For the month of December, Stronger NC is undertaking a “31 Days of Giving” advocacy project to help local charities and organizations in need. Each day we’ll feature a different group in North Carolina looking for volunteers, physical donations, financial funds, etc.
Please give as much as you are able, but don’t feel obligated to give every day. Our hope is to make this time of charitable giving a bit easier and possibly introduce you to some organizations you may not have heard of before. Who knows? You might even cross a few Christmas gifts off your list too.
Dec 1: Tri-Area Ministries Food Pantry
Tri-Area Ministries Food Pantry is a non-profit, non-denominational, 100% volunteer run organization with a mission to provide food to eligible clients in the Wake Forest, Rolesville and Youngsville area and serves 750 families each month.
How You Can Help: Tri-Area Ministries accepts both food and financial donations. Food can be dropped off at the pantry Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the third Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are also welcome during these food distribution times. For our runners, you can also support Tri-Area Ministries by participating in the Frosty Run 5K/10K on Dec 2. All proceeds from the event will go to the food pantry.
Dec 2: Dorcas Ministries
Dorcas Ministries provides crisis relief to area Cary and Morrisville residents who seek stability and self-sufficiency through food and financial assistance, crisis ministry, education assistance/job training, scholarships, referrals and an affordable thrift shop.
How You Can Help: Dorcas Ministries accepts household and clothing donations for the store, as well as furniture donations for pick up. If you are interested in volunteering, the thrift shop can use your help!
Dec 3: PORCH Communities
PORCH is an all-volunteer, grassroots hunger relief organization whose mission is to collect and distribute food for families going hungry in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro, Durham and Hickory communities.
How You Can Help: Each neighborhood is looking for help as neighborhood coordinators, food sorting and delivery volunteers. Visit the local website above for more details.
Dec 4: Raleigh Rescue Mission
How You Can Help: Each holiday season, Raleigh Rescue Mission offers an abundance of volunteer opportunities for those who would like to give back to the community and help those less fortunate. From simply dropping off pies for holiday meals to groups cooking meals for shelter residence, there are lots of ways to participate. Financial donations go directly to help desperate men, women and children transform their lives right here in the Raleigh area.
Dec 5: Farmer Foodshare
Farmer Foodshare is committed to addressing both sides of the hunger problem – small farmers struggling to stay in business, and disadvantaged populations who lack access to fresh and nutritious food. Last year, they served fresh produce to over 58,000 people in North Carolina.
How You Can Help: Interested in getting involved? Farmer Foodshare is always looking for volunteers to help with donation stations, act as food ambassadors and help around the office. Donations, of course, are also always welcomed.
Dec 6: North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to the implementation of harm reduction interventions, public health strategies, drug policy transformation, and justice reform in North Carolina and throughout the American South. NCHRC engages in grassroots advocacy, resource and policy development, coalition building, and direct services for law enforcement and people impacted by drug use, incarceration, sex work, overdose, gender, HIV and hepatitis.
How You Can Help: Given today’s opioid crisis, those advocating methods to reduce harm in our communities is very timely. NCHRC can use your financial support to continue their important work.
Dec 7: A Place At the Table
A Place at the Table is a welcoming and inviting space that provides an opportunity for all people to come and experience conversation and community while enjoying an excellent, fresh, and healthy meal. People long for a community, a place to fit in, a place to feel welcome, and a place to be a part of something bigger than just themselves.
How You Can Help: This one is easy. Go have a meal at A Place at the Table. As a pay what you can cafe, you can: 1) Pay what you are able to afford, 2) Pay what you would typically pay for a similar meal. (We will have a suggested donation), 3) Pay what you would typically pay, plus an extra donation. 4) Pay specifically for someone else’s full meal. 5) Pay by volunteering with us.
Dec 8: Wheels 4 Hope
The primary mission of Wheels4Hope is to provide affordable, reliable transportation to economically-vulnerable families and individuals in the Triangle and Triad communities.
How You Can Help: Wheels4Hope accepts used cars for donation in any condition. Those that can’t be repaired are sold for parts. There are also volunteer opportunities for mechanics, car enthusiasts and garages donate their labor to repair the cars.
Dec 9: The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center
In addition to world renowned pediatric cochlear implant care, The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC-CH features individualized therapy for children with all levels of hearing loss, and learning opportunities for hearing care professionals through mentorships and continuing education programs. They serve children with hearing loss from birth to 21 years of age and provide the complete range of diagnostic and habilitative hearing-related services.
How Can You Help: The Children’s Cochlear Implant Center is a private/public partnership, and earlier this year the state legislature slashed the organization’s funding. Stronger NC members can make a difference and give a gift of hearing and learning to children in North Carolina.
Dec 10: North Carolina Food Banks
The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks is a strategic alliance of the six food banks and one food recovery organization in North Carolina who also belong to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief charity.
How You Can Help: Go to the website and find the food bank in your area. On each of their websites you’ll find a list of foods that are currently in need in the local community. Help North Carolina families go without hunger this holiday season.
Dec 11: Love Wins Ministries
Love Wins is a ministry of presence and pastoral care for the homeless and at-risk population of Raleigh, NC. One part of the spiritual side of their work is that they minister to people who have been spiritually abused. People who, because of their economic circumstances, their addictions, their social status, their sexuality, or any combination of these, are not welcome in church.
