Maybe the holidays got you thinking about the spirit of giving, or perhaps your New Year’s Resolution is to get more involved with charity, or maybe even the current political climate has you looking for ways to support your fellow vinas. In the spirit of Hey! VINA, we’ve rounded up our favorite charities run by women, for women – and worked out the best ways to support them. Even if you don’t have lots of cash to spare, you can still get involved in your own way!
GoTR inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through their unique program that combines a running club, girl gang support group, age-appropriate life skills training, and community service. You can help out by donating, volunteering as a coach or running buddy, joining a committee, or running a race as a fundraiser.
What started as one woman’s passion project has now become a national movement of sisterhood! Support the Girls collects and distributes bras, pads and tampons to homeless women in need. You can help out donating money, gently used bras, or individually packaged pads and tampons – or, you could host a donation drive in your local community.
Dress for Success helps women achieve economic independence by providing career coaching, professional attire, and a strong support network. You can help out by volunteering with your local chapter as a stylist, mock interviewer, or resume editor; donating professional clothing, accessories, or makeup; or by making a donation.
WfW works globally to help women lift themselves out of poverty through education, skills training, and job placement programs. As a top rated charity on Charity Navigator, you can know your donation will be used effectively – or, you can shop their range of gifts that give back. Their Share Cookbook is particularly beautiful!
When feminine hygiene products are not available, many girls miss school while menstruating. Days for Girls provides reusable feminine hygiene kits to girls around the world, keeping them in school and stopping the stigma around menstruation. You can sew and donate Days for Girls kits using their detailed instructions, start a volunteer team, fundraise in your community, or donate online.
So, whether you run, cook, write, or sew, chances are you’ve got skills that these nonprofits can use. You know what they say – when women support each other, incredible things can happen.