I’ll have my next gift guide up on Thursday, but I wanted to pause the gifting posts today to talk about giving. Today is Giving Tuesday – a great day to donate to the not-for-profit organizations that are important to you, if you’re able. I know that everyone has their own priorities, but I want to share some of the organizations that I support.
I’m on the board of The Warhol, but have been a fan long before my official involvement. I’m really impressed by their continual efforts to not only share Warhol’s art, but to really make the museum into a welcoming, community-focused space. Even before I was on the board they went above and beyond to make the museum accessible to people with disabilities, and have been so open to hearing comments and suggestions I have as they expand their space.
CureSMA provides not only support to people with SMA and families affected by it, but also provide a lot of the “seed funding” for medical research, too. The treatment I’m on right now actually began with a grant from CureSMA, years and years ago. I know they’re also working to expand the work they do – historically, they’ve been very kid-focused, but they’ve been starting adult-focused programming, too.
I serve on the Board of CLASS, so I know firsthand how hard they work and how committed they are to serving people with disabilities. CLASS provides attendant care services to disabled people in Pittsburgh, as well as skill building and vocational training. They’ve also begun to offer programming that support transition-aged youth and their families, an area that really lacks resources! They’ve been doing the work quietly in Pittsburgh for years now, and are really dedicated to what they do.
412 Food Rescue is dedicated to helping with food insecurity – a team of volunteers works to “rescue” food from grocery stores, caterers, etc. and delivers it to community centers, non-profit organizations, and more for people facing food insecurity. Most of the food is fresh, and their method of rescuing helps eliminate transportation issues. It’s a great mission and a really important issue, especially considering that many urban Pittsburgh neighborhoods are also food deserts (no local grocery store exists).
I wish a Wish Kid years ago, so this is an organization that’s incredibly near and dear to my heart. You probably know about Make-a-Wish – they grant “wishes” to kids with critical illnesses; anything from an experience like meeting a celebrity, to going to Disney World (my wish!), or something tangible like a bedroom makeover. For kids who go through a lot because of their illness and often feel different for “bad” reasons, it’s a way to make them feel different but special, and it means a lot.
Mutual aid, if you’re comfortable giving this way, is also a great option. Instead of donating to an organization, you’re giving directly to a person who has shared a specific need. This group is specific to aid for disabled people in Pittsburgh, but non-disabled people are welcome (and encouraged!) to join the group to help donate when needs – whether they’ve financial or logistical – are posted.