Inspire. Encourage. Love.
We’re starting a new series here at /GIV/: a post to highlight organizations we love that are doing amazing work. The purpose is to introduce caring people just like you to new organizations, so that you can support them and possibly raise further awareness amongst your friends. Non-profits need all the awareness and love that they can get! Let's get started:
Worthdays is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Richmond, Virginia whose mission is to ensure that those impacted by the foster care system know that they are important, worthy and celebrated. They do this by organizing “Birthday Box” donations to celebrate children and teens in foster care, and help them feel wanted and worthy during a very challenging time. Through the excitement of celebrating, they hope to engage the community in a way that will raise awareness and increase positive outcomes for the foster care system.
We often see Angel Trees and Toys for Tots gifting during the holidays, but I love WorthDays because it highlights the need to love kids through the rest of the year.
Prepare your heart to crumble when you read the founder’s blog post about why their efforts matter.
I follow the organization on Facebook to learn about ways to contribute, and hope you’ll follow too! Just this summer, while we were at the Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival, I popped a Graduation Card in the mail to a young man that needed to hear that he is valued, and that the world cares about him. <3 What an easy, inexpensive way to touch a stranger’s life, right?
Individuals or groups of friends/colleagues/etc. can collaborate to sponsor an entire birthday box filled with goodies for a well-deserving kid that otherwise won’t be celebrated on his or her birthday.
Another organization that will pull at your heartstrings while restoring your faith in humanity, is Heart of a Hero. I found “Spiderman” randomly on Instagram, and spent an hour reading all his past posts with tears running down my face. Ricky Mena, the hero of the story, visits children battling terminal illnesses, homelessness or medical challenges in order to lift their spirits. He dresses up as Spiderman and brings exciting gifts to hospitals, hospice beds and shelters across the U.S.
When you follow him, and/or his organization on Facebook or Instagram, prepare to have your eyes and heart opened wide to seeing the many, many families struggling with sad situations and to gain major perspective. (Cue the ugly crying!) You will feel tremendous gratitude for your own health and blessings!
Are you hosting a Labor Day party? It’s not too late to make it a “party with a purpose” and enlist your friends to collect items or fundraise for one of these or another cause.
Lastly, do you know an under-the-radar non-profit that more people should hear about? Toot their horn and share with all of us!
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