Good On You

In our current crisis, pitching in on Giving Tuesday is more important than ever. Here, Purist presents eight important nonprofits working diligently to make our world a better place.

  1. Wellness in the Schools partners with professional chefs to transform cafeteria menus and provide nutritional education in schools across the country. Their innovative Green For Kids program teaches children gardening practices and provides accessible environmental education through hands-on learning. 
  2. The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund to support displaced service industry employees. Donations will be allocated between individual restaurant workers, other nonprofit organizations supporting restaurant workers in crisis, and zero interest loans for struggling small businesses. 
  3. City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, delivering free, nutritious meals to the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers facing food insecurity. City Harvest sources millions of pounds of food from restaurants, grocers and manufacturers using a fleet of 22 refrigerated trucks, and brings them to homeless shelters, food banks and community organizations in all 5 boroughs.  
  4. The David Lynch Foundation has unveiled the Heal The Healers Now program, an effort to bring Transcendental Meditation to frontline healthcare workers. This powerful mental health tool has been proven to reduce stress, manage PTSD and prevent burnout and insomnia.  
  5. New York City’s largest poverty fighting organization, the Robin Hood Foundation, challenges 1 million New Yorkers to contribute $10 to their COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will provide emergency cash assistance, housing resources, food and healthcare to people in all 5 boroughs. 
  6. Invisible Hands is seeking healthy “low-risk” volunteers to deliver groceries to vulnerable New Yorkers. Monetary donations are also welcome. 
  7. The New York Times reports that instances of domestic violence have spiked due to the COVID-19 crisis. The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s expertly trained advocates offer confidential support to survivors seeking resources or information. 
  8. DonatePPE has distributed more than 1.2 million pieces of equipment and raised over $86,000 for healthcare workers in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE). Donation hotspots are located in hard hit cities like NYC, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. 

Click here for Purist’s guide to Hamptons based organizations doing philanthropic work in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.