While the holidays are a popular time for giving to area nonprofit organizations, many people have needs throughout the year that must be met.
According to the Better Business Bureau, more than 80 percent raised by charities come from individuals.
However, in addition to providing money, people can help nonprofits by donating needed items or volunteering.
Organizations that are located in or serve North Augusta have a variety of needs such as food to stock food pantries, clothing and other items for a thrift store, volunteers and monetary donations.
Below are the wish lists of some local organizations for year-round support:
ARTS & HERITAGE CENTER OF NORTH AUGUSTA
The Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta is located on the first floor of the North Augusta Municipal Center. The center has a permanent history gallery, two galleries of rotating exhibits and a gift shop of local artwork. The mission of the center is to promote, preserve and exhibit regional art and history.
LOCATION: 100 Georgia Ave.
TELEPHONE: (803) 441-4380
WEB SITE: www.artsandheritagecenter.com
WISH LIST: A convertible heavy-duty hand truck for moving pedestals and artworks; steel 5-shelf free-standing shelving units for art and artifact storage; a restaurant busing cart with plastic shelves to move art and art supplies; a battery-operated drill to install art exhibits; a 24-inch standard level for exhibit installations; gift cards to an office supply store; and art supplies for the art room such as brushes, paints, drawing paper and canvases
DONATE: Monetary donations can be made via check, cash or credit card at the center. Checks should be made payable to “AHCNA” and can be dropped off at the center or mailed to AHCNA, P.O. Box 6462, North Augusta, SC 29861. Your donation may be tax deductible.
COMMUNITY MINISTRY OF NORTH AUGUSTA
Community Ministry of North Augusta is supported by 22 area churches and provides help with emergency needs such as assistance with paying utility bills, obtaining newly prescribed medicine (excluding narcotics), and providing food and clothing on a case-by-case basis. The organization also has a thrift store that helps support the organization’s services.
LOCATION: 646 E. Buena Vista Ave.
TELEPHONE: (803) 279-5771
WEB SITE: www.cmona.org
WISH LIST: Canned food, vegetables and meat; jelly; peanut butter; spaghetti sauce; cereal, grits and oatmeal; boxed macaroni and cheese; stuffing mix; and toiletry items
DONATE: Contact Community Ministry of North Augusta if you are interested in making a monetary donation.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF THE CSRA
Goodwill builds lives, families and communities—one job at a time. Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA provides education, career development services, job skills training and post-employment support for individuals with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Eighty-five cents of each dollar raised in Goodwill training stores underwrites job training and placement services within the agency’s 35-county service delivery area.
LOCATION: 1177 Knox Ave.
TELEPHONE: (706) 650-5760
WEB SITE: www.goodwillworks.org
WISH LIST: Shoes; men’s clothes; dishes; pots/pans; drinking glasses; holiday ornaments; children’s clothes; books; appliances; coats.
DONATE: Monetary donations can be made via check and mailed to Goodwill Works Foundation, 231 Furys Ferry Road, Augusta, GA 30907 or donations can be made online at www.goodwillworks.org.
NORTH AUGUSTA SPCA TREASURE CHEST
Established in 1935, the Aiken SPCA has placed thousands of animals into homes. This success was achieved through the dedicated efforts of numerous Aiken SPCA employees and volunteers.
The organization also provides affordable spay and neuter services and teaches humane treatment of pets.
The Treasure Chests in North Augusta and Aiken provide funding to support Aiken SPCA’s services and programs.
LOCATION: 519 Georgia Ave.
TELEPHONE: (803) 522-2203
WEB SITE: www.aikenspca.org
WISH LIST: Dry and canned dog and cat food; cleaning supplies; office supplies; blankets and towels; clothes, furniture, household items, electronics, antiques, collectibles and books for the thrift stores
DONATE: Monetary donations can be mailed to Aiken SPCA, 401 Wire Road, Aiken, SC 29801. Donations can also be made with a credit card over the phone at (803) 648-6863 or online at aikenspca.org.
