Giving Tuesday is a national campaign to get people to think about philanthropy and use the end of the year to become conscious about giving thoughtfully.
In my efforts to participate for the first time, this year I have found a local organization that was ranked highly by CharityNavigator.com that is aligned with my own beliefs. Oasis: A Haven for Women and Children, is located in Paterson, NJ, one of the most densely populated US cities where their poverty rate is nearly double the national average.
Their mission "is dedicated to feeding and clothing needy women and children and to offering them educational resources and skills to obtain meaningful employment and to break the cycle of poverty. Oasis offers these services in a safe, compassionate and nurturing environment. We are committed to fostering healthy family relationships, and we seek to preserve the dignity of people and their cultures." You can learn more about their work and the people who they directly impact.
You can help me help Oasis through every purchase you make beginning on #GivingTuesday through December 30th. I will donate 10% of my profits to Oasis from lessons, artwork, and commissions booked.
I've posted an #UNselfie explaining why I'm giving on Instagram and Twitter. You can participate yourself by taking an #UNselfie, using #UNselfie and #GivingTuesday to post on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram about your own reasons for donating. If you've purchased something through me, include the work in your #UNselfie and #TraillWorks. Let's help to provide opportunities for a better future for these women and children.
Jennie Traill Schaeffer
Deemed the Kitchen God's Artist by NJ Savvy Living for my sainted appliances, I'm now known more for my vibrant, meditational paintings of chairs set surprisingly in landscapes. Since relocating to NC from NJ, mothering my two sons, and caring for our rescue pup, Cider, took the lead. Now, that my Durham home studio is renovated it's open again for virtual art coaching and the resumption of my personal art and commissions. The work I make is inspired by my joy of teaching, exploring nature, and traveling. On The Teaching Artist Blog, I share my approach to teaching and educate my readers about my creative process.
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