This year, Giving Tuesday is more important than ever. Even your smallest act of kindness can have a lasting impact on your community. Nonprofits have shifted physical donation bins and drop off stations to keep groups and high touch areas at a minimum, but they still need our love.
As we gear up to do a little online shopping for holiday gifts, we would like to share a very simple way you can give back without spending anything extra this year. Each of our nonprofit partners has an Amazon Smile
account so that you can “experience feel-good shopping”. Any purchase, from that coveted toilet paper to a pair of fuzzy slippers, will have a ripple effect on our community.
The Humane Society of Silicon Valley
has big paws to fill. They received the first accredited model shelter designation in the country. The shelter has a 95% save rate, with over 1,000 foster families, and 4,000 volunteers passing through annually. The nonprofit also travel far and wide to help rescue animals impacted by natural disasters. Looking to bring home a new pal this holiday season? Prance, trot or gallop on over to hssv.org
Habitat for Humanity
of East Bay and Silicon Valley has served more than 8,000 people through their homeownership, repair services, and playhouse build programs. Interested in swinging a hammer and rolling a paintbrush, visit them today at habitatebsv.org
Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley
believes that “meals make memories”. We here at Prometheus could not agree more. The nonprofit offers an abundance of programs designed to enrich the lives of those they serve on many different levels. Grocery programs, education classes, along with summer and school meal programs for youth in the community make up a handful of their rich offerings. Their services have more than doubled since March to meet the needs of the community. See what they have cooking over at www.shfb.org
Ronald McDonald House
nestled in Palo Alto provides a home to 123 families nightly with children suffering from critical illness. The house often becomes a home away from home for extended periods of time. This requires families to become orientated with the space to learn the simplest of things – laundry area, meal times, kitchen use, support services, playtimes, and beyond. Donations are more impactful now than ever before. Many of the services that volunteers once provided have shifted, to keep the number of individuals entering the campus at a minimum to reduce the spread of infectious diseases. There are many ways to leave a mark, visit rmhcbayarea.org
Boys and Girls Club
of the Peninsula sees 2,500 students four times a week. The result is 740 hours of expanded learning time, the equivalent of 100 additional school days per year. Their impact on the youth is vast, as 90% of their students graduate high school with a solid plan to seek out additional education. See for yourself the impact BGC is making today at www.bgcp.org
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation
in Walnut Creek started with a stray cat running across the baseball diamond of an Oakland A’s game. From that little furball, 42,000 cats and dogs have found forever homes over the past two decades. Their mission warms even the coldest noses, “People Rescuing Animals...Animals Rescuing People”. The foundation has a strong belief in educating the community in pet safety, shelter education, and responsible pet ownership through its many programs. Looking to add a new member to the family? Scroll through the list of available furry friends at arflife.org
in Santa Clara opened its doors in 2008 to “keep families together by offering a welcoming home close to the hospital, with a caring and compassionate environment that inspires hope.” The house can be used to enjoy a hot meal, serve as an office, or even to find a quiet place to collect one’s thoughts. Their motto is “let us care for you, while you care for them”. The home serves as a sanctuary away from hospital rooms, charts, and doctor visits – all little treasures that are needed now more than ever. Learn how you can lend a hand by visiting jwhouse.org
Community School of Music and Arts
based in Mountain View, CA, has served the Bay Area for more than 52 years. “CSMA inspires excellence through art and music education for people of all ages and abilities.” Serving more than 24,000 students in over 500 classrooms, their music, and art program go into the classrooms of 58 schools in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The nonprofit also offers private lessons, so if you are interested in pottery or strumming the guitar, jam over to arts4all.org
Forest Park Conservancy
in Portland Oregon, the gem of Portland’s park system, sprawls out over 5,200 acres. It is one of the largest urban forests in the US and has been a city staple since 1948. Time.com revered the park as the number one must-see in Portland. While the gear has changed over the decades, one thing remains true; Forest Park is the very heart of Portland and the responsibility of us all. Want to take a hike or learn more? Check out their stellar new site - forestparkconservancy.org
Outdoors for All
located in Seattle, WA OFA was founded in 1979. Their mission is simply said, but profound in impact, “To enrich the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through outdoor recreation.” For 41 years OFA has afforded the luxury of experiencing the great outdoors to communities around them, far and wide. Want to have your outdoor life enriched? Pay them a visit at outdoorsforall.org
We hope there is a cause out there that speaks to you (even if it is not on this list). Head over to Amazon Smile
today, tomorrow, next week, or next year to spread a little joy.