As the pandemic continues in 2021, local charities and nonprofits have been crucial in meeting the needs of those who have felt its impact. In turn, the agencies have themselves taken huge hits, as they try to keep up with the demand for services.
This year’s “Wish List” is a resource for donors who want to support organizations that continue to serve communities around us.
Persons looking for opportunities to give this holiday season, and throughout the year, will find listed here the most pressing needs of local nonprofit organizations.
American Mental Wellness Association, 25 Spruce Road, Marysville, PA 17053
- Mission: To envision a world that, through public education, values prevention, early detection, early intervention, scientific research, and cures of all mental health conditions which includes substance misuse for the holistic health of the individual and society.
- Wishes: 1) Funds to support mental wellness education for adults. 2) Funds to support mental wellness education for adults working with children and youth. 3) Funds to support mental wellness education directly to children and youth.
- Contact: Sharon C. Engdahl, executive director at 717-343-4945.
A Way Out Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services, 110 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915
- Mission: To provide no-cost advocacy, counseling, financial, and housing assistance to individuals and families who have/are experiencing domestic abuse or violence and/or sexual assault.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Non-perishables or frozen foods. 3) New bedding including sheet sets, pillows, comforters, and blankets.
- Contact: Jennifer Rossman at [email protected].
AniMeals of PA, 1434 Rocky Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: Provides free pet food and veterinary care for the companion animals of local low-income senior citizens. Helps seniors maintain the special bond they have with their companion animals by easing the physical and financial worry of feeding and caring for them.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations for veterinarian care and medicine. 2) Monetary donations for pet food. 3) Gift cards to local pet stores to purchase pet food and supplies.
- Contact: Theresa Fazzolari at [email protected], or AniMeals of Pa – Facebook page.
Annie E. Sterline Library, 308 Market St., Lewisberry, PA 17339
- Mission: The all-volunteer library, located in a red brick schoolhouse built in 1853, provides services for the immediate and surrounding communities, working to keep its doors open and preserve a piece of history in the community. The library is not a part of York County funding for library services.
- Wishes: 1) Financial support to update the aged computer system. 2) Volunteers to sort and organize books, implement library programs, and help support fundraising events.
- Contact: Sandy Fogle at [email protected]. The library does not have a website.
The Autism Society Greater Harrisburg Area, P.O. Box 101, Enola, PA 17025
- Mission: To promote opportunities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) to participate in the same valued life experiences as do other citizens, the Autism Society of the Greater Harrisburg Area will: provide the latest information on interventions, services, and research to its membership and the community; facilitate access to supports, education, and services needed by individuals with ASD to reach their fullest potential.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers for the annual Logan’s Run and Walk for Autism. April 23rd on City Island. 2) Money to help fund services and annual events, like the Spring Picnic. 3) Board members are needed; please respond if interested.
- Contact: Call 717-732-8408 and leave a message. A board member will return your call as soon as possible.
Beacon Clinic for Health and Hope, 248 Seneca St., P.O. Box 5870, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: To inspire hope, health, and wellbeing by providing high-quality, culturally competent, free, faith-based primary healthcare to underserved and uninsured adults in the Greater Harrisburg Area.
- Wishes: 1) Financial contributions. 2) Copy paper. 3) Pharmacy technician and or pharmacist.
- Contact: Debra McClain at 717-775-1111 or [email protected].
Bethesda Mission, P.O. Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA 17105
- Mission: A missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.
- Wishes: 1) Non-perishable food items, canned food (#10 cans are especially needed), and money to purchase fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables. 2) Participation in the annual food drive that runs from October 25 to December 8.
- Contact: [email protected].
Bloomfield Public Library, 23 E. McClure St., New Bloomfield, PA 17068
- Mission: To serve the local community and all of Perry County with books, DVDs, public computers, printing services as well as a variety of programs.
- Wishes: 1) Two Cramer 1001 Kik Step Stools, cost $60-$80. 2) Two 4-ft. high, three-shelved wooden bookcases for our expanding Kids’ Nonfiction section, cost $200-$300. 3) Popular TV shows on DVDs, entire series preferred.
- Contact: Julia McGuigan at 717-582-7426 or [email protected].
Bountiful Blessing Inc., 3 Keystone Drive, Unit B, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Mission: A Christian-based charity serving need-based families of all faiths. Assists working poor families and senior citizens with non-food items, during those temporary times of financial hardship.
- Wishes: 1) Dish liquid. 2) Gas gift cards or a check to fuel delivery vehicles. 3) Shampoo.
- Contact: Terry Orendi at 717-790-2620.
Brethren Community Ministries (bcmPEACE), 219 Hummel St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: bcmPEACE serves Allison Hill in becoming a safer, healthier, community empowered by God’s Peace. Serving Harrisburg, more specifically the Allison Hill neighborhood, by working alongside those struggling to become self-sufficient leaders in the community.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers to help with building repairs and painting at its safe and affordable housing units. 2) Volunteer who is good with computers and technology for Basic Computer Skills Classes. 3) Funds to support the emergency needs of neighbors who are going through the Pathway to Prosperity program. This money will go towards rent repayment, utility assistance, and life skills training.
- Contact: Alyssa Parker at [email protected] or 717-559-5673.
BunnyPeople, 6784 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
- Mission: An all-volunteer managed and funded domestic rabbit rescue, adoption, and education organization that educates the public through speaking engagements. The no-kill shelter takes in unwanted, abused, abandoned, and discarded domestic rabbits, provides necessary medical care, spays/neuters, in preparation for adoption. Rabbits not adopted live out their life at the shelter. All funding comes from adoption fees, fundraising efforts, membership fees, occasional grants, Guardian Angel Program, and generous donations from members and supporters.
- Wishes: 1) Grocery store gift cards; produce, Bounty paper towels, white vinegar, trash bags. 2) Agway or tractor supply gift cards. 3) Gettysburg Animal or Dauphin Co. Animal hospital gift cards.
- Contact: [email protected] or [email protected].
By Grace Women’s Transitional Home, 8 E. Oak Ave., Middleburg, PA 17842
- Mission: Serving homeless women in and around Middleburg, Pa., promoting accountability, honesty, and ultimately independence, with grace and empathy while providing a supportive and safe place where they can learn to love themselves. Women are given the tools to become independent, good decision-makers, and grow in the knowledge of God’s love and grace. Through individual counseling and group meetings, women learn basic skills needed to live on their own and become productive members of the ever-changing world.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations toward the purchase of a van to transport the women to jobs and appointments. 2) Ceiling fans for 17 bedrooms. 3) Pillows and bedding (Twin XL) for 17 beds.
- Contact: Susan Groce, outreach coordinator, at 570-847-9344 or [email protected].
Caitlin’s Smiles, 3303 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: Donates arts and crafts supplies, writing materials, toys, and new books to hospitalized youths throughout Pennsylvania, 10 other states, and Washington, D.C., who are facing chronic and life-threatening illnesses.
- Wishes: 1) Kids’ puzzles (100 pieces or fewer). 2) Coloring/activity books for all ages through teens (non-holiday). 3) Gift cards (Amazon, JoAnn Fabrics, AC Moore, Michael’s, Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Staples).
- Contact: Skip Wachter, volunteers coordinator at 717-412-4759 (work) or 717-649-5927 (cell).
Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, 168 Station Road, Grantville, PA 17028
- Mission: Provides quality equine and animal-assisted therapeutic programs to the people of the Capital area.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers. 2) In-kind donations (animal food, paper products, office supplies, cleaning supplies, maintenance material). 3) Donations to support riders and horses.
- Contact: Theresa Moccio at [email protected].
Capital Region Literacy Council, 1044 Memory Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Mission: Distributes children’s books to schools and organizations serving kids and families in low-income areas of south-central Pa.
- Wishes: 1) CRLC needs to know where they can deliver kid’s books for schools and organizations serving families in the Harrisburg area. Call 717-579-6889.
- Contact: Joe Bedard at 717-579-6889 or [email protected]; Capital Region Literacy Council on Facebook.
Carlisle Area Family Life Center, 155 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
- Mission: To protect the unborn through emotional, material, and educational support of women and families.
- Wishes: 1) Diapers, especially sizes 4, 5, and 6. 2) Formula, especially Similac Advance 12.4 ounce cans. 3) Crib and pack-n-play sheets.
- Contact: Jackie Phillips at 717-243-6544.
Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, 40 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013
- Mission: To offer a variety of entertainment and educational presentations, which fulfill the cultural and artistic needs of our region; seeking to add value to our community’s vibrancy and diversity.
