‘Tis the season of giving, and if you’re planning on sharing your blessings beyond your relatives and friends, we’re here to help you out! We’ve listed ten organizations where you can volunteer and donate to this Christmas (or anytime of the year) for a good cause.
UNICEF is a global organization supporting disadvantaged children and adolescents across 190 countries and territories. Here in the Philippines, the UNICEF started operating in 1948, and ever since has been assisting the government in its policies, programs, and services to ensure that Filipino children can fully enjoy their rights to survival, protection, and education.
You can help their cause by donating through the UNICEF website. You may also follow them on their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or reach them through these contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org/ (02) 2495402 / 2495403 (PLDT) | (02) 7581000 / 7581442 (Globe) from Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 5pm.
World Vision is a global humanitarian organization devoted to improving the lives of families and communities to overcome poverty. It aims to make a better world for children, focusing on aspects like education, economic development, health, disaster preparedness, and child protection. Through their website, you can also choose between their numerous programs where exactly you want your donations to go.
Know more about World Vision on their website and social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. You may also contact them through email: email@example.com, or through the numbers +632 8374 7618 to 28.
Save The Children also aims to protect and support children in need. They provide communities humanitarian response when disasters strike; they attend to children’s health and nutritional needs; they’re helping improve access to quality education; and they uplift the rights of children. Through Save The Children, your donations are sure to go to the young Filipinos who need it most.
Learn more about Save The Children in their website, or contact them through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or this phone number: + 63 2 8853-2142. You may also follow them on their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.
PAWS is a well-known non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare. They have a temporary shelter for dogs, cats, and other animals that were once victims of cruelty or neglect, rehabilitating them and finding them their fur-ever home.
Besides donating and being a volunteer, you can also be the next home to one of their adoptable cats and dogs. For more information, check out their website and social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may also contact them through their number: (02) 8475-1688 or pay their shelter a visit at Aurora Blvd. Katipunan Valley, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, which is open from Monday to Saturday, except Wednesday, from 10AM to 5PM.
The Haribon Foundation is an organization dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of our natural ecosystem, from the protection of rainforests and its inhabitants to supporting marine life. Also part of their advocacy is to empower and educate local communities on why we must, and how we can, protect the ecosystem for a brighter and sustainable future.
For more information, visit the Haribon Foundation website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may also contact them through +63 2 421-1209, or pay them a visit at 100 A. de Legaspi St. Brgy. Marilag Quezon City.
Habitat for Humanity aims to build homes and communities for the unprivileged Filipino families. They help those who cannot afford a decent home like families who live under bridges, in disaster-prone communities, in depressed areas or in cramped spaces. Through this initiative, Habitat for Humanity believes that in every home they build comes improved health, stronger childhood development, and financial ability for the families that they built it for.
For more information and updates, you may check out the Habitat for Humanity website or follow them on their social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may also contact them through (+632) 8846-2177 loc. 101, or email@example.com.
The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) is an international organization which aims to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. The WWF Philippines has been the national arm of the WWF here since 1997, and it has been successful in helping protect some of the most biologically-significant ecosystems in Asia.
Take part in WWF Philippines' programs through volunteer work or donations. For more details, visit their website and social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For general inquiries, you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, and for donor concerns, you may email them at email@example.com.
U! Happy Events focuses on creating a culture of volunteering by connecting its partners to the marginalized children of Metro Manila through a series of creative and meaningful events. They also have customizable events that you and your friends can plan out and experience first-hand, but still with the assistance of the U! Happy Events personnel.
Know more about U! Happy Events on their website and social media pages on Facebook and Instagram. You may also contact them through this email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through this number: +63 917 548 8080.
As the name suggests, Greenpeace aims to pave the way for a greener and more peaceful world, by also confronting the systems that threaten our environment. As part of the Greenpeace in Southeast Asia, most of its funds go to the conservation of forests, protection of the oceans, and the sustainability of food and energy.
Get involved in their cause. Start by learning more about them on their website, as well as on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. You may also reach them through this email: email@example.com or through this phone number: +63-2-8332-1807.
A well-known humanitarian network, the Philippine Red Cross offers numerous services for the health and safety of the Filipino people. These include disaster management services, bloodletting programs, deployment of emergency response units and more. Besides donating in cash, you may also donate your blood and rest assured that it will find its way to the patients who need it most.
Learn more about the Philippine Red Cross on their website and pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may also reach out to them through email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone call: 02-790-2410 or 0917 834 8378 (donations); 02-790-2382 local 113 or 116 (blood inquiries).
There are plenty of organizations out there aimed for a good cause. Through them, your contribution is sure to go a long way.
Homestream image from Save the Children Philippines Facebook page.