Aptima Charitable Giving Committee Salutes 2023 Recipients
Nonprofits in Massachusetts, Ohio, Florida, and Washington DC recognized for outstanding work with children, youth, military personnel, and veterans
Each year, the Charitable Giving Committee forms from employees across the company to reflect and advance Aptima’s commitment to sharing its success with the greater communities in which it is based. In 2023, the Committee donated a total of $6,250 to six qualifying charitable organizations.
City Kids Wilderness Project is a DC-based nonprofit that provides outdoor programming for 6th-12th grade students over a seven-year timeframe. City Kids uses city, natural, and wilderness settings in DC and Jackson Hole, Wyoming (its home away from home) to achieve its mission to build resiliency, broaden horizons, and develop life skills for the 134 youth it serves.
For over 25 years, City Kids has successfully served as a warm and safe place for the DC community, predominantly in Wards 5, 7, and 8 where the majority of City Kids participants live.
Rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator, Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida, that provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world who want to visit Central Florida.
A stay at the Village is much more than a vacation. During one incredible week, wish families laugh, play, and create priceless memories together away from hospital visits and medical procedures. It’s a magical week of “YES” where wish kids can experience the simple joys of childhood, and where families can recapture some of the precious moments that may have been missed due to illness.
Helping military veterans gain renewed purpose through farming. Hero Agriculture is a nonprofit organization providing the network, support and education for veterans to develop personalized agriculture operation.
There are 22 veteran suicides every day. We must change this. A hero needs hope. At HERO Agriculture we provide an opportunity for veterans to rediscover their purpose through farming. The strength within these men and women, coupled with our training and mentorship, helps them succeed at a new mission.
Not all wounds are visible, and our organization, Heroes Sports, provides a positive atmosphere among veterans and service members to ensure they know they are not alone. Heroes Sports wants to be an example for others going through issues transitioning from the combat zone to civilian life and show ways that would assist in their transition. Heroes Sports is also involved in other Community events as a display of our thanks for your support.
Founded on October 30, 2015, we are a National 501c3 Non-Profit Organization for military men and women, both active duty and veterans, that incorporates sports and recreation activities to increase mental/physical health and team building. We are also an organization created to help veterans returning home from combat operations in hopes that we can assist the veteran in being more involved with society to ensure a smooth transition into civilian life.
The Parkway Community YMCA helps with: Childcare (after-school program with 38 children enrolled); Health and wellbeing (blood pressure monitoring, diabetes prevention, food security programs); Providing safe spaces for learning and socializing (senior and teen programs, residential socials).
Parkway Community YMCA mitigates the academic achievement gap by providing a 5-week free summer learning program in collaboration with Boston Public Schools (teachers). Parkway Community YMCA supports families in the community during the holiday season through Toys for Tots events, families in need (adopted a family), and Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners.
Brevard County Schools provide a free breakfast and lunch during the week. For some students, Friday lunch is their last regular meal until the following Monday.
The Children’s Hunger Project, Inc. provides weekend meals and fights childhood hunger and malnutrition during the school year.
Childhood hunger leads to a weaker immune system, difficulty in learning and paying attention in class, and behaving properly to retain what they learn. Hungry kids are sick more often and have lower academic achievement.
A big thank you to our 2023 Charitable Giving Committee Members!
Ramona Shires, Maria Chaparro Osman, Tim Halverson, Jiancarlo “JC” Villa, and Audrey Reinert