The holiday season is upon us, and giving is in the air. We’ve got a round up of some local non-profits and the urgent needs and holiday gifts they are looking for to serve their families. Find one or two that are dear to your heart and see the unique ways to help families in our community!
The Caring Catalog is an online, giving platform powered by the FM Area Foundation to help connect community members with local non-profits during the holiday season. Search for non-profits by category or name and donate easily to multiple organizations in one place!
Churches United for the Homeless (CUFH) provides shelter and housing for men, women, and families experiencing homelessness in the Fargo-Moorhead area. You can support them this season by donating items on their urgent needs list, or providing a monetary donation. Diapers, formula, and feminine hygiene products are always welcomed, as well.
Dorothy Day Food Pantry
Down Home’s mission is to empower lives by furnishing homes for families and individuals emerging from homelessness. You can help them provide Christmas gifts to their clients by signing up to provide an item from their wish list or purchasing directly from their Amazon wish list. Contact [email protected] for more details.
The Dakota Boys & Girls Ranch provides trauma-informed care to children through Residential Treatment Facilities and Outpatient Psychological Services. You can support them through monetary donations, shopping at their thrift stores, or donating gently used goods to their stores.
If you interested in volunteer opportunities as a family, they are always looking for volunteers for their jewelry department (North University location only), volunteers to help test electrical and electronic items, or help to sort and prepare clothing, books or merchandise product on the floor at all the stores. Please call 701-224-1789 for more information.
Stop in to either FPSCU location to get a Angel tree tag, and shop in the community or online via their Amazon Wishlist and return gifts by December 10th!
They are collecting new items/gifts for kids in local homeless shelters. Drop-off locations are listed on their Facebook page.
Great Plains Food Bank
Our local food banks are in need of more support this holiday season. For ways to donate food or provide a monetary donation, visit their website. For tips on creating your own neighborhood food drive, check out our post here!
Heart ‘N Soul Community Cafe
Heart ‘N Soul is a cafe dedicated to serving local, healthy, delicious meals to everyone in our community with dignity and respect with pay what you can afford pricing. There are numerous ways individuals, organizations, and groups can help out:
- Sponsor a Weekend Lunch: Through a monetary donation for purchasing quality ingredients and additional materials to provide a nutritious weekend lunch that will be delivered to community members in need during this pandemic.
- Enjoy a Meal: Stop by one of their events and enjoy a meal where you can pay what you can afford, pay it forward, or volunteer in exchange for a meal. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming meals!
- Volunteer in the Kitchen: While our cafe events are on hold, we are looking for volunteers to help with our weekend lunch program: assembling lunches on Fridays from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and delivering them to those in the community that need them.
- Create cards of encouragement to go in the to-go lunches to help brighten each recipient’s day.
Hope Blooms re-purposes donated flowers from special events by rearranging them into bedside bouquets and delivering them to individuals in hospice care, living in nursing homes, long-term care facilities and assisted living as well as struggling mothers and families facing loss or difficult times. If you’d like to volunteer to make flower arrangements (no experience necessary), click on their volunteer calendar to find an available time (masks are required). Other ways to give back include donating mason jars (or jars of similar size, like spaghetti sauce), shopping our Amazon Wishlist, or provide a monetary donation.
The Jeremiah Program works to transform families from poverty to prosperity through education and employment. You can donate to support families by purchasing items on the organization’s Amazon Wishlist or providing a monetary donation through their Giving Page.
The Joy Project shares JOY with people living in temporary housing in the Fargo-Moorhead area. You can help this holiday season by donating some needed items:
- Cans of soda and juice
- thick ribbon (to roll up and tie blankets)
Christmas candy (enough to fill 100 Christmas stockings for kids and 50 mugs)
chocolate-filled candy canes (they have them for $1.00 at Target, and need 100 of them for the stockings)
Tie blankets or fleece for the blankets
The New Life Center is Fargo’s oldest and largest rescue mission. To ensure social distancing measures are practiced, their winter overflow and Genesis Relapse Prevention program are held off-site in other buildings. With the addition of two buildings, transportation, food, and renovation costs for the overflow building, their costs for the year are definitely rising. You can support NLC by providing a monetary donation here, shopping their thrift store, or providing in-kind donations of their most urgent needs.
Open Doors serves those in need of household items, clothing, shoes, friendship, and hope. They are always looking for items to stock their store or monetary donations. Details on both can be found on their website.
The Perry Center is a residential home for expectant mothers. They always have ongoing needs to fill for their moms and babies, and you can find their needs list here.
They are always looking for volunteers for Mentor Moms to walk along side Perry Center residents during their pregnancy and beyond.
RACC serves over 2,500 clients each year, and therefore have both Crisis Intervention and Therapeutic Needs to help serve their clients. Crisis intervention needs include gift cards for Wal-Mart, Target, or Visa, grocery cards, or gas cards. Therapeutic needs include diapers, baby wipes, hygiene products like toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, bath soap, and feminine hygiene, and hats, gloves, and socks. Gift cards to fast food restaurants, haircuts, and oil changes are a great help as well.
The biggest support RMHC needs currently is help with meals for the families staying at their guest house. Donations of ingredients, frozen meals, or restaurant gift cards are a huge help at this time to continue providing meals to families. To help donate their most-needed items right now, please check out their wishlist, or provide a monetary contribution online at www.rmhcfargo.org.
We’ve all seen the red kettles spread throughout the community at Christmas time, but he Salvation Army helps support families in so many other ways. Find out the unique ways to help families supported by the SA by visiting their website.
Community members are invited and encouraged to adopt an area senior by getting a wish list and shopping for Christmas gifts. Call 701-293-1440 for more details.
The YMCA offers a youth food program where To-Go Meals are distributed FREE of charge to children ages 18 years and younger to help ensure that children don’t go hungry during this time. Each child may receive one ‘to go’ meal bag per week – including five days’ worth of suppers. You can support this program by providing monetary donations to help provide meals during this unprecedented time. Please click here to make a donation online.
The YWCA operates the largest Emergency Shelter for women and children in the area. They provide safe and affordable, short and long term supportive housing options for low-income women. They have several ways to help this holiday season:
- Unique Boutique: looking for individuals to support a woman or family at YWCA Emergency Shelter this season by providing the items from their Santa wish list(s).
- Adopt-a-Family: much like Unique Boutique, this opportunity is looking for individuals to support a woman or family in YWCA Supportive Housing Program this season by providing the items from their Santa wish list(s).
- Fill a Home with Hope: asking for general support of our Supportive Housing Program by providing household items that will help individuals fill their homes with essentials this holiday season.
- Stuff the Bus: a MATBUS travels around town collecting donated gifts from the Unique Boutique wish list. A list of host sites and times will be released on their Facebook page.
For Unique Boutique and Adopt-a-Family complete a registration form by December 3rd to share what size family you would like to support.
Know of other non-profits to support this holiday season? Contact us at [email protected] and let us know who to add!
For more holiday fun and activities, check out our Ultimate Guide to the Holidays In & Around Fargo!