We have quite a few non-profits here in Rochester, Minnesota, and lots of big-hearted people who use their time and money to help these organizations out. While we should obviously support non-profits all the time, today is an especially good day to lend a helping hand or donate a few extra bucks because it’s National Giving Hearts Day. It's a day dedicated to encouraging people to donate to their favorite charity.

With so many non-profits in the area it’s impossible to help them all, so if you’re wanting to help out monetarily or with your time (or both!) find one or a few that fit with something you’re passionate about. For example, I’m passionate about animals so I volunteer at Paws and Claws Humane Society. Here are just a few of the amazing non-profits in our area that you can help out.

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Want to Help Families in Need?

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Channel One
Community Food Response
Family Promise Rochester
Hometown Resource Center
Jeremiah Program Rochester
The Landing
Pay It Forward
Salvation Army

Want to Help Animals?


Camp Companion
Paws and Claws Humane Society

Want to Help Kids?

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Ridofranz ThinkStock

Bolder Options Rochester
Boys and Girls Club of Rochester
Civic League Day Nursery
High 5 Foundation
Kids’ Dreams Come True
Project Legacy
Project MN Youth Outdoors
Rochester Police Athletic/Activities League

Want to Help Those Struggling with Addiction?

Young woman victim suffering from abuse, harassment, depression or heartbreak

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Want to Help Those Who Are Sick?

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Karen Ducey, Getty Images

American Cancer Society - Rochester
Gift of Life Transplant House
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (while they aren't based out of Rochester they do a 5k here every spring)
Ronald McDonald House - Rochester

Want to Help Our Community At Large?

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Curt St. John/Townsquare Media Rochester-Preston

Diversity Council
Friends of the Library
Rochester Area Foundation
United Way of Olmsted County

Want to Help Refugees and Immigrants?

Immigrant Children Sworn In At Florida Naturalization Ceremony
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Want to Help Those with Disabilities?

cheerful boy with disability at rehabilitation center for kids with special needs

Ability Building Community
Hiawatha Homes

Support your favorite non-profit for National Giving Hears Day in whatever way you can!

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