This is the time of year when many of us look for ways to make a positive impact on communities. We’d like to help bring a little more brightness to the lives of strangers. This year has been particularly difficult for many families due to COVID-19. The need for giving back is even greater. This holiday season, DC Area Moms compiled this nonprofit giving guide featuring 20 organizations that aim to have a positive impact on the lives of children. Whether you choose to give your time, money, or other resources, these organizations will help you touch the lives of children throughout the area during this season of giving.
Organizations to partner with
Toys For Tots – Anacostia, Washington, DC
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is collecting monetary donations and toys. This program helps purchase and distribute new toys as Christmas gifts to needy children. See the website to make an online donation and to find a list of toy drop-sites around the city. Please note that the last day for toy donation is December 10, 2021.
Central Union Mission – Operation Christmas Miracle
Help children and families who are struggling financially experience love, laughter, and joy. With your help, Central Union Mission will supply Christmas gifts to thousands of underprivileged children and youth.
Children’s National Hospital
For 150 years, Children’s National Hospital has helped kids thrive and has pioneered research that leads to new treatments and cures. By contributing to its Reason to Believe campaign this holiday season, you will support world-class care and innovative research that leads to new treatments and cures.
Ronald McDonald House Charities DC
RMHCDC eases the hardship of children’s illness on families. It helps families struggling with problems like how to stay near and support a hospitalized child, how to afford staying together in another city while a child is undergoing treatment, or even how to get basic medical care in a vulnerable community.
For 40 years, Martha’s Table has supported strong children, strong families, and strong communities by increasing access to quality education, health and wellness, and family resources.
Manna Food Center
Manna works to end hunger in Montgomery County through food distribution, education, and advocacy. Manna’s vision is that Montgomery County is a place where all people at all times have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious food in order to lead fulfilling lives. You can help by volunteering at the center, donating money, donating food, or hosting a food drive.
DC Central Kitchen
DC Central Kitchen’s mission is to use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities. It is an iconic nonprofit and social enterprise that combats hunger and poverty through job training and job creation.
So Others Might Eat
SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital by meeting the immediate daily needs of food, clothing, and healthcare. SOME is restoring hope and dignity, one person at a time.
Bread For The City
Bread for the City provides food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services to Washington, DC residents living with low income. It seeks justice through community organizing and public advocacy and works to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty. Through its Holiday Helpings campaign, BFC empowers its clients to use provided assistance to meet their specific needs, which has become increasingly important as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank sources and distributes more than 45 million meals to people in communities across the DMV. It has partnerships with over 450 regional nonprofits.
Greater DC Diaper Bank
Since 2010, the Greater DC Diaper Bank has worked to empower families and individuals throughout the DMV. The Bank provides a reliable and adequate source of basic baby needs and personal hygiene products.
Girls, Inc. of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area
Our local Girls Inc. affiliate inspires all girls in DC/DMV region to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy opportunities.
Horton’s Kids believes circumstance should not dictate a child’s future. Every child should graduate from high school ready to succeed in college, career, and life. To that end, it provides a holistic, research-based continuum of academic, youth development, and basic needs supports designed to empower children to succeed.
BEST Kids, Inc
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time. Through one-on-one volunteer mentoring, extensive training, staff support, and experiential learning-based peer groups, it encourages youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities.
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project works to cultivate resilience in children experiencing family homelessness. It does this by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences. The Project creates ongoing play opportunities that nurture healthy child development, challenges systemic injustice by advocating for policies and practices that reduce the risk of chronic homelessness, and connects families with critical support services and supplies in the community to meet their concrete needs.
House of Ruth
Founded in 1976, House of Ruth empowers women, children, and families to rebuild their lives and heal from trauma, abuse, and homelessness. It offers a continuum of services encompassing enriched housing for families and single women, and trauma-informed daycare for children. They also provide free counseling to empower anyone, regardless of gender, who is a survivor of trauma and abuse.
The National Center for Children and Families
The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) creates total, healthy living environments for vulnerable children, youth, and families. Its mission supports the quality of life which empowers their ability to thrive and demonstrate responsibility.
CASA for Children of DC
CASA for Children of DC is a leading voice in advocacy for court-involved youth in DC. It connects specially-trained volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates to support vulnerable and at-risk youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. CASA volunteers develop a mentor-like relationship with their youth. They advocate for their youth’s best interests in court, promoting greater outcomes and the opportunity to thrive.
The Wanda Alston Foundation
The mission of the Wanda Alston Foundation (WAF) is to eradicate homelessness and poverty for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 18 and 24. It is dedicated to ensuring that LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness have access to services that improve their overall quality of life.
Covenant House of Greater Washington
For over 25 years, CHGW has been protecting, supporting, and transforming the lives of youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness, disconnection, and exploitation. CHGW has provided a safe harbor and wrap-around supportive services to one of the area’s most vulnerable populations. The programs and services offered to young people help them get back on track in achieving housing, career, and economic stability.
Do you know a local organization that should be included in this nonprofit giving guide? Please send us a message to let us know.