Giving Back to Your Community is Easy!
If you are anything like me, you probably find yourself “spring cleaning” more often then just spring time. Recently, while cleaning, I realized that many people tend to acquire more items than we truly need, including myself. That got me thinking of places I could donate some of the new and gently used items around my house causing clutter. Of course there are a lot of great nationally recognized non-profits, like Goodwill and Salvation Army. But, people tend to bring everything to them and forget about all the smaller, local non-profits that directly impact our neighborhoods. So, I have compiled a list of some organizations that do so much good for women and children in our area. These groups can always use extra resources.
Be a Blessing Birmingham
Have you ever taken the little shampoos from hotels? (guilty) Even something as small and simple as that, or even toothpaste from a dentist visit could help Be a Blessing Birmingham tremendously. Once a month, their team transports tubs of sorted clothes, shoes, snacks, and 200 packed bags to Linn Park. There, they set up distribution lines and provide breakfast for our neighbors. Each person receives a hygiene kit, two rolls of toilet paper, a pair of socks, and bottled water. Women receive additional products to cater to individual needs. They provide each person with an outfit and a pair of shoes. This organization also gives season-appropriate aids so people can remain comfortable no matter the weather. They also accept cleaning supplies, hygiene products, soap, toilet paper, and other small things we often take for granted.
Have you ever catered for a party or event and had too much food left over? Second Servings could really benefit from your leftovers! Second Servings is a new food rescue initiative developed by the Junior League of Birmingham. They recover prepared food and deliver the food to those in need. This initiative aims to reduce food waste and serve those who are food insecure. The JLB conducts this program in partnership with local restaurants and caterers to rescue/deliver food to local non-profits. Currently, they have partnered with Project Hope, a day shelter for homeless teens, to provide food for its at-risk youth, and they hope to expand to other locations as the program expands.
Coaching for Kids
Coaching for Kids is a non-profit organization serving students, educators, and families through the use of coaching and social/emotional learning curriculum. If you’d like to help, you can donate unopened office supply items, such as copy paper, ink, pens, pencils, markers/crayons, books, or notebooks for journaling. They can also always use sharpies and post it notes.
The WellHouse provides residential, therapeutic programs to female victims of human-trafficking who have been sexually exploited by offering medical, spiritual, mental, and emotional care. They welcome all women and girls regardless of age, race, color, creed, or religion. Survivors in pain can find love and acceptance here. WellHouse has simple needs and you can find their complete wishlist here if you’d like to help.
The non-profits listed above are just a few of the amazing organizations that impact our community. If donating isn’t something you can do there is always the option to connect your Amazon account to a non-profit dear to your heart by using Amazon Smile. This is a simple and automatic way for you to support any non-profit at no cost to you. When you use this program, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase price to your chosen non-profit each time you place an order.
To learn more about non-profit organizations in your area, check out http://www.alabamanonprofits.org.