A Day For Doing Good
The holiday season is in full swing. With that comes lots of shopping and spending. But it’s also a time for reflection and looking ahead to fresh starts. If you’ve ever thought of doing something a little more meaningful this time of year, Giving Tuesday is the perfect opportunity.
Since 2012, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving is recognized as the official day to contribute to charities. On November 29, you can do your part. Give to a new cause. Advocate for a cause. Give or upgrade recurring gifts. Give on behalf of a loved one. While monetary gifts are the goal on Giving Tuesday, you can also donate your time and talents in the future. Sign up to be a volunteer. Participate in an online fundraiser. Organize a supply drive. There are so many ways to give back now and all year round.
We know that NEPA’s local charities and nonprofits have been working tirelessly supporting our communities day in and day out. Now it’s time to pay it forward. Lend a hand and a dollar. And join a global movement for good that inspires kindness and generosity.
If you’re motivated to give back but aren’t sure where to begin, check out our featured nonprofits. You can also browse through our Support a Cause directory, which lists over 1,000 incredible charities, nonprofits and volunteer organizations in NEPA.
Give Back to a Neighbor
Our communities need us now more than ever.
NEPA’s community-based nonprofits and charities are on the frontlines year round. Food banks, pantries and soup kitchens have been busier than ever making sure no one goes hungry during these strained economic times. Other organizations are providing essential supplies to those in need or caring for those in our communities who are most vulnerable. Your support ensures that families across NEPA can enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season and year ahead.
CEO/Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank
St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen
NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania
Meals on Wheels of NEPA
St. Vincent De Paul Kitchen
United Way of Wyoming Valley
United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania
United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties
Adopt a Single Mom Project
Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity
United Way of Greater Hazleton, Inc.
Meals on Wheels Wyoming Valley
Build Brighter Futures
Kids need a place to grow, play and learn.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a whole region. NEPA’s nonprofits put kids on the path to success by driving education, providing support systems and reaching out to children in need. They tackle the challenges so our children can learn, be happy and thrive.
Wyoming, PA, Toys for Tots Foundation
Junior Achievement of Northeastern Pennsylvania
McGlynn Learning Center at the Boulevard Townhomes
Family Service Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Wyoming Valley Children's Association
Ronald McDonald House of Scranton
NEPA Youth Shelter
Supporters of Camp Archbald
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEPA
NEPA’s health-related charities, community centers and sports programs keep us feeling our best.
These nonprofits are on the leading-edge of health, whether they’re encouraging us to follow healthy lifestyles or helping us when we’re facing our biggest battles. Some nonprofits support patients, fund lifesaving research and provide crucial care to those in need. Others provide safe, supportive community spaces where all ages can stay fit and have fun.
Health & Wellness Nonprofits:
Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA
Candy's Place Cancer & Wellness Center
Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center
Volunteers in Medicine
Friedman Jewish Community Center
Greater Scranton YMCA
Northeast Sight Services
Greater Pittston YMCA
Special Olympics - Luzerne County
Hazleton Area Recreation Program (HARP)
Lend a Paw
Become an advocate for animals.
From dogs to cats to farm animals, our four-legged friends can’t speak up for themselves. That’s why they need us to be their voice. NEPA’s local animal shelters and rescue groups do all they can to take in hurt and homeless animals, but it still takes plenty of donations, supplies and volunteers to keep the facilities running.
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
SPCA of Luzerne County
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge
Camp Papillon Animal Shelter
Laura's Hope Rescue
Animal Resource Center
True Friends Animal Welfare Center
Animal Welfare Society of Monroe
Northeast PA Pet Fund & Rescue
Dessin Animal Shelter
Rescue Pets Serving Vets
Carbon County Friends of Animals
Be a Trailblazer
Protect NEPA’s natural beauty and forge the way to a green future.
The rolling mountains, tranquil forests and mighty rivers are some of NEPA’s greatest treasures. Luckily, our environmental organizations, trail groups and nature preserves are here to protect the land for generations to come. Do your part for the planet and encourage others to explore the great outdoors.
North Branch Land Trust
The Lands at Hillside Farms
Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
Friends of Howland Preserve
Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Riverfront Parks Committee
Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association
Lackawanna River Conservation Association
Pocono Environmental Education Center
Keep the Arts Alive
Safeguarding the spaces where creative expression and storytelling intersect.
“The arts” are more than paintings in a museum. They are dancers, writers, photographers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, sculptures and yes, painters. NEPA is full of visual arts programs and centers – libraries, historic sites, museums, theaters and studios – that not only entertain but also educate people of all ages.
Arts & Culture Nonprofits:
The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater
Osterhout Free Library
The Cooperage Project
Eckley Miners' Village
Pittston Area Memorial Library
Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple
Pocono Arts Council
Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery
Hazleton Area Public Library
WVIA Public Media
Schuylkill County Council for the Arts
Hazleton Art League
Little Theatre of Wilkes-Barre
Explore Over 1,000 Nonprofits & Charities
Article Updated from its Original Version Published on 12/03/2019.