Giving back is an amazing feeling! Especially this year, with so many people around the world struggling, Impact is proud to continue our tradition of making a donation in the name of every member of our staff. Each Impact team member has selected a nonprofit organization to receive their #GivingTuesday donation.
Gosia – This year, I’m making my #GivingTuesday donation to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation due to its remarkable commitment to enhancing the educational journey of students. The foundation’s dedication to providing funds for master classes, enriched arts curriculum, artist-in-residence instructors, and state-of-the-art instructional materials has significantly enriched the learning experiences of countless students. By contributing to this organization, I am actively supporting an institution that empowers students and cultivates a vibrant community of budding artists.
Heather – I am excited this #GivingTuesday to choose a small, mighty human services organization, Black River Good Neighbors. A big thank you to Black River Good Neighbors for year-round providing food, rent, fuel, clothing, and additional financial assistance to those who need it most. These resources were especially critical as this summer’s devastating flood affected many families in my hometown of Ludlow, Vermont. Together we are #LudlowStrong.
Lindsay – On Giving Tuesday this year, I am supporting ALIVE!, a critical safety-net resource for residents of Alexandria, Va. The interfaith organization operates several food bank locations throughout the city, connects residents with help for housing (including transitional housing and eviction prevention), and offers household goods and emergency assistance for household bills and medical expenses to those who need it most. Through these crucial supports that provide for basic needs, ALIVE! brings equity to thousands of neighbors in this community each month.
Elizabeth– My pick for Giving Tuesday is the Be the Good Project in Alexandria. They are a local organization focused on feeding members of the community who are experiencing hunger or food insecurity. My family has helped stock one of their Little Free Food Pantries (similar to a Little Free Library, but for non-perishable food) in the past and it’s been a great way to involve my young children and help teach them about caring for members of our community facing hardship. Be the Good Project was started in 2020 to address food insecurity at the start of the pandemic and has distributed thousands of pounds of food through Little Free Food Pantries, care packages, and sandwich deliveries.
Kathy – During this season of giving, many of our hearts are heavy with the countless lives lost in Israel and Palestine. As I pray for peace and healing for all, I know that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is extremely dire. Water, food, and fuel shortages have impacted all aspects of daily life. This Giving Tuesday, I am supporting the American Friend Service Committee’s emergency humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza.
Kim – I am choosing Black Women’s Health Imperative because they help promote health and wellness of Black women and girls in the U.S. They provide an environment where women and young girls can feel comfortable and get educated about their health. Research shows that African American women have higher rates of health issues than any other race.