Below you can learn more about each of the participating charities for 2020. We are open to receive donations for the Alternative Christmas Fair between December 6 and December 20, 2020. Once you’re ready to make your donation, click below.
CACJ’s mission is to serve society by working with the community and justice system to promote, develop and implement effective alternatives that preserve human dignity, restore, heal and empower individuals.
Centre County PAWS is committed to finding forever homes for cats and dogs, educating citizens on responsible pet ownership, providing spay/neuter assistance, and ending pet overpopulation. We are a non-euthanasia, member supported, volunteer enabled organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare and safety.
The Youth Service Bureau exists to ensure that children, youth, and families will have opportunities to realize and fulfill their potential.
Centre Helps navigates the local safety net for our friends and neighbors in need, whether in crisis or struggling to make ends meet, through our 24/7 hotline, text, chat, and community collaboration. We all have friends that are suffering in silence. Our well-trained, compassionate team transitions those friends and neighbors from crisis to viability.
The mission of Centre LGBTQA Support Network is to bring the community together through LGBTQA education and activities in the Centre region.
CentrePeace was established in 1994 to provide a wholesome working environment for Centre County inmates. We operate the largest used furniture recycling project in the county, keeping tons of stuff out of the landfills. Inmates repair and restore electronics and furniture, participate in classes to improve their life skills, and learn to handle conflict.
The Centre Region Down Syndrome Society provides individuals with Down Syndrome and their families with the tools, resources, and support necessary to participate in and contribute to achieving their personal fulfillment.
It is the mission of Centre Safe to empower survivors of sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and stalking, and to work toward the elimination of such violence. We envision a Centre County that is safe, equitable, and free of violence.
Centre Volunteers in Medicine is a free clinic providing medical and dental care, case management, and medication assistance to low income individuals living or working in Centre County.
Centre Wildlife Care is located on 15 acres of wooded land in Port Matilda, PA. Since opening in 1995, we have rehabilitated thousands of injured, sick and orphaned wild animals until they can be released back into the wild. We care for all native species of wildlife including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
Church World Service has worked for seven decades with one goal: building a world where there is enough for all. We affirm the power of individuals and communities to take ownership of their future. We meet them right where they are, helping them create solutions they can maintain – and build on.
Founded in 1980, ClearWater Conservancy is a nationally-accredited land trust dedicated to conserving and restoring this region’s local natural resources. Our vision is to work together to nurture a healthy environment and thriving communities in the heart of Pennsylvania. Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic we have seen increased interest in outdoor nature-based activities and a fresh appreciation for the fragile interconnectedness of our world. When our popular in-person guided hikes season had to be canceled, we pivoted to an e-newsletter series filled with child-friendly nature activities, blog posts on nature topics, and suggestions for local sites for hikes. We continue to focus on our efforts to connect, protect, restore and steward the natural resources of this region. The women and men who founded ClearWater Conservancy 40 years ago realized the importance of conserving the unique natural resources of the region. Today, we continue to work to ensure the next 40, 80 and 120 years are filled with connected landscapes, abundant wildlife, and people who value our natural world.
As a fledgling non-profit organization in Centre County, the Dyslexia Reading Center of Central Pennsylvania was working toward growing its services prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since our mission is centered on one-on-one instruction, the pandemic has pushed our organization to reinvent itself and shift from close personal interaction to the virtual environment. This resource-intense shift has stalled our ability to reach more students in need. We look to the community for support as we weather this storm and still plan and reach for the growth that is needed.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Centre County (HFHGCC) is one of 1,500 independent affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI). To date HFHGCC has served nearly 70 families by building/renovating homes for first time home buyers in the Centre Region. Currently, we are constructing homes in both Bellefonte and State College.
Our Mission is to end hunger and poverty in 21 countries, beginning with a seed investment of livestock or agriculture, followed by mentorship to help project participants build a business and ultimately to gain access to supply chains and markets. By supporting and training the world’s farmers, ranchers, and female business owners, Heifer International enables them to earn a living income and continuously lift up their communities as they train the next generation of leaders.
