Normally for Thanksgiving, I’ve written a little something on a non-profit I support. Since I posted The Muppets edition of Driving Home the Movie last Thursday (and most of the rest of the day was spent driving and then eating copious amounts of food), I ran out of time to continue my Tradition. With the Holidays coming in full swing, I thought I would write a little about another of my favorite charities.
While I was still in college, I took a summer internship with Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis. Girls Inc. offers educational programs for girls of all ages. The course topics range from independent financial planning to body image to respecting your peers to physical defense against attackers. In a world where the glass ceiling, sexual harassment and teenage self-harm are still realities for so many women and girls even in first world countries, organizations like these are vital for young women. Over those few months, I mostly spent time in the office, but I did get to occasionally go into the field and spend time with the girls in the summer camp programs. The lessons taught during these programs are so beneficial for these girls, and I was so proud to be a part of the organization for that small period of time.
Because many of the girls in the programs are from low income families, a good portion of donations go towards scholarships for these campers. Donations also go towards keeping the program fees low for all participants’ families so that the girls don’t have to miss out.