Giving Tuesday — A Guide to Giving to Local Charities

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It is only a matter of time before the holiday season is upon us. But even among the rush of holiday shopping, family reunions and end-of-the-year parties, we still can make time for those in need. Share in the spirit of giving on Giving Tuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as the day to donate to charities. People everywhere are giving back and making the world a better place. Let these local charities and organizations from across the country inspire you to help others and spread the love this holiday season.

San Francisco

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Project Night Night

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According to Project Night Night, one in 30 children will face homelessness sometimes this year. By providing packages of books, blankets and stuffed animals to homeless children across San Francisco, the organization is working to reduce trauma and improve the quality of life for young people.

Help a homeless child at Project Night Night.

Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions

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Even pigeons and doves need love, and Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions makes saving these domesticated birds possible. By providing vet care, foster homes and adoptions, Palomacy has saved more than 600 birds since 2007.

Bring peace to an animal this holiday season at Palomacy Pigeon and Dove Adoptions.

Washington DC

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust

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The Chesapeake Bay Trust engages hundreds of thousands of citizens in the nation’s capital to get involved with projects to clean, preserve and support the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S. and a source of natural beauty for all to enjoy.

Local or visiting, you’re invited to help beautify the Bay here at The Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Doorways for Women and Families

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Doorways for Women and Families provides the key out of dangerous or unstable domestic situations for women who are scared or unsure of their future. Doorways helps to address the root issues of homelessness and violence by providing safe housing opportunities, holistic services, counseling and a way out for fearful women, mothers and families.

You can learn more about becoming a key to hope this year at Doorways for Women and Families.

Philadelphia

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The Garces Foundation

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The Garces Foundation began after commemorating the life of a young immigrant man who died from not receiving proper cancer treatment. The foundation is dedicated to helping immigrant communities in Philadelphia by providing dental treatment, physicals and community outreach. The Garces Foundation helps immigrant communities live healthy, educated and nutritious lives despite financial circumstances.

You can help out your neighbor at The Garces Foundation.

techGirlz

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Young women and girls are given more opportunities for success with techGirlz, an organization designed to teach young women important tech skills and close the gender gap in the technology industry. By giving girls hands-on experience with computer
technology, techGirlz is changing the future of the tech world.

Let’s change the equation at techGirlz.

Boston

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Artists for Humanity

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Artists for Humanity takes inner city teens out of dangerous situations with art supplies and purpose. This amazing group helps to place teens in paid creative jobs throughout Boston and employ the at-risk teens’ artistic skills and entrepreneurship goals.

Support Boston’s creative future by visiting Artists for Humanity.

College Bound Dorchester

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College Bound Dorchester aims to break the cycle of dysfunction that leads to fewer opportunities for young children and to change communities from the inside out. By educating and inspiring “core influencers” in a community with high levels of poverty and violence, College Bound transforms the youth that was once violent into a force that is constructive and positive for the rest of the community.

Be a part of the change at College Bound Dorchester.

Chicago

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826Chi

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826Chi is a non-profit organization designed to help students ages six to eighteen improve their writing skills and to inspire them to write. Based out of a spy kit store in Wicker Park, the organization works to help teachers and students get passionate about writing and creative endeavors.

To learn more about what’s being created in your neighborhood go to 826chi.

Growing Home

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Growing Home not only provides jobs for men and women to grow local, organic food, but also they give hope to those who thought they’d be homeless and never feel hopeful again. By teaching necessary farming skills, Growing Home makes it possible for the homeless of Chicago to become self sufficient, contributing members of society.

To help grow hope and the local food that you eat visit Growing Home.

Los Angeles

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Farm Sanctuary

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Although Farm Sanctuary aims to protect farm animals on a global scale, their main habitat for rescued cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and other animals is based in the Los Angeles area. Their goal is to raise awareness for farm animals and the way they are
treated in addition to shifting public thought on raising animals.

Find out more about our fury friends and their friends at Farm Sanctuary.

The Surfrider Foundation

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The Surfrider Foundation began as a dream of California surfers to save and improve upon the condition of oceans and beaches. Based just south of LA in San Clemente, the foundation is all about the protection and preservation of California’s beautiful coastline and beaches.

Learn how you can save the beaches you love at The Surfrider Foundation.

New York City

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City Harvest

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Don’t let your Thanksgiving dinner leftovers go to waste! City Harvest will pick up the leftover food from your large event or office gathering and donate it to New Yorkers in need. By collecting leftover food that usually would be thrown away at restaurants, bakeries, grocers and other manufacturers, City Harvest feeds almost 1.4 million New York residents who would otherwise go hungry.

Your leftovers could save a life at City Harvest.

Lighthouse Guild

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Lighthouse Guild shines light into lives of those who are visually impaired, blind or suffer from a chronic illness. By offering teaching programs and community outreach, they help New Yorkers maintain the highest level of functionality and independence.

Shine a light this year at Lighthouse Guild.

Are there any charities in your neighborhood that you’d like to see on our guide? Share them with us in the comments below.