This is just a handful of ways to contribute. I like to post organizations that I have personally been involved with.
I will be updating the list as I learn of more great organizations.
Support CPC through the United Way. Use codes are CFC 67763 / CVC 3681, or you can write in Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater. It's a great way to help CPC through your workplace!
You can also link your Food Lion MVP card to help CPC http://www.cpcfriendsblog.com/2011/06/calling-all-mvps.html?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=twitterfeed
Purchase Boy Scout Popcorn, or make a tax deducible military donation. 40% of your purchase will be returned to our local council to support scout activities for youth in our area. 30% of your purchase will be returned to my sons' Troop and Scout Rewards. Online purchases help us fund fun, educational activities and help more kids experience all the things that make Scouting great. http://www.trails-end.com/estore/home_alt.jsp?_requestid=1596114
The Boy Scouts of America relies on dedicated volunteers to promote its mission of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Today, nearly 1.2 million adults provide leadership and mentoring to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturers. http://www.scouting.org/Volunteer.aspx
American Heritage Girls: a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences to its members. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century. http://www.ahgonline.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=80065
Help Prevent Infant Abuse. Click your knitting needles together. http://www.clickforbabies.org/
My Birthday Wish. Instead of presents, please consider donating to a cause dear to my heart. http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/329183?bws=fb_stream_wish
Samaritan's Purse International Relief http://www.samaritanspurse.org/
Operation Christmas Child. How to pack a shoebox. http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/Pack_A_Shoe_Box/
Experience Giving thru Bethany Christian Services http://giftcatalog.bethany.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=107
Open your home and hearts to children thru adoption. To learn more: http://www.adoptionjourney.com/
Another great organization to help answer questions and guide you thru adoption http://www.bethany.org/main/adoption
The Alex Smith Foundation provides foster teens with the tools and resources needed to transition to successful adulthood by developing and promoting Mentoring, Education Housing Internship, Job and Advocacy programs. By providing five-year scholarships, year round housing and extensive individual guidance and support, the Guardian scholars program provides the opportunity to change individual lives, realize true independence and reach their full potential. http://www.alexsmithfoundation.org/
Register as an Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor http://donatelife.net/
Donate your hair or funds to Locks of Love. "Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis." http://locksoflove.org/donate.html
Find a Food bank in your area to donate to http://www.foodpantries.org/
The next time you have a large catered event or work party call a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter and arrange to take them your leftovers. You might be able to find some here, but doing a google search for your city + soup kitchen should help too. http://freefood.org/
Send your expired coupons to our military families overseas. Don't have coupons? You can donate postage or funds for postage too. http://www.coupsfortroops.com/
Become a Safe Family Volunteer Click here for their online interest form.As a Host Family caring for a child in your home, a Family Friend standing alongside a family offering wisdom and guidance or providing essential support through material goods, you will impact your community for good and potentially help a family chart a course to sustained health and success. You can get started today. If you would like to talk to a Safe Family representative click here for a location close to you.
Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.bbbs.org/site/c.9iILI3NGKhK6F/b.5962335/k.BE16/Home.htm
Make A Wish Foundation http://www.wish.org/
ALL YOU has compiled a list on their website that tells you easy ways to donate and how to use your thrifty and couponing skills to help others. http://www.allyou.com/coupons-deals/donate-00411000072949/
Because I'm a Girl. Plan International’s Because I am a Girl initiative is a social movement to unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world.When a girl is educated, nourished and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change the future of a nation. It’s that powerful. It only takes ONE girl to change the world.