Africa Yoga Project
The Africa Yoga Project (AYP) organization creates transformation, empowerment and change through the practice of yoga. AYP delivers innovative programs that foster peace, improve physical, emotional, and mental well being, facilitate self-sufficiency and create opportunities to learn and contribute across the communities of East Africa. Shelley Lowther of Dancing Dogs Yoga has been chosen as an AYP Ambassador for 2012 and will be traveling to Kenya in 2012 to support this project firsthand. Lowther says, “I believe that that path to our highest selves lies in service to others. I became an Africa Yoga Project Ambassador to put my ideals of service into action. Through yoga and the arts, I want to work with teens and children in Africa and at home who are at-risk or in need and help them to stand in their personal power. I want to donate my energy and skills to a population in need of hope, and help show them a path of possibility. As a yoga teacher, I know that through the prism of possibility, all things are possible. I have learned so much about myself and I am finding that every day, I am more capable of compassion. As my compassion grows and deepens, my sense of community deepens. I am finding community on a local, and even global level, and that sense of community is evolving into a larger a sense of humanity. I want to work from a place of unity, of humanity, and leave the you and me behind.” Lead the change. DONATE HERE
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry is a non-profit organization in Beaufort County responding to the needs of child abuse victims and adult victims of sexual assault and incest. The organization’s mission is to provide comprehensive services that lead to healing for victims of these crimes and to increase community awareness through prevention education and outreach. As a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center, Hope Haven partners with law enforcement, child protective services and the prosecutor’s office to provide state-of-the-art child forensic interviews, victim advocacy, evidence based mental health treatment, forensic medical evaluation/assessment for abused children, and ongoing case coordination. As the rape crisis center, Hope Haven offers a 24/7 crisis hotline, hospital accompaniment, court accompaniment, individual and group counseling to support victims. www.hopehavenlc.org
The LOUD (Living Out Ur Dreams) Program is a non-profit organization based in arts education. Our ultimate goal is to empower youth to live out their dreams! LOUD strives to successfully develop youth in an environment that fosters self-respect and respect of others, encourages the exploration of higher education opportunities, and most importantly, create and maintain an environment of non-violence. The LOUD program will empower its participants to overcome negative peer pressure, and will encourage them to develop healthy values and positive attitudes and habits, leading to better decision making skills.
Chain Free Beaufort
Chain Free Beaufort is dedicated to stopping the inhumane and cruel practice of chaining dogs to stationary objects for their entire lives. Imagine being chained to a tree year after year. You watch the door hoping someone will come play; No one ever does. You long to run, but you can only pace. You shiver in winter and pant in summer. Eventually, you stop barking. You have given up hope. Our goal is also to educate those who chain their dogs about the dangerous consequences that often result in a chaining situation. We also strive to help rescue dogs who are chained, tethered or confined to stationary objects for long periods of time.
DDY supports CODA through organizing special community yoga classes, with all donations benefitting this wonderful organization. Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA) has been supporting victims of domestic violence and their children living in Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton counties of South Carolina since 1986. CODA supports victims of domestic violence and their children with a 24-hour hotline, individual and group counseling, legal services, case management and an emergency shelter. Through its community education program, CODA provides presentations and trainings to businesses, educators, law enforcement, churches, social service providers and community groups. All of CODA’s services are free, confidential and dependent on community support.
Friends of Caroline Hospice
DDY supports Friends of Caroline Hospice through hosting special community yoga classes, with all donations benefitting FRIENDS. Friends of Caroline Hospice is a non-profit, United Way organization that provides in home care for those suffering from a terminal illness. FRIENDS is dedicated to providing home care and volunteer services that offer hope, encouragement and care to those who live with a life threatening illness, as well as support for their families, friends and the community.