These are some organizations I support either financially, as a volunteer, or both:
G-ds Love We Deliver provides food deliveries to anyone suffering from HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other serious illnesses, as well as nutrition education and counseling. I’ve helped in the kitchen to prepare food, and also to help deliver meals as a van assistant. Mazon fights hunger as does City Harvest which salvages leftovers from food businesses in NYC.
The Wartburg is an adult care community in Mount Vernon, NY. Many types of living arrangements are provided, from assisted living to 24 hour care. Just spending a little time with a resident can make a huge difference. Dorot also does great work with seniors, including programs which bring together the young and the old.
Southern Poverty Law Center helps fight intolerance through a variety of programs, such as the educational program Teaching Tolerance. The Museum of Tolerance, affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is based in Los Angeles but also has a wonderful exhibit in midtown Manhattan.
Despite the tragic loss of its founders, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation continues to seek a cure for spinal cord injury and support those who are afflicted by paralysis. YAI recently won an award as the best nonprofit to work for in NYC. So not only do they do great work to support the disabled, but they provide a nice work environment.
While it’s nice to get a tax deduction, it’s especially rewarding to help a nonprofit that helps others year-round, whether financially or by the gift of your time.
What are your favorite causes to support?