If you’re reading this, you owe yourself a “congratulations” because you’ve almost made it through one of the most challenging years our world has ever faced. *cues standing ovation* Despite this year being everything you could have never imagined, the holiday season made its way to us just in time to fill our lives with a bit of festive cheer––right when we needed it most.
Along with virtual holiday parties and socially-distanced mall Santa photos, there’s still an unspoken tradition in American culture to give, rather it is time or money, through the entirety of the season. While a large portion of the population found themselves prospering and operating “business as usual,” sadly, an overwhelming number of people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are still fighting to overcome financial hurdles. Thus, many are unable to lend typical support to individuals or donate to organizations that survive on charitable giving. Still, the need for collective support and community is more important than ever this holiday season.
Maybe you were touched by something this year and have an unwavering feeling to offer a special gift. If so, here is a growing list of our favorite non-profit organizations that you can donate to right now:
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- To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is “dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”
- Rise Justice Labs “revolutionizes how laws are created by organizing and empowering citizens to pen their own rights into existence. By identifying key battleground states, catalyst points for the movement, Rise creates a ripple of inspiration in other states across the nation demanding these rights are codified.”
- Friendship Bridge began its work in Vietnam in 1998 providing medical supplies to the impoverished in war-ravaged areas and has since expanded its outreach to Guatemala to create opportunities that empower women “to build a better life.”
- Girls Who Code was created to encourage and increase the number of women in computer science by giving them the tools to thrive in 21-century careers.
- Together Rising identifies important issues that are “breaking the hearts” of their givers and connects them with people and organizations addressing those needs.
- Fair Fight “brings awareness to the public on election reform, advocates for election reform at all levels, and engages in other voter education programs and communications.”
- American Indian College Fund strives to increase the number of American Indians who graduate college by empowering them to start and stay in school, complete degrees, and launch impactful careers.
- Every Last One “supports and protects children and families whose mental and physical wellbeing is being threatened by an inhumane immigration system.” They are dedicated to ending damage caused by the American immigration policy by empowering and advocating for affected families.
- Moms Demand Action works with business leaders and communities to enforce public safety measures and pass stronger laws that are against gun violence.
- Immigrant Worker Safety Net Fund helps improve the lives of day laborers, immigrants and low-wage workers. This fund provides resources and financial resources to workers and their families.
- More Too Life works to end human-trafficking by offering proven programs and resources to survivors and creates “programs for reduction of the demand for human trafficking with innovative prevention methods and courses.”
- Project Heal provides life-saving support to people with eating disorders all while working to break down systemic, healthcare, and financial barriers to those individuals.
- Equal Justice Initiative “is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
- She Should Run gives women who express an interest in running for public policy a safe space to explore their options.
- Youth Collaboratory “works to develop innovative, effective, and sustainable approaches to program improvement and expansion for youth-serving nonprofits across the country.”
- Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helps move decision-makers to provide a safe and less hostile world for Black people.
- Little Miss Flint Clean Water Fun was created by 12-year-old Mari Copeny in partnership with Hydroviv to help bring safe drinking water to communities impacted by poor water quality.
- The George Floyd Memorial Foundation, Inc was established by Bridget Floyd and other family members of George Floyd to “eradicate systemic racism, eliminate police brutality, promote social justice, and protect the civil rights of all people of color.”
- Sandy Hook Promise works to prevent gun violence and the loss of life by empowering the youth to “know the signs” and uniting communities who value the protection of their families.
- The World Literacy Foundation strives to ensure everyone is given the opportunity to acquire literacy by providing access to books, educational materials, and tutoring programs. WLF also collaborates with educators and other organizations to share ideas.
What are some organizations that you are donating to this holiday season? Have you worked with or have connections to any of our faves? Let us know in the comments below!
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