THE RECING CREW
The RECing Crew provides leisure and recreational programs for individuals with disabilities, including: ART-ability Studio, a monthly art and music program; Alley Cats, a weekly bowling program; Cruisers, monthly social activities within the community; Jazzercise, a monthly dance fitness program for all abilities; and T-RecS, a baseball and basketball program.
LOCATION: 506 Georgia Ave., Suite 112
TELEPHONE: (803) 279-8820
WEB SITE: www.therecingcrew.com
WISH LIST: Paint brushes for 20 participants to use during an art project; 20 table-top easels; a large note pad to write lyrics to songs for those who can read; new adaptive bowling ramps; a CD player; 20 plastic maracas or plastic handle streamers to increase movement through music, choreography and focus on fitness; baseball gloves and battery-operated Bell Balls for players who are visually impaired; ice neck bandanas for summer months; and a floor standing basketball hoop for players in wheelchairs
DONATIONS: Monetary donations can be made by check or money order and sent to The RECing Crew, P.O. Box 7124, North Augusta, SC 29861. Cash donations can be made by calling the executive director, Pam Stickler, at (803) 279-8820.
THE SALVATION ARMY
Its mission statement: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.”
LOCATION: 1803 Knox Ave.
TELEPHONE: (706) 826-7933
WEB SITE: www.salvation
WISH LIST: Winter coats; hats; gloves and socks; space heaters; blankets; Spanish-language Bibles; fans for the summer; donations from local retail stores; donations to help operate the North Augusta Family Thrift Store such as trash bags, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.; monetary donations; and volunteers for the North Augusta Family Thrift Store
DONATIONS: Monetary donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army of Augusta, Center of Hope, 1384 Greene St., Augusta; mailed to The Salvation Army of Augusta, P.O. Box 2523, Augusta, Ga 30903; over the phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or online at www.salvationarmyaugusta.org. For Planned Giving, contact Debra McKenzie at (706) 826-7933, ext. 111.
SKIP TO MY LUPUS, INC.
Skip To My Lupus, Inc. is a Christian service-disabled veteran owned nonprofit organization. The mission is to provide comprehensive support services to people affected by lupus and other autoimmune disorders.
TELEPHONE: (803) 251-9413
WEB SITE: www.skiptomylupus.org
WISH LIST: Hats, gloves and scarves; hygiene products; stuffed animals; notebooks; Bibles; books; socks; robes; bedroom slippers; and towels and washcloths
DONATE: Monetary donations can be made via PayPal at www.skiptomylupus.org or www.facebook.com/skiptomylupus; or mailed to Skip to My Lupus, 210 W. Five Notch Road, Suite 103, North Augusta, SC 29841. For more information, contact Tamara Rajah or Alison Sheppard at (803) 251-9413.
The mission of the organization is to help teachers of North Augusta with their special needs and help students get excited about academic pursuits by involving them in academic contests.
LOCATION: 711 Georgia Ave.
TELEPHONE: (706) 399-0247
WEB SITE: www.smartkids.sc
WISH LIST: Volunteer parents and teachers from each of the local elementary and middle schools to help administer projects and contests in their schools, such as Science Olympiad, three-minute fiction video contest and writing contests.
THANK A WOUNDED WARRIOR
Thank A Wounded Warrior is a way to show appreciation to military men and women who were injured while serving our country. These wounded warriors have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. “The Sunshine People” make up Sunshine Boxes filled with goodies and present them to heroes at Fort Gordon and the veteran's hospitals to lift their spirits and bring a little sunshine into their day.
TELEPHONE: (803) 442-9337 or (803) 474-0899
WISH LIST: Popcorn, cookies, crackers, candy bars and other sweet goodies; toothpaste and toothbrush; help making up and filling the boxes; and help presenting the Sunshine Boxes to wounded military heroes at Fort Gordon and the veteran's hospitals
DONATE: Donations via check, cash and money orders are accepted. Make check and money orders payable to Thank A Wounded Warrior or Sunshine People. Send to Rudy Brostrom, attn: Thank A Wounded Warrior, 13 Farrington Way, North Augusta, SC 29860.