Giving Tuesday this year is occurring on November 30, 2021. The day is designated as a day for generosity – a day to donate to the organizations you hold close and desire to uplift. There is no amount too small or too large to donate to the nonprofits on Giving Tuesday, and well any day of the year. This year consider donating to organizations that support the military families and military community. They provide resources, comfort in times of need and support. Check out these organizations this Giving Tuesday.
The American Legion is an organization that supports active duty service members as well as veterans, military families through scholarships and sports.
The Armed Services YMCA, or ASYMCA, supports military families on base and off with retreats for military children at a reduced cost, food supplies, clothing, and toys to children. Not to mention the programs for youth and teens. You can select to donate to the ASYMCA near you or to the larger organization that can share the donations to where it is needed.
Blue Star Families supports families around the U.S. with programming for military children and their families. If you have ever gone to a museum with free admission in the summer for the military, that is thanks to the joint venture of Blue Star Families and the National Endowment for the Arts. The organization also does annual research to determine what the needs of the current military family are and shares that with legislators in Washington when policies are discussed.
The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low-cost lodging to active duty military and veterans who travel for medical treatment and military treatment facilities. It’s like the Ronald McDonald House for military families – anticipating the needs of the military family.
The Gary Sinise Foundation offers unique programming to active duty military, veterans, their families as well as first responders and their families. If you have watched Forrest Gump, then you are familiar with the character Lt. Dan. Gary Sinise is the actor for that part and after the events of 9/11, he wanted to do more to honor the military and first responder families impacted. In 2011, the Gay Sinise Foundation was formed. From their RISE (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program, Relief and Resiliency program to outreach programs like concerts put on by Gary Sinise himself, the Foundation supports military families in various ways. You can even give in a bigger way by creating a fundraiser if donations alone don’t seem like enough.
The Honor Flight Network is back to providing flights to veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials of their respective wars. They use donations to cover costs of flights, hotels, food, and lodging for the veteran and the help they need while traveling.
Hope for Warriors is a nonprofit that supports wounded combat veterans and their families and the families of those killed in action. For the combat veterans and their families, their focus is on the transition out of the military, health and wellness, and connections to resources in the community. Health and wellness includes caregiver support in addition to helping the wounded combat veterans. For those who have lost family members, the organization supports and provides resources within and outside the military community.
The National Military Family Association supports the active duty military family with programming like Spouse Scholarships, Operation Purple Camps for military kids, Operation Purple Family Retreats, and Operation Purple Healing Adventures for the military family. Being headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, they also advocate for policies in Washington that directly affect military families like childcare, food insecurity, and healthcare coverage for young adults.
Operation Help a Hero supports military families through various programming like OHH Baby Showers, Operation Enduring Support, OHH Camp Joy, Comfort for the Caregiver, Operation Rack Pack (providing supplies to returning military from deployment), and Operation Christmas Spirit, just to name a few. In addition to donating money, you can donate time to volunteer through your local programming.
The Semper Fi & America’s Fund aids through programming and support to combat wounded, ill, and injured service members and their family members, and veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces. Healthcare case managers and visiting nurses are just part of the team that makes up the Semper Fi Fund.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, provides support, resources, and programming to the military family grieving the loss of their active duty military member. TAPS holds programming like Good Grief Camp, in addition to seminars and retreats for adults and youth throughout the country.
The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation was founded in 1991 and has continued to aid children in need across the United States by providing toys at Christmas. You can donate unwrapped, sealed toys or funds to help purchase toys. It’s a donation that provides cheer during a giving season.
The USO is known as an ambassador to active duty military families dating back to World War II. The organization provides programming through their local chapters that support their local community and unite community resources with the military family. They welcome military units back from deployment, provide programming to military children and even host a Santa’s Workshop for military kids to shop for their parents. All the programming differs based on the branch, but you can search which USO branch is near you to learn more.
Giving Tuesday is a great time to show support for your military community in a way that supports them, and may even support your family! Where will you give to you on Giving Tuesday?