 

The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but we’ve never seen devastation on this scale. 

We will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives. The Food Bank will work closely with our network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most. We also find ways to connect offers of help with those who are providing help.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Houston Food Bank Harvey Disaster Relief in appreciation for your online order for the month of September.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

Houston Food Bank

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation
Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation’s mission is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.

Andy Caress lost his battle with melanoma in August, 2010 at the young age of 24. In his short life, Andy accomplished so much as a college tennis player at Coastal Carolina University, an excellent student, tennis professional, role model, loving son, brother and uncle, and as a source of inspiration for many around the globe suffering from this tragic disease.  

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was formed in May, 2010 by Andy Caress and is based in Cincinnati. In the early months of the organization’s formation, Andy’s friends and family rallied behind him and raised $10,000 for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Andy was proud to present the check to Dr. Patrick Hwu, his melanoma oncologist. ACMF has contributed to M.D. Anderson annually since Andy presented the initial amount. 

During his battle, Andy realized that this disease is often misunderstood by the public as an “easy” or “lucky” cancer to get. His will was to change this misconception and the foundation is keeping that dream alive. 

His mission is simple: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation carries this mission forward after his tragic death. The specific goals of the foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

1) Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races.

2) Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma.

3) Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations.

4) “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to the Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation in appreciation for your online order for the month of August.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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July Charity of the Month: Valley Interfaith

Valley Interfaith
Valley Interfaith

In 1963 a young family came to The Church of the Ascension and Holy Trinity asking for help. By 1965 the Wyoming Presbyterian Women’s Guild filled two closets in the basement of the Wyoming Presbyterian Church with food and other needed items. In the mid-1970s the churches organized their efforts into the “Valley Food and Clothing Bank” and in 1977 provided 50 Christmas baskets. By 1979, the Bank was serving approximately 150 people yearly “by appointment.” In September of 1982 they moved to Friendship Methodist Church where we operated for the next 13 years.

By 1995, they were ready to move into the newly established Valley Caring Center, located at their current address 420 W. Wyoming Ave in Lockland. For 10 years VIFCC operated out of the back of the Valley Caring Center and in 2005 moved into the newly remodeled front space.

Since then, Valley Interfaith has grown into the operation it is today, hiring their first paid employee in 2000. With the commitment of hundreds of volunteers and few paid staff, they have continued to expand their capacity to better serve the community. In 2017, after months of working with a strategic planning professional, they unveiled a new strategic plan and announced a new organization name, Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Valley Interfaith in appreciation for your online order for the month of July.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

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