I discovered Farm Sanctuary in 2009 when my family opted to stop doing Christmas presents. I decided that I wanted to make a few donations in my family’s name and did some research on local and national organizations that were benefitting veterans, the homeless, animals, the environment, and low-income families.
Out of my research project came a few long-term relationships with non-profits that I’m thrilled to say continue today.
The first one that I’d like to share with you is Farm Sanctuary.
In a few words, what this organization does is protect and rehabilitate farm animals. But in reality, they do so much more. They rescue animals from the abusive factory farming system and rehabilitate them on farms in New York and California, they promote education on Factory Farming and encourage you to learn about where your food comes from, and they advocate for animal rights and plant-based diets.
Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. We have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at our sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York; Northern California (Orland); and the Los Angeles area.
Over the years I’ve donated money, I’ve adopted a sheep as a birthday gift for a friend, I’ve saved turkeys during the holidays, and I’ve supported emergency efforts to rescue animals after accidents.
Next on my To Do List? Heading up to Black Butte Lake to see the 300-acre sanctuary in Orland, Northern California in person. And probably taking a veggie-minded friend and her 1-year-old along for the ride.
The purpose of my 2016 Giving Back series is two-fold. First, to introduce you to some of the amazing, thought-provoking organizations that I’ve discovered over the years. And second, to encourage you to look beyond your own needs & day-to-day life, and to think about what you can do to give back this year.
It doesn’t have to be money, in fact, some of the most worthwhile things you can do involve just showing up. Mentoring at risk youth, tutoring programs, assisting with building projects, visiting the elderly, helping serve food, delivering meals…
There are countless ways that you can give back to your community and in 2016 I encourage you to give them some of your valuable time!
Tell me – Do YOU have a favorite charity?