It’s that wonderful time of year to get together with crazy family and stuff ourselves silly. Or to hide away because the holidays can bring a different kind of heartache than we typically carry. Either way, it’s inevitable. It’s here. It’s Giving Tuesday!
While I could make a post of all the things I’m thankful for personally or professionally, I can’t help but to think of all those still struggling through. It’s hard to sing of blessings, when there is so much need. This IS the time of year we tend to give a little more to charities and non-profits. We don’t want our hard earned money to go to a CEO’s big salary, or only a quarter of it to go to actual needs.
In the spirit of giving, I have complied a list of charities and non-profits that are truly grass roots, or I know where your support will directly go to the cause. There are so many out there truly deserving and this is just a small portion that is close to my heart.
The first is the Birthing Circle of Frederick.
As many of you know, I started as a member and am now an admin. This non-profit is close to my heart, because I depended on them so much when I was dealing with severe PPD. Not just the baby blues, the kind where you aren’t sure you and your child are going to live to see the next day. Without this group of support, I truly don’t know where I would be. It wasn’t a non-profit when I started, but the president Jessica Kent has poured her soul into making this an organization that can go above and beyond helping women. We are working on many projects, including the Doula Project which will provide low income families a doula for their birth. We have recently expanded to having a Montgomery County chapter! So many good things in the works, but of course we need your help. All work is volunteer, and to provide these programs, we need the communities financial support.
Rukundo International is the next non-profit close to my heart.
It was founded by Andrea Sedlock, who is a dear friend and has put her blood, sweat and tears into making it a success. They aim to support communities in Kabale, Uganda through outreach, education and are just beginning to build a school and nursery! I know first hand how hard these volunteers work. Andrea keeps costs down by keeping the US base completely volunteer run and the office out of her own home. Every penny you give to Rukundo goes directly to their programs. Here is a info-graphic that shows their monthly donor goal for 2017 and why. If you can’t or don’t want to donate monthly, there are one time options that could have a huge impact.
The third one very close to my heart is Little Friends for Peace.
Their vision is to answer the violence with skills for peace. They hold summer camps, after school activities, and other programs to help teach problem solving skills through empathy and compassion. They work right here in our backyard, mostly in DC! I volunteered with them for a week a couple summers and it was wonderful! They are doing life changing work. And this world could definitely use more peace! Click here to donate or learn more about their programs!
I hope this helps give a little insight into some wonderful programs. I have met the leaders and presidents of each personally, and I know they are giving their all to give back. Happy Giving Tuesday!