- Wishes: 1) Box office and event volunteers. 2) Monetary sponsorships for in-house live theatrical productions. 3) Black table skirts/linens for rentals and events.
- Contact: Ashley Byerts at 717-258-0666 or [email protected].
Castaway Critters, The James A. Hueholt Memorial Animal Foundation, P.O. Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105
- Mission: To provide new beginnings for lost, sick, senior, and abandoned companion animals through rescue, rehabilitation, adoptions, and spay/neuter programs — help that these animals would not otherwise have.
- Wishes: 1) Chewy/Amazon gift cards for dog/cat food and supplies. 2) Monetary donations for animals’ medical care, which last year cost more than $120,000. Choose PayPal ([email protected]), cash/checks at events, send checks to P.O. Box 1421, Harrisburg, PA 17105), or click on DONATE at www.CastawayCritters.org. 3) Volunteers and fosters – submit an application at www.CastawayCritters.org.
- Contact: Kelly at [email protected].
Central Dauphin School District NutriPacks Program, 600 Rutherford Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
- Mission: NutriPacks promotes the social, emotional, and academic well-being of food insecure children by providing healthy food choices for families over the weekends during the school year. The program is an all-volunteer organization and is coordinated by a volunteer advisory board.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers. 2) Monetary donations. 3) Grape or strawberry jelly in 20 oz. plastic jars.
- Contact: [email protected].
Center for Champions of PA, Inc., 413 S. 19th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: To share the love of Jesus through LIFE on LIFE mentoring relationships where youth and families find hope, values, and skills in order to discover God’s plan for their lives and be a positive influence in their communities.
- Wishes: 1) Funding to purchase an iMac desktop computer that can handle editing 4k video. 2) Funding for a full-time staff member to pour into John Harris High School as well as the Springboard internship program. 3) Gym floor needs to be sanded and finished, and tile/vinyl installed in a hallway.
- Contact: Jeff Bruce at [email protected].
Central PA Horse Rescue, 100 Spanglers Road, Lewisberry, PA 17339
- Mission: To rescue horses from kill pens, rehabilitate them, and get them adopted by loving families.
- Wishes: 1) Money for vet and farrier care. Being a non-profit the owners pay for everything. 2) Money for grain and hay. It can cost up to $200 a week per horse. 3) Volunteers to help clean up manure from the pastures.
- Contact: Connie Greenawalt at 717-855-5188 or [email protected].
Central Pennsylvania Literacy Council, Inc., 2225 Hummel Ave., Rear, Lemoyne, PA 17043
- Mission: Promotes adult literacy in the capital region of Pennsylvania. Using volunteer tutors, the Council provides direct, individualized instruction to adults who have educational goals such as achieving citizenship, and improving basic skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and math.
- Wishes: 1) Adult volunteers with an hour to share per week, to read the 100 citizenship questions to adult citizenship candidates, or dictate sentences, in English, in order to give citizen candidates the opportunity to listen to spoken English, and correctly spell the words they hear. 2) Adult volunteers with Zoom experience, with an hour per week, to share their skills with other Central PA Literacy Council volunteers, so adult learners can be instructed remotely; and a volunteer with digital communication skills to help the fundraising process. 3) Monetary donations toward utilities, supplies for the WorkForce 2760 desktop printer, and texts for adult learners.
- Contact: [email protected] or call or text 717-763-7522. A member of the all-volunteer board of directors, or Carole, the volunteer executive director, will return your call.
Central PA Operation Warm Hearts, 514 W. Elmwood Ave., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: Supports the homeless communities in York. Dauphin and Cumberland counties by providing knitted hats, scarves, mittens, fleece no-sew blankets, sleeping mats repurposed from plastic bags, new socks, and other items to emergency shelters.
- Wishes: 1) Large green or dark-colored garbage bags. 2) Ziploc bags — 1-gallon, 2-gallon, 20-gallon. 3) Fleece, 50×60.
- Contact: Melinda Gochenaur at 717-443-0369 or [email protected]. The website is currently under construction. Find them on their Facebook page.
Central Perry Community Senior Citizen’s Center Inc., 227 W. Main St., New Bloomfield, PA 17068
- Mission: To serve senior citizens by providing educational, recreational, nutritional, health promotion, and volunteer activities, thus promoting the goodwill and welfare of the surrounding community. Roughly 55 participants are provided hot lunches daily.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations totaling $2,000 are needed to purchase supplies to convert congregate meals to individual (safer due to COVID) meals. 2) Supplies to convert congregate meals to COVID safer individual meals — take-out containers, baggies, gloves, and hairnets. 3) $300 to replace the center’s curtains.
- Contact: Laurie Morris at 717-582-4508 office, or 717-275-4406 cell.
Children’s Dyslexia Center of Central PA, 2701 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: Provides free tutoring to children (grades K-12) diagnosed with dyslexia. Through the efforts of its Orton-Gillingham-trained tutors and staff, the goal is to teach these children to read and reach their full potential by helping them succeed in and out of school. More than 20 Central PA school districts are served.
- Wishes: 1) Disposable masks (adult and child size) or a monetary donation to purchase them. 2) Amazon gift cards for decodable books for the children to read. 3) Monetary donations to purchase: updated software and textbooks to facilitate student tutoring sessions; five Apple iPad minis 2 16GB WiFi, for one-on-one tutoring; Benchmark Testing Materials to help determine student progress.
- Contact: Krista Michak, executive director, at 717-238-4947, or [email protected].
The Children’s Garden of St. John’s Lutheran Church, 44 W. Main St., Shiremanstown, PA 17011
- Mission: To give every child the love, support, guidance, and knowledge in a Christian environment that they will need to become successful individuals.
- Wishes: 1) Commerical freezer. 2) Monetary donations for professional cleaning services. 3) Halo disinfectant machine.
- Contact: Lisa Frank at 717-731-1095 or [email protected].
Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area, 413 S. 19th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: Mobilizes churches, funders, and partner agencies to work together to address homelessness, poverty, and incarceration in the capital region. Provides a continuum of programs seeking to address both crisis housing situations and chronic causes of housing and financial instability, as well as supporting individuals and families impacted by the criminal justice system.
- Wishes: 1) Welcome Home kits (www.ccuhbg.org/welcomehome): Household start-up kits provided to people getting an apartment after being homeless. Monetary donations of $100 to buy one kit, or purchase and deliver the items yourself. Currently, the greatest need is for laundry baskets and kitchen trash cans. 2) Food for people on the street: K-Cup coffee packs, cup-of-noodles individual cups, individual juice bottles. 3) Tangible items for people on the street: disposable washcloths, hand warmers, deodorant.
- Contact: Steve Schwartz at [email protected] or 717-979-6247 (cell).
Christian Life Center (affiliation) Church of the Living God, c/o 213 S. 20th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: The church operates in the Allison Hill section of Harrisburg, Pa. Its mission during these challenging times due to COVID-19 is to provide hope especially as the holidays approach, remembering the needy and less fortunate in our communities.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Volunteers. 3) Nonperishable items as well as monetary donations to purchase items needed and provide food giveaways to the community by Dec. 20, 2021.
- Contact: The Rev. Laura Thomas at 717-526-8765 (office), Church of the livingGod.org.
Christian Residential Opportunities and Social Services (CROSS Inc.), Cumberland Vista, 1973 York Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019
- Mission: Operates three personal care homes for adults with intellectual disabilities, where some have lived for 30-plus years — “We do life together.”
- Wishes: 1) Low mileage minivan for transporting residents to appointments. 2) Monetary donations – must raise $500 per month per resident to meet budget, since SS/SSI is accepted as payment for the residents. 3) Volunteers to put in a paver patio next spring.
- Contact: Jim Roberts, www.crossinc.com.
Civic Club of Shippensburg, Shippensburg Pennsylvania, and its surrounding townships of the Shippensburg Area School District
- Mission: To develop the educational and civic interest of its members and to advance the welfare of the community. It is the administrator of the Shippensburg Community Nurse program, a free service offered to its citizens.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to support the Nurse program.
- Contact: [email protected] or 717-530-7900.
Cocoa Packs, 1016 Old West Chocolate Ave., Hershey, PA 17033
- Mission: The weekly program provides food assistance and other services to enhance the physical and emotional wellness of children from birth through age 18. More than 1,400 local children are enrolled in the program.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase food for the weekly food assistance packs. Due to bulk purchasing power, monetary donations allow the organization to stretch each dollar while also providing food in the packs equitably to all 1,400 children. 2) New unwrapped toys to be distributed at the Annual Cocoa Packs Presents event on December 17th for children active in the food assistance program. A wish list/gift ideas and donation box locations can be found on the website at www.cocoapacks.org/presents.
