The holidays are here! It’s a time to reflect on the year and give back to those in need. This year adds a new level of concern globally as nearly everyone has been affected by COVID-19. Communities will survive by partnering together and supporting each other.
On this #givingtuesday consider a local donation, whether it be time or money, to keep our community strong. Here is a list of nonprofits supporting children, animals, local lakes, restaurants/small businesses, those experiencing food insecurity or homelessness, and holiday gift programs for children.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dane County: providing mentors to children since 1966.
Clean Lakes Alliance: protects and improves our local waterways.
Cook It Forward: a new nonprofit connecting local restaurants to supply meals to other nonprofits that distribute food.
Dane Buy Local: a group that supports local businesses.
Dane County Humane Society: a 100% adoption guarantee shelter since 2012.
Goodman Community Center: a near east side community center providing support, classes, and food to children and families.
Just Bakery: a nonprofit providing a 12 week vocational program to those experiencing significant barriers to employment.
Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund: a nonprofit supporting local families heating and cooling bills.
Madison Reading Project: a nonprofit giving books to local children in need.
Middleton Outreach Ministry: a nonprofit supplying clothing and food to families experiencing need.
Porchlight, Inc: a local nonprofit providing housing and crucial social services to the homeless.
REAP Food Group: a group supplying food to those experiencing insecurity. They also support food to schools and businesses under normal circumstances.
Reach Dane: a local group supporting education of children and social services for families in need.
Ronald McDonald House: provides support and services to children and families during illness.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin: provides food to those experiencing hunger. Many programs educate families and children on healthy eating, teach cooking and support those with diabetes.
Toys for Tots: supplying toys during the holidays to local children who may otherwise go without.
United Way of Dane County: a nonprofit providing support services for the community.
YMCA of Dane County: provides fitness classes, food and programs for families and children with financial assistance when needed.
Don’t forget about your favorite local business, restaurant, library or school. Everyone could use a little extra support this year. Many schools are assisting their students with personal hygiene and food needs during virtual learning. Cheers to helping local groups and strengthening our community during the pandemic!