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
Sometimes called the Kitchen God's Artist, I'm balancing mothering two energetic sons, a big mutt Ringo, making and teaching art. TraillWorks is the apron under which I create and teach. My own art develops mostly in my West Orange home studio, but is sometimes spurred through my teaching, which takes place at Oh! Canary Studio, located in Maplewood, NJ.
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