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The first week of January is a fantastic time to think about getting involved in your community. 2010 was a year full of many economic and social challenges for the majority of the population. There have been many ups and downs. And no matter what your personal situation, you would have to have your head pretty far in the sand not to notice that many people around us remain in need. For this reason, there is no better time to help yourself by giving to others. In continuing with our donation information week, we here at Exodus would like to offer a few more organizations your may consider when plotting out how to spend your extra blessings this year.

Volunteer Match

Who They Are: This online community platform was created in 1994 with the purpose of bringing together people in need with people who can help. It hosts a variety of programs and services including a resource library and nonprofit learning center created to support volunteerism within the US. This organization aids non profits, corporations and individuals who are searching for ways to make a difference in their lives and the world around them. They currently host a network of 75,000 nonprofit organizations.

What They Need: They are looking for your time, talent and enthusiasm in order to create a more cooperative environment for all people. They also accept monetary donations.

How to Get in Touch: Check out the full website at

(415) 241-6872  or  send a mail to

Homeless Shelters

Who They Are: Homeless shelters are community based projects that serve as temporary housing for people in need. Unlike emergency shelters they are consistent staples in the community and are often funded by government grants, community donations or churches. Providing food and shelter for those without, these organizations are generally dependant on volunteer efforts and community involvement in order to maintain their outreach efforts.

What They Need: Individuals to donate money and time to their causes. Shelters, soup kitchens and various temporary housing and relief programs require man power to maintain.

How to Get in Touch: This site has a comprehensive list as well as additional informational support and resources