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Helping Hands 2023

Helping Hands 2023

In Litchfield County it truly does take a village…and in each village there are organizations that do a wonderful job helping people and animals in our community. These nonprofits need our help in a range of ways. Of course, there are numerous food pantries, land trusts, schools, arts organizations, pet shelters, and libraries that also need a helping hand. Reach out to your favorites to see how you can help.


ASAP! is a social profit organization reaching families of diverse backgrounds from over 100 different towns. Founded in 1999, their mission is to foster creative, hands-on learning through the arts. Their programs provide opportunities for children and adults from all walks of life. —

Steep Rock Association

Steep Rock Association protects property with high conservation or passive recreational value. They currently manage over 5,500 acres of land and promote healthy and functioning ecosystems, preserving working lands, protecting natural resources, and offering recreational opportunities. —

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust saves open space and protects the valuable natural resources of Woodbury and surrounding area towns in the county. They play an active role in identifying opportunities for preserving more land in the future. —

Animal Welfare Society

Animal Welfare Society has been a refuge for cats and dogs since 1965. Each year AWS rescues hundreds of animals in our local communities and provides loving care and veterinary services. They offer refuge to homeless and abandoned dogs and cats and place them in loving, responsible homes. —

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition is a nationally recognized model for scientific investigation, municipal assistance, stakeholder collaboration, community education, and volunteer engagement. They promote the use of science and education to maintain and ensure the availability of high-quality water in the Pomperaug Watershed communities. —

FISH/Friends in Service to Humanity of NWCT

‘Tis the season, yet FISH serves our region’s homeless at the FISH Shelter (35 beds—families, individuals, and vets) and meets the food needs of the hungry at the FISH Food Pantry (643 families) year-round. Support is greatly appreciated! Located in Torrington. —

Helping Hands for Wildlife

Helping Hands for Wildlife devotes their time, energy, and hearts to give native wildlife a second chance after they are injured or orphaned, and releasing them back into the wild in their natural habitat when they are ready for a second chance at life. —

Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals

Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals provides access to effective and affordable mental health services in Litchfield County, easing the stress of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues by providing one-on-one assessments to match people to the resources that can help. —

JP Farm Animal Sanctuary

A safe haven for rescued farm animals. Their mission is to serve as a place of joy and peace for these animals; inspire compassionate living; seed a spirit of kindness for all farm animals through sharing the stories of the sanctuary’s resident ambassadors; and to provide a place of connection where visitors can come to know animals more deeply. —

Project SAGE

Domestic violence affects individuals from all backgrounds. Project SAGE creates a community free of domestic violence and abuse. Donations to this nonprofit go toward staffing the 24-hour hotline; providing emergency shelter, counseling, and safety planning; offering support groups and legal advocacy; as well as teaching violence prevention education for students. —

Food Rescue US/NWCT

Food Rescue’s mission to fill plates, not landfills is alive and well in the Northwest corner. A trio of moving parts, including 39 donors,130 volunteers, and 28 food pantries, are working together to feed the 20,000 people in Litchfield County who are currently food insecure. —

Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House

“Feed the hungry, empower the weak, nourish the soul” has been the inspiration behind New Milford’s Loaves and Fishes for more than three decades. They have been open for a daily meal every day of every year since 1984 thanks to a team of dedicated and faithful volunteers. —

Susan B. Anthony Project

Susan B. Anthony Project provides crisis and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Give the gift of safety, healing, and growth this holiday season by supporting their efforts on behalf of all survivors. — 

Litchfield County Creating Hope Corp

LCCH is a nonprofit organization focused on helping those affected by suicide and bringing awareness to mental health issues. Currently they financially assist families who have been affected by suicide and are working on providing scholarships/grants to those furthering their education focusing on mental health. All donations stay in Connecticut! —

New Milford Hospital

Help make a difference in the lives of others by joining New Milford Hospital’s team of dedicated volunteers. They need volunteers in the following areas: animal, assisted activities, arts and crafts, music therapy, hospitality cart, book and magazine distribution, the emergency department, family to family emotional support, and more. Email or call 203-739-7277. —

CJR Impact

At CJR, They believe every young person should have the opportunity to thrive. Their mission is to provide the necessary therapeutic treatment, education, and support for young people and their families to promote positive change and transform lives. —


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