Each holiday season, many of us are consumed with decorating and shopping and trying to find the perfect gift for people. This year, spread your holiday cheer to families in need!
13 Westchester Orgs that Need You!
Check out Westchester Magazine’s list of 13 Local Charitable Organizations That Need Help During the Holidays, including the Pajama Program, which delivers new bedclothes and books to children in shelters, group homes, orphanages, and other facilities around the county; The Bridge Fund, which helps families keep their homes by providing short-term loans; Green Chimneys, a pioneer in the field of animal-assisted therapy, which helps children with emotional, behavioral, social, and learning challenges through educational, therapeutic and outreach services; and more!
New York Cares’ Winter Wishes and Coat Drives
So far this year, New York Cares has fulfilled more than 34,000 Winter Wishes for children, teens, and families in need. If you still want to help, Good Shepherd Services and Episcopal Social Services are both in need of winter wishes! New York Cares also hosts their annual Coat Drive. Last year, 58,000 coats were donated to keep low-income men, women, and children warm during the winter. While this is an incredible number, 17,000 people were still left in the cold. This year, to help the 18.7 percent of NYC families living in poverty, New York Cares has upped their goal to 100,000 coats. You can donate your coats through December 31! So far, less than 7,000 coats have been donated, so help out today. You can also find more information on volunteering projects including preparing and serving holiday meals, sorting clothing and gift donations, wrapping, caroling and more here. For information about outside nonprofts that need help, visit their holiday referrals site.
Freezin’ for a Reason
Yes, it’s cold outside. And yes, people are going swimming. On January 1, the Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day Polar Dip will help raise money to send children with life-threatening illnesses to Camp Sunshine, a one-of-a-kind retreat in Maine. You’ve just gotta take the plunge in Coney Island. Too scared to take a full plunge? Well, the Chicken Dip is for you. All you’ve got to do is get your feet wet. Literally.
Other volunteering opportunities
From serving hot meals to keeping New Yorkers healthy, Food Bank for NYC needs help in their Warehouse Repack Program, Community Kitchen and Food Pantry, CookShop Program, and more! Plus, check out City Harvest for food drives and other volunteering opportunities to help end hunger in NYC.
God’s Love We Deliver has prepared and delivered more than 12 million meals to families. How can they continue to do this without your help? Lend a hand today.
No one is ever turned away at Yorkville Common Pantry. That’s why volunteers like you are needed for everything from making sandwiches and meal programs to toy drives and Souper Bowl drives.
Make an appointment to save a life! Donate blood to the New York Blood Center. Enter your location anywhere in the state and they’ll find a blood drive or center close to you!
Give a second chance with Housing Works, an organization fighting to end AIDS and homelessness. You can tutor, become a food service volunteer, work in the Bookstore Cafe or thrift shops, etc.
And make sure to check out Idealist.org, 1-800-Volunteer, and Volunteer Match, where you can choose your hours, area of interest, location, etc., and then get matched up with an organization or assignment. It’s that easy.