Mother's Day is the perfect time to let the moms in our lives know they are loved and appreciated, but for some women, the holiday can be a reminder that they're parenting alone without support from family or friends.
You can help. We've rounded up six ways to make a contribution that will help moms feel valued on the upcoming holiday.
1. Adopt-a-Mom Foundation
A Texas-based organization called the Adopt-a-Mom Foundation is accepting monetary donations to provide Mother's Day gifts to women who are victims of domestic violence and are living in shelters or safe houses with their children.
"Our gifts are usually considered frivolous," Staci Richards, president and founder of Adopt-a-Mom told TODAY Parents. "But these moms often have never received a gift just for them ... their immediate needs are taken care of in the shelters, but we like to show them some pampered love."
2. The Ark's Adopt-A-Mom 2021 event
The Ark, a non-profit organization that serves low-income, working families in the Athens, Georgia area, is asking people to make a $20 donation to have a card and a package of wildflower seeds sent to a mom in their life, or to an Ark single mother who has been affected by COVID-related job loss in the past year. The proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the Ark's efforts to help single moms hurt by the financial crisis caused by the pandemic.
3. Every Mother Counts
Founded by supermodel Christy Turlington Burns in 2010, Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization that works to make pregnancy and childbirth safe.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Every Mother Counts has worked on initiatives like equipping and training doulas to give telehealth support during births, and distributing at-home prenatal care kits that help women get information to their providers with the help of home fetal dopplers, urine tests and blood pressure monitors, without having to risk exposure for themselves or their babies by going into a medical facility for appointments.
4. World Vision
Global humanitarian organization World Vision offers specific donations that empower women in countries affected by poverty, such as giving a new mother a kit with materials she needs to care for her newborn baby or gifting a widow, single mother or abandoned wife with a goat that will enable her to sell milk to provide for her family.
5. Oxfam America
Another humanitarian organization, Oxfam America, collects donations to support female entrepreneurs by investing in a village savings group so women can borrow money for small start-up businesses and support their families through business ownership.
EmpowHER is an organization that supports young girls who have lost their mothers. It offers events, mentorship and virtual programming designed to help young girls who are grieving a los.
Donations to the program go toward programs like their annual Mother's Day Retreat, a virtual event where girls meet others who have also lost their mothers, and get support.
The organization also holds Luminaria events around Mother's Day; those who have lost their mom can make a donation in her memory, and see their mom's name displayed on one of many luminaries memorializing moms at events across the country.