The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Working on a national and local level, they provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, they are committed to advancing vital research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
The Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research and care initiatives at the state and federal level.
We have experienced first-hand the devastation this disease wreaks on both the patient and their family and caregivers, and so understand fully how important it is to support organizations dedicated to fighting it.
Berkshire Humane Society and Second Chance Animal Center
We. Are. Dog People. 3 rescues and counting and yes, that’s one of them in the picture! But we truly love all animals even if allergic to cats, and want to help these two great area shelters.
Each year Berkshire Humane Society takes in over a thousand animals who have nowhere else to go. No matter their age, temperament, medical condition, or breed, we turn no animal away, and we place 100% of our adoptable animals into new loving homes. They also provide a variety of programs and services that promote the welfare of all animals and their people.
Second Chance Animal Center is dedicated to providing compassionate shelter and adoption services for the animals in our care, improving the lives of companion animals in the communities that we serve via spay/neuter assistance, humane education, advocacy, and humane investigative advice and assistance to law enforcement agencies. Our service area includes all towns in Bennington County (Vermont), sections of Washington and Rensselaer Counties in New York State, and northern areas of Berkshire County in Massachusetts.
Ramana's Garden Children's Home – Rishikesh, India
Ramana’s Garden is a children’s refuge, home, school and organic café in the beautiful city of Rishikesh. Ramana’s was founded by Prabhavati Dwabha more than 20 years ago as a refuge for children at risk of poverty and abuse in India and Nepal. Approximately 70 kids live there full time, and more than 200 kids attend school at Ramana’s each day during the school year.
Each child that comes through Ramana’s gate arrives because they would be at risk of either being murdered, forced into prostitution, child labour, begging, starvation or total neglect otherwise. Ramana’s Garden takes these children in and gives them a loving home, family and education so they have the opportunity to become independent and functioning adults, securing themselves a valuable position in society.
We were fortunate to visit Ramana’s Garden on our last trip to India and see firsthand both the plight of children in the area and the amazing work that Ramana’s is doing to rescue them from truly dire situations. We also got to eat in the organic café, and there, halfway ‘round the world, met a woman from Pittsfield, MA!
BYC will be sponsoring one of Ramana’s kids this year, and in March we’ll be returning to Rishikesh for another visit and some more of the delicious food from the café.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram – Rishikesh, India
Parmarth Niketan is situated in the lap of the lush Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges. Founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj, it has been headed since 1986 by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji Maharaj.
As the largest ashram in Rishikes, Parmarth Niketan provides a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens to thousands of pilgrims, who come from all corners of the Earth. Daily activities at Parmarth Niketan include yoga and meditation classes, satsang and lecture programs, kirtan, and a beautiful Ganga aarti at sunset attended by hundreds of visitors each day at the shore of Ganges.
Parmarth Niketan engages deeply with the local community and the world, and it’s these many amazing programs that inspired us to support the ashram as part of our own seva. These projects include healthcare clinics for the local community as well as regular excursions to bring care to underserved populations throughout the Himalayas. The ‘Clean, Green, and Serene’ project cultivates awareness of environmental sanctity through regular programs in tree planting, sanitation awareness, organic farming, environmental cleanup and even cow care. The Prakash Bharti school offers free education to local children, and every day the ashram feeds hundreds of people in need.