May 7th is Midlands Gives. Sustainable Midlands joins more than 350 regional non-profits on this day-long giving spree. Although we hope you will consider supporting Sustainable Midlands, we want to reiterate the importance of supporting any of your favorite Non-profits. Sustainability is always a collaborative process and long term social, environmental, and economic goals can only be achieved by working together. So for this Giving Season, We want to share with you a few of our favorite collaborators and briefly describe the work we see that moves us toward a more hopeful future.
Family Promise is an organization that supports families who in times of crisis have found themselves without a home. Their programming is unique in that 100s of families across the midlands, representing a broad range of faith based organizations are touched by their work and that through supporting families in crisis, we all get a better sense of what it means to maintain economic viability.
Economic Viability is also the focus of End Child Hunger SC. The name speaks for itself and the organization does important work to bring together entities who support the health and well being of our children and their families as we negotiate environments that sometimes make it hard to prioritize fresh food.
Transportation can have a large impact on our environmental sustainability and that is why we like to partner with two organizations that contribute to both better policies and better experiences with bicycling in the midlands. The Palmetto Cycling Coalition is doing great work to change state wide policies to incorporate pedestrians and cyclists into roadways, Cola Town Bike Collective works to make bikes more accessible to anyone who would like to try this most affordable of transportation options.
In terms of environmental protection, the midlands is fortunate to have some powerful advocates: Congaree Riverkeeper, Gills Creek Watershed Association, and the Conservation Voters of South Carolina Education Fund. These are great organizations who have a long history of connecting people opportunities.
Although Midlands Gives provides an opportunity to support many of the well established organizations doing good work in the midlands. We often find ourselves partnering with organizations that work behind the scenes at all levels of volunteer and grass roots support. Many of these organizations are partnering with us to highlight and celebrate the efforts to bring fresh food to the North Columbia area during this year’s Tasty Tomato Festival. We’d like to list some of them here: Axiom Farm Cooperative, Midlands Arts Conservatory, and Columbia Resilience.
Thanks for reading and I hope you will consider learning more about the listed organizations, but I hope you will also consider helping us find new partners by sharing some of the organizations you support!