There are always more people and causes in need than those able to help, but I thought I might bring a little light to a few that I think are doing some good in the world. The causes range from helping people, helping animals, and helping the environment. All things I hope we can all get behind!
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The Colin Can Help 19 Charities to Help in 2019 Are:
PetFix Northeast Ohio is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides high quality, affordable spay/neuter surgeries to end pet homelessness and the need for unnecessary euthanasia. They specialize in providing spay/neuter surgeries to all pet owners, feral cat caregivers, shelters, rescues, and animal control agencies placing animals for adoption. The PetFix medical team has altered over 60,000 dogs and cats, preventing hundreds of thousands of animals from ending up in shelters or living as strays. ( My dog Parker included)
I recommend Petfix in this list because they provide a great service to my community. Without getting dogs and cats “fixed” it is insane the amount of problems that can occur. Nothing like gangs of wild cats and dogs running around the city, right?
Monkey Helpers is based out of Boston, Massachusetts. Since 1979, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc. has been helping adults with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments throughout the U.S. live more independent and engaged lives. They provide patients, free of charge, with a unique service animal: a highly trained service monkey to help with their daily tasks.
As you might guess, there is a lot that goes into this. Monkey Helpers raises, trains, and hand picks the match of monkey and patient. Once placed with a monkey, Monkey Hands gives in home training and coaching, oversees the lifelong nutritional, behavioral, and medical needs of the monkeys, and active mentoring.
Project Linus is on a mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
Project Linus is also a part of the Amazon Smile program, so you can pick them as your automated option every time you use shop.amazon.com or directly on their website.
The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with local, state and national organizations to help develop and support this goal.
Even if you do not decide to donate to this cause, I recommend you checking out their website to look at all of their cute puppy photos!
Since 2003, we’ve set up and organized Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 100 hospitals worldwide. Over the years, you as a community have answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.
Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, we set up gift wish lists full of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on our map, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.
Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those cash donations, we purchase new consoles, peripherals, games, and more for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow for children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and can provide vital distraction from an otherwise generally unpleasant experience.
They have raised over 40 million dollars since 2003!
Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) building a new hand worker economy to increase global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve important cultural traditions around the world.
Check out their website for a more descriptive version of what all that means
A small organization out of North Carolina worth looking into. They take peoples trash and make it into usable, awesome art.
They made the list because I believe in giving a second life to items as well as making the earth a more sustainable place for generations to come.
Founded in 2002, Modest Needs is a non-profit organization with a unique, threefold mission. Modest Needs exists:
- To responsibly provide short-term financial assistance to individuals and families in temporary crisis who, because they are working and live just above the poverty level, are ineligible for most types of conventional social assistance but who (like many of us) are living one or two lost paychecks away from the kind of financial catastrophe that eventually leads to homelessness;
- To lessen the burden of state and federal agencies charged with the care of the truly indigent by doing everything in our power to stop these at-risk households from slipping into the cycle of poverty, despite the burden posed by an unanticipated, emergency expense; and
- To promote compassion and generosity on the part of individual persons living in the United States and Canada, the areas that we serve, by standing as a living testament to the power of human kindness to change lives, no matter how much (or how little) a person has to share.
This is by far the oddest thing I have included on my list, but how could I not! The 501st Legion is a group of Star Wars and costume enthusiasts that go around dressed like Storm Troopers doing good things for communities. I could tell you more, but the best thing to do is just to go check out their website, its really well made and has more info than I could begin to explain.
Check out the 501st Legion.
Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Kiva celebrates and supports people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. When you lend on Kiva, you can contribute as little as $25. Anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realize their potential. For some, it’s a matter of survival, for others it’s the fuel for a life-long ambition.
100% of every dollar you lend on Kiva goes to funding loans. Kiva covers costs primarily through optional donations, as well as through support from grants and sponsors.
In order to expand access to vision care and eyeglasses, VisionSpring brings vision campaigns to rural and urban communities that have limited access to eye care services. Many individuals that attend our vision camps have never before received an eye exam. VisionSpring recognizes the potential to have a dramatic impact in the developing world by engaging the BoP not as a constituency to be served or individuals needing handouts, but as a viable market that can be activated through a high-volume and low-margin approach.
