The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For his gift, Erik chose Food Allergy Research & Education. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) is dedicated to finding a cure for food allergies and keeping those with allergies safe and included. Growing up, I loved eating peanut butter. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich pretty much every day and Reese’s were my favorite candy. One day, I started to feel a sore throat after finishing my sandwich.When I noticed that this was happening more and more, my parents took me for an allergy test. Sure enough, I had developed an allergy to peanut butter. While my allergies have yet to strengthen to the point where I am at risk for a severe reaction to peanuts, many are not so lucky. 15 million Americans have food allergies, and many are at risk for serious life-threatening reactions. 1 in 13 children in America are affected. And it’s not just peanuts, since most foods are capable of causing a reaction. However, 90% of food-related allergic reactions come from peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. The danger is complicated by the fact that many food companies manufacture their foods on the same machinery as common food allergens, so people who are at-risk struggle to safely eat foods that we take for granted. For almost two decades, FARE has been the world’s largest private funding source for food allergy research. They help fund research to discover new cures and develop treatments. They also provide families with information such as newsletters, workshops and conferences so they can help people manage living with these allergens. To donate to this cause, please click here.
The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For her gift, Sophie chose Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network.
Since Glinda first taught Dorothy that a click of her heels and a little repetition were all that she needed to return to Kansas, the phrase “there’s no place like home” has remained poignant in the American consciousness. But what if you didn’t have a home to return to? The numbers of homeless in America have continued to rise. In the Washington D.C. metro area alone there are roughly 7,000 people who do not have a reliable place to sleep at night. Yet, walking home alone at night and seeing bus stop after bus stop filled with sleeping bags and huddled bodies has had more of an impact on me than any number could. This led me to become interested in working to end homelessness in the capital area.
I discovered Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) and was impressed by their programs. Their street outreach service includes volunteers going into parks, underpasses and other abandoned areas to meet with the homeless and deliver clothing, blankets, meals and personal hygiene supplies. Outreach workers also encourage them to visit the Opportunity Place where they have access to a range of services. A-SPAN also sets up an Emergency Winter Shelter where single adults can go during the winter months to spend the night and avoid freezing temperatures. When the Winter Shelter is not available, they help people find shelters and access to medical and employment services.
Having a stable home and a reliable place to sleep at night is a fundamental human need, and it is my hope that through donations and volunteers we can increase the number of shelters and the network of healthcare and employment opportunities for the homeless.
To donate to A-SPAN, please click here.
The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For his gift, Jon chose Heifer International.
For 70 years, Heifer International’s mission has been to end world hunger and poverty. In more than 125 countries, Heifer partners with communities to bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas stricken by poverty. Families are provided with training and the resources, whether seeds or livestock to help secure a stable food supply and a reliable income. Agriculture products such as milks, eggs and honey are then traded or sold in the market.
Heifer’s core model is Passing the Gift. When families have successfully established their projects or completed training, and have become self-sufficient, they pass along their knowledge or become donors themselves. In the case of livestock, a family passes on the first female offspring to another family, who subsequently will share the fruits of their labor with others.
Heifer believes in providing its partners with the resources, tools and knowledge to become self-sufficient over the long-term. The nonprofit educates its partners to use best practices that benefit the health and welfare of livestock, improve the environment, and foster the equal participation of both women and men in building a better world.
I have chosen Heifer International in order to support their mission of lifting families out of poverty and fighting to end world hunger. Click here to donate to Heifer International.
The Conover + Gould team will be donating to eleven nonprofits in the spirit of giving back during the holiday season. During the month of December, each team member will be blogging about his or her chosen nonprofit. For her gift, Lindsay chose DC Greens.
When I moved to D.C. three years ago, I was surprised to learn the city has some of the highest inequality rates in the country. Many longtime D.C. families are struggling with rising housing costs, stagnant wages, a higher cost of living, and increasingly, food insecurity. Studies suggest one in eight district residents can’t find affordable, healthy food in their neighborhoods.
While there are no easy solutions to these problems, many local organizations are tackling the multidimensional causes of poverty in cooperative, creative ways. One of these groups is DC Greens, a local non-profit founded in 2009 that works to improve food justice in the city.
With garden training programs for teachers and students, D.C Greens instills values of sustainability while making healthy foodways more accessible to residents. The School Garden Markets program, for instance, helps students at six schools build their own community gardens, where they grow and sell their own vegetables for profit. Last year, students made a collective $4,200 that they will reinvest in their gardens.
D.C. Greens also reaches out to marginalized communities. Partnering with a local health clinic, the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program provided grants to 25 families so they could buy fresh fruit and vegetables. At their Farmer’s Market, DC Greens also matches federal aid benefits such as SNAP and WIC to ensure all families have access to healthy diets.
At the intersection of education, sustainability and poverty reduction, DC Greens is doing some amazing work to improve the lives of families across the District. I can’t think of a better organization that deserves this recognition, and I wish it all the success as it continues to grow!
To donate to this cause, please click here.