Over the course of 2012, Yahoo! News is capturing the challenges of the nation by following the experiences of six families striving to achieve the American Dream, while dealing with issues from joblessness to foreclosure to lack of health insurance.
You can help these families and others like them around the nation. Here’s how:
SHARE, CONNECT AND SUPPORT: Share your experiences, offer advice and show your support as each Remake America family deals with its unique challenges and approaches decision points each week:
MAKE A DONATION AND IMPACT MORE FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES: Organizations across the U.S. are working to support families like these. Learn more and make a difference by donating to support these causes.
WOUNDED WARRIOR AMPUTEE SOFTBALL TEAM: America's veterans like Kyle can greatly benefit from staying part of a military family after they've retired. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of wounded veterans. These young extremely athletic men have endured traumatic war/military injuries, amputation and, with extensive rehabilitation, have become competitive athletes again. Donate here.
SCORE: Family business owners like Bill can benefit greatly from mentorship, education and small business resources. SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small-business owners for more than forty years. Donate here.
WOMEN’S INSTITUTE FOR A SECURE RETIREMENT (WISER): Women like Leslie can benefit greatly from financial and career advice. WISER is dedicated to the education and advocacy that will improve the long-term financial quality of life for women. As the only organization to focus exclusively on the financial challenges that women face, WISER supports women’s opportunities to secure adequate retirement through research, workshops and partnerships. Donate here.
PROJECT SINGLE MOMS: As single moms, Bill's daughter and her roommate are seeking support not only for themselves but for their children too. Project Single Moms Worldwide is an advocacy movement designed to empower, educate, energize and enhance the quality of life for single mothers and their children. The movement also strives to create a unified voice to dispel negative myths and stereotypes by redefining the face and character of single moms in America. Donate here.
WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT: Wounded Warrior Project offers military veterans like Kyle vital support. Wounded Warrior Project’s mission is to honor and heal wounded warriors by fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of veterans in our nation’s history. WWP provides programs and services to meet the changing needs of these brave men and women. Their programs are structured to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment. Donate here.
BiGAUSTIN: For families like the Jose and Starlight's, starting or growing a small businesses can offer a path out of poverty. BiGAUSTIN is Central Texas’ single-source solution for entrepreneurial education, tailored business counseling and flexible loans. BiGAUSTIN strives to be the leader as a self-sustainable small business development organization by providing innovative growth strategies to underserved entrepreneurs in Central Texas. Donate here.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE CORPORATION OF AMERICA (NACA): Home ownership may seem out of reach for families like Kirk and LaTosha’s, but there are resources that can make that dream a reality. The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America ("NACA") is a non-profit, community advocacy and home ownership organization. NACA’s primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide. Donate here.
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR CREDIT COUNSELING (NFCC): Many of the Remake America families and others like them are struggling with debt. As the nation’s largest and longest-serving nonprofit credit counseling organization, the NFCC has played a key role in providing financial coaching to consumers for 60 years. With nearly 100 member agencies and 800 offices, the NFCC is the national voice for a mission-driven, local approach. Donate here.