Keep the less fortunate in mind this holiday season
For many of us, the holiday season would seem a little hollow if we didn't give back to those in need. There are many ways you can offer your help and support for the needy this season by attending a fundraising event, or simply donating your time or money to a great local charity.
Consider giving to one these charities, or attend a charity & fundrasing event.
Local and Regional Charities
- Berkshire Farm Center & Services For Youth - The Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth has developed a Holiday Angels program that helps children and families in Berkshire programs across New York State by providing them with the gifts on their wish lists so that they can have a happy holiday season.
500 New Karner Road, 3rd Floor, Albany NY 12205
- The Damien Center Albany - The Damien Center is a community center for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Programs and activities offered are designed to improve health, reduce stress, and increase the sufferers' quality of life. The Damien Center was wrecked by a fire in the summer of 2013, and continues to rally to rebuild and provide programs.
646 State Street, Albany, NY 12203
- Help Yourself Foundation - The Help Yourself Foundation is dedicated to changing the lives of disadvantaged gradeschool children through the creation of after school academies on college campuses. Their wish is to not let obstacles such as poverty prevent a child from attending college and making their dreams come true.
1090 Avon Road Schenectady, New York 12308
- Holding Our Own Inc. - This is a women’s foundation of NYS Capital Region established in 1982. The foundation, created to advance feminist social and economic change, makes supporting women and building powerful connections among feminine leaders their top priorities.
79 Central Avenue, #6, Albany, New York 12206
- The Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany - This organization provides services and support to help blind and visually impaired people achieve independence and growth. NABA promises to help those who are visually impaired to overcome difficulties through the various programs offered, including rehabilitation, employment, and more
301 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
- Northern Rivers Family of Services - This is a parent organization to the Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child & Family Center. Together they are a family of human service agencies who work to provide life changing care to those they serve. For the 2016 holiday season, they're looking for helpers to provide 3,000 gifts for 1,000 children and families in their care.
60 Academy Road, Albany, NY 12208
- Red Cross - The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12208
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York - From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 20 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 member agencies. Because the bulk of its food is donated and it operates very efficiently, the Food Bank is able to provide $10 - $12 worth of food to hungry people for every dollar it spends!
965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
- Ronald McDonald House Charities Of The Capital Region - The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at no cost.
139 South Lake Avenue, Albany NY 12208
- SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc.) - Since the flooding in 2011, the people of the Schoharie Creek basin and surrounding area, with help from volunteers throughout the country, have dedicated themselves to rebuilding their devastated communities. This holiday season, SALT invites you to extend your spirit of generosity by donating to support families whose homes are not yet fully recovered or rebuilt. Salt offers everything from holiday gifts, simple donations, and volunteer opportunities.
258 Main Street, Schoharie, NY 12157
- The Salvation Army - The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need.
452 Clinton Avenue, Albany, NY 12206
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of their founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion, or a family's ability to pay.
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
- Toys For Tots - The mission of the Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November, and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.
745 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
- UJA Federation of New York - With your donation the UJA Federation network can feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and train the unemployed. They can respond quickly in a crisis. They can direct aid where it will do the most good — efficiently, effectively, and compassionately. And they can help ensure a strong, vital Jewish nation for generations to come.
130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
United Way of the Greater Capital Region - United Way of the Greater Capital Region improves lives and advances the common good in the Greater Capital Region by mobilizing the caring power of donors, volunteers, and community partners to give, volunteer, and advocate for local people in need.
1 United Way, PO Box 13865 Albany, NY 12212
There are also plenty of opportunites to donate while you are doing your holiday shopping. Next time you're at the checkout line and are asked if you would like to donate $1, you can ask if you can give a little more. When you see the bell ringer with the red kettle, instead of offering the quarter in your pocket, grab a buck.
This list offers a great selection of charities, but there are also many others in the area that would be great to give to. Please tell us in the comments below of any other charities or opportunities to make a difference this holiday season!
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