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Get Active Locally

Our area has many not-for-profit organizations working to better life for people and animals and to protect the environment. Here are a few that put donations to good use. A web search will highlight many other organizations that may align with your spirit. What cause is dear to your heart?

People

In the Greater Hartford area, Foodshare works to end hunger as a part of their overall community effort to alleviate poverty. As the region’s food bank, they help people in two ways: by supplying food to local service bodies and through programs that build self-sufficiency and reduce the need for food (Foodshare.org).

House of Bread has been helping the most needy in the community by offering food, housing and shelter, education, along with needed medical, psychological and legal services. The ministry sponsored by The House of Bread has already touched the lives of tens of thousands of men, women and children (HoBread.org).

During this holiday season, local toy drives often need support and volunteers. Look for donation boxes or organized events in your town to support families that need assistance bringing holiday cheer to their homes (ToysForTots.org).

Animals

Dog Star Rescue serving Greater Hartford is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who share their unique talents and expertise to help save dogs from high-kill shelters and find them loving and caring forever homes (DogStarRescue.org).

Protector of Animals based in East Hartford is a no kill animal shelter and rescue formed in 1975 to rescue abandoned, abused and stray cats and dogs (POAInc.org).

Environment

Farmington River Watershed Association seeks to protect the natural resources of the Farmington River and its watershed forever through research, education and advocacy programs and often needs volunteers for their seasonal programs to repopulate fish and clean up the riverbank (FRWA.org).

 

 

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