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‘Tis the Season to be Giving

‘Tis the Season to be Giving
"There’s more joy in giving than receiving, and that’s an adage worth living during the holiday season."

At Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada, we experience the grace in generosity every day as we provide support to those in need in the Reno/Sparks community as well as across rural Nevada. On average, more than 20,000 individuals receive support from Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada every month.

Donate to the St. Vincent’s Food Pantry

St. Vincent's Food Pantry is the largest of its kind in Nevada, serving more than 15,000 people each month. It offers non-perishable, canned, and packaged food for free to individuals and families in need. They are primarily working-class families who own or rent a home or apartment, but who do not have enough income to cover all their expenses. The majority of the foodstuffs distributed include staples and raw ingredients, such as bags of pasta, rice, and canned goods. Donations help us reduce the cost of purchasing food to distribute and ensures that more families don't go hungry. Click for a current list of what's needed.

Collect 25 days of hygiene items for advent

Besides distributing food, St. Vincent’s also provides hygiene kits for our clients. These packages of dearly needed personal items can help people be clean as they navigate their way to self-sufficiency. Some of the most requested items include travel size shampoo and conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and feminine hygiene products. Other items to donate include combs and hairbrushes, lip balm, small first aid kits, razors, hand and body lotion, and mints or gum. Cilck for a list of locations where you can donate.

Volunteer over winter break

Just because school is out doesn’t mean that education has to stop. Winter break is the perfect time to engage in volunteerism and learn what a difference it can make. There are several opportunities to help this month and throughout the year. 

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada offers several volunteer opportunities for teenagers who are 16 and older. Through our youth program, these young adults can:

  • Assemble and distribute food boxes for clients in our St. Vincent's Food Pantry
  • Serving hot meals in the St. Vincent's Dining Room
  • Sort donations in St. Vincent's Thrift Stores
  • On Christmas Day, volunteers help us serve the most impoverished and hungry members of our community by providing a hot meal at St. Vincent's Dining Room.
  • To learn more and volunteer, contact Lisa Ross.

Donate a stocking to Operation Stocking Stuffer

Every December, Catholic Charities collects Christmas stockings and distributes them to children in our community. Our Operation Stocking Stuffer event on Dec. 15, includes a carnival, visit from Santa, and stockings filled with age-appropriate toys for children in need. To ensure every child receives a gift, we need pre-filled stockings for boys and girls ages 0-17 of a $20 maximum value. Stockings can be filled with toys, clothing, treats, toiletries, games, and other appropriate items. We are accepting donations for the event through Dec. 7 at St. Vincent's Thrift Shop, located at 500 E. Fourth St. We also need event volunteers to distribute stockings during Operation Stocking Stuffer. To volunteer, contact Lisa Ross.

Volunteer in the Warming Center

One of the most dangerous times of day to be homeless is between pre-dawn and sunrise. That's why we operate a Warming Center from 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday in St. Vincent's Dining Room on Valley Road from November through March. During those hours, the center serves coffee and hot cereal to individuals in need. Whether it's by serving hot coffee and cereal or donating much-needed items, community members ensure that the Warming Center can help all who need it. Contact Lisa Ross to volunteer or donate.

Run a donation drive at your office or business

Did you know that charitable events can make employees feel more engaged, improve morale, and boost team happiness? That's almost reason enough to incorporate a philanthropic activity into your holiday calendar. Contact us for more information on how you and your company or organization can host a fundraiser or collection drive on behalf of Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada.

Donate a coat or blanket

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada serves thousands of individuals every month by providing food, clothing, shelter and a helping hand. The St. Vincent's Resource Hub helps those who wonder how they will be able to meet their most basic needs. As the temperatures drop, the need for warm blankets and coats increases among those who are homeless or have housing insecurity in the Northern Nevada area. To help them stay warm, donate a blanket or coat. Click for more information.

Make the weekends mean more

If you have a busy schedule during the week and are looking for weekend volunteer opportunities, Catholic Charities has several options. St. Vincent's Dining Room needs help serving the hungriest members of our community between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The St. Vincent's Thrift Stores are open on Saturdays and Sundays. They always need help sorting donations that generate revenue for poverty assistance programs. To volunteer, contact Lisa Ross.

Get a group together

Do you have a group of friends, colleagues, or good Samaritans who are looking to give back? Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada is seeking volunteers from local businesses and organizations. This is an opportunity to build stronger relationships while also giving back. To volunteer, contact Lisa Ross.

Make it a family affair

Is volunteering on your family advent calendar this year? If so, Catholic Charities offers many ways to help those in need. Some opportunities include assembling and distributing food boxes, sorting donations, or helping at one of our many special events. To volunteer, contact Lisa Ross.


This season, choose a way to give back and experience the true meaning of gratitude.

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