As I flew home to enjoy the holiday with family, my feeling of privilege couldn’t have been greater. I sat in a cozy first-row seat of first-class on American thanks to a rewards credit card with bonus miles. While the seat may have been “free,” the opportunity was afforded to me.
While my Thanksgiving has been a bit non-traditional, as a number of family members are being asked to work the holiday, I’m fortunate that those around me are healthy and well. Likewise, I’m fortunate to be healthy, temporarily-abled, and to be in graduate school.
With this wonderful privilege, I cannot help wondering how I can give back. As the cheesy line in Spiderman goes:
With great power comes great responsibility. –Stan Lee
Despite being in massive amounts of debt, I decided to donate to 3 special causes. The following are three organizations that I’d ask you to support with me:
1. No Kid Hungry
The actor, Jeff Bridges, has a mission to end child hunger. No Kid Hungry is a charity that’s supported by the actor and helps feed children nationwide. Just $1 of support equals 10 meals for children.
This is the perfect charity to give to this Thanksgiving, as you think about those who may have less. Food is a necessity, and the charity helps aid the people that need it most. Donate here: http://www.nokidhungry.org/
2. Always Remember Never Surrender Scholarship
This is a scholarship endowment that will always be near the top of my list. The Always Remember Never Surrender Scholarship supports undergraduate students in psychology to research, study, and pursue a field that helps prevent suicide. This issue is very dear to me, and I always like to give to help support the educations of others.
Each year, $500 is awarded to a student that applies for the scholarship. You can give to the endowment here: http://www.alwaysrememberscholarship.com
3. American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU is famous for supporting individual liberties and protecting the most vulnerable people in our society. The famed organization is currently advocating in four major arenas: “Keep America Safe and Free,” “Fair Justice, Smart Justice,” “Defending Targets of Discrimination,” and “Protecting Civil Liberties in a Digital Age.”
The ACLU has long been a champion of freedom, liberty, and social equality. They have a long history of fighting for free speech and empowering minority groups. Please consider giving here: https://www.aclu.org/