So, a lot of people need your dollars this year. The federal government isn’t doing its job. One thing that you can do even if you don’t have money to donate is call your senators and tell them to stop letting Mitch McConnell take Covid relief hostage to allowing firms to put their workers in danger without fear of lawsuit. Because that’s what is happening– Mitch McConnell won’t even allow a relief bill to go to the floor unless companies are legally allowed to be negligent. And if that gets passed, there will be a race to the bottom because only negligent companies will be able to compete. People need relief and they need workplace safety. We cannot have a bill that forces negligence on companies.
So, with that in mind, if you have dollars, people need them. I think the best place for those dollars this year is anything that provides children with basic necessities. So– donate to a foodbank, either your local bank or a state spinoff of Feeding America, or Feeding America itself. Kids need food most of all. Money is the best gift because they can use it to buy in bulk, but your unexpired cans, dry goods, diapers, toiletries, etc. are also useful.
A lot of people are having more troubles with anxiety, family problems from too much proximity, and so on. There are a number of different crisis hotlines you can donate to. The suicide prevention hotline, the crisis text line, and for LGBTQ folks, the Trevor project. For victims of abuse, there’s the domestic abuse hotline, but you may want to look up a women’s shelter near you to donate to, either cash or in-kind.
If there is a non-profit for refugees near you, check out their webpage. I bought some things off an amazon list for the one in our nearest city.
As state and local budgets get cut, you may want to donate to libraries. I donated to the state library that’s letting me get free e-books, though I do that every year. They have a lot of programs for kids in the city in which they are located, which has been having spotty schooling, and I want them to be able to keep that up.
If you’re on twitter, a lot of folks have been spreading the word about smaller projects– when they look legit and the donation is in-kind (like, on their list are things that probably don’t have a ton of resale value but are things that people need), I will often buy something off the amazon list of one of these projects. It’s not that I don’t believe people with gofundmes are deserving, it’s that I don’t know if the person running the gofundme is actually legitimate or a scammer. So I bought some reasonably priced kitchenware off one of these lists.
Here are some charitable donations pages from previous years.
Grumpy Nation, what charities would you like to highlight? Post in the comments below!