1. Pick a name from the “giving tree” at church
  2. Make an offering at your church
  3. Donate a coat to Condella’s Coats for Kids program    www.fox6milwaukee.com
  4. Leave an anonymous basket of goodies on your needy neighbors doorstep
  5. Leave food at the Full Shelf Food Pantry-231 Municipal Dr., West Bend between 7-10 AM or 3-6 PM Monday-Friday.
  6. Visit a shut in
  7. Go Caroling at the old folks home
  8. Serve food to the homeless
  9. Donate to Toys for Tots
  10. Start a clothes drive for someone in your neighborhood
  11. Attend the American Cancer Society “Christmas Fantasy House” through November. www.cancer.org
  12. Riveredge Nature Center is looking for year-round volunteers for landscape restoration and namagement, building and grounds work, special events helpers, office workers and more.  Just give Jill Hepburn a call: 675-6888
  13. Be a Big Brother/Big Sister or sponsor a “Little’s” family Christmas.
  14. Help the Council of Alcohol and Drug abuse to broaden the awareness of community residents about alcohol and drug use, misuse and abuse.
  15. Assist the Exodus House in getting alcohol and drug dependent people back on their feet.
  16. Lend support to Friends for Abused Families
  17. Donate your skills to Habitat for Humanity.  To contact our local chapter, email habitat@hnet.net
  18. Help troubled youth through Nova Services
  19. Help preserve land and water for future generations through the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
  20. Purchase “A Threshold to Christmas” CD featuring local artists and musicians to benefit The Threshold.
  21. Give from the heart and change a life through the United Way of Washington County
  22. Buy roses November 15 to benefit Volunteer Center.
  23. Get your pets picture taken with Santa Nov. 1st to benefit the Humane Society
  24. Washington County Humane Society “Festival of Trees Event” Dec. 6th and 7th.
  25. Become a “Friend” of the West Bend Art Museum
  26. Attend the “100 Years of Fashion” Annual Christmas Open House benefiting the Washington County Historical Society.  Raffle and silent auction Dec 7th.
  27. Pick one of the items from the West Bend Library’s “Wish List”
  28. Donate to a Big Brother’s/Big Sister’s activity,
  29. Or donate to the Riveredge Nature Centers “Wish List”.  They are looking for a color lazer printer, a small microwave, a paper cutter and a folding machine.  Small items that help perform miracles.
  30. Or volunteer as a part of a fund-raising committee.
  31. Schedule a time to Carole at the Samaritan Health Center
  32. Kettle Moraine Symphony
  33. Help the residents of the Samaritan decorate their doors for the Holidays
  34. Don’t forget the Special Olympics
  35. The City of West Bend is accepting donations for trees to be planted in City parks or along City streets.  Cost per tree depends on the species and the size planted.  Trees can also be planted in the parks in memory of someone or to celebrate a special occasion.  Please call 335-5080 for more information.
  36. Police Dept
  37. West Bend Friends of Sculpture
  38. Shovel the walk of an elderly or disabled neighbor.
  39. Offer to watch someone’s children while they go Christmas shopping
  40. Knit mittens and give them to the homeless through the Volunteer Center
  41. Give to the International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, WI.
  42. Donate to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee County.   The animals need care all year, even though we only visit them when it’s nice out!
  43. Support our future caregivers by donating to Medical College of Wisconsin.
  44. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation helped to create a child protection center at the Children's Hospital; funded the hospital's child life program; significant funding of the hospital's intensive care units' equipment and funding for school-based health centers.
  45. Help sustain performing arts organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin through United Performing Arts Fund.
  46. Channel 10/36 Friends.  You know you watch-now support it.
  47. Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation
  48. Boy’s and Girl’s Club
  49. Goodwill Industries
  50. YMCA – Help underprivileged children get a membership to the “Y” through their scholarship program.
  51. Rawhide Boy’s Ranch
  52. American Red Cross
  53. The Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy, Inc. is currently in the middle of a fund drive to raise $500,000 to convert the barn at the Lac Lawrann Conservancy into a year-round nature center.
  54. St. Vincent’s
  55. PAY ATTENTION:  Organizations are always posting functions that welcome community members to fund raising events. 
  56. There are many people in the community looking for donations for organ transplants.
  57. Sign your donor card on your driver’s license.
  58. Offer to check in on an elderly person in your neighborhood periodically.
  59. Volunteer at your local school, read a book, help with costumes for the Christmas program, run the video camera, donate the paper for the programs,
  60. Remember to save milk caps, soup labels and box tops and drop them off at your kids’ school.  P.S. You don’t have to have a child in school in order to donate these items.
  61. Mentor an elementary school age child over their lunch period through Big Brother’s/Big Sister’s.
  62. Donating to United Cerebral Palsy is a great way to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and in your community. www.ucpa.org
  63. We Energies offer assistance to families and individuals who cannot afford heat this winter.  You can donate to that fund.  Go to www.we-energies.com for more information.
  64. You can give to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society year-round by visiting www.nationalmssociety.org.
  65. Donate your time, money, or food to Puppyland, an all volunteer, no-kill animal shelter.
  66. Wisconsin Association for Homeless and Runaway Services
  67. Visit the Gingerbread House Project sponsored by The Youth and Family Project
  68. Family Center of Washington County
  69. Adopt a Family to aid persons I our community who are in need of a Christmas through The Youth and Family Project and Downtown West Bend Assoc.
  70. March of Dimes
  71. Call the Senior Citizens Activities Center to find out how you can make a difference.
  72. Catholic Charities is looking for Gift Certificates and Cash donations for needy families in our communities.  Contact Kristin Blanchard at 334-0886
  73. Lutheran Social Services
  74. Salvation Army
  75. Give blood
  76. Buy a Holiday Poinsettia and help Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse of Washington County, Inc. www.hnet.net/~council
  77. The West Bend Daily News will be publishing a list of local foundations “Wish Lists”.  Take a look at the list, pick one of your favorite organizations or find a new one.
  78. The Chamber is asking its members to give to needy families this holiday season.  Members can sponsor a $50, $25, or $10 gift certificate ornament that will be hung on the Chamber's Giving Tree to be displayed at the "Festival of Trees" event at the Humane Society.
  79. The Red Cross asks forfinancial donations to support the chapter's disaster relief efforts (shelter, food and clothing) and medical transportation program
  80. Red Cross is also asking for volunteers to become members of the Disaster Action Team and to become drivers for our medical transportation program.
  81. And of course Red Cross will always welcome material donations of cots, ice chests and cabros for mass care shelters.  A scanner and copy machine for the office.  Classroom chairs/tables for CPR, first aid and AED training.
  82. Planned Parenthood is no longer supported by United way and provides basic reproductive health care to everyone who asks.  Regular health checks save lives, give generously!
  83. MDA Summer Camp
  84. Child Abuse Prevention Fund (CAP Fund)
  85. Eat at Noodles and Co. on Nov. 24!  50% of that day’s sales from this new location in West Bend will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters and their Bowl for Kids Sake even