I strongly believe it is our responsibility to work to help bring about positive change in our communities. It has been an aim of mine to use my platform and privilege to be more outspoken & take action on issues that I strongly believe in. As the sole-proprietor of Long Dog Yarn, my ideals are the company's ideals. Each dollar spent at Long Dog Yarn not only supports me & my family, but also serves as an opportunity for me to support local and national organizations that work to enact the change I hope to see in the world.
With the aim of full transparency, below you will find a list of organizations I have financially supported since 2019. I would be delighted if you take time to learn more about each of these organizations and the work they do, and, if you are able, make a donation.
Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank
The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank's mission is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through faith-based and other community partners.
Reclaim the Block
Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments. We do not believe that increased regulation of or public engagement with the police will lead to safer communities, as community testimony and documented police conduct suggest otherwise.
Build a Community Dye Studio
Dyeing yarn requires access to expensive equipment, ample space, and expertise. Chastity of Dye Hard Yarns is working to build a community dye studio in her community. This studio would provide dyeing equipment and classes to the community, along with a space to share and grow their creativity.
WRKF - Baton Rouge NPR Station
Native American Rights Fund
Since 1970, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who might otherwise have gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education.
American Indian College Fund
The American Indian College Fund invests in Native students and tribal college education to transform lives and communities.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation
The Bob Woodruff Foundation leverages partnerships with leading nonprofits, corporations, the military and the government to find, fund and shape programs that meet the emerging and long-term needs of today’s veterans and their families.
Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.