We are fortunate enough here at Visceral to be able to work with some pretty great organizations. We are all passionate about the work of the nonprofits that we see and interact with around the world. This #GivingTuesday we sat down to think about where we should show our support and decided that since we are all different and have different passions, we should donate to everyone’s favorite cause. What is everyone’s favorite cause, you ask? We have included where and why we have donated to each cause below. Where are you showing your support this #GivingTuesday?
Yoga and I met in my 20s and I feel really fortunate for it. For me, yoga has little to do with “getting a workout” and a lot to do with a lifestyle and a tool to allow me to be a mindful, healthy and happy human. Headstand is working to get yoga, meditation and character building educations to disadvantaged k-12 students in the bay area. Research shows that meditation and movement practices can greatly assist in reducing stress, promoting healthy, social and emotional well-being. Meaning, it is awesome for you! Healthy movement and mediation work has had such an impact on my own life and those around me that I’m happy to support Headstand in spreading the good energy to young kids who can have fun and benefit from it!
Bicycles are many things to many people—a mode of transportation, a sport or a hobby. For me, they are all of the above and I’m happy to support a long-standing, local organization that works to make San Diego a more bicycle-friendly community. The bicycle lanes I ride everyday are there as a result of their advocacy work, standing on the front lines with law makers in the city fighting for the rights and infrastructure for cyclists like myself. Their programs and workshops support safer riding and encouraging local cyclists to get out on two wheels and enjoy all the wonderful benefits a bicycle offers.
I wanted to support a local non-profit that focuses on educating youth to have a positive impact on future generations. Mind Treasures is a San Diego based non-profit that teaches important lessons in financial literacy and character building. Learning how to manage, save, and spend in a responsible way is a challenge for everyone, but based on my experience through the education system, it’s a subject that is not really covered in school. However, these are lessons that play a major role for the rest of a person’s life so learning at a young age will “pay off” later on. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but having control over your money definitely helps with your freedom.
Multiple Sclerosis is a disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and the body. My mother was diagnosed with MS when I was young, and the disease has had a large impact on her life. Seeing the effects of MS firsthand has made me passionate to find a cure. The National MS Society works to end MS by funding research and other efforts. I have been involved with volunteering for the society since 2010. Learn more about the terrible disease and the wonderful organization here: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/
Net neutrality is the idea that all internet service providers should allow their users to access any/all content regardless of the source and without favoring or blocking any type of content for particular products, services, causes, political messaging, etc. I believe that this is one of the core principles of the Internet. As the co-owner of a business that uses the Internet to help nonprofits, causes and socially conscious organizations, it is of the utmost importance to me that it continue to be free and open. Learn more about this issue and how you can get involved at http://www.savetheinternet.com/
I discovered art when I was 3. Not knowing what it was that compelled me to copy images with pencils from tv, books, my family, or scenes from my neighborhood. I had this need to record and emulate what I saw around me. Over the years I became known among family and friends as someone who could draw really well. Classmates would ask me to draw movie or comic book characters. Relatives would ask me to draw scenes for their church. It gave me an identity and eventually a career path.
Now I have a son who has taken to drawing, painting and writing as a way of self-expression. I want him and millions of other children to continue having that outlet for creative exploration.
My donation went to Farm Sanctuary – Farm Sanctuary is a farm animal shelter and animal rights advocacy group that rescues animals from factory farms and lets them live out full and healthy lives at sanctuaries around the country. The group also educates the public about the cruelty of factory farms and promotes compassion towards farm animals. Food is such an integral part of everyone’s lives, and Farm Sanctuary is doing a great job of pushing for changes to industrial animal food production and inspiring people to adopt vegan/vegetarian diets. Ultimately, their mission is to reduce the unneeded suffering in the world and to encourage a more sustainable food system!