Amy’s annual charity roundup
In the spirit of this “giving season,” I present my annual roundup of charitable organizations readers should consider supporting.
Your donation may go further at a small local nonprofit than at a large charity. I reserve much of my own donation dollars for local organizations that give within my community of need.
All contributions count. So do nonmonetary acts of kindness, such as shoveling a neighbor’s walk, bringing a casserole to a grieving person or simply abiding with someone in need through friendship.
In researching these charities, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to live in an era where generosity and helping those in need is a core value.
This is a subjective list. Your own giving should reflect your interests and values. Most ( but not all) of the organizations listed below have a top (four- star) rating on Charitynavigator. org, which is an excellent source for researching a charity.
WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN( WORLD-CENTRAL KITCHEN.
ORG) » This relatively tiny nonprofit, started by Chef José Andrés, inspired the world with its quick response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. According to The New York Times, “No other single agency — not the Red Cross, the Salvation Army nor any government entity — has fed more people freshly cooked food since the hurricane, or done it in such a nurturing way.”
The recent devastating Camp Fire in and around Paradise inspired a similar speedy response. In addition to daily efforts, World Central Kitchen fed 15,000 Thanksgiving dinners to first responders and displaced residents. DONORS CHOOSE (DONORSCHOOSE.ORG) » Donors Choose connects classroom teachers with people who can help them. On the website, teachers post their classroom wishes, ranging from colored pencils and paper to winter coats and boots for children who don’t have them.
I just contributed toward five ukuleles for a classroom in Lincoln Elementary School in Dolton, Illinois! WATER MISSION (WATERMISSION.ORG) » Founded by an environmental engineer and his wife in South Carolina in 2001, this Christian-based charity is on the ground quickly in a crisis, responding to natural disasters, but also to the desperate and humanscaled need for fresh water every day. FEEDING AMERICA (FEEDINGAMERICA.ORG) » If you type a ZIP code into this national organization’s search engine, you will find a local food bank within its vast network that will gratefully receive your donation dollars. WIKIPEDIA (WIKIPEDIA. ORG) » When was the last time you looked something up using this free encyclopedia? I thought so. Maybe it’s time to donate.