As our #PublicWorksGivesBack campaign comes to a close, we want to thank our staff for donating to organizations they are passionate about. We have been thrilled to learn more about these organization’s missions and the incredible work they are doing to improve the lives of New Yorkers and people around the world. We want to highlight their impact – see below for an overview of all the organizations that were supported throughout the #PublicWorksGivesBack campaign:
Code to Inspire: Code to Inspire empowers young women in developing countries to drive economic and social progress by teaching them how to code, find programming jobs, and launch technology ventures. Code to Inspire was established in Afghanistan as the first coding school for young women by Computer Science Professor and former refugee, Fereshteh Forough. The nonprofit training program has taught 150 young women how to code and build mobile apps.
Deeds Not Words: Deeds Not Words mission is to galvanize the power of young women to disrupt the status quo through organizing, policymaking, art, and voting. The organization is an intersectional community that stands for women’s social and economic opportunity, access to reproductive health, freedom from sexual assault, and equal representation in every space and at every level. Founded by Wendy Davis, Deeds Not Words is uniting women to push progress forward.
Do For One: Do For One is a relationship-building program that brings isolated people into greater community life. The organization selectively matches a person with developmental disabilities (‘partner’) with another person who enjoys a more socially included life (‘advocate’). Do For One supports volunteer advocates as they strive to understand, represent, and respond to the interests of their partner. Their vision is a future where the world is aware of the problems people with disabilities face.
Earthjustice: Earthjustice is a nonprofit public interest environmental law organization. The organization wields the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, preserve magnificent places and wildlife, advance clean energy, and combat climate change. Their legal work has saved irreplaceable wildlands, cleaned up the air we breathe, fueled the rise of 100% clean energy, and protected countless species on the brink of extinction.
UNICEF USA: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
Groundswell: Groundswell is a NYC-based organization that brings together youth, artists, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. More than 500 murals have been completed by Groundswell, working with youth and teaching artists in collaboration with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and government agencies throughout New York City. Their core belief is that art creates community and community creates change.
JCC Association of North America – Jewish Welfare Board: The Jewish Welfare Board’s role is to safeguard the rights, fulfill the spiritual needs, and honor the service of Jews in the United States armed forces. JWB has helped expand the role of JCCs in the Jewish community, positioning them as leaders in the field – creating a connection between military personnel, veterans, and the Jewish community. JWB helps JCCs live the ideals of creating and supporting diverse Jewish communities.
Movember Foundation: The Movember Foundation’s goal is to stop men dying too young. As the only global charity tackling men’s health issues year-round, the foundation supports the following causes: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. During Movember, men start Movember 1st clean-shaven and grow only a moustache for the month, getting friends, family and colleagues to donate to their effort. They have funded over 1,200 innovative projects.
Planned Parenthood: Planned Parenthood is a trusted provider of reproductive health care, an informed educator, and a passionate advocate. The organization’s skilled health care professionals are dedicated to offering all people high-quality, affordable medical care. One in five American women has chosen Planned Parenthood for health care at least once in her life. The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community, reflecting their diverse needs.
Surfrider NYC: The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Today, the Surfrider Foundation has 84 chapters, including 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers, and activists fighting 90 active campaigns around the country. The Surfrider Foundation’s long-term success and growth is a tribute to its tenacity and vision.