A few of my favorite charities...
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
As one of the largest adult-to-child mentoring organizations in the nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay currently serves over 3,500 youth in one-to-one relationships, and more than 100 additional youth in group activities and camperships. Our service area encompasses 155 cities and towns throughout the Massachusetts Bay area.
The Cam Neely Cancer Foundation For Cancer Care
Since its inception, the Foundation has raised over $18 million from donations of all sizes, impacted thousands of families and continues to dedicate itself to designing, funding, and completing projects at Tufts Medical Center with immediate and tangible results.
The mission of the Family Reach Foundation is to provide financial relief and heartfelt support to families fighting cancer. The majority of funds are dedicated to families with a child or young adult who is being treated for a pediatric or other type of cancer.
Chefs For Humanity
Chefs for Humanity is an alliance of culinary professionals and educators working in partnership with U.S. and global organizations, providing nutrition education, hunger relief, and emergency and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger across the world.
Common Threads, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2003 by Art Smith, personal chef to Oprah Winfrey. The mission of Common Threads is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. Common Threads helps bridge cultural boundaries and strengthen our global family by teaching children about their similarities and differences in the warm comfort of the kitchen. By preparing and sharing nutritious, ethnically diverse meals, the children who participate in Common Threads’ hands-on after-school programs learn to connect with their bodies, their neighbors, and their world in bite-sized lessons.
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)
Founded in 1991, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is the world leader in information about food allergy, a potentially fatal condition that afflicts about 12 million Americans, or one out of every 25. A nonprofit organization based in Fairfax, Va., FAAN has 30,000 members in the U.S., Canada, and 62 other countries. It is dedicated to increasing public awareness of food allergy and its consequences, to educating people about the condition, and to advancing research on behalf of all those affected by it. FAAN provides information and educational resources about food allergy to patients, their families, schools, health professionals, pharmaceutical companies, the food industry, and government officials. For more information, please visit the food allergy section.
The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to more than 600 hunger- relief agencies in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. The Food Bank serves 83,000 people each week.
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002, with the mission of providing to children ages 0 to 12 some of the most important basics of life—free of charge. These basics include clothing, school supplies, toys, and much more. In other words, we provide all the physical goods that children need to be safe, protected from the elements, and ready to learn. And by supplying them with high-quality used or new goods, we make children feel valued.
Cradles to Crayons partners with social-service organizations to connect communities that have surplus resources—new or used items in good condition—with communities that desperately need access to those resources. When you donate to Cradles to Crayons, you can be absolutely sure that your donation will go to a deserving local child, for whom the donation was specifically requested.
The Women's Lunch Place
Read more about Ming's work with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network