Alliance of Therapy Dogs is one of the largest therapy dog organizations in the United States.
Since 1990, the nonprofit has provided therapy dog testing, registration, support, and insurance
for volunteers who participate in animal-assisted activities like visits to hospitals, special needs
centers, mental health facilities, schools, nursing homes, and more. At ATD, they’re dedicated to
ensuring all dogs have the right temperament and wellbeing for therapy regardless of breed or age
and have a strong relationship with their owners. With over 15,000 volunteers nationwide, ATD is
dedicated to bringing support and joy to those who need it most through top-notch pet therapy.
The mission of the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston is to ignite girls’ passion and power
to succeed through positive mentoring relationships with women and enrichment programs that
support girls’ healthy development. It aspires to create a mentor-rich community in which every girl
has access to the individual nurturing, guidance, and support she needs to become a confident,
competent and caring adult.
Opened as a 302-bed hospital in 1991, the Lucile Packard Children"s Hospital Stanford is both
nationally ranked and internationally recognized, and is the heart and soul of Stanford Children"s
Health. The hospital is devoted to pediatrics and obstetrics and the original building has six centers
dedicated to providing comprehensive services in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain and
behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy and newborn, pulmonary and transplant. It relies on an army
of 700 volunteers – most of whom are either elderly retirees or from the University"s population of
aspiring and current medical students – to help in carrying out its mission. Lucile Packard Children"s Hospital Stanford is dramatically expanding and opening a new hospital in December 2017 and
needed to double its volunteer ranks (to 1,400) to meet this expanded need.
The Mary and Frances Youth Center opened in 2007 on Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU)
Monroe Park campus in Richmond. Its facilities include two private tennis courts and a number of
classrooms designed for youth-centered programming and training. The youth center’s flagship
program since opening has been Lobs & Lessons, a nationally recognized tennis and learning
program, but it also hosts and leads Discovery summer program, which provides middle-school
students with in-depth experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and health sciences.