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      Blog: Sustainable + Inclusive + local

      Giving Tuesdays: Henry Street Settlement

      Giving Tuesdays: Henry Street Settlement

      Giving Tuesday Redefined.
      Highlighting non-profit organizations doing great things.

      We are committed to uplifting the voices of our community and that not only means telling their story through our brands partner, but giving back in a meaningful way. In honor of November representing the month of thanksgiving and supporting the local community, we wanted to give back to an organization we have previously highlighted in the past year: Henry Street Settlement. Henry Street Settlement is an organization that delivers a wide range of social service and arts programming to more than 100,000 New Yorkers each year, founded in 1893 by social work pioneer Lillian Wald and is based on Manhattan's Lower East Side.  

      Henry Street Settlement 

      Charity Navigator: 97 rating (out of 100)

      Rating: 4/4 stars

      Henry Street Settlement has been working for more than 125 years to alleviate the effects of poverty on the Lower East Side community, for all of New York City, and for the nation. They fight poverty by preparing people to enter the workforce, ensuring educational opportunity, providing transitional and supportive housing for the homeless, providing mental and physical health care, and creating access to the arts.

      Guided by the blueprint left by their trailblazing founder, Lillian Wald, she believed "Each of us is whole and worthy. Poverty is a social issue (not an individual failing). There is power in bridging differences. Neighbors matter. In times of need, act."  Today, the local community that Henry Street serves has the third highest population density in New York City, the fourth largest number of public housing units, and a 26% poverty rate (which rises to 44.6% for children). Perhaps most telling is that they have the second highest rate of income disparity (meaning the difference between the highest- and lowest-earning census tracts) in the city.

      Henry Street Settlement Impact Statistics 2021 As stated by the President & CEO David Garza: 

      "The fundamental responsibility of a settlement house is to respond to the most pressing needs of our community. The refrain “Listen, reflect, act” has been our North Star throughout the pandemic; through times of exhaustion and hope alike, these words have carried us through an extraordinarily difficult time—for both our team and community. Now, as the Lower East Side, and the world, show signs of rebirth, what we are hearing is that the health of our community has never been a higher priority. So true to form, Henry Street is acting in a variety of ways to address this imperative. As an organization founded to provide public health care, we have taken a strong stand in support of COVID vaccines and testing. But health is not just a physical state. It refers to all of the elements that contribute to individual and family wellbeing—mental health, nutrition, finances, employment, housing, educational access, community safety, and ease of self expression. This constellation of factors—what are now called the social determinants of health—could just as easily define what a settlement does."

      If you also want to give back to Henry Street, go to https://www.henrystreet.org and click on donate

      The first Tuesday of every month we’ll continue to highlight and donate to non-profit organizations that are in service to DOB’s three core principles; sustainable, inclusive, local.

      Giving Tuesdays: Hispanic Federation & First Nations Development Institute

      Giving Tuesdays: Hispanic Federation & First Nations Development Institute

      Giving Tuesday Redefined.
      Highlighting non-profit organizations doing great things.

      We are committed to uplifting the voices of our community and that not only means telling their story through our brands partners, but giving back in a meaningful way. This month we are highlighting and donating to both the Hispanic Federation & First Nations Development Institute in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Indigenous People’s Day. 

      The Hispanic Federation

      Charity Navigator: 98 rating (out of 100)

      Program Contribution: 91%

      Established in 1990, the Hispanic Federation is a service-oriented membership organization that works with over 100 Latino health and human services agencies to promote the social, political and economic well-being of the Latino community. The Federation's member agencies work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, the environment and disaster relief. With offices in New York, Washington D.C., Connecticut and Florida, and a nonprofit footprint throughout the East Coast, HF uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth and families locally and nationally. The Hispanic Federation's mission is to empower and advance the Hispanic community. 

      HF’s effectiveness lies in its depth of relationships with Latino communities and strength of connection with grasstops and grassroots stakeholders. These strong bonds with community leaders, media, corporations, and local & national elected officials allow HF to work deeply in communities and pursue systemic change in its issue areas.

      2021 Hispanic Federation A Year in Numbers

       

      The First Nations Development Institute 

      Charity Navigator: 97 rating (out of 100)

      Program Contribution: 84%

      First Nations Development Institute is a national, nonprofit, Native American organization whose mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. They believe that only solutions designed by Native peoples, for Native peoples, through the control of their assets and based on their cultural values, will succeed. Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2022, they have successfully managed 2,702 grants totaling $54.7 million to Native American projects and organizations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

      Their strategies are to:

      • Educate Grassroots Practitioners through training, technical assistance, and peer learning.
      • Advocate For Systemic Change by building power in Native communities and affirming tribes' peer-to-peer status with the federal government.
      • Capitalize Indian Communities through grants to tribes and Native groups to ensure that Native people receive physical, environmental, socioeconomic, and cultural benefits.

      The First Nations' board is 100% Native American and their staff is majority Native.

      First Nations Development Institute Grant Making Impact

      Every month we’ll continue to highlight and donate to non-profit organizations that are in service to DOB’s three core principles; sustainable, inclusive, local.

