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Give local: Help a local charity this holiday season

If you're looking for a charity to which you can donate this holiday season, there are plenty of great local nonprofits in need of donations and volunteers.

If you're looking for a charity to which you can donate this holiday season, there are plenty of great local nonprofits in need of donations and volunteers.

Clear Path for Veterans

Info: 1223 Salt Springs Rd, Chittenango, NY 13037; 687-3300; clearpathforvets.com

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

Clear Path for Veterans was founded in 2011 to help returning veterans readjust to civilian life by providing social and economic support services in a home-like setting. Offerings include vet-to-vet support programs, therapy and service dog training programs, a veteran-run kitchen, a community garden and a variety of retreats. To view Clear Path’s wish list, visit clearpathforvets.com/how-you-can-help-us/wish-list/.

(Friends of) Dorothy House

Info: 212 Wayne St., Syracuse, NY 13203; 471-6853; friendsofdorothyhouse.org

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

Friends of Dorothy House was started in 1992 by two men seeking to help with the AIDS crisis in Syracuse. Ever since, the house has operated to provide home-based care to people with AIDS in a variety of ways, including recuperative or hospice care, supportive housing and emergency assistance. The house holds vegetarian dinners at 7 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month at St Vincent's Parish Center, located at the corner of Winton and Burnet streets. Volunteers are encouraged to help prepare the dinners, and donations are accepted to help sustain the costs of running the home. In addition, Friends of Dorothy House accepts gift cards to Wegmans, Target, Walmart, JcPenney and other stores.

Enable

Info: 1603 Court Street, Syracuse, NY 13208; 455-7591; enablecny.org

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

Enable, which is also known as the United Cerebral Palsy and Handicapped Children's Association of Syracuse Inc., provides clinical, educational, personal and community services to people with disabilities all over Central New York. The agency serves more than 1,500 adults and children each year. Enable’s programming includes off-site housing, early intervention programs, an integrated preschool and more. The agency is now located at 1603 Court Street in a LEED-certified building, where it moved in 2006. While most of its funding is provided by Medicaid, it relies on donations to fill the gaps.

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