Stories From Smaller Nonprofits: Georgia Canines for Independence

12/11/2009

Stars Through out December, Diva Marketing is showcasing the stories of smaller nonprofits. It's a small way to give back to others who give so much. It's my wish that together we can help raise their visibility, perhaps find a new volunteer or even encourage a donation or two. Because as Laura King Edwards, Taylor's Tale, says, "Nothing should stand in the way of a dream."  Also the nonprofits that are using social media have agreed to share their strategies.

The Georgia Canines for Independence Story

Ramona fa cannines information Story by Ramona Nichols, founder and Executive Director of GCI. My mother and sister have epilepsy, and I experienced through their eyes the stress and isolation that disability may create for every family member. My animals provided a support system of unconditional love, which helped the family deal with the physical, emotional, and social effects of epilepsy.

After studying animal behavior at the University of Georgia, I dedicated my life to training dogs to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. Photo: Ramona with canines Mary Kate and Ashley

Georgia Canines for Independence is a 501-c-3 nonprofit. Donations are tax-deductible. Georgia Canines for Independence (GCI) provides trained assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities and other special needs. GCI is an all volunteer organization.

Each service dog learns 90 commands and performs skills such as opening/closing doors, turning lights on/off, retrieving dropped or needed items, and pulling wheelchairs. After completing 2 years of training, each canine partner is given away at absolutely no cost to someone in need. GCI also provides a lifetime of instructional support for each service dog team.

Service dogs increase independence. Many of our service dog recipients have gained employment or been able to attend college as a direct result of having a dog to assist them with daily living activities. Assistance dogs also increase self-esteem and social interactions and decrease stress and loneliness. Many service dog owners have also reported improvements in physical health and a reduction in the number of doctors' visits leading to decreased healthcare costs.

Because GCI does NOT charge for its services, our programs are made possible by community support. Insurance does not cover animal therapy or service dogs.

Social Media

GCI has a donation page on Facebook, several videos on YouTube that demonstrate how these amazing dogs help "their people" in daily living, a MySpace page and of course a presence on Twitter.

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Comments

Toby,
Thanks so much for featuring one of my absolutely favorite nonprofits. GCI does so much to help individuals experience a more full life. http://www.AtlantaRealEstateForum.com is proud to be one of their sponsors. I hope that others will join us to support this worthy group.
LOVE those dogs too. Golden Retrievers have the absolute best personalities. We can all learn much from their giving personalities and unconditional love.

Posted by: Carol Flammer on Dec 11, 2009 1:54:54 AM

Toby, excellent series, as usual. This is a perfect time to stop and think of our blessings and then share what bounty we have - even if it's only $1. Seriously, that $1 given over and over by hundreds or thousands of individuals, goes far.

And, it allows us to give to more than on charity, during a time when they all need our help.

Posted by: Yvonne DiVita on Dec 17, 2009 10:49:04 AM

yvonne - wonderful idea .. small $ can grow into significant contributions.

Posted by: Toby on Dec 20, 2009 10:08:17 AM

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Keep up the great work and remember us little people when you take over Australia. :-) [....]

Posted by: Streamlight Handheld Tactical on May 18, 2010 4:17:50 AM

Toby, excellent series, as usual. This is a perfect time to stop and think of our blessings and then share what bounty we have - even if it's only $1. Seriously, that $1 given over and over by hundreds or thousands of individuals, goes far.

And, it allows us to give to more than on charity, during a time when they all need our help.

Posted by: Massachusetts Nursing Degree on Jun 24, 2010 8:47:39 AM

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