What local charities would you recommend?

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    What local charities would you recommend?

    Tis the season to help others and there are a lot of local charities that could use some financial support during the holidays, and all year long. We invite you to share your favorite charities here and why they should be supported.

    Please be careful though: You should check out a charity before you donate. Attorney General Martha Coaksley's office offers some resources on charities and not-for-profit organizations. The suggestions below are not checked by or necessarily recommended  by Boston.com editors or staff.

     
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    Winslow Farm  www.winslowfarm.com

    The Shadow Fund  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shadow-Fund/146912702009312?sk=info

     
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    Cambridge Family and Children's Service is an adoption and foster care agency that's located in Cambridge but works state-wide. They find families for some of the states most vulnerable children- the dedication of the foster parents and adoptive parents is amazing! They also serve as the family support center for families with a developmentally disabled family member for Cambridge/ Somerville/ Malden/ etc.

    www.helpfamilies.org

     
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    Natick Service Council is an advocacy, referral, case management, and information center serving the most economically disadvantaged members of our community. We help clients meet basic needs for food, housing, and access to health care with the goal of promoting self-sufficiency. We are guided by the motto "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" and serve our fellow community members with dignity, compassion, and confidentiality.

    WWW.NATICKSERVICECOUNCIL.ORG

     
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    Growing Places Garden Project

    Growing Place's mission is to improve food security and nutirtion education of people with limited economic means, by providing vegetable gardens and education so that people can grow their own food on their own and become more conscientious about their nutrition.

    http://www.growingplaces.org

     

     
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    Travelers Aid Family Services (soon to become FamilyAid Boston) helps families avoid homelessness and helps those who are already homeless find stable, permanent housing. They provide emergency and long-term shelter for struggling families, permanent affordable housing for those emerging out of homelessness, and caring, comprehensive case management including employment services to address the MANY life issues that contribute to homelessness. They've been around for almost 100 years: www.tafsboston.org.

     
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    I highly recommend MetroWest Legal Services  www.mwlegal.org

    From their website:  The mission of MetroWest Legal Services is to provide legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled and other disenfranchised people in our service area and to assist them in obtaining legal, social and economic justice. We help our clients secure access to basic needs and challenge institutional barriers in order to achieve equal justice for all.

     
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    Nativity Prep, a tuition free school in JP that provides boys from the projects with long and intensive school days, character formation, study skills, and helps to get them on the road to college. 

     

    http://www.nativityboston.org/

     
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    Pierce's Pantry http://www.piercespantry.com/PIERCE.html

    A gluten-free food bank to provide safe food for adults and children with celiac disease or other forms of gluren intolerance.

    The average unit cost of a gluten-free product is $1.71 versus $.61 for a gluten containing product. In these difficult times, the need for gluten-free diet can add an increased burden to a family's budget. 

     
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    The snowy owls at Blue Hills Trailside Museum want to be back in their home.   The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is an educational, entertaining day trip for families and individuals who want an adventure, want to explore nature and want to learn.

    Located at the base of Big Blue, families can spend a full day walking through the museum, visiting the animals in the small zoo or hiking up, down and around the miles of trails.

    Hurricane Sandy hit hard when she toppled over a large tree which was uprooted and smashed onto the Snowy Owl cage collapsing it right in the center. Luckily the two owls were not injured but they are now living inside in close quarters compared to their outdoor cage in the zoo.

    Funds are needed to repair their cage and also have another cage as a back up in the event something of this nature happens again.

    Please consider making a donation to the Snowy Owl Fund at Blue Hills. Funds received that excede the cost of repairs and improvements will be put towards the on going snowy owl research. This exhibit provides families a unique opportunity to observe native Massachusetts wildlife up close.

     
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    Back on My Feet Boston at backonmyfeet.org/boston.  A truly New England spin on the successful national charity that gets people experiencing homelessness or at risk to becoming so to become more motivated and better equiped to get back on their feet.  It's that group of runners you see at 5:30 in the morning running in all sorts of weather in Somerville, Boston, and Quincy.  These homeless work harder than anyone you know!

     
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    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (http://www.barcc.org): The only comprehensive rape crisis center in Greater Boston. Provides free, confidential services to survivors of sexual violence (of any gender) ages 12+, their families, and communities.

    Title IX Girls Running Club (http://titleixgirls.org): A social running club for girls ages 9-15 in Greater Boston that uses a mentor-coached running program to build self-awareness and social-emotional skills for girls.

    Our Space Our Place (http://www.ourspaceourplace.org): Offers out-of-school programs for elementary and high school-aged students who are blind or visually impaired to explore arts, sports, community services, mentoring, and career opportunities.

     
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    Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps

    Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps works to keep vulnerable families unified and children safe and in their communities. When it is not possible or advisable, RFK Children’s Action Corps works to stabilize the family, and, simultaneously provide the children with a temporary therapeutic living arrangement. Programs include; family focused clinical therapy, special education, adoption, therapeutic residential and respite treatment, community based services and juvenile justice secure treatment.

    http://www.rfkchildren.org/

    https://www.facebook.com/rfkchildren

     
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    New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans, right in Boston.

     
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    The Red Cross. You can donate blood 3 or 4 times each year.

    Consider doing a double red cell donation.

     
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    The Alzheimer's Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter! Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. You can help us move toward that vision by participating in one of our signature events. Your support is essential as we seek a cure and support those who are now living with Alzheimer’s.

     

     
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    Winslow's 'Spring Renewal' Fund  ...please help up us to repair, rejuvenate and renew the sanctuary Your donation is so appreciated This tree, or what's left of it, is one of many 80 foot pines that were snapped when winter storm Nemo came through New England. In it's wake, the storm left much damage to Winslow Farm.    Downed trees caused widespread  damage to fencing, roofs,  walkways and more throughout the sanctuary, not to mention the expense of cutting and clearing all of the trees.    In addition to repairing damage, we need to replace the roof of our peacock pen and aviary, add barn doors to the back side our Special Needs barn, and replace the stone in our parking lot that was stripped away over the winter.
    In order to raise funds to repair this damage, as well complete the other necessary projects, Winslow Farm is launching a Spring Renewal Fundraising Campaign, and we hope that our many friends will help to accomplish our goal of raising $20,000. 
    With your help, we can reach our goal!   Donate On Our Website Some Of Our Pending Projects For 2013  Below are a few photos of the repairs and project needs at Winslow Farm. We appreciate the continued support of all of our friends. Your monetary donations, as well as those of building supplies and volunteer labor are greatly appreciated. Thank you! Roof Repair    This hole in the roof of our Alpaca house was caused by a fallen tree.

    Barn Doors    We need barn doors for the back side of our Special Needs barn.    Roof Replacement  The roofs to our peacock pen/aviary (pictured), and cat shelter need replacement.   Parking Lot 

    Most of the stone in our parking lot was washed away during this past

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