Univera Serve First® partners with amazing organizations around the world to carry out our mission. Read below to learn more about these fantastic groups:
Univera Serve First® partners with a local orphanage in Campeche, Mexico in an effort to provide children in need of vital nutrition and support in their formative years. Our support of this orphanage also provides these children with a safe place to grow, learn, and flourish.
Nourish Pierce County (formerly FISH Food Banks) is the largest food bank network in Pierce County, with seven food banks and an innovative Mobile Food Bank. The mission of FISH Food Banks of Pierce County is to provide nutritious food for people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Clients are able to “shop” for the foods that best meet the needs of their families. No one in need is turned away. In 2013, FISH Food Banks served 562,188 people. Since 2008, the community’s need for food distribution through FISH has increased 137%. For every $1 donated, FISH can distribute more than $7 worth of food!
The Meadow Rose Society was created to help families with children under the age of three who are struggling financially. These families range from someone who is temporarily unemployed or a single parent, to those on a fixed income or with a disability. They help these families with items specifically for the needs of this age group with everything from diapers, wipes, cookies, baby food, formula and toiletries to larger items such as highchairs or car seats.
The San Antonio Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. They provide food and groceries to more than 530 partner agencies in 16 counties in Southwest Texas. The food bank relies on the generosity and support of local businesses, churches, foundations, corporations, government, civic groups and individuals in order to successfully continue serving Southwest Texans who are at risk of going hungry.
The North Texas Food Bank is a Dallas, TX is a non-profit hunger relief based organization that distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 200 partner agencies in 13 counties. As a member of Feeding America, they support the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through education, advocacy and partnerships.
Laing House was established based on three basic ideals: Everyone deserves a safe place to live, everyone deserves some form of employment, and thirdly, everyone deserves to have a support system whether that is friends or family. Members can come as they are and find the social and individual support they need. The Laing House mission is to empower young people living with mental illnesses through innovative engagement and peer support. Members range between the ages of 16 and 30 and have a diagnosis of mood disorder, psychosis, and/or anxiety disorder. Programming at Laing House encourages members’ interests, addresses needs, and includes art, education and employment support, music, camping, meals, group activities, financial workshops, and so much more.
Bea’s Kids in Carrollton, Texas. As they describe themselves, “Bea’s Kids provides hundreds of Kindergarten through 12th grade students a safe, structured environment to receive assistance with homework, guidance on personal development issues, encouragement to read books, and the opportunity to practice self-discipline while building leadership skills.”
Vogel Alcove has been around since 1987 and is located in Dallas, where almost 3,000 children don’t have a home. Their mission is, “…to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.” They provide a variety of therapeutic services from teachers who specialize in trauma-informed care and behavioral and development specialists to homeless children.
Food for Lane County is a non-profit food bank located in Eugene, Oregon. Their mission is to, “…alleviate hunger by creating access to food. Our vision is to eliminate hunger in Lane County. In 1984, FOOD for Lane County incorporated with one staff person, one volunteer and five board members. That year, the fledgling food bank distributed almost 2 million pounds of food — mostly USDA commodities — out of a small house in Springfield to 43,000 Lane County residents.” Today they have 63 staff and distribute 8 million pounds of nutritious food with the help of 84,000 hours of volunteer help. They serve over 80,000 low-income people, including families, children, single adults and seniors.
For over thirty years, the Ronald McDonald House BC has been providing accommodation for children and their families who are travelling to Vancouver for their child’s major health treatments. The house is managed by a small staff and volunteers, and is operated by the Children’s Family House Society of BC, an independent, Board-directed, non-profit organization.
In 2007, our partnership began with Vitamin Angels, enabling Serve First to provide nourishment to children in rural Mississippi.
In 2014, Vitamin Angels reached more than 35 million children in almost every U.S. state and approximately 45 countries worldwide with lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals. “The Support of Univera Associates is helping ensure that children in need have the chance to lead healthy and productive lives,” said Vitamin Angels’ President and Founder, Howard Schiffer.
Waves for Water has a simple mission, which is to “get clean water to every person who needs it.” They provide people in need access to clean water through distributing portable water filters, creating and renovating wells, and building storage systems in places where groundwater is not accessible. In addition to providing clean water, Waves for Water also coordinates and executes natural disaster relief efforts around the world.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission was created in 1932 to feed and care for those suffering from the Great Depression. They provide extensive 360-degree support and recovery services for homeless men, women, and children throughout King County. They are working to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by listening, offering hope, providing food and more.
Food Lifeline‘s mission is, “Ending hunger in Western Washington, by mobilizing resources and engaging communities.” Every year, almost 40% of our food ends up in landfills. Food Lifeline works to get this food to those in need in Western Washington. They rescue food being thrown away from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. They also work to provide long-term solutions to hunger.
Eden Food for Change mission statement, “is committed to increasing access to good food in a dignified manner, developing food skills to encourage healthy eating and empowering the community through education, outreach and advocacy.” They primarily serve food to those in need in western Mississauga.
The Chilliwack Bowls of Hope Society is a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters that provide nutritious lunchtime meals to Chilliwack school children who might otherwise go without. Their successful “Feed the Children Program” now provides over 14,600 bowls of soup, along with milk and fruit, to 750 children at 21 different schools per month. This is done through donations of funds and food, and the efforts of offenders and community-based volunteers of the Chilliwack Community Correctional Centre.
Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today it helps house more than 80,000 boys and girls in need per year. Along with housing them, Covenant House provides Continuum of Care, which includes Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage. These services help to break the cycle of adult homelessness.
Las Rosas Rojas is an orphanage located in the suburbs of Mexico City that supports new generations of children to ensure they have a happy life, through educational, moral, and spiritual grounds. Las Rosas Rojas has a simple mission, protect and serve disadvantaged children.