Giving to Charities | The True Meaning of the Holiday Season

The holidays are here and it is the perfect time to reflect on what this time of year is truly all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Giving to those in need brings us all a bit closer together throughout the year.  Below is a list of notable organizations that help touch people’s lives.
ABA The Fund for Justice and Education
The ABA Fund for Justice and Education helps to protect the elderly, represent the impoverished, advocate on behalf of youth in crisis, and defend our human rights – here and abroad.
Direct Relief
Direct Relief works to improve the health of people living in high-need areas by strengthening fragile health systems and increasing access to quality health care in 70 countries around the world.
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
Friends of Foundation de France
Donate to victims of the Nov. 13th Paris Terrorist attacks. Donations made in honor of the victims will therefore support Foundation de France’s new program “Give For France” dedicated to support organizations addressing the needs of the victims of the attacks and their families and healing from terrorism and radicalization, through educational programs and citizenship initiatives.
Helen Keller International
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. They combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people worldwide. They scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice.
National Court Reporters Foundation
The National Court Reporters Foundation supports the court reporting and captioning professions through philanthropic activities funded through charitable contributions.
UNICEF works to give a fair chance in life to every child, everywhere, especially the most disadvantaged.  From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.
United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation dedicates themselves to reducing childhood mortality from disease, advocating for the rights of women and girls, improving disaster relief, creating a clean energy future, and ensuring a strong, well-funded UN.

A few organizations that are near and dear to the Optima Juris team:

Be the Match
Be The Match is a global leader in bone marrow transplantation. They conduct research to improve transplant outcomes provide support and resources for patients, and partner with a global network.
Caterina’s Club
Caterina’s Club serves over 1,800 low-income children a nutritionally balanced meal of freshly made pasta and vegetables 5 nights a week all year long. Over 1 Million meals have been served and rapidly counting.
Friends & Helpers
Friends & Helpers provides support and encouragement for the women, teens and children (and sometimes men), all of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation.
Global Giving – Meet Kate Foundation
The objective of Meet Kate is to support needy children and their families in the area of Gomoa and Agona district (Ghana) in their basic needs and right.
International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is working to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.
International Committee of the Red Cross
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the largest humanitarian network in the world. Its mission is to alleviate human suffering, protect life and health, and uphold human dignity especially during armed conflicts and other emergencies
Migrant Offshore Aid Station
MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) is dedicated to preventing loss of life at sea by providing professional search and rescue assistance to people who find themselves in distress on high sea or trapped on unsafe vessels.


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