Give Back This Holiday Season

Career Group Companies hopes to inspire you to give back this holiday season. As the holiday season approaches, we may feel distracted by our expansive to-do lists. It’s easy to lose sight of the important things. Everyone seems to be wrapped up in shopping, decorating, cooking, hosting, and endless errands. Some of us forget about what the holidays are really about. One way to exemplify the gratitude, kindness, and positivity associated with this season is to serve those in need.

There are multiple non-profits and charitable organizations to choose from. Therefore it can be difficult to find the best cause to extend our service. If you would like to donate, but can’t decide what organization you’d like to focus on, here’s a list of the top-rated charities. The highlighted charities focus on unique causes. Additionally, we’ve included the organization’s Charity Navigator score. The score is calculated based on the organization’s financial health, accountability, and overall transparency.

  • International Aid

    Direct Relief (93/100)
    Direct Relief emphasizes on health services, disease prevention, and medical resources. The organization provides emergency supplies to those affected by natural disasters and poverty. Most recently, this organization provided medical aid for victims of Hurricane Maria, Hurricane Harvey, Central Mexico’s earthquakes, and the Northern California wildfires. If you’re looking to contribute, you can donate on their website (or provide assets/vehicles). Additionally, you can host a fundraiser or volunteer for one of their programs.

  • Hunger

    Action Against Hunger (93/100)
    Action Against Hunger pioneers the global change to fight against hunger. Their health programs focus on adequate nutrition and water sanitation. Moreover, the organization provides long-term solutions for food security. They also work with local governments around the world to provide emergency aid for affected populations. Action Against Hunger has served nearly 15 million people across 50 countries. Those interested can donate money, assets, or host a fundraising campaign.

  • Homelessness

    National Alliance to End Homelessness (91/100)
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness advocates for improved federal policies regarding homelessness. The organization offers rapid re-housing to provide homeless individuals with short-term rental assistance. Additionally, they work to provide individuals and families with the resources they need to become self-sufficient. You can help their cause by donating directly to the Alliance, sponsoring their annual events, purchasing products on their website, or advocating for Homeless Services Programs. If you would like to advocate, contact Congress through their website.

  • Animal Welfare

    PetSmart Charities (94/100)
    PetSmart Charities saves 400,000 pets every year through their programs. They fund local animal welfare groups throughout North America. Most importantly, they advocate for the adoption of homeless pets and provide spay/neuter surgeries to limit future populations of homeless animals. If you’d like to get involved, you can donate directly at a PetSmart store or through their website. Additionally, you can volunteer to work with animals at a partner organization, or become an adoption partner.

  • The Environment

    Waterkeeper Alliance (90/100)
    Waterkeeper Alliance is a non-profit focused on the preservation of clean water for drinking, fishing, and swimming. They protect over 2.5 million square miles of waterways across six continents. Moreover, Waterkeeper Alliance holds industrial polluters accountable for their actions, advocates for environmental protection laws, and educates communities about their mission. Want to get involved? You can volunteer with one of Waterkeeper’s organizations, donate to their cause, or attend one of their local events.

Whatever your holiday plans may be, taking the time to give back is an amazing way to make a lasting difference in your local community and beyond.

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