How can my Family Help Others in Fairfield?
Start with Operation Hope, the Fairfield-based non-profit that supports the homeless and the hungry by providing affordable housing, providing shelter for the homeless, operating a food pantry and serving two meals a day at their community kitchen, 365 days a year. The food pantry relies heavily on donations and the community kitchen is volunteer-operated. Donations of non-perishable food items are in high-demand, and without local residents donating their time the community kitchen would cease to operate.
There’s also Community Plates, an organization that works with restaurants, caterers and markets to secure donations of surplus food. But their work would be impossible without volunteer food runners transporting surplus food from donor to distributing agency. Or, if food running is not your thing, a donation as small as $1 can be made online and will help provide 8.5 meals.
Other organizations, like the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, combine food service programs, emergency shelter services and clothing drives, and is in dire need of winter clothes. A sweater, a pair of warm pants or a winter jacket could make all the difference to someone who otherwise might have struggled to stay warm.