Giving season 2020:

Incredible charities

that need your support

As we approach Thanksgiving, let’s show our gratitude by helping organizations doing invaluable work  for those in need

By AXS Staff

 

2 020 has not been easy for anyone. However, whereas for some it has been merely inconvenient, for others it has been downright devastating. From the health and economic consequences of the pandemic to the ongoing fight against structural racism and bigotry, many people and causes have found themselves in positions of need. Add to that, we continue to struggle with the effects of climate change, human rights violations and currently-incurable illnesses. For those of us that are able to help, there may have never been a more important time to pitch in, in any way that’s possible. 

Below, we have listed 10 of our favorite charitable organizations, which are effectively tackling issues including homelessness, hunger, cancer, global warming, suicide prevention and addiction, head on. 

To take action both figuratively and literally, get moving for UnitedWay’s HomeWalk 5K, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 14. The annual event has gone virtual this year, but will be as productive and passionate as ever. Register here to help fight the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. 

United Way of Greater Los Angeles

The LA chapter of the national non-profit is on a mission to permanently break the cycle of poverty for low-income families, students, veterans and people experiencing homelessness, by creating opportunities for education, housing, and economic mobility. By focusing on local, state, and national public policy, they are fighting poverty’s root causes through the systems that sustain them. 

World Central Kitchen

Created by Michelin-starred chef José Andrés, this Washington, D.C.-based NGO has set out to change the world through the power of food. From serving children in shelters at the border to making deliveries by lamplight to those keeping watch over beaches in Indonesia, WCK aims to create smart solutions to hunger and poverty while empowering local communities and strengthening their economies.

City of Hope

City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center as well as a national leader in the advancement of research and treatment protocols for multiple serious illnesses. By providing outstanding care, conducting innovative research and offering vital education programs focused on eliminating these diseases, City of Hope is on a mission to transform the future of health care. 

Clean Air Task Force

Clean Air Task Force’s “practical climate problem solvers” aim to explore any plausible solution that offers promise, even if not in the environmental or philanthropic mainstream, to confront the planet’s unprecedented and rapid change. Through strategic partnerships and collaborations, its experts have pushed change to get to high energy, zero emissions, affordable technologies and policies.

Alzheimer’s Association

As the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease continues to skyrocket, and subsequently the cost of care, never has the case for accelerated progress been more urgent. By providing advocacy, research and support, the Association wants to change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s and significantly improve the experience of Alzheimer’s for millions of people through earlier diagnosis and the development of better treatments.

Center for Reproductive Rights

 As the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, the CRR harnesses the power of law to advance reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive healthcare. Beyond trying groundbreaking cases before courts globally, the Center also works to document abuses, work with policymakers to pass progressive measures, and foster legal scholarship on reproductive health and human rights.

Innocence Project

Founded at Cardozo School of Law in 1992the lawyers, social workers and researchers at the Innocence Project work to free the staggering number of innocent people wrongly convicted of crimes through DNA testing. Beyond exoneration, the Project is focussed on improved case law, policy reform, post-release support and advancing the accuracy and reliability of forensic science to ensure the criminal justice  system is changed for good.

Crisis Text Line

Aiming to move texters-in-crisis “from a hot moment to a cool calm” using the techniques of empathetic listening, Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 mental health support via text message. In a safe, anonymous setting, trained counselors work with clients to build rapport and trust, explore issues, and establish goals before collaboratively problem-solving to help the texter come up with a plan to stay safe, calm and resilient.

American Humane

For more than a hundred years, American Humane has committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals, as well as strengthening the bond between animals and people. As the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation, the organization handles animal rescue, shelter, protection and security, as well as leadership initiatives, farm and conservation welfare programs, and rapid response rescue and care in times of crisis. 

The Trevor Project

LGBTQ young people are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Luckily, the Trevor Project is working to change that statistic through its crisis intervention and suicide prevention services. What started as a 24/7 phone line has evolved into a preeminent resource for LGBTQ youth in crisis, with on-demand digital counseling services available 24/7, as well as TrevorSpace, the largest safe space social network for LGBTQ youth to connect.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer, but, before that happens, they are busy funding and conducting research, sharing expert information, supporting patients, and spreading the word about prevention. Attacking cancer from every angle, the ACS also fights for lifesaving policy changes and provides everything from emotional support to the latest cancer information for patients and care-givers in need, 24/7.

Shatterproof

Dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis and its devastating impact on families across America, Shatterproof is affecting  the structural change needed to ensure every American struggling with substance abuse can access science-based treatment and achieve lasting recovery. In the process, the organization hopes to reduce the stigma and secrecy associated with addiction and change the conversation about addiction to demonstrate the possibilities of recovery.