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Charities for the Holidays and Everyday

The Holidays seem to heighten the generosity of our spirits even more so than during the year.  After all, it is a time of reflection on how truly fortunate and blessed we all are.  We’ve listed several organizations and their websites for your consideration and ease in finding that perfect recipient.  May you have a truly joyous Holiday and reap at least tenfold of what you share!



1.  Make-A-Wish Foundation:  Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.


  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 144,000 children around the world.
  • Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
  • A network of more than 25,000 volunteers enables the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish-granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

2.  Habitat for Humanity:     Since its founding in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses for families in need, becoming a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing.  You can donate money, time or vehicles and they have several other links to associated charitable causes, including Katrina victims.  You can also purchase items from their online store.



3.  I Have a Dream® Foundation Mission :

The "I Have a Dream"® Foundation helps children from low-income areas reach their education and career goals by providing a comprehensive, long-term program of mentoring, tutoring and life skills enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education.


A PARTIAL HISTORY:  In 1981, businessman Gene Lang returned to the elementary school he had attended 50 years earlier, to give a speech to a class of graduating sixth graders. He intended to tell them, "Work hard and you'll succeed." But on the way to the podium, P.S. 121's principal told Lang that three-quarters of the school's students would probably never finish high school, prompting Lang to make an extraordinary impromptu change to his speech: he promised college tuition to every sixth grader who stayed in high school and graduated. Lang told the class about being present to hear Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington . He urged the students to dream their own dreams, and promised to do all he could to help them achieve their goals.  Read the rest at for a truly inspiring story.



4.  Best Friends Animal Society:  


Best Friends is the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals, and also spearheads the national No More Homeless Pets campaign.   You can donate money and/or items chosen from their wish list or purchase items from their store.  Don’t forget to donate to your local animal shelter, they also appreciate your time and many have foster parenting for pets.



5.  National Resources Defense Council:  “NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization.”   This site has a great kid’s section too, called “Kids Make Waves.”  Show your kids how to care and get involved! 



6.  The Salvation Army:   The Salvation Army is a worldwide organization committed to serving people, changing one life at a time. Our diverse ministries attract a wide variety of participants and supporters, from single parents needing help to dedicated volunteers seeking meaningful outlets for service to philanthropists and charitable foundations wanting to contribute to their community.


The Salvation Army works every day to make life better for countless people in your community. Your gift can enable us to serve nutritious meals to older adults, shelter homeless families, help men overcome addictions, provide after-school tutoring and recreation, and send inner-city children to summer camp. If your concern is global, you can contribute to Salvation Army World Services which provides such programs as HIV/AIDS clinics in Africa, homeless feeding services in Russia, micro-enterprise development in the Philippines, and homes for orphaned and abandoned children in Mexico.


A tradition since 1891, the familiar red kettle at Christmas not only collects funds for seasonal assistance to individuals and families in need, but also enables The Salvation Army to operate year-round. As the kettles become more scarce, our website provides other ways you can partner with The Salvation Army to bring opportunity to those in need.



7.  Volunteer Match:  Find volunteer opportunities for any age or ability.  Enter your zip code and you can choose an organization near you that would love to have a little of your time and kind assistance.    What a great way to give back to your community!



8.  Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind: breeds, raises, trains and places dogs to guide the blind through a special program of "Hometown Training."  Hometown Training is a service where the guide dog and the instructor come to the blind person's home and train them together. This unique feature of the program allows the blind person to obtain a guide dog while continuing to meet their responsibilities at home. Breeds of dogs used are Labrador Retrievers, with a compliment of Smooth Coated Collies and German Shepherds.  The average working life of a guide dog is approximately 8 to 10 years. They are then retired from the program.



9.  Orphan Foundation of America :


In 1981, the late Joseph Rivers, a former foster youth from the Syracuse area started the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA). His goal was simple--help orphans and foster youth as they transition from foster care to young adulthood, with particular emphasis on helping these young men and women attend college and vocational school.  You are invited to send a store-bought or homemade card to OFA offering words of support to a college-bound foster youth. Send a book of stamps or a gift card from a national store or fast food chain, or from your favorite website. Get others involved.  Work with members of your congregation, community group, or volunteer organization to write notes or collect Care Package items in bulk.  Ask your Community Relations/HR department to sponsor a Care Package event in your workplace.



10.  St. Vincent de Paul: 


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States .

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