ParaYoga Gives Back

In case you are looking for organizations for your charitable giving this year, here are three that we recommend and support through our donations and programming:

Feeding America

Hunger in America

Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.

  • Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity in 2020, including a potential 17 million children.
  • According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people in the United States struggled with hunger in 2019.
  • In 2018, 14.3 million American households were food insecure with limited or uncertain access to enough food.
  • Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10 million children live in food-insecure households.
  • Every community in the country is home to families who struggle with food insecurity including rural and suburban communities.
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.

Coronavirus is the perfect storm for our neighbors trying to make ends meet

As the pandemic continues, Feeding America is committed to ensuring everyone has the food they need during this difficult time. Feeding America is the largest charitable food assistance network working with 200 food banks and 60,000 food partners across the United States. Food bankers, volunteers, and food pantries are on the front lines to bring food where it is needed most. Since the start of the pandemic, its network has distributed an estimated 4.2 billion meals to our neighbors.

The majority of network food banks report seeing a record increase in the number of people needing help, with an average increase of 60% across the country. Between March and June, roughly 4 in 10 people visiting food banks had not received food assistance before the pandemic.

Black Yoga Teachers Alliance

HISTORY

The Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) was founded in 2009 by yoga teachers Maya Breuer and Jana Long, as a social media group to provide a space for teachers, students, practitioners, healers, and enthusiasts to discuss yoga and wellness, to share information about classes, workshops, events and activities, and most importantly, to build a network and get to know one another. BYTA was established as a tax-exempt nonprofit in 2016.

VISION

BYTA is a collective of yoga teachers who share the peace and power of yoga to inspire conscious living.

MISSION

BYTA supports the continuing educational and professional development of black yoga teachers.

OBJECTIVES
  • Elevate its presence and voices in the world.
  • Provide a business and social network with black yoga teachers throughout the U.S. and abroad.
  • Serve as a catalyst to connect black yoga teachers with opportunities to train, teach and travel.
  • Increase the diversity of those who teach and practice yoga.

Give Back Yoga Foundation

MISSION

To bring the therapeutic benefits of yoga to people with limited access to this practice.

GBY helps yoga teachers, health workers, and charitable organizations offer yoga to those in need — including veterans, prisoners, and individuals facing mental and physical illness. They also work with community partners to increase access to yoga for populations that face systemic bias and prejudice.

STRATEGY

GBY supports a broad spectrum of the yoga service movement; from teachers leading classes in their local communities, to seedling yoga service projects, to established programs and organizations. GBY’s strategy focuses on three core areas: Start Up Supplies, Small Grants and Fiscal Sponsorship.

GIVE BACK YOGA UNIVERSITY

AN ONLINE EDUCATION PLATFORM FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN YOGA, SCIENCE, AND NONPROFIT WORK