Several months ago, my friend Kelly over at MrsDisciple.com started a linkup on Fridays called Friday Five. I haven’t participated yet but am changing that today! In this season of giving, we all want to highlight charities that are making a difference in their communities and in the world. These are five of my favorites!
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
I first heard about TWLOHA soon after their founding in 2006, and have found their message and community helpful both for myself and for others. Jamie and his colleagues do great work. Donations go to connecting people with treatment programs, providing hope in the form of an online community and in-person events, challenging the stigma surrounding mental illness, and giving grants and scholarships to treatment centers and organizations.
Postpartum Progress is a peer-to-peer 501c3 organization that works to create an atmosphere in which women can recognize when they need help for maternal mental illness, feel safe reaching out for that help, and know that a community of thousands of other mothers stands beside them and behind them.
It is not an exaggeration when I say that Postpartum Progress saved my life. After months of suffering from postpartum depression, OCD, and anxiety, Katherine and the women of PP helped me understand my symptoms as being an illness. They pointed me to therapeutic resources and provided a group of Warrior Moms who had been where I was. They fulfill their mission each and every day; I am ever grateful for them. Donations go to creating and maintaining an international provider and resource list for women suffering from PMADs, distributing original patient education materials to therapists and physicians, translating support materials into languages other than English, and providing free online support through a private forum and the public website (reaching 30,000 women a week).
The Ugandan Water Project is a non-profit humanitarian organization working with you to provide clean, safe, accessible drinking water and other catalyst resources to communities in Uganda. Our goal is to implement relational solutions that help Ugandans pull themselves out of poverty in a sustainable way so they can live the lives they were created for.
The Ugandan Water Project was started in Rochester, NY: one of my hometowns. My church has been very involved in the organization, both with donating money to purchase and install water tanks for villages in Uganda and with sending personnel to Uganda to assist the villagers with installation. UWP is making a tangible and necessary difference in Uganda and the lives of its people. Donations go to providing clean water solutions, increased sanitation and hygiene, helping Ugandan merchants sell fair trade crafts, and assisting in small business development.
Together Rising offers support and assistance to people who have nowhere else to turn. As we give and receive we become connected to one other– understanding that sometimes people just need a little bit of help during difficult seasons of life. One of the most beautiful things about Together Rising is the remarkable number of recipients who turn around and become givers, adding their gifts to our community so that others may rise as well.
Glennon Melton and the Monkees over at Momastery started this organization as a way for women to give to other women in specific, tangible ways. They have Love Flash Mobs to exemplify “small things with great love,” where no one can give more than $25; the most recent one raised over $475,000 for a midwifery clinic in Haiti and Syrian refugees in Germany. It’s a community set up strictly for giving to others, and it’s wonderful. Donations go directly to helping people in crisis; the Together Rising board works for free, so there is no overhead cost at all.
Mercy Ships, a global charity, has operated a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations since 1978. Following the 2000-year-old model of Jesus, Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the poor, mobilizing people and resources worldwide.
My in-laws have been very involved with Mercy Ships for many years, and the organization does incredible things for hurting people all over the world. Donations go to provide surgeries in third-world countries to remove facial tumors, repair clefts, restore sight to the blind, repair club feet and twisted limbs, and more.