Each year, the holiday season makes us more generous. As we give to family and friends, most of us are reminded to also give to those that are less fortunate. In Grays Harbor County we have some amazing nonprofits and organizations that make sure your gifts, whether in kind or cash, stay right here, doing good locally. Here are a few places to give locally in Grays Harbor this holiday season.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season with out the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. Based in Aberdeen, they will be out at various locations throughout the holidays. You can also donate on the Salvation Army Aberdeen website. All monies collected help with local issues including hunger, poverty, child education, addiction, disaster relief, help for senior citizens and more.

United Way of Grays Harbor

The United Way of Grays Harbor supports local programs that improve education, health and self-sufficiency, and basic needs in our community, with the goal of getting local families and individuals out of poverty. You can donate on the United Way of Grays Harbor website.

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Driven To Opportunity is just one of the Coastal Community Action Program’s programs. Rides are free for low-income, TANF recipients and special needs riders. Photo courtesy: Coastal Community Action Program

Coastal Community Action Program

Coastal Community Action Program is a comprehensive nonprofit that has a large pool of resources and programs all under one roof to help improve the lives of low-income Grays Harbor residents. They help with employment, housing, health and nutrition, home care services, transportation, energy and other community services. You can give on the Coastal Community Action Program website.

North Beach PAWS

If you would like to help out the four-legged residents of Grays Harbor this holiday season, North Beach PAWS is a great choice. They are a no-kill animal shelter in Grays Harbor County. They take in-kind donations of pet supplies, as well as monetary donations. Donate by heading to the North Beach PAWS website.

Grays Harbor Child Advocates

The Grays Harbor Child Advocates is part of the larger Washington Association of Child Advocate Programs. The local groups have advocates that are court-appointed to help in court cases involving abuse and neglect here in Grays Harbor County. According to their website, “advocates investigate case facts, recommend a course of action to the court, facilitate the resolution of problems, and monitor progress towards establishing permanency for the child.” To donate, go to the WACAP website and choose “Grays Harbor” for the local program.

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The tall ship Lady Washington is an icon in Grays Harbor and Washington State. The ship docks at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport each year. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor Tourism

Grays Harbor Historical Seaport

If preserving history and creating educational opportunities is something you’d like to support, consider giving to the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport. This holiday season, you can support them by attending their virtual fundraising event on December 3. Or make a donation anytime on the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport website.

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

The Grays Harbor Community Foundation helps other nonprofits in the area succeed in their missions by providing grants. A donation to help could help multiple other nonprofits, so it’s a good choice if you want your money to go where it’s needed, but you’re not sure where that is. You can donate online on the Grays Harbor Community Foundation website.

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Harbor After School ensures kids are getting positive relationship along with academic help outside of the school day. Photo credit: YMCA of Grays Harbor

YMCA Grays Harbor

The YMCA Grays Harbor has been promoting family’s living healthy, active lifestyles since 1920! With programs that keep kids active and teach valuable life skills, it’s a great place to donate to during the holidays (or anytime!). You can donate through the YMCA Grays Harbor website.

Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Organization

Want to help young woman advance in their educational goals while they support our community? Then you may want to donate to the Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Organization. This group “provides young women with the opportunity to pursue their professional and educational goals through the awarding of monetary grants for education,” according to their website. You can donate by becoming a sponsor through the Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Organization website.

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