After a few days of buying, today we shift to a spirit of thinking about giving to those in need and those organizations that are improving our communities. Yes, it’s Giving Tuesday.
Typically the first organizations that pop into people’s heads today are nonprofits focused on helping underprivileged people or maybe those that are local to them personally. Here at coUrbanize, our thoughts have shifted toward organizations that support the creation of new, affordable housing. As you’re giving today, we ask that you consider organizations with this mission. We’ve listed a few below that you could look into.
Local to us in Boston, there are four doing this type of work that we’re so excited to follow and support:
Nationally, you could consider these affordable housing focused organizations as well:
- Mercy Housing
- Bridge Housing
- National Low Income Housing Coalition
- Your local Community Development Coalition (CDC)
Moving off affordable housing, we asked our team which causes are near and dear to them that they’ll be giving to this Giving Tuesday. While these aren’t tied to affordable housing, we wanted to share them with you since they mean so much to members of our coUrbanize family.
Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women – This group’s goal is to end violence toward Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities. Started in 1996 in New Mexico, the organization has grown over the past 25 years, expanding its focus across the entire country.
Hollaback! – This nonprofit is committed to ending harassment of all forms, particularly for those most vulnerable to attacks. They provide free bystander intervention training so we can become active voices in addressing harassment as we see it happening.
Karam Foundation – The Foundation invests in young Syrian refugees so they can build a better future for both themselves and their communities.
Nationalities Service Center – Focused on Philadelphia, the NSC helps immigrants and refugees thrive in their new communities around the city, providing comprehensive services to assist them.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
City Life / Vida Urbana – CLVU is a grassroots community organization committed to fighting for racial, social and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power.
Regardless of which organizations you choose to give to, you’ll be providing helpful assistance that contributes to groups advancing their missions and improving the lives of many in our communities.