On this Giving Tuesday I wanted to introduce you to some of our charitable partners that we're proud to support. At The Light Factory, generosity has always been one of our core values. Every month, we donate 10% of our profits to charities that we're passionate about. We're proud of this commitment, and have been honored to support a variety of amazing organizations over the years. These are the organizations we give to on a recurring monthly basis, and we deeply believe in their missions. We encourage you to join us in supporting them! Giving has the power to transform our communities and the world, and every act of generosity makes a difference. Whether it's helping a neighbor out, being kind to a stranger, or donating to a worthy cause, we all have something to give. That's the message of Giving Tuesday...and with all the crisis, discord, and hardship of 2020, it seems especially necessary and important this year.
Local organizations in our community of Spokane, WA:
Second Harvest Food Bank: Second Harvest is a nonprofit focused on fighting hunger and feeding hope. They supply a network of partner food banks, meal sites and other programs feeding people in need throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Second Harvest works hard to get food onto the tables of families, kids and seniors facing hunger in our community, so they can live a life full of the activities and people they love.
Big Table: The restaurant and hospitality industry has the highest rates of people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, divorce and broken relationships, redline stress levels, job instability, rapid turnover, and almost no safety net. Big Table works on a referral model to care for these workers who constitute the working poor–people who are already doing all they can on their own and still not making it. Big Table seeks to meet an immediate need as quickly as possible with the goal of keeping a family or individual from falling off the ledge. Once the crisis has passed they continue to walk alongside individuals, offering accountability and encouragement to give them hope and direction.
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery: Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery provides immediate refuge for children who would otherwise be at risk. It is a safe place for parents to bring their children in the face of crises. Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery provides 24-hour child care for infants and children under the age of seven, as well as education, counseling, and help for their parents, who may be dealing with serious issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness.
National and international organizations:
Love146: Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation. They build safe homes and provide survivor care throughout Asia, the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, their Prevention Education program reaches children in classroom and community settings, equipping them to recognize vulnerabilities and protect themselves and their peers from exploitation.
Equal Justice Initiative: The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. It is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people.
Black Mamas Bail Out: The National Bail Out Collective coordinates Mama’s Day Bail Outs, where they bail out Black Mamas and caregivers so they can spend Mother’s Day with their families. They also provides fellowship and employment opportunities for those bailed out, in order to support their growth and create a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration. They work with groups across the country to support ongoing bail reform efforts and create resources for organizers and advocates interested in ending pretrial detention.
The Loveland Foundation: The Loveland Foundation provides financial assistance for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy, giving them access to healing that will impact generations. They partner with mental health professionals across the country providing high quality, culturally competent therapy services. They support 4-8 sessions of therapy, and have a financial assistance program to help recipients to continue to afford therapy.
We're proud of a lot of things about The Light Factory: the bubble chandeliers we make, our focus on customer service, and the fact that we're female owned and operated. We find a lot of joy in creating bespoke chandeliers for you. But honestly, nothing makes us happier, or gives this work more meaning, than donating to these worthy organizations every month. So thank you for making that possible! We're so lucky to have such amazing customers that have blessed us with growth and support, and we LOVE to pay it forward.