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Local organizations to help out on Giving Tuesday

During a government shutdown, the organizations trying to help others also face uncertainty as budgets deplete and less people donate. (Thinkstock)

WASHINGTON — Now that you’ve stuffed yourself on Thanksgiving and treated yourself on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s time to give to organizations that help the needy on Giving Tuesday.

Here are some local organizations that are worth your time and money.

So Other Might Eat

SOME serves D.C.’s poor and homeless by providing food, clothing and health services. The group also offers services to try and break the cycle of poverty, including affordable housing, job training and addiction treatment. Donate here.

Free Minds Book Club

Free Minds uses books and writing programs to mentor incarcerated kids in D.C. According to Free Minds, a $60 donation buys six months worth of books for a young man in federal prison. Donate here.

Collective Action for Safe Spaces

CASS works to engage the D.C. area community in ending sexual harassment and assault. Their methods include working with WMATA to prevent harassment on Metro, training bar staff to respond to incidents of harassment and assault, and advocating for policy change. Donate here.

Charlie’s Place

This organization serves breakfast and bagged lunches to homeless and low-income people in Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. They also offer other services such as hair cuts, clothing and job referrals. Donate here.

FACETS

This organization re-houses the homeless in Fairfax County, who are often invisible in one of the richest counties in the region. They provide emergency shelter, food and work with individuals to end the cycle of poverty. Donate here.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The CBF advocates for a clean, healthy Chesapeake Bay using education and litigation. The organization has a Giving Tuesday goal of $25,000. Donate here.

Operation Renewed Hope Foundation

ORHF aims to end veteran homelessness in the D.C. region by helping homeless veterans procure stable housing, use transportation and other services. Donate here.

Bethany House of Northern Virginia

Located in Fairfax County, this organization serves the D.C. region by providing shelter and support to women and children escaping domestic violence. Donate here.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

Based in Bethesda, Maryland, YRF helps veterans by providing free transitional housing, support for veterans’ caregivers and college scholarships. Donate here.

Greater D.C. Diaper Bank

With distribution centers all over the D.C. area, this organization provides diapers to low-income families with the hope of making sure no one has to decide whether to feed their family or diaper their baby. Donate here.


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