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How To Give Back Locally in Philly


One of the most important values is giving back. Many of us are fortunate enough to have a roof over our heads and food on the table, but too many are not as lucky. As we approach a new year, many of us are reflecting on how we can contribute to better our fellow citizens. Here’s a short guide of organizations to encourage all of our readers to get involved in the community and help out someone in need.

Give the Gift of Warmth

One Warm Coat

From snowstorms to below-freezing temperatures, winter weather can be unpredictable. For those who do not have a home, things can become unbearable. One Warm Coat was created to collect new or gently-worn coats to donate to those who cannot afford one. Check over 15 locations in the Philadelphia region to find one near you.

Warm Coat Warm Hearts Drive

Donate a new or gently worn coat to your local Burlington* and help a person in need of warmth this winter. By making a difference in the community, you’ll receive 10% off your entire purchase at checkout. Don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family to make giving back a community event.


Provide Food for the Table


Every day, more than 700,000 people in the Philadelphia area are forced to fight against hunger. Philabundance strives to feed those who are in need, while also helping them create a better future. There are numerous ways to get involved with Philabundance, from volunteering to hosting a food drive or simply donating items.

Broad Street Ministry

Broad Street Ministry was originally formed as an alternative church community. This facility encourages people of all backgrounds to gather together and connect spiritually. BSM welcomes everyone and anyone of all races, sexual orientations, etc. Every week BSM hosts “Breaking Bread,” an event that feeds over 450 guests. This season, help out with feeding those in need or donate clothes and/or personal care items.

Action Wellness*

This health service non-profit runs innovative and effective programs that help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses in the Philadelphia area. Your gift will allow them to continue to services that include: illness treatment & prevention, free health screenings & testing, primary medical care, housing services, and much, much more. You can send a direct monetary donation, donate toiletries and other medical assistant tools (full list here), or donate your time through the Action Wellness Buddy System.      

Make an Impact on Animals

Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

Humans are not the only ones who struggle during this season. We can’t forget about our furry friends. Become a PAWS volunteer and help save homeless pets. Assist at adoption events, comfort and bathe the animals, transfer them to adoption locations, and so much more. If it’s hard for you to find time to volunteer, donate directly to the shelter instead.

Pennsylvania SPCA

The Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for warm hearts to take in some very special pups. A recent story from the shelter’s hospital team is a rescue of an injured pitbull mix named Haze. He had an abusive owner who surrendered the dog to the shelter and admitted to severely injuring Haze’s hind leg. Sadly, his leg had to be amputated due to its critical condition. Today, Haze is healed and ready to be brought home to a loving family!


Party with a Purpose

For the Love of Puerto Rico

With the fires in CA and winter storms in the Northeast, it may seem that Hurricane Maria swept through the U.S. ages ago. For the citizen in Puerto Rico and their loved ones, the aftermath is still an everyday reminder. This unique charity ball on February 8, hosted by Mora Salon at Union Trust, supports the victims affected by the hurricane.

Kneading Kindness in Philly

What’s better than a pizza party? A pizza party that gives back. Repair the World: Philadelphia is a Jewish non-profit that aims to mobilize young adults to help improve lives and neighborhoods. This event partners with Rosa’s Fresh Pizza and BKind to be part of a larger pay-it-forward movement.


Where do you love to donate to or volunteer? Share your story with us in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.


* Action Wellness is a client of Philly PR Girl. For complete transparency, our Editor is employed by Burlington Stores.

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