It's the last day of 2012, but you can get a jump on your New Year's resolution to help others and take advantage of the tax benefits of giving this year by donating online to local nonprofits.
Here are some suggestions, with links to the organizations' online donation sites (just click on the name of the organization). Share your favorite local nonprofits in the comments:
Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing
This is Kirkland's grassroots service organization for families in crisis. KITH's vision is to assist individuals and families facing homelessness by providing housing and services to help them become stable and self-sufficient.
Want to put food in the mouths of hungry people in Kirkland? This essential non-profit fills in the gap's of the Eastside's service network to provide food to some of our city's most needy people.
Hopelink operates a food bank and service center in the Totem Lake area and other Eastside locations -- since 1971, it has served homeless and low income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. Hopelink's mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of our community.
Teams and individuals are already gathering donations for this important March 18 event at Juanita High School -- to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against cancer.
The main mission all-volunteer Assistance League is , as well as providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
A group of some 100 Kirkland business folks and members of the community, this club works on lots of projects around town and is involved in over 30 areas of service. That includes youth services, sponsoring the Key Club at Lake Washington High School and International Community School.
Building its new headquarters and a transitional living facility in the Totem Lake area, Friends of Youth helps young people in challenging circumstances get their lives back on track. In addition to operating the only overnight youth shelters on the Eastside, it offers youth development initiatives, in-home family support for young parents of newborns, parent education, youth and family counseling, substance abuse counseling, therapeutic foster care, residential treatment and transitional housing for homeless young people and teen mothers.
Since the Lake Washington Schools Foundation was established, it has raised over $1.6 million from its generous community and has funded programs that have touched almost every student in the District. These programs ensure equal access to educational opportunities, quality teaching and leadership, and future-ready skills.
Operation Bald Eagle offers several services that are performed throughout the year as a way to give back to Law Enforcement, Fire & Medics, Military and their immediate families out of Western Washington. (Care packages out to the troops several times a year, visits to the VA Hospitals in Seattle/Tacoma several times a year, Project Picking up the Pieces to the families affected by loss and their respective agency/department or military service. Along with other coordination with local businesses to serving our “Patriot Groups” when called upon.
There are certainly many more deserving local nonprofits. Share the love by posting your favorite, with a link, in the comments below.