This year, our family is taking a pledge to donate more to organizations that help others. It’s the least I can do to get my young ones started on a path of giving back and advocating for others, because I truly believe the saying charity begins at home.
Our plan is to pick a non-profit to send a donation to once each month during the entire year, and include a letter expressing why it was chosen. My 6-year-old is passionate about helping the homeless and the environment, while my 2 and 4-year-olds love animal causes. Women and children’s causes tend to be closest to my heart, and my husband would like to help Veterans and financial literacy causes. We each have picked an area where we will research a coordinating cause to help.
I’ve added each area we are passionate about to a popsicle stick, and we will choose one, discuss its importance with our children, and cut a check, even if it’s just a small amount. For some of the more kid-friendly ones, we will be looking into volunteer opportunities so we can see the issue face-to-face.
I’ve started a list of the places we are considering donating to during our year of giving back. Each of these organizations are based in Michigan.
Feel free to leave your ideas in the comments! There are SO many great ones out there.
Detroit Dog Rescue: This non-profit saves homeless, abused, forgotten and misplaced dogs of Detroit and has built the first no kill rescue and rehabilita
Howell Nature Center: This non-profit offers the state’s largest wildlife rehabilita
Leader Dogs for the Blind: The mission of this organization is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.
Michigan Humane Society: The Michigan Humane Society cares for over 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness,
Paws for Life: This non-profit does not have any paid staff, is entirely volunteer based and receives no government funding. During the past 10 years, Paws for Life has rescued 2,974 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from area shelters. All donations go directly to helping homeless animals find adoptive homes.
The Children’s Center of Wayne County: The Children’s Center is home to many specialized clinical services, including Autism treatment/support, psychiatri
Covenant House: Covenant House Michigan provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-22. Their goal is to redirect the youth onto a path toward meaningful
Make-A-Wish Michigan: Make-A-Wish®Michigan grants about one wish per day for a child with a life-threatening medical condition.
Ruth Ellis Center: The Ruth Ellis Center provides long and short-term
Vista Maria: Vista Maria serves more 1,000 children every year who have been abused, neglected and traumatize
O.A.T.S. Offering Alternative Therapy With Smiles: O.A.T.S. provides equine-assisted therapy on a weekly basis, year-round to children and adults with a wide variety of physical and emotional disabilities.
Special Olympics Michigan: Special Olympics provides year-round
Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter: The Greater Michigan Chapter covers 60 counties. Services are available to more than 140,000 individuals and their families who have Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias.
Area Agency on Aging 1-B: The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is a nonprofit agency responsibl
Gleaners Community Food Bank: Gleaners distribute
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan: This nonprofit is made up of a network of over 415 non-profit
Food Gatherers Food Bank: Food Gatherers works to alleviate hunger by reducing food waste through the rescue and distributi
Forgotten Harvest: Forgotten Harvest collects surplus, prepared and perishable food from places such as grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, and more. Then, they take the donated food—that would otherwise go to waste—and deliver it free of charge to 260 emergency food providers in metro Detroit.
The Torch: This mobile truck operates out of Livingston County and offers a wide variety of free services, including weekly hot meals, tutoring for grades K-12, haircuts, children and teen leadership training programs, and mentoring.
Burners Without Borders: BWB is a direct action organization of concerned people looking to help others with kindness. Volunteers hit the streets of Detroit looking for people who do not go to shelters and offer then a supply filled backpack.
COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter): COTS exists to alleviate homelessne
Grace Centers of Hope: Grace Centers of Hope is a homeless shelter and rehabilita
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan: Habitat for Humanity helps to make affordable housing a reality for families in nearly every county throughout Michigan. Habitat for Humanity Michigan brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
HAVEN of Oakland County: HAVEN’s mission is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence and to empower survivors through advocacy and social change in and around Oakland County.
LACASA of Livingston County: LACASA provides help, support, shelter, counseling
League of Women Voters: LWVMI is a nonpartisa
Michigan Abolitionist Project: MAP helps people use their gifts and talents to prevent and end modern slavery and human traffickin
Brain Injury Association of Michigan: The Brain Injury Associatio
Michigan Veterans Foundation: The primary mission of the Michigan Veterans Foundation is to fill the gaps that currently exist in providing services to Michigan’s veterans. Focus on transitional housing, health services, PTSD counseling, education, job placement and more.
Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division: TSA Operates two transitional housing sites for homeless veterans in Detroit and one in Monroe. It also provides substance abuse treatment and casework services, in addition to feeding thousands across metro Detroit.
Where are your favorite organizations to donate time or money to?
Check out this great list of Ann Arbor nonprofits Ann Arbor With Kids put together!