12 Local Charities to Help Support for #GivingTuesday

Donate to one, or donate to all: here are just some of the local nonprofits and organizations that need your help today and every day.

Today is Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is meant to inspire people to improve and take part in meaningful giving to communities, and counteract the consumer madness that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Here are some local charities that could use your help this holiday season and all year long. These are just a handful of local charities in alphabetical order, but you can find a full list here by searching “Rhode Island.”


1. AIDS Project Rhode Island provides compassionate, non-judgmental assistance to people who have, are affected by and are at-risk of HIV/AIDS. It is a division of Family Service of Rhode Island and provides programs and care for many who are affected by HIV/AIDS. It offers HIV testing, education on HIV and HIV prevention and funding services for those who are HIV positive and fall under the poverty line. Donations can be made here.


2. Books Are Wings: Give the gift of reading this holiday season. Founded in 1998, Books are Wings aims to bring the joy of reading to low-income children through collecting and distributing used books to  those in need, funding a number of book parties and activities at local libraries and more. The second-annual Gift of Literacy campaign will get books in kids’ hands this winter. Books Are Wings is also hosting its Flights of Fancy holiday party and raffle on December 10 at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the distribution of more than 30,000 books to low-income children. Holiday Donation Cards are available for purchase online to donate to the organization on someone’s behalf.


3. Child and Family has two primary core beliefs: people and communities function best when they are supported by strong families, and communities are at their best when they take responsibility for their members. Child and Family tries to make those beliefs part of Rhode Island communities by offering a variety of services to the public such as substance abuse counselling, home health services, child care and overnight housing. Donations of any number directly support the services Child and Family provide to more than 6,000 people each year. Donations can be made here.


4. Crossroads helps the people they serve as they work toward becoming stably housed. Crossroads offers emergency shelter, housing, basic needs assistance, case management and education and employment training. The nonprofit provides homeless neighbors with the tools to end homelessness and repair their lives. Donate here.


5. Farm Fresh Rhode Island is a small organization determined to create a strong local food system that preserves Rhode Island farmland, delivers healthier options for a healthier community and helps small businesses flourish. Some goals of Farm Fresh Rhode Island are to increase public access to fresher foods and improve the impact food production and distribution has on our environment. Donations help those goals go the extra mile. In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, Farm Fresh Rhode Island teamed with the Newman’s Own Foundation. Every donation made to Farm Fresh Rhode Island today will be matched by Newman’s Own Foundation. Donations can be made here.


6. Genesis Center in Providence provides education, job training and support services to those who need help getting a solid foot in society. What once began as a way to help refugees from Southeast Asia settle into Providence, the center has evolved and become a multi-service organization that assists immigrants, refugees and low-income families from many different cultures.  To date, the center has succeeded in placing more than 163 people into jobs. Genesis Center is funded by grants, but donations allow the center the flexibility to deal with unforeseen challenges and make advancements. Donations can be made here.


7. Girls on the Run has a mission to inspire girls to be healthy, confident and happy as they embrace the world. Using a running-based curriculum for ten weeks, girls in third through eighth grade are encouraged through many activities to get to know themselves, their dreams, potential and make a difference in the world. Donations are always welcome to keep the program going and can be made here.


8. Hope and Main is Rhode Island’s first culinary business incubator. Not only does it help locals jump start early-stage food companies but it aims to educate the public about healthy eating through classes and workshops during the year. Many of the programs are provided free or at low costs so that everyone has a chance to be educated on healthier cooking and eating. Donations to Hope and Main will help continue the education mission and keep classes running. Any donation is welcome, but donations of more than one hundred dollars will qualify you for the membership program “Food Groupies,” which provides you several benefits. Donations can be made here.


9. Hope’s Harvest mobilizes volunteers to harvest fruits and vegetables from local farms that would otherwise go to waste, and distributes it to the food insecure.


10. Established and emerging filmmakers reach the screen each year thanks to NewportFILM, a year-round documentary film series in Newport. Due to donations, the series can run almost completely free and an assortment of documentaries from established and emerging filmmakers curated from film festivals around the world can be viewed in public locations. The year-end fundraising goal is $29,000 and every donation helps. Donations can be made here.


11. The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food for people in need each year and intends to effectively end the problem of hunger by promoting long-term solutions. Through more than 167 agency food programs, the Rhode Island Food Bank delivers millions of pounds of donated food to keep the less fortunate fed. A donation supports the food bank’s nutritious food purchases to send out to more than 54,000 households. Monetary donations can be made here.


12. The Tomorrow Fund provides financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families that stay in the Tomorrow Fund clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital. The nonprofit goes the extra mile and offers a ton of services to families. For instance, it provides parking passes for the duration of treatments, financial aid for home expenses, daily stipends for in-patient families, bone marrow transplant expenses, support groups, research and much more. The fund relies heavily on donations to not only continue to provide resources, but also reach as many people as it can. Donations can be made here.

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