We are entering in to a season that gives us Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Two days that have us tracking the sales flyers and online deals in hopes to find the best deal. Black Friday deals have been arriving earlier and earlier each year are now available on Thursday. It's a season that has us focused on shopping and buying and what can we GET.
Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? It's the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and it's a global day dedicated to giving back and celebrating generosity. It's a time to help us refocus our holiday season and to support a cause you believe in. It's a day to focus on what we can GIVE rather than what we can GET.
Giving Tuesday is a chance to take part in a day of action and to give hope to those who need it most.
There is no shortage of organizations to choose from and it can be overwhelming to determine where you'd like your money to go.
Want to show you support the fight against sexual exploitation?
Here are a few of my favorite choices:
Refuge For Women Chicago is a twelve-month holistic journey for women who wish to leave the sex industry. There is no charge to ...guests (women and their children) as they live and work together as a family towards healing. During their time at The Refuge, women will develop and work on a "Life Plan" - focusing on physical and emotional health, spiritual growth, education, and life skills necessary for a stable and productive life. As women complete their time with us, they will have the opportunity to serve other women in the industry through ministry internships, or may choose to pursue resources towards further education and stable employment. Why I like them: They are opening a home in the Chicago area in 2015. Open beds for women to heal are desperately needed in our city.
Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a committed community restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time. Why I like them: Every year their Protected Innocence Challenge grades states on how they are doing legislatively to combat human trafficking. Shared Hope also has The Defenders - an initiative that challenges men to honor, and respect to women as well as pledge not to purchase or participate in pornography, prostitution or any form of the commercial sex industry.
Polaris Project: From working with government leaders to protect victims’ rights, to building partnerships with the world’s leading technology corporations, we spark long-term change that focuses communities on identifying, reporting and eliminating trafficking networks. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of all that we do -- helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and gathering the data to pursue traffickers wherever they operate. Why I like them: Polaris operated the National Human Trafficking hotline # where those in need of help can call or anonymous tips can be reported. Polaris also tracks current legislation and is a great resource for those who want to contact government officials to make a difference.