These are some of the charities I follow and help when I can. If you don't currently support a charity, I hope you'll consider one of these wonderful groups.
Surfers Healing's mission is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing. From the Surfer's Healing website:
"We take kids with autism surfing. We paddle out together on tandem boards to catch the waves that come our way. That's what we do; that's what we love. On the surface, our contribution seems simple: each year, our volunteer-staffed camps give over 4,500 children with autism and their families a fun, engaging day at the beach. But go deeper, and you'll see that a quiet revolution is taking place. Through the simple act of riding waves together, we're defying the status quo. When we help kids get up on a board, we're challenging preconceived notions of capability. When we encourage participants to dive in, we're empowering them to engage with the world. And when we ride the waves together, we're affirming that every person is a gift."
Compton Junior Equestrians (previously Compton Jr. Posse) From the website:
"Compton Jr. Equestrians was developed to serve inner city youth in the hub city of Compton, along with local areas. CJE was formed in response to the lack of programs available to youth in the community who are at risk for dropping out of school, incarceration, and poverty.
Our program not only teaches the highly esteemed skill of horseback riding, but academic achievement and character building. Some of the academic areas we build upon are science, math, literacy, and cultural history. Youth in our program also build discipline, self-esteem, and leadership."
Therapy Horses of Gentle Carousel The teams of tiny horses visit over 45,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with children who have experienced traumatic events.
Surf Rider Foundation Since their inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.