Jewish Family Service of San Diego volunteers delivers hundreds of hot, ready-to-eat meals a day to adults in need all around San Diego County through its food assistance programs. Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Jewish Family Service of San Diego volunteers deliver hundreds of hot, ready-to-eat meals a day to adults in need all around San Diego County. Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of San Diego

From Black Friday to Cyber Monday, the past four days have been focused on consumption. On Tuesday, it’s time to give back.

Giving Tuesday was created four years ago by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation as an international response to the consumerism of the post-Thanksgiving period.

Here are Times of San Diego’s ten ideas for giving back in San Diego on Giving Tuesday:

Supporting Medical Breakthroughs — The Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, one of the world’s leading research centers, is hoping to finance new medical breakthroughs with philanthropic giving.

Encouraging Children’s Creativity — Buy a membership to the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and the Escondido museum will give a free membership to a family in need.

Feeding the Hungry — Every weekday, dozens of staff and volunteers with Jewish Family Service of San Diego‘s Foodmobile program deliver hot meals to seniors facing hunger. The nonprofit prepares more than 80,000 meals annually for San Diegans in need.

A Border Angeles project.

Assisting Immigrants — In the current political atmosphere, it’s too easy to forget that immigrants are people. San Diego-based Border Angels helps those at risk by making water drops along the border, providing education and arranging for legal assistance.

Helping the HomelessFather Joe’s Villages is Southern California’s largest homeless services provider, serving the nearly 9,000 homeless individuals in San Diego, which has the 5th largest homeless population in the nation.

All-in-One Charity — The 95-year-old United Way of San Diego County seeks to improve the lives of children and their families across the region, partnering with dozens of charitable organizations.

Closing the Digital Divide — The San Diego Futures Foundation seeks to make information technology available to under-served populations by providing equipment, training and support to nonprofit organizations, disadvantaged small businesses, low-income households, people with disabilities and seniors.

Providing Legal Assistance — The San Diego County Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the San Diego County Bar Association, helps provide access to justice for the under-served in San Diego.

San Diego Youth Symphony

Supporting Young Musicians — The San Diego Youth Symphony has been educating San Diego’s young musicians for seven decades. Donate $70 or more and receive a China Tour Documentary DVD and a 2015 Live in Concert CD.

Choosing Your Own Charity — The San Diego Foundation, one of the nation’s leading community foundations, manages more than 1,900 charitable funds. You can choose which one to give to online.

These ten are just a small selection of the many important and effective charitable organizations in San Diego. Good luck with your gift!

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.