Thanksgiving is followed quickly by two important days: Small Business Saturday (Saturday 25 November 2017) and Giving Tuesday (Tuesday 28 November 2017). Intelligent readers will have no trouble deciding what to do on either day. For Giving Tuesday in particular I thought it might be good to highlight some of the small nonprofit organizations that I’ve had contact with this year.
I haven’t donated cash to or volunteered with all of these organizations. In fact I’ve volunteered with only two; three if you count playing in the Bloomfield Civic Band as volunteering. The point of this list is to encourage you to think about the charitable organizations in your own local area and think about ways that you can support them on Giving Tuesday and throughout the year.
What I would also like most of all is for you to comment with suggestions for local charities in your area that deserve support. Updates will be posted to my FB page and Twitter feed as they come in. If you and I are friends on FB or Twitter your friends will see the posts and may also be prompted to take action. I do not plan to filter any suggestions out unless they happen to be for some organization that most readers would find abhorrent. Please supply a URL along with the name of the organization.
I look forward to hearing from. Now, here’s my starter list:
Urban Farming, Sustainable Agriculture
Autism Awareness and Advocacy
Services for the Homeless and Other Neighbors in Need
- Interfaith Hospitality Network (Essex County, NJ)
- Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless/MESH (Montclair, NJ)
- Saint Peter’s Haven (Clifton, NJ)
- Eva’s Village (Paterson, NJ)
- Toni’s Kitchen (Montclair, NJ)
Welfare of At-Risk Moms and Children
Music Education and Performing Arts
- Paterson Music Project (Paterson, NJ)
- Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Bloomfield Civic Band/Bloomfield Federation of Music (Bloomfield, NJ)
- Friends of the (your town name here) Public Library
From Andy Walsh (Mostly Pittsburgh Area)
- Light of Life Rescue Mission serves the needs of the homeless and others in the Pittsburgh North Side community where I work; in fact, their newest facility will be going up where I used to park.
- Imani Christian Academy provides education and support to children in the Pittsburgh North Side and surrounding regions.
- Not local to me, but a local ministry in the Houston area, Trinity Abbey is many things include a crisis relief center that has met many needs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
- The Watson Institute provides services for many individuals and families with special needs, including those with autism spectrum diagnoses. The organization has a rich history, having previously served polio patients and working with Jonas Salk in developing the vaccine.
- The river trails are a needed bit of green space in downtown Pittsburgh and the Friends of the Riverfront help maintain them.
It should be clear to any observer, regardless of their political leanings or affiliations, that the current philosophy and actions of the U.S. federal government will make the need for private charitable enterprise much greater for the foreseeable future. Whether the enterprise is care for the environment, care for people who have fallen on hard times, or any of the dozens of other social concerns we could name, private individuals and small organizations will have a greater role to fill to meet the challenges of the coming years. Some may think that is as it should be. No matter; the needs will be there and they will be substantial. This Giving Tuesday I hope we can all stretch our imaginations and our budgets a little to stand in the gap.
Thanks as always for stopping by!