Since 2012, Americans have gotten behind the movement of #GivingTuesday in response to the commercialization that has taken over much of the holidays. Falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, this cause raised over $168 million in charitable donations last year alone.
This holiday season, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with local causes in support of the #GivingTuesday movement. So here is a list of just a few charities you can support today:
Besa connects people with local charities – from food pantries and community gardens to homeless shelters and senior homes. Besa allows volunteers to choose opportunities across the community that speak to them and to get involved in tangible ways. Your donation supports the coordination of many volunteer opportunities throughout Columbus.
The Women’s Fund works to promote leadership and economic opportunities for women and girls in Central Ohio. They do this work through events, grants, research, and advocacy.
The CML’s mission is “is a thriving community where wisdom prevails.” The Library foundation provides support for its programs and facilities around the city– like homework help centers and summer reading clubs. And this year, Library Champions Jeff and Cathy Lyttle have generously offered to match every dollar donated to Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation up to a total of $5,000
The Columbus Literacy Council was founded in 1970 and has since grown to provide training in “basic literacy, English for Speakers of Other Languages, family literacy, youth literacy, digital literacy, workplace literacy and workforce development.” Their mission is to “increase employability, enable future education, encourage civic involvement & promote family stability and support.”
Gladden Community House is a settlement house serving Franklinton and its surrounding neighborhoods. Gladden House is a United Way affiliated non-profit agency providing education and recreation programs, emergency assistance, and advocacy and support for individuals, families, and groups.
Each year, Faith Mission provides more than 90,000 nights of shelter to men, women, and veterans and serves three meals a day to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. No matter their situation, when a person arrives at Faith Mission, they are treated fairly, with dignity and without judgment.
The Columbus Foundation’s mission is to assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents. The “Better Together” program raises up current high-need causes for Columbus community members to pitch in.
This independent non-profit organization has been working to support refugee families in the Columbus area for more than 20 years. As a refugee resettlement agency, this group has “a contract with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community.” CRIS helps new Columbus residents get settled with housing, English language training, job training, transportation support, and everything down to forks and knives.
Where do you plan to donate this year?