At Porch Light Counseling, we are thankful that there are so many good folks working for positive change in the world. In lieu of a blog this week, we’d like to share with you some of our favorite social justice organizations. Whether you need help, are searching for a way to get involved, or are looking to donate money, these groups - some local to Asheville and some regional or national - are a great place to start.
Nuestro Centro - El Centro of Henderson County is a grassroots nonprofit organization, formed in May of 1998 to address the many challenges that accompany the increasing numbers of Latino immigrants to Western North Carolina. The mission of El Centro is to create a more inclusive community for Latinos, by providing unique services, developing grassroots leaders and working together to access community resources.
United We Dream - is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. With a nonpartisan network of over 100,000 immigrant youth and allies and 55 affiliate organizations in 26 states, United We Dream organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status.
Southerners on New Ground (SONG) - is a regional Queer Liberation organization made up of people of color, immigrants, undocumented people, people with disabilities, working class and rural and small town, LGBTQ people in the South.
Trans Lifeline - Trans Lifeline, a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people, runs a hotline (877-565-8860) staffed by transgender people for transgender people.
Transgender Law Center - works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Tranzmission - exists to help make the lives of transgender and non binary people safer, healthier, and happier through education, advocacy, and support.
Black Lives Matter - is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life and to (re)build the Black liberation movement. Connect on Facebook with the Asheville chapter of BLM here.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) - is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. Connect on Facebook with the Asheville chapter of SURJ here.
NAACP - North Carolina Chapter - is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health - builds Latina power to guarantee the fundamental human right to reproductive health, dignity and justice.
Planned Parenthood - believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual's income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence. Connect on Facebook with Planned Parenthood in Asheville here.
SisterSong - Sistersong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights.
BeLoved House - embodies love in Asheville and beyond by assisting those in need with transitional housing, nutritious food access, community support, children’s enrichment, and the arts.
Wild Goose - Nationwide festival held in Hot Springs, NC for the purpose of creating inclusive, affirming space and cultivating transformative experiences through art, music, story-telling, and community. The hope is to remove barriers within ourselves and the lines between people in order to spread a movement of love and justice.
Survivors of Violence
generationFIVE - The mission of generationFIVE is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. Through survivor and bystander leadership development, community prevention and intervention, public action, and cross-movement building, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities.
Helpmate - is a domestic violence agency in Buncombe County that provides a variety of free and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. Helpmate offers a 24-hour hotline (828-254-0516), individual and group counseling, court advocacy, temporary emergency shelter for women and children, child and family advocacy, community education and professional training.
Our Voice - In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) - is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country.
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