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December Giving

December 23, 2016 2:24 pm Published by Comments Off on December Giving

In the mood to give this holiday season? We learned about some wonderful prevention charities in line with Straight Up’s mission and hope you’ll check them out!

Amy Winehouse Foundation

“Formed after the overdose death of the British soul singer in July 2011, The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol abuse among children and young adults. Through music education, music therapy programs and drug prevention and rehab programs, the foundation aims to support those populations who are most vulnerable to drug abuse and addiction. The foundation also provides scholarship grants to deserving students from disadvantaged families.”

The Herren Project

“This national organization was created by former NBA star Chris Herren, whose struggles with heroin addiction and recovery were chronicled in the ESPN documentary Unguarded. Formed in 2011, The Herren Project was initially created to help pay for people’s drug treatment. Currently, the organization has established several new initiatives and programs including Project Purple which looks to create sober cultures for kids in schools nationwide. Additionally, they have also started Purple & Proud which provides substance-free activities, prom parties, and other events.”

To Write Love on Her Arms

“Also known as TWLOHA, the organization was founded in early 2006 to tackle substance abuse issues and related mental health issues such as depression, suicide, and self-harm. Since it’s formation, this charity has gone on to raise millions of dollars for related organizations worldwide and has partnered with universities, social media sites and music tours such as Vans Warped Tour to spread their message. The organization has received endorsements and support from celebrities such as Joaquin Phoenix, Miley Cyrus and the pop group One Direction.”

Foundation for Alcoholism Research (FAR)

“This organization was founded in 2008 with the objective of raising funds for research in areas involving the causes, identification, prevention, detection, treatment and cure of alcoholism. For those who give to this organization, 100% of donations received funds valuable research into the development of  effective medical treatments for alcohol dependence and addiction. As an organization, FAR does not presume to know the answers to what help is needed; they fund the research in order to find those answers.

In addition to these addiction advocacy charities, there are countless other similar organizations in existence nationwide and around the world. If you are looking to give to a charity that can make a different in the lives of addict and help shatter the stigma surrounding addiction, addiction advocacy-based charities are excellent avenues to give your money as well as your time.”

Natural High

“Natural High is a non-profit charity that looks to inspire youth to find their own path in living a substance-free lifestyle. The organization was created in response to the perceived ineffectiveness of the Just Say No program. With programming reaching more than 20,000 classrooms, the organization partners with drug-free celebrity role models who share their stories about growing up and the choices they made to achieve their dreams.  These video interviews are paired with worksheets and discussion guides for educators to spark meaningful conversations with students.”