Hope International Services provides integrated health care, education, environmental and outreach services to needy children and families in the U.S. and the disadvantaged population in EL Salvador. We have been traveling to EL Salvador for 26 years. Our services include medical clinics, food and clothing donations, and nutritional health education to pregnant and breastfeeding moms. We also provide water filters to impoverished villages, orphanages and prisons. Currently there are thousands of confirmed Covid 19 cases, and many families are in need of medical, food, and housing. We have sent our staff in El Salvador as part of the First Responders team and given financial assistance to buy emergency food to accompany medical necessities. Your donations help us continue our work with the poorest of the poor
The House of Care is a small non-profit personal care home in State College PA dedicated to serving those with extremely low income, little to no family support and requiring assistance with activities of daily living. Our maximum occupancy is 5 residents.
Housing Transitions is an independent, nonprofit organization providing housing programs and supportive services to those in need throughout Centre County.
Interfaith Human Services helps Centre County neighbors in crisis move toward financial stability and self-reliance.
Jana Marie Foundation harnesses the power of creative expression and dialogue to spark conversations, build connections, and promote mental wellness among young people and their communities. The Foundation works to open minds and save lives.
11% of Centre County adults read below a third grade level. Our programs equip people with the skills needed to connect and communicate with others. With the help of 200 trained volunteers, the Literacy Council provides essential instruction. Life-saving instruction includes reading, writing, computer skills, English, math and health literacy. Literacy is access to a life of safety, realized goals and community participation.
Out of the Cold: Centre County is an emergency low-barrier overnight shelter open everyday from 8pm to 8am. Additionally, Out of the Cold operates a day shelter and resource center for the community. We are powered by a small staff, community volunteers, and 14 partner church congregations. Guests are welcomed warmly, served hot meals, given a cot and blankets, and access to basic needs case management.
Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light is a network of individuals and faith communities responding to climate change in a variety of ways, practical and prayerful. We work from a place of active hope, engaging our gifts as we seek to live as better citizens of our Common Home. Our work includes a Sustained Advocacy initiative which supports individuals engaging with their lawmakers and civic leaders in conversation about clean energy, just transition, and care for people and planet. Our Creation Care work to remove invasive species and plant resilient, eco-system appropriate trees and plants is sustained by congregations and by individuals who join or create workparties. This outdoor work can be distanced and masked, and has been truly important to many folks in this time.
For more than 230 years, the Pennsylvania Prison Society has advocated for humane prisons and a rational approach to criminal justice. The Centre County Chapter has been active since the 1970s and serves over 4,800 inmates and their families in Centre County. Volunteers provide one-on-one visits, special programs, and re-entry services that bring hope to people during their incarceration and support upon release.
Park Forest Preschool is a non-profit, tuition free preschool that provides quality early education for qualifying families. We offer a unique program which meets the needs of our at-risk population with a low teacher–child ratio. Community volunteers helped us prepare for this challenging Covid pandemic school year, by making 160 small & x-small face masks for our young learners. Our students have enjoyed frequent outdoor class sessions in a donated screen tent, as well as in other safe outdoor play areas. Our annual budget has increased by 9% due to the increased staffing hours needed to clean and the required cleaning supplies.
Save the Children is a humanitarian aid organization working for children in the U.S. and around the work; to keep them safe, have food to eat, and learn. UBBC sponsors a child named Mesfin. Mesfin is 7 years old and lives in Ethiopia.
Our vision: one day, no one will go hungry in Centre County. Our mission: to provide food security, directly or indirectly, to people in Centre County.
State College Area Meals on Wheels prepares and delivers meals to people who are elderly or disabled and homebound and who are living in the State College Area School District. During COVID our services have evolved to include delivery of groceries, fresh local produce & foods as well as meals from local caterers and restaurants. Our services allow our neighbors to live healthy lives in their own homes.
The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. We are part of the larger Ten Thousand Villages organization, which operates more than fifty stores across the county and builds and maintains the fair-trade business relationships with the international artisans we serve.
At Tides we offer no cost support for families coping with the death of someone special to them. Children and teens from pre-school to age 18 and their adult family members come together to share their grief in a supportive setting. Our mission is to provide safe and nurturing peer support programming for children, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a loved one.