It’s Giving Tuesday.
2016 has been a long, hard, strange year. It’s been stressful and very disheartening for those of us who work for social reform agencies because so many people seem angry or resistant to inevitable changes in culture or community priorities. We’re losing ground, even when we move forward.
The stress has gotten to a lot of us.
On the other hand, when I start to feel hopeless, I remember I have had nearly daily reminders of generous and civic-minded my friends are. Aside from the ones who work at nonprofits, they volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House every other month, they lead Girl Scout troups, put in time at legal aid agencies, give volunteer hours at their neighborhood public schools (let that one sink in there, why don’t you?) local cultural institutions and the birthday party project. One lovely woman I know donated $1 for every “Happy Birthday” she got on social media, a nontrivial number. I am humbled by their generosity because I don’t match it (though I’m getting better) and because I’m a little amazed to know such wonderful people.
It’s Giving Tuesday; I hope you’ll join me in affirming the generous people you know by supporting a charitable organization near and dear to one of them. Thank them for putting in their time at food banks, hotlines, park clean ups. And join them, next time, won’t you?
Some NPOs and charities supported by me and my friends, in no particular order:
- Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice (Donor match!)
- Medical Students for Choice
- Distributing Dignity
- Children’s Literacy Initiative
- Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP)
- Schools that Can
- Chicago Independent Radio Project
- Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
- Cabrini Green Legal Aid
- Greater Chicago Food Depository
- Chicago Abortion Fund
- Habitat for Humanity
- Awesome Foundation