By Rachel Hoeing
We are giving every family in the Triad a challenge. The challenge is this - choose ONE, just ONE non-profit to give to this holiday season. You may choose to give your time or a donation. What a better way to show children what the holidays are truly all about?
I have made this challenge super easy for you! Sit down with your children and read through our list below. Choose a charity (or other non-profit) that touches your hearts. Take a look at what your non-profit may be in need of this holiday season and as family ... give!
Please share this blog on your facebook page, email it to your friends, and tell others! The more we can spread the word, the more we can help!
I asked our readers and our TMoM Team for their favorite charities and non-profits in the Triad area. I contacted every venue that was suggested and have compiled the descriptions and needs below. The non-profits that were suggested ranged from charities, to special needs groups, to museums, to the arts. There are so many amazing programs and I hope your family will find one that touches your hearts. Click on the name of each program to visit their website.
Please let us know how this challenge goes for you and which organization your family will be helping!
Greensboro, NC 27403.
Contact: Carolyn McManus, director; 336-379-7670; firstname.lastname@example.org
About: After Gateway is a nationally accredited day health program for adults with severe developmental disabilities.
Needs: iTunes gift cards (to purchase software for our iPad); art supplies; AA and AAA batteries; non-fitted waterproof mattress pads; metal teaspoons; paper products; pump hand sanitizer; small bottled water. We also need hand towels for bibs and volunteers to make them (we have a pattern). Individuals who wish to volunteer in our program must be 16 years of age and provide two references. We’d love to have volunteers to help push wheelchairs on outings, help during music therapy and special events, or help with our fundraising efforts. Donate by visiting the website above and clicking on the donate tab OR mail/bring donations to the address above.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Les Quagliano, (336) 333-6860 ext 237, email@example.com
About: Alcohol & Drug Services is a non-profit substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment agency committed to a better future. Our mission is simple. We strive to reduce the impact of addiction on Guilford and surrounding counties by creating meaningful change in individuals, groups, and communities. ADS’ professional staff provides thorough assessments and individualized, person-centered treatment plans because we understand that addiction touches every aspect of a person’s life – emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual. In fact, 9 out of 10 of our clients are struggling financially and desperately need the comprehensive substance abuse services we provide. We work to lift the stigma and encourage people to ask for help with the same urgency as any other medical condition. ADS strives to break the cycle of addiction allowing children to thrive and families to heal. Science and research guide our teaching. Our clients realize that addiction isn’t their fault, but recovery is their responsibility. We treat everyone with dignity, respect, and understanding. It takes courage to ask for help. It takes even more strength and determination to maintain well being. At ADS we change lives and create ripple effects felt across the community.
Needs: We need volunteers for our Breakfast with Santa - We need 1 Santa straight from the North Pole from 8am-10am on Dec. 18th; small gifts for Santa to hand out (around 50 toys for kids ages 0-5); Monetary donations and volunteers are welcomed as well. Toys can be dropped off before December 17th at Alcohol & Drug Services located on the first floor of the Dorothy Bardolph building across from the bus depot. We are hosting a Holiday Breakfast for clients and their families from 6am to 10 am on December 18th and would love to do something special for the younger children (the older children will be in school). It would be wonderful if Santa would let the children sit on his lap and possibly pose for pictures. We were also hoping that Santa could hand out little dollar store toys/gifts as he talked to the kids.
c/o The Community Foundation of Greensboro
330 S. Greene Street, Suite 100
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Parker White, firstname.lastname@example.org, 336.709.9649
About: A100% volunteer non-profit, our mission is to serve & meet the most basic needs of underprivileged children in Guilford County one backpack at a time. We aim to help children create a new beginning by providing them what they need most – food and comfort. Our Food BackPack Program is a weekly program established to directly impact childhood hunger. We send children home with backpacks full of nutritious, kid-friendly food on weekends during the school year. Our Comfort BackPack Program provides backpacks full of comfort items to abused/neglected, foster, homeless & refugee children when they are taken from their home. We are serving over 2,000 children annually.
Needs: (see website for more details):
- kid-friendly, shelf-stable, nutritious food (individual cereals, individual fruit cups, individual applesauce, Chef Boyardee microwavable bowls, shelf stable milk, 100% juice boxes, individual raisin boxes, cheese and cracker sandwich packs) - new or gently used children's books and stuffed animals, new or gently used backpacks
- hygiene products (shampoo, soap or body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wash cloths, dental floss, deodorant)
- coloring books and crayons or activity books (word search, Suduko, crosswords)
- lip balm, individual tissue packets, new socks, personal journals
- gallon and sandwich size ziplock bags
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Sowmya Qureshi, (336) 722-9951 ext: 414
About: Bethesda Center for the Homeless was begun in 1987 as a partnership between First Presbyterian Church, Winston-Salem and the Forsyth/Stokes Mental Health Center. From that beginning, Bethesda has emerged as a leader in caring for the community’s most desperate homeless individuals, becoming the largest provider of emergency night shelter as well as continuing to be the area’s only day shelter. The 100-bed night shelter serves a cross-section of homeless men and women: Those who have short-term emergencies and need a bed for just a few nights; those who are newly employed and need time to get on their feet; those who have been out of work for months or even years with little hope of things turning around; the heavily addicted; the disabled; and the mentally ill.
Needs: We are in need of many items such as, toilet paper, laundry detergents, household cleaning products, mops/ brooms, large trash bags, new or gently used pot/pans, silverware, utensils etc.
Brenner Children’s Hospital(part of Wake Forest Baptist Health)
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston Salem, NC 27157
Contact: Cindy Mahan, director; 336-713-3085; email@example.com.
