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‘Tis the Season of Giving

article picture giving backAll year long we highlight different types of charities. From providing fishing trips to methods of transportation. Each group in their own way touches the lives of those who need it most.

This month, instead of choosing one to highlight we thought we would list a handful of our favorites. These charities allow you to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season. Whether it’s as simple as a toy donation or getting involved with feeding the local communities, these simple acts of kindness can make the world of difference to others.

So this season think of a different kind of gift.  Get involved, donate your time, be the difference in the world you want to see. You might be amazed at the gift these people give you.

giving back blog picToys for Tots- The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Red Cross Blood Donation-The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Reach Out and Read-The program serves more than 4 million children and their families across the nation, with a special emphasis on serving those in low-income communities. In June 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics declared literacy promotion to be an “essential component of pediatric care” for all children, referencing Reach Out and Read as an effective intervention to engage parents and prepare children to achieve their potential in school and beyond.

Operations Santa Claus-The County of Orange Operation Santa Claus program provides gifts and toys to children in foster care, group homes, needy children in transition who are abused, neglected, physically or mentally challenged, or homeless in Orange County. Disadvantaged families and at risk youth also benefit.

Happy Holidays.

 

By |December 18th, 2014|Giving Back|Comments Off

WayPoint Children’s Foundation

WayPoint Children’s Foundation

There are few things in life more rewarding than doing something special for others. Some people donate clothes to the Salvation Army, some help feed the homeless at a local shelter, and some do something special for a family that is struggling to make it. In 2010, Chrissy and I (Kevin) decided to make a mark based on my passion, the ocean. You see I simply love fishing, but more than that, I thoroughly enjoy watching kids catch their first fish. Especially kids who don’t have an opportunity to do so on our ocean.

WayPoint Children’s FoundationThe Waypoint Children’s Foundation, created in 2010, serves the youth of Orange County. It provides fishing trips, whale watching trips and educational experiences for our youth. We seek to help kids in need, youth in tough times, and to be a waypoint on their lives journey. This year we’ve provided fishing expeditions for BoyScout Troops, Adventure Guides, Military kids, Veterans, and so much more. We are a small charitable organization that exists on donations from local supporters and friends. We are a 501 c3 charity organization based out of Dana Point Harbor.

WayPoint Children’s FoundationThis past year we were able to take kids on 6 fishing and whale watching trips. Next year we want to take more! You can help. Your donations go directly to our operation costs to get kids on the water. But you can donate more than just money, your time, expertise, and fishing gear all help our cause. We use #4 and #6 light wire hooks, 10 pound test line, and ¼ ounce egg sinkers during every trip. And if you’ve been fishing in the past, you know how fast you go through things like weights and hooks.

Thanks for your support,

Kevin Rausch
President, Waypoint Children’s Foundation

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook to follow our trips and happenings: @WaypointKids

And to donate to the charity please visit our gofundme page for Waypoint kids.

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By |November 19th, 2014|Giving Back|Comments Off

Challenged Athletes Foundation

Challenged Athlete Foundation | Rausch PT & Sports PerformanceThe Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) a non-profit organization, is a world leader in helping people with physical challenges get involved, and stay involved, in sports. Headquartered in San Diego with regional chapters, CAF provides unparalleled sports opportunities, hope, education and inspiration enabling physically challenged individuals to live active lifestyles.

CAF recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.”

Challenged Athlete Foundation | Rausch PT & Sports PerformanceHOW DOES CAF HELP?

More than eighty cents of every dollar raised provides funding for adaptive sports equipment, training and competition expenses, programs and events that help challenged athletes get off the sidelines and into the game.

WHY DO CHALLENGED ATHLETES NEED FUNDING?

Challenged Athlete Foundation | Rausch PT & Sports PerformanceThere are 21 million individuals living with a disability in the United States today. Only one in 10 takes part in fitness activities on a daily basis. A major impediment is cost. Equipment and specialized training that allows these individuals to engage in active lifestyles is very expensive – in fact, for many, it’s cost-prohibitive and is not covered by insurance.

Join us for the “Best Day in Triathlon” in San Diego, October 19th for an amazing day and experience you will never forget!

