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Vanguard staff shares its favorite local charities

Maria Ranger

Type One International (T1International) is one of the best nonprofits I can think of donating to. While many groups focus on diabetes advocacy, T1International is one of the only ones that doesn’t accept funding from pharmaceutical companies. Because of this, I believe they are truly invested in helping diabetics. Other groups claim to advocate for a “cure,” but as long as diabetics are being price gouged for insulin, there is no motive to research a cure.

T1International advocates for affordable insulin and other diabetic supplies. They also do research specifically related to type one diabetes, such as how common it is and how much it costs to treat in different countries.

Additionally, they raise awareness of what it’s like to live with type one diabetes, symptoms that you may have it and rights that diabetics have in workplaces and educational institutions.

Abby Lawson

This past November, I had the privilege of volunteering at Saginaw’s Girls on the Run 5K. Girls on the Run is an organization that connects third- through eighth- graders from various school districts with community volunteers who teach an after-school curriculum.

Girls on the Run helps empower young women to find their passions and purpose while exercising in a supportive environment. It also helps instill confidence in its participants so that they may be fearless in all of their pursuits. That sort of strength is something everyone should have the opportunity to access, which is why I wholeheartedly love this organization.

Abby Burgess

The Great Lakes Bay Miracle League is a nonprofit organization located at Liberty Park in Bridgeport Township. The organization uses baseball to provide new opportunities to children with mental and physical disabilities.

The Miracle League is dedicated to forming bonds between “buddy” volunteers, parents and children, and it is always looking for more individuals willing to lend a helping hand.

Something unique about Miracle League locations is that each baseball diamond is created with safety and accessibility in mind. The specialized rubber turf fields ensure that the game is accessible to those of all abilities. Even more incredible is that no child is turned away for inability to pay. This, of course, is made possible through generous donations.

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