About: Brenner Children’s Hospital cares for sick children from Western NC, Tennessee, southern Virginia.
Needs: new toys, gift cards, etc. For a comprehensive list of items needed, visit the website link above.
1001 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Contacts: Lea Metz (336) 721-7607, firstname.lastname@example.org, Monetary Donations Contact: Jean Thomas (336) 721-7656 email@example.com, Volunteer Contact: Leslie Mullinix (336) 721-7699 firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The Children ’s Home has served more than 10,000 children and their families across North Carolina by providing safety, love, education, and therapy in times of critical need. Located on 212 acres of rolling pastureland in Winston-Salem, The Children ’s Home distinguishes itself among child service agencies by offering a unique environment that is serenely therapeutic, educational, inspirational, and, most importantly, alive with potential. Through meaningful participation in the daily responsibilities of a farm, and one-on-one relationships with counselors and therapists, children facing severe disruptions to their young lives begin to heal in mind, body, and spirit. With the farm providing a solid sense of place, The Children ’s Home is able to provide our community ’s most vulnerable children an array of modern, professional services and programs, including residential treatment, foster care and adoption services, day treatment, needs-based education, community counseling, art therapy, and life skill development. Good things do grow here!
Needs: New Gifts and New Clothes, New Shoes for Teens 13-18, can use monetary donations or volunteers as well.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Sue Draddy, SDraddy@childrensmuseumofws.org
About: Our Mission: To create a compelling destination for our community to play and learn by experiencing literature, storytelling and the arts. Our Vision: Nurturing children’s imaginations, creativity and love of reading by bringing stories to life. Our Values: We Believe and Affirm that: Every child has value and deserves respect. Effective parenting resources give every parent/family the opportunity to play a primary role in their child’s development. Storytelling bridges all cultures and generations. Collaborations strengthen our diverse community. Our Central location provides accessibility to the whole community. Every child deserves access to the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem.
Needs: The museum can always use monetary donations and you can donate here online. Supplies needed are Tools, Art Supplies, Dry Erase Markers, Gift certificates to local restaurants to reward staff, Ipod and Ipod docking station, Laptop, U cart and Gift cards to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to purchase books for our library.
223 N. Spring St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Sharon Reiss and Amy Zambor at email@example.com
About: During the Annual Christmas Cheer project, the Jaycees take 50 local, disadvantaged children shopping for gifts for themselves and their families. The children will also have the opportunity to eat breakfast, have their picture taken with Santa, and enjoy a special activity! From one of the Jaycees, "There is nothing more grounding than helping a child pick out gifts for themselves that they would never dream of being able to afford. There is no greater pride than helping a child pick out earrings to give his mother so she will also have something to open on Christmas morning."
Needs: We need volunteers to shop with children, wrap presents and accompany the children for an activity. We can always use funding for this project as well.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Contact: Jone Reid, Church & Community Relations Coordinator, 336-759-0063 ext.21; firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Forsyth Jail & Prison Ministries provides Christian services and programs for inmates in the Forsyth County Jail, Prison and Youth Detention Center.
Needs: Help us provide Christmas Joy on the Inside for inmates and staff at the Forsyth County Jail. Bake cookies that will be distributed on Sunday, December 23rd. Bring the homemade cookies to our prison office on Friday, December 21st, 9am to 4pm. Also, needed are personal care items, full sizes of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and body lotion. These can be dropped off at our 307 Craft Drive address too.
N.C. Dream Center
1606 Philips Ave
Greensboro NC 27405
New Jerusalem Cathedral
1822 Sharpe Rd.
Greensboro NC 27406
Wrights Care Services
204 Muirs Chapel Rd.
Greensboro NC 27410
Bridlewood Executive Suites
204 Muirs Chapel Rd.
Greensboro NC 27410
Contact: J. Claire Garstka Claire@newlifepublicrelations.com 336-880-7066
About: Gifts for Good is a Christmas Toy Drive sponsored by local businesses and benefiting local kids through the North Carolina Dream Center. A celebration, gift giveaway and Christmas Cantata will be held at New Jerusalem Cathedral on December 21 at 7pm. This is the 10th year of the Dream Center’s giveaway.
Needs: Toys will be collected at Bridlewood Executive Suites, Wrights Care Services, N.C. Dream Center and New Jerusalem Cathedral. (All addresses above.) All donations should be unwrapped and appropriate for children ages 0-12. Toys will be accepted at those locations between November 15 – December 17, 2012.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Jennifer Gentry, Jennifer@greensboroballet.org
About: The School of Greensboro Ballet is the only non-profit ballet school in the Greensboro area and one of a relative few in the country. Our goal is to offer the finest dance education to children of all ages. Some of our students have a serious interest in this art form and hope to become professional ballet dancers one day.
Needs: We could always use cash donations, but would also love to have computer paper, office supplies, party supplies (for events), craft supplies (for our camps) and services donated (IT help, Legal help, Printing, Merchandising, etc.).
Contact: (336) 724-3621, email@example.com
About: Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a private, nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1926. At Goodwill, we believe that all people, regardless of situation, should have access to meaningful employment. Through workforce development programs, we help individuals develop the skills they need for today's job market. A significant portion of the funding for our programs comes from sales of donated items in our retail stores. Merchandise for our stores is provided through the generous donations of clothing and household items from the community. These donations are critical to our mission. By donating to Goodwill or shopping in our stores, you are helping to support workforce development programs that serve over 45,000 people in northwest N.C. each year.
Needs: Goodwill of NWNC is at its lowest donation levels on 30 years. Please bring us your gently used items. Our shoppers will buy them for gifts and the money will go to job placement and training services.
