For many of us, giving money to charity is an important part of our lives. We may donate just to be a good person and help others, or we might give because it can have benefits at tax time. Giving money to charity helps people in need, but you don’t just have to give money. There are also lots of places where you can donate things you don’t need anymore to help other people. Schools, youth centers, and other programs will often take craft supplies and art materials. Food banks all over the country accept food donations for the hungry. Of course, you can always volunteer your time to help people, too. Don’t overlook the need for books, musical instruments, or pet supplies. There are also programs that will take donated clothes or cars. You can even donate a wedding dress to help out a bride on her big day.
ArtStart Material Donations: ArtStart collects all kinds of art supplies for kids and adults. Many of the materials they gather are household items you may not think of as art supplies. But budding artists can turn even household scraps into artwork.
Scrap it Up: This unique take on a thrift store calls itself a “creative reuse center.” They take donations of most art supplies.
USDA Food Donations: The federal government encourages donations of excess food to reduce waste and feed people in need.
Feeding America: Feeding America can help you find a place to donate food. Simply enter your ZIP code or state.
Find a Pantry to Donate Food: Ample Harvest has a search engine of food banks that can take your donation. This can be a great way to find a nearby food program.
Food to Donate: If you work in food service, Food Donation Connection can help link you to a charity. Extra food or other donations can be directed to your local community.
Donate Food: Whether you want to donate food or host a food drive, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina can help you make the right connections.
Wish Upon a Wedding: For couples who are dealing with the long-term effects of a serious health issue, a wedding may seem out of reach. Wish Upon a Wedding makes those wedding dreams come true, and you can help.
Guide to Volunteering: Charity Navigator helps people to find charities that they can trust. This guide to volunteering can help you find great places to donate your time.
VolunteerMatch: This group can help match your skills and interests to the needs of your local community.
Find Volunteering Opportunities: The United Way’s list of opportunities can be easily searched and filtered. Find a local charity that needs your special skills today.