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ACS Charitable Giving

In an effort to give back by supporting good causes meaningful to its employees, Alternative Communication Services (ACS) will donate a portion of its profits to charitable causes supported by its employees.  Below are organizations supported by ACS and its employees.

AIDS LifeCycle – Ride to end AIDS - supported by Tammy Richards
www.aidslifecycle.org

AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and is designed to advance their shared interests to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.   The goals of AIDS/LifeCycle are to:  Raise funds to support the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life - supported by Julie Stone
www.relayforlife.org 

At the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life events, communities across the globe come together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against a disease that has already taken too much.  The funds raised truly make a difference in the fight against cancer - just ask one of the nearly 14 million cancer survivors who will celebrate another birthday this year!  Relay for Life teams camp out overnight and take turns walking around a track. Events are up to 24 hours long, and because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

American Diabetes Association - supported by Tammy Richards
www.Diabetes.org

The American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event.  It's a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  - supported by Carmin Beardsley
http://www.afsp.org

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States, yet suicide is preventable. This fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's local and national education and advocacy programs and its bold goal to reduce the annual rate of suicide by 20% by 2025. 

We want to walk to raise awareness about this important mental health issue. Suicide touches one in five American families. We hope by walking we reduce stigma, save lives and bring hope to those effected by suicide. 

The Columbia County, OR Out of the Darkness Walk is one of more than 375 Out of the Darkness Community Walks being held nationwide this year. The walks are expected to unite more than 250,000 walkers and raise millions for suicide prevention efforts.

Children's AIDS Foundation of Tampa Bay supported by Mike Cano
www.ChildrensAIDSFoundation.org

The goal of the Children’s AIDS Foundation of Tampa Bay is to help children infected with HIV/AIDS realize a healthy and productive future. Our affiliation with the USF Pediatric Infectious Disease Program enables us to achieve this goal.  HIV infected children often deal with an overwhelming combination of problems. More than 80% of the children treated in the Tampa Bay area live below the poverty level. Most live with parents and/or siblings infected with the disease, forcing them to deal with unrelenting medical issues. Many have lost one or more family members to AIDS.

Easter Seals DuPage and the Fox Valley Region supported by Phil Hyssong
http://dfvr.easterseals.com/

Since 1952, Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley has helped infants and children with disabilities to take their first steps and say their first words. Run for the Kids was created to help to fund the life-changing services and programs at Easter Seals. Your gift will help underwrite the progressive programs and cutting edge technologies that are Easter Seals’ hallmark. Your support helps us continue our innovative services which help children with special needs develop brighter futures.

Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota - supported by Valerie Stafford-Mallis
www.HLAS.org

The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota (HLAS) is the local affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s largest group for education, advocacy, and support for persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.   In 2012 alone, the Chapter was awarded Best Cause in Sarasota, its President was awarded Best Visionary, and it received the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Seal of Approval.   Valerie serves on the HLAS Chapter’s Board of Trustees.

The Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota is dedicated to education, support, and advocacy that helps persons with hearing loss live life to the fullest.  HLAS’ monthly meetings provide educational programs and information on how to address personal, family and work-related hearing loss issues.  HLAS advocacy supports the increased availability and usage of hearing loop systems, captioning, and assistive listening devices. The Chapter has a Peer Mentoring Program by which it offers one-on-one peer mentoring free of charge to individuals with hearing loss.  The Chapter also sends one person each year, all expenses paid, to the HLAA convention, which costs the chapter approximately $1000.

Humane Society of Manatee County - supported by Valerie Stafford-Mallis
www.humanemanatee.org

They brought the No-Kill Community concept to Manatee County.  In addition to housing pets for adoptions and treating sick/injured homeless pets, HSMC operates a high volume spay-neuter clinic that helps to keep unwanted pets from ever being born.  Also, they trap-neuter-return feral cats, instead of euthanizing them.  If we could do 10,000 spay-neuters in Manatee County for three years running, we could wipe out euthanasia as a means of controlling the population of unwanted pets.  Currently the clinic is able to afford to do about 6,000 spay-neuters per year.

Lija Angela Yu Yin Hyssong Memorial Scholarship – supported by all staff
www.thepepfoundation.org

This scholarship is in memory of ACS co-founder Phil Hyssong’s teenage daughter, Lija. The scholarship has been established for students with B/C grade point average, who demonstrate great compassion and caring toward people around them. The scholarship is for tuition to any 4-year or 2-year institution and will be awarded by the guidance office of Glenbard East High School in Lombard, IL.

