A few of my favorite charities...
The mission of Family Reach 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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
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.
Cam Nelley Foundation
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.
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.
FOOD ALLERGY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 13 children in the United States – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative. For more information, please visit the food allergy section of ming.com.
The Breater 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
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
Since 1982, Women's Lunch Place has been a daytime community in Boston for poor and homeless women and their children. Women’s Lunch Place provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food, and services for women who are homeless or poor. We treat women with dignity and respect and foster a community committed to meeting each woman’s needs. Click here for more information
Read more about Ming's work with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network