Ways to Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are over, let’s stop being selfish gluttons and give back on Giving Tuesday.

If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of 20+ ways to give back on this day of generosity, including how to support Standing Rock, the ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, help LGBTQ homeless youth, volunteer, work with kids, hashtag and share a meal, online shop and have a percentage go to charity, BUY WINE AND GIVE BACK AT THE SAME TIME, join Team Canvass Mag’s Coat Drive & Adopt-A-Family Programs, and more. Read on for some ideas!

Join Team Canvass

Canvass is participating in three fantastic programs this Holiday season: the New York Cares Coat Drive, Toys of Hope Adopt a Family Program, and the Friends of Karen Adopt a Family program, and you can join our team!

1. The New York Cares Coat Drive

Team Canvass Mag is collecting coats for the The New York Cares Coat Drive! Bring your new and/or gently used coat(s) to our HQ in Greenpoint (we’ll drop them off at the Coat Drive Warehouse so you don’t have to) or visit www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive for a list of other drop off locations. If you’re not in New York or are without a coat to donate, text COAT to 41444. Just $20 buys a coat for a New Yorker in need!

2. Toys of Hope Adopt a Family Program

We’re also participating in the Toys of Hope Adopt a Family Program, and will be fulfilling a family’s wish-list this Holiday season! Families chosen for the Adopt-A-Family program are living in homeless shelters or have been referred to Toys of Hope by county social service agencies, schools, and hospitals, and many members of these families often suffer from illness or disabilities that prevent them from working. “Adopting” one of these families allows said family to celebrate the holidays, stress-free, and receive many of the items they need all year long, like warm clothing and food.

3. Friends of Karen Adopt a Family Holiday Program

Lastly, we’re participating in the Friends of Karen Adopt a Family Holiday Program, which provides gifts to families with children with life-threatening illness(es). By “adopting” one of these families, you fulfill the holiday wish-lists of all the children in the family, including the “well” siblings, allowing the whole family to enjoy the holidays — even in the midst of devastating illness. Friends of Karen also provides wrapping paper and bows so the family can enjoy the whole experience of the holidays by wrapping the gifts themselves!

You can join Team Canvass by providing monetary assistance, helping shop (you can do it on Amazon!) or adopting your own family! Email us at info@canvassmag.com if you’re interested.

Support Standing Rock and Stand Against the Dakota Access Pipeline

In case you’re unaware, the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline, which is to transport crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois on a daily basis, is putting the the Standing Rock Sioux water supply at serious risk, as well as crossing through one of their sacred burial grounds. This is a tribe of nearly 10,000 innocent people who could lose their primary clean water supply — and will have their sacred land rummaged through — but greedy politicians don’t exactly care. And now, people protesting the pipeline (peacefully) are getting tear gassed, and hit by grenades and freezing water cannons in below freezing temperatures. Yes, they’re using water to attack those who are trying to…protect their water. 

The Standing Rock Sioux, and the protestors working to protect them, are in dire need of our help. Here are a few ways you can help.

Help fulfill the Standing Rock Amazon wish list. You can shop for supplies they need on Amazon here. You can also send Amazon gift cards.

If you’d rather shop elsewhere, see a list of supplies they need at sacredstonecamp.com/supplylist. Some examples of what they’re looking for are firewood, snow tires, and sleeping bags. You can send these items to: Sacred Stone Camp, P.O. Box 1011, Fort Yates, ND, 58538.

Donate to the Standing Rock GoFundMe.

Sign the White House petition to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Donate directly to the Standing Rock Sioux.

Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund.

Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:

Lee Hanse Executive Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6455 lee.Hanse@energytransfer.com

b. Glenn Emery Vice President Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 800 E Sonterra Blvd #400 San Antonio, Texas 78258 Telephone: (210) 403-6762 glenn.Emery@energytransfer.com

c. Michael (Cliff) Waters Lead Analyst Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. 1300 Main St. Houston, Texas 77002 Telephone: (713) 989-2404 michael.Waters@energytransfer.com

Show your love, support and solidarity. Talk and tweet using the hashtags #NoDAPL, #standingrock, and #istandwithstandingrock. Share ways to help on your Facebook and Instagram. Send supplies. Send your love. Share this information with your loves ones.

Donate to the ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) needs our help now more than ever. If you’re unfamiliar with the organization, the ACLU works to defend and preserve the rights and liberties of all American citizens, and fights for the rights of those who need them most.

Plus, if you join the ACLU today, your gift will be matched.