- Contact: Lindsay Drew, director of marketing at [email protected].
Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute, 200 S. 41st St., Suite B, Harrisburg, PA
- Mission: The traditional ancient Chinese culture is brought to life with authentic dance and cultural arts. Staying to tradition and using period designs and music, CCAI is helping preserve these traditional arts, often working with adopted and immigrant children, and all who would like to learn the traditional arts.
- Wishes: 1) A new home. The current location is being taken by eminent domain for the Interstate 83 project. 2) Donations.
- Contact: Bill or Chen-Yu at [email protected].
CONTACT Helpline, 900 S. Arlington Drive, Suite 150A, Harrisburg, PA 17109
- Mission: Compassionate listening and vital referral resources, 24/7.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers to answer the hotlines. 2) Donations to help cover the cost of a new phone system. 3) Volunteers to serve on different committees.
- Contact: Margo Shaw at [email protected].
Created 2 Serve, 1425 Crooked Hill Road, Box 61021, Harrisburg, PA 17107
- Mission: To love God, serve His people, and give, with a commitment to serve the diverse network of communities by offering resources to help youth, seniors, and those experiencing homelessness.
- Wishes: 1) Gift cards (Target, Walmart, Giant, Costco). 2) Gloves. 3) Hats.
- Contact: Jennifer Stewart at [email protected].
Cumberland Valley Habitat for Humanity, 39 Heisers Lane, Carlisle, PA 17015
- Mission: Build and repair homes for low-income families in Cumberland County.
- Wishes: 1) Financial donations. 2) Lumber (2×6′s & 2×4′s). 3) Public relations coverage.
- Contact: Jerry Nichols at 717-258-1830 or [email protected]
Days for Girls Camp Hill, 115 Oak Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: Sew and distribute sustainable sanitary products to girls in third-world countries where there is no access to these items. Hygiene solutions are a little thing that becomes a big thing when millions of girls suddenly have what they need to stay in school. This allows them to succeed and works toward breaking the cycle of poverty.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to buy fabric, thread, ribbon, and other supplies. 2) Girls’ COTTON panties – dark colors, sizes 10 & 12.
- Contact: Sharon McTavish at [email protected].
The Dog Pack Animal Rescue, 225 Andersontown Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: Provides short-term, temporary housing for animals that find themselves in urgent housing situations until a more permanent residence can be found.
- Wishes: 1) Dog food. 2) Monetary donations for a new fence.
- Contact: Jamie Mazzocco at [email protected].
The Dogs’ Den, 127 Sanjo Drive, Grantville, PA 17028
- Mission: To rescue dogs from local shelters to lower the euthanasia rate and fully vet them before going into their new home, trying to find the best fit for the dog and person.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Postage/office supplies. 3) Volunteers.
- Contact: Denise Durkay at 717-469-7325.
Drew Michael Taylor Foundation, 946 Ashton Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
- Mission: Provides grief education and support programs for children, teens, and adults who are grieving the death of a loved one. Grief support groups, community workshops, and a grief and loss lending library are offered at the Drew’s Hope Grief Center. Grievers are surrounded with support so they don’t have to grieve alone.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers to help with grief support programs and fundraising events. 2) Grocery store gift cards for snacks and beverages for group participants. 3) 8 1/2 x 11 white copy paper.
- Contact: Marcie Taylor at [email protected] or 717-532-8922.
Ecumenical Food Pantry, 901 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, PA 17102
- Mission: Supports those in the greater Harrisburg area who are experiencing food insecurity, primarily through the provision of emergency food assistance.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase healthy food options for those in need. 2) Personal item donations such as soap, shampoo, toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes. 3) Volunteers to assist in our mission.
- Contact: Phil Mackey at 717 562 6368 or [email protected].
Exchange Arts, doing business as The Exchange, 24 E. Main St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815-1805
- Mission: Dedicated to bringing the arts to all communities throughout the region.
- Wishes: 1) Business sponsorships for programs, including the Art Cart, the Exchange Gallery, and ArtOfPA.org. 2) Patrons to buy art at the Exchange Gallery. 3) Unrestricted monetary donations from individuals.
- Contact: Oren B. Helbok at 570-317-2596 or [email protected].
Friends of the West Shore Theatre, Inc., 317 Bridge St., New Cumberland, PA 17070
- Mission: To be the center for cultural arts in New Cumberland and surrounding communities, enriching the region by offering opportunities to experience high quality, diverse, affordable entertainment in an intimate environment with small-town charm, entertainment to include cinema, theater, music, and education.
- Wishes: 1) Printing and design services. 2) Donations for its Capital Campaign or operations as theatre opens in Spring 2022. 3) Volunteers to assist with the Capital Campaign and with future theatre operations.
- Contact: Ann Moffitt, ACFRE, director of development, at 717-856-4428 or [email protected].
Gather the Spirit for Justice, 124 S. 13th St., Harrisburg, PA
- Mission: An open-door center for hope and dignity to strengthen the community on Allison Hill. GTSFJ works to connect residents of the Allison Hill community with local resources, area organizations, businesses, and churches to address issues of social justice and economic equity.
- Wishes: 1) Financial donations. 2) Volunteers. 3) Seeking additional board members.
- Contact: Jacquie Rucker, program director at 717-512-9449.
Gaudenzia Concept 90, 124 E. Azalea Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17011
- Mission: To assist persons in their recovery journey from opioids and other illicit drugs. Specializing in treating the drug addicts who are victims of trauma, with mental health issues, and who have been institutionalized much of their lives. Provide tools for managing their disease, becoming survivors, stabilizing their mental life, and life skills to be successful and give back to their communities.
- Wishes: 1) New clothes for males and females — all sizes. 2) Suitcases or large duffle bags for when they’re discharged (instead of trash bags). 3) Volunteers with recovery experience to mentor clients.
- Contact: Ralph Palmer, clinical supervisor at 717-232-3232, ext. 7166, or [email protected].
Gemma’s Angels, 15 E. Main St., #25, Hershey, PA 17033
- Mission: Provide fresh fruits and vegetables to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, senior centers, and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, and encourage at-risk children and their families to make healthier food choices, increasing their access to fresh, local food and teaching them to live more sustainably.
- Wishes: 1) Gifts for kids ages 2-12. 2) Monetary donations.
- Contact: Mike Macchioni at [email protected] or 717-298-0150.
Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA, 350 Hale Ave., Harrisburg, PA, 17104
- Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, making the world a better place.
- Wishes: 1) $25 donations to “sponsor a Girl Scout,” pays for one full year of Girl Scout membership. 2) Donations of sporting equipment: rubber balls, basketballs, hoops, and jump ropes, for Girl Scout camps. 3) Adult volunteers in Harrisburg and surrounding areas.
- Contact: Cathy Hirko, director of marketing and communications, at [email protected] or 717-779-8950.
Girls with Pearls, 177 E. Jackson St., York, PA 17401
- Mission: An after-school program for female students grades 5 through 8 at Jackson K-8, in the York City School District, offering young girls the opportunity to gain leadership skills, grace, honor, and dignity through activities and strong female community leader talks. Students will have the ability to build confidence with public speaking, writing, and etiquette. The objective of the program is to allow young girls to blossom into unique ladies that will give back to their community in a positive manner.
- Wishes: 1) $500.00 to purchase supplies. 2) Female community leaders to speak at meetings. 3) Gift cards to art supply stores to purchase activity items.
- Contact: Kimberlee Wadleigh, special education teacher Jackson K-8, at 717-850-8220.
The Giving Tree of Hummelstown and Hershey, P.O. Box 115, Hummelstown, PA 17036
- Mission: Works with local communities to help with basic needs for families and children; the current goal is to provide every student a warm winter coat. Helping families with year-round needs, including food, clothing, bedding, dental, and vision care.
- Wishes: 1) Winter coats. 2) Monetary donations. (Checks payable to The Giving Tree of Hummelstown and Hershey, P.O. Box 115, Hummelstown, PA 17036, or donate on its website). 3) Free or fee-reduced dental care.
- Contact: Kim Balog at [email protected].
Grandparents Involved from the Start, Inc. (GIFTS), 6193 Chatham Glenn Way N., Harrisburg, PA 17111
- Mission: Supports grandparents that are raising their grandchildren between the ages of 5-18 yrs. old with information, resources, and in some cases financial assistance.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase gift cards for grandparents for Xmas shopping. 2) Local department store gift cards for grandparents to purchase Xmas gifts. 3) Local grocery store gift cards for grandparents to purchase food for Xmas dinner.
