Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you ate great food, spent time with family and squeezed in some shopping. As exciting as it might be in full holiday mode, it’s also a good time to think about helping others during this time as well. We talked about being grateful in our last blog post, so now it’s time to go beyond that. Giving Tuesday occurs the week after Thanksgiving as a day to really think about how you can give back to your local non-profit organizations. In honor of the annual celebration, take a look at this list of city charities from our favorite cities.
1. Bideawee (New York)
For all animal lovers out there, Bideawee (which means “stay awhile” in Scottish) is one of America’s first no-kill animal rescues. Founded in 1903, the leading pet welfare organization cares for homeless cats and dogs. Then, they place them with people who love them throughout the metropolitan New York and Long Island area. Bideawee provides services like adoption centers and pet therapy programs to help care for these animals and to connect them with new owners.
2. Children of the Night (Los Angeles)
The Children of the Night‘s mission is to eliminate child sex trafficking in the United States. Their home is open to child prostitutes throughout the country. They have a hotline and are able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. Over the past 37 years, the program has rescued over 10,000 American children from prostitution. Children not only have shelter, but they are able to seek high school education, English, and life-skills classes. They can also access live tutoring 24/7 in any language.
3. Greater Chicago Food Depository (Chicago)
The Greater Chicago Food Depository believes no one should go hungry. In Chicago, the food bank has partnered with 700 programs across Cook County including pantries and soup kitchens to donate food. Every day, according to their website, they distribute an average of 200,000 pounds of food to these people in need. Are you in Chicago and want to make even more of an impact? Start a food drive today to support their organization.
4. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (Houston)
It’s hard to believe that it’s been three months since the city of Houston was vastly hit by Hurricane Harvey. Citizens and companies still need help. Mayor Sylvester Turner created the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund for anyone to donate. The tax-deductible funds are then housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a public charity. You can also donate from your cell phone by texting HARVEY2017 to 91999.
5. Tech Girlz (Philadelphia)
In Philly, TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization focusing on reducing the gender gap in the technology industry by offering free workshops to middle school aged girls. It’s not only focused on coding either. They have shown over 5,000 girls the power of a tech career through various aspects. Their programs include 3D printing, web designing, working in a TV studio, and much more.
What are some local charities near you? Give your favorite organizations a shout out in the comments below.
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Author: Katina Beniaris
Born in Chicago, Katina has always been drawn to cities. She spent her college years in the heart of Chicago studying journalism and she travels to various cities every year for new experiences. When she’s not blogging, you can find her catching up on the latest pop culture sensation on Netflix.