RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - In this season of giving, KOLOCares will spotlight a different local charity each day during the month of December. Check kolotv.com each day, as you'll be able to see them all here as we add them, ending with a long list by the end of the month.
Remember to check kolocares.com for more information about these and other local charities.
December 10: Project HELP Nevada strives to empower at-risk women and young adults. Through its "Wings Project,".it helps 16- to 24-year-olds who are transitioning out of foster care or who may be homeless. Specifically, it works with them to strengthen their life skills to help them land jobs, including resume training and mock interviews.
December 9: CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada provides medical resources at no cost, from equipment and supplies to prescriptions. Volunteers help refurbish equipment and do clerical work. If you have gently-used medical equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers and hospital beds, Care Chest would love to have them. And the organization always needs financial assistance.
December 8: You may have seen Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells outside local businesses. It's just one way the organization helps raise money for people in need this holiday. The Salvation Army needs more kettle bell ringers and volunteers at its food pantry on Sutro Street.
December 7: The goal of the Children's Cabinet is to assist Nevada families that need help. The non-profit offers more than 30 programs and services including food and shelter, parenting classes, job training, even crisis intervention.
December 6: The Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows has more than twenty locations throughout the area, and helps more than 13,000 kids each year. There are 130 programs and events for area children. The annual membership fee is just twenty dollars, even though the club spends more than $25 on each child per year.
December 5: The Eddy House is a drop-in center for homeless youth. So far this year, the organization has seen 700 individual homeless kids. When the house opens, these teens can get something to eat, use the shower, use the restroom and get clothing.
December 4: The JUSTin HOPE Foundation provides services and support for local families touched by autism and other neurological disorders. The foundation holds training for police, fire and medical personnel so they are better equipped to deal with those special needs.
December 3: Bristlecone Family Resources has a simple goal: help people recover from addiction, whether alcohol, other drugs or gambling. Getting people on the right track is what they do. Sometimes clients go to Bristlecone off the street; sometimes it's straight from jail, so they don't have any belongings. That's why the non-profit can use new or gently-used clothing.
December 2: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Nevada pairs mentors with children living in poverty. The biggest need is always for more adults willing to spend one hour a week with a child. If you can't make the time commitment, there are other ways to give. The organization this time of year always needs new coats, and if you have a business or organization, holding a coat drive for BBBSNN can be a big help. Cash donations are always welcome. It takes $1,000 for each child in the program. That goes toward training, matching and providing case management to each big-little pair.
December 1: Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada is asking community members to donate pre-filled Christmas stockings for children ranging in age from infants to 17 years old. The goal is to distribute stockings to more than 800 children in need in Washoe County and across northern Nevada. For more information on how to get involved, click here.