- Contact: Dolorez Cobb-Jones CEO/founder at 717-686-9237 or [email protected].
Grantville Volunteer Fire Company, 9199 Allentown Blvd., Grantville, PA 17028
- Mission: To assist the community in emergency situations such as fire and accidents.
- Wishes: 1) AED. 2) Individual electrolyte replenishment beverages like Gatorade, or bottled water. 3) Multiple freezer gasket replacements – material and manpower.
- Contact: Linda Youngblood at [email protected] or 717-566-3656.
Harrisburg Christian Performing Arts Center (HCPAC), 1000 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, PA 17057
- Mission: To produce quality theatrical experiences, while training students and young adults with skills for the stage of life; provide internships and work experiences for students; provide programming for at-risk kids and work with local organizations to provide work experiences for young people with intellectual disabilities.
- Wishes: 1) Donations of supplies or Lowe’s/Home Depot gift cards and skilled volunteers are needed to help upgrade two boys’ dressing rooms, also used as classrooms. 2) Tech volunteers aged 15 years and older, to serve in the Light & Sound Booth. 3) Financial contributions, vital to the ministry.
- Contact: Sherry Webb at 717-208-2198 or [email protected].
Harrisburg Inspiring Connections Outdoors, 1901 Clarks Valley Road, Harrisburg, PA 17018
- Mission: An all-volunteer organization dedicated to getting urban youth into the outdoors through organized outings: hiking, camping, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, and other activities that allow participants to explore the out of doors and learn to appreciate nature.
- Wishes: 1) Grocery store gift cards to offset food costs for events. 2) Gloves and hats for cold weather hiking.
- Contact: Cassandra Amour at [email protected].
Harrisburg River Rescue & Emergency Services, 725 S. 22nd St., Harrisburg, Pa. 17104
- Mission: All-volunteer nonprofit provides water safety education and training for the community and professional rescue personnel, as well as water rescue and emergency response for municipalities and organizations throughout Dauphin County and other counties upon request.
- Wishes: 1) Donation of a new or, in very good condition, used, mid-size SUV, with a trailer pkg., to be used as an OIC vehicle, for immediate responses to a water rescue scene. 2) Volunteers male and female, 18 years and older to help with water rescues, diving missions, fundraising, and administrative duties. No experience necessary, will train. 3) Person(s) familiar with writing grants for equipment, training, education, or building renovations.
- Contact: Joe Ketterer, public information officer, at [email protected] or 717-236-5999, leave a message.
Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, 800 Corporate Circle, Suite 101, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: Presents inspiring symphonic performances and provides educational programs for audiences of all ages, both of which foster an appreciation for and knowledge of music, thereby enriching the cultural life of central Pennsylvania.
- Wishes: 1) Financial gifts of any size. 2) Enhanced video conferencing technology. 3) Participation: Attend a concert, engage with the orchestra on YouTube and Facebook.
- Contact: Matthew Herren, executive director, at [email protected].
HART – Harrisburg Animal Rescue Team, 3407 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: To rescue cats and kittens, have them medically treated, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and adopted into a loving home.
- Wishes: 1) Wet cat food. 2) Dry cat food. 3) Cat litter.
- Contact: William Forgy at [email protected].
Healthy Steps Diaper Bank, Mailing address: 4075 Linglestown Road, PMB #229, Harrisburg, PA 17112; Warehouse address: 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Mission: Provides diapers, period supplies, and other basic needs to underserved families throughout south-central Pennsylvania.
- Wishes: 1) Diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6 (may be purchased on the Amazon wishlist here). 2) Period products including pads, liners, and tampons (may be purchased on our Amazon wishlist here). 3) Volunteers to wrap diapers and package diaper orders. (Sign up here).
- Contact: Amanda Barnes at 717-919-2590 or [email protected].
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (York Springs), 216 Main St., York Springs, PA 17372
- Mission: To share a Christmas gift basket of food with 25 families in the Bermudian Springs School District, to be delivered Sunday, Dec. 19.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase the following for each basket: meat or poultry entree and a $20 grocery store gift card. 2) Canned vegetables, fruits, and soups. 3) Other non-perishable foods to supplement a family’s meals, such as rice, canned fish or meat, peanut butter, packaged meals, or side dishes.
- Contact: Church secretary at 717-528-4393 or [email protected].
Home Away From Home Equine Care, Soon to be located at 1206 S. Market St., Mechanicsburg, PA
- Mission: Helping horse owners (surrender their horses) and have peace of mind by taking their horses into our home and giving them a chance to enlighten the lives of others. Horses are used in a program for special needs clients/ Wounded Warriors and others that need a therapeutic program, removing the chance of these horses ending up in the slaughter pipeline.
- Wishes: 1) Donations needed to remodel the new location, build fencing, update electrical service, and patch a leaky roof. 2) Laborers and trade workers to help with the repairs. 3) Volunteers to help feed the horses, clean stalls, mow grass and do other farm chores.
- Contact: Joanne Hocker, CEO HAFHEC, at [email protected] or 717-766-4035. There is no website.
Home Instead Senior Care’s Be a Santa to a Senior, 15 N. Twelfth St., Lemoyne, PA 17043
- Mission: Be a Santa to a Senior — supports area seniors who otherwise might not receive gifts during the holidays, helping them combat the holiday blues.
- Wishes: 1) Visit BeASantatoASenior.com, enter your zip code to view Wish Lists for local seniors. A personalized greeting can be included with the gift, which will be delivered directly to the senior.
- Contact: 717-731-9984 or beasantatoasenior.com.
Hope Walks, 1215 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg, PA
- Mission: Frees children and families from the physical, emotional, and economic burden of clubfoot, by treating kids in 16 countries in Latin America and Africa. This treatable birth defect needlessly cripples thousands of kids each year, but a minimal gift can get a child closer to healing.
- Wishes: 1) A gift as low as $15 can provide one brace used in the clubfoot healing process. 2) A recurring gift of $40 can provide the full treatment for one child to walk free from clubfoot.
- Contact: Steve Robinson at [email protected] or 717-574-0693.
Hospice of Central PA (HCP), 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: Provides the highest quality emotional, physical, and spiritual support with compassion and respect.
- Wishes: 1) Financial contributions for the benevolent care fund. 2) Volunteers for administrative support, event coordination, and companionship for patients. 3) Donations of paper towels, HE laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and tissues for Carolyn’s House.
- Contact: Elizabeth Mihmet at [email protected], or 717-732-1000.
James Kroh, Friends of Presbyterian Education Board, P.O. Box 72453, Thorndale, PA 19372
- Mission: Building bridges to a better world through education by providing opportunities for the poorest of the poor children in Pakistan, through cultivating U.S. support of the Presbyterian Education Board in Pakistan. PEB operates 25 schools serving more than 6,000 Christian and Muslim students in the Punjab region.
- Wishes: 1) Donations to support scholarships for the poorest of poor children to attend a PEB school. 2) Donations to support ongoing capital fund/building campaigns.
- Contact: [email protected].
Jewish Family Service, 3333 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: To help all community members meet life’s challenges with a staff as diverse and inclusive as the programs; a forward-thinking mental health and social service agency dedicated to helping people achieve their full potential while honoring choice, responsibility, diversity, and Jewish values through every stage of life.
- Wishes: 1) Gift cards, monetary donations, volunteers for Afghan Resettlement. 2) Non-perishable food items. 3) Gift cards, volunteers.
- Contact: Chudney Lewis at [email protected] or 717- 233-1681.
The JT Dorsey Foundation, 1014 Cherrington Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: To provide wellness education, physical activity, mentoring, leadership, employment training, and a safe space for at-risk children to grow up.
- Wishes: 1) Donations towards hats and gloves to be given to 200 participants. 2) Christmas stockings are being prepared with holiday activities for participants. 3) Donations and sponsorships for the JTDF programming which includes mentoring, physical activity, and leadership skills for participants.
- Contact: Julian (JT) Dorsey at 717-329-8937 or [email protected].
Juniata Mennonite Historical Society, 37322 Route 35 N., Richfield, PA 17086
- Mission: To archive information (obituaries, history articles, news/info of area, etc.) pertaining mostly to Mennonites and Amish in the Juniata/Snyder County area, and those originating from this area; information that is available to anyone researching info about their family/place of origin, etc. School tours and help with genealogical research and family homesteads are offered.
- Wishes: 1) Online subscription to PennLive newspaper allowing access to articles pertinent to the archives. 2) Monetary donations.
- Contact: Gladys Gingrich at [email protected] or 717-694-3113.
