The holiday season is always a great time to give back to others. This year, your support and generosity are needed more than ever, as local non-profits and community members struggle with the impacts of COVID-19. Here are five timely and impactful ways you can give back for the holidays:

Make a Donation

Help fund programs that are addressing immediate and long-term challenges in our community by making a gift to UWNCM. Your generosity can provide food, housing, education and opportunities for people throughout North Central Massachusetts.

Volunteer for Charity

Make a hands-on difference by volunteering for a local non-profit. Check out the UWNCM Volunteer Center to find volunteer opportunities near you—our agency partners offer a variety of online and safe in-person volunteer activities.

Support Local Businesses

Many small, local businesses are being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Show your support by ordering a meal from a neighborhood restaurant and doing your holiday shopping at local stores.

Cook and Deliver Food

Make someone’s day a little brighter by bringing them a hearty home-cooked meal. A meal delivery is a wonderful surprise for friends and family who are staying at home, first responders or people who may be struggling financially.

Donate Goods

Donate food or clothing to help provide essential items for people in need. You don’t have to look far to find donation options: connect with a local food pantry or shelter, drop off items at charitable thrift store, find a local holiday drive or giving tree program, or put items in a charity bin at a grocery store.