How to Support Local Nonprofits and Neighbors This Holiday Season | ARLnow

Volunteers distributing food at NWAC (Staff Photo by Jay Westcott)

It’s charity season, as year-end giving drives and holiday giving drives heat up.

This year, with Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, two dozen local nonprofits have listed what they need to serve their customers this holiday season.

Contribution opportunities include providing essentials to people in affordable housing, transitional housing and recovery programs, supporting the arts, feeding people and animals and helping non-profit organizations to provide STEM programs and to assist clients seeking employment.

The lists, republished with permission from Arlington Chamber of Commerce after his first appearance in the House Journal Arlingtonian newsletter, are below.

AHC Inc.

  • Assemble gift bags filled with fun items like fluffy socks, craft supplies and a gift card for teens and seniors in AHC programs.
  • Donate educational tools for AHC’s youth. Buy gifts from AmazonSmile through AHC Inc. Wish list.

Arlington Animal Welfare League

  • Donate food and supplies from our Fluffy Wish List so pets and their families get the resources they deserve to stay together.
  • Donate items from our Amazon Wish List to give shelter animals the care they need or even a special surprise this holiday season.

Arlington Center for the Arts

  • Make a donation two collapsible wheelchairs for visitors who may need assistance during their visit.
  • Donate painting supplies for gallery walls (roller covers, painters tape, and drop cloths).

Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)

  • Register online host a food drive to help AFAC collect food for Arlington families struggling with hunger. AFAC will provide boxes and collect donated food.

Arlington Free Clinic

  • Make a donation a $25 Target gift card so patients who are parents can purchase holiday gifts.
  • Give hand lotion and cream to patients who visit during the cold, dry months.

Arlington Affordable Housing Partnership

  • Make a donation household supplies, such as toiletries, for our essential pantry.
  • Donate winter clothing accessories for the seasonal holiday campaign, such as children’s masks, gloves, scarves and hats.

prosperous Arlington

  • Empower and celebrate an Arlington case manager or social worker by donating a gift — like a gift card, office supplies, experience, or prop — for their surprise vacation package.

Aspire! Extracurricular learning

Bridges to independence

  • Make a donation towels for families needing shower supplies.
  • Donate pots and pans to families in need of kitchen supplies.


  • Make a donation used laptop or desktop computers for us to refurbish and give away for free to our low-income adult clients looking for work.
  • Donate computer mice and external cameras for recipients to participate in Zoom meetings.

Culpepper Garden

  • Donate cloth masks and personal hygiene products for the elderly in our assisted living facility.
  • Support Culpepper Garden’s Daffodil Bulb Drive by order a reusable bag of 25 selected daffodil bulbs to keep or donate to Culpepper Garden.

ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia

  • To help our move from the courthouse area to National Landing in January 2022.
  • Donate a SmartBoard interactive screen to use in our new accessible meeting room at our new location.

Jennifer Bush-Lawson Foundation (JBLF)

  • To verify JBLF Amazon Wish list and help improve the lives of low-income mothers this holiday season.

National Capital Treatment & Recovery (formerly Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic)

  • Make a donation winter socks or gloves to an adult with a substance use disorder.
  • Donate travel items for hygiene kits (like toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, and shampoo) for an adult with a substance use disorder.

New Hope Housing (NHH)

  • View NHHs Amazon Wish List at for items to give away that can serve our guests at Residential Program Center (PRC).
  • Donate gift cards from Giant, Safeway, Walmart or Target in $25 increments. These make excellent welcome gifts for our guests as they leave RPC and settle into their home.

Operation Renewed Hope Foundation

  • Make a donation new sets of bath towels: a large towel, a hand towel and a washcloth or two.
  • Donate a bagless vacuum cleaner.

The path to follow

  • Make a donation a new set of twin beds, like sheets and a blanket, to an adult seeking warmth this winter at our homeless services centre.
  • Donate Glucerna Protein Shakes to an adult who is managing their health and well-being through our medical program.

Restoration Immigration Legal Aid

  • Make a donation Walmart gift cards for asylum seekers and vulnerable immigrant children to buy food and holiday gifts for their families.
  • Donate essential hygiene items to the most vulnerable immigrants in our region.

Riveters Rosie

  • Give a space where Riveters Rosie can run paid and free after-school and weekend STEM programs.

RPSVA’s Arlington peers help peers recover

  • Make a donation winter clothing (such as hats, thick socks, gloves, blankets and sleeping bags) for homeless adults.
  • Give homeless adults snacks and water bottles.

Arlington’s Clothesline for Kids

  • Prepare a student for winter. Make a donation new winter coats or lightly used coats in excellent condition. Special need for adult sizes for teenagers.
  • Put a smile on a child’s face. Donate new sneakers.

Crowns Across America

  • Sponsor a Veteran’s Crown to be placed on the headstone of an American hero laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on this National Wreaths Across America Day (Saturday, December 18). Each $15 handmade living balm wreath is placed by a volunteer and sponsored by an individual.