Day of Giving: How to help in your community

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- This holiday season is a time to Give Where You Live. Join our Day of Giving. Give what you can and donate to your favorite local charities.

If you need ideas, we have created a short list of vetted local organizations that make a big impact in helping to build a better Bay Area. The list of community groups will be updated periodically.

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We have a full day of stories on ABC7 on Tuesday, Nov. 30, that highlight some of the groups that are doing great work across the region. Learn more about them below, and you can watch live on

Junior Achievement of Northern California

Junior Achievement of Northern California is a non-profit serving students kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the Bay Area. The organization focuses on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

ABC7 News Anchor Jobina Fortson has been volunteering with JA since early 2020 and now serves as a board member. She has selected JA Norcal as her charity of choice for Giving Tuesday.

Jobina joined in JA's effort to make a virtual pivot in March of 2020. Pre-pandemic, students had opportunities to visit job sites, interact with corporate sponsors, and receive mentors from companies like Google and the San Francisco Giants. The nonprofit formed online internship opportunities and free virtual programming for teachers during the pandemic.

"What really sets us apart is the fact that its delivered through the assistance and help of role models who are corporate volunteers," Cristene Burr, JA NorCal President and CEO, said. "They know where these students have come from. We pair them to look like the students that they're serving so that they have and can speak to the shared experiences that the kids are having right now. Students need to have hope and need to know there's a prosperous future ahead of them."

Everything JA provides is free. Learn more about the nonprofit here.

Mulatto Meadows

Research shows that horses and equestrian programs can really make a positive impact in the lives and development of kids. But high costs and limited accessibility makes it out of reach for young people from underserved communities, especially children of color. Mulatto Meadows is changing that.

This year Mulatto Meadows moved to a larger 40-acre ranch in Castro Valley to serve more Bay Area children, and immerse them in ranch life. Mulatto Meadows also brings horses out into the community.

Donations would allow Mulatto Meadows to continue to host more students, organizations and nonprofits on the ranch, and enable them to do more programming out in the community. And if you make a donation to Mulatto Meadows, your donation will be matched up to $60,000.

Learn more about the organization here.

Marin Humane Society's Pet Safety Net

Learn more about the organization here.

CASA of Contra Costa County

ABC7 News Anchor Dan Ashley has been deeply involved with CASA of Contra Costa County for roughly 20 years and has seen how much good the organization does for children and young adults firsthand.

Court Appointed Special Advocate helps children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse and neglect by providing a dedicated volunteer who is there for them in every way.

Whether helping the child through the legal process, the foster care system, or the school system, a CASA volunteer demonstrates that a foster child can trust an adult. That's a big deal. In so many cases, that trust has been broken by the very people who were supposed to care for them most.

That's why Dan has served as a longtime board member of CASA of Contra Costa County and helps raise money and awareness for this great organization through his Rock the CASA nonprofit charity concert each year.

Learn more about the organization here.

Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

Learn more about the organization here.

Canal Alliance

Learn more about the organization here.

Sonrise Equestrian Foundation

Learn more about the organization here.

Streetcode Academy

Learn more about the organization here.

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