      Giving Tuesdays: Natural Resources Defense Council

      Natural Resources Defense Council

      Giving Tuesday Redefined.
      Highlighting non-profit organizations doing great things.

      This month we are highlighting and donating to the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

      Charity Navigator: 96 rating (out of 100)

      Program Contribution: 80%

      The Natural Resources Defense Council combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 700 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.

      NRDC is tackling the climate crisis at its source: pollution from fossil fuels. We work to reduce our dependence on these dirty sources by expanding clean energy across cities, states, and nations. They win court cases that allow the federal government to limit carbon pollution from cars and power plants. They help implement practical clean energy solutions. And they fight oil and gas projects that would pump out even more pollution.

      NRDC programs help create strong, just, and resilient communities—making cities healthier, more sustainable places to live. They work to lower energy bills, reduce flooding, improve access to healthier food, and make it cheaper and easier for everyone to get around. And when polluters threaten communities, their lawyers go to court on their behalf.

      If you also want to give back to The Natural Resources Defense Council here is how you can donate to them.

      Every month we’ll continue to highlight and donate to non-profit organizations that are in service to DOB’s three core principles; sustainable, inclusive, local.

      Liberty & Justice For All

      Liberty & Justice For All

      The Fight for Women’s Freedom 

      Written by Anne Avilez 

      In a nation founded upon the principles of freedom and the liberty of choice, our government has failed us greatly. There is no denying that our country has effectively waged a war on women with no end in sight. As a 20 year old Latina woman, attempting to wrap my head around the lack of humanity that possessed our Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022 brings me to tears. As a first-generation Latina student seeking to enter the legal field, the perennial failure of our justice system feels like a constant stab at the progress POC women hope to make in this country.  However this time it feels as if the bar for progress has been set to an impossible height while we continue to move backwards. Growing up in Texas for the majority of my life I was naturally exposed to various conservative communities with conservative ideologies. When my home state of Texas was the first to announce its intent to criminalize abortions should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, many of my close community members displayed adamant support. At the time, this in itself was alarming because it revealed the level of support for imposing control upon women and the lack of education present in our society on the matter. No matter how hard we fought then for the freedom of choice, our words fell upon deaf ears. 

      Our country prides itself on being the beacon of hope for a better life, liberation from oppression, and freedom of expression justifying war and foreign intervention upon these principles. Yet, when it comes to its own people we now represent the exact opposite. We condemn other nations for their control of women, yet the white men running our government have so readily stripped these rights from us making it evident that it was never about genuine concern for humanity. The jargon associated with the ruling and statements uttered by male politicians are the embodiment of the most vile side of our society. From awarding more rights to a gun than a woman amidst the loss of so many innocent lives, to denying an abortion to a 10 year-old girl, the attack on women and children is palpable. 

      By restricting access to abortion, our right to healthcare is infringed upon. Criminalizing abortion will never eliminate abortions, but rather the right to a safe abortion. Prior to this ruling, marginalized communities and POC women already had limited access to these resources and this will only continue. Legally, women in these communities will be in more dire need than before. This is why I have chosen to dedicate today’s Give Back Tuesday to the National Women’s Law Center, an organization dedicated to supporting access to abortion by  co-authoring legislation regarding women's rights, working with media outlets and the entertainment industry to prevent misinformation regarding reproductive rights, and litigation in favor of reproductive freedom. If you also wish to give back to the National Women’s Law Center, feel free to visit their website. It is our responsibility as the nation’s future leaders to fight against these injustices and ensure that our interests are protected through effective representation. We all have the right to liberty and justice, but when will it truly be for all?

      About the Author: Anne Avilez - Date of Birth Inc. Social Media Manager & Project Manager

      Anne is a rising Senior at the University of California San Diego studying International Business with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Psychology. She is currently at the University of Oxford studying International Law and International Relations. Anne is also the Vice-President of the Society of Hispanic Students in Law and the Administrative Director of GENup UCSD, an educational reform organization to increase accessibility to higher education. 

      Every month we’ll continue to highlight and donate to non-profit organizations that are in service to DOB’s three core principles; sustainable, inclusive, local.

      Giving Tuesdays: Trevor Project

      Giving Tuesdays: Trevor Project

      Giving Tuesday Redefined.
      Highlighting non-profit organizations doing great things.

      In support of Pride month we are highlighting and donating to Trevor Project. In service to providing crisis intervention as well as offering guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school.

      Charity Navigator: 99 rating (out of 100)

      Program Contribution: 82%

      The Trevor Project is the leading and only accredited national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under the age of 25.

      The Trevor Project’s 24/7 confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ young people experiencing depression, anxiety, or stress.

      • ADVOCATE: Their advocacy team fights hateful laws and policies, including those that seek to keep trans students from playing sports or receiving gender-affirming health care.

      • CONNECT: TrevorSpace is a safe, moderated global network where LGBTQ young people can explore their identities, get advice, find support, and make friends.

      • EDUCATE: Their training programs, workshops, online tools, and curricula help educators, coaches, and other youth-serving adults support LGBTQ students.

      If you also want to give back to The Trevor Project here is how you can donate to them.

      Every month we’ll continue to highlight and donate to non-profit organizations that are in service to DOB’s three core principles; sustainable, inclusive, local.