This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to any of the extremely worthy Ann Arbor Area non-profit organizations and charities. They are all fighting the good fight to save lives, alleviate hunger, empower and educate the youth & adults, and develop equity in our community. We have highlighted a few organizations below who could use your help!
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor
The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor has two Houses that provide a supportive home away from home for families of children 21 years of age and younger receiving treatment at a local area health facility.
Founded after the loss of Chad Carr, late grandson to the University of Michigan Football Head Coach, Lloyd Carr – The mission of the ChadTough Foundation is to inspire and fund game-changing research to discover effective treatments for pediatric brain cancer, with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Brain cancer is killing more kids than any other type of cancer. DIPG represents 10% of all pediatric brain tumors but nearly 50% of all pediatric brain cancer deaths with only a 2% 5-year survival rate.
Growing Hope fosters an equitable and sustainable local food system where all people are empowered to grow, sell, buy, prepare, and eat nourishing food. Growing Hope is committed to creating spaces and opportunities for all people to share resources, learn, grow, and have fun. We empower people with the support, resources, and knowledge to grow and prepare their own food, and have a role in the emerging local food system. They work toward greater equity to ensure people are not only food secure but can participate in a more just food system.
Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children, teens, young adults, and their families to receive support at no cost. Each week, peer-to-peer bereavement support groups help hundreds learn to cope and begin to heal after the death of a parent, sibling, or someone close to them. Before coming to Ele’s Place, grieving children feel alone and keep their feelings inside, not wanting to burden their parents or other family members. Often, friends don’t seem to understand if they haven’t had a similar experience. At Ele’s Place, hundreds of grieving children and teens find a warm and welcoming place to meet new friends who really understand how they feel, while they begin to heal after the death of someone close to them.
The Neutral Zone is a diverse, youth-driven teen center dedicated to promoting personal growth through artistic expression, community leadership, and the exchange of ideas. Our youth continues to be the heart and voice of Neutral Zone and the driving force behind the center’s creative program and opportunities.
Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community. Established in 1988, Food Gatherers is Michigan’s first food rescue program. Food Gatherers is not only Michigan’s first food rescue program, but the first program of its kind to be founded by a for-profit business, Zingerman’s Delicatessen.50,000 people in Washtenaw County don’t know where their next meal will come from. Through donations, food recapture, and volunteerism, they distribute 14,000+ meals PER DAY to our neighbors in need – this amounts to 6.5 MILLION POUNDS of food per year!
Humane Society of Huron Valley
For more than 120 years, the Humane Society of Huron Valley has been serving the community, saving animals and helping people. HSHV is still the only animal shelter in Washtenaw County, taking in all types of unwanted, injured, lost, stray, abandoned, and abused animals. Today, we help over 14,000 animals and their people every year. HSHV has the highest “save rate” among all similar animal shelters in Michigan and is classified as a “no-kill” shelter. They are a leader in the “no kill” movement.