Greenwich Charities: How to Help this Holiday Season | Greenwich Moms

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Interested in giving back to our fantastic community this winter? We’ve updated our annual list of local charities and how we can all help them, starting today. Our neighbors need our help more than ever, as the pandemic has exacerbated problems from homelessness to hunger. Thank you for considering spending a little time or money on a new, or familiar, cause today.

Have information you’d like to add about your favorite charity? Email and we’ll update!

Neighbor to Neighbor

How to Help: Donate funds to support food assistance for those in need
For 45 years, Neighbor to Neighbor has improved the lives of residents in need throughout the Greenwich area and strengthened our community by creating access to food, clothing and basic living essentials in an atmosphere of kindness and respect. Now, more than ever, we need your support as we prepare for the winter months ahead. With your help, we can continue to provide nutritious food and basic needs during this critical time. Your support will take on new meaning this year, as many of our families will face the harsh reality of unemployment, illness, and heightened anxiety.
Your donation will help those who need us most and enable us to stay Neighbor Strong!
Learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor and their community impact at



Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital

How to Help: Donate in a new way

Luke McQuillan, a Sophomore at Greenwich High School, is launching his 4th annual fundraiser for tween and teen patients at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital on December 1st.  These kids are battling life-threatening illnesses and need our help.  Please see Luke’s video with important Covid-related changes to his 2020 drive and then visit Yale’s donation page to contribute (links below).  Thank you!

Family Centers

How to Help: Donate a gift card to a family in need

As you do your holiday shopping please consider buying a gift card for a family in need of food and gifts this season. “Due to the pandemic we have seen a tremendous uptick in the need for food and basic household supplies among our clients. Your contribution will go directly to a family for groceries and a few presents to provide some holiday cheer” says Family Centers’ Vice President of Development Katrina Dorsey. For more information, go to

Kids in Crisis

How to Help: Help a family in need enjoy this holiday season by purchasing clothing, toys or household essentials between now and December 7th on the Kids InCrisis Holiday Central AmazonSmile wishlist; make a tax-deductible financial gift on the Kids In Crisis website; or cook a meal for residents in the SafeHaven emergency shelter.

Kids In Crisis is a family-focused charity offering many ways to get involved and help children in need this holiday season. Our Holiday Central wishlist has been created to distribute food, new clothing, toys and household essentials to families throughout the area who have utilized our emergency shelter, helpline, outreach programs and crisis services. “Kids In Crisis is happy to help make the holidays a joyous time for these families, especially as the need is greater than ever before.” says Shari Shapiro, Executive Director. Please visit the Holiday Central Wishlist at


Looking for a special gift for friends, family or co-workers? Visit Splurge in Greenwich and purchase a Kids In Crisis aromatherapy Holiday Candle. 100% of the proceeds go toward the Kids In Crisis mission of building healthy communities where children and families thrive through prevention, counseling, and crisisservices available 24-hours every day. For more information, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit


How to Help: Donate money

Pathways helps those with severe and chronic mental illness through residency, case management and a day and outreach programs. The program is expanding its efforts to meet the needs of those being helped, including a newly renovated day program facility in Cos Cob says Pathways Executive Director Laura Heckman: “We are always in need of donations for our on-going budget and programs.” For more information on Pathways, go to


How to help:  Shop at Abilis Gardens & Gifts, or Donate Money

Shop local this holiday at Abilis Gardens & Gifts.  Gifts for children, the home, handcrafted candles and bath products, jewelry, accessories, holiday wreaths, flowers, greens and centerpieces. Our retail shop provides job training for adults with special needs and is located at 50 Glenville Street in Greenwich. Visit for holiday shopping hours.  Donate to the Abilis Annual Appeal.  Funds raised will support new initiatives within Abilis that provides vital services and advocacy support for over 700 people with special needs of all ages and their families in Fairfield County. For more info visit


Meals on Wheels of Greenwich

How to Help: Deliver meals

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritionally balanced meals 5 days a week throughout the town. A route takes roughly an hour between 9:30 and 11. We’ve experienced an increase in clients during Covid 19. All our deliveries are left at the door to keep everyone safe. If you’re interested in volunteering they can call and speak to Lynne Stewart at 203 869-1312 or email:

Greenwich United Way

How to Help: Donate money to their Direct Impact Programs

The Greenwich United Way develops dynamic programs that benefit the lives of all Greenwich residents. Their Direct Impact Programs directly impact the community with services relating to Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions,Youth Impact Programming and Human Services Technology Solutions. “Direct Impact is another example of how since 1933 the Greenwich United Way has been Finding, Funding and Fixing the health, education and self-sufficiency needs of Greenwich,” says CEO David Rabin. Learn more about their Direct Impact Wish List here and about Greenwich United Way at

Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich

The world is complicated. Helping kids is simple. Today, your donation to Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich is a simple act that will make a big impact for kids in our community who are counting on us. While so much feels complicated right now, your donation is a simple way to help kids through the challenges they’re facing today to ensure great futures are still possible tomorrow. BGCG programs focus on three identified priorities: Academic Support and Enrichment, Healthy Lifestyles and Character Development.

Please support the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich by donating today at 

Junior League of Greenwich

How to Help: Donate to the Annual Appeal

Donations help us:
  • Support our projects Done in a Day, Done in a Year, Money $ense and Positively Me!
  • Train new members to be strong volunteers through their own successful projects like Baby Bundles, which helps provide new mothers with essential supplies for their babies.
  • Award grants to local teens like Stephanie Guza and her project to End Period Poverty, and to organizations like Girls with Impact that work to equip girls with business and leadership skills.
Help the Junior League of Greenwich continue its vital work in our community and be a part of #givingtuesday which supports our Annual Fund for 2020-21.






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