It's Giving Tuesday, our favorite time of the year! Here are some of the charities that we love supporting in Boston and Cambridge. If any of these charities stand out to you, press "share the love" found at the bottom of each feature. Happy giving to all <3
Each year, JSJ Events hosts a clothing and item goods drive for FamilyaAid Boston. This is by far the best organization to donate clothing to if you're in the BOS/CAM area, as it gives the clothes directly to the hands of those most in need. Here's a break down of some of the work they do for underserved families in our neighborhood.
- "Prevention services to help families who are at risk of becoming homeless stay in their homes.
- Shelter for families in crisis and without a place to live. In partnership with the City of Boston, we are the only agency in Massachusetts providing 24/7 emergency shelter to families with no other shelter options. In collaboration with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we provide apartment-based shelter and support services for homeless families who are working to obtain permanent housing.
- Housing programs, including 6 units owned and managed by FamilyAid Boston, which provide formerly homeless families with permanent affordable housing and support services.
- Stabilization services for formerly homeless families who have entered permanent housing, designed to help them remain housed.
- Employment Services to assist families enrolled in our programs with finding jobs, advancing their careers, and furthering their education."
We had the pleasure of fundraising for Rosie's Place during Pink Noise 007 & 008.
"Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives.
Today, Rosie’s Place not only provides meals and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing and education services.
Check out this video to learn more about Rosie's Place!
3) Beats by Girlz
We had the pleasure of fundraising for Beats By Girlz in Spring 2017 to help them fund classes for teenage girls to learn electronic music production from local BOS/CAM schools. This is an incredible organization that Boston has the privilege to host.
"Beats by Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum, collective, and community templated designed to empower females to engage with music technology. We provide young women with the guidance, access, tools and role-support to develop their interest (and ultimately their ability to pursue career opportunities) in music production, composition and engineering. We are working towards gender equity in a field where women are highly underrepresented and strive to help other groups mobilize and create similar change in their own communities."
4) Science Club for Girls
"Since its founding in 1994, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has provided the very best in girls-specific programming by connecting girls in K-12 grades, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists through free science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in a fun, nurturing, interactive environment. Our club-based model fosters both scientific thinking and sisterhood for our youngest participants. Our teen leadership programs give girls the opportunity to be role models, teach young children science, learn life skills, conduct science research in applied settings, and explore careers in science and technology."
5) The Fresh Truck
This is an incredibly needed organization that gives fresh foods directly to the hands of those who have the least access. With just $10 you can give an entire bag of fresh veggies, fruits, and other goods to a family in most need.
"We love Boston and we’ve been committed to making it a healthier city since 2O13. It all started while Josh was working as a health educator at the MGH Charlestown Healthcare Center. He kept hearing from his families that it was difficult to shop for healthy food — at that time, the only grocery store in the neighborhood was set to be shut down for a year-long renovation. It was this experience and some in-depth research that inspired Fresh truck to rethink the traditional grocery store model, make it mobile and bring it to the people that need it the most. Since our launch in 2O13, we have sold more than $15O,OOO of fresh food, cultivated a citywide network of community health partners, and our neighborhoods have embraced us warmly. We’re hearing the stories of kids trying their first sweet potato and families preparing meals together. We have a big vision for the future of food and healthcare, and we are only just getting started."