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Lead Safe America Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Our Mission: To protect children from hazards created by lead (Pb) found in their homes, schools, childcare centers, playgrounds, parks and environment. http://leadsafeamerica.org/programs/

Direct beneficiaries per year: 16,000 families across the country

Geographic areas served: The United States and Beyond, with an emphasis on Portand, Oregon (about 50%)

Programs: Childhood lead poisoning prevention outreach and education.

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Community Stories

78 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Hayley T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was totally unaware of lead as a danger to health until I came across Lead Safe America on Facebook. I have learned how to steer clear of the typical exposure culprits and am now able to educate others! Thank you Lead Safe America!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing woman on a mission to uncover neurotoxic poison in everyday items. I am in shock at how widely lead is still used.. Shocked!

Client Served

Rating: 5

An incredible amount of outreach and education is coming from this organization. It is amazing to see how much impact a few dedicated people can have. I have no doubt that much of Lead Safe America's success is the result of the imagination and drive of Tamara Ruben. She is an inspiration.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that serves as a tool to educate and identify the hazards of lead and the exposure to it. Tamara puts her heart and soul into helping to educate the public and reduce exposure. She has helped save many from lead poisoning with the awareness she has brought to the subject. She is a valuable resource who is well respected and admired for what she is doing for our nation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for providing information on stainless steel and safety. I appreciate you being able to test household items for lead and help determine what is safest!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Lead Safe America has given me countless knowledge about how to keep my family and me safe. They provide information that cannot be found online anywhere else and will do home visits to test my neighbors' household items. Between these things and their documentary, I would be totally in the dark about the dangers of lead. I cannot thank them enough for doing the thankless work they do.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful outreach work keeping families safe and informed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent resource for the recent lead crisis in the Portland Public Schools.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's so refreshing to engage with a nonprofit site wherein the focus is not on content only, but on actionable resources which help users to address the needs which inspired them to visit the site in the first place. Lead Safe America is a perfect example of this. In just a couple of clicks, I was able to identify a local OSHA contact who is able to be a resource to me and my wife regarding an imminent lead exposure event in our neighborhood, resulting from a proposed demolition. I thank Tamara Rubin and her team of concerned citizens for providing a repository for other families who share the same concerns, and for supporting such a site with to-the-point articles and primers on an issue which, sadly, touches all too many of us. Thank you, Lead Safe America.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tamara is always eager to find solutions and share education! We had our next door neighbor dry sanding lead paint off her home during my entire pregnancy. Tamara helped me know how to be safe, offered my neighbor info and hooked me up with country, city, state and federal agencies. It saved us! After that we had same issue next door to our preschool.
Tamara is a calm, fierce force towards lead safety! We so appreciate her!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing, evidenced based resource for lead safety and lead poisoning! Too many physicians are simply uninformed and kids are suffering! THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF LEAD IN HUMANS! Thank you Lead Safe America!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tamara and Lead Safe America have helped our family and many others when exposed to lead. Tamara knows so much about the hundreds of ways people, especially children, can be exposed. She is a tireless advocate and answers questions about toys, food, construction, holiday lights and dozens of other ways we are exposed to neurotoxins. Lead Safe America is stepping in where our government agencies and public institutions have failed us by prioritizing profits and negligence over public health.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I volunteered to become a member of the board after witnessing first hand the incredible work done by the organization. The passion that the group has for protecting children is unparalleled. I have never seen such a hard-working group of people. Support is given *almost* around the clock to families in crisis. There is no other organization in the country that is doing the work that Lead Safe America is doing. They fill a huge gap where other governmental, private & public agencies are falling short in the face of a national lead crisis. They do this all on a well-managed shoe-string budget. It's remarkable, really.

2 Tiffany67

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has answered many questions I had after we found out my daughter was lead poisoned. The health department hardly helped and really didn't care. There have been so many times I need encouragment and strength to make hard choices. They encouraged me to keep asking the hard questions. We moved because Lead Safe America relayed to us how dangerous lead really is.

1 Angela159

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son tested positive for lead poisoning at his 1 yr screening. Lead Safe America's Foundation, not only guided me through how to apply for testing through my county program. But also sent out 50 Lead Safe Buttons and kits for me to pass out to neighbors and friends in our early 1900s neighborhood suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

We were able to stop the lead poisoning and slowly working on recovering our baby. And were able to help 10 other families discover lead paint on their porches, windows and trim that prevented other children and families from being poisoned in our neighborhood...

Tamara's website and facebook group have been such an amazing source of information and resources. I've been able to share what we've learned over the past year with hundreds of families on our local parents facebook group, Cleveland Parenting Network, Ohio Crunchy Mamas, reaching over 3,500 families in Cleveland alone.

We recently relocated to Denver, Colorado and along with that I'm continuing my outreach to get more information out for families with small children to be aware of lead dangers and how to deal with them once identified. We've reached out to Hike It Baby Denver with 1200 members, Denver Mamas fbgroup with over 5,000 members.

Tamara Rubins thank you so much for the amazing information, videos, and constant support for families dealing with lead issues. Our son, and so many other's we've been able to reach out to thanks to you!!

We love you guys!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lead Safe America is a true grassroots non profit organization that has empathy for the families it helps having at the heart of it Tamara Rubin. She knows first hand what it is to have a lead poisoned child. From her personal struggles she produced a group of caring and knowledge-based advocates that continue to grow and keep the issue of lead toxicity and family heartache in the forefront of need. Any grant given to LSAF will be funds that are expounded upon 10 fold. Please support LSAF.

