When the holidays hit, it’s a great time to think of others and to share our good fortune with those less fortunate. From cash donations to gifts for kids to chipping in and working at a food bank, there are dozens of ways to help those in need. If you already read “Best Places to Make Holiday Gift Donations in Cleveland” and you are looking for some additional ideas, read on. Each of these organizations are excellent at what they do and could always use more assistance.
Greater Cleveland Habitat For Humanity
2110 W. 110th St.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity has been working to restore Cleveland neighborhoods for 25 years now. Presently, it is rehabbing homes in the Fairfax and Slavic Village areas. Cash donations are accepted and the organization allows volunteers to come out and actually help with the work. Its ReStore division takes donations of construction materials, including cabinets, tools, appliances (less than 10 years old), furniture and garden tools. They can be delivered to the above address or if it’s a large donation, you can call for a pick-up.
Center For Families And Children
4500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
The Center specializes in assisting poverty-level parents and families through programs for early learning, youth development and behavioral health. Over 8,000 individuals access the health services and the organization serves over 24,000 hot meals annually to Northeastern Ohio families. The Center For Families And Children tries to reach all corners of Greater Cleveland with 18 locations. Volunteer options abound if you’d like to help, internships are offered, fundraisers are held regularly and cash donations are always gratefully accepted.
The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
12201 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106
The Free Clinic was started 45 years ago and has now become a model of health services delivery for its financially challenged clientele. Located in University Circle, this facility has 18 exam rooms, a dispensary, its own laboratory and a dental clinic. More than 60 health care professionals are employed here and are assisted by about 500 volunteers. Donations are accepted and people are encouraged to see if their employers may have matching funds as well.
North Coast Health
16110 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Similar to the Free Clinic on the east side, North Coast Health serves the northwest population from its location in Lakewood. Care is offered to low-income people who are uninsured or under-insured, as well as those on Medicaid and Medicare. A wide variety of services are offered to both treat and to prevent illnesses. Donations of medical supplies are encouraged (needs list is on the website) and cash donations are accepted. If you have more time than money, volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.
Migration and Refugee Services
7800 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Northeastern Ohio has three organizations that handle all refugees that resettle in Greater Cleveland. In business since 1948, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) is the largest of the three and will place more than 300 refugees and asylees this year alone. Most refugees have virtually no personal belongings when they arrive in this country and MRS strives to completely outfit an apartment with furniture, utensils and paper products for each family that arrives. The organization then works with the families in helping them to establish themselves in the community. Cash donations as well as gently used furniture, bedding, kitchen utensils and diapers are all welcomed.
1568 S. Green Rd. #21602
South Euclid, OH 44121
Cancer of any kind can be devastating, but possibly none hits worse than brain cancer. In 2005, Maureen Lowis, a young wife and mother, lost her battle with brain cancer. Family and friends banded together in her honor and began this 501(c)(3) fund that provides financial assistance to families struggling with the costs of treatment. Mission4Maureen is a Top-Rated Non-Profit from GreatNonprofits.org. Mail your check to the above address or contribute with your credit card online at the website.
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