The last week of the year is a great time to relax, review, and rejuvenate. It’s also a unique time be a part of the joys of giving.  Looking for opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way this hoilday season? There are many highly effective green non-profit groups in the Hudson Valley offering hands on opportunities to be of service in upbeat and creative atmospheres. Consider participating in one of the groups that break the mold and challenge beliefs about community giving.

Queen’s Galley – Kingston, NY – Raising the bar for soup kitchens this group serves gourmet locally sourced, breakfast, lunch, and dinner without cost to anyone who enters their doors. Top Chefs vie for the oportunity to serve there.  Challenge what you think a soup kitchen experience should be like.

Furniture Sharehouse – Purchase, NY – Got a great new couch or Lazy-Boy this holiday season?  Wondering what you are doing with the couch you’ve been loving and is now being replaced? Your gently used furniture can make a great start for someone who is rebuilding their lives after experienceing homelessness.  Donate furniture that you love and no longer need to this great group.  You can also volunteer here to help folks get the basics of a home started.

Hilltop Hanover Farm – Yorktown Heights, NY – Volunteer on the farm!  Enjoy the farm in winter, help keep this powerful example of community farming growing with your internet, design, or educating skills.

Habitat for Humanity Re-Store – Multiple Locations in the Region – Too cold to volunteer by swinging a hammer?  Re-Stores all across the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Capitol Region and beyond repurpose building materials, furniture, electronic and household gear with all proceeds going towards building homes for low people with incomes. If your upgrading your refridgerator, dish washer, windows, doors, you name it – they can help re-purpose it.  

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