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Community Health Charities of Connecticut
2001 Full Member and Associate Charities

Alzheimer’ Association
Conn. Toll-Free   1-800-356-5502  www.alzct.org
The Alzheimer’s Association provides assistance and support to patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease, increases public awareness of the disease, and supports research to find a cure.

ALS Association of Connecticut *
In Connecticut  (203) 226-6619
This health organization is dedicated solely to the fight against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).  It supports research and provides support to patients and families.

American Cancer Society, New England Division
Conn. Toll-Free  800-492-7161  www.cancer.org
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer through prevention, saving lives and diminishing suffering through research, education, advocacy and service.

American Diabetes Association
Conn. Toll-Free  800-842-6323  www.diabetes.org
The American Diabetes Association conducts caring programs and advocacy for people with diabetes, and funds research to find a cure.

American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmfAR)*
Conn. Toll-Free  800-39AmfAR  www.amfar.org
amfAR supports cutting edge research on HIV/AIDS treatments, vaccines and a cure and provides the latest treatment information to patients and physicians and prevention information to the public.

American Heart Association+
Conn. Toll-Free  800-242-8721  www.americanheart.org
The American Heart Association reduces disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke through research, education and community services throughout Connecticut.

American Lung Association of Connecticut
Conn. Toll-Free  800-LUNG-USA  www.alact.org
The American Lung Association’s mission is the prevention and control of lung disease.  Program priorities are prevention, public education, research and advocacy and direct services to adults and children throughout Connecticut.

Arthritis Foundation, Southern New England Chapter
Conn. Toll-Free  800-541-8350  www.arthritis.org
The Arthritis Foundation supports research and provides education, exercise, support and advocacy services to improve the quality of life for people with arthritis.

Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
Conn. Toll-Free   800-278-8242  www.biact.org
Provides advocacy, information and support for 60,000 Connecticut residents with brain injuries and their families.  Services include: support groups, newsletters, recreational opportunities and prevention education.

Cancer Research Institute *++++
Conn, Toll-free  (800) 992-2623  www.cancerresearch.org
The Cancer Research Institute supports research to increase our understanding of the immune system with the goal of developing methods for prevention and treatment of cancer.

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America *++++
In Connecticut (203) 288-7237 www.ccfa.org
CCFA’s mission is to cure and prevent Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis through research, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these digestive conditions through education and support.


      CT Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation *++++
      In Connecticut  (203) 387-9332

      With local programs throughout the state, the CT Coalition of Organ and Tissue Donation is dedicated to increasing public education and awareness about the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation.

      Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
      Conn. Toll-Free  800-FIGHT-CF  www.cff.org
      The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation supports innovative research to cure cystic fibrosis and provides specialized medical care through a nationwide network of Connecticut care centers, pharmacies and other patient services.

      Easter Seals Greater Hartford Rehabilitation Center, Inc.++
      (860)714-9500  www.stfranciscare.org
      The Rehab Center provides comprehensive medical rehabilitation and vocational services to enhance physical functioning, independent living skills and productive employment for children and adults with multiple disabilities.

        Easter Seals of CT, Inc. *++++
        Conn. Toll-Free  (800) 874-7687  www.eastersealsofCT.org
        Offering a wide variety of programs and services, this organization seeks to promote and maximize independence and quality of life for children, adults, and families with disabilities and special needs.

        Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut
        Conn. Toll-Free  800-899-3745  www.epilepsy.net
        The Epilepsy Foundation is a statewide organization that helps people with epilepsy understand and cope successfully with their disorder and furthers public understanding and increases acceptance of people with epilepsy.

          The John D. Thompson Hospice Institute (a.k.a. The Connecticut Hospice Institute)
          203-481-6231  www.hospice.com
          The Institute provides professional education programs, literature, publications and technical assistance about hospice and palliative care to medical professionals and families and conducts research on the  treatment and care of terminally ill patients and families.

          Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
          860-561-1153 or 203-972-1729  or 203-248-1880
          Help us find a cure for diabetes.  Through research, we can save lives of children and adults who suffer from diabetes and its devastating complications.

          Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
          203-379-0445 or 203-967-8326  www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/
          Your gift supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

          Lupus Foundation of America, Connecticut Chapter
          Conn. Toll-Free  800-699-6967  www.lupusct.org
          The Lupus Foundation provides awareness, education and support for people with lupus, families and caregivers fighting this chronic inflammatory disease and supports valuable research efforts.

            Lyme Disease Foundation
            Conn. Toll-Free  800-886-5963  www.lyme.org
            The Lyme Disease Foundation provides critical information about tick-borne disease prevention, improves healthcare and funds research for solutions.  Thousands of children, adults and professionals are assisted in Connecticut and worldwide.

            March of Dimes, Saving Babies, Together
            Conn. Toll-Free  800-446-9255 or 203-849-3800  www.modimes.org
            The March of Dimes provides public and professional health education; supports community programs and research to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality.

            Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Inc.+++
            Conn. Toll-Free  800-842-1501 www.mhact.org
            The Mental Health Association provides residential, social and work services to adults with mental illness; advocacy, support groups, referrals and public education about mental illness and substance abuse.

              Muscular Dystrophy Association
              860-633-4466  www.mdausa.org
              MDA fights 40 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, a nationwide network of clinics providing comprehensive medical services (3 in Connecticut) and far-reaching professional and public health education.


              Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, CT Chapter *++++
              Conn. Toll-Free  (866) 329-8784  www.myasthenia.org
              Programs involved with medical research, patient care, professional and public information, seeks to find a cure for Myasthenia Gravis and related disorders of the neuromuscular junction and to improve the lives of all Connecticut residents afflicted with this condition.

              National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut Conn. Toll-Free  800-441-1280  www.kidneyct.org
              The National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut provides patient and family education and support; conducts public and professional education, funds scientific research, and promotes organ donation.

              National Multiple Sclerosis Society
              Conn. Toll-Free  800-FIGHT-MS  www.nmss.org
              The National MS Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS by providing local programs and funding research to find the cause, new treatments and a cure for MS.  Programs include: newly diagnosed workshops, support groups, counseling, advocacy, family programs, respite, wellness, durable medical equipment, professional education and more.

              National Neurofibromatosis Foundation, New England Chapter*
              1-888-585-5316  www.nf.org
              The National NF Foundation provides information and support to patients affected by this progressive neurological disorder and promotes public and physician awareness and supports research to find a cure for this progressive neurological disorder.

              NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) *
              Conn Toll-Free  (800) 999-6673  www.rarediseases.org
              Provides understandable information on rare diseases; peer networking; community resource referrals; patient medication assistance; research and advocacy for people with rare disorders.

              Prevent Blindness Connecticut
              860-347-2020  www.preventblindness.org
              Prevent Blindness Connecticut is dedicated saving sight through prevention, public and professional education, eye safety activities for industry, research and eye screenings to detect early eye diseases and conditions leading to blindness in children and adults.

              Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Connecticut Chapter
              Conn. Toll-Free  800-379-0119  www.sicklecellct.org
              Professionals work with patients and communities throughout Connecticut, providing counseling, support, education and information to sickle cell patients and their families, people belonging to at risk groups, professionals and the general public.

              Special Olympics Connecticut, Inc. *
              Conn. Toll-Free  (800) 443-6105  www.soct.org
              Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with mental retardation.  Additionally, Special Olympics offers a “Healthy Athletes” program that provides screening and examination in such areas as vision, dental and nutrition.

              United Cerebral Palsy Association
              860-236-6201 or 203-269-3511 or 860-447-3889  www.ucp.org
              UCP provides direct services that empower persons with disabilities.  Services include recreation, sports, summer residential camp, transportation, social services, respite, rehabilitative day programs and vocational services.


              "All charities are in  Community Health Charities workplace employee campaigns
              statewide unless noted below."


              * Associate Charities receive designated funds only
              + Capital Area & Southington only
              ++ Capital Area only
              +++ Excluding Waterbury
              ++++South Central region only


              "There are campaign partnerships with the following Connecticut United Ways:

              • The United Way of the Capital Area Community Campaign
              • The Greater New Haven United Way
              • The United Way of Milford
              • The United Way of Southington"