Junior Achievement of South Central PA, 610 S. George St., York, PA, 17401
- Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy, reaching more than 100,000 K-12 students throughout the school year with free programs in financial literacy, work readiness, entrepreneurship, and STEM. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers to share their passion and knowledge with local students through interactive and inspiring programs. Training and materials are provided for all programs.
- Contact: Trisha Comstock at [email protected] or 717-843-8028.
Keystone Musical Arts Center, 3705 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: A nonprofit school of music committed to education and experiences that lead to a lifetime of enrichment through music for members of the community, regardless of individual circumstances.
- Wishes: 1) Soundproofing/sound-deadening materials. 2) Carpet squares, rugs. 3) Electric pressure washer.
- Contact: Terry Selders at 717-737-5622 or [email protected].
Kidney Foundation of Central PA, 900 S. Arlington Ave., Suite 134A, Harrisburg, PA 17109
- Mission: To educate the community served about chronic kidney disease; to provide services and support to people whose lives are impacted by kidney disease; and to advocate for more living organ donations in order to reduce the wait for a life-saving kidney transplant.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Gift cards – emergency food/medication. 3) Camp sponsorship for Camp Kydnie.
- Contact: Chris Hillegas at [email protected].
Leadership Cumberland, 4211 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: To develop, promote, and inspire community leadership skills and encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of Cumberland County.
- Wishes: 1) Gift cards to GIANT (purchase food for class session days). 2) Gift cards to Staples (office supplies). 3) Donations to support the adult and youth leadership programs.
- Contact: Nicole Deary at [email protected].
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 1425 Crooked Hill Road, P.O. Box 60890, Harrisburg, PA 17106-0890
- Mission: A statewide, nonpartisan civic engagement organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Voter services and education have been the hallmark of the League’s work since its founding.
- Wishes: 1) Three-color, laser printers with fax, plus scanning. 2) Donations to support democracy infrastructure in PA: palwv.org/donate. 3) Members who believe in our mission and seek to become more involved: palwv.org/membership.
- Contact: Meg Pierce, executive director at 717-234-1576 or [email protected].
Leah’s Legacy Foundation, 10631 Grant Shook Road, Greencastle, PA
- Mission: Providing necessities, cheer, and love to women living in sober living environments.
- Wishes: 1) Adult coloring books. 2) Seek and find puzzle books. 3) Women’s winter hats and gloves.
- Contact: Michael Straley at 717-552-8885 or [email protected].
Little Friends Preschool, 135 W. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: To provide a safe, Christian environment that promotes successful and developmentally appropriate spiritual, physical, and academic learning experiences for all children.
- Wishes: 1) Letter-size (8.5×11) white cardstock. 2) Light table (preschool size/height). 3) Monetary donations for student scholarship fund.
- Contact: Jemma Church at 717-796-0723 or [email protected] (email preferred).
Loving Care Cat Rescue, Harrisburg, PA Area
- Mission: To provide loving care to every cat that comes through the rescue, regardless of their circumstances or medical condition; actively seek a permanent home for each cat/kitten rescued. Unless serious illness would warrant, euthanasia is not an option.
- Wishes: 1) Purina wet and dry food – adult. 2) Purina wet and dry food – kitten. 3) Kitten meal replacement (KMR).
- Contact: Dorothy Minnick at [email protected].
Lower Paxton Township Senior Citizens Transportation, 425 Prince St., Harrisburg, PA (Lower Paxton Township municipal building)
- Mission: Drive senior citizens to doctors, grocery stores, or other destinations in Lower Paxton Township; also to Harrisburg, Hershey, (and surrounding areas ), and the West Shore for medical appointments only.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteer dispatcher — take phone appointments 8 a.m.-noon, Mon.-Fri., one time per week, and enter them into a computer program to be printed later for the drivers. 2) Volunteer driver for one 4-hour shift per week, either 8 a.m.-noon or noon to 4 p.m. Drive seniors to appointments and pick them up to return home. All seniors must be able to enter and exit the vans on their own.
- Contact: George Scott at 717-919-3717.
Lykens Valley Children’s Museum, 33 S. Market St, Elizabethville, PA 17023
- Mission: To provide an interactive play and hands-on learning museum in a child-centered environment to inspire children’s creativity, curiosity, imagination, and a love for life-long learning. Building a community-supported place where play and learning are forever connected for all the children and families in Lykens Valley.
- Wishes: 1) Staples gift cards to help with printing costs. 2) Volunteers to help with seasonal events and throughout the year with marketing and fundraising. 3) Donations to help cover the cost of rising oil prices to heat the building. Last year’s heating cost was near $3,000.
- Contact: Lisa Ditty at 570-809-6379 or [email protected].
Making Miracles Happen dba The Period Project Harrisburg, 710 W. Chocolate Ave., #1003, Hershey, PA
- Mission: To eradicate period poverty in the Harrisburg area and raise awareness about its impact on the dignity and health of our community; taking action through community engagement and direct intervention with the unsheltered and those in need.
- Wishes: 1) Funds for storage rental. 2) Small computer to use at Day of Impact assembly events and track inventory. 3) Funds to buy more sanitary supplies.
- Contact: Megan Swope at [email protected].
Medard’s House, 1120 Drexel Hills Blvd., New Cumberland, PA 17070
- Mission: An after-school program that caters to junior high and high school youth, assisting with homework, engaging in physical activity, and providing a family-style, home-cooked meal two evenings a week. Other activities include Bible studies, life skill classes, and weekend retreats.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations for a commercial-grade oven for the soon-to-be renovated kitchen. 2) Monetary donations for a rototiller to use for the Garden to Table program this coming spring. 3) Gift cards to grocery and general merchandise stores to purchase items needed for life skill classes.
- Contact: Diane Sorrells at [email protected] or 717-495-2106.
MennoKnotters of Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: To create comforters for those in need, with distribution ranging from local to global. Comforters not only provide warmth but encouragement and are often used creatively for shelter or other needs in third-world countries.
- Wishes: 1) Quilt batting. 2) Cotton fabric. 3) Funds.
- Contact: Frances Leiter at [email protected].
Midwest Food Bank Pennsylvania, 2700 Commerce Drive, Middletown, PA 17057
- Mission: To share the love of Christ while alleviating hunger and malnutrition locally and throughout the world, and provide disaster relief; all without discrimination.
- Wishes: 1) Canned soup, vegetables, fruit, and meat. 2) Monetary donations for warehouse equipment. 3) Weekday warehouse volunteers for packing, sorting, and loading food boxes and meal kits.
- Contact: Lori Renne, community relations and volunteer manager, at 717-614-8095 or [email protected].
Millerstown Recreation Committee (Community Pool), 100 W. Juniata Parkway, Millerstown, PA 17062
- Mission: To provide an environment that encourages family recreational activities, and provide low-cost swimming lessons for the surrounding communities.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Painting supplies (paint- Sau Sea Artic Blue, brushes, and rollers). 3) Gift cards for Weis, Giant, Walmart, and BJs.
- Contact: George Moore at 717.303.9695 or [email protected].
Mission of Mercy, Inc., Clinic address: Gettysburg Foursquare Church, 328 W. Middle St., Gettysburg, PA 17325. Admin office: Federated Charities Building, 22 S. Market St., Suite 6D, Frederick, MD 21701
- Mission: To restore dignity and healing through love at mobile clinics, providing free healthcare, dental care, and medications.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteer dentists, two full days per month at the Harrisburg or Gettysburg dental clinics. Contact Jennifer White at [email protected] or 301-682-5683 ext. 204, for a complete list of volunteer needs. 2). Oral surgeons and other specialists to accept 1-2 patients a year in their offices. 3) Dental hygiene packs for patients – including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss.
- Contact: Jennifer White at [email protected] or 301-682-5683, ext. 204.
NAMI Cumberland/Perry, P.O. Box 527, Carlisle, PA 17013
- Mission: To bring awareness and education about mental illness.
- Wishes: 1) Free advertising to promote more memberships and awareness. 2) Help to distribute brochures to doctors’ offices, mental health facilities, gyms. 3) Food gift cards to distribute to people in need.
- Contact: Jennifer Wilt (V.P NAMI Board) at 717-571-2450 or [email protected].
Neighbors in Christ of Newville, Meets Saturday mornings at First United Presbyterian Church, 111 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville, PA 17241
- Mission: An all-volunteer crisis intervention agency serving residents of the Big Spring School District, assisting clients with rent, utility, medical, and other bills, paying the vendor directly. Provides referrals to other organizations, as well as gift cards for gasoline and/or needed items not available from the food bank.
- Wishes: 1) Postage stamps. 2) Gift cards to Saylor’s Market, Walmart, or Sheetz.
