The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year for many people. But they can be challenging, too, especially for underserved populations experiencing homelessness, poverty, or mental health challenges, including children and youth.
Catholic Charities makes a significant impact in the Northern Nevada community through its programs and supports thousands of people and families in need across Northern Nevada. And as the Bible makes clear, those who are generous to others are in service to God.
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God,” 2 Corinthians 9:11.
Here are eight ways you can support Catholic Charities this holiday season and all year long:
1. Operation Stocking Stuffer
Every year, Catholic Charities collects donations of Christmas stockings, which are distributed to children in our community.
Pre-filled stockings for boys and girls from birth to age 18 with a value of $20 are needed. Stockings can be filled with toys, books, toiletries, gift cards, games, and more. If you don’t want to shop but still want to donate, Catholic Charities gladly accepts cash or mailed donations, or shop the Amazon Smile Operation Stocking Stuffer Wish List.
Drop off pre-filled stockings, stockings, and stocking stuffers at St. Vincent’s Thrift Store locations in Reno and Sparks Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and Sundays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Donations will be accepted through December 12.
2. Get Your Company Involved
Another way to help Catholic Charities is to get your company involved with a collection drive. We can provide barrels to collect items like warm weather gear, hygiene items or food.
3. Shop Local
The thrift shop has been open since 1960 and has helped fund the St. Vincent’s programs for 61 years. Support Catholic Charities programs by shopping —and donating to the Catholic Charities Thrift Stores. Donations can be made daily from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
- St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop: The thrift shop has been open since 1960 and has helped fund the St. Vincent’s programs. Located at 500 E. Fourth St., Reno, NV 89512. Hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Sunday. Details: 775-322-9824.
- St. Vincent’s Super Thrift: 190 E. Glendale Ave., Sparks, Nevada 89431. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Details: 775-393-3884
4. Support Catholic Charities When You Add To The Cart
One great way to support Catholic Charities at no cost is to shop on Amazon Smile and designate Catholic Charities as your organization of choice. When people shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the designated charitable organization with no extra cost and zero fees.
5. Amazon Wish List
While you’re browsing on Amazon.com, don’t forget to donate to Catholic Charities via its Amazon Wish List. There are two list options, the Wish List for Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada Resource Hub and the Workforce Development Wishlist.
Online donations can be given, and you can find a list of Catholic Charities agency needs here. It includes personal hygiene items, baby formula, non-perishable food items, paper products, new blankets/towels/bedding, housewares and furniture, gently-used clothing and shoes, bus passes, and winter coats.
Volunteers are always appreciated at Catholic Charities, and the ongoing pandemic has meant continuous changes to the volunteer program. To ensure continuity of serving our clients and the safety of our staff and volunteers, we will require that all new volunteers be vaccinated. To get started, download the Volunteer Application and fill it out. Contact Lisa Ross at email@example.com or 775-322-7073, ext. 235, to learn about volunteer opportunities.
Additionally, Catholic Charities is in need of volunteers at its thrift stores. If you are interested in working in the Thrift Store, apply here. To volunteer at a thrift store, go here. To donate, visit this page for the most up-to-date information and restrictions given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note: Masks are mandatory and social distancing is encouraged at all thrift stores. We ask that you don’t visit if you’re sick.
7. Donate To Catholic Charities In The Name Of A Loved One
For that person you love who has everything, consider donating to Catholic Charities in their name, which is also an excellent option for honoring celebrations such as the birth of a child, graduation, wedding, birthday, and more. At Catholic Charities, 88 cents of every dollar goes directly to feeding the hungry and providing services and resources to ease the pain of poverty in Northern Nevada.
Teach your kids the importance of giving back and sort through their toys and clothes to donate unused or outgrown items to Catholic Charities. If your family or neighborhood would like to host a food drive to collect donations for hungry families, please schedule a collection barrel delivery by contacting Lisa Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-322-7073, ext. 235.
Additionally, we’re always collecting non-perishable food donations in our St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, which can be dropped off from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays at the pantry, 500 E. Fourth St., Reno.
For more information on donating or volunteering at one of our programs, click here or call 775-322-7073, ext 220. For more information and to get involved, visit ccsnn.org.