Giving back and helping those in need has been engrained into who I am since the time I was a child. As an adult, I strive to continue being a catalyst for change in different ways, with various organizations. Linked below are several charities, resources and organizations that are important to me. These will be updated and added to regularly; I greatly appreciate you taking the time to review them, engage with them and contribute in any way you can!
Happy Helpers for the Homeless – Founded by Amber Coffman more than 20 years ago (at age 10), Happy Helpers for the Homeless’ mission is to help individuals and families in need throughout Maryland. Each and every Saturday and Sunday, Happy Helpers distributes hundreds of meals and donated items to the homeless. In the 23+ years since its inception, Happy Helpers has NEVER missed a weekend – not even during blizzards or major holidays!
Best Buddies – A national charity dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for friendships, employment leadership development and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Anti-Racism Resources by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Alyssa Klein – This guide compiles a multitude of resources ranging from donation sites to podcasts and businesses to support in fighting racial inequality, pursuing justice and supporting Black and minority groups.
Special Olympics – The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
My Shoes – My Shoes Your Shoes was founded by my dear friend, Mearg “Magi” Tareke, who walked barefoot over three miles each day to get to school. Her organization now helps those facing the same situation in developing countries.
Omna Tigray – A nonprofit bringing aid to those affected by the ongoing war and humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia.
Puerto Rico – This site provides a plethora of resources dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and economic support to those in need in Puerto Rico. After devastating natural disasters year after year, the resources on this site continually support relief, rebuilding and preservation efforts.
National Eating Disorder Association – Information, resources and support for those battling disordered eating.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline – If you or someone you know needs help, call 800-273-8255. Free and confidential support and crisis resources dedicated to suicide prevention and mental & emotional health improvement.