Greensboro NC 27406
Contact: Gail Gore-Lewis, 553-2642, firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Greensboro Urban Ministry will be working to provide overflow shelter to homeless individuals during the cold winter months.
Needs: Volunteers will be needed to ensure that no one will have to sleep on the streets. Mental Health & Substance Abuse Professionals Needed and Volunteers to provide overnight support from 11:00pm-7:00am. We will be scheduling volunteers in teams of (2) for overnight to help monitor and register guest for Winter Overflow. Donations of Hygiene Items: pillow top covers, twin sheets, towels, bath cloths, hats, socks, gloves, scarves, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes: Clorox wipes, Lysol wipes, cleaning supplies, powdered laundry detergent, bar soap, quart size plastic storage bags, bus passes, backpacks, breakfast snacks and quarters for laundry
Food Bank: when you are buying groceries you can do a lot of good by bringing home something to donate. Please select one or more canned or non-perishable food items such as: Protein Sources • Tuna, Salmon, etc. • Beef Stew, Spam, Corned Beef • Peanut Butter, 18 oz. . Vegetables • Greens, e.g. Turnip, Mixed Vegetables • Peas (green) • Tomatoes, Corn, Green Beans Fruits • Peaches, Pears, Fruit Cocktail, Applesauce Other Items • Soups • Sugar, 2 lbs. • Dry milk • Oatmeal, 18 oz. • Macaroni & cheese • Bags of dry beans • Rice, 1 lb. or larger bags Dietary Supplements • Ensure . Please Note! No glass containers or open packages
Kernersville, NC 27284
Contact: Ashley F. Wall, email@example.com, 336-681-1791
About: Heartstrings Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support was born out of the personal loss of twin infants by a Greensboro, N.C., resident in the spring of 2004. As she struggled through the days and months that followed, she became determined that no one should have to face the loss of their baby alone. With the encouragement of Kids Path® in Greensboro and several other area agencies and bereaved parents, Heartstrings Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support was formed. Our mission is to provide compassionate validation, bereavement education and hope to families who have suffered pregnancy and infant loss through distinctive peer-based support programs guided by bereaved parents in partnership with professional facilitators.
Needs: 1.) Many of the families we have supported through our free support groups or one-to-one mentor support reach a place of healing and decide to pursue a subsequent pregnancy after their loss. When they have the baby, we send them a baby blanket with their baby’s initials monogrammed on it created locally by High Cotton in Winston-Salem. This outreach costs $200-$250 each year. Donations for the blankets are a great way for area mothers to support those who have overcome loss and fear to experience the joy of a baby.
2.) We are in desperate need of a revamped website if there are any pro bono website designers out there!
3.) We are offering holiday tribute cards this year for businesses who wish to give a tax-deductible donation to Heartstrings in lieu of holiday gifts for clients. We have two card designs that can be customized for the business, and we can handle everything from printing, assembling, and mailing for the business. More info is on our website here: http://www.heartstringssupport.org/heartstrings-holiday-cards/
High Point NC 27262,
About: The High Point Museum is dedicated to sharing Greater High Point’s history, exploring the power of memory, providing perspective for current issues, and strengthening the sense of community. Our work is guided by our core values of connection, diversity, fun, and innovation.
Needs: Monetary donations to be used to help preserve, conserve and showcase High Point’s history. Visitors to the Museum and program participants.
P.O. Box 230
High Point, NC 27261 Contact: David Briggs, High Point Theatre director, at (336) 883-3627 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The High Point Theatre is a non-profit 501c and is conveniently located within the International Home Furnishings Center at the corner of Commerce and Hamilton Streets in High Point. The Theatre features an elegant 965-seat auditorium with continental style seating and three exhibition galleries for meetings, display, or receptions. It houses well over 100 performances each year. The Theatre also presents a variety of six to nine internationally known artists as part of the annual Star-Spangled Series.
Needs: Donations are needed toward general improvements and upgrading of the facility / volunteers are needed to assist in posting of event flyers in store fronts and on community bulletin boards.
High Point, NC 27262
About: Through its programs and services, Hospice of the Piedmont has provided compassionate care to thousands of patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families since 1981. Hospice care is designed to help individuals make the most of life’s remaining moments and offer comfort. Hospice of the Piedmont serves portions of four central North Carolina counties—Guilford, Forsyth, Randolph, and Davidson—from a centrally-located office in High Point.
Needs: Gifts are accepted in the following ways: Cash, check or pledge, Credit card (MasterCard or VISA) donations, In-kind contributions.Gifts may be designated as memorials or honorariums, and we will notify the family of your kindness (without specifying the amount of your gift.) Your contributions help provide care through all of our programs for those without insurance or otherwise unable to afford care, and also support our Grief Counseling Center services which are offered without charge to the entire community. Volunteers are also need and you can read about the opportunities here.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: Shannon Neal (Shannon.email@example.com) or Marinda Maxwell (Marinda.firstname.lastname@example.org) at (336) 768-6157 ext. 1560.
About: Hospice & Palliative CareCenter provides compassionate care for those with a life-limiting illness, and their families, through quality medical, emotional, spiritual and social support. HPCC’s Grief Counseling Services provides grief counseling to anyone in the community grieving a death-related loss.
Needs: During the holiday season, we provide Thanksgiving Meals and Holiday Meals to our families in need. We also seek individuals, families, and groups who would like to sponsor families in need by providing items on their Holiday Wish Lists—and these items are often staples like blankets, socks, coats, etc. Additionally, monetary donations to our Patient Support Fund allow us to assist patients who need help paying power bills, heating fuel costs, and other essential needs.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Kim Shufran, (336) 723-0050, email@example.com
About: At iCan House we educate, support, and enhance the lives of those with social challenges and their families. We meet people where they are, and strive for positive progress from there. We don’t require a diagnosis and we don’t judge. We focus on what our clients “CAN” do based on their individual abilities and strengths! iCan House is one of a kind. The concept is original, conceived in Winston-Salem.
