Many of you know that I favor donating to small, local organizations that do hands on good with their funds. Though I do not have an exhaustive list of all the great organizations out there, I thought I would share a few of my personal favorites. These are organizations where I have met the owners and personally witnessed their generosity in action. They are in no particular order.
Shenanigans Improv Group – A group that uses improv to help children and teens with autism learn social skills. http://www.shenanigansimprov.com
Surfers Healing – A group that uses surfing to bring peace, happiness, and bonding to individuals with autism. http://www.surfershealing.org
SPECTRUM Autism Support Group – A great organization that connects people and resources, and provides wonderful support. http://www.atl-spectrum.com/donatetospectrum.html
Agnes Scott College – My college and an autism friendly college. You couldn’t ask for a better college experience. I would love to see someone set up a scholarship at this school for autistic students. http://www.agnesscott.edu
Marino Campus – The Dan Marino Foundation is working on an excellent project to help adults with disability receive a post-secondary education for work. http://marinocampus.org
One of my favorite ways to give is by giving grocery store gift cards to local families that are in need. It is a powerful gift. Families can use the card to purchase food they will actually enjoy eating and need. This frees up their usual grocery budget for buying gifts and allows them to have the freedom and pride of doing their own shopping. All the major grocery stores have these gift cards. My favorite is Publix: http://www.publix.com
Keep checking back. I will add a more as I learn about them.