Giving backAn important part of our mission is to feature a nonprofit at each event, and when we can, raise funds to help propel their work forward. We are proud to support the work of these nonprofit organizations.
A Sense of Home
A Sense of Home (ASOH), a non-profit organization founded in 2014, aims to establish first homes for former foster youth. Since last year, TuesdayNights has helped A Sense of Home (ASOH) raise around $4,000, which almost covers the full cost to build a home.
Los Angeles County has the largest foster youth population in the country. As foster youth “age out” of the foster care system, many of them fall through the cracks and are forced to live on the streets carrying all their belongings. Even those fortunate enough to find a roof over their heads, find they have to eat, sleep and study on the floor due to lack of furniture and household supplies.
ASOH’s team of volunteers and former foster youth staff come in to these youths’ houses or apartments, and supply everything including furniture to create a real home. The founder of ASOH, Georgie Smith was an interior designer, chef, and filmmaker. Using her interior design skills, Smith, along with the team, transformed former foster youths’ makeshift living space into real homes.
ASOH has created over 232 homes for 300 youth in Los Angeles in three years. The organization is now seeking partners to replicate the model in other regions.
Step Up Women's Network
TuesdayNight’s helped Step Up Women’s Network’s and their program for underprivileged girls – we raised $1500+ to help one girl become confident and college-ready. Step Up was founded 12 years ago.
Step Up is dedicated to connecting underserved teen girls with professional women mentors and dynamic enrichment programs to empower the girls to reach their full potential and become confident, college-bound and career-ready.
Kara, 17, began the Step Up Teen Empowerment Program two years ago.
“I looked forward to Tuesdays because I knew I was going to be in a stable environment for an extra two hours after my school day,” says Kara. She said Step Up offered her refuge in programs such as Spoken Word and Poetry where she was able to write down all her feelings and keep them in a place where no one could criticize, grade or comment on them. “Step Up gave me the microphone I needed to either reach out for help or encourage my fellow Step Up sisters; which includes my younger sister who also found a safe space in Step Up,” says Kara. This article appeared in the Huffington Post – link to article.
Cure Cervical Cancer
Our TuesdayNight’s community, along with event sponsor Google, donated and raised funds to buy the equipment to set up a new clinic to cure cervical cancer in a third world country.
On a global scale, over half a million women acquire cervical cancer and more than 300,000 die from the disease each year. Over 85% of these new cases are in developing countries that lack screening and treatment programs which might catch pre-cancerous lesions before they become invasive.
Once invasive, cervical cancer requires radical surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation, treatment that is highly complex and prohibitively expensive for the vast majority of women. Hence, very few women are being treated for cervical cancer and it is now a leading cause of cancer death for women worldwide.
CureCervicalCancer.org is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer to the women around the globe who need it most. The first trip took place in April 2013, to Mekelle Ethiopia where a clinic model was developed and implemented that focused on simplicity, high quality transfer of knowledge and skill to local healthcare professionals, and sustainability. Cure Cervical Cancer continued to expand and further refine their model, called “Clinic in a Suitcase.” Clinics are now operating in six different countries spanning three continents and have screened over 13,000 women.