In honor of Giving Tuesday, we solicited Daphne Javitch — nutritionist, lifestyle coach and founder of the Instagram account DoingWell, which offers simple tips on how to improve your health — to share some of the charitable causes she’s supporting this holiday season.
A wonderful doula collective with a focus on reproductive justice that reaches beyond pregnancy and postpartum, Ancient Song provides everything from bereavement services to supplies for families in marginalized communities. My friend Shishi Rose (who's also a doula) turned me onto this organization, and it's been an ongoing source of inspiration and education.
The community fridge concept allows neighborhoods to come together and connect through exchange and nourishment, helping to prevent food waste and minimize the stigma associated with hunger. It also addresses food insecurity by providing access to fresh, healthy fruits & veggies. I love this organization!
My friend Anja Tyson recently introduced me to this organization, which is dedicated to supporting single mothers in need throughout New York City. I'm a resourced, partnered mother with childcare and I find parenting exhausting and vulnerable. I cannot imagine doing this alone, let alone as a single parent living below the poverty line (as 45 percent of single-parent households do). Maternal health is community health — we have to do better to support parents!
An amazing organization that provides diapers to families who need them most. Last year, The New York Times published a must-read article about diaper need, which cited studies that found “somewhere between 29 percent and 36 percent of families” in the U.S. struggle to afford diapers. I've been supporting NBDN ever since — and have tried to spread the word about this tender issue.
Photo Courtesy of: Finestone, Roy. Baby (Eben Light) in a basket, Montague Farm Commune, January 1971. Roy Finestone Photograph Collection (PH 005). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries