To counter the rampant consumerism of Black Friday, today is Giving Tuesday, and is a great opportunity to volunteer your time and/or give some cash to an organization you support. I know not all of us have extra cash (or extra time), but here are a few of my favorites. Feel free to add yours in the comments.
Restore Red Hook. Restore Red Hook is doing an amazing job of raising funds to help local businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Nearly every shop in the neighborhood was hurt in some way; many places have tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage that isn’t covered by insurance. RRH is raising money to issue grants to qualifying local businesses.
Sanctuary for Families. This org is particularly close to my heart — when I was still practicing law, I did several pro bono asylum cases with them. They have an incredibly talented, hard-working team of people on staff, and they operate on a shoestring yet still manage to help many, many women who have suffered from domestic violence and abuse.
Callen-Lorde. Another organization I dealt with pretty regularly when doing asylum work was Callen-Lorde. They offer comprehensive health care to LGBT people in New York City, including HIV treatment, mental health services and trans-friendly health care. They are truly wonderful.
Wikipedia. We all use it, and it’s great. But sites like that actually take a staff to run them. Consider supporting their work.
Where else should folks be donating this Giving Tuesday?