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If you want to make a difference in the lives of others and the world around you, today is the day! The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is known as Giving Tuesday. Since its inception in 2012 Giving Tuesday has been a movement that emphasizes philanthropy and encourages people to think charitably during the holiday season. Now, in the face of COVID-19, charities need your help more than ever.

If you’re looking for a way to give back or to teach your kids the importance of charity, we’ve made a list of things you can do and places you can donate. Take a look below and be sure to check out what’s happening in your area.

New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund

Every penny raised for the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund goes directly to those most in need. To date, the organization has given away nearly $30M to over 460 organizations helping the most vulnerable across all 21 counties in New Jersey. But as long as the virus is out there, they still need your help.

Community Food Bank of New Jersey

Thanks to a generous donor, every gift you make will double Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s power to feed our struggling neighbors, up to $50,000. By donating on Giving Tuesday, you can help fight hunger twice as hard in New Jersey.

South Jersey COVID-19 Response Fund

To mitigate the negative effects of this pandemic, the Community Foundation of South Jersey calls on the entire region to come together to support our neighbors.

Restaurant Rescue Fund

Heart to Harvest has launched the Restaurant Rescue Fund to establish a grant program for restaurateurs in the New York Metro area and New Jersey.

Hoboken Relief Fund

This organization helps independently owned Hoboken businesses and Hoboken residents that have suffered adverse economic impact as a consequence of the pandemic.

NJ 30 Day Fund

This group provides forgivable loans for NJ small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Trinitas Health Foundation
Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth operates one of the most comprehensive Departments of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry in New Jersey. Most patients are low-income and 82 percent of patients are uninsured or underinsured. Among the most common illnesses treated are Major Depression Disorder, Psychoactive Substance Abuse, Schizophrenic Disorders, ADHD and Bipolar Disorder. All Giving Tuesday donations will help the hospital purchase a new MRI machine for patients. Donations made today will be doubled up to $12,000.

Broadway Cares

This non-profit helps vulnerable people in the performing arts community and has created an emergency fund for creative industry workers who are impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

James Beard Foundation

This foundation, named after the legendary food writer, started the Open for Good campaign to support the recovery and rebuilding of independent, locally-owned restaurants.

FOURWARD Fund

4-H’s FOURWARD Fund supports youth across all communities, with or without internet access, by ensuring all kids have access to the necessary resources.

FoodCorps

Your donation will help school districts to ensure school meal sites can feed students who are out of school as well as their families.

CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) 

CORE has partnered with community organizations and local governments across the country to make testing accessible.

The YMCA
Consider supporting your local Y, which provides both free and fee-based wellness programs to communities, from cultural events to training sessions and swim lessons to college prep programs.

Pillar Care Continuum

Formerly Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, this organization provides a wide range of services to infants, children and adults with more than 100 different disabilities/diagnoses. They are dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community.

Daymaker.com

Give presents to more than 30,000 kids-in-need, including those affected by recent natural disasters. The site has profiles of children, each with his or her own wish list.

JCC MetroWest

HINENI is a meaningful biblical word which calls on us to stand and be counted when the moment is critical, and the Jewish community is in its moments of greatest need. JCC MetroWest stands humble and ready for your helping hands so they can continue to serve their community, no matter what the future holds.

New Jersey Audubon

Support local conservation and education efforts by donating to New Jersey Audubon.

NJ Symphony Orchestra

Music lovers can take this opportunity to donate to the state’s symphony orchestra. The generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations makes everything we do possible and enables more than 140,000 New Jerseyans to experience the NJSO and live music each year.

Organ Donation

Register to be an organ and tissue donor (it only takes 30 seconds) and share on social media to spread the word. After a year of extraordinary heroism, they still need help.

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Take part in Giving Tuesday at St. Jude’s Research Hospital by making a charitable donation to help St. Jude’s kids fight life-threatening diseases. No family ever receives a bill from St. Jude’s and their research is shared freely with doctors and scientists around the world.

The United Way of Gloucester County

This nonprofit raises money for local programs that help residents with education, health and financial stability. Your donation can help them identify and address critical needs in the community.

Camp Quality USA New Jersey

This organization’s mission is to help children with cancer be kids again throughout their week-long summer camp program, as well as year-round events. This past summer, kids benefited from their CAMP IN program in lieu of in-person camp.

Alzheimer’s New Jersey

Support New Jersey’s fight against Alzheimer’s by making a donation that’ll go towards providing training for police officers who assist people with Alzheimer’s disease, expanding education programs to help families learn caregiving strategies and more.

EarthShare New Jersey

Help EarthShare’s dedication to preserve a healthy environment in New Jersey this Giving Tuesday. A generous donor has agreed to match 1:1 donations received on Giving Tuesday up to a total of $2,000.

Intrepid Museum

Inspiring students of all ages, this museum brings to life the experiences of the 50,000 veterans who served on the Intrepid and Growler when they were in service. Help fund the programs that inspire more than one million visitors the Intrepid Museum receives each year.

Autism Society of America

This Giving Tuesday your support allows ASA to continue to address the autism community’s needs for support and relief services through the COVID-19 pandemic. The #SpectrumOfOpportunity campaign aims to bring communities together to listen, educate, advocate and grow.

NJ Friends of Clearwater

Donations for this organization go toward helping to educate, advocate and clean up the environment.

If there’s a cause that’s near and dear to you, check to see which organizations are actively raising money on Tuesday. Have we missed a cause you’ll be contributing toward? Let us know in the comments and track the movement’s progress with #GivingTuesday on Twitter.