Give Back for #GivingTuesday

by Sharp | December 2, 2014

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Today marks the third annual #GivingTuesday event – a time to give back after giving thanks and tapping into those Black Friday deals. On this day, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together to celebrate generosity for the holiday season. Sharp is giving thanks for the non-profit clients we hold close to our hearts, and inviting you to give back with us:

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Students compete for scholarships through C-CAP’s cooking competition.

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) is a national non-profit that prepares at-risk high school students for college and careers in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the past 25 years, C-CAP has provided job training and internships, scholarships, teacher training, cooking competitions, college and career advising and product and equipment donations. In the 2013-14 academic year it served over 17,500 students in 160 high schools and awarded almost 200 scholarships totaling over $3 million. To help transform lives through the culinary arts, you can donate here.

The Blessing Basket Project has created a poverty-reduction model for developing countries that provides entrepreneurial opportunities and sustainable jobs for skilled artisans. This global program taps into 3,000 weavers from some of the most remote and impoverished villages in the world to create hand-woven baskets to be sold in the United States. Over the past decade, The Blessing Basket Project has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 people living in poverty, and further an equivalent of $2.5 million has been paid directly to the artisans. You can support this program by buying a basket, or donating financially for any of the initiatives listed here.

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Artisans hold up their Blessing Baskets.

East Side House Settlement helps nearly 8,000 individuals in the South Bronx and surrounding communities improve their lives each year by providing access to quality education and technology training as gateways out of poverty and into economic and civic opportunity. The organization’s high-performing continuum of programs includes early childhood programs, adult education, computer technology programs and social services. In addition, East Side House partners with the New York City Department of Education on programs designed to help students complete high school, go on to college, graduate from college, and join the workforce. You can make donations here to support these programs.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence’s mission is to improve healthcare through nursing. The organization makes grants that advance scholarship, leaders and innovation, and collaborate on initiatives with other leaders in the nursing field, with a focus on fostering new partnerships across the philanthropic, business, policy and education sectors. Donations to the Jonas Center go directly to programs and scholarships that benefit nursing student scholars. The Jonas Center aims to reach 1,000 Jonas Scholars by 2016. You can contribute to the future of nursing education here.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering is a volunteer-led organization founded in 1946 to promote the well-being of patients, support cancer research and provide public education on the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. The heart and soul of The Society is its patient care programming. Whether it’s working with social services to provide housing or cab fare for patients, providing blanket warmers for the chemo treatment room, placing fresh flowers and artwork around the hospital and in patient rooms, or bringing in special clowns to entertain children in the pediatric department, The Society’s personal touch is felt throughout the hospital. The Society accepts financial donations as well as goods or services through The Society Boutique, The Society’s high-end thrift shop on the Upper East Side.

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