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With Gratitude at the Holidays – Where to Give

— By: The Team at Nau

During the holidays, the spirit of giving is ever-apparent. And it goes beyond just gift-giving. At Nau you know that 2% of every sale goes to our Partners for Change. We are grateful for that part of our business model, and that connecting with a cause is becoming more integral to every company’s corporate social responsibility policy. But each of us also have causes that touch us directly for one reason or another. Are you looking to donate funds, product or volunteer hours this holiday season? Here are some non-profits and charities that are meaningful to some of our team. Maybe they will inspire you to connect with a new cause, too.

Women’s Shelters

Homeless women are at a significantly increased risk of sexual abuse and other crimes. Rose Haven Women’s Day Shelter is an awesome local organization here in Portland that provides services for women and non-gender conforming folks and their families. This year they’re a feature in the Willamette Week Give Guide, and all donations made during the month of December will be matched. Note, the Give Guide’s full of lots more organizations, too!

Warming Shelters

In almost all cities during the winter our homeless are extremely vulnerable to the cold. In Portland, places like the Sunnyside Warming Shelter open during winter emergencies which happen more and more due to climate change in our home city to serve this community. Sunnyside, located in the heart of Southeast Portland, treats their guests with dignity and respect, in a non-judgmental environment, providing two hot meals, hot coffee, and a warm, safe place to sleep each day.

Senior Services; Foster Services

Bridge Meadows is a unique concept that joins seniors with foster youth with two campuses in Portland. This unique community concept yields safe, affordable living and services to a diverse group of intergenerational residents, and bonds between and amongst the generations that are life-changing. 

Housing Programs

Habitat for Humanity is so strong, with representation in, and accessibility to, those in need of the basic human need of shelter in the US and Canada and other communities around the world. While volunteering to build one of their homes is as hands-on as helping H4H can get, there are so many ways to support this program, like making a donation for a specific housing material item as one of your gifts this season.

Veterans Services

According to the last census, over 1.1 million veterans have a service-related disability, and up to 10% of Gulf War, 11% of Afghanistan vets and a whopping 31% of Vietnam vets experience PTSD to this day.  Vietnam Veterans of America is an incredible organization that actively works to bring issues like older combat vet PTSD and turning reputation of Vietnam vets around, as well as collects product to donate to these vets and their families.