Hi, friends. I know a lot of us are feeling helpless and distraught right now in this moment of collective heartbreak and outrage. For those in a position to do so, I put together a small list of ways to financially support our BIPOC neighbors, especially the Black community. These organizations are on the front lines of the fight against systematic racism and more.
I’m including resources for assisting those suffering from coronavirus impact and environmental destruction—both from which communities of color have been disproportionately impacted. If you’re intimidated by making large donations, consider signing up for $5-10 per month. Giving a little bit over time makes a big difference, and recurring donations allow organizations to plan ahead further.
Also, I’m far from an expert on the layers of baked-in oppression that need to be dismantled in our society, but I know this: Supporting our neighbors empowers, heals, and strengthens us all. The only question is, why wouldn’t we?
Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community is a resource guide created to discuss the impact of racism and discrimination on the mental health of our Black communities. Despite being more susceptible to struggle with mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, statistics show that only one out of three Black people will receive the help they need.
This guide aims to make information about accessing mental health services easier than ever. Special thanks to Claire O’Neill of Sunshine Behavioral Health for submitting this important resource.
Bushwick Ayuda Mutua is a network of Bushwick neighbors supporting neighbors. Update 2020: This is the organization that fed over 2K Bushwick residents during the COVID-19 crisis and continues to do great work.
Clean Bushwick Initiative is committed to cleaning up parks and streets as well as connecting the community through environmental awareness, education, art, and fun.
Bushwick City Farms provides free food, access to space, and education programs for community members. They operate by a “give what you can, take what you need” philosophy.
Girls Write Now is a writing and mentoring organization for NYC girls and gender non-conforming youth.
Materials For The Arts collect arts and crafts supplies for NYC educators to utilize in their classrooms and programs.
EV Loves NYC delivers free food to those who need it most in NYC.
The Loveland Foundation provides free therapy to women of color with a focus on Black women and girls.
No White Saviors – A Uganda-based campaign dedicated to educating and uprooting harmful white-centric narratives in philanthropy and volunteerism.
BOLD facilitates social transformation and fundamental improvements in the lives and living conditions of Black people.
Black Girls Code is empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.
Women’s Earth Alliance catalyzes women-led, grassroots solutions to protect our environment and strengthen communities from the inside out.
Girls Write Now is New York’s first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls and gender non-conforming youth.
Freelancers Relief Fund is supporting freelancers who have been left without work and fewer unemployment options.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is committed to challenging the racism, inequality, and injustice of a criminal legal system that disproportionately target and harm low-income communities of color. They also created the Immigrant Freedom Fund.
Adopt a Native Elder provides assistance to Indigenous American elders without an agenda to interfere with their traditional culture or lifestyle in any way.
Native American Rights Fund is the oldest and largest nonprofit legal organization asserting and defending the rights of Indigenous American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide.
Note: These are organizations I’ve given to in the past or give to monthly on a recurring basis. I’ll endeavor to update this list whenever possible, but at the time of publishing this post, links and information are accurate to the best of my knowledge. Feel free to reach out if you spot an error or have a suggestion.