I became an educator because I wanted to positively impact and inspire the lives of others, but the great thing about making an impact is that it can be done in so many different ways. Below are some charities that are worth supporting if you have an interest in the environment, education, children’s health, gaming, and employment for under-privileged communities.
- Street Sense News Paper
- An editorial that employs the homeless to write and sell papers. I first encountered Street Sense when I was visiting San Francisco (and wrote about it here) and re-discovered it when I lived in D.C. As a writing teacher I adore it because it provides the basic skills to write and communicate. It gives the voiceless a voice–and with that they can go anywhere.
- Goodwill Career Centers
- Along the same lines as Street Sense, the Goodwill Career Centers supply communities with open computers, writing instruction on resumes and cover letters, and job listings.
Education and Children’s Health
- Extra Life
- Each year my friend Robyn and I try to do a marathon for Extra Life, which raises money each year for the hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network. This money goes towards the well-being of the kids at those hospitals: how they are cared for, research for cures and mitigation of debilitating diseases, and more.
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Speaks is a fantastic charity that supplies educational and social experiences for children who have Autism. It also works on the mission to educate the public to remove the stigma surrounding children with disabilities.
- American Sexual Health Association
- “The American Sexual Health Association promotes the sexual health of individuals, families and communities by advocating sound policies and practices and educating the public, professionals and policy makers, in order to foster healthy sexual behaviors and relationships and prevent adverse health outcomes.”
Environment and Wildlife
- WREN is a wildlife network in the southeastern United States that connects volunteers to wildlife rehabilitation centers and sanctuaries.
- Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary
- A fantastic animal sanctuary in the hills of Tennessee, the Tilted Tavern Animal Sanctuary provides a haven for rescued farm animals while also providing educational resources that promote a universal respect for all lives.