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The holidays are upon us. During the flurry of days of this first week, Thanksgiving and black friday at Small Business Saturday and Cyber ​​​​Monday, there is also Giving Tuesday.

This year, Giving Tuesday is November 29.

The day began in 2012 as an international movement to encourage charity. Since its inception, the movement has raised billions of dollars for good causes around the world. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the spirit of Giving Tuesday in and around Norwich, and see how good your donations can be in your own backyard.

Here are 10 nonprofits you can consider giving on Nov. 29 or any time of the year.

Place Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

Place Saint-Vincent-de-Paul is a food pantry and soup kitchen that provides food to those in need in Eastern Connecticut. During the 2021-2022 financial year, the association distributed 405 tons of food, serving 2,280 households. The organization also distributes meals, hygiene bags, dog food and provides support from a case manager.

During the holiday season, St. Vincent De Paul Place collects Miracle Bags, which include hygiene items and winter clothing, to be delivered with Christmas meals. These donations are needed by December 17.

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Jill Corbin, executive director of St. Vincent De Paul Place, said Giving Tuesday is especially important this year as nonprofits feel the impact of rising prices and have to do more with less.

“It’s difficult because we have more people coming for help who didn’t need to come before,” she says.

Copper the horse spends time with Santa at the Hay Burr Inn Equine Rescue & Sanctuary.  File photo. [REBECCA VARY/COURTESY OF HAY BURR INN EQUINE RESCUE & SANCTUARY]

Hay Burr Inn Equine Rescue

The Hay Burr Inn is an equine shelter, currently at full capacity serving 13 horses and one donkey. Some of the animals were rescued from enclosures or abuse, others were rescued by owners who could no longer care for the animals. The animals spend the rest of their lives there.

The organization raises funds on Donation Tuesday and also has a donation thank you list on the rescue’s website, encouraging a small donation each day in November. You can also visit the animals during the Winter Trail of Lights on Dec. 18 and 29. and Jan. 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Inflation has dampened donations in recent months, said Denise Antonaros, vice chair of the board.

“If people give horses more, that feeling of good will come back,” she said. “It’s just putting energy into a good cause.”

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United Way of Southeast Connecticut

While the United Way of Southeast Connecticut is known for the United Way/Labor Gemma Moran Food Bank and the Tommy Toy Fund, the organization is focusing on the theme of independence for Giving Tuesday.

Last year’s Giving Tuesday funds were enough to provide 4,750 people with job training, financial services or access to affordable housing. People wishing to help raise funds can donate directly, use Facebook to organize a fundraiser, or shop on Amazon using Amazon Smile and select United Way of Southeastern Connecticut as their charity.

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Norwich Rotary

Both Norwich Rotary Clubs, Sunrise and Noontime, hold various fundraisers throughout the year. Some of the current ones, according to outgoing Noontime chair Mary Richardson, including the annual Mahan Coat project, which has distributed 600 coats so far this year, and the donation of funds raised at the November meeting to the Norwich Housing Authority .

The organization also raises funds for other community partners throughout the year. A recent Sunrise Club effort provided $1,000 in ShopRite gift cards to the Norwich Senior Resources Agency on Aging and Norwich Human Services, said Sunrise Club President Carrie Syzmanski.

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Connecticut Eastern Arc

The Ark is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of the services include home support, group activities ranging from volunteering and camping to bowling and dining, and job opportunities, connecting with area employers, or working for The Arc doing cookies or at the Donation Station recycling center.

Madonna Square

The Madonna Square helps support young local families by providing supplies and parenting skills.

This includes the Fatherhood Initiative, which helps fathers better care for their children; Great Beginnings, for high-risk pregnant mothers to receive information, support and encouragement; and the Family Support Center, which offers a variety of services for young families, from English classes and parenting education to developmental screenings for children five and under.

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Artreach is a non-profit organization providing a creative outlet for people with mental health issues. Programs include marching, dancing, music at the organization’s annual cafe events, and comedy skits by the Second Step Players.

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Norwich Street Art Collective

The Norwich Street Art Collective was launched in 2021 to encourage self-expression by street artists in Norwich and to beautify Norwich through street art. This has included several murals around the city, including the large Broadway and Franklin Street murals painted this summer. In the future, the organization wants to hold a street art festival with more new murals next summer.

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The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley is dedicated to protecting the eponymous National Heritage Corridor, which stretches from Norwich to towns in southern Massachusetts, made up of the region’s relative lack of light pollution and amount of forest and farmland, compared to the rest from the northeast.

The organization encourages people to enjoy and protect the natural beauty of the area. It looks like clean-up and greening events, where people pick up litter and plant native plants while getting rid of invasive species, as well as farmers markets, Walktober, guided hikes and more.

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Project PIN

Project PIN – PIN stands for Poverty Isn’t Necessary – is a food pantry based in Moosup. Originally started as an Eagle Scout project, the pantry has been around for 43 years, giving food to those in need in the northeast corner. Contributors can drop off non-perishable and personal care items, donate cash, or donate surplus food from the food industry or local farms. On November 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the organization will be accepting donations for the community food drive at Dunkin Donuts at 65 Lathrop Drive, Plainfield, and at Walmart at 450 Providence Rd, Brooklyn.