The heart behind #avcogivesback is to connect our customers to a larger community of charities and their work. We have committed to give a portion of our revenue on behalf of each customer to forge relationships between each customer and the charity they choose. In building long term relationships, the impact on the families in East Texas will be multiplied beyond anything we could accomplish on our own.
Protecting Homes. Strengthening Families. Building Community.
“For The Silent works to bring hope to teens silenced by sex trafficking and exploitation in the United States through prevention, intervention and community mobilization programs. We work to educate at-risk teens about the dangers of pimps/traffickers; helping them recognize sexual exploitation and empowering them to watch out for their peers. We work to locate, identify, and rescue victims of sexual exploitation within the United States through street outreach to key locations and online monitoring of escort ads. We work to inspire, equip, and mobilize communities to fight sex trafficking and bring freedom to victims by providing intensive training workshops.”
“Refuge of Light is a faith based organization dedicated to the provision of a long term safe home that offers physical, mental, and spiritual healing for young girls (17 years & under) victimized by ‘human trafficking’ in the United States. Refuge of Light manages one of only 2 homes in the state of Texas recognized by the Office of the Governor as a licensed home for young girls rescued out of child sex trafficking. This ministry has become a recognized standard for helping these recovered minors. The Refuge safe home currently houses pregnant trafficked girls and their babies. The home can house up to 12 individuals and is looking to expand their services to include transitional living for girls who graduate from their program.”
“Heart of Hope Pregnancy Center was started 3 years ago with the goal of being a safe and caring place for women before, during and after an unplanned pregnancy to receive help, information, and hope! Since 2011 hundreds of clients have receive our free and confidential services. We’re here to help. You are why we are here! Our help and support services cover a wide range of needs and include: free pregnancy tests, a listening ear, an extensive range of classes covering pregnancy, birth, parenting and life skills, as well as practical items like baby clothes, furniture and equipment.”
“The mission of the East Texas Food Bank is to fight hunger and feed hope in East Texas. Our vision is a hunger-free East Texas. Since October 1988, the East Texas Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies, in an effort to feed children, the working poor and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas. A member of Feeding America, The East Texas Food Bank is one of four food banks that serves the Gulf Coast Region who are pre-staged with food products from Feeding America, to respond to disasters.”
“My brother’s keeper is a social outreach ministry that provides opportunities for individuals and community groups to bless and encourage the under-resourced by meeting them at their point of need. Our mission is to build long term relationships with our under-resourced brothers and sisters and provide food, clothing, and basic hygiene items. We focus on building relationships in order to provide encouragement and to promote the dignity of the individual.”
“Promise Academy cultivates wise, creative, and compassionate leaders through exemplary Christ-centered education in North Tyler for the joy of our city and the glory of God. Promise Academy believes that a Christ-centered education of the highest academic standards should be accessible to all students, families and neighborhoods in Tyler regardless of geography, economics and social restrictions, and that the city will know God’s joy, unity and biblical justice through this pursuit.”
“Hiway 80 Rescue Mission provides services that make a real difference in the lives of men, women and children in our community who are in need of help. Some need just a hand up, while others require more intensive, long-term assistance. The Mission is here to meet all their needs, both physical and spiritual, and to utilize the services of other community agencies as needed.”
“Making a Difference in the Lives of Children – East Texas CASA will create a positive future for abused and neglected children by recruiting and training highly qualified volunteers to insure the safety, protection, and permanent placement of children. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA): Ensures the child is receiving physical and mental health care services; Has access to school records and advocates for the child’s educational needs; Visits the child and placement to evaluate the level of care the child is receiving; Searches for and evaluates any potential temporary or permanent placements; Advocates to find a permanent solution for the child as quickly as possible; and Remains with the child until the case is closed and the child is no longer in the custody of the State.”
“Bethesda Health Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry with a bold mission: To provide affordable, high-quality care for the working uninsured and others we are able to serve. Before Bethesda, those in need had to go to a local hospital’s emergency room for medical care. Our state-of-the-art facility eases the burden on local ERs while serving a neglected segment of our population in a professional and dignified environment.”
“PATH seeks to restore HOPE with a PERSONALIZED approach to EMPOWER our East Texas neighbors to THRIVE in our community. After 30 years, PATH continues to serve Smith County with programs that empower and provide hope to our hard-working neighbors. The PATH staff and volunteers touch thousands of lives each month with a personalized approach to serving. Every individual/family coming to PATH meets with a Case Worker every time they step through the doors of PATH.”