#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It’s a day to reflect on the issues and causes most important to us, and to kick off the giving season by supporting organizations working to tackle the big challenges. For the fourth year in a row, Visceral is supporting our employees to give to the causes that mean the most to them. Here’s what we’re supporting this year. Where are you showing your support today?
I’m once again choosing to support an organization dedicated to working with young people to reveal his or her potential in and out of the classroom. This year I’m donating to City Year. They believe that any child regardless of their socio-economic background is entitled to an enriched education. But too often, kids from high-poverty areas face barriers that make this goal nearly impossible to achieve. City Year works to reduce these hurdles through a model that focuses on whole-child engagement with initiatives that focus on attendance, anti-bullying, coaching, and behavior redirection.
For the second year, I gave my donation to the San Diego Library Foundation. In 2020 I will have been living in San Diego for a decade, and the longer I am here the more passionate I am about the community and how special it is. The San Diego Library Foundation offers programs for children and teens, especially in lower-income communities. These programs help the community gain access to technology, arts, music, and so much more, setting them up for a more productive and passionate life. I have been involved with the San Diego Central Library through volunteering and Creative Mornings since 2014, and I’m excited to get to support them in different ways.
Of all the things I’ve done in my career, making Visceral into a Certified B Corporation is one that I’m most proud of. It’s obvious to anyone who’s paying attention that there are a lot of problems in the world and it’s increasingly apparent that we can’t rely solely on our government, non-profits, or philanthropy to solve them. Business has an important role to play in improving the world around us so this year I’m supporting B Lab, the non-profit that certifies B Corps to help grow the movement of for-profit organizations that run their businesses in ethical, socially, and environmentally responsible ways and ultimately using business as a force for good.
This year, I want to be a hero to someone and support the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention for my Giving Tuesday donation. Mental health deaths are on the rise, especially in our younger generation with the effects of social media. It is my hope that AFSP can achieve more awareness, education, research to those affected by suicide and put Mental Health to the forefront and make it a priority in our communities, schools, and workplaces. Not only do they support those in need, but they also aid those who have lost someone to suicide. This is not the only opportunity I will take to “Be someone’s hero.” As a friend, a caretaker and someone who has been affected by mental health, my time is always open to someone who needs an honest conversation. I’m here to listen.
This year I’m supporting International Rescue Committee. IRC responds to humanitarian crises around the world, providing refugees with basic needs such as safety, healthcare, and education. We are in tumultuous times, and organizations like IRC are so important in assisting the millions of people forced out of their homes and countries. Compassion should know no boundaries, so join me in supporting IRC!
This year I’m choosing to support San Diego’s local nonprofit news organization, Voice of San Diego. VOSD was the first of it’s kind upon it’s founding as a nonprofit news organization obligated to pursue a mission driven by purpose. I’m choosing to support this organization because I appreciate the quality of reporting that is consistently produced by this team and the values they stand for. San Diego is a vastly diverse community and it’s important to highlight stories that otherwise may not be told, as well as holding community leaders accountable. VOSD does both with integrity and I hope they continue to be a mainstay in our local zeitgeist.
I chose to support KIND (KIDS IN NEED OF DEFENSE) because they are working to help traumatized migrant children who have been detained and / or separated from their families at the U.S. Border. KIND provides free legal services, coordinates medical, social, and mental health services, and locates and supports parents who have been deported without their children. KIND also educates and pushes for important legislative and policy changes toward a humane immigration policy.
This GivingTuesday I am supporting Art FORM, a small San Diego-based nonprofit that brings together three topics I am passionate about: The arts, education, and the environment. They do this by offering low and no-cost creative workshops at elementary schools where they use recycled materials to create objects of beauty and purpose. Art FORM embodies my belief that we are at our most creative when we use the resources at our disposal, especially when those resources are limited. I also just love seeing kids in my community have fun.
This Giving Tuesday, I give my donation to Traveling Stories – a San Diego non-profit whose mission is to empower kids to outsmart poverty by providing the literacy and money management skills they need to become productive members of society. More than six million children in the United States will experience negative academic, personal and social outcomes every year because of poor reading skills, and children who can’t read proficiently by the 4th grade are up to 15 times more likely to drop out of school. Through their mobile StoryTent program, Traveling Stories teaches kids money management skills and help them fall in love with reading by the 4th grade: kids pick out books that interest them and read out loud with a volunteer. I fell in love with reading at a young age, and I know the power that books and stories have to inspire change, wonder, fun, education, and community. I recently learned about Traveling Stories and look forward to getting involved as a volunteer in 2020 to help them grow and continue to impact the children of San Diego and beyond.