Needs: Volunteers to assist in different ways; from event planning to communications to on-site maintenance, and more. We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The iCan House budget includes 50% from program revenue, and 50% from donations and grants. We receive no federal, state, local or United Way funding. So our primary need is for financial contributions. In addition we welcome donations of paper products, snacks, juice, and copy paper.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Jenny Hudson: firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-544-5420.
About: The Interactive Resource Center is a day center in Greensboro for people who are homeless or trying to keep from becoming homeless. Over the course of a year we help many families get back into housing; during the holidays we hold a celebration for them and give gifts to their children.
Needs: We could use simple toys, art supplies, books and children's clothing (gently used is fine) for the kids, and cleaning supplies, household items (including toilet paper, light bulbs, etc) and hygiene supplies for the adults. This holiday season we are also collecting new or gently used coats, blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, handwarmers and socks,
Burlington, NC 27216
Contact: Joy Joyner, Special Projects director, JoyJoyner@loavesandfishes.us
About: We see clients for food assistance on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Mornings at 9:00AM. Loaves & Fishes is a local independent ecumenical food ministry that provides groceries to hungry families in Alamance County and the five surrounding counties.Persons may be referred by other local agencies, but a referral for food is not required. Persons seeking food assistance must be interviewed to determine their level of need. Families can receive food as often as every 30 days.
Needs: We serve about 7000 people each month so we are always in need of funds and food contributions. We give groceries that must be prepared in a kitchen so all of our clients must have a place to cook food and to store it properly. We can purchase foods at a reduced price so money donated to us will purchase more food than people can buy at the grocery store. Items of clothing, baby food and diapers, pet food, nutritional supplements and toiletries are also given when we have them.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Craig Thomas (336) 275-0820
About: Mary's House ministry provides transitional housing to women in recovery from substance abuse and their minor children. We assist our residents with in-house substance abuse issues, and case management concerns. We teach our residents parenting skills and assist our mothers in assuring that our children meet their developmental milestones. We encourage our residents to build their spiritual base and to find their higher power.
Needs: cleaning supplies, paper towels, diapers, twin bed sheets, crib sheets, twin blankets, children and women's clothing, canned goods
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact:Audrey at 336-373-1402 or email@example.com
About: The Mental Health Association provides support, education, resources and referrals to those in our community whose lives are impacted by mental illness. All our services are provided free of charge and include peer support services, client Wellness Academy classes, various support groups and community education classes, a resource and referral service and the Compeer program.
Needs: For the Holidays the Mental Health Association is conducting the Operations Santa Claus and Hands of Hope programs; collecting personal care items (shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lotion), and new clothing (socks, underwear and jog pants, all sizes, men's, women's, and children) for long term patients of Central Regional Hospital, Cone Behavioral Hospital, and local mental health group homes. We also have a general need for adult volunteers who wish to train and serve as individual Compeer friends to an adult receiving mental health treatment. A trained Compeer friend spends at least 4 hours per month with their match, helping promote friendship and independence, and making a real difference in the life of someone with mental illness.
Contact: Jean Ebert, Founder, firstname.lastname@example.org Charlotte Ruth, co-founder, email@example.com
About: No to O is a non-profit organization; Jean Ebert and Charlotte Ruth have both experienced ovarian cancer and were diagnosed at a late stage. Please join them in working toward earlier diagnoses and finding a cure for ovarian cancer. The rate of survival for those with advanced stages of ovarian cancer has changed very little in 35 years. There are promising research projects for which more funding is always needed. The No to O organization plans to Increase Awareness regarding the symptoms of ovarian cancer; to post websites and organizations that are relevant and informative. No to O will connect women and their families with Support programs available in NC, and plan to start a support group in the Durham, Chapel Hill area in the near future. No to O will also be active in fundraising events that provide financial contributions for local and national ovarian cancer research, as well as other ovarian cancer programs for patients/survivors in North Carolina. Jean has been an amazing catalyst for starting change through No to O; with this website she and Charlotte believe that helping the women and their caregivers in this world of uncertainty, hard work and hope, Ovarian Cancer can be less frightening and cured!!
Needs: Jean and Charlotte ask that you join them in increasing awareness, increasing fundraising, and increasing support for all people affected by this insidious cancer. The teal flamingoes are our intro to our spring fundraiser here in town in early spring through the grand finale on April 12th. It will be called "Flock the Yard" and supporters can "adopt" a flamingo for $20. Donations may be placed directly through the website above.
PO Box 702
Colfax, NC 27235
Contact: Tamara Chapman, 919-225-5619
About: Newborns in Need, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is answering the call of family members and caregivers who struggle to provide for newborns during the first few months of life. Newborns in Need provides premature babies with customized clothing that allows access or medical tubes and are appreciated by parents who like to see their baby dressed while in the NICU. Many times when a premature baby is ready to go home, it weighs 4 or 5 pounds. We provide clothing that will fit. Many children's stores do not carry premature clothing, or when this clothing can be found, it is often cost-prohibitive to overwhelmed parents who may already be struggling with mounting healthcare bills, daily expenses, and providing for other children in the family. We also provide for the economically disadvantaged by providing newborns kits containing comfort items and many other basic essential baby items. Complete bereavement layettes for infant and fetal demise are also provided which is our saddest task but we acknowledge each life that touches our hearts. Understanding the stress uninsured and economically challenged families face, Newborns in Need (“NIN”) is located in cities and towns across the US and foster community support of the newborn. Providing handcrafted, new and used clothing to premature and full term babies, Newborns In Need is a valued vehicle for communities to serve their tiniest citizen. Made up of volunteers, we are dedicated to making sure that the teen mom, the stressed family, or the mother overwhelmed in sadness is supported in the first moments of the child’s life.
