Published on December 9th, 2013 | by Claire Collins0
5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season
Black Friday has officially ushered in the holiday buying season.
The gift guides have been unleashed, and now its up to us to figure out who gets which gadget or goodie, right? Well, not necessarily. This year, we have suggestions for meaningful ways to give and share the love. Whether you’re downing a cocktail, hanging with the homeless, or doing a jig in an eye patch, these fun ideas will have you feeling good AND generous. Tis the season!
1. Have a Drink
No, really! Who said that you couldn’t be inebriated AND benevolent? Drink for a Cause is a non-profit that organizes events with local bars and restaurants that agree to donate a portion of the evening’s tab to a good cause. So now you can have another glass of cab without feeling like a total lush—don’t you wish this were every night? Check out the Drinks for a Cause Facebook page for weekly events.
2. Read This, Then Eat
Creative Rescue pairs arts non-profits with animal rescue organizations. Their mission is to collaborate on products with arts organizations, with proceeds going to animal rescue groups like no-kill shelters and adoption agencies.
This year, they’ve paired with Creativity Explored, a nonprofit in the Mission that focuses on helping adults with development disabilities realize their dreams of becoming working artists. The result was Arts & Eats, a cookbook collaboration between Creativity Explored and local restaurants in San Francisco’s Mission District. The book showcases work from artists at Creativity Explored and recipes from some of the trendiest restaurants in the city (Farina, Trick Dog, Beretta, Mission Chinese and Delfina). All proceeds benefit both Creative Rescue and Creativity Explored. With stunning artwork and yummy recipes, this cookbook is sure to please almost anyone on your holiday shopping list.
You can stop by Creativity Explored at 3245 16th Street to pick up your copy, or visit their website for more work from their talented group of artists here.
3. Play Dress Up
While you already look spiffy with your good conscience, why not look fabulous? Get dolled up for the 11th Annual Elf Party at the Regency Ballroom and dance the night away, all while benefitting children’s charities. Don’t forget to wear your favorite holiday costume! (jingle bells recommended, but not required) Tickets are $50 and benefit local children’s charities.
December 14th, 2013 at the Regency Ballroom (21 & up)
4. Make New Friends in the Tenderloin
GLIDE Memorial Church in the Tenderloin is a San Francisco institution. GLIDE has been bringing services to the city’s neediest residents for over 50 years now. On their website, they write, “GLIDE’s mission is to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. “With programs for free meals, health services, housing, and addiction recovery, GLIDE is a beacon of compassion like no other.
The meals program is a popular way for GLIDE novices to volunteer their time, with the busy holiday season seeing over 5,000 meals served for Thanksgiving alone. Learn more about GLIDE and find out how to give your time here.
5. Pretend You’re a Pirate
826 Valencia is an educational nonprofit which provides mentorship and tutoring to kids aged 6-18. Their project-based curriculum focuses on developing creative and expository writing skills via 1-on-1 tutoring sessions. The namesake storefront hosts not only tutoring classes but also a wicked-cool pirate store replete with (almost) any kind of booty your little peg-legged heart could desire. Did someone say spyglass stocking stuffer? You can take a peek at store’s array of loot on their website here.
Also, watch Dave Eggers’ TED video on 826 below: