You may have heard that volunteering your time or giving a donation can boost your health and happiness. In fact, studies have shown that giving back can be good for you in myriad ways, including: lowering blood pressure, boosting dopamine and oxytocin in the brain, lowering stress levels and even helping you live longer. So in honor of Giving Tuesday, we rounded up a few amazing causes that benefit moms, families and children. Please consider supporting them this holiday season and all year long. Have any you love that you don’t see here? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the list!
This Giving Tuesday, Little Spoon has partnered with Christy Turlington-Burns and this national organization to raise awareness and funds to fight maternal mortality. Hashtag #oneforyearone and Little Spoon will make a donation!
This organization has helped millions of babies and moms thrive by helping them get their best possible start, for the past 80 years.
This nonprofit, started when its founder was in high school, helps sick children; they recently pledged $40 million to support two cancer hospitals.
This charity supports cancer survivors and families with tools for life after cancer, from self-care kits to other resources.
This nonprofit organization works to keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Last year, through the organization’s crisis center (hotline, emails, texts and online forum), staff and trained volunteers connected with more than 100,000 young people and their parents or guardians.
This organization was founded by two loving parents who lost their 12 year old son to sepsis in 2012. They work hard every day to help end preventable deaths to sepsis through education and more, including a recent federal grant for their maternal sepsis awareness campaign.
Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of more than 10 and a half million children as a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. Founded in 1959, Childhelp’s programs include residential treatment services, children’s advocacy centers, therapeutic foster care, group homes, prevention education, and the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline.
Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization that works across the globe to build schools and create programs around the goal of education for all. JamesAllen.com, an online jewelry boutique, has partnered with Pencils of Promise; forpurchase made on Dec 3rd and Dec 10th, they’ll be donating $50 to the charity.
EveryLibrary is launching Libraries 2020 for Giving Tuesday. EveryLibrary, an organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries and advocating in support of public funding for libraries. Donations support direct contributions to local library campaigns and enables EveryLibrary to provide services to libraries at no cost.
This nonprofit organization provides college scholarships to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Healthy Humor is a nonprofit arts organization whose professional performers create moments of joy, wonder, laughter, and comfort for hospitalized children and all others who are most in need. Red Nose Docs is Healthy Humor’s flagship program.
Bird + Stone is a jewelry line founded on the idea that brands have the power to be vehicles for change. Their jewelry is made ethically and the company donates a portion of profits (explained clearly in product description) to organizations moving the needle on important global causes, from investing in women to girls education.
There are few better ways to support children and families than supporting the environment and our oceans. This is one of the oldest and most respected organizations championing our most important resources.
This story was originally published on The Local Moms Network.