Support the Ali Forney Center & Help LGBTQ Homeless Youth

The Ali Forney Center, based in New York City, is the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the United States. Their mission is to protect LGBTQ youth homelessness, and educate and empower them with the tools they need to live independently. Here are some ways to help.

Shop from and/or donate to their Amazon wishlist.

Provide Holiday gifts for the youth in their programs, like Gift Cards in $10 denominations and school supplies. Click here for more information.

Volunteer in meal preparation, as a tutor and/or mentor, help plan events, and more. Click here for more volunteering opportunities.

Support Planned Parenthood

Since the men who will shortly be in charge of our country have no respect for women’s bodies, and may very well defund Planned Parenthood, please help support the organization however you can. Plus a fun Christmas idea: donate in honor of extra conservative and pro-life friends and family, or Mike Pence, or both. (I did. Hehehehehe!) Find donation and volunteering opportunities here.

Donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to combat hate, intolerance and discrimination through education and litigation. Help defend those who need it most, and find ways to get involved here.

Volunteer With Your Local Food Bank

If you’re located in the New York City area, the Coalition for the Homeless has an incredible program in which they deliver healthy meals of hot stew, bread, fresh fruit, and juice or milk on the streets of 23 stops around the city. Volunteers help hand out food as well as drive the vans.

For a list of similar programs and food banks near you, click here.

Not to mention, now that it’s the holiday season, there are even more ways to help! Check with your local homeless shelter and food bank regarding holiday themed volunteer opportunities.

Organize a Food Drive

See Create the Good’s how-to-guide on organizing your very own food drive.

Hashtag & Share A Meal

When you Tweet, Instagram or post on Facebook using the hashtag #ShareAMeal, or even like a retweet using the hashtag, Unilever donates one meal to Feeding America, a national organization dedicated to ending hunger in the United States.

Donate to Feeding America

If you don’t feel like hashtagging, go straight to the source and donate to Feeding America yourself. Just one dollar equals 22 meals for people facing hunger, and if you donate on Giving Tuesday, your gift will be doubled. Click here to donate.

Shop Online Using GoodShop

Yes, you read that right: you can shop online and give back at the very same time. All you have to do is sign up for GoodShop and tell them who you want to support (or create your own cause or campaign!), and once you’re all done, a percentage of your shopping at thousands of stores will be donated to charity! See their site here.

Buy Wine

…Yes. OneHope, which makes some seriously good wine, donates to charity every time you buy their products. For example, One Gold Glitter Edition Sparkling Wine provides 15 meals to a child in need, every red wine gift box helps fund ABA Therapy for a child with autism, and every “Pinot for Paws” Gift Box helps one shelter animal find a forever home. Other purchases help provide water for families in need, provide schoolgirls with uniforms, plant trees, and more. Click here for their site and to start buying wine.

Support Buddy Project

Buddy Project is a nonprofit organization that aims to self harm and eating disorders by pairing teens with a buddy. By promoting positivity and companionship, as well as providing resources and education on mental illness and the harms of bullying and cyber-harassment, Buddy Project hopes to de-stigmatize mental illness for everybody – especially teens. Click here to support Buddy Project’s booster campaign, and click here to donate directly through Facebook. All donations up to $1000 will be matched by Bill & Melinda Gates.

Volunteer with 826NYC

Volunteer with (or donate to) 826NYC, a non-profit organization that offers free creative writing, tutoring and ESL programs to over 2,300 New York City public school students every year. Here you can support students by after-school tutoring, helping lead field-trips, working in schools in Harlem and the Bronx, and more. Click here for more information.

If you’re not in New York, see a list of their other locations here.

Donate to or Volunteer With New York Cares

New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer database, connecting volunteers with over 1,350 nonprofits and schools, and having served 400,000 New Yorkers in need last year. New York Cares provides tons of different opportunities: working with children, working with animals, coat drives, disaster response, and much, much more. Click here to donate, and if you donate today, your gift will be doubled!

Volunteer With Your Local Homeless Shelter

There are tons of ways to help homeless shelters: help prepare and serve meals, clean up, administrative assistance, and more. Click here to find a homeless shelter near you.

Support Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the country’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, advocating for animal rights, spaying and neutering homeless animals, and helping animals find forever homes. And if you donate on Giving Tuesday, your gift will be matched! Click here to donate.

Volunteer At Your Local Animal Shelter

Just because a dog hasn’t been adopted yet, doesn’t mean they’re not worthy of affection and love. Organizations like BARC and Sean Casey Animal Rescue allow volunteers to walk and play with their rescue dogs. Click here to find a shelter near you to see how you can help.

Let’s be good people, y’all.