This weekend marks my 36th birthday. It’s not a particularly special birthday, it doesn’t end in a zero or a five. Hell, it’s not even my first quarantine birthday. But it is my birthday nonetheless. Another go around the sun means another list of things I feel I should have accomplished (anyone else feel this way?!). Near the top of this list, was getting my personal Subkit up and running! So, with a day to go, I’m checking something off my annual To Do.
Welcome to GAS or Give A Shit! A space where I will regularly research topical nonprofits that are worthy of our attention. For now, this newsletter will be free, but one day I hope to collect small sums of money and donate 100% of the proceeds to the discussed charities. While it remains free, I encourage you to check out these nonprofits and consider giving a buck or two if you can.
For my birthday edition of GAS, in true narcissist form, I’m going to highlight three nonprofits that mean something to me:
Parkdale Community Foodbank
I love Parkdale. I live right on Dufferin splitting “cool” Queen West and Parkdale, and if given a choice I turn right into the heart of Parkdale whenever possible. Momos, dive bars, old school businesses, community centres including a top notch library and free legal services and so much more. An urban neighbourhood with a diverse soul that everyone can love.
TheParkdale Community Foodbank is there for families and individuals dealing with food insecurity in downtown/west Toronto. Their mission is to provide access to barrier free food with choice, dignity and respect for all. They have kept the lights on and the help going through the Covid-19 crisis, and deserve nonstop love. Black Women In Motion
This nonprofit is “by Black womxn and for Black womxn. Period”, and it’s a pleasure to amplify their work. They are one of the most transparent and accountable organizations I’ve ever come across. They currently have a community goal of reaching 150k for their Emergency Community Relief Fund. Black Canadian womxn are disproportionately affected by Covid-19, and we should all consider donating.
A little bit more about BWIM: “Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence. We work within an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed and survivor-centred framework to create culturally-relevant content, educational tools, healing spaces and economic opportunities for black womxn.”
Lastly, and more personally:
The MS Society of Canada
If you’re on my mailing list at this early stage, it’s likely you know my family history. My father ruled. He was doting, mischievous and warm. He was an accomplished journalist, a many-time-over published author and a professor at King’s College. His life was cut short by MS. After a few drinks on numerous occasions my mom and I have gone over just how expensive, even in Canada where everything including home-care was covered, his disease was. MS is a financial, emotional and life-taking burden and Canada has one of the highest rates in the world.
The MS Society of Canada is “here to help. No one needs to face MS alone. In communities across Canada the MS Society provides information, support, educational events and other resources for people living with MS and their families.” Beyond these important initiatives, they are also funding important research to find the cause, help treat it in ways that provide more dignity for patients, and ultimately, they believe one day they can find a cure.
Keep giving a shit!