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5 Local Charities to Share the Giving Spirit with This Season

Local Charities to Support this Holiday Season

With the season of celebration upon us, we’re busy gearing up for the holiday festivities. It’s a time of gift-giving and family feasts for most of us. But for others less fortunate, the holidays aren’t always so merry.

Right now is the best time of the year to donate what you can to charity. Your efforts will help make the holidays more pleasant for those less fortunate, and you’ll join the effort alongside millions of other Americans. In fact, a majority of charitable donations nationwide are made in the month of December.

Check out these charities and nonprofit services close to home where your efforts can make a real difference in and around your community.

Prince George’s Child Resource Center

This local nonprofit’s mission is to help create healthy and nurturing environments for children by supporting families and educating caregivers. Each year, it provides support services to over 1,500 families and trains more than 2,000 child care providers, parents and human service workers. From home visits to adult-education classes, the Prince George’s Child Resource Center has helped nearly half a million children since 1990. It’s always accepting financial support for the community, but volunteers are warmly welcomed as well.

Goodwill of Greater Washington

This iconic nonprofit known nationwide has a location in Bowie at 3871 Evergreen Parkway. Go ahead and write them a check in support, or you can do one better and collect all those gently used toys, clothes and electronics you no longer use and drop them off at the donation center. Use these guidelines to determine what they’ll accept.

The Clarion Call

Established to support at-risk youth by preparing them for college, work and life’s many milestones, this nonprofit is focused directly in the community. Its primary areas of focus are here in Prince George’s County and in Baltimore County.   

The Clarion Call bridges the gap between identification and outreach. It identifies at-risk youth, assesses their needs and connects them with a network of nonprofits to fulfill their individual needs — ranging from one-on-one mentorship to arts and STEM programs. You can make a donation to support their efforts or volunteer your time and work with the youth program directly.

WAMU 88.5

Support access to thoughtful, in-depth local reporting by making a contribution to the D.C.-area’s NPR affiliate out of American University. Programming ranges from the Kojo Nnamdi Show to All Things Considered to keep you up to date on all the important news in Prince George’s County and the greater Washington region.

Plus, one of their donation options provides for 15 meals to support the Capital Area Food Bank. That’s two charitable donations made in one easy step.

United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP)

As its name implies, this charity works to help residents of Prince George’s County out of poverty by improving quality of life and maximizing economic opportunities. Annually, they serve over 3,000 low-income residents through six program service divisions. These divisions include an emergency homeless shelter, a seniors program, permanent supportive housing, an emergency food pantry and more. You can support all these programs by sending a holiday donation, whether it’s a financial contribution or a donation of food, clothing or household goods.

Planning to make a donation to these or any other nonprofits this month? Be sure to check out Charity Navigator to get insights into each charity’s financial accountability and transparency. It’s the easiest way to know whether or not you’re contributing to the right organization this holiday season.