Needs: Volunteers are needed to knit, crochet, sew, quilt, inventory items, assist with fundraising, and package store bought items that are provided completely free of charge to hospitals, crisis centers, shelters, and pregnancy help centers. Here is a listing of items that are most requested from families and hospitals: receiving blankets, preemie and newborn clothing, diapers, cribs or pack and plays for babies to sleep, and car seats (must be new).
900 16th Street
Greensboro, NC 27405
Contact: Marianne Donadio, 336-391-6299, mdonadio@RoomInn.org
About: The Nurturing Center is an exciting new service for homeless families in Greensboro, pairing high quality child care and personal development programming designed to stabilize both parents and children striving to overcome homelessness. Services offered include: A licensed child care program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Supportive counseling, case management and referral services from an on-site mental health professional. Parenting classes to develop the bonds between parents and children. Life skills classes that teach practical skills to regain self-sufficiency. Staff training for agencies and individuals serving families striving to overcome homelessness. All services are offered at no charge to families unable to pay.
Needs: There is an incredible program going on tight now where you may choose to host a "Celebrating for Homeless Children" event (anything from a formal dinner to a pot of chili) anytime between Thanksgiving and Dec 13th and invite guests who you’d normally be celebrating the season with anyway (friends, family, neighbors and co-workers). Tell them that they will be invited to make a donation that will make a difference in the life of a local homeless child instead of bringing a gift for a gift exchange You are them invited to attend the Celebrating for Homeless Children Dessert Finale where we will celebrate our success together! (Finale is optional) Other needs: Diapers (size 1–5), Pull-ups, Wipes, Bibs, Bottles, Sippy cups, Snack size paper plates & disposable bowls, Washable markers, Glue sticks, Construction paper, Planners, Journals, Binders, Pens, Notepads, Individual tissue packs, & Individual hand sanitizers.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Contact: Frances Beasley, Director of Development; 336-721-7331; firstname.lastname@example.org
About: When you give to Old Salem Museums & Gardens, you’ll be part of an exciting movement that will catapult Old Salem into the forefront of 21st century museum experiences. Your gift will help to revitalize Old Salem Museums & Gardens as a place to treasure and to enjoy for all of us in the years to come. And, your generous support will allow Old Salem Museums & Gardens to make critical changes in its operations that support its missions of preservation and education.
Needs: There are several ways you can make a gift to Old Salem Museums & Gardens! You can become a member, make a gift to the Museum, or contribute an object to our collections. We also welcome your contributions of time as a volunteer.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27127
Contact: Phyllis Bonds. 336 -972-3228, email@example.com
About: The Mission of Outreach Alliance for Babies, Inc. is to provide clothing and other baby items to infants in the local community whose families are facing financial challenges. Alliance for Babies, Inc. gift recipients are selected from families who receive assistance through local community agencies. Since our inception we have provided for over 1600 babies.
Needs: We are in need of sleep sacks, receiving blankets and board books for our babies. We provide for infants that are newborn up through 12 months. The items requested can be gently used.
5723-R Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
Contacts: Carrie Scott and Valerie Glass firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Piedmont Diaper Bank is a nonprofit that supplies diapers to local social service organizations such as food pantries, health departments, pregnancy care centers, and many others. (Diapers are only distributed through agencies.) We are currently serving over twenty agencies in six counties. All of our diapers are collected through diaper drives in the community or purchased with monetary donations. Many people do not realize that government aid programs such as WIC and Food Stamps do not cover diapers. If a family is struggling to put food on the table they are also struggling to diaper their children.
Needs: We always have opportunities for volunteers, especially families. The easiest and most important way families can help is to host a diaper drive. You can host a drive at your church, preschool, elementary school, with your girl scout or cub scout group, or in your neighborhood. We also have lots of kids that ask their friends to bring diapers to their birthday parties instead of presents! Monetary donations are always welcome and can even been done by credit card on our website. We can also use volunteers to help count and pack diapers at our warehouse location. *Piedmont Diaper Bank welcomes families to volunteer together. Kids, even very young kids, can help count and sort diapers as donations come in, help count and pack diapers for donations going out, and help load diapers when organizations come to pick them up. We generally do this work on Tuesday mornings so this may rule out elementary and above, but we are happy to arrange another time for a family that wants to volunteer with their older children. Of course children of any age can organize and host a diaper drive at their school, youth group, or with their girl scout or boy scout troop.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Contact: Sarah Sarah R. Smith, 336.758.5150; email@example.com
About: Reynolda House is the centerpiece of the Reynolda Historic District n Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Explore the restored 1917 mansion of Katharine and R.J. Reynolds. An orientation video, oral history kiosk and audio tours, included in your admission fee, provide a unique window into the family and the life they lived. Enjoy masterpieces of American art and special exhibitions in both the historic house and the museum's new exhibition wing.
Needs: Our greatest need (and desire) is that our local friends and neighbors come to the Museum and enjoy it as a part of their holiday tradition. Holiday events include Candlelight Guided Tours, Carolina Brass concert, and the performance of "A Christmas Memory."
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: Julie Antrim (336) 970-5656, JulieA@RMHWS.org
About: The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem provides a “home away from home” for families of children who are receiving medical care in our community’s hospitals. The House and Family Room programs offer physical comforts, emotional support, education, and referral services designed to promote the well-being of the whole family.
