Often we ask ourselves, “What can I do to help or give back?”. Especially in today’s world, with Covid 19, wildfires, homelessness, civil unrest in the United States and much more. Fillory Gives Back was created to help those in need, those organizations that help others in need, and for the greater good for all of us. 

I personally have been a member of the Junior League of San Jose for 22 years. The JLSJ taught me many things, volunteerism, event coordination for fundraising, and leadership. Because of this, I strongly believe in giving back. Giving back to our community, our small businesses, local charities, Crisis Relief and more. By supporting those around us, we make a greater impact for good. 

Below are the charities and non-profits we support. We give back on an annual basis, and are constantly evaluating those charities that might be in dire need. 

  

Knitting Charities

Mother Bear Project

http://motherbearproject.org/

Hand knit or crocheted bears provide comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations. Knit adorable bears for these kids!

Project Linus

https://www.projectlinus.org/

Provides security through blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. Many free patterns to knit, crochet, or sew blankets. Become a "blanketeer" and help a child in need.

Knitted Knockers

https://www.knittedknockers.org/

Knit soft and comfortable prosthetics for breast cancer survivors. Free “knockers” patterns available for knitters of all skill levels. We also offer a free KAL monthly. For more information, click here.

Hats 4 the Homeless

http://www.hats4thehomeless.org/

Knit or crochet hats, gloves, socks, and scarves to be donated to the homeless in Winter. The weekend before Christmas, these garments are handed out at St Frances Xavier's Soup Kitchen in New York City.

Warmth for Warriors

http://warmthforwarriors.com/

Knit or crochet hats for US soldiers serving across the globe.

 

 

Local Community

Junior League of San Jose

https://www.jlsj.org

The Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) is an organization of women committed to developing the potential of women, improving the community, and promoting voluntarism through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

We are a charitable organization focused on making lasting community change. Our members are a diverse group of women wanting to gain leadership while improving the community in an environment of supportive like-minded women.

Developing Civic Leaders

The Junior League of San Jose trains women to be civic leaders and effective volunteers by offering leadership opportunities throughout the League. JLSJ also provides training opportunities to prepare women for their lives, their careers and community impact. Many of our members have gone on to serve in leadership positions on nonprofit organization boards. 

Improving the Community

The Junior League of San Jose has played an integral part in the development, improvement, and support of Santa Clara County. During our 50-plus year history, JLSJ has given over $5.4 million to the community and almost 750,000 hours of volunteer service.

  • Our members develop community projects in collaboration with local nonprofit agencies after careful consideration and research of an unmet community need.
  • The League is an incubator for future community leaders, providing volunteer skills through placements on in League, fundraising and community committees.
  • Along with sixteen other California Junior Leagues, JLSJ actively participates in the State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC) working with state legislators on specific legislation relevant to four focus areas – family support, education, health, and violence prevention.

Promoting Voluntarism

The Junior League of San Jose promotes and recognizes voluntarism through its annual community-wide Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. In addition, the League raises money to fund grants for local nonprofit agencies working in key areas of focus for the League’s current issue. 

 

United Way Bay Area

Greater Bay Area Central Coast Wildfire Relief Fund

https://uwba.org/wildfirerelief/

The State of California has had its share of devastating wildfires over the years, and the summer season of 2020 has been extraordinary. On August 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a Statewide Emergency due to raging fires (some reports indicate over 500) and extreme weather conditions, which have included lightning strikes, a prolonged heatwave, dry air and wind gusts of up to 75 mph. At least seven people have lost their lives, and hundreds of homes and vehicles have been destroyed. Over a million acres have been burned, 100,000 residents have been forced to evacuate, and thousands of buildings are being threatened. Some experts are suggesting that these devastating wildfires may be California’s “new normal,” but that doesn’t make them any less destructive or difficult for the individuals and communities affected by them. 

The Greater Bay Area Central Coast Wildfire Relief Fund was created to provide immediate and long-term recovery assistance to Bay Area and Central Coast residents affected by the August 2020 wildfires that have spread throughout the region.

Working together, United Way Bay Area, United Way of the Wine Country, United Way Monterey County, and United Way of Santa Cruz County will assist the residents and community agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties that have been adversely affected by the August 2020 wildfires.

The collected funds will be applied to immediate and long-term recovery assistance for residents affected by the wildfires, with an initial focus on providing housing assistance (vouchers or cash), cash assistance to displaced families and other identified immediate needs.

 

Social Welfare

 

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

https://www.tmcf.org

Founded in 1987, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) provides scholarships, capacity building and programmatic support, and advocacy for students and public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Its mission is to ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next generation of workforce talent through leadership development.

 

Crisis Aid International

https://www.crisisaid.org

The International Crisis Aid (DBA Crisis Aid International) mission is to assist in sustaining life, bring encouragement to those suffering and collaborate with other relief organizations in bringing necessary foods, materials and medicines to people in times of crisis, particularly where life and death situations exist. Additionally, we attempt to bring public awareness to these situations and to solicit citizen involvement whenever and wherever possible. All assistance and resources are traditionally secured in the country of need when possible, so as to develop relations with the local business people and foster a true spirit of cooperation.

 

The CDC Foundation

https://www.cdcfoundation.org

 The CDC Foundation is an independent nonprofit and the sole entity created by Congress to mobilize philanthropic and private-sector resources to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's critical health protection work.

We are a catalyst for unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC and philanthropies, private entities and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. By aligning diverse interests and resources and leveraging all parties' strengths, our focused collaborations with private and philanthropic partners help create greater impact than any one entity can alone. Your support saves and improves lives-right now and in the future.

We have launched approximately 1,000 health protection programs and raised more than $740 million to support CDC's work over the past two decades. To keep people healthy, safe and secure, we managed over 300 CDC-led programs in the United States and in 130 countries.