It’s the most wonderful time of the year; tis’ the season for giving! So for Blogmas Day four, I thought to expand on my spread some love section in the footer of my site and shed some light on organizations that would be perfect for giving back this holiday season! There are plenty of ways you can get involved, whether you want to donate, volunteer, or such by gifts that make a difference. Here are a few easy ways to get started.
Every dollar helps, so if you’re fortunate enough to afford it this holiday season consider giving back to some of these charities.
1/9 people in the world don’t have access to safe water. Thirst Project is a nonprofit that builds fresh water wells in developing communities around the world. As a result, they help to reduce waterborne diseases and the 6-8 hours a day women and children spend getting fresh water. By elevating the amount of time spent walking to get freshwater, they can focus on getting a job or an education, as a result changing the entire community. And the best part? It only takes a one-time $25 donation to provide a person with clean drinking water for life! Click here to donate and learn more.
You might remember from my September favorites how I got to hold a rooster for the first time at Peacefield Farms. It’s not just this magical experience that has me promoting them, but also the incredible work they are doing. It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for anything that supports animal rights, and that’s exactly what Peacefield does. Peacefield rescues and rehabilitates farm animals while also educating the community through farm tours, kids program, fitness classes, and a community garden. Click here to donate and learn more.
This organization has a special place in my heart since I volunteered here for over two years. GTS is a rescue that rescues husky and other large breeds across the country from kill shelters. They provide food, shelter, treatment, and new homes for these dogs. Click here to donate and learn more. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a puppy you want to take home?
While it’s great to focus on International causes, some organizations help those struggling in our own country. The Kids in Need Foundation does just that! In the states, there are 15 million kids whose families face extreme poverty. So to help combat this, Kids in Need provides these students with school supplies. As a result, their class participation, self- esteem, and overall attitudes toward school increases. Click here to donate and learn more.
If you don’t have a dime to donate, no worries you can give your time.
If you haven’t seen Chasing Coral, you need to watch it. But first I’ll summarize, it shows the phenomenon of coral bleaching, and their team helps to raise awareness to solve it. Alongside providing viewers with a social media kit to help raise awareness, they also have resources to encourage people to commit to action. Whether you decide to use your social media or commit to small changes, there are plenty of ways you can get involved! Click here for more resources and ways to join the journey.
You may remember me mentioning Ecosia in my December favorites, but nearly a year later and I’m still obsessed with them. They are a free browser extension that uses the profits they make from AdsSearch ads to plant trees around the world. My searches alone have allowed for over 800 trees to be planted! All you have to do is add the extension to your chrome, so no heavy lifting! And don’t forget to download the mobile app as well. Click here to download Ecosia and learn more.
Sometimes people just need a little love, and that’s what More Love Letters is all about. Every month, their team selects letter requests to post on the site. People can request letters for their loved ones for a variety of reasons: they were diagnosed with an illness, they lost a loved one, they’re recently divorced, or they’re just having a tough time. With the help of volunteers, that special somebody will receive a package of letters reminding them how loved they are. Click here to review letter requests and learn more.
Alongside donating 50% of their profits, they have given over 150,000 beanies to children with cancer. Beanies? You may ask. Not only do the beanies help to make the child feel loved but also to keep them warm since chemo often leads to bald heads and reduced body warmth. If you’re feeling crafty, you can help make your own beanies to donate! If you’re not into sewing, no worries, you can send a note to a patient. Click here to get involved and learn more.
Chances are you’re frantically still searching for that last gift, so here are some ways you can give back and check off that wishlist.
Elephants are keystone species, meaning they play a vital role in maintaining biodiversity; however the ivory trade is putting elephant populations at extreme risks. To combat this, Ivory Ella donates a minimum of 10% of their profits to elephant conservation organizations, such as Save the Elephants. With a wide selection of shirts, bottles, and jewelry, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for a loved one. Click here to shop for the cause.
Let’s face it, as wonderful as the winter is it leads to dry lips and skin. Burts Bees has lovely stocking stuffers, such as chapstick, and skincare products, that can combat dryness while also helping to save the bees. They have planted over 5000 acres of pollinator forage to help with pollination services and pest reduction. To promote transparency, their website even offers sustainability reports, as well as other resources to help save the bees. Click here to shop for the cause.
I’ve mentioned mental health in some recent blog posts, but To Write Love on Her Arms is a brand that takes it to another level. Not only do they promote awareness and help crush the stigma, but they’re dedicated to spreading hope to those who struggle with depression, addiction, self-harm, and suicidal tendencies. With the profits they make, they invest in treatment and recovery practices. All of their items would make a great Christmas gift. For instance, I’m obsessed with their campfire mugs. The mugs paired with Fairtrade coffee, and you have the perfect gift. Spoiler alert: you’ll be well aware of Fairtrade soon! Click here to shop for the cause.
If you’re looking for a pricier gift, Feed is the perfect place. Feed works to combat the 795 million people around the world that go hungry, especially children, who can suffer mental and physical growth defects from malnutrition. Feed uses profits to partner with organizations to improve access to nutritious meals for children in over 60 countries. The best part about Feed is next to each item it tells you how many meals that purchase will supply. Click here to shop for the cause.
Find Your Own
Did none of these organizations strike your fancy? No worries, I promise there’s a way to give back for everyone, you have to find an organization you’re passionate about. So here are some tips for finding your volunteer community:
Many nonprofits use social media as a way to promote their cause. Search under hashtags to find organizations you’re passionate about. Try using key terms like volunteer or nonprofits. Along with that, by following influencers who you know are passionate about a specific cause, you gain learn about organizations they are involved in.
It’s a bit of a paradox, but the more you volunteer, the more you’ll want to. Not only will your passion for volunteering grow, but your fellow volunteers might raise your awareness about other organizations you want to get involved in.
I’d love to hear what your favorite nonprofit is, so let me know in the comments!