If you haven’t heard of it, Giving Tuesday is an incredible global day of giving! This day was recognized and created to inspire post-Black Friday philanthropy, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. After spending money on the people you love, take a moment to donate to causes that mean a lot to you – and make the world a better place!
We’ve pulled together a short* list of organizations doing good in the healthy lifestyle arena…making it possible for children to have access to healing yoga, for girls to stand up for the resources they need to succeed, for the homeless to find community and help through running, for cancer survivors to work toward making a difference in the lives of those who will go on to their own battles….and much more! Find out more about each of these local nonprofits and donate (most accept monetary and volunteering donations!) at the links below and support today!
* There are way too many incredible nonprofits, foundations and organizations out there! If we missed one, feel free to send it to us to add to this list!
Athletes Serving Athletes is a non-profit organization that brings people together to experience the joy, excitement, and thrill of competition. ASA offers innovative athletic training, supportive mentor relationships, and high quality endurance events for athletes living with disabilities. ASA uses athletic activity as a catalyst for personal development—improving physical fitness, increasing self-esteem and empowering challenged youth to meet their highest potential.
Back on My Feet Baltimore combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.
Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendship, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
BMore Fit is combining movement and fitness with daily lesson plans. Their unique approach is designed to engage kids’ minds as well as their bodies, teach children about living a healthier lifestyle, develop confidence and have fun while learning. Their collaborative effort between BMoreFit Coaches and classroom educators strives to get every kid healthy, active, and ready to learn!
Boys Hope Girls Hope Maryland helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like environments, opportunities and education through college.
Bridges Baltimore is a nine-year program helping motivated Baltimore City youth become the civic and professional leaders of the future.
Charm City Lacrosse League is an organization that provides lacrosse skills training, league play, and mentoring to underserved Baltimore City youth at no cost.
Free to Breathe is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders working together to double lung cancer survival by 2022. Their nationwide grassroots event series supports life-changing research and patient programs. (Our own Annie is working on these incredible programs – stay tuned for more from F2B!)
Girls on the Run Central Maryland inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Holistic Life Foundation performs human and environmental health programs to demonstrate the interconnectedness people have with the environment in which they live.
Mission Fit is creating a culture of community and confidence in youth through our fitness programming.
Playworks Baltimore is leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. They are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day.
Sisters Circle is a comprehensive relationship-based program designed to mentor girls from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods during their challenging transition to middle school, throughout high school, and into college. Sisters Circle combines dedicated, long-term mentoring with exceptional programming and resources, and has seen remarkable results.
Special Olympics Maryland is a year-round sports organization dedicating to providing life-changing sports training and competition opportunities to Maryland’s citizens with intellectual disabilities. SOMD currently serves thousands of athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families.
UMAR Boxing creates and maintains a positive and safe environment for children, providing multiple activities geared to improving academic, social and athletic skills.
Not in Baltimore but still want to help? Do it! Support these incredible organizations or find a nonprofit organization near you!