It might not seem like it because I tend to be quiet about things, but activism is a big part of my life and my growing up.
Here are some cool links about some great groups that you might want to check out.
Shelter Box is an organization I’ve personally worked with that’s global and devoted to emergency disaster relief and response. It’s so impressive.
It’s been around for 20 years and in 2020, “spent £8.3 million supporting disaster-hit families in their recovery with essential items like tents, tarpaulins, toolkits, solar lights, water filters and carriers, blankets, cooking sets and mosquito nets.”
Stomp Out Bullying
When I co-edited DEAR BULLY with Megan Kelly Hall it was important to me that money was donated to an organization that was devoted to ending bullying.
“STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national nonprofit dedicated to changing the culture for all students. It works to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying and other digital abuse, educates against homophobia, LGBTQIA+ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deters violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. STOMP Out Bullying promotes civility, diversity, inclusion, equity and equality. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying, as well as educating kids and teens in school and online. It provides help for those in need and at risk of suicide, and raises awareness through peer mentoring programs in schools, public service announcements by noted celebrities, and social media campaigns.”
We Need Diverse Books
I’ve been lucky enough to occasionally be a part of We Need Diverse Book’s efforts.
“We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.”
Patagonia Action Network
Looking for a ton of resources near you? Concrete things you can do. Patagonia is definitely a company, but it has a lot of resources that you can check out.
I know! I know. But I was the public image coordinator for Rotary for a long time and this huge, international nonprofit does SO MUCH good in the world. From fighting polio to dealing with climate change, irrigation, women’s health and peace issues the 1.4 million members all around the globe have been hands-on putting in the work and solving problems to create lasting change for over 100 years. You can read about some of its causes here.
This year alone it’s given out $333 million in global projects. And contributed 47 million volunteer hours. That seems huge because it is.
There were 10,000 suspected cases of Human Trafficking in the U.S. last year alone. End Human Trafficking Now is one of many organizations across the globe trying to stop it through a lot of different ways. You can check out more here.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)’s mission is to “lead, mobilize and raise voices to support efforts that demand a change of conditions that lead to domestic violence such as patriarchy, privilege, racism, sexism, and classism. They are dedicated to supporting survivors and holding offenders accountable and supporting advocates.”
World Wildlife Foundation
“As the world’s leading conservation organization, World Wildlife Fund works in nearly 100 countries to tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of nature, people, and climate. We collaborate with local communities to conserve the natural resources we all depend on and build a future in which people and nature thrive. Together with partners at all levels, we transform markets and policies toward sustainability, tackle the threats driving the climate crisis, and protect and restore wildlife and their habitats”
Mental Health America
“Mental Health America (MHA)’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.”