Happy #Giving Tuesday, everyone! Today officially kicks off the giving season for many non-profits in our community, so we’re sharing some suggestions on where to consider donating funds, in-kind items, and volunteering your time this month, and in the coming year. [Not familiar with Giving Tuesday? You can learn more here , and visit OregoniansGive for efforts underway across Oregon. Pass it on!]
Below are a few suggestions; we’ll be sharing others in our next post. if you have suggestions for organizations we should include, get in touch by next Tuesday, December 6!
WOMEN’S FOUNDATION OF OREGON
I’m proud to be a founding member of The Women’s Foundation of Oregon: Their mission is to focus the power of women’s collective resources to improve the lives of women and girls throughout the state. This year, they released Count Her In Report, the most expansive, actionable, and inclusive analysis of Oregon’s women and girls to date, and sparked statewide conversations about gender equity, and gave local grants to some phenomenal groups. The time I spent volunteering for their Listening Tour to gather women’s stories was a truly powerful experience. To support their critical work ahead, you can become a member, engage on social media, and read about more ways to give. And, check out Eight That Can’t Wait, a discussion series addressing inequities identified in the Count Her In report, too. As the mother of two young daughters, this work means a lot to me; I look forward to exploring more ways to engage in the year ahead.
Bradley Angle is the West Coast’s first domestic violence shelter; they do incredible work placing people experiencing—or at risk of—domestic violence at the center of their services and providing them with safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope. Their programs support youth and family, LGBTQ survivors, African American survivor communities, and more; you can read some Stories of Strength to learn more, and read our previous Big small Talk here. A program I’m particularly inspired by is their Economic Empowerment Program which helps survivors rebuild their financial security. This holiday season, consider supporting their Holiday Wish Drive, which invites survivors to pick out gifts, housewares, and other supplies for themselves and their loved ones, You can donate items or make a cash contribution, or support year-round efforts such as adopting a room and adopting a home to support local survivor families. And, their FINDpdx on December 3, offers a unique way to give back, too. For more news and updates, keep up with their work on Facebook, and on Twitter.
I had the honor of getting to know the Villages NW team this year; their mission is to “enable more Pacific NW residents to successfully age in place by developing and nurturing a network of sustainable, community-based Villages throughout the region.” The national village movement began a decade ago in Boston; there are four local villages that are now opened, and three more underway across the Portland metropolitan area, helping seniors conserve their financial resources by aging-in-place. Well beyond the financial benefits to this model are the community-building and social benefits, too., as noted in their tagline, they are “Neighbors helping neighbors stay neighbors.” You can learn more about them check out their educational video , and support their work by becoming a member or making a gift to honor someone special. Local businesses can also become a Villages NW Business Supporter; you can also volunteer Ambassador to support awareness-building, fundraising, and advocacy efforts ahead. As the daughter of parent with a disability who is currently navigating the challenges of aging in Portland given the rising cost of living and shortage of affordable housing options, I’m especially grateful for this resource and am excited to see it grow; learn more about why this is such a key resource here.
OREGON ALLIANCE FOR GUN SAFETY
Through my work with Moms Demand Action’s Oregon Chapter, I’ve gotten to know the Oregon Alliance for Gun Safety, a coalition of organizations united in their commitment to make Oregon safer by bringing together diverse constituencies organized at the grassroots level. The Alliance is a growing network of over 50 member organizations and individuals, businesses, nonprofits, elected officials, and community leaders who are committed to enacting common-sense gun legislation to slow the epidemic of gun violence in Oregon. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up to receive alerts about local events and calls-to-action, learn about how to take action today. There are many ways to volunteer, including hosting an events, raising funds, and being a social media ambassador. You can make a donation here to support grassroots organizing, communications and legislative advocacy work in Oregon.
MORE WAYS TO HELP… WHAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE YOU CHAMPIONING?
Of course, these are just a few of many great causes needing our help this holiday season, and well beyond. The recent election has sparked an even greater need for us to support efforts both locally and nationally that protect many basic rights that many of us have taken for granted until now; I’ll share more suggestions in our next post, and welcome your suggestions too, so please get in touch to share suggestions of groups you recommend including in our next roundup.
In the meantime, if you’re considering ways to incorporate volunteering into your business in the coming year, here are a few articles to get you started:
- Choosing The Perfect Cause to Support from Impact Flow
- How to Design a Volunteer Program for your Small Business from Volunteer Match
- Creating an Employee Volunteer Program for your Small Business from Blackbaud
However you decide to support causes that matter today, thank you for doing what you can to strengthen our community! Here’s to an impactful season of giving ahead.