Without giving COVID-19 more airtime, it is safe to say that nothing is normal now, this includes the ways that we will be celebrating Mother’s Day this year. One thing inherent in motherhood (being on the receiving end of it) is giving. That’s why it felt natural to chime in this Giving Tuesday and encourage our listeners to consider doing as mothers do best and give back - to our communities both at home and beyond.
Giving Tuesday typically comes once a year, amidst the hubbub of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the excess in consumer culture that has come along with it. Developed as an almost counter-culture, anti-consumerism response, the day has a mission of creating a movement of generosity, “unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.” In light of COVID-19 and the devastation it has unleashed across the globe, the organization has decided to take action and launch #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, 2020.
So starting today and throughout the week, we hope you feel inspired to give to an organization that speaks to you. Here are a handful both in the United States and Internationally, that we have had the privilege of working with and whose mission, vision, commitment to their beneficiaries is making a real and lasting impact.
Located: New York
Issue Space: Newborns & Mothers
Mission: Welcome Baby provides low-income mothers with one comprehensive package containing everything she and her newborn need in the first four weeks of life.
Website & Where to Donate: https://welcomebabyusa.org/
The Women’s Fund of Monterey Bay & Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands
Located: Monterey Bay
Issue Space: Girl’s & Women’s Health
Mission: Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands is a girl-led collaborative movement for health empowerment which aims to give girls in Monterey County a voice in shaping their future and an agenda for change.
Website & Where to Donate: https://www.ghghmonterey.org/
Located: San Francisco Bay Area & Global
Issue Space: Human Trafficking & Poverty
Mission: Rising International’s goal is to support women living where it’s the hardest to be alive as a woman. Many of our women live in refugee camps, are homeless, displaced immigrants, former slaves, or live in war-torn regions of the world. These mothers and daughters call out to us, and we must answer. By selling their handmade crafts and sharing their life stories, they reach out to the rest of the world, not for charity, but for a chance.
Website & Where to Donate: https://risinginternational.org/
Amigos de Santa Cruz
Issue Space: Economic Empowerment & Indigenous Communities
Mission: Amigos aims to improve the lives of the indigenous people of Santa Cruz and surrounding villages through support for education and sustainable economic empowerment.
Website & Where to Donate: https://www.amigosdesantacruz.org/
Project SOAR, Morocco
Issue Space: Girl’s Empowerment
Mission: At Project Soar, we believe that empowered girls lead to empowered women, able to lift up their families, their communities, and ultimately their nations. Project Soar is unique because it is an initiative dedicated to empowering teenage girls to become leaders of today and tomorrow, leaders who are activated, concerned, and powerful voices for inclusion and democracy.
Website & Where to Donate: https://www.projectsoar.org/
To find more vetted non-profits in your local neighborhood and beyond, check out Giving Tuesday’s directory at https://www.givingtuesday.org/.
I don’t know about you, but I’m emotionally spent, often confused, definitely frustrated and even frightened of this global pandemic. Not one of us can escape it on a daily basis unless we’re willing to go to that quiet place. So I thought I’d share some of the sage advice, notably the inspiration we felt after speaking to women across the USA in our MDU Diaries: COVID-19 series, recorded back in March and April.