About Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation’s life-changing mission is to provide men and women who are blind with its elite German Shepherd guide dogs – partners in their engaged and vibrant lives – creating increased independence, safety, and mobility for all clients as they pursue their goals and dreams.
Fidelco is inspired every day by our exceptional clients. They climb Mt. Everest, win gold medals as world class athletes, serve America in the military and sacrifice on the battlefield. They educate, create documentary films, work in business and government, raise families, and advocate for those who are visually impaired.
Fidelco is an internationally accredited guide dog organization and respected expert throughout the world. For over five decades, Fidelco has bred the German Shepherd working dog. Since 1981, Fidelco has trained and placed more than 1,450 German Shepherd guide dogs across North America.
Each Fidelco German Shepherd guide dog takes two years, 15,000 hours, and $45,000 to breed, train, and place. Thanks solely to the compassionate generosity of its donors, and the dedicated work of its staff and volunteers, all Fidelco guide dogs are given to clients at no cost. Fidelco pioneered In-Community Placement in the United States and trains all clients in the communities where they live and work. Fidelco provides 24/7 client support for the entire working life of its guide dogs – typically 10 years.
Fidelco has also placed hundreds of its German Shepherd Dogs with law enforcement agencies, first responders, search and rescue, and missing child recovery organizations to help protect our fellow citizens and keep our communities safe.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in Bloomfield and Wilton, CT.
About Friendship Circle
Based on the bedrock foundation of Judaism, “to love your fellow as you love yourself”, Friendship Circle brings together children of all ages and young adults with and without special needs for a variety of Judaic and social programs in an inclusive and engaging environment.
Friendship Circle helps us understand how we’re both different and similar to one another, forges mutually rewarding relationships, and creates a more inclusive overall community.
This highly inclusive program builds deep, meaningful, and ongoing relationships. It provides friendship and socialization that is often a significant challenge for children who live with disability.
About The Jewish Federation and the Pearl Society
The Federation helps to build capacity and seeds innovation in Jewish communities here at home, in Israel and around the world. The Pearl Society was founded to recognize those who give from the heart. It connects women of all ages to each other and to philanthropy.
In looking for a communication piece for their newly established Pearl Society, the Jewish Federation chose ElyseRyan and Easterseals Gives Back Program to create customized jewelry promoting the Society and encouraging young women’s philanthropy. The hamsa pearl pendant is a symbol of commitment to Israel and the needs of the Jewish people around the world.
About Voya Financial, Inc. and their signature partnership with the National Teacher of the Year Program
Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. With a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family, one institution at a time — our vision is to be America’s Retirement Company™. Integral to this mission and vision is Voya’s commitment to corporate responsibility. We regard corporate responsibility as an investment in society and in the success of Voya Financial. As a responsible corporate citizen, our goals are to build social capital, to transfer our knowledge and skills, and to minimize our impact on the planet. We have an unwavering commitment to conduct business in a way that is socially, environmentally, economically and ethically responsible.
Easterseals’ partnership with Voya Financial supports Voya’s commitment to children’s education through its signature partnership with the National Teacher of the Year program.
About United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council
Founded and led by women, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) recognizes the tremendous power and influence of women in philanthropy. Nationally, the Women’s Leadership Council began in 2000 and has raised more than one billion dollars, making it the most successful philanthropic movement of its kind.
Members of the Women’s Leadership Councils across the country mobilize their members to give, advocate and volunteer by helping women and families work toward the goal of financial security. Power of the Purse, their signature fundraiser, supports family financial centers working toward that goal.
Each Council capitalizes on the strength of women as philanthropists and volunteers. It offers women the opportunity to step forward and use their heart, head and hands to drive positive change in our community. They act locally, but are part of a global network of caring women. They energize and inspire women to make a difference through philanthropic giving; give “voice” to issues important to women and families in our neighborhoods; volunteer their time and talent; and unite women in our community.