On Giving Back

by Samantha Simon

Lately, the routine of waking up and checking the news can feel like too much to handle. It’s enough to make us want to crawl back in bed. But our beds can’t save us (trust us, we’ve tried) no matter how high we pull up the covers.

This month, our team volunteered with Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger through New York Cares. We had the opportunity to help out at an urban farm that brings fresh produce to the community. We planted daffodils, pulled weeds, moved compost, and cleaned out the chicken coop for some very happy chickens. It was cathartic, especially post-election, to be able to give back to a local organization that helps people gain access to healthy food. We can’t wait to go back.

A few of us here in the office have been watching HBO’s Westworld. To take a cue from one bad-ass android, Maeve, who hatches a plan to take back control of her life, “Time to write [our] own [expletive] story.” Today on #GivingTuesday we’re compelled to ask you to find the causes you’re passionate about and get involved.

Here are a few organizations our team is passionate about:

Claire: I like to give to The Foundation for AIDS Research in honor of a friend I lost years ago.  Clinical trials helped add years onto Chuck’s life so I always hope my donation helps to extend the life of others.

Gerry: I’d love to mention The Centenary Institute – a world-leading independent Medical Research Institute that focuses its efforts in three key areas: cancer, inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Ongoing research into these prevalent diseases is vital in making advances to overcome them, and hopefully ensuring families, like my own, don’t lose anymore loved ones to these illnesses.

Alanna: My organization is Planned Parenthood. My reason is simple they have the best motto : Care, No Matter What. I have been donating to them lately and so has my family! Wonderful organization!

Colleen: I started Watson's Pet Pals Fund, in honor of my dog and best friend, Watson, who passed away earlier this year. My goal is to assist pet owners who can't afford life-saving treatments for their pets. For details on how you can help, please like and visit https://www.facebook.com/Watsonspetpalsfund/

Sam: I donate to Planned Parenthood because every woman should have access to affordable reproductive health care, though many people want to take away that right.

What causes are you passionate about? Share below in the comments.