Giving Tuesday has officially become a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, December 2nd, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
We had a day of giving thanks and two days of shopping for bargains so now it’s time to show the generosity that this season is really all about. It was all started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation in response to all the consumerism going on for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. After only 3 years, the spirit of giving has already become international, spreading from the U.S to Australia, Mexico and Canada.
You won’t have to search too far for organizations to support on Giving Tuesday. We mentioned seven of our favorites today on the morning show and they’re all right here in Southern California!
1) Mayisha Akbar’s Compton Jr Posse is keeping inner city kids on horses and off the streets on their ranch in Compton. The Jr. Posse members go on to compete and win at equestrian events as they learn a work ethic that will impact the rest of their lives. Mayisha’s efforts have been documented by numerous news organizations and garnered the support of horse lovers all over Southern California who volunteer their time and expertise.
Compton Jr. Posse
( 310) 632-1247
2) As arts programs virtually disappear from our schools, Theatre of Hearts: Youth First is an organization that is filling the gap. Not only do they provide arts programs to schools, community organizations and more, they also pay the artists who work with the kids, helping them to make a living with their artistic skills. Theatre of Hearts offers multidisciplinary arts education workshops for youth and professional development workshops for educators. Sheila Scott Wilkinson and her hard working board of directors are dedicated to this effort and they could use your help.
Theatre of Hearts: Youth First
3 For fifteen years, Hands 4 Hope has been providing a free, safe after school place for the children of North Hollywood and their working parents who can’t be home for them when the school day is over. Lydia and Stafford Floyd’s award winning program is a labor of love that is making a huge difference in the lives of these children and their families. Many of their alumni return to help out with the program which provides no-cost afterschool programs that extend the school day with arts, music, academics, homework assistance, tutoring, and healthy food and physical activities for low income families with single parents.
Hands For Hope
4) Kandee Lewis has dedicated herself to stopping bullying and domestic violence. She provides practical help for victims, bystanders and anyone involved through her Positive Results Corporation. Their free anti-bullying and Domestic Violence Awareness workshops draw hundreds of people and make a difference in our community. Their efforts are teaching leadership and character development skills, promoting healthy sustainable relationships, and preventing acts and exposure to violence and high risk behaviors
They need help to continue providing these free services.
The Positive Results Corporation
5) They just gave away thousands of Thanksgiving dinners last week and not just turkey; complete dinners with all the trimmings. Everybody in LA knows about the EJ Jackson Foundation’s annual turkey giveaway that draws thousands of people who line up around the block to get a free Thanksgiving meal. It costs a lot of money to do this and what you might not know is that EJ Jackson, founder of Jackson Limousine, pays for most of it out of his own pocket.
The EJ Jackson Foundation
6) When an athlete at an inner city school gets hurt, they don’t have the trainers and facilities you’ll find at the elite high schools. Here’s where Team Heal steps in and provides certified athletic trainers to help them recover from and prevent further injuries. They have even installed a new weight room at Westchester HS, one of several inner city school where Team Heal works. Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Clarence Shields and his wife Barbara are making it happen with their Team Heal Foundation, their board and supporters like Byron Scott and Gary Vitti of the Lakers Organization.
7) The IX Winds Ranch Foundation is the brainchild of award winning actor Glynn Turman and his wife JoAn. For years they have provided a summer camp experience for kids from underserved communities on their working ranch with their Camp Gid D Up program and last year they went international and sponsored campers in South Africa.