Back when I failed the ALS ice-bucket challenge (because ice-cold water + head = crippling migraine), I donated to the ALS Association (http://www.alsa.org/) and spent a little while drawing your attention to other worthy establishments.
If you are in the giving mood right now, for whatever reason–needing to spread joy, needing to help ensure safety, needing to effect change, what have you–please consider the following.
RAINN (https://rainn.org/): This is the nation’s largest anit-sexual violence organization.
From their ‘about’ page: “RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org y rainn.org/es) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
The National Suicide Prevention Life Line (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/): This is run by The Mental Health Association of New York City, with support from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, and others.
From their ‘about’ page: “The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.”
NWA Women’s Shelter (http://nwaws.org/ ): This is my local women’s shelter, serving all of Northwest Arkansas.
From their ‘about’ page: “The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter provides free emergency shelter, food, and clothing to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. We provide a free 24-hour crisis phone line and services to clients. We also offer court advocacy, Spanish bilingual services, children’s advocacy and programming, community education, support groups, counseling, and a volunteer program.
“Domestic violence does not discriminate; therefore, our clients are from across all demographics in terms of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and educational background. We assist any person who meets the criteria for emergency intervention and assistance due to domestic violence or sexual assault.”
The NWA Food Bank (http://www.nwafoodbank.org/): This is my local food bank.
From their ‘about’ page:
“The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 as a 501(c)(3) non profit organization to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry.
The NWA Food Bank currently has about 180 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. Since 1988, the NWA Food Bank has grown to serve 180 partner agencies and distributed 8.2 million pounds of food in 2016.”
If you’d like to help shelters and food banks in your own community, a simple google search should heed results, or you can take a look at a handy dandy in-network map like the one provided by Feeding America: http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/.
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