It’s Christmas Eve, for those who celebrate, and for those who don’t, well, it’s a night with nothing new on TV and stores closing early. With any luck, all your gifts are wrapped, the baking is done and cleaned up, and you’re sitting by the fire with an egg nog in one hand, cookies in the other. That’s my idea of the perfect Christmas Eve.
Of course, the 24th of December also means the year is winding down, and with all the giving you’ve been doing up till now, there’s still a little time to think about more giving. Charitable giving. End-of-the year, do-it-in-time-for-your-taxes giving. And what better way to do this than by giving close to home?
Here, then, is a list of some great, local non-profits that would be happy to help you lower your taxes:
Concord Museum: This local treasure houses many historical artifacts that tell the story of how our town began. From Paul Revere’s lantern to Emerson’s writing desk, the museum is rich in history, the kind you read in schoolbooks. How lucky are we that we can see it right here?? You can donate online by clicking here, or mail your donation to the Concord Museum at P.O. Box 146, Concord, 01742.
The Concord Education Fund: This amazing organization raised a whopping $300,000 last year, all of which went to provide supplemental programs in our schools from grades K through 12. Programs such as classroom iPads for the elementary kids, ongoing Moodle training in the middle school, and an Engineering Certificate at the high school. Our schools are some of the highest rated in the state, with our kids going on to do great things; this organization helps that along with innovative opportunities. Giving to the CEF is never a bad thing. For information on how to donate, go to their website here; you can even pick specific programs to support.
Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: The Community Chest is a great way to support a wide variety of organizations right here in town, with one donation. The Chest works to identify the organizations and programs in town that need support, and then finds a way to give them what they need. Some of those programs include the When In Need fund, a short term emergency fund for residents who need help; summer camp scholarships for local and Metco students; and support for the Council on Aging. They are always happy to hear from citizens who want to help, so to make a broad impact while staying local, click here to learn how to donate.
Orchard House: This, of course, was the home of one of Concord’s famous writer citizen’s, Louisa May Alcott, she of Little Women fame. They do a phenomenal job maintaining the house while bringing people through it to see how Alcott lived while writing the novel based on her life. As many of you know, keeping an old house going takes a lot; they’d be happy to get a donation in any amount. To find out how to do this, click here, and support a local treasure.
Of course, if none of these tickle your fancy, but you still want to give, you can check out a multitude of other non-profits, including the Decibels Foundation, MinuteMan Arc, Concord Free Public Library, and Emerson Umbrella. There should be one among them that moves you.
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