It’s the season to give. Donate to one of these 21 Long Island nonprofits to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable populations of Long Island.
Angels on call
Mission: For over 20 years, Ginger Hoernig has been running Angels on Call from his home at Huntington Station every holiday season. She buys and donates new children’s toys and asks volunteers to help them wrap them up and deliver them to local children in need.
Need: Volunteers wrapping new toys, Christmas gifts for children in need.
Contact Ginger at email@example.com.
Mission: The Bethany House began as a small Roosevelt homeless shelter to accommodate the growing homeless population in the late 1970s. Currently, it operates five homes on Long Island, serving 85 people at night. This organization provides the services needed to move to permanent housing when women and children leave.
What you need: Sheet set, blanket, pillow, mattress protector, comforter set or bedspread, cleaning supplies, paper products, instant oatmeal, cereals, juice boxes, fruit snacks, cookies, cake and brownie mixes, seasonings, salad dressings , Pasta, spaghetti sauce, metro card for bus transportation.
Mission: The Book Fairies is a Freeport-based non-profit organization that collects books and other reading materials and donates them to people in need throughout Long Island and New York City. Books are donated to children living in poverty.
Need: Books for all ages, volunteers on some aspects of the organization, donations
Family support center
Mission: The Family Support Center assists people with developmental disabilities and their families with care coordination and support services. The organization serves Long Island, New York City, Westchester and New Jersey.
CARECEN Long Island
Mission: CARECEN provides the legal services necessary for families to confirm their status in the country to protect the immigrant population of Long Island. The organization also provides a path to a citizenship program and a child refugee unit for unaccompanied children who resettle on Long Island.
Need: Donations, volunteers, internships
Mission: Community Solidarity organizes five weekly food ration events for individuals and families suffering from food insecurity. Foodshare is strictly vegetarian. Locations are in Farmingville, Wyandanch, Hempstead, Huntington and Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Necessity: Vegetarian groceries, clothing, books, toys, school supplies, weekly food classification and distribution
Family and Children’s Association
Mission: FCA serves the vulnerable community of Long Island. Some of the organizational focus includes drug addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services, mental health for children, family support, home care and senior services.
Need: Donations, volunteers
Support for Hands Rescue Mission
Mission: The Helping Hand Rescue Mission, located on the Broadway at Huntington Station, hosts a year-round food pantry. Family members in need can come to pick up groceries at certain times from Monday to Friday. The group also hosts special clothing, food and toy drives during the holiday season.
Needs: Unwrapped toys for kids 0-13 years old (for toy drives), gift cards for kids over 14 years old, volunteers to wrap toys. (For food pantry) Peanut butter and jelly, snack products, tomato products, soup cans, canned fruits and vegetables, cereals, juice boxes, water bottles, soap and shower gel, cleaning supplies, diaper sizes 4-6, baby wipes
Hispanic Counseling Center
Mission: The Hispanic Counseling Center works to provide Latin residents on Long Island with mental health, family support, domestic violence and addiction recovery services. Their staff serves Hispanic individuals of all ages, including the elderly.
Mission: Linda Brightstone founded Island Harvest in 1992 to “end long island hunger and reduce food waste.” Today, staff and volunteers collect food that would otherwise be wasted and deliver it to the Island Harvest Pantry network throughout Long Island.
Needs: groceries, donations, volunteers
WORC of life
Mission: Life’s WORC serves people with autism and other disabilities through a family center of autism and trust services that supports the financial planning of adults with disabilities. Based in Garden City, the organization offers a variety of services not only to Long Islanders, but also to Queens and Manhattan residents.
Need: Donations, volunteers
Long Island Against Domestic Violence
Mission: Long Island Against Domestic Violence Since its inception in 1976 as the Long Island Women’s Federation, it has been a leader in helping women in need of safe haven. Over the years, organizations have expanded their services to help people of all genders facing domestic violence. Find the support they need.
Needs: groceries and household items, donations. Check the website for a list of shelter wishes.
Long island care
Mission: Musician and social activist Harry Chapin founded LI Cares in 1980, the first food bank across Long Island. The organization takes a comprehensive approach to hunger relief and partners with hundreds of community-based member affiliates to offer a variety of services. From nutrition of children to emergency recovery.
Need: Food, donations, car donations
Long Island Union for the Homeless
Mission: Addressing the homeless head-on is not an easy task. The Long Island Union for the Homeless has been doing that since 1985. The organization coordinates services for homeless Long Island citizens, defends them all the while, and educates the general public about homelessness.
What you need: blankets, backpacks, school supplies, winter coats, job interview clothes, donations
Long Island Crisis Center
Mission: The Long Island Crisis Center, a member of the Long Island Suicide Prevention Union, operates a 24/7 crisis hotline. Volunteer counselors are always there to talk to people who are at stake or are feeling suicide. We also offer educational and empowering programs and initiatives to attract people on mental health issues.
Need: Donations, 2021 Volunteers
Long Island State Veterans Home
Mission: The Long Island State Veterans Home is a 350-bed nursing facility for veterans in need of rehabilitation, care, or adult day care services. Located on the campus of Stony Brook University.
Need: Donations. Check the website for a wish list.
Mary Brennan Inn
Mission: Mary Brennan INN is a soup kitchen located in Hempstead with other INN locations on Long Beach, Freeport and Central Islip. We offer hot meals and additional support services for people facing food insecurity and the homeless.
What you need: meals for meals, groceries, new clothing, children’s holiday gifts, gift cards for local stores, kitchen and cleaning supplies, donations
Mission: Maureen’s Haven is a homeless shelter in Riverhead that provides homeless outreach services to people in need at the East End of Long Island. The program also includes an emergency winter shelter, a kids day care center, and a summer weekend lunch program.
Needs: groceries, personal hygiene, clothing, donations, volunteers
Mission: Adults with developmental disabilities are finding employment through Smile Farms, a non-profit organization launched in 2015. The organization grows, grows and produces hundreds of people on seven campuses in Long Island. These products are sold in the community, and having a job provides adults with the financial safety, socialization, and fulfillment of their special needs.
Mission: Strong Youth work with endangered youth and their families to prevent the violence of gangsters and other youth in the communities in which they serve. Uniondale-based staff and volunteers provide counseling and community programming.
United Way in Long Island
Mission: The United Way of Long Island helps the people of Long Island on the path to financial stability. The organization offers a variety of income, education, health, and workforce preparation programs.
Editor’s Note: Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, the founder of Schneps Media. Long Island Press.
-Edited by Briana Bonfiglio