This time of year is a reminder that there are many who can use a helping hand. And there are many organizations and opportunities to help those less fortunate.
The Havertown community has a handful of opportunities and ways where many can give back throughout the year.
Here is a list of the top 10 places to give back this holiday season:
1. is having a winter coat drive. People can drop off gently-used and clean men's, women's and children's winter coats on Saturday, Nov. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please place them in the box marked Winter Coat Drive on the front porch of the church. Men's coats will go to Wellspring Food and Clothing Cupboard and Hope Outreach Ministries, both serving homeless men in Philadelphia. Women's and children's coats will go to Pathways of PA in Delaware County.
2. Haverford Township and the United States Marine Corp has launched its 2011 Annual Toys for Tots Campaign. Drop off points are:
- Law Office of Dan Siegel on 66 West Eagle Rd., Havertown
- Brookline Gym, Brookline Boulevard
3. is looking for people to fill the position of Administrative Assistant supports Surrey’s mission of assisting seniors to remain in their homes and continue as active community members by providing much-needed help to the organization’s daily operations. Please click link for more.
4. The Peace Center of Delaware County: "The Peace Center of Delaware County is a gathering and community place for planning, dreaming, and living Peace. The role of the Peace Center is to help build a peace and justice community in Delaware County that serves the needs of local activist organizations, families and individuals seeking to integrate peacemaking into their lives; and congregations, organizations, and individuals to link the search for spiritual peace with the movement for peace on earth," from the Web site.
5. could be looking for those to shelve books and helping out with their programs and activities.
6. Haverford Township's volunteer fire companies, such as Manoa Fire Co. and others, are always looking for an extra pair of hands. These companies are largely made up of volunteers, could always use committed residents in the community to help save neighbors from fires and medical emergencies.
7. Animal Rescue Shelters/Adoption Agencies–From the Delaware County SPCA to local pet adoption agencies, animal-loving volunteers would be a great asset to these organizations, including the
8. Meals On Wheels is always looking for volunteers to help deliver food to area senior citizens. "As unbelievable as it sounds, every day as many as 5 million senior citizens in the United States go hungry. For some, but not all, the reasons are financial. For many others, frail health, loneliness, distant family members and hopelessness are at the root of the problem," from the Web site.
9. has Food Cupboard, where "Your participation in this monthly drive to attain non-perishable food items for the needy in our area is needed and appreciated." The colllection is every third Sunday of the month.
10. Habitat for Humanity Delaware County is always looking for volunteers to help build and rehabilitate houses for low-income families and individuals.
11. The Havertown Bicycle Shop, Inc., "Just bring two non perishable items to donate to feed the hungry and get a free water bottle! We're gonna collect food up until the 20th of December and then Jonathan Newman will personally deliver it to Philabundance or the Philly food bank."
(This was originally published on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.)