giving back

 

We strive to provide a community to better themselves while bettering the life of someone else. We’re all about feelin’ good while doin’ good.

 
 
 



HOW IT WORKS

At the end of each class receive a pink $5 bill to vote on one of the five local and overlooked charities. At the end of the quarter, the charity with the most votes will receive the majority of the donation! It’s as simple as that.

Pink $5 Bills, Charity, Donation
 
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this quarter’s charities

This quarter, we will be highlighting Arms Wide Adoption Services, Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA), CanCare, IGoPink, and Undies for Everyone. Visit their websites to learn more about what they do!

 
 
Arms Wide Adoption Services

#1
ARMS WIDE ADOPTION SERVICES

Since 1977, Arms Wide Adoption Services has been expertly and compassionately transforming the lives of children in foster care by finding them safe and nurturing adoptive families. Arms Wide Adoption Services takes the time to understand the needs of the child, best matches a family based on their strengths, and provides attentive guidance and support through placement and beyond. This approach has allowed Arms Wide Adoption Services to successfully place more than 2,100 children with permanent families. Whether visiting Arms Wide Adoption Services for our no-fee foster care, adoption, post adoption, or post permanency services, Arms Wide Adoption Services’ warm, personal, and honest approach guides children and families in Houston through the complex journey of adoption to the celebration of a family fulfilled.

Aid To Victims of Domestic Abuse (AVDA)

#2


aid to victims of domestic abuse

AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) is a non-profit organization that has served Houston for nearly 40 years with the mission to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. AVDA strives to create a non-abusive and violence-free environment where relationships are based on mutual respect through the implementation of our three core programs: Legal Advocacy Program, Battering Intervention and Prevention Program and the Community Awareness and Prevention Program.

CanCare

#3


CAncare

CanCare is the only interfaith organization in Houston where highly trained cancer survivors provide free, one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients and their caregivers for an unlimited amount of time. Since 1990 our survivor volunteers, who have been diagnosed with more than 75 different cancer types, have provided one-on-one support to more than 22,000 patients and their caregivers. Each of these volunteers is a cancer survivor, and they understand the physical, emotional, and spiritual turmoil caused by cancer. Their firsthand knowledge fills them with unparalleled empathy for vulnerable patients and their caregivers as they navigate their cancer journey. CanCare volunteers play an essential role in the mental well-being of cancer patients during and after treatment.

IGoPink Breast Cancer Charity

#4


igopink

iGoPink is passionate about helping women through their multiple program services that allow them to educate on prevention, financially assist those battling breast cancer, make women feel beautiful again, get necessary supplies to developing countries and even make a difference in our own community.

iGoPink exists to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening illness. Their central focus is on educating, empowering and encouraging all men and women to become pro-active in preventing breast cancer and, if diagnosed, surviving breast cancer.

Undies for Everyone

#5
Undies for everyone

Undies for Everyone distributes new underwear to disadvantaged elementary and middle school students in Texas. Here in Houston 262,000 pair of underwear have landed with 145,000 students, just since January of this year! This year 468,000 pair of undies will end up on tushes all over Texas.

Not many people talk about it, but children are going to school with soiled underwear, worried that their peers will detect a smell, leaving them vulnerable to bullies. Impoverished students who have accidents in the classroom and don’t have a spare stay in the nurses office all day, losing learning valuable learning time. UFE works to provide children with the basic need of undies to encourage self-esteem, confidence and school attendance.

 
 
 
 

And now, a few words from our badass founder…

 



Why I Created a Giving Back Fitness Community

As a child, I grew up listening to my father’s stories of real hardship. My paternal grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer when my dad was only 6 years old. My father and his 3 siblings were placed from family member to family member to eventually foster care until one day my father gathered his siblings and ran away. As children, they had no one to turn to, so a wild field became their home. My father built a fort in the middle of that field for him and his siblings and for a while survived off random berries and handouts from strangers. 

As I grew up, my father continued to share his stories with me. I remember with each story, always being heartbroken by the fact that my father, who is a remarkable man, had gone through such sadness and hardship in his life. I promised myself that it would be my life’s mission that others (men, women and children) do not go have to go through traumas or hardships alone. From as far back as I can remember, I knew my life’s meaning was to give back to those who need it the most, specifically the ones that get overlooked in their cry for help. I started volunteering anywhere I could help as a child into adulthood. 

Four years ago, when I found the Lagree Method, I saw how the Megaformer can transform one’s self-confidence and strength in a very short amount of time. I realized then that I had found my way to help make a difference in the world – integrating fitness with giving back to the overlooked charities.

FORM practices Lagree powered by philanthropy. $5 of every class you take will go back to a local charity. With each class you take, not only are you improving yourself, you’re helping your community as well.

—Shantelle Jackson,
Founder & Chief Enthusiasm Officer

 
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