Community Involvement

The Causes We Support

Alex's Lemonade Stand:

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.  Northwestern Mutual, through the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, announced its new multi-year philanthropic program to fight pediatric cancer.  Read more: Northwestern Mutual Fights Childhood Cancer.

Northwestern Mutual has teamed up with a leading national nonprofit organization focused on fighting childhood cancer and helping families, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Through this partnership, Northwestern Mutual will activate a range of programs and events in communities across the country. 

To find more information about this amazing organization or how to donate please visit:

Wounded Warriors Project:

WWP began in 2003 as a small, grassroots effort providing simple care and comfort items to the hospital bedsides of the first wounded service members returning home from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. As their post-service needs evolved, so have our programs and services, which include mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care — improving the lives of millions of warriors and their families. This effort requires the passion and commitment of friends, supporters, and like-minded organizations who enable us to fulfill our mission and guarantee, as much as possible, that when those who serve come home, they’re afforded every opportunity to be as successful as a civilian as they were in the military. To learn more about this great foundation, please visit their site at



Miracle Travel Works:

Miracle Travel Works was founded in 2010 by a small group of close friends who witnessed firsthand the financial difficulties experienced by family and good friends as they attempted to cope with their childrens' terminal and chornic illnesses.  We realized the great need that these, and many other, families have and we also realized that we can do more than just make a small donation.  To learn more about this great foundation, please visit their site at

Miracle Travel Works

School Districts and Further Local Involvement:

We believe in paying it forward to schools & churches to support the continuing education & faith of the youth.  

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