- Contact: Amy Holl at 717-385-1053 or [email protected].
New Hope Ministries, administrative office at 99 W. Church St., Dillsburg, PA 17019
- Mission: A Christian social service agency that shows the love and hope of Christ by serving its neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts toward stability, through food pantries, basic needs programs, self-sufficiency training, and workforce development. Visit the website for addresses of its eight locations in York, Cumberland, and Adams counties.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to support all programs that serve the needy in the agency’s south-central Pa. footprint. 2) Personal care items for its pantries (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.). 3) Gift cards to local retailers.
- Contact: Molly Helmstetter at 717-432-2087, ext. 203, or [email protected].
New London Counseling Center, 125 Saginaw Road, Lincoln University, PA 19352
- Mission: A place for the community to gather, connect, and heal; committed to promoting the emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being of individuals and families, and providing high-quality, compassionate therapy and educational workshops to the community. The center strives to provide care to all who need it and not turn anyone away due to financial reasons.
- Wishes: 1) Financial support to provide services to clients who cannot afford it.
- Contact: Office Administrator at [email protected] or 484-746-3112.
The Nobody’s Cats Foundation, 3909 Hartzdale Drive, Suite 905, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: To save lives and prevent suffering among the 15-county region’s community cats by providing resources to individuals, businesses, and municipalities for implementing Trap Neuter Return.
- Wishes: 1) Canned and dry cat food. 2) Paper towels. 3) Potty training pads (unscented and without gels or additives).
- Contact: Christine Arnold at [email protected].
One Dog At A Time ODAAT, 225 Meadow Woods Drive, Lewistown, PA 17044
- Mission: An all-donation-run, humane animal rescue group dedicated to rescuing animals, dealing mainly with abuse and neglect cases in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania.
- Wishes: 1) Donations are a top priority. 2) Volunteers — individuals to help in various aspects of the rescue. 3) Fosters. The organization is completely foster-based.
- Contact: Baylee Adams at [email protected] or 888-509-2011.
Operation Veterans’ Hope Inc., 7 N. Baltimore Ave., Mount Holly Springs, PA 17065
- Mission: To ensure that homeless veterans are getting off the streets by providing them with a place to stay when they enter into the Work2Stay program; a support network and advocate for veterans in central and eastern Pennsylvania.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations towards the purchase of the building from which the agency currently operates. 2) Volunteers. 3) Board members.
- Contact: Jon Locke, CEO/president, at [email protected].
Operation Wildcat, 600 S. Norway St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: To pool resources in the community to help Mechanicsburg Area School District’s students, families, and staff in need.
- Wishes: 1) Shampoo and conditioner. 2) Hand soap. 3) Volunteers to help sort clothing donations and assist with furniture deliveries/pickups.
- Contact: [email protected] and/or Leslie Collins, president, at 717-795-7372.
PA Museums, 300 North St., Room 504, Harrisburg, PA 17120
- Mission: Strengthens Pennsylvania’s museum community through networking, collaboration, professional development, and advocacy.
- Wishes: 1) Two new office chairs for staff of two that continue to work in a hybrid setting, remote and in-office. 2) Cost-free or deeply discounted parking, two spaces, in downtown Harrisburg. The cost of parking for employees of a small nonprofit in Harrisburg is not to be underestimated. 3) Office supplies including reams of copy paper, legal pads, #10 envelopes.
- Contact: Rusty Baker, executive director at [email protected] or 717-503-5333.
PAWS of PA, 9803 Jonestown Road, Grantville, PA. 17001
- Mission: Saves lives and prevents suffering through a low-cost spay/neuter program for homeless cats; foster program rescues, fosters, and seeks lifelong homes for cats within the community while raising awareness of the plight of homeless animals.
- Wishes: 1) Wet/dry cat and kitten food. 2) Clumping kitty litter. 3) Monetary donations.
- Contact: Steph Fabian at 717-957-8122 box 1, or [email protected].
Paxton Ministries, 2001 Paxton St., Harrisburg, PA 17111
- Mission: Provides affordable housing and support services to adults in need with Christ-like love.
- Wishes: 1) Kitchen volunteers, who are fully vaccinated, to support our kitchen staff with prepping, serving, and cleaning up for 2-3 hours on weekdays and weekends. Times are flexible. 2) Donations of $5 Walmart gift cards for residents. 3) Bottles (12 oz.) of fruit punch Gatorade or orange Gatorade.
- Contact: Marla Sheaffer at [email protected].
PCN, 401 Fallowfield Road, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: Nonprofit television network dedicated to educating, connecting, and celebrating Pennsylvania’s past, present, and future through cable television and streaming platforms; covers the PIAA Championships, Pennsylvania Farm Show, Election Night, and more.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to help PCN continue to tell Pennsylvania’s story.
- Contact: Brett Mayer, vice president of development, at [email protected] or 717-730-6000, ext. 220.
Peace Will Follow, 8639 Maple Grove Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362
- Mission: An animal sanctuary providing peace, love, and protection to farm animals in need of a forever home.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations for capital reserve supporting the medical needs of animals at the sanctuary. 2) Volunteers to help on a daily or weekly basis to maintain the animal enclosures as well as provide preventative care. 3) Marketing and fundraising coordinator.
- Contact: Samantha Stadler at 717-487-7878 or [email protected].
Pennsylvania American Legion Headquarters, 800 N. Front St., Wormleysburg, PA 17043
- Mission: Helps veterans and their families navigate the cumbersome VA claims process and advocates for better benefits and speedier claims; supports children and youth activities for all members of society.
- Wishes: 1) An outdoor storage shed. 2) Kitchen refrigerator. 3) Donations to the Department Service Officer Program.
- Contact: Department Adjutant Woody Hogan, at [email protected].
Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, 704 Lisburn Road, Suite 102, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: Supports 121 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities, and donations through its 48 chapters; to inspire stewardship of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.
- Wishes: 1) Funds to further its tree-planting initiative. 2) Office volunteer in the Camp Hill office (assist with mailings, computer entries). 3) Person knowledgeable about the outdoors who enjoys writing, to join as a guest blogger on the website and social media.
- Contact: Jennifer Dunlap, public engagement coordinator, at 717-236-7644 or [email protected].
Pennsylvania Warhorse, Inc., 5 Bull Frog Road, Grantville, PA
- Mission: To assist active military/veterans, 1st responders, and their families suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing confidential, action-based, equine-interspecies communication initiating immediate and empowering changes, and helping off-the-track thoroughbreds come down from the track and be rehomed.
- Wishes: 1) $12,900 to cover 6 months (Dec.-May) rent ($800/mo.), hay ($900/mo.) and bedding ($600/mo.). 2) Volunteers – with experience working with thoroughbreds and horses – grooming, stalls, limited riding.
- Contact: Donna Simpson, executive director, at [email protected] or 717-945-4616.
PennyFix, P.O. Box 6356, Harrisburg, PA 17112
- Mission: To provide funding for free spay/neuter services for cats and dogs in every county, municipality, and township nationwide.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Partnerships with pet food and other pet-related companies to further this mission. 3) Volunteers to help with social media, email, and grant applications.
- Contact: Mikaela Fleisher, president, at [email protected] or Lynn Stitt, founder, at 717-469-2540.
Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat, 107 N. Front St., Suite 110, Harrisburg, PA 17101
- Mission: Provide entertainment, historical appreciation, and a unique cultural, educational and recreational experience for residents and visitors of all ages by preserving one of the only riverboats of this type in the nation; offering dinner cruises, murder mysteries, jazz nights, weddings, worship services, and more as part of the mission to enrich the capital city.
- Wishes: 1) Two iPads, two stands, and two card readers. 2) Welding services to repair the hull. 3) New sound system speakers and controls for the boat.
- Contact: Diane McNaughton, board member, at [email protected].
Project Gros Mangles, 950 Walnut Bottom Road, Suite 15, #227, Carlisle, PA 17015
- Mission: To strengthen and uplift the community of Gros-Mangles in rural Haiti. The project built and operates the Centre de Santé Belval de Gros-Mangles, a healthcare facility that serves the community within a two-hour radius (and much farther since the August 14 earthquake).
- Wishes: 1) Money donations to help fund the operations of the medical center (Centre de santé Belval de Gros-Mangles). 2) Health professionals interested in volunteering advice, training, and/or medical services, including dental and vision. 3) Shoes (gently used or new).
- Contact: Blandine Mitaut at [email protected].
