We’re in the middle of a global pandemic and now, more than ever, so many people need a little extra help. COVID-19 has caused many people to lose their jobs or learn to deal with reduced income.
But the American people are strong and supportive. There are hundreds of charities working tirelessly to help as many people as they can get through this pandemic. We’ve picked a few charitable organizations that inspire and support women. Some are looking for local or national volunteers, and all of them accept donations online.
Even with limited time and resources, you can have that empowered feeling that comes from helping people in need.
1. The Breathe Network
The Breathe Network offer trauma-informed, holistic methods to help survivors of sexual violence heal in ways that allow each woman to reclaim her body, mind, confidence and power. More than a hotline, The Breathe Network focuses on meaningful and sustained healing. It matches women in need with appropriate experts and advocates for sliding-scale costs so that no one goes without the long-term help they need. Techniques offered include yoga, art therapy, EMDR, acupuncture, and psychotherapy, among others.
2. Every Mother Counts
Every Mother Counts is a global organization founded by Christy Turlington Burns, and they are focused on bringing maternal health issues to light and advocating for policy change. Donations to this charity and support go to provide public education, community engagement and grant making. During COVID-19, Every Mother Counts has been focusing on finding new ways to support mothers during this difficult time.
3. Live Your Dream
Live Your Dream is a community that supports and encourages women and girls to dream bigger than the circumstances or beliefs that may be limiting them. The charitable organization does this through support groups, awareness and advocacy efforts, and financial support. Most recently, Live Your Dream awarded one of its survivors $15,000 to pursue her degree and care for her six children after she left a long-term abusive relationship in search of a brighter future.
Good+Foundation was founded in 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld. The mission of the organization is to stop multi-generational poverty by providing goods and services to families in need. Right now, Good+ is partnering with front-line workers to get donations such as baby food and diapers to families in need. Since the pandemic started, they have also donated almost $125,000 in emergency grants to help parents struggling to make rent or buy groceries.
The mission of Win is to transform the lives of homeless women in New York City by providing them with the training and resources they need to thrive. They have shelters and training centers throughout the city that provide everything from life skills to daycare. The charity wants to ensure every woman is supported. In the wake of COVID-19, Win has also outlined a strategy to help government officials respond to the range of housing challenges that New Yorkers will face.
6. Mary’s Place By the Sea
Mary’s Place By the Sea is a seaside facility that offers women with cancer a place to heal their mind, body, and spirit. These women need time away from their everyday responsibilities in order to focus on self-care, but often don’t know how to make that a priority. Mary’s Place offers holistic healing services such as massage, meditation, and Reiki, along with healthy made-to-order meals, plus a community of women who support and understand their challenges.
7. Alexandria House
Alexandria House, located in Los Angeles, provides a safe and supportive place for women and children who are transitioning out of shelters. In addition to housing and community support, the charity offers women financial management, goal-setting processes, child care, counseling and health care. They also provide access to resources such as job search assistance, education, legal counsel, advocacy, and skills building. Alexandria House has an impressive track record since its founding in 1996: More than 92% of the women who participate in the program secure financial stability and permanent housing.
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