An Ode To The Helpers

A collection of innovative organizations making a difference at home and across the globe.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recently endorsed drive-in movies as a safe form of summer fun, and Southampton Art Center is excited to bring the tradition of yesteryear into the 21st century this Memorial Day weekend. Celebrate the unofficial kickoff of summer with a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark on May 23 at Cooper’s Beach in Southampton at 8:30PM. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to the showing as a contribution to Heart of the Hamptons food pantry.  
  • Operation USA provides disaster relief and development aid to over 100 countries. They are currently accepting monetary and in-kind contributions to their Los Angeles COVID-19 response initiative, which provides financial assistance, health education and distribution of water, cleaning products and PPE to struggling members of the LA community. 
  • The Global Fund For Women fights for reproductive health justice, liberation from gender-based violence, economic empowerment and leadership opportunities for women everywhere. The organization acknowledges the intersection of climate justice and women’s rights, working to expand food security, support grassroots climate change activists, and uplift the voices of indigenous women. 
  • Doctors Without Borders is supplying mental health support and infection-control training measures in communities across the world devastated by COVID-19. The organization is also working to stop the spread of the virus by amping up resources allocated to pre-established health programs in countries with fragile health systems. 
  • Rock icon and East Hampton resident Jon Bon Jovi is feeding the East End through The JBJ Soul Foundation. The organization solicits, receives, stores and distributes large quantities of purchased or donated food to the community through local food pantries. They have set a goal to provide 5,000 individuals with food each month.
  • The mental health landscape of America has faced a major shift amid the COVID-19 outbreak, and we must secure the emotional well-being of at-risk populations. Consider supporting the noble efforts of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest crisis-intervention resource for LGBTQ youth; it offers a 24/7 suicide-prevention hotline, text line and internet chat space staffed with trained mental health counselors. 
  • Vitamin Angels protects moms and babies in over 70 countries against disease, blindness and death by supplying important prenatals, vitamin A, deworming procedures and nutritional counseling.
  • By sponsoring a child through Plan International, a $35 monthly donation can radically transform a life. Contributions, which are tax deductible, are pooled to support community-led, self-sustaining projects that lead your sponsored child on a path to success. Donors can also assist needy families through a livestock contribution, which provides nutritious food and a sustainable source of income.