Recovery Community Connection, 520 W. Fourth St., Suite B1, Williamsport, PA 17701
- Mission: To enhance the lives of individuals and families in long-term recovery from substance use and mental health disorders.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations: The agency serves a diverse group of individuals many of whom do not have health insurance. Financial support keeps the organization insured, and supports staff development. 2) Microsoft Word subscription, new desktops, and software updates. 3) Bus passes — transportation is an enormous need within the population the agency serves.
- Contact: Jennifer Colon at [email protected] or 272-268-3831.
Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg, 1722 Chestnut St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: To provide all residents of the greater Harrisburg area – especially those of limited means – with access to safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally friendly transportation in the form of bicycles.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase lights, helmets, and specific replacement parts for bicycles. 2) Used and unwanted bicycles, all shapes and sizes. Accepting anything related to bicycling; bike racks, gear, and parts. Do not throw it away – recycle. 3) Volunteers to perform many different tasks from bike mechanic, tube repairs, stripping bicycles for parts, and administrative tasks.
- Contact: 717-978-3919 or [email protected].
Roller Education Foundation, 250 Reynders St., Steelton, PA 17113
- Mission: To develop, promote and finance educational programs, activities, and projects to enhance the growth and development of the students attending public school in the Steelton-Highspire School District.
- Wishes: 1) Donations to assist with educational, recreational sports, and school district’s needs. 2) Volunteers to join and assist a multitude of needs. 3) Title 1 school district is in need of supplies for general needs.
- Contact: Anthony Fritz, president at 717-991-0491 or [email protected].
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania, 745 W. Governor Road, Hershey, PA 17033
- Mission: Keeping families together, inspiring strength, and giving comfort and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care.
- Wishes: 1) Cash donations. 2) Gift Cards for Sam’s Club, Walmart, Amazon, & Staples. 3) Items from the charity’s Wish List, found here: rmhc-centralpa.org/wish-list/.
- Contact: Amy Leonard, development director at 717-533-4001, ext. 156, or [email protected].
Rutherford Height Youth Club, 6601 Evelyn St., Harrisburg, PA 17111
- Mission: Offers youth basketball and baseball to children residing in the Central Dauphin East School District; annually provides sports and training to more than 300 kids, promoting the mental, social, and physical development of young people.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Masonry work on the outside of the club’s building. 3) Drywall work inside the building.
- Contact: Marc Redcross, RYC president, at 717-773-1074 or [email protected].
Sadler Health Center, 100 N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013, and 1104 Montour Road, Loysville, PA 17047
- Mission: This Federally Qualified Health Center, provides community-based comprehensive primary care, dental care, behavioral health, and support services at its facilities in downtown Carlisle and Loysville, serving nearly 10,000 patients per year with a mission to advance the health of the community by providing integrated, high-quality and compassionate care.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to support the Benevolent Fund to assist patients with medication co-pays, lab fees, transportation to specialists, and supplies for dressings, to name a few items.
- Contact: Laurel Spagnolo at 717-960-4333 or [email protected].
Safe Harbour, Inc., 102 W. High St., Carlisle PA 17013
- Mission: Provides a continuum of housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families in our communities, from temporary shelter to permanent residence, for those who’ve lost their homes due to foreclosure, joblessness, the death of a loved one, mental health and addiction issues, or other circumstances. Temporary shelter includes emergency placement for families and single females who are in desperate need of a secure place to live, in an environment where they can begin rebuilding their lives. Long-term emergency shelter is available for single adults as well as families.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations and donations of gift cards-groceries, retail stores. 2) Children’s personal care items-shampoo, body wash, toothpaste. 3) Women’s deodorant.
- Contact: Barrie Ann George, vice president of development, at [email protected] or 717-249-2200.
The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region Corps, 506 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: Eleven different programs benefit more than 23,000 individuals ranging from the summer youth enrichment programs, after-school activities, choice shopping food pantry, and self-sufficiency case management. More than 1,500 households, including more than 4,000 children, are served at Christmas, sharing Christ’s love, hope, and compassion for neighbors in need.
- Wishes: 1) Financial support. 2) Laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items. 3) Children’s books for our free sharing library.
- Contact: [email protected].
Second Chance Clean and Sober Living Homes, 224 Locust St., PA 17113, and 26 N. Fourth St., Steelton, PA 17113
- Mission: Provides women a safe, healthy, and productive environment committed to the success of those desiring a clean, sober, and addiction-free life.
- Wishes: 1) Cleaning supplies, dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. 2) Monetary donations for cleaning supplies, dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper. 3) Monetary donations to purchase a washer and dryer.
- Contact: Christine James at [email protected] or 717-580-6574.
She’s Somebody’s Daughter, 701D Bosler Ave., Lemoyne, PA 17043
- Mission: Building communities of love and hope that honor women, by providing education about human trafficking for youth, parents, law enforcement, medical professionals, and community groups. Serves as a holistic support system for those affected by commercial sexual exploitation.
- Wishes: 1) Gas station/Wal-mart gift cards. 2) Auto-mechanic services. 3) Monetary donations for emergency hotel stays.
- Contact: Andrea Myers at [email protected].
Shining Light Thrift Shop, Temporary – 212 State St., Harrisburg, PA 17101
- Mission: Serves the needs of the disadvantaged with free and discounted clothing, etc.
- Wishes: 1) Gently used winter clothing for men and women — all sizes. 2) Monetary donations to purchase new underwear and jeans for men and women. 3) Personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, etc.
- Contact: Jenks Landis at 717-234-2436 or [email protected]. No website yet.
Someone To Tell It To, 922 N. Third St., Harrisburg, PA 17102
- Mission: To create meaningful relationships through compassionate listening and to train and educate others to do the same. Supports people experiencing loss, grief, loneliness, illness, and relationship struggles.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to help support those who are unable to pay for listening services. Requests for services have increased, due to the effects of COVID on people’s emotional and mental health.
- Contact: Adam Porter, chief connections and development officer at [email protected].
Sound Community Solutions, 2001 N. Front St., Bldg. #2, 3rd Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17102
- Mission: Staff and interns are dedicated to assisting who they can, when and where they can, for the greater good. They work with the underserved and reentry population and strive to be a one-stop-shop of social services.
- Wishes: 1) Funds are the biggest current need. 2) Gift cards for clients and our transition home. 3) An operational van to transport clients.
- Contact: Vladimir Beaufils at 717-385-1142 or [email protected].
SPERANZA ANIMAL RESCUE, 1216 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
- Mission: Saving the most abused animals.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Home Depot gift cards. 3) Visa gift cards.
- Contact: Mikki Clark at 717-609-6020 or [email protected] rescue.org.
Starfish Ministries, 89 Broadwell Lane, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
- Mission: To distribute daily needs to the homeless of Harrisburg monthly, connecting them with proper agencies for further help. The goal is to bring them from homelessness to independence.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations to purchase tents and sleeping bags. 2) Warm gloves. 3) Hand warmers.
- Contact: Carol Crossley, director, at 717-379-9030.
St. Thomas United Church of Christ, 6490 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
- Mission: A 200-plus-year-old church serving the local community through various outreach programs: three scout organizations, polling place, Crime Watch meetings, first responders’ dinners, charity auctions, cancer brunch, Life Line screening, monthly mission collections, etc.
- Wishes: 1) Approximately $2,000 to replace the aging light fixtures in the kitchen and fellowship hall, where the majority of the community outreach programs are conducted.
- Contact: Connie Stackhouse, chair of deacons, at [email protected] or 717-545-5879.
Steelton Community Cats, 1 N. Front St., Steelton, PA 17113
- Mission: To humanely reduce cat overpopulation of free-roaming cats through Trap/Neuter/Vaccinate/Return (TNVR) at no cost to residents primarily in its participating communities of Steelton Borough, Swatara Township, Susquehanna Township, and Lower Swatara Township. These services are also offered to residents of other municipalities at a nominal fee.
- Wishes: 1) Wet cat food. 2) Dry cat food. 3) Monetary donations.
- Contact: Rosemary Loncar at 717-877-4146 or [email protected].
Susquehanna Service Dogs, Grantville, PA
- Mission: An accredited member of Assistance Dogs International (ADI), which has for more than 27 years assisted children and adults with a disability to lead the lives they want to live by placing more than 350 assistance dogs. The agency’s expertly trained dogs support people with mobility challenges; children and adults with autism; veterans and non-veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress; individuals experiencing psychiatric conditions, traumatic brain injury, or hearing loss; and those requiring seizure response.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteer Puppy Raisers – welcome a 9-week-old puppy into their home to socialize and train for 15-18 months. No experience is necessary. Apply here. 2) Team Training Starter Kits – Monetary donation to sponsor one or a portion of one. Each kit costs $250. 3) Large or extra-large KONG Classic Dog Toys.
