It’s the season of shopping. Catalogues invade my mailbox daily. And it’s also the season of giving. Non-profit organizations try to capture our attention and donations, hoping to replenish their coffers to enable them to fulfill their missions.
I’ve been to a couple events – aka—fund-raisers in recent weeks.
My neighbor hosted a coffee for the Tahirih Justice Center, an organization devoted to immigrant women and children who arrive in the United States without any legal benefits and need protection against domestic violence and other horrendous customs like female genital mutilation and human trafficking.
Youth Communication, a New York City-based organization whose board I serve on, held a fundraiser at a private residence in Greenwich Village. Speakers included a current writer who is in foster care, a graduate of the program who shared how being a YC writer changed her life, and the program director from Joe Torre Safe at Home, a foundation serving victims of domestic violence. The representative described how her staff uses the YC story anthologies and curriculums. Some of these people, mostly paraprofessionals without college degrees, become so inspired by the training; they then pursue more education themselves.
Last, I attended the annual black tie Committee to Protect Journalists at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. The event honors the true heroes of journalism—those reporters and photographers whose lives are on the line daily in their pursuit of telling the world the truth. Some pay the ultimate sacrifice, with their lives. Some are imprisoned, some injured. While the stories are horrific, the mission is noble and reinforces the importance of a free press. Over $2 million was raised.
Today is Cyber Giving Monday. Will you be supporting your favorite charities?
On another note, I want to share that I am no longer teaching. While I loved being back in the classroom and being with young adolescents, I found the time commitment too much given other interests and demands in my life. The school found a replacement and I assisted with the transition. I hope to continue as a volunteer, helping the 8th grade students with their high school application essays. Thank you for your interest and support of my teaching and please stay tuned for new projects underway.