Holiday Giving Opportunities

Bridgeport Rescue Mission PO Box 9057, Bridgeport

Website: bridgeportrescuemission.org

Description: They respond to the needs of the working poor and homeless in coastal Fairfield County by providing shelter, clothing, educational opportunities, & job training.

Donate: The ‘Ways to Give’ tab on their website includes immediate needs. They are also accepting monetary donations for Thanksgiving meals. 

Volunteer: The ‘Get Involved’ tab includes various volunteer opportunities, including volunteer opportunities for children.

Domus Kids Inc. 83 Lockwood Avenue, Stamford

Website: domuskids.org

DescriptionDomus serves more than 1,700 of the community’s most struggling youth. They empower young people to rise above adversity through academic support, skill building, and personal connections.

Donate: The ‘Wish List’ tab on their website includes many ways to donate this holiday season. There’s also an ‘Angel Family Program’ which is an opportunity to ‘adopt’ a family who would otherwise not have a holiday celebration. This cost is about $500 per family.

Volunteer: The ‘Get Involved’ tab includes single day and long-term opportunities.

Filling in the Blanks 346 Main Avenue, Norwalk

Website: fillingintheblanks.org

Description: They fight childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends. They help kids be kids instead of worrying where their next meal is coming from.

Donate: You can donate to their Holiday Backpack program by using their Amazon Wish List located under the ‘Events’ tab on their website.

Volunteer: Family members ages 8 and up can volunteer for a packing event. There’s a sign-up calendar on their website under the ‘Volunteer’ tab.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County 461 Glenbrook Road, Stamford

Website: foodbanklfc.org

Description: The Food Bank provides food to about 90 non-profit agencies and programs that feed the hungry, unemployed and poor throughout lower Fairfield County. 

Donate: The ‘How to Help’ tab on their website includes a list of most needed food items.

Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to sort and shelve food in the warehouse. Driver assistants are also needed to help pick-up and deliver food. Details are noted under the ‘How to Help’ tab.

Inspirica 141 Franklin Street, Stamford

Website: inspiricact.org

Description: They are the largest provider of service to the homeless in Lower Fairfield County. They seek to break the cycle of homelessness by providing the programs and services that help their clients achieve and maintain permanent housing and stability in their lives.

Donate: The ‘Events’ tab on their website includes a Thanksgiving Drive with a list of needed food items. The ‘Events’ tab also includes a ‘Holiday Gift Collection’ where you can be a Wish Card Sponsor or shop their Amazon Wish List. 

Volunteer: The ‘Volunteer’ tab includes a meal calendar where you can sign-up to serve and prepare a meal.

Kids Helping Kids 110 Lenox Avenue, Stamford

Website: kidshelpingkidsct.org

Description: They organize over 100 community service projects a year. Every project is youth inspired, managed and led. Their mission is to show students the power they have to make an impact in the world and the lives of others.

Volunteer: There are various opportunities for middle & high school students to volunteer. Opportunities are listed under the ‘Projects’ tab on their website. Children need to attend an orientation before they volunteer.

Malta House 5 Prowitt Street, East Norwalk

Website: maltahouse.org

Description: Malta House is the only maternity group home for pregnant women over 18 in CT and it’s one of a limited number of programs for young mothers and their babies.

Donate: A Wish List is included under the ‘How you can help’ tab on their website. The list includes items such as bedding, diapers, food, and kitchen supplies.

Volunteer: Volunteer opportunities are listed in the ‘How you can help’ tab. Opportunities include helping in the nursery, preparing a meal and mentoring a mother.

Open Door Shelter 4 Merritt Street, Norwalk

Website: opendoorshelter.org

Description: They work to address the causes and complexities of the homeless and working poor by providing shelter, food, clothing, education, and more. 

Donate: Sponsor a meal or donate Wish List items by going to the ‘Donations’ tab on their website.

Walk/Run: Sign-up for the November 17 New Canaan Turkey Trot and support Open Door Shelter.

Person to Person 1864 Post Rd, Darien & 76 South Main Street, Norwalk

Websitep2phelps.org

Description: They help meet the immediate needs of families in crisis and provide a pathway out of poverty for those seeking long-term stability.

Donate: There’s a Wish List under the ‘Donate’ tab where you can give to their annual Holiday Toy Store.

Volunteer: Over 500 volunteers are needed Dec 11 through Dec 14 for their Holiday Toy Store. You can sign up for a shift by going to the ‘Volunteer’ tab on their website.

Star Inc. 182 Wolfpit Avenue, Norwalk

Website: starct.org

Description: Star serves individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities and provides support services to their families. They create opportunities for these individuals to live full independent lives and inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals.

Donate: The ‘Ways to Give’ tab on their website includes a Wish List with their most needed items. 

Urban Impact PO Box 3716, Bridgeport

Website: urbanimpactct.org

Description: They offer the children of the Bridgeport PT Barnum public housing complex educational opportunities through ‘in-school’ and ‘after-school’ activities with a purpose of helping youth achieve academic success, develop positive character traits and lead a fulfilling life.

Donate & Volunteer: You can donate gifts and/or volunteer at their annual Christmas Store. There’s a link to the ‘Christmas Store’ at the bottom of their homepage. There you’ll find a Wish List and information about how you can help. The Christmas Store event is December 16.

Young Women's League of New Canaan, Inc. -- P.O. Box 981, New Canaan, CT 06840

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