This time of year, the Birdiebee office is buzzing with talk of what we’re gifting (and being gifted), this holiday season. While comfy-cozy holiday hoodies, cool new graphic tees, and Bella Cotton intimates, are certainly on our lists, the older (and wiser) we become, the more we want to give, receive, gift, and bee gifted in ways that also make a positive impact. You, too? Here are five of our favorite organizations to give back to this holiday season. Join us. How will you bee giving?
"I am where I am because of the bridges I have crossed." -Oprah
In underserved urban communities, teen girls have particularly limited access to professional women role models. Limited access leads to limited ambitions for the future. We can’t become what we can’t see! bridget is on a mission to change that. Founded by Forbes 30 Under 30 femme-entrepreneur, Asha Lannin, bridget is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit building bridges between young women and conscious companies. Using a three-phase programming model, bridget uses video creation to give underserved teen girls the tools and resources to envision themselves in careers outside of their immediate environments. Click here to get involved.
- Lunch On Me
“Love without reason.” -LaRayia Gaston, founder, Lunch On Me
A Los Angeles based nonprofit started by LaRayia Gaston dedicated to ending starvation while providing opportunities to enrich the mind, body, and spirit of LA's homeless community. Lunch On Me Brings nutritious and organic meals to skid row six days a week, every week and collectively reaches over 10,000 people per month. And it doesn’t stop there! Their initiatives also include yoga classes, community parties, and healing gatherings to empower and inspire the men and women they serve. To make a donation or get involved, head here.
- Save The Bees!
Save The Bees (Greenpeace) is an organization near and dear to all of us at here Birdiebee. Believe it or not, you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you eat. Help us save the bees! Greenpeace is promoting sustainable food development and empowering individuals to help protect bees in crisis. Click here to learn more and get involved—we are!
- Girls Inc.
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, Girls Inc., was founded in 1864 in partnership with schools and Girls Inc. centers to help teach girls to learn to value themselves, take risks, discover and develop their own inherent strengths, and receive the support they need to navigate any challenges that they face. Teaching girls to stay fearless, be healthy, and advocate for themselves is something we can stand behind! Click here to get involved and give back.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
Arguably the most well known on our list, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501 nonprofit organization that grants life-changing "wishes" to young children diagnosed with critical illnesses. This year, in the spirit of the holidays, Make-A-Wish has partnered with Macy’s to help grant more holiday wishes than ever. To get involved and help give children the strength they need to fight their critical illnesses, share your most heartfelt wish. Head here to learn more.
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” —Maya Angelou
How are you giving back this holiday season? If you don’t have the means to give back financially, it’s just as impactful to give your time and attention.