Thanksgiving often creates a peaceful space for us to reflect on our blessings. This then sparks our giving spirit towards a particular non-profit. It’s reassuring when a non-profit provides impact within the community as well as growth within their own organization. Local Detroit organizations are working tirelessly to ensure the homeless and families struggling with income have access to showers, furry companions, fresh food, and overall better health.
Giving isn’t just for a trendy Tuesday hashtag or a Thanksgiving Thursday. These are enlightening examples of the abundance of opportunities November opens up for giving back to those in need. Be inspired by this year’s access to more in-person volunteering. You may not be able to donate time, so food or money may be a better option to give back to these 8 Detroit organizations:
Zipcodes shouldn’t determine a child’s roadmap, which is the exact mindset of this next non-profit. Created in 2015, Brilliant Detroit has helped more than 9,000 individuals by transforming vacant homes in the middle of neighborhoods into supportive, easily accessible community hubs. The magical non-profit constructs “kid-success neighborhoods,” so children are set up for successful living from birth to age eight. Brilliant Detroit has 12 locations across the city of Detroit (with three more in the works) that provide programs and services centered around health, education, and family assistance. Click here to donate.
CROSSROADS OF MICHIGAN
Help serve some of those most in need in the Detroit community. Crossroads of Michigan is constantly on the job, aiming to provide warm nutritional meals for impoverished families every Sunday of the year. Meals are served from noon to 3 p.m. each week. Whether you’re helping out in the kitchen or donating, you’re supporting the longevity of this soup kitchen’s operating system. It takes a team to transport all the freshest goods to grateful families. Click here to volunteer.
CAPUCHIN SOUP KITCHEN
Another well-known soup kitchen for a good reason has religious roots. Spirits are high inside because of the inspiration of St. Francis of Assisi. Mind, body, and soul are of high importance when it comes to the rights of a collective community like Detroit. Located at 1820 Mount Elliot St, Detroit, MI. Click here to donate.
THE WAVE PROJECT
A somewhat more recent non-profit, Welcoming All Valuing Everyone began in 2018 in Macomb County. A homeless man on his way to a job interview was the person to utilize the WAVE Project’s mobile shower service. Since then, the non-profit has provided hundreds of showers to anyone without access to hygiene facilities. Click here to donate.
GREEN DOOR INITIATIVE
Non-profits like Geen Door Initiative in Detroit are designed with not only the future in mind but also current and past circumstances. This headstrong non-profit deserves attention for addressing environmental issues involving the health of city populations. Help combat the injustices of high rates of asthma and lead poisoning in Detroit due to the city’s hazardous auto-manufacturing industry. Click here to get involved and make a planetary difference.
FRIENDS OF DETROIT ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL
Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control oversees its sister organization, Detroit Animal Care and Control. What could be better than helping animals find a home through the adoption process? On average, the volunteer program assists 4,000 animals every year. The main priority is to ensure homeless animals are equipped to go home with the right caretakers and stay out of the shelter. The non-profit not only makes a difference in the animals’ lives but also a large portion of the Detroit community. Click here to volunteer.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF DETROIT
The Ronald McDonald House of Detroit gives families the opportunity to live, eat and sleep close to metro Detroit area hospitals. They strive to provide children with everyday acts of love and support during treatment. Located at 4707 St. Antoine, Suite 200. Detroit, MI. Click here to donate.
GLEANERS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SOUTHEASTERN MICHIGAN
Finishing off the list is a non-profit many are familiar with. Gleaners aim is to provide households with proper access to nutritious food and other related resources. Located at 2131 Beaufait St, Detroit, MI. Click here to donate.
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