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. Attend a fundrasing event or simply donate 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
- 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.
- 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 agencies. Because the bulk of its food is donated and it operates very efficiently, the Food Bank is able to provide $10.00-$12.00 worth of food to hungry people for every dollar it spends.
965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
- Help Yourself Foundation - The Help Yourself Foundation is dedicated to changing the lives of disadvantaged grade-school 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.
373 Central Ave 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. Serving those ages 18 months all the way to 102 years old, NABA promises to help those who are visually impaired to overcome difficulty and provide assistance in order to live a full life.
301 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12206
(518) 463-3585 or
- 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 stree, 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.
12 South Lake Ave Albany, NY 12203
- 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 Rd., 3rd Floor, Albany NY 12205
- United Way of the Greater Capital Region - United Way of the Greater Capital Region maintains its commitment to address the root cause of problems and focus on the building blocks for a good life so our children have a bright future and our community remains an attractive place in which to live, work, raise a family and conduct business.
One United Way, P.O. Box 13865 Albany, NY 12212
- 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 in which the campaign is conducted.
Albany, New York
(518) 399-1342 x183
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.
20 South Ferry Street, Albany, NY 12201
(518) 584-1640 x1693
- UJA Federation of New York -
With your donation, our network can feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and train the unemployed. We can respond quickly in a crisis. We can direct aid where it will do the most good — efficiently, effectively, and compassionately. And we can help ensure a strong, vital Jewish nation for generations to come.
130 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022
- 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 12205
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
- 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 S Lake Avenue Albany NY 12208
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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