Local causes and organizations to support on #GivingTuesday and beyond
Published November 28, 2017 | Brick City Live
Looking for an organization to support on #GivingTuesday? A number of local organizations are looking for support today, throughout the holiday season and year ‘round. Below is a list of some of the Newark-based organizations that are seeking monetary and in-kind support. Happy giving!
The organization: Unified Vailsburg Services Organization
UVSO is looking to raise $5,000 for Unified After School Programs!
We invite you to join the movement and give this November 28th. UVSO will accept monetary contributions until December 31st to achieve the organization’s goal to raise $5,000 to directly support STEM, Arts, Financial Literacy, Community Organizing, and Financial Literacy programming offered at the Unified After School Programs for youth ages nine through eighteen.
#UnifedWeDine at a participating restaurant. Stop by on the specified dates and times, show the Panera Bread & Chipotle flyer, and eat! Help us thank each venue for their support of our community! Take a selfie and tag @UVSO_Newark on instagram & @UVSO on Twitter and add hashtag #givingtuesday.
Share the restaurant flyers your family and friends.
#ShopVailsburg – Holiday Pop-Up Market, December 1st & December 15th. Support local small business owners and grab your holiday gifts at the same time! From accessories and skincare products, to hats, scarves, candles and more, there is something for everyone at the UVSO Holiday Pop-up Market. Interested in vending? Contact email@example.com or 973.374.2000 ext. 1105.
Make A Unified Holiday Wish Come True! Unified Holiday Wishes is an opportunity to share in the joy of the holiday season. Consider contributing a new/unwrapped gift to surprise youth at UVSO’s infant/toddler, preschool and Teen Center programs. Consider purchasing an item from our wishlist on Amazon Smiles where 0.5% of sales will also directly support UVSO programs and services.
Lend a Hand. Volunteer at one of our early childhood education centers or pick a lend a hand at an upcoming UVSO Community Outreach project. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Spread the word! Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Instagram. Share on Twitter! Let your network know that you are supporting the UVSO #GivingTuesday Holiday Drive. Join the conversation, and don’t forget to tag @UVSO and #givingtuesday.
The organization: Wynona’s House
Join the effort to end child abuse. Wynona’s House has joined the global movement, #GivingTuesday, and so should you. Your donation will help Wynona’s House provide children the proper services and advocacy needed to ensure a safe and successful healing process. You can also make a kid smile today by choosing Wynona’s House as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that provides the same products. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will provide Wynona’s House 0.5% of your purchase price.
The Conservancy has expanded into an urban agricultural center to improve food access and nutritional quality. The organization’s combined three acres of urban farms annually produces tens of thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables that are distributed to city residents through our youth-operated farm stands, community supported agriculture membership program and our senior center nutrition program.
The Conservancy also enriches youth by visiting school classrooms in Newark and teaching about nutrition, the environment and natural sciences. Field trips to their urban farms and fresh food taste tests for hundreds of Newark schoolchildren take place each year. Their programs have expanded to include workshops on nutrition and healthy eating that are regularly offered to three Newark senior centers, striving to help these urban residents improve their diet and general health.
Each school year and summer, several dozen Newark high school students participate in the Conservancy’s youth internship program during which they develop job and leadership skills, explore career options and are guided toward opportunities for pursuing college educations.
The initiative: Take part in the global giving movement and join La Casa de Don Pedro on our #GivingTuesday mission to: Raise $5,000 to support our programs & services, Provide 500 families with nourishing, memorable holiday meals, Fulfill the holiday toy wishes of the 900 children we educate and support.
Our #GivingTuesday campaign begins today, November, 28th, and runs until December 31st. You can support our mission by donating toys, holiday meals or making a financial contribution to La Casa’s programs.
Whether it’s a toy, holiday meal or financial donation, #GivingTuesday is your opportunity to make a difference this holiday season.
Newark Arts’ Mission is to power the arts to transform the lives of those who work, live and play in the great city of Newark, New Jersey.
Newark Arts fulfills its mission in the following ways:
Newark Arts showcases the exponential value of the cultural, visual and performing arts to Newark’s growth and its citizen’s quality of life through Arts and Economic Development reports.
Newark Arts provides seed money, through its ArtStart Grants program, to arts and cultural organizations throughout the City’s five wards. In 2016, Newark Arts disbursed ten (10) grants distributed in all five wards, averaging $2,500.00 per organization.
As fiscal agent for the Newark Arts Education Roundtable (NAER), we help to promote the idea that arts education is inherently valuable to every educator and student.
Newark Arts promotes tourism and business development by marketing Newark-based arts and cultural programs on its website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, blog and through its videos on Youtube.
In collaboration with the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Newark Arts advises, assists, promotes and supports the development of special arts-related and cultural programs through its Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival.
Make a tax-deductible donation to Newark Arts: today only, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching gifts!
The organization: New Jersey SEEDS
The initiative: Each year, 350 students are served by SEEDS’ academic programs. More than 550 additional students will receive support from SEEDS’ Guidance department as they continue their educational journeys. A gift to New Jersey SEEDS helps us transform educational opportunities for these motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families.
This #GivingTuesday, we invite you to participate in our Holiday Giving Challenge, Illuminate Empty Space 2017, with a donation towards one of our major programs.
What Are We Fundraising For? How Does It Impact Our Communities?
In addition to going to support our overall operations as a non-profit organization, contributions made during the Illuminate Empty Space 2017 Challenge make the following programs possible. These programs were created to support emerging and mid-career artists, as well as our communities in the Newark/ New York area.
The PES Annual AIR Program: Our AIRs are invited to work in Newark for a year on a project oriented around social engagement, empowerment, and visibility. Artists are asked to engage with various communities as they develop their work. The residency concludes with an exhibition in the PES Gallery in Newark, during which the public is actively invited to enter the space and participate in a discourse prompted by the Resident’s work.
The PES Feminist-In-Residence short term Residency Program: Invites four female identified artists from any creative discipline (from writing, to theater, to visual arts and beyond) to occupy studio spaces where they expand upon a previous project, or begin a new project oriented around intersectional feminism and women’s empowerment.
Exhibitions: Not only is the PES Gallery a space for artists to share their work; but also a space for the public to come reflect, discuss, and engage with contemporary art. One of our aims with the physical gallery space is to encourage the public to feel welcome, and to dispel the myth that contemporary art is not for all people. We strive to create exhibitions that are both visually/conceptually strong and relevant to our communities.
During Illuminate Empty Space 2017, You can choose to make your gift specifically supporting one of these programs. Or you can donate generally and your contribution will be applied where they are most needed. All of our contributors will be listed on our website.
The organization: Urban League of Essex County Young Professionals
On Sunday, November 12 ULEC announced the Power of 100 Community Fund. Excerpt from ULEC President and CEO Vivian Cox Fraser’s remarks announcing the initiative:
“The League is developing houses for home ownership because we want our community to be owners. We are limited to what we can buy based on our access to capital. So many times when we are bidding on property, we are outbid or we may not have access to the capital at the time that property is available. If we have 300 people who would invest $100, we would have $30,000 and could invest in creating more opportunities for home ownership. And when we rehabilitate and sell the homes, we can put people to work on those homes and we will take the proceeds to fund our next project. That idea we can replicate to grow and improve our neighborhoods and strengthen our families. We can raise $30,000 to rehabilitate a home. Or we can use it to bring a small business to neighborhoods in need of services. Or $30,000 to help a young person with a great idea get a start. We are creating a community fund for this purpose called the Power of 100. $100 for 100 years.”
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