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Help Those in Need This Holiday Season

The holidays are a wonderful time for giving thanks and for helping those less fortunate.

If you’re looking for ways to make a difference in your community this year, check out the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s “Ways to Share” Holiday Wish List.

Ways to Share is a searchable database that connects people directly with more than 242 non-profit organizations in Connecticut that help thousands of children, families, and the elderly during this special time.
Each entry provides a brief of the nonprofit organization and its work, the population it serves, contact information and a list of special items or volunteers they are looking for to make the holidays happier for the people they serve. Ways to Share makes it easy for individuals, families, church or civic groups, businesses and corporations to plan their holiday or year-end giving.

“We hope that Ways to Share will encourage anyone who can make charitable gifts of time, money or goods to make a real difference in people’s lives, especially those hit hardest by the economy, “ said Nancy Roberts, Council president.

Items on this year’s list range from warm clothing and toys to turkeys, paper goods and gift cards. If you have time to give over the holidays, you can find a place to help serve a holiday dinner, wrap presents, or distribute food baskets.

The 2010 Ways to Share is generously support by a grant from the Aetna Foundation.

Access Ways to Share. While you are there, link directly to AARP’s Create The Good website to search for additional volunteer opportunities in your community and find easy, time-flexible, do-it-yourself toolkits that you can use to help friends and family all year long.

This holiday season, help turn small actions into big results. Join AARP and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy to help make someone’s holiday wish come true, now, and throughout the coming year.

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