As you may remember, in lieu of mailing Christmas cards for the past three years, I decided to make a donation to a local charity. 2017’s charity winners were the SPCA of Wake County and The Jimmy V Foundation. 2018’s winner was the SPCA of Wake County.
Now it is time to announce the 2019 winner but before I do, I would like to thank all of you for sending me your favorite local charities. There were so many awesome causes that I was excited to learn more about. In fact, I received so many nominations this year that I have decided to donate to four awesome charities. Without further ado, our 2019 winners are…
Note in the Pocket
Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless schoolchildren, right here in Wake County, with dignity and love. Note in the Pocket believes that it is unacceptable that children are limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothing for school. You can help by donating money, clothing, school supplies, and your time! Learn more at NoteinthePocket.org.
Wounded Warrior Project
Every warrior has a next mission. The Wounded Warrior Project knows that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. WWP is are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because they believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. They are their partner in that mission. You can help by participating in the Carry Forward 5k, hosting a fundraiser, giving at work, donating, and more. Learn more at WoundedWarriorProject.org.
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation. Ducks unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. There are lots of ways to help the DU and their conservation efforts. You can join Duck’s Unlimited or head to one of their many local events. DU events are always fun and more importantly, the revenue generated from these events is critical to their mission and the future of waterfowl hunting. Learn more at Ducks.org.
The Green Chair Project
The Green Chair Project’s mission statement is “working together to provide everyone the comforts of home.” They reuse donated household furnishings to renew lives of participants referred from area programs who are recovering after homelessness, crisis, or disaster. The reusable gifts are cleaned and repaired by volunteers and are presented in a way that promotes dignity and respect. For a small fee, families working with case managers from partnering agencies can select furniture, linens, cookware, and accessories to outfit their new homes. The Green Chair experience encourages families to prioritize and make choices and empowers them to create their surroundings and rebuild their lives. You can help by donating household furnishings, volunteering, making a financial contribution, becoming a corporate sponsor, and by spreading the word to your friends and family. Learn more at The GreenChair.org.