In 2014, I pledged 2% of my monthly pre-tax earnings to be donated to twelve environmental, youth, and social justice nonprofits. I’m so thrilled to say that this was a fantastic success, and that for 2015 I am going to continue this practice, except at 3% and focusing on locally run groups, woo hoo!
The 12 local nonprofits listed below have inspired me and while three of them are returning from last year, most of them are new, so I thought I’d introduce them to you:
- JANUARY: Voz Worker’s Rights Education Project, who “empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions through leadership development, organizing, and community education.”
- FEBRUARY: Vibe of Portland, who “connects local teaching artists who are passionate about bringing their love of music and visual arts to the students they work with.”
- MARCH: The Portland Kitchen, a favorite of mine, who “offers free, comprehensive culinary after-school and summer programing to Portland high school youth, age 14-18. Our mission is to empower urban youth to graduate high school with job skills and improved eating habits.”
- APRIL: The Dougy Center, who “provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences.”
- MAY: Bradley Angle, who “place any person experiencing or at risk for domestic violence at the center of our services and provide support for safety, education, empowerment, healing, and hope.”
- JUNE: Start Making a Reader Today (SMART), an organization I volunteer weekly, who “reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support, and books for those who need them most.”
- JULY: Northwest Mothers Milk Bank, a human donor milk bank in the Northwest who screen donor mothers, pasteurize donated breastmilk and test it for bacteria, and distribute safe donor milk by prescription to infants when their own mother’s milk is not available, all to increase the health and survival rate of babies.
- AUGUST: Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors, an environmental education “instructional model that engages a student from kindergarten through sixth grade – providing an average of 36 science enrichment lessons during their elementary experience.”
- SEPTEMBER: Oregon Tradeswomen, a longtime favorite of mine, who “was founded on the principles that women deserve and can attain economic self-sufficiency through pursuing careers in the building, mechanical, electrical, and utility trades while helping and encouraging the trades industry build up a diverse workforce.”
- OCTOBER: The Northeast Portland Tool Library, where I’ve been a member since their inception, supports “people of all income levels by providing homeowners, renters, and business owners of the Northeast with tools and the knowledge to use them.”
- NOVEMBER: Write Around Portland, who “bring free 10-week creative writing workshops to hospitals, schools, prisons, homeless youth shelters, senior centers, low income apartments, treatment facilities and other health care and social service settings. Workshops culminate in published books and public readings to connect readers and writers.”
- DECEMBER: Project POOCH, who “provides opportunities for youth in corrections to develop the personal and vocational skills they will need to become responsible, productive members of the community. The program accomplishes this by teaching youth to care for and train shelter dogs for adoption.”
As a 20+ year member of the National Resources Defense Council, they will recieve a special donation as well in the name of our to-be-conceived 🙂 We owe our children and each other and all other living things a healthy planet, and the NRDC is on the front lines making real change throughout this country. Heck yeah.
Happy New Year !