Needs: Join our Ronald McDonald House Holiday tradition and help us create personalized gift baskets to cheer our families during the holidays. Below are some suggested gifts, which should be new and unopened.
Gifts for Babies: diapers: newborn and size 1, baby wipes (sensitive), laundry detergent for babies (sensitive), rattles, pacifiers & bottles, infant toys ** no clothing, please
Gifts for Kids: Lego kits, cars, trucks, and trains, Barbie and Barbie accessories, action figures and Transformers, Super Hero toys and games, movie DVDs (G and PG only) video games, playdough and tie dye kits, ** no coloring books, crayons, or puzzles, please
Gifts for Teens: video games for current systems, popular movie DVDs (no R-rated), gift cards, bath & body supplies, jewelry ,makeup, nail polish, and hair items, craft supplies (beads, stamps, etc), NASCAR and sports clothing, hoodies
Gifts for Moms: jewelry, craft supplies (beads, stamps, etc), bath & body items (lotions, soaps), gift cards
Gifts for Dads: tool kits, wallets, t-shirts and hoodies, ball caps, white athletic socks, hunting and fishing books, car racing and sports books
Gifts for Parents: housewares and home décor, clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, socks, ball caps, long sleeve shirts), blank journals, blank baby books for preemies, baby photo albums, Gift Cards (most requested item) for gas stations, grocery stores, super stores & chain restaurants
You may also click here to read about the Light A Luminary Kit, where 100% of proceeds will go to the RMH.
Greensboro, NC 27406
Contact: Carole Whisnant (336) 235-0352
About: "Doing the Most Good" is The Salvation Army's national brand strategy and distinct identifiable message. Moreover, it is a promise the organization makes to its contributors, clients, associates, officers and employees. The Salvation Army pledges to do the most good with contributions of money, time and resources, evidenced in that 83 cents of every dollar donated are directly allocated to services that assist people in need.
Needs: Our biggest need during Christmas is unwrapped toys for ages Newborn to 12 years old. It seems that we always are in need of toys for the older kids. Also, if you would like to volunteer at the Christmas Toy Shop from Dec. 3-12, please contact Valarie at 336-273-5572.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
About: Samaritan Ministries...providing hope and healing by sharing food, shelter and guidance with the hungry, homeless and people in need through Christian love and service, for the benefi t of all.
Needs: Penny Campaign – We encourage families to collect pennies throughout the year for Samaritan. Our big collection day is December 1 at 110 Oakwood. Even if someone can’t come on December 1, we will continue to take collections at Samaritan – 1243 Patterson Avenue – through January 15. (All denominations welcomed – pennies, dimes, dollars, checks!)
Food Drives – Samaritan needs food donations for our Soup Kitchen and Shelter: raisins, dried cranberries, cranberry sauce as well as canned fruits, canned vegetables, coffee, and juices. A special need is individual size candy canes (tiny ones) for the holidays. Donations can be dropped off at Samaritan – 1243 Patterson Avenue – 9 am – 5pm weekdays. You do not need to call prior to delivery.
Items for Shelter Guests - Some items that our shelter guests need (not just at the holidays but throughout winter months) are: Chapstick, individual size Kleenex, individual size hand sanitizer, and small pocket calendars.
Holiday Giving - We also have special Christmas cards available to honor or remember friends, family, and co-workers. For a donation of $20, we will send a special card from you to a person who has touched your life. This is a great idea for teacher gifts. Contact Debbie Hazelwood at Samaritan at 724-4086 ext. 222 for more information.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Kacey Myers, (336) 298-7089, firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The mission of Sanctuary House is to facilitate the recovery and rehabilitation of adults with serious mental illness in Guilford County so that they may achieve and sustain satisfying, meaningful roles and lives in the community. Sanctuary House is founded on the realization that recovery from serious mental illness must involve the whole person in a vital community offering respect, hope, mutuality, and unlimited opportunity to access the worlds of work, housing, education, and friendship.
Needs: The support of the community has been vital in the development of our program, and for that we are extremely grateful. We welcome your support, whether it be a monetary gift, a donated item, or the gift of your time. Your contributions to Sanctuary House are entirely tax-deductible. Contributions may also be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Your contributions to Sanctuary House may be matched by your employer. Just send your company's matching gift form with your contributions to us. Checks to be made payable to Sanctuary House & can be mailed to PO 21141, Greensboro, NC 27420-1141 . You may also choose to support our Training and Education Initiative- A Sweet Success Bakery, which provides fresh high quality desserts for both wholesale vendors such as retirement communities, coffee shops, and colleges as well as individual customers for birthdays, baby showers and weddings. The Bakery provides members the opportunity to develop pre-vocational skills that are transferable to other employers and create employment opportunities. It promotes wellness and independence, and gives members building blocks for their future success. A Sweet Success Bakery assists clients with vocational aspirations and goals by providing gainful employment opportunities. 100% of our proceeds are donated to Sanctuary House. You may order from A Sweet Success at (336) 215-8239 or email email@example.com.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Contact: Ally McCauley. firstname.lastname@example.org.
About: Get involved in hands-on science at SciWorks, a private, non-profit science center with more than 30,000 square feet of exhibits, a planetarium and a new 5-acre Science Park with interactive exhibits on physics, alternative energy and water management. The organization’s mission is to promote literacy, lifelong learning and an appreciation of the sciences through innovative educational and recreational experiences. The importance of science education in today's increasingly STEM-oriented world makes a resource like SciWorks irreplaceable.
