We have a day for giving thanks. We have three days for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Check out our list of charities to support on Giving Tuesday.
Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday! Whether you showed your solidarity by abstaining from shopping during Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday or you chose to ball ’til you fall… Thanksgiving and the days that follow mark the kickoff for people getting encompassed in holiday cheer. As the dust settles and the confirmation emails roll in, we’ve got an opportunity for you to do a little extra good this holiday season.
Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Today charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
“Giving Tuesday is a counter narrative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday because it reminds us that the spirit of the holiday giving season should be about community and not just consumerism. The most meaningful gift we can give our children, loved ones, friends and neighbors is the commitment to work together to help build a better world.” – Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation.
Here at The Hive Society, philanthropy is totally our thing. To help you navigate through #GivingTuesday, we have compiled a list of local, national and international charities who could use your support.
Kids’ Meals Houston
The mission of Kids’ Meals, Inc. is to end hunger among children by delivering nutritious meals to the doors of preschool children in need, free of cost, every weekday, year round. As the nations only meals-on-wheels service for children, Kids’ Meals, Inc. provides healthy, home-delivered lunches to hungry children under the age of five who live in poverty, bridging the gap for children ages 1-5 who are not old enough yet to receive free breakfast and lunch in school. Want to help Kids’ Meals Houston reach their goal of making Houston the first city to eradicate food insecurity among children? Any donation helps! $19 will feed a child for two weeks! Donate here!
Mia’s Closet is a 501(c)3 -tax exempt- nonprofit clothing donation organization that hosts fun-filled confidence-building events for underprivileged children k-12. They are good friends of The Hive Society and we’ve were privileged to assist them with their back to school event. Mia’s Closet assists at least 50 families per event with clothing, food, and fun, confidence building activities. Their mission is to encourage and instill confidence and self-worth in children k-12 by providing them with new or gently used clothing via uniquely designed shopping and interactive experiences. They stand on the principle that even the smallest additional expense can break a family if they are struggling financially –so EVERYTHING, including services, is free of charge! This makes a huge difference, especially when supporting families during back-to-school event.
Even if you don’t have clothes to donate, your financial contribution will assist Mia’s Closet with each of their event production and allow them reach larger audiences. Donate via PayPal here.
Doctors without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres)
“Silence has long been confused with neutrality, and has been presented as a necessary condition for humanitarian action. From its beginning, MSF was created in opposition to this assumption. We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.” –Dr. James Orbinski, then-President of the MSF International Council, accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of MSF in 1999.
Since 1980, MSF has opened offices in 28 countries and employs more than 30,000 people across the world. Since its founding, MSF has treated over a hundred million patients—with 8.3 million outpatient consultations being carried out in 2012 alone. The organization has continued to be critical of both itself and the broader aid system when appropriate, all in the name of trying to help direct more effective and timely aid to those who need it most. Want to support Doctors without Borders for Giving Tuesday? Donate here.
Sisters Network, Inc.
Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI), founded in 1994, is a leading voice and the only national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. As a nationally recognized organization among leading medical establishments and breast cancer physicians, Sisters Network is also recognized as a critical information resource for African American women. In April 2010, Sisters Network Inc National Headquarters made history by holding the 1st National African American Breast Cancer 5K Walk /Run in Houston, Texas. The historic event, later named Stop the Silence®, brings about breast cancer awareness and replaces fear with HOPE as participants from across the country walk together to find a cure. The Hive Society will definitely be participating in the 2015 Stop the Silence Walk and we hope to see you there!
In addition to their annual walk, Sisters Network’s Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) provides services to women facing financial challenges. As a Survivor, this program provides financial assistance for, but not limited to: medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits and prosthesis. It also provides free mammograms for women.
Want to donate to Sisters Network? Click here.
Houston Food Bank
It’s no secret! We here at The Hive Society love the Houston Food Bank, we’ve supported several of their events as well as hosted some of our own. The great people at Keegan’s Kitchen and the 308,000 sq. ft. Portwall Facility are one of the key reasons HFB is the largest food bank in the country. Leading the fight against hunger, the Houston Food Bank feeds 800,000 hungry people each year by distributing food through nearly 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties.
Did You Know: Texas has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the country at 18.5%.
The Houston Food Bank has several programs to tailor their outreach to fit their audience. Backpack Buddy fills backpacks with kid-friendly, nutritious foods for at-risk students to take home over the weekend. Their Senior Box Program provides a monthly box of food, retail valued around $50, to low-income senior citizens. These and many other programs support the men, women and children throughout the Greater Houston area. Thanks to strong community partnerships, the Houston Food Bank stretches every $1 donation to provide a full day of meals for children, adults or seniors. Yes, $1 = 3 Meals. Want to help fight hunger? Donate today!
Rebuilding Together Houston
In Houston, Rebuilding Together provides free repair and renovation programs for elderly low-income, disabled and service-veteran homeowners in need. Nationwide, Rebuilding Together’s network of nearly 200 non-profit affiliates brings together more than 100,000 volunteers and completes nearly 10,000 projects on an annual basis.
In 2013, Rebuilding Together supported more than 500 home-repair projects throughout the Houston area.
Through the work of volunteer groups and skilled craftspeople, and the financial support of individual donors, local businesses and corporate partners, Rebuilding Together makes life better for hundreds of Houstonians each year and positively impacts the communities in which they live. Rebuilding Together helps shape a brighter future for our city and make it a better place to call home. If you would like to contribute to that goal, donate here.