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There are dozens of organizations in Berks County and beyond that rely
on contributions from donors to continue their work. Some ways that
you can help - right here at home - are suggested.
* Donate gently used clothing, household items or money to the City
which supports Berks County residents struggling with homelessness, joblessness or re-entry
from prison. Contact at 610-376-3320 or on Facebook.
* Support Family
Promise of Berks County, an agency that houses families that
are temporarily without housing in area churches and a day center building in Reading.
Contact at 610-373-3323, at familypromiseofberks.org, or on Facebook.
* Give to or volunteer at the Greater
Berks Food Bank (GBFB), which supplies food for
dozens of area food pantries and soup kitchens. Food supplied by the GBFB provides more
than 1,300,000 meals at soup kitchens each year, and about 23,000 people receive food every
month from food pantries. Learn more at 610-926-5802 or at berksfoodbank.org.
* Support the Hope
Rescue Mission (HRM), which receives no government funding
for its work of housing and feeding homeless men. About 60 percent of HRM's budget comes
directly from financial gifts, while the other 40 percent is generated through the resale and
recycling of donated materials to the Hope Outlet and Recycling Warehouse. Find out how
you can help with a gift of cash, clothing, household items or by volunteering at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 610-375-4224.
* For nearly 30 years, Habitat
for Humanity of Berks County has been building and
rehabbing homes to give moderate income families first-time homeownership opportunities.
You can help with a monetary gift, by volunteering your time or donating items to ReStore.
Learn more at habitatberks.org, on Facebook, or by calling 610-373-3439.
Berks Catholic Charities provides
services to any person living in Berks and
surrounding counties, regardless of race,
religion, ethnic origin, gender, age or political
affiliation. The agency serves more than
20,000 people each year, including infants
in need of adoption, immigrants seeking
assistance with status, parents and families
and older adults. You can support the
agency's work and learn more by calling
610-435-1541, at www.allentowndiocese.org/
catholic-charities, or on Facebook.
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