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NONPROFITS SERVING THE NEEDIEST
NAME WEBSITES NEED NOTES
11 Life's WORC Lifesworc.org Monetary donations, volunteers
Life’s WORC serves people who have autism and other
disabilities through its Family Center for Autism and
Trust Services, which assists with financial planning
for adults with disabilities. Based in Garden City,
the organization provides a variety of services for
Long Islanders as well as residents of Queens and
Liadv.org Food and household items, monetary donations.
Check the website for a shelter wish list
Long Island Against Domestic Violence has been a
leader in assisting women in need of safe shelter since
it started as the Long Island Women’s Coalition in
1976. Over the years, the organization has expanded
its services to help people of all genders facing
domestic violence find the support they need.
13 Long Island
Cares Licares.org Food items, monetary donations, car donations
Musician and social activist Harry Chapin founded
LI Cares, the first Long Island-wide food bank,
in 1980. The organization takes a comprehensive
approach to hunger aid and partners with hundreds
of community-based member affiliates to provide
an array of services, from children’s nutrition to
14 Long Island
Coalition for the
Blankets, backpacks, school supplies, winter
coats, job interview clothing, monetary
Tackling homelessness head-on is no easy task, and
Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has been
doing it since 1985. The organization coordinates
services for homeless Long Islanders, all the while
advocating for them and educating the public about
15 Long Island
Crisis Center Longislandcrisiscenter.org Monetary donations, volunteers for 2021
A member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Long
Island, the Long Island Crisis Center runs a 24/7 crisis
hotline. Volunteer counselors are always there to speak
with anyone who is in crisis or feeling suicidal. It also
offers educational and empowering programs and
initiatives to engage people about mental health issues.
16 Long Island State
Monetary donations. Check the website for a
Long Island State Veterans Home is a 350-bed nursing
facility for veterans in need of rehabilitation, nursing
care or adult day care services. It is located on the
Stony Brook University campus.
17 Mary Brennan
Meals for soup kitchen, food items, new clothing,
holiday gifts for children, gift cards to local
stores, kitchen and cleaning supplies, monetary
The Mary Brennan INN is a soup kitchen in
Hempstead that has other INN locations in Long
Beach, Freeport and Central Islip. It offers hot meals
and additional support services for those facing food
insecurity and/or homelessness.
Haven Maureenshaven.org Food items, personal hygiene items, clothing,
monetary donations, volunteers
Maureen’s Haven is a homeless shelter in Riverhead
that provides homeless outreach services to those in
need on the East End of Long Island. Its programs also
include an emergency winter shelter, a kids daycare
center and summer weekend lunch program.
19 Smile Farms Smilefarms.org Monetary donations
Developmentally disabled adults find employment
through Smile Farms, a nonprofit that started in
2015. The organization employs hundreds of people
to garden and grow flowers and produce at its
seven campuses on Long Island. Those products
are sold in the local community, plus, having a job
provides adults with special needs financial security,
socialization, and fulfillment.
20 STRONG Youth Strongyouth.com Monetary donations
STRONG Youth works with at-risk youth and their
families to prevent gang violence and other youth
violence in the communities they serve. Based in
Uniondale, staff and volunteers provide counseling
and community programming.
21 United Way of
Long Island Unitedwayli.org Monetary donations
United Way of Long Island helps Long Islanders on
their path to financial stability. The organization
offers various income, education, health and
workforce readiness programs.
-Compiled by Briana Bonfiglio.
Editor’s note: Life’s WORC was founded by Victoria Schneps-Yunis, president of Schneps Media, the parent company of the
Long Island Press.
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