2 amyelizabeth94

Client Served

Rating: 5

We discovered lead paint in our 1953 house when my kids were 1 and 2. We were completely unaware how dangerous lead was, especially to toddlers. Luckily we found Lead Safe America. Tamara was nice enough to have a conversation with me about abatement options and testing my children. She also invited me to join a lead paint parents group and it was extremely helpful to connect with others in the same situation. As we navigated the challenges with lead, I often turned to the resources provided by the Lead Safe Foundation. We just moved back into our house after a several month long abatement project. Because of the knowledge I gained from the foundation and Tamara, my kids have never tested positive for lead. I'm forever grateful. Thanks Tamara and all who work at the foundation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my family moved into a 1951 house, we discovered lead paint in the woodwork. With a 1 and 2 year old, we were very concerned with what to do. The Lead Safe America foundation has connected me with many others in my situation and they have provided great guidance as we move forward. Actually, the founder even called me personally to offer support and suggestions. I feel blessed to have such an amazing support system!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The kind folks at Lead Safe America Foundation have helped me remove many antique or vintage lead threats from my home. I have a 2 year old and I am pregnant, and there is no place for lead in our house! I have learned so much from Tamara, and I so appreciate all of her advice and knowledge. Her perseverance has educated our family from lead poisoning.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lead Safe America has repeatedly given me information and help on how to keep my daughter safe from lead paint and other common items. We literally would not be in a safe home now if it wasn't for the help of LSAF. Wonderful organization!

1 Hailey K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lead safe America has taught (and continues to teach) me so much about keeping my lead poisoned kids safe, finding the culprit, and preventing furute poisoning in others. They actively advocate everyday for safety and education.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Lead Safe America Foundation (LSAF) recently received a "Thank You" card that summed it up perfectly. It was from a mom that did not know where to even begin or what questions to ask when she realized her children were exposed to lead. She found us through the internet and even though they're states away from each other, she finally felt like she was being helped. Every day people contact Tamara Rubin, executive director, for help just like this woman. It is unfortunate that lead is still an issue but maybe with LSAF providing unbiased, knowledgeable information learned through first hand experience then the tides for change will start to turn. LSAF offers support for families, free screening tools, educational resources, XRF analysis, and has been working on a documentary film in order to further their reach. This a mostly volunteer run organization, and for six years Tamara has been tireless and relentless in her efforts in making this possible. Go Lead Safe America!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been invaluable as I've waded through removing lead from my home. My daughter was lead poisoned, and I heard back from Tamara Rubin before I heard back from my pediatrician. She helped me assess my source points, gave advice on removing contamination sources, suggested local organizations and companies that could help, and connected me with a support group of other families experiencing the same issue. She is so passionate about preventing this from happening to more children. It is a silent epidemic, as lead is invisible to the naked eye, and it is hiding in so many places. She has compiled the most thorough research on her website and assists people navigate their local regulations and resources. Her documentary, mislead, is a great educational tool to broaden awareness of this issue. I'm so thankful for Tamara, and the leadsafe america foundation.

1 Ed__42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Has to be one of the greatest out there. No political influence! LSA is out to help everyone with out any conditions when it comes other lead poisoning, Lead education, & advocacy. I volunteer for them and feel Great doing so. Tamara Rubin is the hardest and most dedicated woman and I respect the work she and Lead Safe America perform.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When my son was diagnosed with lead poisoning I didn't know what to do. Lead safe America foundation helped me find leading hiding in my home and helped me find accurate blood testing for my son and I. Finding out my son had been poisoned was one of the worst days of my life. Lead Safe Foundation helped me breathe again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Lead Safe America helped give me information regarding what to look out for, safety-wise, in my 100+ year old home. They also helped me find resources locally to do in-depth testing and abatement. They've provided education, resources and support regarding the health implications of lead exposure in my young children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By following along with the lead testing pictures I've found additional items in our home that were unsafe. I appreciate how eye opening the shares are.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we learned that we had lead paint in our house, Lead Safe America was the best source of information about steps (big and small) that we could take to protect our baby. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity is great! They sent me two test kits to test for lead based paint which if I needed it too, would have covered up to 40 test. They help me to recognize lead paint in my house. I have two young children. They were also able to help me with all the rules and regulations about the lead paint and taught me many things that I did not know that I wish I had known sooner. Things that everyone should know. They are really a great organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Informative, helpful and responsive!! This organization has the best qualities. Thank you for all of your help Tamara and staff.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tamara with Lead Safe America has been so generous with her time, information and help to my family who were lead poisoned. She knows a lot in this area. In fact, she has been more helpful than my pediatrician and neurologist on what to do next with my children. Great foundation and very necessary!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Tamara has helped not only me and my family, but many families around me through the donation of lead test kits, awareness and information. This organization is run by people who care very deeply for its cause and for the people impacted by lead and lead poisoning. I would be lost without the information and help that we've been given by Lead Safe America.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I question the testing methods used and scare tactics used by this group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a worthy cause, and has opened my eyes to the dangers in our environment and my own home. Tamara regularly posts photos of household items that contain lead on her Facebook page, and it has made me so much more aware of what is in my home, what my children are exposed to, and how to shop for safe items. I wish Tamara success, as she fights for companies to stop poisoning their customers, and for lead removal in our public facilities, especially our schools.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

as an Architect, I've been able to connect to many useful resources through Lead Safe America and help many people make smarter housing decisions. Unbelievably useful source of information. I only wish this small foundation had more assistance.

2 Barbara222

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known the Rubin family since the days before lead came into their lives, setting them on this unexpected path. Tamara and her team are fully invested in this campaign to educate and help every family they meet as well as to press for larger changes in the world. I continue to be impressed and overwhelmed by her selfless dedication to this cause.