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18 Local Organizations You Can Support That Will Help Protect Your Hometown

Underfunded and overlooked, local charities and non–profits make a big impact on a small scale. Fighting a national crisis begins in your backyard, so consider making a regular donation to one (or all) of these worthy causes.

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1. Your local library

Local libraries offer education outside the classroom by providing communities with free (or subsidized) ESL lessons, CPR training, and lots and lots of books. Find a complete list of libraries across the country here.
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Local libraries offer education outside the classroom by providing communities with free (or subsidized) ESL lessons, CPR training, and lots and lots of books. Find a complete list of libraries across the country here.

2. Your favorite museum

Signing up for an annual membership is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to support art in your community. It's basically selfish. Find a comprehensive guide to museums around the country here.
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Signing up for an annual membership is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to support art in your community. It's basically selfish. Find a comprehensive guide to museums around the country here.

3. Your NPR station

Believe it or not, NPR does more than Serial and This American Life. Plus, you might score a dope coffee mug as a thank you for donating. Give to your local station here.
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Believe it or not, NPR does more than Serial and This American Life. Plus, you might score a dope coffee mug as a thank you for donating. Give to your local station here.

4. Your local immigration or pro bono legal clinic

Needless to say these passionate lawyers and civil servants are going to need some help. Find local advocacy groups here.
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Needless to say these passionate lawyers and civil servants are going to need some help. Find local advocacy groups here.

5. Your nearby domestic violence and emergency shelters

When the tenant of the White House condones—nay, encourages—sexual assault, support a home that refuses to accept sexual abuse or domestic violence. Find safe spaces in your town here.
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When the tenant of the White House condones—nay, encourages—sexual assault, support a home that refuses to accept sexual abuse or domestic violence. Find safe spaces in your town here.

6. Your town's newspaper

Local papers are one of the best ways to follow the issues and events immediately impacting your daily life. Play it old school and subscribe.
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Local papers are one of the best ways to follow the issues and events immediately impacting your daily life. Play it old school and subscribe.

7. Your district's public school system

If your state is on the higher end of the spectrum, consider donating to one that spends less than $8,000 per student each year. (Looking at you, Oklahoma...)Learn more here.
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If your state is on the higher end of the spectrum, consider donating to one that spends less than $8,000 per student each year. (Looking at you, Oklahoma...)

Learn more here.

8. Your local and state political campaigns

Never again guilt-google your local candidates five minutes before heading into the polling booth. Emily's List can help you keep tabs on badass women running for government jobs who need your support.And if you're saddled with representatives you can't stand? Speak up. Duh.
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Never again guilt-google your local candidates five minutes before heading into the polling booth. Emily's List can help you keep tabs on badass women running for government jobs who need your support.

And if you're saddled with representatives you can't stand? Speak up. Duh.

9. Your free or charitable health care clinic

Fight to keep quality medical care accessible and affordable, with or without the ACA. Find a clinic near you and get involved.
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Fight to keep quality medical care accessible and affordable, with or without the ACA. Find a clinic near you and get involved.

10. Your childhood park

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Protecting the environment and a home for children's imagination? Leslie Knope would be proud. Check your local government site regarding conservation efforts or donate to one of the National Park Service's historic sites.

11. Your local food bank

With civil liberties, minorities groups, and sheer sanity under attack, it is more important than ever to ensure that every person's basic needs are met. Contact the branch nearest you to find out what it could use.
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With civil liberties, minorities groups, and sheer sanity under attack, it is more important than ever to ensure that every person's basic needs are met. Contact the branch nearest you to find out what it could use.

12. Your local Red Cross chapter

Short on cash? Consider giving a little O-Neg. You know, the stuff Steve Bannon drinks. Find your closest blood drive here.
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Short on cash? Consider giving a little O-Neg. You know, the stuff Steve Bannon drinks. Find your closest blood drive here.

13. Your community's harm reduction resource center

From needle exchanges to HIV-testing and treatment, support a local organization that provides vital services that probably won't get federal funding anytime soon. Find a center near you here.

From needle exchanges to HIV-testing and treatment, support a local organization that provides vital services that probably won't get federal funding anytime soon. Find a center near you here.

14. Your local Goodwill or Salvation Army

You have something you can give. Guaranteed. Locate your closest Goodwill or Salvation Army and donate what you no longer need.

You have something you can give. Guaranteed. Locate your closest Goodwill or Salvation Army and donate what you no longer need.

15. Your local PBS

Yet another local media outlet in need of help. Support yours here.
PBS

Yet another local media outlet in need of help. Support yours here.

16. Your town's Head Start schools

It's true: Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market. Learn more about your local preschools here.
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It's true: Early childhood education has a better return on investment than the stock market. Learn more about your local preschools here.

17. One of the dozens of organizations that will come to you to collect

For the lazy, yet conscientious. Find an organization you can support here.
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For the lazy, yet conscientious. Find an organization you can support here.

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