Wednesday, June 12, 2024

ICYMI: Donation and Volunteer Opportunities with Local Community Organizations


HISTORIC TRIANGLE — As the end of the year approaches and the holiday season arrives, many are looking for ways to assist our local, community nonprofit organizations.

Tuesday, Nov. 28 is Giving Tuesday.

Giving Tuesday is an independent nonprofit organization that was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

The mission of Giving Tuesday is simple, “whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to contribute toward building the better world we all want to live in.”

WYDaily has compiled a list of some of the nonprofits doing work across the region. If you know of an area nonprofit that should be on this list, let us know.

Individual donation needs and volunteer opportunities are available on each organization’s webpage:

3e Restoration aims to extend gracious hospitality among the socially displaced and to systematically change the cycle of poverty.

A Gift From Ben. After losing Ben in 2001, this family decided to open a food pantry in his honor. A Gift From Ben provides food to those in the Williamsburg community.

Avalon Center works to end domestic and sexual violence by breaking the cycle of abuse through prevention, education, shelter and support services in the Williamsburg and Middle Peninsula communities.

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services creates healthier families and more resilient youth through evidence-based behavioral health and substance use services for adolescents, young adults, and their families.

Colonial Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) has a mission to recruit, train, and support volunteers to promote the best interests of children giving them the opportunity to thrive. CASA provides Court-Appointed Special Advocates who are voices for abused and neglected children, and matches adult Mentors with youth 10-18 years old to build trusting relationships, competencies, and self-efficacy skills.

Community of Faith Mission is a Faith-Based Emergency Shelter Program that serves those experiencing homelessness in the Greater Williamsburg Community during the coldest months of the year.

FISH, Inc. is a volunteer-operated, nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, and small housewares to persons in need who live in Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

From His Hands is a Christian Ministry made up of churches and other caring groups in our community that serves meals to those in need in the Williamsburg & James City County area.

Grove Christian Outreach focuses on providing food, clothing and financial assistance to those in need.

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Heritage Humane Society serves as compassionate stewards of homeless pets that are in transition from stray/surrender to forever homes. We serve to educate the public about humane animal care and treatment, advocate animal welfare, and provide affordable adoption services.

Homes Fur Hounds is a pet adoption and pet rescue organization dedicated to preserving the happiness and sanctity of animals.

Jamestown 4-H Educational Center is dedicated to youth development through innovative 4-H camping, environmental education, and leadership training.

Literacy for Life, make a difference in someone’s life. Literacy for Life trains and supports tutors as they make a meaningful difference in the learners’ lives.

Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers hot, nutritious meals daily to vulnerable adults and families in the Williamsburg area.

NetworkPeninsula has a mission is to raise awareness of the needs on the Peninsula, encourage involvement from the community at large, and strengthen the nonprofits working to meet these needs.

Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center‘s mission is to assure access to quality health and wellness care to the residents and workforce of the greater Williamsburg community.

Paws of Honor provides veterinary care and products at no charge for retired military and law enforcement K-9’s across America that have served our country, locally or globally.

Peninsula Agency on Aging supports the independence and quality of life of Peninsula residents primarily 60 years and over by advocating, arranging, or providing vital human services.

Proclaiming Grace Outreach provides a holistic approach to the needs of the community by providing food, clothing and other services to help the disadvantaged and those with economic hardships in the New Kent and Upper James City County.

St. Olaf Food Pantry provides food to area families in Upper James City County.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg‘s mission is to improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community activities and advocacy.

The Salvation Army works to alleviate human suffering and distress without discrimination.

The Village is an organization formed to promote unity and education while building a bridge between local schools and parents, to help them get connected with the tools available to aid each child in reaching their full potential.

The York County Food Closet serves the residents of York County and Poquoson.

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank helps to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition and encourage self-reliance through education.

Williamsburg Faith in Action provides volunteer-based support to seniors 60 and older living in their homes in Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County (Greater Williamsburg Area).

Williamsburg House of Mercy provides a safe and welcoming environment for area homeless to find respite, receive services, and work toward ending their homelessness, and emergency assistance and supportive services to those struggling to maintain housing and regain stability.

Williamsburg Youth Orchestra helps talented and motivated young musicians in the region develop their full potential as orchestra performers by providing them with the music education programs and performance opportunities that they need.

If we missed a local nonprofit organization, please let us know so we can add it.

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