Needs: Sciworks is in need of monetary donations, and adult and high school volunteers. One of the specific projects is raising money to purchase an outdoor enclosure for Rascal the Raccoon. The total cost is $2,500, with $1,562 still needed. You can also "adopt" an animal at SciWorks — for just $50, you'll receive an adoption certificate, an animal plush toy, a magnet, and a photo and information about your special animal. Other specific animal needs include: Purina Cat Chow, canned Pedigree dog food and Aspen shavings. And for the moms who love to plan parties and events, we're building a Friends of SciWorks affinity group, so please join us in promoting scientific learning in Winston-Salem!
Winston-Salem, NC 27107
Contacts: Jenny Moore, 336.784.5770 , email@example.com
Volunteering: Harriet Rhodes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Drives: All Carrington, email@example.com
Gift Outside the Box Holiday Cards: Debbie Clark, dclark@secondharvest org
About: Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC plays a critical role in hunger-relief efforts for the region, helping to provide access to food to those who cannot afford it.. Through our primary food distribution program, we solicit, transport, inspect , sort, warehouse and distribute donated food through 434 programs provided by our 335 partner agencies that serve people at risk of hunger and others in need from Boone to Burlington.
Needs: “Every can, every dollar and every hour makes a difference to someone who is hungry.” Every Can…In terms of food donations, the easiest way to make donations during the holiday season is to do so while shopping at area retail grocery stores, since many have holiday efforts going on now through the Christmas holiday (Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods). · Every Dollar…Financial donations are always appreciated, and we can stretch a dollar in ways the average individual cannot. In fact, for every $1 donated, we can acquire and distribute the equivalent of 7 meals. Harris Teeter and Lowes Foods both accept cash donations at the checkout lines at this time of year, and of course, we can accept donations through the link above. · Every Hour…Volunteers play a critical role in our work. Each year, more than 2000 volunteers contribute thousands of hours in support of mission – the equivalent of 14 full time employees to be exact! Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to volunteer, and individuals ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. There is also an opportunity for you to "Give Outside the Box!" For more info on this unique idea, click here.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: Lisa Northrop, firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-793-2822
About: The SECU Family House in Winston-Salem provides affordable lodging in a caring environment for adult patients and their caregivers who travel to Forsyth County for medical treatment. The SECU Family House has only been open for a year, so it's still a new non-profit with lots of opportunity for community involvement.
Needs: Volunteers, meals, donations of "wish list" items, etc. are all great ways to help out.
301 East Washington Street
Contact: James Joyce, 336-373-4816 (x. 249), email@example.com
About: Santa for Seniors has become a happy tradition in Guilford County thanks to our many volunteers, as well as the generosity of the community and the county's eleven Harris Teeter supermarkets. Each year, Senior Resources of Guilford coordinates the delivery of specially-packaged holiday gift bags for the elderly who participate in our programs, and who might otherwise be forgotten during the holidays.
Needs: Please consider bringing an unwrapped gift or gifts to any of the eleven Harris Teeter stores in Guilford County between now and December 17, 2012. Gift suggestions include gift cards that can be used to purchase prescription medications and groceries, personal care items, clothing, towels, flashlights, large-print books, and similar items that would be appreciated by seniors. (Specifics needs can be seen through the facebook page link above.) The gifts themselves will be gathered by our volunteer "elves," and taken to our Holiday House at 1124 North Church Street, Greensboro zip 27401. There the items will be placed in bags that have been decorated by area schools and day cares. The faith community, businesses, and civic groups are invited to sponsor holiday parties, sharing good cheer with the participants at our agency's nine Community Nutrition sites located throughout Guilford County. Opportunities are also available to volunteer at our Holiday House, deliver gift bags to Mobile Meals recipients, or adopt and deliver a Mobile Meals route.
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Contact: Mary Brady firstname.lastname@example.org
About: The Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center provides a safe, caring environment for adults who need daily supervision, socialization and assistance with the activities of daily living. The Williams Center is a practical and appealing program for older adults who need specialized care but want to continue living in their own homes or community setting for as long as possible.
Needs: Straws, Napkins, 6 oz. Styrofoam Cups, Paper Towels, Scissors, Facial Tissue, Playing Cards, Writing Pens, Photo Paper 4x6, Depends, XL Depends, Store Lite Fruit Cocktail (small containers), Applesauce No Sugar Added (small containers), Lite Diced Peaches (small containers), Canned Tuna, Canned Chicken, Cheerios Cereal, Vanilla Wafers, Graham Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Sugar Free Cookies, Peanut Butter
Contact: Erin Beck, 336-529-0102
About: Smart Start of Davidson County, Inc. is the non-profit organization charged with implementing North Carolina's Smart Start and More at Four school readiness programs for children birth through age five. This organization has a successful record of improving the quality of child care, parenting resources, access to health care, and other support systems for Davidson County children.
Needs: We are always in need of volunteers and monetary donations. Through our 10+ programs we work with thousands of children and families that are always in need. We also have many in-house volunteer opportunities.
707 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Sheron Sumner, email@example.com, 336-676-5871
About: StepUp Ministry is a community of diverse faiths that partners with adults and children in the shared goal of stable lives through Jobs and Life Skills Training. We seek to help the unemployed, underemployed, homeless and those who may be at risk and need a second chance. Job Readiness Training is offered monthly. More than 300 adults were served in 2012 and 150 secured jobs. Adult volunteer opportunities available. In addition, we serve a hot, nutritious meal, Hot Dish and Hope, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Mullin Life Center of First Presbyterian Church to the homeless and needy in our community. Adults and children over 10 are invited to volunteer to help serve by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Needs: 4 GB flash drives for client resumes, HP Printer ink (# 96 and # 97), Reams or box of multipurpose printer paper, white Reams of colored printer paper (yellow, green, beige, orange, blue), Manila folders (3 cut, letter size), Hanging folders (letter size), Paper cutter, Ball point pens, Colored pocket folders (blue, navy, black), $10 gas cards for transportation to job interviews, 11-ride city bus passes for transportation to job interviews, gently used and clean stuffed animals, WalMart gift cards for family needs, Juice boxes, and simple children snacks. Adult men and women’s clothing for the clothing closet….particularly men’s pants & jeans. Professional men and women’s business attire accepted for Jobs program. Financial contributions are useful for other program needs.
