At The Grommet, we are always on the lookout for innovation and that includes the nonprofit space. Tackling global and local challenges with novel approaches, these philanthropies are helping those in need. These are feel-good charities to support.
Nutritious Meals for Those in Need
Community Servings makes nutritious, home-cooked meals for people with serious illnesses and their families—while also fueling the greater good.
They make all of their meals from scratch using local produce and herbs, tailoring each meal to a specific patient’s needs. This provides the important nutrients recommended by their doctor. For a family facing a terminal or serious health crisis, these meals do even more. They offer a sense of comfort and care from the community.
Empowering & Educating to Prevent Breast Cancer
The Keep a Breast Foundation uses multiple digital and artistic approaches to educate and support a younger audience. An audience that often isn’t specifically targeted by breast cancer charities.
This charity meets millennials and Gen Z on their own turf, at music festivals and art events worldwide. Interactive displays, educational materials, and an approachable style help them engage women and men. They walk away having learned more about their bodies and how to take care of them.
World Central Kitchen – Food Education and Relief Programs
World Central Kitchen believes that food can be an agent of change. This year, WCK was on the ground in the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian. A year ago, the organization worked nonstop in Puerto Rico, as it recovered from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. As these natural disasters grow more frequent and powerful, their work becomes more vital. Arriving just after the storm, World Central Kitchen activates its network of chefs, kitchens, food trucks, and partners to ensure people and communities in need received quality meals.
Constructing Bridges Across Impassable Rivers
In remote areas of countries like Nicaragua, Haiti, and Rwanda, walking is the primary mode of transportation. But impassable rivers can isolate entire communities and effectively shut off access to schools, doctors, and markets.
Bridges to Prosperity is quite literally connecting these isolated communities. Working alongside local engineers and masons—and training more in the process—they construct footbridges above these rivers.
An Incubator for Veteran Entrepreneurs
Todd Connor is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. While serving, he learned when you see something that needs to be done and you can do something about it, you don’t think twice.
25% of military veterans want to start a business when they come off of active duty. But they need places in their community where they can get the resources and support required to do it. That used to be a massive challenge. But Todd created Bunker Labs to serve as that important resource.
Fighting Climate Change from the Ground Up
At a conference in New Zealand, Ryland Engelhart learned about the power of soil restoration. Soil can be used as carbon storage to keep it from being released back into the atmosphere. But it can also increase access to clean water and healthy food while restoring habitats and aiding in drought resistance. In short, it is a powerful solution to climate change.
Ryan teamed up with childhood friend, Finian Makepeace, and formed Kiss the Ground. Together they formed a community of filmmakers, gardeners, musicians, restaurant owners, and activists built around telling this story. As far as charities to support, this is one that can touch everyone.
Hospitality Services for the Homeless
Many of us probably take a hot shower for granted, but the team at Lava Mae understands its restorative power. Lava Mae brings critical hygiene services to the streets of California. They transform public transportation buses and trailers into mobile shower and toilet facilities.
While a shower gets us clean, it also provides the time and space for a little mental health break. And for those living without a home, it restores a sense of dignity.
Environmental Education Organization
Planet Bee Foundation builds hands-on educational programs aimed at long-lasting care for one of the most important global economic players—the honey bee. Bees are vital to the sustainability of agricultural production. However, in recent decades, the increased use of insecticides, the effects of climate change, and other factors threaten their population worldwide. Their goal for 2020 is a simple but effective one, raise $5,000 to educate 500 students of the importance of the honey bee.
Entrepreneurship Training for People with Criminal Histories
70% of the children of incarcerated people end up in prison, too. It’s that striking statistic that spawned Defy Ventures. Their nonprofit program helps incarcerated individuals start a new life. Their entrepreneurship program strengthens business skills they might already possess and redirects them toward better avenues. The goal is to help ensure inmates don’t return to prison and that their kids never end up there.
All Hands and Hearts – Rebuilding Communities Post-Natural Disaster
All Hands and Hearts reminds us that when disaster hits, there are always heroes running toward the danger to help. They recruit and train teams of volunteers to respond to the immediate devastation of natural disasters. Then they work with communities to rebuild for the future. This past year, All Hands and Hearts sent teams to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian, Mozambique after Tropical Cyclone Idai, and Texas after Tropical Storm Imelda.
Before the holiday season comes to an end, give one more gift. For these nonprofits and charities to support, a donation can help extend their efforts. It can send another meal, open up another program, or assemble another volunteer team.