When thinking about giving gifts for the holidays there are plenty of options. You can buy a gift from a local small business, purchase a gift card for an experience gift or you can give back to a local organization in the name of your gift receiver.

In Flint & Genesee, there are plenty of local organizations in need of help both during the holidays and all year long. A monetary donation to a local organization can directly benefit the people in your community. Looking for a place to give? Check out these local nonprofits in Flint & Genesee.

Food Bank of Eastern Michigan

This local nonprofit serves 22 counties in eastern Michigan. Last year alone, the organization distributed and provided over 51 million pounds of food to those struggling with hunger.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties

Serving the Genesee County community, Catholic Charities provides services including adoption and foster care, counseling, meal programs, water distribution, prevention and education as well as services in its Center for Hope including a community closet, laundry room, shower room, soup kitchen and warming center.

Ele’s Place

Ele’s place is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to creating awareness and supporting grieving children and their families. Its grief support services include peer grief support groups, school-based grief support, clinical consultation, and community outreach and education.

Old Newsboys of Flint

This longstanding organization aims to provide a Christmas for at-risk children in the area. They do so by providing them with essentials including a sweatsuit, two pairs of socks and underwear, a knit cap and a pair of gloves, a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss and an age-appropriate toy or game. This gift comes with no indication of coming from the Old Newsboys – so the child will never know the gift didn’t come from Santa.

Fenton Area Resources and Referral (FARR)

In Fenton, FARR serves as the community-wide screening agency for local residents in need of assistance for housing and utilities, medical and housing referrals, emergency needs and other needed referrals. The organization also coordinates a variety of programs to help local residents.

Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation

In honor of Thomas N. Smith who passed away suddenly in 2011, this local organization aims to honor all youth who die from sudden cardiac death, provide free teen heart screenings to children ages 13 – 19 and to donate automatic external defibrillators to children centered in organizations in Michigan.

The Serenity House of Flint

Founded in 2015, the Serenity House of Flint is a recovery community organization that provides substance use and co-occurring disorders prevention in men, women, adolescents and children. Services include advocacy and educational events to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and holistic prevention methods.

Whaley Children’s Center

This local nonprofit is a source of hope to abused, neglected and at-risk foster children and families. The organization provides a residential treatment program, a clinical treatment program, case management, educational services and after-care.