On May 14th we celebrate Mother’s Day. This year, I will be celebrating with Kristi in California and I am sure I will get a call from Beth. Usually, I am not able to be with either of the girls so this will be a very special day.
For Mother’s Day, I usually receive cards, flowers, or some small gift. However, this year, I want this day to be even more special. I’ve asked my family to consider making a donation to a charity instead of spending money on cards or gifts. In fact, I’ve researched organizations that support issues that concern me – gender equality, women’s self-esteem, and girls in STEM to name a few. Here I am sharing the 5 wonderful charities that I consider amongst the best in support women and girls.
I’m sure you’ve heard of Dress for Success. You might have even donated your gently used business clothing at some time. But did you know that this organization does much more than provide suits for women? They teach women the tools to help them get back to work and assist them in remaining employed, as well as progressing in their positions until they have reached their desired level of professional achievement and personal fulfillment.
Local Dress for Success organizations partner with homeless shelters to help women as they get out of abusive relationships. The local organizations also partner with prisons to help incarcerated women get on their feet as they go on parole. Yes, they provide much more than a dress!
2. Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts have been around since 1912. It is the largest girl-serving organization in the United States.
There are 800,000 volunteers working with 1.8 million girls, ages 5 to 18, in developing life skills in financial literacy, healthy living, STEM, and online safety.
How many of you were a Brownie or Girl Scout? Yes, I was and so were my daughters. Even if you weren’t in scouting, I’m sure you’ve supported them by buying the cookies. Guess what – we currently have a box of Thin Mints in the freezer!
Here are some memories from my scouting days!
Founded in 2011, this organization’s mission is to close the gender gap in technology. Here are some interesting facts:
By 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computing related fields.
US graduates are on track to fill 29% of those jobs.
Women are on track to fill just 3%.
We need more women in these disciplines and Girls Who Code is building the largest pipeline of future female engineers in the United States. Isn’t that amazing?!
I would love to volunteer with this organization. Actually, I started to complete the application to tutor but stopped when I learned I had to take a coding quiz! I need to take some courses to update my skills – my old macro (0’s, 1’s) or Fortran programing is very outdated!😊😊
According to RAINN’s website, every 98 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline. This organization has helped more than 2.4 million people since 1994 providing services and education.
Here is another frightening statistic.
For every $1 you donate, 93¢ goes to helping a victim. Here is how your donation works:
5. UN Women
UN Women is the UN agency for gender equality & women’s empowerment. It was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women & girls worldwide.
The organization has three main focus areas:
- elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
- empowerment of women; and
- achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, and peace and security.
This is another organization I am considering for potential involvement. They have a very active chapter in the Los Angeles area that I have been following. Since I’ve been traveling quite a bit to LA, I am hoping to be able to attend a few meetings.
Making Mother’s Day More Meaningful
These are the 5 organizations that interest me as they support issues I am passionate about. For this Mother’s Day, I’ve asked my family to consider making a donation to RAINN. According to RAINN, 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted). I feel this is where women need the most help and support.