Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area is a local, non-profit organization serving the Greater Baton Rouge area by providing education and support programs to those affected by Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Our organization serves the following parishes: Ascension (New Outreach Office), Assumption, East and West Baton Rouge, East and West Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena.
Alzheimer's Services is not affiliated with a national organization; therefore, all funds raised remain in our 10-parish area to fulfill our mission of making a significant difference in the lives of those coping with Alzheimer's disease. We do this through our 3 core principles of teaching, caring and connecting.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge began in 1959 as a United Way agency with the sole objective of providing home visits to those with cancer. Almost fifty years later, while still true to their mission of improving life for those living with cancer, the organization has grown tremendously and works harder than ever to meet the changing medical, financial and emotional needs of cancer patients and their families throughout our 10-parish service area.
Expanding client services to include Health Care Navigation assistance, the agency added the services of a full-time social worker in 2005. Today the organization employs two social workers charged with the responsibility of directing client programs and services. The agency also employs a full time librarian to better provide research materials for patients.
Today, Cancer Services provides services for more than 5,000 clients in the ten-parish area with an annual operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. These include many forms of support to cancer patients including access to research materials, direct assistance, patient and caregiver support, children's programs, and more.
Neighbors sponsors the Capital Chefs' Showcase
, Cancer Services' premier fundraising event. This event features outstanding cuisine from over 30 of the best restaurants and catering services in Baton Rouge. See their website for more information on this event and for ticket/sponsorship information.
In 1984 The Baton Rouge economy was among the worst in the nation. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank was organized to aid in this problem in the fall of '84 as an outgrowth of Urban Ministries Coalition. The downtown churches and social relief agencies, all members of the Coalition, had noticed three times the usual number of people coming to them seeking assistance.
Also, at that time, Delchamps Food Stores had contacted United Way wanting to donate the food they could not sell to a local organization that would feed the hungry. The United Way called together a small group of people which ultimately became the Steering Committee for the new Food Bank.
Today, this organization provides food to more than 120 charitable agencies completely free of charge. They distribute over 11 million pounds of food annually. Known for their efficiency, the GBR Food Bank can provide 7 meals for every $1 donated to their organization. With that in mind, it is our great pleasure to partner with WAFB for the annual Check Out Hunger campaign. Every summer, area grocers allow their patrons the opportunity to add $1, $3, or $5 to their bill at the check out counter which goes directly to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Neighbors Federal Credit Union's local branches also serve as collection points for donated food items.
The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy® is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. It is a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial capability of individuals by providing advocacy and access to financial education programs and resources. Louisiana Jump$tart Coalition was established in 2000 as a non-profit organization, and it is a volunteer-driven coalition of over 40 partner organizations committed to the financial education of youth and adults. Louisiana Jump$tart partners provide resources, training and curricula to ensure the financial education of students and adults across the state. One of the largest statewide events hosted by La Jump$tart Coalition is the Annual Financial Education Summit for Educators which is a train-the-trainer series for educators to receive free financial curriculum and resources in order to provide financial education to their students in the classroom. Other events include the Day At The Capitol, Financial Literacy Poster Contest, Workplace Financial Literacy Award, High School Senior Day, National Financial Capability Challenge, Lemonade Day Partner and Youth Financial Literacy Month.
Established in 1995, RBF has expanded its original mission of providing faith-based programs to incarcerated populations to now include life skills for all under-resourced populations. Initiatives include Resources Benefiting Families and Reentry Benefiting Families. Financial empowerment and economic stability are at the very core of healthy families and thriving communities. RBF has developed a unique approach to assist under-resourced individuals and families to become skilled in how to manage their money and stretch their resources. RBF’s Solutions to Poverty and Financial Empowerment Programs are presently being implemented in correctional facilities for offenders and in communities across Louisiana. Programs include FDIC Money Smart financial literacy program and Getting Ahead In a Just Getting By World for Adults - Written by Dr. Phillip DeVol which is based on the research and writings of Dr. Ruby Payne, an expert in poverty solutions; R Rules for Youth - Written by Betti Souther based on the Getting Ahead program, Dr. Payne's research and Bridges Out of Poverty Presentations; Nurturing Parenting skills workshops; Quarterly Parenting Workshops and our Solutions to Poverty programs.
Since 1917, the YMCA of the Capital Area has been serving the community with programs and services that meet the needs of the people. Each branch, or extension, is unique in its offerings.
The YMCA of the Capital Area is committed to reaching farther and working harder to meet the diverse need of the community. This could not be done without the support of our volunteers in our communities.
At the Y, strengthening the community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors, regardless of age, income or background, to make sure everyonehas the opportunity togrow and thrive.
At the Y, we build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all through our mission to put Christian principles into practice. Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, a mentor inspires a child and the community joins together forthe common good.
At the Y, we are a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. We become a strong community by investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors.