Unconditional love, companionship, service: These are the qualities that have inspired many to refer to dogs as “man’s best friend.” In 1975, Canine Companions for Independence saw the potential for lives to be changed through this unique partnership, and it became the foundation for an incredible organization.
Many of you know someone who has served our country-- A father, brother, sister, or friend. Each one has sacrificed something valuable for the sake of defending our safety and deep-rooted values. To those of who you have served: For your determination and courage, we honor you. For your commitment to this country and the people who live here, we thank you.
Take a moment to sit back and think about what your life was like as a fifteen year old. I remember spending countless hours at Starbucks chatting with friends, working on homework, and just trying to survive high school. Most of us have similar stories, but not Marissa Hacker. At age fifteen, Marissa was inspired by her autistic twin brother, Matthew, to start her very own nonprofit. She called the organization, “Fantastic Friends.”
Hannah and Friends is a unique community and nonprofit located in South Bend, Indiana. Three homes were built across forty acres for children and adults with special needs. Those who live there are given the opportunity to build companionship with their peers as well as to further their academic and life-skills education.
The Sevenly team is thrilled to kick off our first ever Highlight Week by partnering with an exceptionally unique charity. With the help of some (very cute) furry friends, this charity is working to bring independence and restoration to those who need it most. Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers is an organization that raises and trains capuchin monkeys to provide daily assistance to people living with spinal cord injuries or other mobility impairments.
For me, knowing what I wanted to do when I grew up was always simple -- I wanted to change the world. That was my passion, and I was going to do whatever it took to turn that passion and dream into a reality. Working at Sevenly allows me to do just that. It allows me to help others who can’t help themselves, to leave my mark on this world, even if only in a small way, and to wake up everyday knowing that I have the chance to make a difference in someone else’s life. Simply put, working at Sevenly allows me to give.
Imagine marching through the streets of New York, accompanied by 15,000 of your closest friends, all united around one cause: winning basic rights for yourself and your loved ones. You’ve tried everything you can to get the people in power to listen to you and address your very reasonable concerns, but to no avail.
Sometimes the burden of world change can feel pretty heavy. Between political unrest rocking the world, widespread hunger, and the proliferation of atrocities such as human trafficking, sizing up the world can make you feel pretty powerless. You think about all the suffering and injustice in the world, and pretty soon you’re falling down a rabbit hole of hopelessness. How could one person possibly hope to change these gargantuan issues that are causing such widespread suffering?