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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update!
Neighbor to Neighbor
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!
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 familycenters.org.
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 https://smile.amazon.com/hz/charitylist/ls/9M4OK402LX74/ref=smi_ge2_setch_swi_smi?_encoding=UTF8&ein=06-1027885&pldnSite=1
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 kidsincrisis.org.
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 pways.org.
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 abilis.us/gifts 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 abilis.us.
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: email@example.com
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 greenwichunitedway.org.
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 http://bgcg.org/donate/
Junior League of Greenwich
How to Help: Donate to the Annual Appeal
Do you have a favorite local charity that we missed? Please add it in the comments section!