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Lima Cares

Lima Gives Back

Lima Beads customers have been helping us support charities since 2004. When you place an order at Lima Beads, you'll notice the option to choose a charity at the bottom of your shopping cart. Lima Beads will donate a portion of the profit from your order to the charity you select. This does not add any cost to your order -- we just like to let our customers decide where our charitable donations should go. You are the reason we're here and the reason we're in a position to help others. Thank You!

Who We Support:

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. We are wholly dedicated to fulfilling the ASPCA mission through nonviolent approaches. Our organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty.

Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.


The BackPack Program concept was developed at the Arkansas Rice Depot, after a school nurse asked for help because hungry students were coming to her with stomachaches and dizziness. The local food bank began to provide the school children with groceries in non-descript backpacks to carry home. We depend entirely upon the community and some grant monies to run the programs. The Backpack Program is an undertaking of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan which attempts to reduce child hunger, educate students on proper nutrition and promote healthy lifestyles. 85% of children in Flint live below poverty. This in tern means that once school is out for the week or a holiday they may not get a full meai until they return to school on Monday. Each weekend, children receive backpacks of nutritious foods to supplement weekend meals at home through the Food Bank's Backpack Program.

Designed to provide extra support during weekends for children who typically receive free or reduced priced lunches at school, this innovative program is currently helping families in Flint, Lapeer, Saginaw, Buena Vista, Sanillac and Midland.

The program provides children who are at-risk of hunger, nutritious food every weekend throughout the school year. The program began in 2004 with 50 backpacks in 2 elementary schools. Currently the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan serves 2,500 children in 31 schools from 5 different counties.

Depending on the site and funding source, here's what the Food Bank considers when selecting Backpack products; single serving, tasty, individually wrapped, shelf stable, nutritious, kid friendly, easy to prepare, microwaveable. Each Backpack Fresh Fruits and/or Vegetables, Dairy, Grain, and a source of Protein.


Beyond Pesticides believes that people must have a voice in decisions that affect them directly. We believe decisions should not be made for us by chemical companies or by decision makers who either do not have all of the facts or refuse to consider them.Beyond Pesticides seeks safe air, water, land and food for ourselves and future generations.

Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. The founders, who established Beyond Pesticides as a nonprofit membership organization in 1981, felt that without the existence of such an organized, national network, local, state and national pesticide policy would become, under chemical industry pressure, increasingly unresponsive to public health and environmental concerns.

Beyond Pesticides has historically taken a two-pronged approach to the pesticide problem by identifying the risks of conventional pest management practices and promoting non-chemical and least-hazardous management alternatives. The organization's primary goal is to effect change through local action, assisting individuals and community-based organizations to stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides, while providing information on safer alternatives. Beyond Pesticides has sought to bring to a policy forum in Washington, DC, state capitals, and local governing bodies the pesticide problem and solutions we have become aware of on a day-to-day basis.

With Beyond Pesticide's resources made available to the public on a national scale, Beyond Pesticides contributes to a significant reduction in unnecessary pesticide use, thus effecting improved protection of public health and the environment. It has become clear in recent years that the risks to public health and the environment from pesticides are large. Given limited government attention to providing this kind of hands-on services to the public, people turn to Beyond Pesticides in increasing numbers to determine an appropriate course of action by:

  • identifying and interpreting hazards;
  • and, designing safe pest management programs.


Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources.

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources. The USDA released sobering news that more than 49 million Americans, including 17 million children, are at risk of hunger. According to their annual study of food insecurity in the United States, the new statistic represents a 36% increase over the 36.2 million people who were found to be at risk one year ago.

Food Gatherers is not only Michigan's first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, our own Zingerman's Delicatessen. In 1997, Food Gatherers also assumed responsibility for the county food bank. Today, it is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization governed by a board of directors and operated by 15 staff people and 4,500 different dedicated volunteers. Food Gatherers is now the primary distributor of food in Washtenaw County.

Food Gatherers glean surplus food from more than 300 sources such as restaurants like Tio's Southwestern Cafe, food retailers like Busch's Family Markets, food wholesalers like Gordon's Food Service and dormitories like Eastern Michigan University's Dining Services. Through the food bank system, locally we are networked to extensive state food donation and nationally, through America's Second Harvest, we are connected to large corporate donors such as Kraft, ConAgra and Kellogg. Then there are people like you who donate canned items, food from gardens, dry goods and money. Food Gatherers exists because of the generosity and caring of many individuals in the community!

Food Gatherers provides enough food for more than 7,500 meals a day. Food Gatherers brings the food to more than 150 community programs serving our neighbors - mostly families and children, in need of food. The agencies receiving our food include St. Andrews Breakfast Program, Dawn Farm, Salvation Army, SOS Community Services and Hope Clinic.


At Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, we are committed to ending breast cancer forever by energizing science to find the cures and ensuring quality care for all people, everywhere. Our global research and grants programs are essential driving forces for achieving this mission.

Our Research Programs play a critical role in energizing science to find the cures by funding research that will speed the translation of discoveries into reductions in breast cancer mortality and/or incidence within the next decade and by training investigators at critical stages of their career to ensure sustained discovery. The impact of our research investments are evident in every major advance in breast cancer over the past 25 years. Annually, we support many different types of research grants, each designed to meet specific objectives and to optimize results.


Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty. They focus on making U.S. international assistance and trade programs prioritize women. They bring together a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations and 25,000 individuals united in the belief that women are the key to ending global poverty, and empowering them is not only right, it's also the most effective long-term solution to world poverty.

Women are at the greatest risk of being poor worldwide. Research and experience have shown that women in poor countries are more likely to use their income for food, healthcare, and education for their children, helping to lift entire communities out of poverty. Their work ensures that U.S. policy is addressing the barriers women face and supporting women's efforts to find their own path out of poverty.

"When you teach a woman to fish, everyone eats"