Happy Thanksgiving from Spinelli Kilcollin!
In honor of the holiday, we're donating 20% percent of our proceeds over the course of Thanksgiving week to The Downtown Women's Center, which provides safe housing for people in Downtown Los Angeles, right by the SK office!
There are, of course, so many excellent organizations that address various issues.
Each person at the SK office has a favorite (or two!) -- read on to learn of charities we love!
Yves Spinelli's pick is the Wildlife Sanctuary in Boulder, CO, which aims to prevent cruelty towards animals and provide care and boarding for previously neglected animals. The Wildlife Sanctuary also works to educate the public about the causes of and solutions to issues surrounding the safety and rights of animals.
Marisa's pick is Dig Deep, which fights to provide clean water for communities across the world.
Floriana's pick is Hashtag Lunchbox, which provides people with free meals in Los Angeles.
Jason volunteers two to three times a week with an organization called 826LA, tutoring under-resourced students in writing. 826 also has chapters in San Francisco, Brooklyn, Washington DC, Chicago, and Ann Arbor, serving Detroit. His second pick is School on Wheels, which provides academic tutoring to children living in shelters, motels, cars, group foster homes and on the streets in Southern California.
We also like Amanda Hearst’s Friends of Finn, which strives to end to the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and support pet adoption.
Daniela is in the process of applying to be a volunteer at Taking the Reins, which teaches adolescent girls about values including leadership, responsibility, and confidence through riding, horse care and urban farm projects.
Lily likes Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, which directs people to other organizations who can more directly facilitate physical donations to the camps at Standing Rock, The Trevor Project, which provides assistance to LGBTQ youth in crisis, and LGBT Books to Prisoners, which provides books to incarcerated LGBTQ-identified people across the U.S.
Dwyer likes Doctors without Borders, which is an international NGO and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.
Alexandra's pick is New York-based Art Start, which uses creative arts to transform the lives of young kids who live in city shelters, on the streets, are involved in court cases, or have unstable familial situations. The children work with local teaching artists and educators.
Brandon likes the Audrey Lorde Project-- a foundation that honors the activist Audrey Lorde, who was focused on the liberation of oppressed people of different races, genders, sexual orientations, classes, ages and abilities.