Friday, November 14, 2014


Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and many of our local organizations are involved in opportunities to give back to the community. For anyone that might want to volunteer or donate, here are a few opportunities to explore in the neighborhood:

Society Gives Thanks
Thanksgiving Day, November 27th
For displaced and transitioning members within Silver Spring and Takoma Park
Society Restaurant & Lounge, 8229 Georgia Avenue
This is the third year Society has provided free meals for Thanksgiving. This year will be a 4 course meal for the homeless.

Giving Thanks
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 11am - 3pm
For those in need
Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road
For those in need in the community to enjoy live music and a care package that includes food, toiletries, and more.
How you can help: Fillmore is collecting donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and clothing. Drop off donations from October 20 - Nov 26, Monday - Friday, 12pm - 6pm. They will also accept donations during shows.

Thanksgiving Food Drive
November 22
Fresh Farm Markets, Ellsworth Avenue
How you can help: Make a donation at the Market Info tent so they can purchase food from farmers for the community.

Nourish Now
For Thanksgiving, Nourish Now will be collaborating with over 20 nonprofits throughout Montgomery County for the Holiday Giving Project to feed over 10,000 residents in need. Nourish Now has volunteered to provide food for 700 families in Silver Spring. White Oak Community Rec Center will be donating space to serve as Nourish Now’s distribution center for the Holiday Giving Project. White Oak Community Recreation Center is located at 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, MD.
How you can help: You can either volunteer (call 301-330-0222), give a financial contribution, or equivalent food donation.

Hope for the Holidays
A Wider Circle, 9159 Brookville Rd
Providing Thanksgiving Dinner for a family in need
How you can help: You can donate low sodium stuffing, low sodium gravy, cranberry sauce, cans of vegetables mashed potatoes, corn bread mix, gift cards for perishables. Email Alana for more information.

Hungry for Music
Throughout the holiday season
Musical Instrument Donation Drive, 916 Ellsworth Drive
How you can help: Bring a new or slightly used musical instrument to Downtown Silver Spring and Hungry for Music will donate to school music programs throughout the community. Donation drop off will be located in the breezeway next to the Wayne Avenue Parking Garage throughout the holiday season. 

If you know of other opportunities to donate or volunteer, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.

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