The tradition at Impact continues – each member of our staff selected a nonprofit to a receive a contribution from the company on Giving Tuesday. Take a look at the organizations we are celebrating this year.
Kathy: “My Giving Tuesday charity is the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs…. I am choosing to support them because, right here in my city, they are working to dismantle the systems that sustain racial inequity while repairing the damage caused by past generations of discrimination.”
Meg: “For #GivingTuesday this year, I am focusing on joy. Through City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties, my family and I gained two new pets this year. We also played a small part in bringing happiness to other families by fostering animals in need of a good home. Well, actually, the whole Impact team helped with fostering on our self-declared “Take Your Kittens to Work Days!” City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties rescues animals from rural, high-kill shelters and pairs them with caring families in the Washington, DC area.”
Julie: “We live in a nation where Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women. It’s a horrifying statistic—and it doesn’t have to be this way. I’m making my #GivingTuesday contribution to the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. They’re working to change policy, healthcare, and culture so that Black mothers can thrive—before, during, and after pregnancy.”
Jen: “My #GivingTuesday pick is an organization that galvanizes the creative arts to help promote social good. Based here in DC, Halcyon does the work of supporting artists in pursuing their curiosity and creativity AND having these artists work towards innovating solutions around affordable housing, access to nutrition, youth incarceration, and other crises affecting our country.”
Heather: “We can save the planet…one choice at a time. UpCycle Creative Reuse Center is creativity and conservation all wrapped into one! UpCycle inspires children, teachers and adults to collect cast-offs like bottle caps, bread ties, fabric scraps and more. Last year, UpCycle collected and kept more than 4,500 ft3 of art, learning and office materials out of the landfill! And then redistributed these items through their Community Resource Center open to all in Alexandria, Virginia.”
Courtney: “I am donating to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in support of the millions of Americans affected by mental health conditions. The stigma associated with mental illness causes people to feel ashamed for something that is out of their control, prevents many from seeking help, and even claims lives. NAMI works to help the one in five people in the United States living with mental illness every year.”
Hannah: “Over the holiday weekend, my family unfortunately had to say goodbye to one of our beloved dogs, Lilly. In her honor, I’ve chosen to contribute to Wings of Love, Kuwait, a local dog rescue group in Baltimore. A former flight attendant founded this organization after witnessing horrific conditions faced by stray dogs around the world, but nothing compared to what she saw in Kuwait. The women of Wings of Love, Kuwait independently rescue these dogs, fly them to the United States, provide medical care and find them forever homes. Lilly was my furry companion for twelve years after being rescued by a local shelter and hope to provide the same for another dog and family.”