Underfunded and overextended, charities struggle year-round; not just at this time of year, and your support can effect meaningful change. If you’re looking to give a heartfelt gift that goes beyond material possessions, consider supporting one of these Dartmouth organizations who are in need of your help. Whether it’s providing shelter, food for those without, offering vital services to seniors, or empowering at-risk youth, by contributing to these charities, you can help support positive change in our community and bring a beneficial change to those who need it most.
Out of the Cold, 7 Church Street, Dartmouth, NS (902) 789-9438
Out of the Cold focuses on supporting individuals experiencing homelessness during the cold winter months. They provide shelter, warm meals, and essential supplies to those in need. Their dedicated team of volunteers work tirelessly to create a safe and welcoming environment for those seeking refuge from the harsh weather conditions. Through their compassionate efforts, Out of the Cold strives to offer a helping hand, a warm place to stay, and a sense of community to those who need it most. It’s truly inspiring to see the positive impact they have on people’s lives.
The Dartmouth Community Fridge, Christ Church 61 Dundas Street, Dartmouth
The Dartmouth Community Fridge initiative is a community-driven project aimed at providing easy, around-the-clock access to free food for residents. The concept revolves around the idea that community members can take what they need without the obligation to leave an item in return. This program, established by downtown Dartmouth residents and backed by Christ Church and the Public Good Society of Dartmouth, operates as a hub for fostering mutual support and eliminating food insecurity.
Donations are warmly welcomed to support the cause, including fresh produce, sealed dry goods, hygiene products, non-alcoholic beverages, sealed pet food, frozen foods, and snacks. Additional items like bread, pastries, fresh eggs, and dairy products are also accepted within their best-before date. However, certain items are not permitted, such as opened or used items, raw meat or seafood, medicine or supplements, leftovers, expired food, alcohol, drugs, dented cans, moldy produce, and clothing. This careful curation ensures that the community receives high-quality and safe provisions while promoting a sense of unity and care.
Bide Awhile, 67 Neptune Crescent, Dartmouth
Bide Awhile, “A place where animals can feel safe and cared-for while they wait for their permanent home”. These furry friends receive lots of care and attention until they can be adopted by their forever families providing these adorable critters a second chance at a happy and fulfilling life. Bide Awhile also offers programs to spay and neuter pets, promoting responsible pet ownership.
The Abundance Store, 165 Main Street, Dartmouth
The Abundance Store is all about sustainability. They offer a wide range of products that are designed to help you live a greener and more environmentally conscious lifestyle. From household goods to personal care items, everything they offer is carefully selected to minimize waste and promote eco-friendliness. It’s a great place to find unique and earth-friendly products that align with your values. So, if you’re looking to make more sustainable choices, The Abundance Store is definitely worth checking out.
Lake City Works, 386 Windmill Road, Dartmouth (902) 465-5000. extension 112 call to donate
Lake City Works help create employment opportunities for individuals who may face barriers to traditional employment. Through their various programs and initiatives, Lake City Works provides valuable skill development and work experience to help people thrive in the workforce. They also operate social enterprises such as a woodworking shop and garden center, where participants can put their skills into action and contribute to the community. It’s truly inspiring to see how Lake City Works makes a positive impact on the lives of individuals in Dartmouth.
Stepping Stone, 32 Primrose street Dartmouth (902) 420-0103
Along with their drop-in center, Stepping Stone offers a number of programs and services for individuals who are involved in the sex trade.
Their Drop-In center allows individuals to access essential services like showers and meals, while also fostering connections and solidarity.
By providing advocacy through various avenues, legal and financial services, housing, education, and food security not only addresses the immediate needs of sex workers but also champions comprehensive support for former and current workers involved in the Criminal Justice system.
The Couch of HOPE, 192 Wyse Road, Dartmouth (902) 707-4414
The Couch of HOPE (Healing Opportunities for People Everywhere) provides healing and support to individuals in need. Through their various programs and initiatives, such as free mental health counseling services to Nova Scotians, offering a supportive and safe space for individuals to seek help and healing. HOPE aims to create opportunities for personal growth, well-being, and empowerment. They offer counseling services, workshops, and community outreach to help individuals overcome challenges and find hope in their lives.
Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM), 4 Mt Hope Ave, Dartmouth (902) 465-2212
Supportive Housing for Young Mothers (SHYM) focuses on providing housing and support services to young mothers who may be facing challenges. They offer a safe and nurturing environment where these mothers can find stability and support as they navigate through their journey of motherhood. SHYM not only provides housing but also offers a range of programs and resources to help these young mothers develop essential life skills, such as parenting, financial management, and education. Through their dedication and support, SHYM empowers these young mothers to build a better future for themselves and their children.
Alice House, Dartmouth 902 466-8459
Alice House provides support and resources to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. They offer a range of services, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive programs. Alice House aims to create a safe and welcoming environment where people can find the support, they need to regain stability and work towards independent living. They provide essential resources like food, clothing, and counseling services to help individuals and families overcome the challenges they face.
HomeBridge Youth, 270 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth (902) 466-2666
HomeBridge Youth is a charity that supports at-risk and homeless youth. They provide a range of services to help these young individuals, including emergency shelter, transitional housing, and various support programs. They create a safe and nurturing environment where these young people can access resources like counseling, life skills training, and educational support. Their goal is to empower these youth and help them overcome challenges, build resilience, and achieve a brighter future.
The Seniors’ Service Centre, 45 Ochterloney Street Dartmouth (902) 465-5578
The Seniors’ Service Centre in Dartmouth is a charity that provides support and resources to seniors in our community. Offering a wide range of services and programs to enhance the well-being and quality of life for seniors. From transportation assistance to meal programs, social activities, and health and wellness services, the centre is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of seniors. They create a warm and inclusive environment where seniors can connect with others, access valuable resources, and receive the support they need to thrive.