I love to see the eye glass market take a hit is a main reason why this one made my list. It is crazy how one company controls almost the entire worlds eyes, so I am glad this organization is out trying to help those who may never get help otherwise.
You can learn a lot more and donate on their website.
Acadia Center works across key sectors of the economy, in state, local, regional and national jurisdictions to promote effective solutions to tackle the problem of climate change. The principles that guide these efforts are consistent and reflect shared needs and goals. Acadia Center works at the intersections of energy and climate change: power generation and consumer-side energy resources; transportation; land use; and carbon emissions reductions and mitigation.
All great things to tackle if you ask me! I hope that places like this can be successful and spread across the country.
Planned Parenthood gets a horrible press run due to them giving abortions. But people get so bent out of shape they do not realize that they offer a ton of services that people need and are almost always found in areas that have no other way to provide those services. If you have ever needed family planning, STD checks or care, had a UTI, started menopause, or a ton of other things, you could have taken advantage of their services instead of an expensive doctor most likely.
They do great work and I hope that people could leave them be and let them help people that come to them for help in a safe and respectful manner.
The Give Back Yoga Foundation supports and funds research-based, clinically tested yoga programs for marginalized populations. They also provide supplies to help kickstart yoga programs, inspiring grassroots social change and community cooperation in under-resourced areas. Join us in sharing the transformational benefits of yoga with the world, one person at a time.
I have not worked with them personally, but do look forward to learning more about them. I am a firm believer that being active, Yoga in particular will help you live a longer and happier life, so I am always happy to see people spreading it and making it more accessible to those who can benefit!
They are on a mission to:
work in land acquisition to cutting-edge research that influences global policy, The Nature Conservancy is constantly adapting to take on our planet’s biggest, most important challenges. Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
I personally use them as my preselect on Amazon Smile because I love what they do and while destroying the planet with my consumerism, I might as well help a bit 🙂 Check out their site and give some money to the planet.
Better Basics was founded 25 years ago by John Glasser who saw the direct correlation between poverty and illiteracy. Better Basics provides literacy intervention and enrichment programs for students in Birmingham, Fairfield, Leeds, and Midfield City Schools, as well as Clay and Talladega County Schools. Our programs empower our community’s youth, helping children learn to read, comprehend, retain, and ultimately learn. This increases our students’ confidence levels, infusing literature into children’s homes and exposing them to multi-cultural arts and enrichment programs.
I will always support educational causes! Let me know what you think of this one!
Puppies Behind Bars (PBB) trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, as well as explosive-detection canines for law enforcement. Puppies enter prison at the age of 8 weeks and live with their inmate puppy-raisers for approximately 24 months. As the puppies mature into well-loved, well-behaved dogs, their raisers learn what it means to contribute to society rather than take from it.
I love the idea of this program and the many like it. Not only do the dogs get great purpose in life, it gives meaning to the time of the people behind bars, and once more the dogs go to help people with PTSD. Sounds like a true chance at reform and giving people great skills to reenter the world with to me!
1. Norml– Legal Reform
NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.
Yes, I absolutely picked a marijuana organization as the #1 Charity of 2019. Why? Because this organization ties into many of the above in different ways.
If we as a nation legalize and tax marijuana, other than giving less work for the folks at Puppies Behind Bars less inmates to play with will do nothing but good!
There are numerous organizations in this list that deal with poverty, PTSD, education, health, and nature. Marijuana could have an impact on all of those topics. People with PTSD can get instant relief, it has been used as medicine for centuries, can help save trees and forests in combination with hemp. Finally, if its taxed, we can send the tax money to the organizations that are trying to help the impoverished and help them build infrastructure and better lives.
Why not make people healthier, keep people out of jail, and start funding programs from the tax revenues?
I hope this list was helpful and eye opening. I in no way expect you to go help out all of these causes, but I do genuinely hope that I was able to open your eyes to a cause that you had not known of before but want to learn more or help.
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