How we’re giving back this holiday season, and how you can, too!

Over the holidays, we all think about giving. Here at EcoChic Lifestyles, we especially think of giving to organizations that help to make our world a better place.

We’re keen on helping the groups that help to make our own Los Angeles a great place to live for everyone. We selected two great charities to contribute to, Kiss the Ground and A Place Called Home.

One of Kiss the Ground’s initiatives is to work with Los Angeles City Council to ensure that the city understands the importance of healthy soil and its impact on the environment. EcoChic Lifestyles has donated over $7000 worth of furniture to Kiss the Ground’s Regenerative Garden, in Venice, CA, which exists to educate the community on a healthy soil system.

A Place Called Home’s mission is to ensure that Los Angeles’ South Central-area schoolchildren always have a place to find mentorship, counseling, and education. We’re donating several items to the silent auction at their annual Gala event, and we’re also helping to furnish their new teen center, scheduled to open in May 2015.

The Youth Ambassadors from A Place Called Home’s Silent Auction:

a place called home youth ambassadors

These are the beginnings of long relationships that will help us to keep giving back to Los Angeles. EcoChic Lifestyles’ founder, Megan Risdon, said, “A Place Called Home and Kiss the Ground have missions that seem quite separate from each other, but we see a common ground: Environmental sustainability of the sort that Kiss the Ground is promoting also ensures that city kids serviced by programs like A Place Called Home will always understand the restorative power of nature. And as APCH mentors and educates and keeps South Central’s kids safe, so they’ll be able to go on to ensure a healthy future for our planet. Theirs are missions EcoChic Lifestyles are behind, one hundred percent.”

Here are some tips on how you can spread some philanthropy this holiday season:

  1. Look locally: Even if you live in a small town or a rural area, chances are there’s some enterprising group that wants to make a difference. Supporting a local charity means there’s a better chance you can see your donation at work–what a reward!
  2. Choose something close to your own interests: EcoChic Lifestyles’ furniture uses reclaimed wood, so we were keen to find an organization that also works on sustainability. Finding a charity whose mission aligns with yours ensures that you’ll always be happy to support them.
  3. Consider other ways to give: Money isn’t the only thing charities value. Time and in-kind donations are always of value. Often, charities need admin work done, like making calls over a fundraising period, organizing a database, or writing a newsletter to donors. And in-kind donations, like computers or office equipment, or, in our case, silent auction donations, are also in high demand.

We’d love to hear what kind of philanthropy you’re considering this holiday season. Let us know in the comments below.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.