June Causes to Support & Celebrate

June 4, 2018

June 1969 the Stonewall riots occurred; many look to this event as the start of the gay liberation movement. In 1970, the first gay pride marches took place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, commemorating the anniversary of the riots. Now, supporters around the world can march in Pride Parades throughout the month of June and participate in activities during all of Pride Month! Not only is June celebrated as Pride Month, but it is also a time to embrace nature as Great Outdoors Month. Did you know that in 1872 Ulysses S. Grant made Yellowstone the first national park? Today there are 59 National Parks in the United States, each unique with spectacular feats of nature. During Great Outdoors Month you can #EscapeTheIndoors and enjoy the natural beauty of this country. June 3rd - Cancer Survivors Day Do you have a cancer survivor in your life? Are you a cancer survivor yourself? Between 1990 and 2014 the cancer death rate in the United States dropped by 25%. Let’s increase the number of cancer survivors! Show your support by donating to the American Cancer Society.   June 5th - World Environment Day This holiday was created by the UN in the 1970’s as a way to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues that affect our global community. This year the theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution” and the host country is India. Do your part on this day and everyday by reducing the plastic in your life. Use reusable water bottles, grocery bags and straws to cut down on daily plastic usage. You can also make your own beeswax reusable food wrap as a more sustainable replacement to plastic wrap. It’s a fun craft to do at home and can make a great ~double gift~ by using it as wrapping paper for a present.   June 8th - World Oceans Day Our love for the environment just doesn’t stop this month! On June 8th make a splash for World Oceans Day! Promoted by US based nonprofit, The Ocean Project, World Oceans Day is celebrated by zoos and aquariums across the world -- check out your local zoo for fun events happening around your community, or create your own event and donate through Evite Donations to your favorite ocean nonprofit. June 17th - Father’s Day Show your appreciation for the fathers, grandfathers, and father-figures in your life this Father’s Day. Stumped on what to get him? For the dad who has everything, consider making a donation to his favorite nonprofit in lieu of a gift, then write a meaningful letter to him to express your thanks. June 21st - First Day of Summer What time is it? Summer time! Jump into summer with a block party and friends! Make a summer bucket list of fun things to accomplish with loved ones. Go camping, hike outside, paint a sunset, bake some lemon squares and eat some watermelon. During these activities, keep in mind ways you can also give back to your community, whether that’s volunteering at a local nonprofit, or helping a neighbor out with their gardening. Make this summer a summer of service. June 23rd - Pride Day Show your support for our LGBTQIA+ community and friends on Pride Day! There are activities happening across the country throughout the month, check out a neat list! You can also support diversity and acceptance by donating to organizations like the Trevor Project which focuses on crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth. Make this month full of service by using Pledgeling's tools & services to give back through your events & your business!