Giving Tuesday occurs every year on the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving. It is a global day of giving that encourages people to spend the day donating to charities, volunteering, or giving back in some way throughout their community. The global movement inspires people every year to come together with their friends, families, and communities to do something good and make a difference in the lives of others. This year, Giving Tuesday occurs on November 27th. Set some time aside after your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping to give to a worthy organization. Every year, thousands of individuals struggle with the costs of obtaining sobriety and paying for rehab and addiction treatment centers. Please consider giving to one of the following organizations who make it possible for those struggling in the opioid epidemic to get help and who are actively working to raise awareness and create change.
The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization, or HERO, was founded by John Roberts and Brian Kirk after their two sons tragically lost their battle with heroin addiction. They set out to raise awareness and to create a support network for families dealing with a loss to heroin or opioid use. HERO has an overall mission to combat the use of heroin and opioids through the planning of several programs to prevent, treat, and provide support to those affected by the epidemic.
Shatterproof is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on the advocacy, prevention, and treatment of addiction. Their dedicated work encourages people to take action in their communities and end the stigma of addiction. The organization has developed several programs and fundraisers including the Rise Up Against Addiction 5K Walk/Run. They continuously fight to pass legislation related to addiction and use a business approach to improving treatment throughout our country. Their federal and state advocacy has helped states pass 15 live-saving legislation.
Formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids focuses on providing resources for families and teens about substance abuse. Their advocacy promotes easier access to support groups and treatment centers for teenagers, prevention programs and provides direct support to those struggling with addiction.
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is a non-profit movement that provides help for people struggling with not only addiction but also depression, self-injury, and suicide. They have donated more than $2 million to the recovery and treatment of individuals and funded many organizations and counseling services. They organize several programs and appear at dozens of events every year to provide their information and services and to help those in need. Donations to TWLOHA help create a positive community of recovery, connect people to help, challenge misconceptions and invest in treatment.