The winter solstice (also known as midwinter) occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun – this year on December 21, 2019. The winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year.
At the agency, we’re thinking about how long nights could impact our neighbors in need. Here’s how you can help right now:
Give the gift of help and hope by making a life-changing and tax-deductible donation this holiday season. 92% of all donations go directly to programming that helps our neighbors in need stay in their homes with connected electricity.
Keep your neighbors warm by cleaning out your closets. Donations of clothing and household goods ensure that families in need can shop for essentials free-of-charge. Currently, our most-needed items are:
- Coats (all sizes)
- Men’s clothing, shoes, and work boots
- Linens: towels, blankets, sheets, and comforters
- NEW undergarments (all sizes)
- NEW toiletries (travel-size are best)
Sign up for a volunteer shift in January. Even though the cold weather and harsh conditions may continue into January, many volunteers drop off as the holidays come to a close. We offer a wide variety of activities for the whole family (including kids as young as 5). Find information and registration here.
Educate yourself on the lesser-known aspects of poverty. We have some incredible blog posts that individually are quick-reads, but collectively may offer a more well-rounded insight into poverty in Mecklenburg County: