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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.

Friends of the CanTeen

Info: P.O. Box 1521, Cicero, NY 13039; canteencny.com

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

The Friends of the CanTeen are the fundraising arm of the teen center next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The board oversees the day-to-day operations of the youth center, which serves kids in eighth through 12th grade. There, teens can play games, do homework, watch movies, make food (which the center provides) or socialize. The CanTeen sees kids from all walks of life, every clique and all backgrounds. Regardless of any stereotypes and prejudgement, the CanTeen provides a welcoming environment for everyone, whether it’s kids that come every day or someone just stopping in for the day. The Friends group raises approximately $40,000 a year, supplemented by other funding streams, to fund field trips and events as well as provide food, internet and other amenities while paying the bills.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN

Info: 8170 Thompson Road, Cicero, NY 13039; gsnypenn.org

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

Girl Scouts are an American institution, aimed at empowering girls of all ages. Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, headquartered in Cicero, has a membership of nearly 19,000 girls in grades K through 12, and nearly 8,000 adult members. Girl Scouts of the USA charters NYPENN Pathways to administer the Girl Scout program in 24 counties of New York and two in Pennsylvania. The local council is always in need of leaders as well as donations.

Hope for Heather

Info: 159 Dwight Park Circle, Syracuse, NY 13209; hopeforheather.org

Donations accepted? Yes

Volunteers needed? Yes

Hope for Heather serves women battling ovarian cancer and their families. It seeks to raise awareness of and funds for ovarian cancer while supporting those who suffer with the illness. Named for Liverpool High School graduate Heather Weeks, the foundation was started by her family after she passed away in 2008 to carry on her goals; Heather was employed by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund before her death. The nonprofit has created an Angel Fund at the soon-to-be-completed Upstate Cancer Center to help women battling ovarian cancer with incidental expenses to help ease the burden on patients and their families. It also distributes teal ribbons and symptom cards to help educate women about this often silent disease.

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