Local Nonprofits Guide: How to Give Back in Miami

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Local Non-profit Guide: How to Give Back in Miami
This resource is brought to you by The Mom Economy. 

Our guide to local nonprofits is back! Just in time to make it easier for you all to participate in Give Miami Day this Thursday, November 17th, one of the nation’s biggest 24-hour annual giving events.

This guide features nonprofit organizations in Miami that are impacting women, children, and families as well as easy ways to support them not only on Give Miami Day but year round!

As part of Miami Mom Collective’s mission to encourage, equip, and empower moms in our city, we want to make it easier for you to support other families, moms, and children in need.

Inspired by the love we feel for them and based on our research, we have updated our guide as a resource to continue raising awareness about amazing nonprofit organizations championing causes that are very close to our hearts. 

The Mom Economy ™ (501c3) is your go-to destination to invest, shop, and support Mother-Owned Small Businesses. Because women shouldn’t have to choose between their businesses and children. We have power in our wallets and this season we pledge to SHOP MOM™

They have a couple ways you can GIVE the GIFT of parental leave to mother-owned businesses. 

  • Donate $25 for a chance to win featured gifts from our Shop Mom Holiday Gift Guide (every $25 donation gives you (1) entry e.g. $50 donation gives you two entries into the raffle all donations are tax-deductible).
  • Shop their M.I.L.F Merch collection

 

All donations go to The Mother Fund

This grant is special to the organization’s core. Inspired by their founders, who worked really hard and endless hours throughout their pregnancy, at the hospital hours after birth, and all throughout their child’s first few years. The Mom Economy wants to be able to provide to mother-owned businesses, where many times parental leave isn’t tangible for them. While the push to make paid parental leave the new standard is a long-term mission, expectant parents (especially Mothers) are in urgent need of support right now. That’s why they created the Maternity Leave Fund, a commitment to fund paid maternity leave for families across the US.

Touching Miami With Love

For nearly twenty-five years, Touching Miami with Love has been serving the needs of the children, youth, and families of Overtown and West Homestead.

Their long-term programs focused on students. The organization serves around 400 on a weekly basis and follows children from kindergarten to adulthood, nurturing them holistically in spirit, mind, and body.

Their initiatives include group literacy, fitness, social-emotional learning, and weekly devotional time. The organization also has in-school case management support with instructional advocates to support student achievement as they meet with teachers, counselors, and school staff. All students have homework support including access to technology. Those students needing additional academic support get individualized reading intervention and math tutoring with staff tutors.

Starsoul

Starsoul is the first subscription organization changing the world one t-shirt at a time, highlighting one cause per month, and donating all proceeds to supporting charities while fostering and encouraging positive change for worldly causes like mental health, poverty, animals, cancer, the environment, veterans, and more. As soon as you subscribe, you’ll receive your world changer signature tee and then a monthly t-shirt will arrive every month highlighting the cause of the month.

This month through December, Starsoul is creating America’s Biggest Veteran Holiday Card. All you have to do is check the site, click the link and add a quick video wishing well for our nation’s heroes.

RMHC

Can you imagine a family experiencing the suffering of a seriously ill or injured child? Besides the emotional and financial weight of their situation, many families need to also endure long commutes or trips to get their child treated and spend long seasons apart given the distance between the hospital and their home. Sometimes siblings spend months without seeing their sick brother or sister. 

Since 1982, the Ronald McDonald House in South Florida has been providing a “home away from home” to more than 350 families a year with sick children that are receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Located right across from the hospital, this House provides home-cooked meals, private bedrooms, and playrooms for children at no cost, allowing families to stay together through such difficult times. 

There are many ways to support this wonderful cause. Click here to find out the different in-person programs and online initiatives available.

Miami Diaper Bank

According to the National Diaper Bank Network, 1 in 3 U.S. families in America can’t afford enough diapers to keep their baby or child clean, dry, and healthy.

Since there are no state or federal programs that support the purchase of diapers for low-income families, these parents often find themselves having to decide between purchasing diapers or providing food for their little ones. 

Thankfully, we have Miami Diaper Bank in our city to spearhead the collection and distribution of diapers and other diaper-related products to families in need.

In addition to providing clean diapers to families, the organization’s objective is to generate awareness among our community on the terrible consequences many parents and their babies in need of diapers experience and the importance of diaper donations across Florida.

Ways you can support Miami Diaper Bank:

  • Donate your leftover diapers or make a monetary donation.
  • Host your own diaper drive to collect donations or playdate to spread awareness. 
  • Follow & Share about Miami Diaper Bank on social media.
  • Volunteer at a Miami Diaper Bank event. Sign up for the Volunteer Email Newsletter: [email protected]
True North Academy Miami Mom Collective

True North Classical Academy is a tuition-free charter school in the classical liberal arts tradition.

True North Classical Academy exists to create scholars that exemplify the classical ideal which includes excellence in soul, mind, and body. With that firm purpose at the center of all that we do, True North is a truly remarkable school and ranks among the top 25 charter and public schools in the state of Florida!

The focus on excellence of character shapes the hearts and minds of scholars to want to pursue goodness and virtue. With a curriculum, culture, and purpose built upon the classical liberal arts tradition, True North’s adherence to timeless principles produces remarkable results.

Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children is a volunteer-driven nonprofit that hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family-like supports for families facing a crisis such as homelessness, hospitalization, or domestic violence. Their goal is to keep families together (or reunite them) in order to reduce the number of children entering the child welfare system.

This organization has a global presence and a tangible footprint in our city thanks to the Miami chapter. There are many ways to get involved:

  • Be a Host Family to make a lasting impact on a child in need and possibly change the trajectory of a family
  • Be a Family Friend to encourage and strengthen families in crisis by performing small tasks. 
  • Be a Family Coach to help parents get back on their feet.
  • Be a Resource Friend to provide items to families struggling with life challenges. Donating these items can help meet critical needs of families.
Heartbeat of Miami

This organization provides help to women and couples with an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy through the gospel and the message of hope. They provide services that empower women with education so that they can make an informed decision: pregnancy tests, sonograms, pregnancy consultation and education, ongoing support and referrals, prenatal referrals, adoption referrals, post-abortion counseling, parenting preparation for moms and dads, material goods from their baby boutique, women’s wellness, and opportunities to learn about healthy sexual values and personal growth. All services are free and confidential.

Team Respect at Booker T Washington High School

Team Respect has been a significant part of Booker T. Washington High School football since 2005. In a nutshell, Team Respect is committed to doing everything possible to mold high school football players into men who will take a stand for that which is right, while becoming the change we desire in our communities–especially in the City of Miami.

Partnering with Team Respect is about seeing more young men reach their fullest potential. Miami is a city with problems, but Team Respect is an organization with answers.

Additional Nonprofits Supporting Women, Children, & Families in Miami

Know a nonprofit organization that we missed?

This list is certainly not an exhaustive list of all the amazing initiatives happening in Miami to support families and children. If you know of an organization that is not listed, please comment below so that we can learn more and help enrich the lives of many in Miami. 

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