#GivingTuesday 2015

When it comes to #GivingTuesday I try to give what little I have to support those who have made a difference for me and for many. And after working in retail all weekend, I’m pretty sure that people have money to spend to make the global community a better place. Below are some of the organizations I hope you’ll consider this day and everyday.

We Need Diverse Books: If you imagine a world where all children can see themselves in a book, this is the organization for you. From connecting authors and illustrators of color with classrooms to inspire the next generation, to grants and awards for quality books and authors, to a clearinghouse of on topic information and discussions via social media. #wndb

Eagle’s Nest Camp: Sunrise trail rides on horseback, solo overnights in the mountains of western North Carolina, technical canoeing on Class III rapids, blackberry cobbler with fresh-picked berries, costumed theatrical events, and friends and co-workers who focus on the positive, support each other, and appreciate everyone’s  diversity. Where my Buffs at? #togetherENF Give today. www.enf.org/givenow

From their website: Eagle’s Nest Camp and Foundation located in Western North Carolina this summer camp and academic semester school provide transformative wilderness and cultural adventures. For over 85 years the Foundation has focused on fostering profound individual development, connection to the natural world and responsible action to our local and global communities. Eagle’s Nest Foundation is a non-profit educational organization whose programs are designed for young people ages 6-18.

Vermont College of Fine Arts: The seeds for many of the fabulous books written for children and Young Adults are planted at VCFA. If you are a part of the VCFA community, I urge you to contribute today. If you write for children and Young Adults and haven’t at least visited the campus during a residency for a reading, I highly recommend it!

Click here to make an online gift to VCFA today, or contact the development office if you’d like to make a pledge: development@vcfa.edu or (802) 828-8555.

Maine Women’s Lobby: Have you ever thought, “Pharmaceuticals, big oil, timber, and other big businesses have someone in the capitol lobbies of Augusta, Maine. Who’s there speaking for my equality, healthcare rights, and economic well-being?” That would be The Maine Women’s Lobby speaking up and out for the women of Maine. Right now they are working on equal pay, paid sick leave, and much more. Visit their website today and give.