So 2017 was...tough. Finish it off on a high note by giving back.
It’s been a wild year, and while we’ve been filling your feeds with our annual gift guides, we’ve also been thinking a lot about how we can give back and make this Christmas a little less about buttery leather handbags and sparkly dresses, and more about charitable gifting. Below, five organizations that are on our list to donate to this year that we’d love for you to consider, too. If you yourself don’t have the extra cash to help out (we totally understand), consider adding this good deed to your wish list instead. Good karma will come your way.
Southern California is currently experiencing its longest-burning and most dangerous wildfire to date, hence why the United Way of Ventura County is at the top of our list. The organization has teamed up with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross of Ventura County to help, and they have created the Thomas Fire Fund, with 100 percent of donations going towards those affected by the wildfires. You can donate by texting “UWVC” to 41444, calling 805-485-6288, or sending a check to 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, California, 93003, with “Thomas Fire Fund” noted in the memo.
It’s no secret that we stand behind Planned Parenthood and Cecile Richards 100 percent. As Richards herself told us, “Largely as a result of access to birth control, women are now nearly half the workforce in America. And more than half of college students. And as a result of better sex education and more access to birth control, we are now at a 40-year low for teen pregnancy in America.” And remember that Planned Parenthood isn’t only for women. They also provide healthcare to men, children, and everyone else in between. Every human deserves proper healthcare, so let’s do our part this year to help make sure this continues.
While some of us are lucky enough to indulge in expensive, healthy meals on the regular, this is not the case for the vast majority of Americans. Over 46 million people turn to Feeding America each year for help. The organization works together with food banks and meal programs across the country to provide those less fortunate with meals. For every $10 you donate, 10 meals will be distributed—a much more heartwarming gift than those fuzzy socks you receive in your stocking every year.
Focused on eliminating violence against women, with a strong focus on violence affecting communities of color, Women of Color Network promotes the leadership of women of color and opens up the conversation about women of color through leadership programs, national conferences, strategy meetings, and partnerships (to name a few) with other organizations such as the Domestic Violence Resource Network. We stand by those pushing for change for women and women of color. Join us?
Founded by Pharrell Williams, From One Hand To AnOTHER is a charity focused on providing underserved youth with the tools they need to succeed, from tools to experiences. The organization has sent over 1,000 children to summer camp and distributed thousands of school supplies. The youth are our future, which is why it’s so incredibly important to invest in them. Even if you can only donate $5—every bit counts!
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