How You Can Help: Love Wins Ministries receives no government grants or money from denominations or other large groups, and relies on the financial contributions of family of supporters around the country. If you are interested in working long term with the homeless in Raleigh, Love Wins could use your volunteer support in 2018. They are interested in individuals looking to build a relationship with the individuals the organization supports, not just a one-off day of volunteering.
Dec 12: InterAct of Wake County
Each year InterAct serves more than 60,000 individuals and community members – nearly 9,000 of whom are direct victims of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County. Dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in Wake County, North Carolina, InterAct saves lives, rebuilds lives, and secures safer futures for victims and survivors and their families. You can learn more from our Spotlight feature on InterAct earlier this year.
How You Can Help: InterAct offers many opportunities for helping their organization. At this time of year, InterAct helps their families who are starting over with a Holiday Bazaar to spread some Christmas cheer. The agency is transformed into a store, where parents may “shop” to choose toys and gifts for their children – and children can choose gifts for their parent, too. The organization is in need of new toys, gift cards and gift baskets for adults. You can find their wish lists (search InterAct) on Wal Mart and Amazon Smile.
Dec 13: Note in the Pocket
Note in the Pocket provides clothing to impoverished and homeless schoolchildren in Wake County. Under the belief that children should not be “limited in their educational and social development because they do not have appropriate clothes for school”, the organization works with school officials and social services organizations to provide needed clothing.
How You Can Help: Take a few moments this holiday season to empty out your kids closets and drawers and send gently used clothing to Note in the Pocket. Or, maybe swing through the kids section at your local super store and throw a few new items into your basket. All donations can be dropped off at the Volunteer Center located at 5100 Lacy Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27609 and other locations around Wake County.
Dec 14: Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Southern Coalition for Social Justice helps economically disadvantaged communities of color by providing a team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural racism and oppression. Current issues of focus include: voting rights, environmental justice, youth justice, and criminal justice.
How You Can Help: Interested in getting to work on these important causes? SCSJ has both legal internships and volunteer opportunities open to members of the public. Click here to find out more. You can also make a financial donation on their website.
Dec 15: Arts Access NC
Arts Access is focused on increasing access to North Carolina’s thriving arts community for children and adults with disabilities. They do so through advocacy and outreach, training and featuring arts performances with sign language interpreters.
How You Can Help: If you are interested in volunteering with the organization, please go to their website to fill out an online form.
Dec 16: Our Shot NC
Our Shot NC is raising money to support progressive candidates with early seed money so that their campaigns can organize and can hit the ground running. For some qualified candidates, lack of financial support early on is the difference between success and failure of a campaign. The grassroots organization is focusing on the North Carolina House with the attainable goal of flipping four additional seats. This is the most efficient way to break the GOP supermajority, restore veto power to our governor and encourage bipartisan cooperation.
How You Can Help: Donations to launch these campaigns are needed and appreciated. Feeling a bit more ambitious? How about hosting a house party? House parties are a fun, informal way to help raise money for progressive NC House candidates, and provide you and your friends another meaningful way to participate in the political process.
Dec 17: Rescue Ur Forever Friends (RUFF)
With so many animal lovers out there, we wanted to point you towards a couple of charities doing good work in animal rescue. One of those group is Rescue Ur Forever Friend, otherwise known as RUFF. RUFF is an all volunteer, nonprofit rescue organization dedicated to reducing the homeless population of pets, through foster care, medical treatment and adoption into forever homes.
How You Can Help: You can help RUFF by becoming a foster home, donating money to support operational expenses, volunteer at pet adoption events or donate items from their wish list.
Dec 18: Haven House Services
The holiday season is supposed to be joyful, but it’s not that way for everyone. For kids in crisis, it can be hopeless and lonely. Haven House Services serves youth ages 10-23 and their families with diversion, intervention and crisis/homelessness programs across Wake County.
How You Can Help: Haven House breaks up it’s volunteer opportunities by high and low time commitment tasks – great for those who want to volunteer on a regular basis and those who just have an afternoon to spare. Donations can also be made on their website to support long-term, ongoing programs.
Dec 19: Triangle Land Conservancy
Triangle Land Conservancy strives to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration.
How You Can Help: TLC offers many ways to help through membership, donating land, monthly giving, etc. Find out more here.
Dec 20: Surfrider Foundation, Cape Fear Chapter
The Surfrider Foundation is committed to protecting our oceans nationwide. The Cape Fear chapter, in particular, is focused on areas of water quality, opposition to offshore oil drilling, storm water stenciling, beach access, and beach litter – tackling important issues regarding our coast, and instilling a sense of stewardship within our coastal community.
Dec 21: Common Cause NC
One of the most important political issues facing North Carolina is gerrymandering. Common Cause NC is committed to encouraging citizen participation in democracy and one of their biggest causes is pushing for an end to gerrymandering in this state.
How You Can Help: Join Common Cause to help in the fight for voting rights, redistricting reform, money in politics, government transparency and HBCU outreach.
Dec 22: Equality NC
Working hard to to secure equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians, Equality NC has been at the forefront of the recent battle against HB2. Primarily, Equality NC lobbies the North Carolina General Assembly and mobilizes our communities to promote legislation on issues that matter most to you, including marriage equality, parental rights, inclusive anti-bullying policies, employment discrimination, hate violence, privacy rights, sexuality education, adoption, domestic partnerships, and HIV/AIDS.
How You Can Help: Equality NC wants you to stay informed, make a donation, volunteer or spread the word about the issues they are working on. You can find out how to do all of these things here.