U.S. Recipients

Making a Difference

Since the inception of our charitable giving program in 2013, our charitable donations have exceeded $550,000 and reached more than 124 charitable organizations across the globe. Our commitment to creating brighter futures is carried out by the people and organizations we support.

2017 Charitable Awards

The Norwex Foundation For a Brighter Future is doing good things for families and children through this year’s charitable awards.

Norwex Foundation 2017 U.S. Recipients

Taking Root Farms

Taking Root Farms

Amount Donated – $30,000

Taking Root Farms provides autistic adults the ability to be outdoors, working in gardens with their hands, learning building and car repair skills and the chance to offer their services to the community. The community can support these farms buy purchasing produce, farm raised eggs and locally grown food.

Jackson County Food 4 Kids

Jackson County Food 4 Kids

Amount Donated – $15,000

Jackson County Food 4 Kids provides weekly food packs to food insecure K-5th grade children for weekends and holiday breaks during the school year. The food pack covers all meals for that child over the weekend. For longer breaks, each child is given a voucher for their local grocery store to cover all meals.

Special K Ranch

Special K Ranch

Amount Donated – $15,000

Special K Ranch is a place where people with developmental disabilities live, learn, and work with loving and caring advisers who are committed to sharing their lives in this very special way. Residents are learning independent living and vocational skills through participation in daily personal, household, and ranch responsibilities.

Lemons of Love

Lemons of Love

Amount Donated – $12,500

Lemons of Love is based on the well-known expression, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” but with a twist, “When life gives you lemons – laugh out loud.” LOL bags are hand made by volunteer stitchers with lots of love and are filled with essential items for healing during chemo treatments. These bags are delivered to local hospitals and also sent to cancer patients nationwide.

Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes

Amount Donated – $12,000

Camp Hometown Heroes is a national free week-long overnight summer camp for children and siblings between the ages of seven to seventeen of fallen U.S. service members who died in any manner. During their visit to camp, perhaps for the first time in their young lives, the children have the opportunity to openly discuss their feelings and experiences. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists, the children partake in art and music therapy programs and optional discussion groups.

Live Love

Live Love

Amount Donated – $10,000

Live Love provides service and community events in Chandler that educate and support families, so they can sustain a more healthy and sustainable way of life. They completely remodeled and overhauled an old drug house in downtown Chandler that now serves as a primary site for these empowering events. This change is reminder of restoration to that neighborhood. Their next endeavor is the building of an educational center and farm in the same neighborhood, so the community can learn how to produce and sustain healthy food instead of resorting to unhealthy eating practices.

Ability First Sports

Ability First Sports

Amount Donated – $10,000

Ability First Sports is a wheelchair sports camp designed to provide instructional & recreational sports opportunities to youth with physical disabilities. Sports range from the beginner through both the junior and national levels of athletic competition. Evening programs are designed to provide opportunities for leisure and social activities.

New Day Foster Home

New Day Foster Home

Amount Donated – $10,000

New Day Foster Home’s core mission is to provide life-saving surgeries and a loving home to orphans with special needs from around China. Since its founding in October 2000, New Day Foster Home has expanded its programs to reach more children living in government institutions across the country through outreach work like the Formula Project and other initiatives.

Sharing Hope Ministries

Sharing Hope Ministries

Amount Donated – $6,000

Sharing Hope Ministries was birthed during the rebuilding process of Hurricane Katrina. The ministry sets up temporary sites in communities where natural disasters have taken place to help aid the people in those communities with their clean up efforts and the rebuilding process. Their base camps allow for teams of volunteers to come and aid in the clean up and rebuilding process.

Flint Active Crisis Team and Service

Flint Active Crisis Team and Service

Amount Donated – $5,000

FACTS’ next project is to continue their work with the local food pantries, Salvation Army and blight/garbage cleanup, as well as the building of a brand-new park in an abandoned lot in the city of Flint, MI. The park will include a playground made completely of recycled materials, a sound garden and play equipment designed for handicapped children. FACTS wants the people of Flint to feel that they matter and that they should never give up, even though so many have given up on them.

Foster Care Bags for Lucas County

Foster Care Bags for Lucas County Foster Care System

Amount Donated – $5,000

Hope Community Church and the Foster Care System Bags program have partnered with Lucas County Children’s Services to help the children coming into Foster Care on one of the most difficult days of their young lives. They organize a giving project every year where items are donated and put together in reusable bags that are given to children on the day they enter the foster care system to ensure that they know they are loved and special.

Living Light Hope House

Living Light Hope House

Amount Donated – $5,000

Living Light Hope House is a residence that is owned and operated by Living Light for the purpose of practically serving those with special medical needs. The house will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant, which includes wide doorways, low sinks and counters, accessible showers, ramps or zero-grade transitions in and out of the house, and overall function that would afford a wheelchair-bound person the luxury of independence within the context of a family space. The first family that will inhabit Hope House has two wheelchair-bound children with disabilities.

The Vertile Foundation

The Vertile Foundation

Amount Donated – $5,000

The Vertile House provides orphaned and abandoned youth in Carrefour, Haiti with a safe, stable and nurturing home. They empower each child with opportunities to envision and realize a healthy future. The donation from Norwex will help the Vertile foundation complete solar power for the house, making them 100% sustainable.

Days for Girls

Days for Girls, Littleton, CO

Amount Donated – $5,000

Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education in impoverished communities. Thus far, Days for Girls has reached over 640,000 women and girls.

Project Restoration

Project Restoration

Amount Donated – $3,000

Project Restoration provides a Safe Haven for neighborhood children after school where they will learn life skills, such as lawn care and furniture restoration, to keep them on the right path and help them to become productive members of society. These children will be able to carry these skills through life, into entrepreneurial ventures, home ownership, and more.

Rebekah's Legacy Foundation

Rebekah’s Legacy Foundation

Amount Donated – $2,500

In August of 2016, Rebekah Spader passed away at the age of ten after a battle against Acute Myeloid Leukemia. During her battle she remained strong, brave and loved to help others. After Rebekah passed away, her parents decided they wanted to create a foundation in her honor to support families that are journeying through similar experiences and also give children who are compromised with medical conditions the opportunity to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to.

Friends of Pool 9

Friends of Pool 9

Amount Donated – $2,500

The mission of the Friends of Pool 9 is to conserve the cultural and natural resources within Pool 9 of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge. Through River Day Clean Up events, children in the community have the opportunity to learn about caring for our environment and can participate in its care.