Trunks filled with 6,000 books to be delivered to Book Harvest and into the hands of children who have no books at home.
The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is officially known as “Giving Tuesday,” a national day of giving that celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. “Giving Every Day” is an even better idea.
“Giving Tuesday” is a great tradition, but each and every day is an opportunity to give something back to your community. If money is tight, often your time or skills are actually much more valuable. I recently volunteered my minivan and just two hours one morning to help Book Harvest deliver six thousand books into the hands of our local children who have no books at home. I also redesigned the VolunteersforYouth.org web site for Volunteers for Youth pro-bono, as my way of helping support their wonderful organization. You might be surprised how just a little help goes a long way. I encourage you to find a local cause that is near and dear to your heart, and help in any way you can, whenever you can. It strengthens our community, making it an even better place in which to live. Giving back is fun, rewarding, and makes you feel more connected to your community, too. Happy Giving!
Here is a list of some of our many, legitimate local non-profits, in and around Orange County and the Triangle Area. (If you would like your non-profit, or your favorite non-profit, added to the list, please email: email@example.com.)
A Ban Against Neglect (ABAN)
A Helping Hand
Ackland Art Museum
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program of NC
Alamance-Orange Prison Ministry
American Heart Association, Triangle Chapter
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc.
Animal Protection Society of Orange County
AniMall Pet Adoption and Outreach Center
Apostolic House of Prayer, Inc.
Aqueduct Conference Center
The Arc of Orange County
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
Be Loud! Sophie Foundation
Better Business Bureau of Eastern NC Inc.
Big Brother Big Sister
Binkley Baptist Church
Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate
Boys & Girls Club of Eastern Piedmont
Burwell School Historic Site
Caramore Community, Inc.,
Carnivore Preservation Trust
Carolina Biodiesel, LLC
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Carolina Outreach Foundation
Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department
Carrboro United Methodist Church, Inc. & Childcare Center
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools – Community Schools Program
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels
Chapel Hill Carrboro Mothers Club
Chapel Hill/Carrboro YMCA
Chapel Hill Public Library Foundation
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation,
Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
Chapel Hill Fire Department
Chapel Hill Garden Club
Chapel Hill Service League
Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project, Inc.
The Charles House Association
Chatham Chamber of Commerce
Child Care Services Association
Children’s Cooperative Play School
Christ Community Church
Cleft Palate Foundation
Club Nova Thrift Shop
The Coalition for Alcohol and Drug Free Teenagers of Chapel Hill & Carrboro
Coalition for Peace with Justice
College Advising Corps
Community Home Trust
Community Independent School
Communities In Schools of Orange County
Communities in Schools
Compeer of Orange County
Cora Food Pantry
Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center
Council for Entrepreneurial Development
Deep Dish Theater Company
Delta Sigma Pi
Dispute Settlement Center of Orange County
Durham Technical Community College
East Chapel Hill Football Touchdown Club
The Educational Foundation, Inc.
El Centro Hispano
El Futuro, Inc.
Emerson Waldorf School
The Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center
Executive Service Corps of the Greater Triangle, Inc.
Family Support Network of North Carolina
Family Violence Prevention Center of Orange County, Inc.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Freedom House Recovery Center
Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
Friends of the Chapel Hill Senior Center
Friends of the Downtown
Friends of Triangle Seniors and Food Assistance
Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Girls Rock NC
The Great Human Race
Greater Chapel Hill Association of REALTORS
Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Guatemalan Student Support Group
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Restore
Health, Hoops & Hope
Healthy Carolinians of Orange County
Heavenly Minded Enterprises, Inc.
A Helping Hand
Hillsborough Exchange Club Program for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce
Horace Williams House
Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
Junior League of Durham & Orange Counties
Kidzu Children’s Museum
Love Chapel Hill
Mandala Adoption Services
Meadowmont Community Association
Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc.
Mental Health Association of Orange County
Montessori Community School, Inc.
Morgan Creek Foundation
Morrisville Chamber of Commerce
Mud Pie Planet
N.C. Federation of Business & Professional Women Club Foundation
NC High School Athletic Association
N.C. Prevention Partners
NC Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC)
New Hope Camp and Conference Center, Inc.
New Voices Foundation,
North Carolina Botanical Garden
North Carolina Rail-Trails
North Carolina Symphony
Nourish International (UNC-CH)
Occoneechee Council, Boy Scouts of America
OE Enterprises Inc.
Optimist Club of Chapel Hill
Orange and Chatham Alternative Sentencing, Inc.
Orange Congregations In Mission (OCIM),
Orange County 4-H
Orange County Family Resource Centers
Orange County Literacy Council
Orange County Partnership for Young Children
Orange County Public Health Reserve Corps
Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Orange County Red Cross
Our Children’s Place
Partnership for a Sustainable Community
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP),
The People’s Channel
Piedmont Health Services, Inc.
Pine Knolls Community Center
Play Street Soccer
PORCH (People Offering Relief for CH-Carrboro Homes)
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill
Project Rush Hour
PTA Thrift Shop
PTA Thrift Shop of Carrboro
Rainbow Soccer, Ltd.
Regional Transportation Alliance
Relay for Life
Research Triangle Park
Robert and Pearl Seymour Center
Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill
SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals
Shared Visions Foundation
The Small Business Center
Small Business & Technology Development Ctr.
Southern Environmental Law Center
Special Olympics Orange County
Speak Up! Toastmasters
Stand up for Kids
Summit House Triangle
Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Dept
Triangle Community Foundation
Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc. (TROSA)
Triangle United Way
Triangle Youth Ballet
Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill
UNC-CH Dance Marathon
UNC General Alumni Association
UNC Health Care
Volunteers For Youth, Inc.
Wesley Campus Ministry at UNC
The Women’s Center
WUNC Radio 91.5 FM
Young People Institute