MUSE Commits to Giving Something Back to the Communities We Visit
As a volunteer-driven organization the members of MUSE believe it's important to leave a positive impact on the communities that we visit during our International Conferences. We share some of our good fortune by supporting a local charity in each city that hosts our International conference.
At the 2005 International MUSE Conference in Las Vegas, MUSE prepared and sold cookbooks. Proceeds were donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Nevada.
In 2006, attendees at the International MUSE Conference in Orlando purchased lanyards and pins. Proceeds were donated to the Give Kids The World® organization.
For a donated fee, attendees at the 2007 MUSE conference enjoyed a massage knowing that their donation would support ElderHelp, and organization that has provided social services - like independent living support - to San Diego's growing population of seniors who live on fixed incomes, have limited support and endure the physical limitations that often come with advanced age.
In 2008, MUSE donated to Senior Citizen Services (SCS) of Greater Tarrant County, a non-profit organization of 31 senior centers located throughout the county. In addition to meals that are provided at these centers, a wide range of other services are provided that enable the seniors to live independently with dignity.
In 2009, MUSE donated to the Health and Home Care Society of BC, an independent and BC-based not-for-profit organization. Since 1898 they have taken care of British Columbians through healthcare initiatives tailored to the communities they serve. They continue this tradition of caring today with preventive and supportive health services that keep people healthy and in the comfort of their own homes, communities and workplaces.
In 2010 MUSE donated to the LOVE FOR KIDS Charity. The focus of the charity is to enrich the quality of life of the young and young-at-heart within the Dallas/Ft. Worth community who are in need of benevolent services. LOVE FOR KIDS hosts approximately 3,000 children from all ethnic groups for the largest Christmas Party for underprivileged children in Texas. The party is by invitation only and groups are invited through local recreation centers, schools and other agencies from a master list that has been accumulated over many years.
In 2011 MUSE donated to Hands on Nashville. Celebrating their 20th year as Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center, Hands On Nashville (HON) is one of the largest HandsOn Network affiliates in the country. HON connects nearly 200,000 volunteers with service opportunities, facilitating volunteer work for 737 Middle Tennessee nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based organizations, civic groups and businesses. HON volunteers supports 25 issue areas ranging from hunger and homelessness to at-risk youth and seniors in need.
In 2012 the annual Heart of MUSE campaign raised funds to donate to Give Kids the World. Give Kids The World provides memorable, magical, cost-free experiences to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre resort complete with accommodations, entertainment attractions, and fun specifically designed for children with special needs.
At the 2013 International MUSE Conference, MUSE offered a Heart of MUSE collector’s pin! With the funds collected, MUSE made a donation to the Joubert Syndrome and Related Disorders Foundation.
The 2014 International MUSE conference in Dallas raised funds for Ability Connect Texas, A.C.T. helps to empower individuals to live the best life possible by removing barriers that inhibit independence and autonomy.
In 2015 the MUSE Conference supports Hands On Nashville (HON). They work to address critical issues facing the Middle Tennessee community through volunteer-centric programming. Annually, HON connects thousands of volunteers to service opportunities supporting area nonprofits as well as its programs in urban agriculture, home energy savings, youth leadership development and support of public education.
Celebrating its 24th year as Middle Tennessee’s volunteer resource center, HON connected over 125,000 volunteers to service in 2014.
In 2016 the MUSE International Conference helps support Great Futures at Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
Since 1944, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida has helped inspire hope and opportunity in those who need it most – at-risk children in the local community.
They provide safe places to learn and grow for nearly 14,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18 every year. At each of 30 Clubs in Brevard, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, core youth development programs are offered to meet the diverse needs and interests of their members.
In 2017 the MUSE Conference supports The Gatehouse in Grapevine Texas.
The Gatehouse, located on 61 acres with 95 apartments in Grapevine, is a supportive living community where women and children leaving a crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change.
As part of the Independent Life Program, women and their children can stay for up to 2 and a half years and receive services such as food, clothes, cars, auto maintenance, medical/dental, legal aid, financial literacy training, career development guidance, childcare, professional counseling and higher education as part of building new lives and ending cycles of abuse and poverty.
At the 2018 MUSE Inspire Conference, MUSE donated to A Gift For Teaching. A Gift For Teaching (AGFT) is Central Florida’s primary provider of free school supplies to teachers for their students in need, enabling them to succeed in school and life. A nonprofit organization that serves 342 public schools in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, AGFT has distributed more than $116 million worth of school supplies – including essential classroom tools such as pencils, notebooks, glue, backpacks, art supplies and books –to local students in need since 1998.
At the 2019 MUSE Inspire Conference, a donation was made to the Ehlers-Danlos Society. The society is a global community of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and supporters, dedicated to saving and improving the lives of those affected by the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and related disorders. They support collaborative research initiatives, awareness campaigns, advocacy, community-building, and care for the EDS population. Their goals are worldwide awareness — and a better quality of life for all who suffer from these conditions. Research is at the center of what they do, so that one day we will have a cure.
At the 2022 MUSE Inspire Conference, a donation was made to GRACE. GRACE is a faith-based organization that provides support and resources for families in the midst of job loss, chronic low income or other recent emergencies. Each year, GRACE helps an average of 5,000 individuals in the Greater Northeast Tarrant County reach self-sufficiency by providing food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care services through our programs.
At the 2023 MUSE Inspire Conference, a donation will be made to There With Care. Families with a young child experiencing a critical health or mental health crisis - experience material hardship and emotional distress at increased rates compared to families that don't. Parents not only have to care for their child(ren), but they also must do so while trying to care for themselves. There With Cares' services reduce social determinants of health through our Basic Needs Program..