We asked, you answered: What’s a charity or organization in Pennsylvania you feel strongly about donating your time and/or money to?

Volunteers Aaron McKissic, left, an employee of FedEx, and Dina Nellis, right, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, work on an assembly line filling bags with six week-end meals for students in 29 Pittsburgh city schools in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. The Backpack Feeding Program provides free weekend meals to children enrolled in the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture National School Lunch Program's Free or Reduced Price School Meals. The Backpack Feeding program is coordinated by the joint effort of Focus Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh area Food Bank. ( Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

By Patrick Berkery

December 1, 2023

Our newsletter letter readers share the charities and organizations they support and why they feel strongly about helping.

Giving Tuesday, which just passed, has been around for more than a decade now. It’s become a well-established, global effort to raise awareness and donations for nonprofits during the holiday season.

We recently shared some suggestions for worthy organizations in Pennsylvania that could use your help. In search of even more suggestions, we asked our newsletter readers: What’s a charity or organization in Pennsylvania you feel strongly about donating your time and/or money to and why?

Here are some organizations your fellow Pennsylvanians feel strongly about helping. Answers have been edited for length and clarity.

Love in The Name of Christ in Titusville offers help to children and adults in Erie and surrounding communities. It operates with the goal of lifting people up to leave generational or other poverty.”

-Kathy, Titusville

“I donate money and food to the local food bank because they helped my family when we were going through hard times. There are food banks everywhere that need our help.”

-Wendy J. Diffendall, Bainrbidge

“The Opportunity House in Reading is a great place to donate cash, used clothing and other items, or volunteer your time to help those experiencing homelessness. They provide “nice” clothing for their clients to use at job interviews, give clothing and items to clients, and sell the remaining at their thrift store. We provide the food and cook dinner for the residents a few times a year.”

-Michael Whalen, Leesport

“I donate to Senior Dog Haven and Hospice in Delaware County. They take in dogs seven and older, often with severe health issues, and they stop at nothing to get them better. They also will help owners who can’t afford vet services by paying for what the animal needs.”

-Karen, Delaware County

“The nonprofit that is nearest and dearest to my heart is Children Hunger Outreach Partners. They’ve expanded from a backpack program to providing food for 20,000 children in 13 counties every week. They now have regularly stocked pantries in schools, where any child can grab food, and pop-up pantries around the communities they serve, for families to get fresh produce, milk, and other staples.”

-Shana, Towanda

“I’m very proud to volunteer with the Bucks County Opportunity Council. They deliver food to people in need. Great organization.”

-John Schaninger, Upper Black Eddy

“I donate to the Redbank Valley Public Library. The library is there for everyone and we can use their computers for free. Especially this year, our library needs the financial support of the community as they need a new roof and new air conditioner system.”

-Lynne Tharan, New Bethlehem

“The GBS/CIDP Foundation International in Conshohocken is a charity I support. Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare disease yet you can get it from a respiratory or stomach virus. I got it from spinal surgery. Overnight I was paralyzed from my neck down and then my lungs were compromised. After three-and-a-half months in the hospital I came home in a wheelchair. I eventually regained all my faculties but have constant neuropathy in my feet. Many people are not so lucky. Rare diseases do not get enough support or research dollars. I became a volunteer liaison for the Foundation and visited patients in the hospital and ran a support group. It is a wonderful charity.”

-Joan Armstrong, Lewisburg

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