‘Tis the season for being thankful for what we have and generously giving to “have nots.” So, I decided to make a list of the top charities in my book. There are lots out there, I realize that, but in case you’re looking to learn about some great local causes, I thought I’d share the ones I know about and care a lot about.
First and foremost is the Arthritis Foundation. For those of you that don’t know, my fiance Pete has Rheumatoid Arthritis. Basically, it’s a chronic, debilitating and painful disease that cannot be cured – only managed. We’re very active with the local AF chapter because they’re integral to Pete’s health. They help provide healthcare provider information, research results, and connections with other arthritis patients in the area. Be sure to check out their upcoming Jingle Bell Run. It’s this Saturday, so get your bells warmed up to run/walk. Should be lots of fun!
Secondly, The American Cancer Society has a huge place in my heart. Both my parents have faced cancer, and it’s because of organizations such as the American Cancer Society that medicines and recovery programs are what they are to help them get back on the road to recovery. It’s also the beneficiary of our Bras with Flair Campaign, which we’ll be announcing tomorrow the final donation amount by the way.
Amy’s Hope is also an important non-profit that needs your attention. It was started here locally by West Side-based Michelle Harbin to help private orphanages in Eastern Europe. If you want to help out on a global level, and ensure that a large portion of your funds go directly to those that need it, this is the organization for you.
Have a heart and give to Go Red for Women. My uncle was very involved with the American Heart Association, which is the organization that heads up “Go Red.” I recently emceed the Go Red for Women Golf Classic in October and learned more about Cincinnati’s active, strong and trend-setting chapter. I hope you’ll learn more about it, too.
Kenzie’s Closet is a philanthropy for all those fashionistas out there. It’s an organization that makes sure no young woman in Cincinnati has to miss her prom because of financial limitations. Click here to learn more about it.
Last but not least is Lighthouse Youth Services. Pete emcees events for them all the time, and I’ve therefore learned a lot about this amazing, hands-on organization. They are very active in helping troubled kids in the community become responsible members of society. I know of a specific project they have coming up that I’m sure they’d like me to let you know about:
The Lighthouse Happy Holidays Project
Help Lighthouse Youth Services brighten spirits by supporting the Lighthouse Happy Holidays Project. The Happy Holidays Project provides gifts for the youth and families served by Lighthouse Youth Services. For over 35 years, Lighthouse Youth Services has provided services to children, youth, and families in crisis. Central to their lives are concerns about violence, hunger, homelessness and loneliness. This year, Lighthouse will serve over 4,000 children, youth, and families in need.
You can adopt a youth or family, purchase gifts from our Wish List, or make a cash donation. You may also consider organizing a group of friends, family, or co-workers to participate.
Decide the way in which you want to participate. Contact Denise Bryers at 513.487.7113 or Dbryers@lys.org for a registration form and more details or visit www.lys.org. For year round Volunteer Opportunities please contact Tynisha Worthy at 513.487.7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope you find it in your heart to at least learn more about these great organizations. Tell me what your favorite charity is by commenting below!