At Advice Media, we believe that we should have a positive impact on the communities in which we live and work.
Giving Back to Our Community
We have an established tradition to give back to local organizations and will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our efforts range from donating free website design and management, to donating money, to closing the office, and working for an organization for part of a day. Here are examples of organizations we work with and links to their respective websites.
Youth Sports Alliance
The Youth Sports Alliance (YSA) was established as a legacy to the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Its mission is to spearhead a community-wide effort to increase the number of children participating in winter sport programs from the greater Park City area, as well as the surrounding Summit and Wasatch Counties in Utah. Today, YSA supports nine competitive winter sports teams, after-school programs including Get Out & Play (GO&P) for elementary school students and ACTiV8 for middle school and junior high school students, as well as scholarships for junior athletes. Through these programs, they touch the lives of more than 2,200 youth each year.
Advice Media actively supports The YSA on an ongoing basis. Here are a couple of recent examples.
2020 was a challenging year for businesses, but also for our local non-profits. During the 2020-21 season, The Youth Sports Alliance faced some very real issues around the transportation of children to their after-school ski programs. Providing transportation is critical for kids from economically underprivileged families who can't otherwise afford it.
The Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation
The Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation (“CMMF”) helps save lives by promoting early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. Those deaths can be prevented through early detection. CMMF works with a clinic in Red Bank, New Jersey to fund breast cancer awareness and screenings for underprivileged women who otherwise could not afford them. Why Red Bank, NJ? Crissy, as she was known, grew up and lived most of her adult life in a neighboring town. She passed away from breast cancer in 2010 at the young age of 41. Her friends and family, with the a little help from Advice Media, is making sure that doesn’t happen to a large swath of the public that can’t afford testing. Advice Media provides website development and management, blogging, social media and back office support for CMMF. In addition, our CEO sits on the CMMF Board.
Image Reborn Foundation
The Image Reborn Foundation (“IRF”) provides no cost healing retreats to women diagnosed with or recovering from breast cancer. Dealing with or recovering from breast cancer can be emotionally painful in addition to physically painful. IRF helps women get back into a healthy mental and physical state, leading to rejuvenated spirits and healthier lifestyles. Weekend retreats take place in Park City, where our headquarters is located. This spectacular location provides women with a wonderful environment to get on the right track. Dr. Renato Saltz, long-time client and friend, started IRF in 2002 and has turned it into a self sustaining, amazing organization. Advice Media provides website development, website management, and other technology services to IRF. In addition, our CEO serves on IRF’s Board.
Family Service League
Since its inception in 1926 as a grassroots social service agency, the Huntington, NY based Family Service League has grown dramatically. Today, more than 50,000 individuals in need, from newborns to centenarians, rely on the social safety net that Family Service League provides. Presently, they operate fifty social service programs in more than twenty locations, situated primarily in Suffolk County. Their tireless staff, numbering more than 600 professionals and support personnel, provide both physical and emotional aid to Long Island’s most vulnerable citizens. Advice Media loves working with FSL and regularly participates in donation drives to deliver school supplies and toys to needy children in the local community.
Nuzzles & Co: Pet Rescue and Adoption
You may sometimes hear Park City referred to as “Bark City” since pet owners here are numerous and love their furry friends deeply. Even so, every year there are unwanted pets who would be destined for euthanasia if not for Nuzzles & Co. Nuzzles is a non-profit, no kill organization located in Summit County, Utah. Nuzzles’ primary mission is to protect animals and give them a second chance. Nuzzles provides a safe and nurturing shelter where animals can get healthy and learn positive behaviors before finding a loving home. Advice Media’s employees are proud to contribute to the success of this organization by volunteering our time to help care for the animals by exercising them and by donating supplies to ensure the animals have everything they need.
Island Harvest is Long Island’s largest hunger-relief organization, delivering millions of pounds of good, surplus food – much of which might otherwise go to waste – to a network of 570 Long Island-based food pantries, soup kitchens and other non-profit organization that offer feeding services for those in need. By doing this, they provide a vital supply of food to counter the sharply rising problem of hunger on Long Island. By aggressively recruiting more businesses and members of the public to donate food and pioneering innovative distribution methods, they have increased the volume of food they pick up and deliver by 2.5 times since 2002. Since their inception, they have delivered 130 million pounds of food, supplementing 108 million meals. Advice Media has donated hundreds of turkeys to Island Harvest over the years during our annual turkey drive.
Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter nestled on six wooded acres in Huntington, Long Island. Suffolk County’s oldest humane organization, Little Shelter has been dedicated to saving abandoned dogs and cats and placing them into loving homes since 1927. Most of their companion animals have been saved from kill shelters on Long Island, in New York City, and in several southern states. As a member of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Little Shelter is regularly called upon by the city’s municipal shelters to take their dogs and cats in need of rehabilitation. Advice Media works with Little Shelter to donate much-needed supplies to support the efforts of this amazing organization.
National Ability Center
The National Ability Center, located in Park City, is a non-profit organization that empowers people of all abilities by building self-esteem, confidence, and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and education programs. By creative adaptive programs from sled hockey and nordic skiing to horseback riding and swimming, the NAC allows individuals and families of all abilities and backgrounds to participate in these fun-filled activities. Attracting families from around the world, our team provides the NAC with whatever support they need. We have put together holiday gift bags for families staying at the NAC and helped set up activities such as a pinewood derby racing track.
The Road Home
The Road Home is a social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front, where most of our Utah employees reside. The Road Home strives to help people overcome the barriers causing them to become homeless by providing emergency shelter and services, housing programs, and individualized case management assistance. In order to help The Road Home provide assistance to these individuals and families during the holidays, Advice Media donates needed items to their shelters. From Jackets and clothes, to hygiene and household items, our employees donate what they can to help these individuals and families experiencing homelessness. We believe that helping the Road Home leads to a stronger, more inclusive community.
The Burrito Project is an organization of volunteers that feed the homeless across the world with the goal of ending hunger one burrito at a time. There are 30 Burrito Projects operating in communities across North America in which Salt Lake City began participating in 2012. Each week, volunteers roll hundreds of burritos in the kitchen of a local restaurant. Once they are wrapped, they are distributed among volunteers who hit the streets delivering them to the homeless, providing a hot and free meal to those in need. Too many people in Salt Lake City are not sure what their next meal will be, and the Burrito Project is committed to helping end hunger – one burrito at a time.
The Road Home 32nd Annual Chili Affair
This September, Advice Media volunteered at the 32nd Annual Great Salt Lake Chili Affair – the spiciest event of the year! The Chili Affair is a fundraiser featuring Salt Lake City’s most renowned chefs cooking up their favorite chili creation. Proceeds from the event go towards helping individuals and families overcome homelessness. This event is hosted by the Road Home. The Road Home is a private non-profit social services agency that assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake County and along the Wasatch Front. The Road Home provides multiple services to help people overcome homelessness.