Interested in learning more? Get involved here.

 

Wheels 4 Life

Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports PerformanceThis summer we were everywhere. Tuesday and Thursday nights from May to August were filled with bikes, running shoes, swim caps and goggles. And through it all, we had the opportunity to make connections with incredible athletes and ambassadors of living an active and healthy lifestyle.

On Tuesdays, we were readily found at the Over The Hump Mountain Bike series. A great group of people from all ages and all levels gathered together at Irvine Lake and do what mountain bikers do best, got dirty.

One particular evening at OTH as we set up our showcase, we were placed right next to a tent that had “Wheels 4 Life” plastered all over it. Then came their goods, baked goods, liquid goods, and hand made good. It was a one stand bizarre filled with smiles, tantalizing smells and accents from around the world.

Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports PerformanceBeing the curious person that I am, I wandered over to have a gander. Unbeknownst to myself, Wheels 4 Life, is a non-profit that provides bikes for people in developing countries in order to help them get to and from work and or school. That was enough for my to give them my support and buy a cupcake… it was for a good cause.

Wheels 4 Life was founded by Hans Rey. If you are like me, the next question you are asking is “ Who is Hans Rey?”  Allow me to enlighten you.

Hans Rey is a multi-world champion mountain biker. He started his career riding in the 70’s and has pioneered the way extreme mountain biking is viewed in modern day. His travels took him around the world and opened his eyes to how a simple bike could hugely impact and improve the lives of others. And so was the beginning of Wheels 4 Life.  

Learn how you can do more here.

http://www.wheels4life.org

 

By |September 17th, 2014|Giving Back|11 Comments

They Can, You Can, We Can.

Challenged Athletes FoundationWe all have reasons why we don’t do this or we don’t do that. Then, we sit back in awe of those who do and wonder why we can’t be like them. Well, we can. Sometimes we just need to find the right inspiration and motivation to get moving. If there ever was a reason to do so, it would be the CAF. 

Last year Rausch PT put a team together and hosted several fundraising events to support John Elliot and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. If you have ever spent time talking to John, I am sure that he has shared with you his passion for CAF.

Every year, CAF holds the San Diego Triathlon Challenge in La Jolla Cove. It is called “The Best Day in Triathlon” for good reason.

Challenged Athletes FoundationIf you visit the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) homepage, and search under “what we do”, you will find the following: “CAF recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing unparalleled sports opportunities that lead to success in sports — and in life.” The Challenged Athletes Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing unique opportunities (including wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, and adaptive bikes) to athletes who would otherwise be unable to participate in the sport or activity that they love ( i.e. running, cycling, skateboarding, basketball etc.).

This year, the event is October 19th. Don’t miss out on this amazing event. Sign up and join Team Rausch PT as a relay swimmer, cyclist or runner.

Each person is responsible for the initial $100 entry fee and then an additional $400 for a total of $500. We will be planning fundraisers to help each of us meet this goal – so don’t worry!

If you are interested in joining our team, email Jill Blake at jill@rauschpt.net and she will get you started.

Soccer Without Borders

Giving Back ArticleWith all the hype of the World Cup this month, logically we have to ask ourselves “ok, so what GOOD does soccer do for the communities?”

I have searched and scoured programs that directly affect our community, it’s a bit more challenging than one might expect, but not too surprising either considering the USA is the last country to embrace soccer as a world sport. Never the less, my favorite program I have found thus far is “Soccer Without Borders.” 

Giving Back BlogWhat do they do?

Well they use the sport of soccer as an avenue for youth to experience and gain positive and personal growth. They focus on the “Whole Person” giving them tools to understand their body, mind, power of voice, and overcome challenges as individuals and working as a team.  

What communities do they serve?

Giving Back Blog 2World wide as well as local areas. Soccer Without Borders is just that…. without borders. In the state of California they serve Oakland & Los Angeles currently with seasonal and core programs and touch Orange County with camps. Internationally they can be spotted in Nicaragua and Uganda.

They offer 3 different programs depending on the geographic location and resources.

