We looooove December! Hot cocoa… snowflakes… family traditions… and most of all GIVING! There is nothing better than reminding ourselves AND our kids to be grateful for what we and to give back!!
We are kicking off the month of December by celebrating #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday was created by 92Y as”a one-of-a-kind day to celebrate the power of giving, and encourage people to give to the causes they care about to create a better community, and a better world.”
Here are 7 of our favorite organizations to get you inspired to spread love and joy this giving season.
The Mission: GiveaBook is an online campaign that promotes giving books to children in need.
Why This Organization Rocks: For every use of the hashtag #GiveaBook on Facebook and Twitter between November 16th and December 24th, Penguin and Random House Publishing will donate a book to First Books to promote literacy.
Their Mission: FARE strives to “improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.” Why It Rocks: Donations go towards supporting campaigns like the Teal Pumpkin Project. FARE is changing the way our country looks at a national holidays like Halloween. Through this initiative, they raise awareness of food allergies by offering non candy treats to help promote safety and inclusion of all trick-or-treaters!
Dad and dogs are ready for the kids! Awesome sign! #tealpumpkinproject #foodallergies A photo posted by FARE (@foodallergy) on
Their Mission: Everyone has heard of the Girl Scouts but what you might not know is what this 98 year old organization is doing to keep up with our changing world!
Why It Rocks: This year the Girl Scouts launched their Digital Cookie in December. The girls build their own websites and learn about website design, online marketing, business management, customer tracking and service as they sell cookies online. How cool is that?!
Congrats to Girl Scout Troop 60339 from @GSNorCal who received the Robot Performance award. #STEM #robotics #girlscouts A photo posted by Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) on
The Mission: Conservation International studies how human development affects natural habitats. They study tropical rainforests, grasslands, watersheds, and the sea in over 40 countries. Why It Rocks: Conservation International uses the information they gather to influence policy and make big changes in how we effect the environment we live in. In Brazil, for example, its researchers have been able to prove that the marine-protected areas (including no-fishing zones) are beneficial to the marine life, fishermen and the local tourism industry. By donating just $15 you can protect an acre of tropical rainforest!!
Photo by @amivitale // A spear fisherman dips a fish under his moving boat outside the reef off of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia. Micronesia’s marine ecosystems are some of the most diverse on Earth but it’s oceans are threatened by over-fishing, pollution, warming and acidification. #INeedNature #climatechange #COP21 #actonclimate #earthtoparis #micronesia A photo posted by Conservation International (@conservationorg) on
The Mission: Food Corps strives to create a nation of healthy children who know what healthy food is—how it grows, where it comes from—and who have access to it every day.
Why It Rocks: Food Corps partners with schools to bring the health into the classroom. They work with the educators to give kids food and nutrition education, hands-on activities like gardening and cooking that foster skills and pride around healthy food and a cafeteria filled with nutritious meals from local farms.
A photo posted by FoodCorps (@foodcorps) on
The Mission: “Across the globe 8 million children are living in institutions that deny them individual love and care. More than 80% are not orphans. They are separated from their families because they are poor, disabled or from an ethnic minority. As a result, many suffer lifelong physical and emotional harm.”
Why It Rocks: Founded by J.K Rowling, Lumos builds community centers and provides services to allow children to be cared for by their family or loved ones in their homes.
The Mission: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has spent the last 43 years working to redefine our nation’s health. The foundation promotes a “culture of health aimed at all the elements that affect a person’s well-being, whether it’s poverty, food security, adequate housing, assistance to the elderly, or bike paths in cities.”
Why It Rocks: RWJF strives for quality, cost-effective health care and has plans to roll out a new initiative to “enable doctors and other health care providers to “prescribe” basic resources like food and heat just as they do medication to make sure patients can stay healthy between medical visits.”