16 Rhode Island Nonprofits to Help Support for #GivingTuesday

Donate to one, or donate to all: here are just some of the local nonprofits and organizations that need your help today and every day.
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Tuesday, November 30 is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is meant to inspire people to improve and take part in meaningful giving to communities, while counteracting the consumer madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The pandemic has been especially hard on local nonprofits and organizations since they’ve been forced to cancel many events and fundraisers over the last year to help stop the spread. Here are some local charities that could use your help this holiday season and all year long. These are just a handful of local nonprofits in alphabetical order, but you can find a full list here by searching “Rhode Island.”

1. AIDS Project Rhode Island provides compassionate, non-judgmental assistance to people who have, are affected by and are at-risk of HIV/AIDS. It is a division of Family Service of Rhode Island and provides programs and care for many who are affected by HIV/AIDS. It offers HIV testing, education on HIV and HIV prevention and funding services for those who are HIV positive and fall under the poverty line. Donations can be made here.

2. The Avenue Concept: Help fund public art in Providence. The murals and installations have been a bright light during the coronavirus pandemic. From public art walking tours and painting boarded up windows after damage downtown to illuminated nighttime displays, this organization is helping Providence uphold its reputation as the Creative Capital. Donations can be made here.

3. Books Are Wings: Give the gift of reading this holiday season. Founded in 1998, Books are Wings aims to bring the joy of reading to low-income children through collecting and distributing used books to  those in need, funding a number of book parties and activities at local libraries and more. Holiday Donation Cards are available for purchase online to donate to the organization on someone’s behalf.

4. Child and Family has two primary core beliefs: people and communities function best when they are supported by strong families, and communities are at their best when they take responsibility for their members. Child and Family tries to make those beliefs part of Rhode Island communities by offering a variety of services to the public such as substance abuse counseling, home health services, child care and overnight housing. Donations of any number directly support the services Child and Family provide to more than 6,000 people each year. Donations can be made here.

5. Crossroads helps the people they serve as they work toward achieving stable housing. Crossroads offers emergency shelter, housing, basic needs assistance, case management and education and employment training. The nonprofit provides homeless neighbors with the tools to end homelessness and repair their lives. Your gift will be doubled thanks to a $25,000 match from donors who are passionate about ending homelessness. Donate here.

6. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is determined to create a strong local food system that preserves Rhode Island farmland, delivers healthier options for a healthier community and helps small businesses flourish. Some goals of Farm Fresh Rhode Island are to increase public access to fresher foods and improve the impact food production and distribution has on our environment. Donations help those goals go the extra mile. Donations can be made here.

7. Genesis Center in Providence provides education, job training and support services to those who need help getting a solid foot in society. What once began as a way to help refugees from Southeast Asia settle into Providence, the center has evolved and become a multi-service organization that assists immigrants, refugees and low-income families from many different cultures. Genesis Center is funded by grants, but donations allow the center the flexibility to deal with unforeseen challenges and make advancements. Donations can be made here.

8. Girls on the Run‘s mission is to inspire girls to be healthy, confident and happy as they embrace the world. Using a running-based curriculum for ten weeks, girls in third through eighth grades are encouraged through many activities to get to know themselves, establish hopes and dreams, see their potential and make a difference in the world. Donations are always welcome to keep the program going and can be made here.

9. Hope and Main is Rhode Island’s first culinary business incubator. Not only does it help locals jumpstart early-stage food companies but it aims to educate the public about healthy eating through classes and workshops during the year. Many of the programs are provided free or at low cost so that everyone has a chance to be educated on healthier cooking and eating. Donations to Hope and Main will help continue the education mission and keep classes running. Donations can be made here.

10. Hope’s Harvest mobilizes volunteers to harvest fruits and vegetables from local farms that would otherwise go to waste, and distributes the produce to the food insecure. Donate here.

11. Established and emerging filmmakers reach the screen each year thanks to NewportFILM, a year-round documentary film series in Newport. Due to donations, the series can run almost completely free and an assortment of documentaries from established and emerging filmmakers curated from film festivals around the world can be viewed in public locations.  Donations can be made here.

12. Providence Haiti Outreach has fed and educated more than 8,000 children by opening the St. Dominque School. The country has been plagued by earthquakes, cholera and political unrest and this organization has stepped up to help Haitian children have a fighting chance. You can make a one-time donation or help support a child through a Student Sponsor Program for $20 per month, which provides tuition and meals for one child.

13. Providence Rescue Mission has been operating for twenty-two years and is open 24/7, giving the homeless a safe shelter in place. Especially now as the cold sets in, the organization provides the homeless with a place where they will be welcomed like family with a warm meal, hot shower and a place to stay.

14. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food for people in need each year and intends to effectively end the problem of hunger by promoting long-term solutions. Through more than 167 agency food programs, the Rhode Island Food Bank delivers millions of pounds of donated food to keep the less fortunate fed. A donation supports the food bank’s nutritious food purchases to send out to more than 54,000 households. Monetary donations can be made here.

15. The Association for Migraine Disorders #ResearchIsHope campaign is raising funds for innovative migraine research. Your donation will be doubled up to $100,000 until the end of the year. One hundred percent of all donations go directly to migraine researchpatient and physician education and advocacy programs. Migraine is a full-body condition with a broad spectrum of symptoms, and AMD is focused on including many medical specialties in the management of this disease. Donations can be made here.

16. The Tomorrow Fund provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families that stay in the Tomorrow Fund clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The nonprofit goes the extra mile and offers a ton of services to families. For instance, it provides parking passes for the duration of treatments, financial aid for home expenses, daily stipends for in-patient families, bone marrow transplant expenses, support groups, research and much more. The fund relies heavily on donations to not only continue to provide resources, but also reach as many people as it can. Donations can be made here.




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