November 22, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Aaryana Sharma; Edited by Haarika Kalahasti
It’s almost Thanksgiving, the perfect time to give to others in need. This year, we’ve learned that there is nothing more valuable than learning from other’s experiences and giving back to our community through small acts of kindness. Today, we’re going to introduce you to five non-profit organizations that have helped our communities this year. These organizations run from local, to global helping children, teens, and adults in every corner of this world.
Skateistan is an award-winning organization that empowers children through skateboarding and education. Based in Kabul, Afghanistan, this non-profit organization helps children who are on the verge of dropping out of school, and those from low-income families in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. Created by Australian skateboarder and researcher Oliver Percovich in 2007, Skateistan helps accelerate student's learning and then enrolls them into public school to increase their educational opportunities. Skateistan also offers a “drop in '' program where students with limited resources come to a Skateistan campus to discover their aspirations through engaging and organized structures. Skatiestan constantly encourages learning, and a balance between studies and wellness, a creative expression, and a way for the current generation to face social barriers and positively impact the community.
Based in McKinney Texas, Hugs Cafe empowers adults with special needs by giving them a safe space to work and be part of a loving community. Started by Ruth Thompson, Hugs Cafe is devoted to employing and encouraging adults with different backgrounds and abilities to share their talents and passions in a way that amplifies their voice. Every Monday, Hugs Cafe offers a workshop called Hugs Prep which helps adults with special needs receive the necessary training and job placement assistance. The Hugs Cafe has a shop featuring beautiful handicrafts, jams, preserves, candles, and shirts to help share their cause, passion, and help remember them by.
Little Free Library
Based in Hudson, Wisconsin, Little Free Library is an initiative that aims to promote literacy and the power of storytelling. Little Free Library’s goal is to increase kid’s access to books. The organization has traveled to over 100 countries and houses over 100,000 libraries across the globe. It also encourages community leadership by allowing anyone interested to build little libraries for the betterment of literacy in our communities. Recently, the Little Free Library has taken an amazing stance to support BIPOC communities by launching their new “Read in Color'' initiative. With this initiative, Little Free Library encourages kids to read more diverse books and learn from the experiences of those in the BIPOC community. Sparked by the injustice seen in the U.S, as well as a general lack of representation in literature, Little Free Library’s “Read in Color'' seeks to spread stories, experiences, and values that stem from diversity, inclusion, and inclusivity.
The Jagoo foundation empowers children living in poverty to rise up and change the world through education. Started by Korvi Rakshand in Bangladesh, the Jaago Foundation was created with a clear vision in mind: to eliminate poverty in Bangladesh. Since 2007, the Jaago Foundation has helped over 3,500 students, established 12 schools, and inspired 400 employees and 35,000 volunteers to serve with them. Through this amazing initiative, the Jagoo foundation has helped students in all corners of Bangladesh and provided a safe place for children of different backgrounds to feel comfortable learning and leading. All in all, the Jaago foundation is a devoted organization that encourages education and literacy and is an innovative initiative to eliminate poverty.
Based in Belton, Missouri, the Linus Project is an initiative that donates blankets and quilts to children in hospitals and other care centers. This year, they are celebrating their 25th year anniversary in serving the community by donating blankets and quilts to children in need. The Linus project is passionate about giving handmade comfort to kids who are fighting hidden battles. The Linus Project strongly encourages volunteering, and initiatives with blanket-making workshops and drop-off stations, which distribute blankets to nearby hospitals and care centers. For the past 25 years, the Linus Project has delivered over eight million blankets to kids in need and will forever continue to support hospitals and care centers throughout the United States.
These five outstanding organizations are just a few of the countless initiatives and programs started by passionate individuals trying to change the world, or seek a purpose in life. This holiday season, be sure to check out these foundations and your favorite non-profits to see if you can lend a hand.