  • Core- Offer year round programs
  • Seasonal- Offer programs in areas when summer months and weather permit (26 weeks a year)
  • Camps- These programs are both independent and support the core programs

If you are a soccer enthusiast, love to watch kids grow, develop and gain confidence then you should get involved and be the difference you want to see.

http://www.soccerwithoutborders.org

 

Best Day Season Starts

giving back blog pic 1With school ending and summer time kicking into full gear, it’s easy to get caught up with endless days at the beach. Sun up to sun down, making sure the oceans still salty and the sands still warm. This year grab the whole family, spend the day and the beach and give one special kid the BEST DAY ever.

Most of you know Jill – she is the “Jill of ALL trades”. She bounces around the clinic helping patients with exercises, handles our social media and drives the Rehab-u-lance to various events.  When summer time hits and she’s not here from sun up to sun down you can find her volunteering with the Best Day Foundation.

The Best Day helps build confidence in kids with special needs through various water activities. Surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and more. They have chapters dotted along the california coastline including Orange County, Ventura and Santa Barbara. So, whether you are hanging out in the OC or plan on taking a road trip, there is always an opportunity to give back to the community.

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And truly, not only will you make a difference in these childrens lives, they too will show you how to have your BEST DAY.

Best Day Foundation, Check’em out!

Healthy Kids Day

GBblog3Spring is definitely in the air, so much that it feels a little more like summer. Actually all winter has felt like summer. So why not welcome the warm weather with some family fun at the Mission Viejo YMCA.

Saturday April 26th they are hosting their “Healthy Kids Day”, a perfect way to kick off summer time events and activities. 

The YMCA is a fantastic non-profit organization that strives to build healthy habits for the entire family. You will find games, crafts, rockwall, laser tag and more. Want to see where your childs swim abilities are? No problem they will be hosting free assessment test.

Want to do something good for people you don’t know? They are also hosting a donation drive for homeless families. Bring a small baby essentials (diapers, wipes, care items) and you will be entered to win a free 3 month family membership.

Support your local YMCA today.

http://www.ymcaoc.org/healthy-kids-day

Discover what you can do to Give Back!

ABF Graphic headerIn 2004, the Angels founded the “Angels Baseball Foundation”. Since then, they have been involved and partnered with a variety of local community and outreach programs to better serve the community.

Their mission focuses on initiatives aimed to create and improve Education, Health Care, Arts & Sciences, and Community related youth programs throughout the region, in addition to providing children the opportunity to experience the great game of baseball and its countless positive attributes.

Through support and donation, the Angels Baseball Foundation has been able to provide grants ranging from musical programs to at risk youth shelters and academic scholarships. All providing opportunities for the youth to learn, discover and foster their hopes and dreams.   

Discover what you can do to Give Back.

http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/ana/community/baseball_foundation.jsp

Happy Heart – Healthy Month!

ahaFebruary is American Heart month.  We thought it would be best to focus on the American Heart Association (AMA) and way’s we can make a difference in our hearts and those we love.

Did you know, according to the American Heart Association, “heart disease is the leading cause of death in women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer.” Choose to make a difference in your heart today by including some of these healthier habits.  

  • Eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthful meal and snack options can help you avoid heart disease and its complications. Be sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables—adults should have at least 5 servings each day. Eating foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol.

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk for heart disease. To determine whether your weight is in a healthy range, doctors often calculate a number called the body mass index (BMI).  Doctors sometimes also use waist and hip measurements to measure a person’s body fat.

  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Doctors suggest 30 min of cardio 3-4 times a week.

  • Monitor your blood pressure. High blood pressure often has no symptoms, so be sure to have it checked on a regular basis.  

  • Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, quit as soon as possible. Your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.

  • Limit alcohol use. Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can increase your blood pressure. Men should stick to no more than two drinks per day, and women to no more than one.

  • Have your cholesterol checked. Your healthcare provider should test your cholesterol levels at least once every 5 years.

  • Take your medicine. If you’re taking medication to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don’t understand something.

AHA is focusing on women’s heart health this month, but all of these habits can be incorporated into your life, male or female, young and old.  So take a minute this month, understand your health risks and choose to do better.

HAPPY HEART HEALTHY MONTH!!!

https://www.goredforwomen.org/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

By |February 20th, 2014|Giving Back|Comments Off