Donation Announcement and Other Shout Outs!
This year, teachers have had to adapt to constant change. And now that teachers are in the final year-end sprint, we know they’re still doing it every day. We so love our teachers! So in early May, we organized a drawing for three lucky teachers to win a free membership to Seasonal Roots (usually $50) and a $100 credit toward fresh veggies, fruits, dairy, eggs, meat and more from Seasonal Roots.
Knowing how much teachers care about kids, we also asked them to nominate their favorite kid-related cause to receive a Seasonal Roots donation. After randomly selecting our three teacher winners, we randomly selected one of the teacher-approved organizations.
And the winner is:
REACH OUT & READ VIRGINIA!!!
We’re excited to donate and support their great work! Reach Out & Read Virginia believes all families should have the tools and information they need to make reading aloud a daily routine. They help integrate reading into pediatric practices, advise families about the importance of reading with their children, and share books that serve as a catalyst for healthy childhood development.
Check out all these worthy charities that were nominated by our local teachers!
- Any foster care organization
- Autism Speaks
Focuses on creating a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Fairfax area
Helps children build confidence and acquire the skills necessary to become responsible adults.
- Carry the Future
Fills in the gaps by providing clean diapers, baby beds, newborn supplies, hygiene kits, and more.
- CHKD Hospital
Provides children’s healthcare services.
- Cleft Smile
Provides support, education, advocacy, and research for those whose lives are touched by cleft lip and/or palate and other craniofacial anomalies, worldwide.
- Colby’s Ride
This non-profit was created to celebrate the life of the young cousin of one of our teachers, who died at age 11, by providing bikes to underserved children in Northern Virginia.
- Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Funds research and drug development and advances high-quality, specialized car with the goal of finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and providing people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives.
- Feeding America
Works to end hunger in the U.S.
- I Need a Lighthouse
A depression and suicide education and awareness program.
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Funds research on type 1 diabetes (which usually begins in childhood) and advocates for new treatments and therapies.
- Kids Kare
- Lost Dog and Cat
Helps homeless pets find their way into loving homes through rescue and adoption.
- Loudoun Literacy Council
Teaches English communication skills and provides literacy resources to empower low-income adults and children to become self-sufficient and confident in their ability to achieve their personal and professional goals.
- Make a Wish
Provides hope for children with critical illness.
- Military Children Advocacy
Provides services to prevent/respond to domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. They don’t take donations but you can help raise awareness of their services.
- No Kid Hungry
Committed to ending childhood hunger in the U.S.
- Northern Virginia Family Services Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
Helps children who have been removed from their homes and provide them with an advocate in court.
- Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Empowers deaf and hard of hearing people and their families through education, advocacy, and community involvement.
- Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
Provides equine-assisted activities to people with disabilities, youth-at-risk, recovering military personnel, and others in need.
- Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
Introduces remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with a free gift of professional portraiture.
- Pure Hands
Helps alleviate poverty, provide economic opportunities, and deliver emergency relief in Yemen.
- Reading is Fundamental
Inspires a passion for reading among all children, providing quality content and engaging communities to give every child the fundamentals for success.
- Ronald McDonald House
Supports families around the world who need access to medical care.
- Ryan Bartel Foundation
Works to prevent youth suicide through awareness, upstream educational programs, and activities that support and empower youth, families and the community.
- Smile Train
Provides training, funding, and resources to empower local medical professionals in 70+ countries to provide 100%-free cleft surgery and cleft care.
- So Others Might Eat
Fights poverty and homelessness.
- Special Olympics
Promotes inclusion, so that every person is accepted and welcomed regardless of ability or disability.
- Spread the Love Foundation
Strives to prevent teen suicide by educating students and adults on mental illness, which is the root cause of both suicide and addiction.
- St. Baldricks
Supports the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
- St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital
Helped to push childhood cancer survival rate from 20 % to 80%. Families that receive care from St. Jude never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food.
- Stand for the Silent
Brings awareness to bullying and the real devastation it causes.
- Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN)
Works to prevent and treat child abuse/ neglect, promoting positive parenting, strengthening families.
- The Foodbank of SEVA
Works to eliminate hunger in our community.
- The School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community
A community-based youth performing arts education organization.
- To Write Love on Her Arms
Builds hope and finds help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.
- Weekend Backpack Program
Provides children who don’t have enough to eat with nutritious, easy-to-prepare food at times when other resources are not available.
Other causes that teachers care about:
- Youth civic engagement
- Child trafficking
- Youth sports coaching
- Ending childhood obesity
ABOUT SEASONAL ROOTS
Since 2011, Seasonal Roots’ online farmers market has connected Virginia families with local family farmers who use sustainable, humane practices. Our market managers – who believe in living better through scrumptious, healthy eating, being kind to animals, protecting the environment, and spreading joy – home-deliver freshly harvested produce, pastured eggs, grassfed dairy and meat, plus artisan fare. We empower our members to eat better and live better with more nutritious, flavorful food that’s good for us and good for the planet. More info at seasonalroots.com.