weekend volunteering

weekend volunteering (DAVID HOBBY, Baltimore Sun / October 7, 2005)

As we come to the close of another challenging year on the economic front for many, local nonprofit groups throughout the area are struggling to make ends meet and address growing needs in the community.

These groups and the people they serve need our help more than ever.

Below is a listing of local helping organizations seeking donations of either money or items, or both. In this season of giving and Thanksgiving, please share your blessings, by giving to those less fortunate.

40 West Assistance and Referral Center Inc.

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Anna's House

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Assistance Center of Towson Churches — 120 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Towson, MD 21204, provides food and financial assistance to low-income families and the homeless. 410-296-4855, or http://www.actconline.info.

Wish List: Canned food items, meat, vegetables, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, soup, spaghetti sauce, cereal, tomatoes, fruit, tuna, toiletries, toothpaste, bars of soap, deodorant, and grocery store gift cards in $5 and $10 denominations.

Baltimore Child Abuse Center

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Baltimore County Department of Social Services Volunteer Office — 6401 York Road, Towson, MD 21212, provides assistance to clients through ongoing programs and projects. 410-853-3021, or dward3@dhr.state.md.us.

Wish List: New toys/gifts, baskets of food (nonperishables), gloves, mittens, scarves, hats and undies (all sizes) and monetary donations. Also inquire about sponsoring a family.

Believe In Tomorrow National Children's Foundation — 6601 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 21228, serves families with critically ill children. In addition to being the exclusive provider of hospital housing for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Believe In Tomorrow has five destination-driven respite houses at the beach and the mountains families who are battling a child's life-threatening illness can utilize free of charge to create joyful memories together outside of a hospital or clinical environment. 410-744-1032, or http://www.believeintomorrow.org.

Wish List: Blankets, down comforters, duvets, white sheets, towels, pillows; new mattresses: queen, full, or double; cleaning products: specifically paper towels, claro wipes, toilet paper, hand soap; gift cards to grocery stores, bulk shopping stores (Sam's/Costco/BJ's), Target, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's; paper products/office supplies; phone calling cards; magazine subscriptions; new movies, video games, games and crafts.

Casey Cares Foundation — 3918 Vero Road, Suite C, Baltimore, MD 21227, provides programs for critically ill children and their families. 443-568-0064, or http://www.caseycaresfoundation.org.

Wish List: $10 or $25 gift certificates for Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Ledo Pizza, Pizza Hut, Pizzeria Uno, Netflix, Three Brothers Pizza, Taco Bell or Subway. $10 or $25 gift certificates for other national restaurant, big box store and movie theater chains. New, two-piece pajamas (adult and infant sizes are our most needed for the Kami's Jammies program)

Caritas House Assisted Living

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