November is a month dedicated to being thankful and as generous as can be. With all the monthly dedications and pledges through programs like Movember, there’s no surprise that Miami has its own pledge program: Give Miami Day. On November 21st, you’ll have the chance to donate to Miami’s greatest non-profits and help support their amazing programs that are changing our city for the better. Here are some of our favorites:
Founded by Nathaniel Sandler, Bookleggers is a community mobile library that goes around town once a month and gives away free books to the public. Through public access points, programming, and instillations that place books in unexpected spaces, Bookleggers creates dynamic participatory experiences that increase book access and serve as a conduit for community exchange.
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The unaccompanied children’s crisis at our borders is not over. Support an organization that provides free legal services without regard to faith, race, national origin, or other distinguishing characteristics in our community. Many of the children that pass through Catholic Legal Services are able to obtain direct representation in removal proceedings before Immigration Judges. They also provide free legal orientation presentations to the community once a week.
Friends of Miami Animals works directly with Miami-Dade Animal Services to provide free spay and neutering surgeries to end the needless suffering and death of unwanted pets. FOMA is a leader in animal welfare and advocacy in our community to improve and save the lives of animals in our community, as well as help pet owners.
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Lotus House provides a sanctuary for homeless women, youth, and children by providing them with education, tools, and resources that empower them to improve the quality of their lives. Lotus House’s vision is that every homeless woman, youth and child have the opportunity to heal, learn, grow, and build the foundation for a brighter future.
The award-winning organization, Moonlighter FabLab, Inc. is a registered fabrication lab focused on developing technologies and bring educational opportunities to over 6,500 students and professionals. Their mission is to provide education, access, collaboration, and outreach to youths in our community. Some of Moonlighter’s latest work includes partnering with Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and NASA to build the first ever makerspace in a botanic garden focused on developing technologies for growing plants in space.
Debris Free Global, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring local communities to responsibly managing the lifecycle of plastics and waste through education, outreach, research, and policy initiatives. Hosting over 170 events, Debris Free Oceans has engaged over 8,200 people in interactive zero-waste events designed to promote positive behavior change, including their annual eco-fashion show and Pub Crawl pick-up events.
The Underline is an organization whose vision is to transform underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail into a ten-mile linear park and living art destination. This will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, as well as create over 120 acres of open space with restored habitats. Not only will it provide a canvas for artistic expression but will also attract development along US-1 and generate significant economic impact for our city.
Learning for Success, Inc. helps students connect their strengths, skills, talents, and interests to their dreams for the future through school and business partnerships with teachers, schools, volunteers, and the community.
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