Tip Jar

Our weekly feature highlighting individuals and organizations doing great things

Tip Jar 008: Caring Clothing Co-op Inc.

In 2014, Crystal Wilkinson Lewis and her husband Michael discovered that some kids that their children went to school with in New Carlisle, Indiana, didn’t have winter coats, boots, or gloves to wear to school. She gathered a bunch of clothing that her kids had outgrown and donated it to the school to be distributed … Continued

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Tip Jar 007: Free 2 Be Me Dance

Started by Colleen Perry, a former ballet dancer and current Marriage and Family Therapist, Free 2 Be Me teaches ballet techniques to children and adults with Down syndrome. Having always had an affinity for people with the condition, Perry had the idea for Free 2 Be Me after she read about the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive … Continued

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Tip Jar 006: The Xerces Society

In the early ’70s, there were a growing number of environmental groups working to conserve wildlife, but Robert Michael Pyle noted that they were all working to protect big animals, so he founded the Xerces Society, a nonprofit to protect butterflies, and then bees, dragonflies, and other insects and invertebrates that are, in biologist, theorist, … Continued

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Tip Jar 005: Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles

When interviewing KP of Black Belt Eagle Scout for this issue, a subject that came up over and over again was how essential her experience at the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland was in her becoming the amazing musician she is. “Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles is a place … Continued

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Tip Jar 004: Food Forward

“Food Forward was born out of the very simple idea that we need to create a bridge between the abundance of food we have and the people who need that food,” outreach and communications director, Laura Jellum tells us. Ten years on and the program has successfully diverted over sixty million pounds of fresh fruit … Continued

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Tip Jar 003: Skid Row Coffee

It’s no secret that California, and Los Angeles in particular, is in the midst of a housing crisis of colossal proportions. While there are many organizations devoted to helping relieve this issue, we like Skid Row Coffee in particular because they live their values by providing job training to the community they serve, and donating … Continued

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Tip Jar 002: Pawsitive Change

Photographer Shayan Asgharnia—whose work graces this issue’s cover (also shown above)—introduced us to Pawsitive Change, an organization he volunteered with that tasks incarcerated people in maximum security prisons with training shelter dogs in high-kill facilities. The program gives “both [dogs and the incarcerated] a second chance at life on the outside” says Zach Skow, Executive … Continued

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Tip Jar 001: Music Maker Relief Foundation

Welcome to the Tip Jar, our weekly shout out to a charity, non-profit, Patreon, Kickstarter, or other cause that we think is timely, relevant and deserving. This week’s Tip Jar: Music Maker Relief Foundation. When we think about the history of music in America, no one can discount the outsized impact that the musical traditions … Continued

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