Today is Giving Tuesday but supporting your community never goes out of season. Looking for ways to give back during the holidays? We’ve compiled a list of five of causes that are close to our hearts.
Teacher Tip: Are you a teacher raising money with your school or classroom this year? We’ve included some book suggestions for each of the five causes below, in case you’re looking for some curriculum connections while giving back.
The Gift of Good Food
This year the Orca Pod is raising money to provide two families in Victoria, BC with fresh produce for a year through the Gift of Good Food Holiday Fundraiser, an initiative started by Good Fox Box, a non-profit alternative fruit and vegetable distribution system. The goal is to raise $80,000 and support 160 families in need with fresh fruits and vegetables for all of 2019. Want to donate? Check out the Pod’s fundraising page before December 31, 2018.
The Bateman Foundation
Give students the gift of nature! The Bateman Foundation, a national public charity, is raising money to bring classrooms for educational field trips to The Robert Bateman Centre in Victoria, BC. In these programs, children learn about protecting the environment through art and enjoy activities such as sketching in nature. Their goal is to raise $10,000 so over 2000 students can participate in these educational activities for free. If you’d like to donate, here is the link.
Curriculum Connection: Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature
Creation of Hope
Creation of Hope was founded by Eric Walters after he and his son traveled to Kenya in 2007 and learned there were more than 500 orphans in the Mbooni district in rural Kenya. Now Creation of Hope supports over 400 children in the area through the Rolling Hills Orphanage and other initiatives such as food distribution and water projects. The cost of funding the orphanage is $100 per day, which provides the children with food, medical care, school supplies and a comfortable, loving home. More information about how to donate is available here.
Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest that aims to defend the wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast. Founded by Ian McAllister and his wife Karen, Pacific Wild has three main conservation priorities: ocean, land and community. Want to help protect largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world? Check out Pacific Wild’s donation page for options.
Stepping Stones for Refugee Resettlement
Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey by Margriet Ruurs and Nizar Ali Badr published in 2016 and has since been translated into nine languages and raised over $95,000 toward refugee resettlement. To learn how you can use Stepping Stones to support a refugee family in your community, check out our fundraising opportunities.
Curriculum Connection: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey