Written by: Emily Flynn and Megan Cowdell, Program Coordinators at The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.
Our Organization CFILC is a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit Corporation with the mission of increasing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers. How do we do that? Glad you asked! For starters, our membership advocacy covers an array of people we serve on the independent living center level. To assist in focusing on each of the important areas of advocacy, we’ve created programs to drive those needs.
If you would like to support us this #GivingTuesday, please click on the name of the program below and it will take you to the donation page. You can also follow this link to donate to any of our programs, coalitions, and funds.
Ability Tools: Ability Tools is expanding the accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity, and enhance the quality of life for all Californians. Ability Tools provides information, referrals, training, and technical assistance to those who share an interest in and commitment to the practical and effective use of technology by people with disabilities.
Digital Access Project: The Digital Access Project is a program that supports people with disabilities in getting internet services at a lower cost, perfect for those who have limited incomes.
Disability Organizing Network: The DOnetwork calls to action the California Disability Communities and allies, through community organizing, advocacy, education, leadership development and coalition building to effect systems change in local, state and national issues.
FreedomTech Financial Loan Program: The FreedomTech Financial Loan Program provides Californians with affordable financial loans to purchase needed assistive technology. Our financial loans range from $500 to $15,000.
Voice Options: Voice Options is a pilot program that assists Californians with speech and language disabilities to try out select tablet communication apps. Voice Options also offers basic training assistance on available apps, device demonstrations, and both long and short term loans.
YO! Disabled and Proud:Youth Organizing (YO!) develops community organizing activities to build a power base among youth with disabilities so that we can effectively work for change. We engage youth to learn about our history, the disability rights movement, disability pride, organizing and advocacy. Youth with disabilities build community with each other, develop a sense of leadership, a positive disability identity and organize and mobilize each other on issues that affect our lives.
From all of us at CFILC, thank you for your donations this #GivingTuesday!