High Point, NC
About: Ward Street Community Resources, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization operating at Ward Street Mission United Methodist Church to promote the welfare of the people who live in the Ward Street area of High Point. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and flexible programs and service networks to create self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life for individuals and families. We aim to restore the community by regenerating hope.
Needs: During the holiday season, our families truly need paper products such as diapers, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent---all necessary “mom” items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Other frequently requested items are baby, toddler, and children’s clothing.
High Point, NC 27261
Contact: Dana Bentley, email@example.com
About: West End Ministries is committed to helping West End Community residents and the women of Leslie’s House meet their most basic and fundamental needs and to assist them in becoming self-sufficient. We work to meet the needs of individuals and families when no other resources are readily available to them; to act as an advocate through the referral and the follow-up process; and by promoting community awareness of social problems and generating support for improvement of the system’s response to human needs.
Needs: We need volunteers in every aspect of our ministry. Volunteers provide valuable assistance by serving meals, coaching, tutoring youth, working in the thrift store, loading and unloading donations, providing assistance at Leslie’s house, teaching classes, preparing meals, sorting clothing and much more. In addition to volunteers there are particular needs that we encounter each and every day.
For our Food Ministry: Food donations or monetary donations which can be used to purchase food from Second Harvest, Food donations can include kid friendly food for Kids Café, Fresh or frozen meats for Kids Café and the Community meal, Paper products/paper towels, etc., dish detergent, dish cloths, can meats/breakfast foods/peanut butter/crackers for food pantry, Tape to secure food boxes.
For Leslie’s House (Emergency Shelter for Women): Paper products (toilet paper and paper towels and napkins), Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, margarine/butter, dishwashing liquid, large trash bags (33 gallon), coffee creamer, coffee, sugar, jelly, bleach, Fabuloso (or any all-purpose cleaner), plastic gloves, eggs, milk, canned fruit.
For our Thrift Store: Clothes Rack on wheels, Furniture Polish, Silver Polish/Cleaner, Wrinkle Release, Jewelry Cleaner, Air Freshener, Fabreeze, Batteries sizes AA, C, D and AAA, Sharpie markers in black.
For our Satellite Library: Book pockets, date due slips, book ends, step stool, date stamp, binder tape, shelf label holders.
For Administrative offices: Copier Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Post it notes, tape for tape dispensers
Greensboro, NC 27401
Contact: Bobbijean Spellman, (336) 230-1232, firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Win-Win Resolutions, Inc.reduces violence, bullying and prejudice in schools and communities by teaching conflict resolution (anti-bullying workshops) and positive social skills through the use of interactive drama and mentoring programs.
Needs: We would love for local Moms to get involved in our L.O.T.S.O. (Ladies Organized To Serve Others) Mentoring Programs, as mentors or guest speakers. We have also created mini-fundraisers that allow families to become involved in helping bring about the good we do; fundraisers including organizing multi-family yard sales, bake sales, used book sales, etc… with proceeds benefiting this cause. As a non-profit we often do Silent Auctions and any goods or products that could be donated for that purpose would be welcomed. Our office as well as the children in our mentoring programs are always in need of supplies. Finally, participation in and spreading the word about our “$5 it Forward” Campaign (where you donate $5 and then encourage your friends and family to do the same) and on a larger scale participating in and spreading the word about our “Tis the Season! No better reason…Anti-bullying Raffle” (where we sell 200 raffle tickets at $100 each for a chance to win up to $10k) would be a wonderful way to help our organization this holiday season.
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27113
Contact: Sarah Williamson, email@example.com, (336) 703-0001
About: WSYC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Founded in 1993 by Artistic and Executive Director Barbara C. Beattie, the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of children and youth through music education and performance experiences for 20 years. The Chorus has over eighty members in four ensembles, ranging in age from 8 to 18. Open to any child who passes a standard audition, WSYC singers learn proper vocal technique, music theory, performance and sight-singing skills, music culture, and songs in other languages. The Chorus brings together children from a variety of backgrounds to learn teamwork and tolerance while building lasting friendships based on the universal language of music.
Needs: The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus is seeking volunteers to help in the office a few hours a week writing thank you notes and helping with mailings and mail list updates. We also welcome donations to help defray the cost of tuition for all singers, and to help deliver scholarships for young singers in need.
Other IdeasBelow is a list of other non-profits in the area that were suggested by readers and Team Members. Click on each name to visit their website. I was unable to get in touch with someone to tell me their specific needs, but we know that everyone can always use monetary donations and then put the funds toward their specific needs. Many of these websites have the option to donate directly through the site. In addition, if you know of needs for these organizations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or simply comment below. (This blog can be updated at any time!)
Catholic Social Services
Clemmons Food Pantry
Dress for Success
Food Not Bombs
Greensboro Children's Museum
Hospice & Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell
Hospice of Randolph County
Hot Dish and Hope
House of Refugee Missions
Humane Society of Forsyth County
Humane Society of the Piedmont
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
March of Dimes
Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
Natural Science Center of Greensboro
Open Door Ministries High Point
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
Salvation Army of High Point
Sawtooth School for Visual Art
Stepping Stones Canine Rescue