- Contact: Deb Tack at [email protected] or 717-919-6319.
Susquehanna Township Alumni Association, 2579 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: Provides Scholarships and Opportunity Grants to students and staff across the Susquehanna Township School District. Performs historical preservation activities to ensure the diverse history of the school district and township are available for future generations.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary or VISA gift card donations to cover scholarship and grant program expenses. 2) Monetary or VISA gift card donations to purchase frames and display products for a floating history museum on the school district grounds.
- Contact: Dwayne DeFoor at 717-572-0901 or [email protected].
Swatara Watershed Association, Inc., 1929 Blacks Bridge Road, Annville, PA; Mailing address, 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon, PA 17046
- Mission: Its mission is summed up in two words — Clean Water. The Swatara Creek starts in Schuylkill County and flows through Lebanon and Dauphin counties before entering the Susquehanna River. Litter cleanups, tree plantings, maintenance of Swatara Watershed Park, the Bordner Cabin and Swatara Water Trail, and conservation education serve tens of thousands of people as three water companies draw water from the Swatara Creek — Lebanon Water Authority, American Water Company, and the Suez Water Company. Fish and other wildlife also benefit from Swatara Creek’s improved clean water.
- Wishes: 1) $60,000 in repairs to the Bordner Cabin. Monetary donations. 2) $20,000 to improve the Emrich Boat Launch in East Hanover Township near Harper’s Tavern. Monetary donations. 3) Active Members. Dues are $20 annually, or $200 lifetime. Send a check to 2302 Guilford St., Lebanon PA 17046. Members help with the annual Swatara Sojourn, annual Hike and History Tour to the Bordner Cabin, tree plantings, and can become stewards of both the Bordner Cabin and Swatara Watershed Park.
- Contact: Jo Ellen Litz at 717-644-4698 or [email protected]; or Bethany Canner at 717-821-1681 or [email protected].
Theatre Harrisburg, 513 Hurlock St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Mission: As one of the oldest continually running community theatres in the United States, with a commitment to the community taking center stage, Theatre Harrisburg exists to enhance the quality of life in the Capital Region by providing diverse and affordable theatre experiences and opportunities for creative expression, theatre education, and intellectual stimulation.
- Wishes: 1) Eight shelving units for costume storage. 2) $165 to cover the cost of water cooler refills for performers this season. 3) Containers for costume storage (any amount is helpful).
- Contact: Lorien Mahay, executive director, at [email protected].
Tiny Blessings Daycare and Learning Center, 3500 Cardinal Lane, Dover, PA 17315
- Mission: Provides a quality setting for children of working parents to learn through a caring fully trained staff. The center provides a loving nurturing Christian environment where children ages 6 weeks to 12 years can grow and develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually to their fullest potential.
- Wishes: 1) Canned goods, preferably fruit. 2) Monetary donations to purchase food for breakfast, lunch, and snacks for children.
- Contact: Kelly Gross at 717-309-3632 or [email protected].
Tri County Community Action, 1514 Derry St, Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: To build on the strengths and resources available, provide solutions for complex issues, and empower individuals, families, and communities to move out of poverty; with the vision that we all live in a poverty-free community.
- Wishes: 1) Volunteers to assist with transportation needs in northern Dauphin County through the Northern Dauphin Transportation Service — a van that provides transportation to individuals/families who must get to non-emergency doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, or to/from work. 2) Monetary contributions to support programs offered to low-income neighbors, which are free for participants. Programs focus on areas of early education/family development, housing security, community development, and financial/employment empowerment.
- Contact: Jen Wintermyer at 717-232-9757, ext. 103, or [email protected].
Troop 1019 Scouts BSA, St. Thomas UCC, 6490 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112
- Mission: To deliver the leadership skills of Scouts BSA to one of the first all-female Troops in Dauphin County.
- Wishes: 1) Camp Chef Grill with Griddle. 2) Monetary donations for Trailer Shelving Materials. 3) Canopy for camping in the rain.
- Contact: Adam Shickley, assistant scoutmaster at 717-579-0017 or [email protected].
Union Hose Company of Annville, Inc., 215 E. Main St., Annville, PA. 17003
- Mission: Volunteer fire, rescue, and emergency services for local communities.
- Wishes: 1) New thermal imaging camera. Approximate cost $7,500. Used to locate trapped victims or firemen in smoke-filled buildings. 2) Volunteers to perform administrative work, mechanical work, firefighting, and rescue duties. Trading is available. 3) Monetary donations to purchase new or updated equipment such as gloves, hoods, boots, or helmets for firefighting or rescue work.
- Contact: Fire Chief, Phil Snavely at 717-867-4971 or [email protected].
Upper Adams Food Pantry, at Centenary United Methodist Church, 99 N. Main St., Biglerville, PA 17307
- Mission: Provides meals to help families in the Upper Adams School District on the 2nd and 4th Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and offers food distribution on the 3rd Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an all-volunteer agency, and 100% of donations go to support families in need.
- Wishes: 1) Donations toward replacement of a commercial reach-in refrigerator to cost $3,100: $1,800 pledged so far. 2) $1,225 for Dec. 13 distribution of Christmas hams for 35 families: $300 pledged so far.
- Contact: Phil Wagner, logistics coordinator, at [email protected], 717-262-8960, or P.O. Box 544, Biglerville, PA 17307.
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania, 1130 S. 19th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
- Mission: To facilitate independence, enrich the quality of life, and empower individuals who are visually impaired or otherwise disabled through prevention, employment, and educational awareness programs.
- Wishes: 1) Grocery gift cards. 2) Monetary contributions towards subscriptions for Reading Services. 3) HP-Printer ink cartridges 63, 65, 67.
- Contact: Paul Zavinsky at 717-238-2531 or [email protected].
Voices of the Valley, No physical address. Business mailing address: 771 Pennsylvania Ave. Lemoyne, PA 17043.
- Mission: To perform representative choral literature from all the major periods at a high level of excellence; dedicated to providing high-quality musical experiences that will enrich and enhance the lives of both its listeners and its members.
- Wishes: 1) Financial donations to be used toward the purchase of a new Clavinova keyboard, music, maintaining our choral risers, and help fund general operating expenses. 2) Experienced volunteers to assist with grant writing.
- Contact: Sharon Miller, Voices of the Valley vice president at [email protected].
West Shore Meals on Wheels, 421 Deerfield Road, Suite 100, Camp Hill, PA 17011
- Mission: Serves the communities of Camp Hill, Lemoyne, Wormleysburg, New Cumberland, and parts of Hampden Township by delivering hot, nutritious meals. This is an all-volunteer organization that receives no government funding.
- Wishes: 1) Donations that will go directly toward paying for meals for vulnerable seniors in the community. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 2) Workers to drive, deliver meals or help with a variety of other tasks. 3) Small favors for clients, such as handmade cards, placemats, or other crafts from children’s groups or girl scout troops.
- Contact: Agency at [email protected] or at www.mowwestshore.com.
World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, 234 Strawberry Square, Harrisburg, PA 17101
- Mission: To inform and engage our community in better understanding local, national and international issues that directly impact the daily lives of people in our region. The agency is dedicated to mentoring youth as the next generation of world leaders, providing opportunities for education and enrichment.
- Wishes: 1) Corporate sponsorships for youth programs. 2) Volunteer services — development assistance, establishing databases for membership, and financial support. 3) Speakers with subject expertise for youth as well as adults.
- Contact: Joyce Davis at [email protected] or 717-712-4238.
World Surgical Foundation, P.O. Box 1006, Camp Hill, PA 17001
- Mission: Provides charitable surgical health care to the world’s poor and underserved in developing nations regardless of race, color, religion, or creed.
- Wishes: 1) $10,000 to ship medical equipment and supplies to local hospitals in Honduras, Nigeria, and the Philippines to provide life-saving and life-changing surgery to children. 2) Small new or gently used stuffed animals and toys to comfort children before and after surgical procedures. 3) Volunteers at the Harrisburg warehouse to sort and pack donated supplies for shipment.
- Contact: Jennifer Johnson, executive director, at 717-232-1404 or [email protected].
York County Food Bank, 254 W. Princess St., York, PA 17401
- Mission: To increase dignified access to nutritious food and community resources that enhance food security in York County, to achieve a healthy, hunger-free York County.
- Wishes: 1) Monetary donations. 2) Grocery store gift cards (Giant, Weis, etc.). 3) Volunteers.
- Contact: Kelly Rogers, development manager, at [email protected] or 717-846-6435, ext. 207.
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