“Love Like Lija” Mission Endowment – supported by all staff
www.stjohnslombard.org

This endowment was established in memory of Lija Angela Yu Yin Hyssong. It is for any young person from St. John’s desiring to serve God by participating in a mission trip.

Lockport Little Leaguesupported by Phil Hyssong & T.J. DiGrazia
www.lockportlittleleaguebaseball.org

Lockport Little League was chartered with Little League Baseball Inc, in 1957 and serves the following communities: City & Town of Lockport, Newfane, Gasport & Pendleton.

Lutheran Church Charities - supported by Phil Hyssong
www.lutheranchurchcharities.org

Headquartered in Addison, Illinois, Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) was founded in 1947 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry to help support Christian human care ministries of the Church. LCC works throughout the United States and Internationally in bringing the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those Suffering and in Need. LCC works with and in partnership with their churches. LCC is a RSO (Recognized Service Organization) of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. We operate with a Dollar In – Dollar Out funding process where EVERY dollar given for a cause goes directly to that cause or need, with LCC acknowledging the gift and overseeing that the money is used as intended.

Mountain T.O.P – supported by Phil Hyssong
www.mountain-top.org

Mountain T.O.P. (Tennessee Outreach Project) is an interdenominational, non-profit Christian Mission affiliated with the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church, dedicated to rural life ministry in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  We seek to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual & social needs of people through the love of Christ.  While the problems here are complex, their approach is simple.  We believe that the heart of Christian ministry is about forming relationships through the love of Christ - a love powerful enough to overcome hopelessness, to fight injustice, and to break through the cultural, racial, and ideological barriers that divide us.

New Life Celebration Church of God – supported by Phil Hyssong
www.NewLifeCelebrationCOG.org

Accra, Africa is an exciting place to learn about the exponential growth of Christianity and the cutting-edge urban ministries in Africa. To that end, Janyce Booth, Independent CART writer, will attend presentations by leading scholars and will tour slave forts and other heritage sites. She will have various ministry opportunities and will work in an orphanage. Additionally, this promises to be a mission endeavor packed with powerful worship experiences anchored in the gospel message of Jesus Christ. It is her prayer that God will use her to serve in Ghana and equip/empower her for ministry and service when she returns home.

St. John's Lutheran Church & School  – supported by Phil Hyssong
www.stjohnslombard.org

Located in the heart of Lombard, St. John’s Lutheran School has been helping kids shine for more than 125 years. their rigorous, Christ-centered curriculum combined with an outstanding variety of extracurricular activities provide success for our students now and in the future. For students in preschool through 8th grade, from Lombard and many surrounding communities, we offer an excellent education and a nurturing school “family.”

Spotlight  – supported by Phil Hyssong
www.spotlight.org

Spotlight Youth Theater is a non-profit, educational children's theater arts program for students ages 5-18 in the Aurora, Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kenosha (WI), Lake, McHenry, Milwaukee (WI), Oak Park, Orland Park, Rockford Metro and Will County areas. Each area offers theater summer camps and kids' theater classes, kids' acting classes, kids' voice classes, kids' dance classes, improv and theater specialties. Spotlight produces family-friendly musical productions and also offers theater field trips for schools and school fine arts programs.

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy - supported by Mike Cano
www.tbpaa.com

Tampa Bay Performing Arts Academy’s mission is to provide and develop an educational community outreach program, giving our students the opportunity to cultivate and expand upon their technical performance and analytical skills within the creative atmosphere of the performing arts. By placing a strong emphasis upon the foundations of a liberal arts education as well as each individual’s development of rational thought, critical thinking, and communication skills we hope to foster an experience that will not only enrich the lives of each participant, but serve as a building block to encourage the growth of essential life skills such as discipline, social skills, self-esteem, maturity, and responsibility. In addition, we seek to fashion a program that will at all times uphold and promote family and community values, bringing together people of all ages to enjoy the incredible experience of the arts.

Will County Elite Baseball Club - supported by T.J. DiGrazia
www.wcelite.com

The Will County Elite’s (WCE) mission is to use the vehicle of a competitive baseball program to help develop the character of young people. WCE baseball strives to develop player talent through outstanding instruction that emphasizes both the skills of the game as well as the player's commitment to learning and personal improvement. WCE baseball exists to develop young people to become better baseball players and leaders in the community.