Good to Give: The Top 5 Charities in Boston

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Philanthropy feels good. Taking your own good fortune and sharing it with others in need may be the greatest gift you can possibly give, particularly during the holiday season.  But with so many charities to choose from, how do you select the best of the best?  You know, the non profits that help the most, and can accomplish more than anyone else per dollar. Choosing the right charity can be a very individualized decision.  This Thanksgiving, Haute Living is recognizing the best of the best in local charities to help you see how generous donations are being put to use to help local individuals and families with Haute Living’s Top 5 Charities in Boston.

1 Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank was created in 1981 to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts. They serve over 394,000 people distributing more than 34 million pounds of food and groceries annually. The food bank looks relies on donations in the way of money, products and volunteer time from corporations and individuals in order to serve the community.

Greater Boston Food Bank is located 70 South Bay, Boston 617.427.5200

2 Pine Street Inn

The Pine Street Inn not only looks to help and shelter the homeless, it aims to end homelessness. Every day 1300 individuals are helped by the efforts of the Pine Street Inn. But as the frigid cold sets in, it becomes increasingly important for the Inn to reach out and help the over 7000 people in the City of Boston who do not have a place to call home every night. Volunteering your time and assisting with the financial well being of the Pine Street Inn.

The Pine Street Inn is located at 444 Harrison Ave., Boston 617.892.9100

3 The Neely House

Former Bruins Star Cam Neely and his brother started the Neely House in honor of their parents, who both succumbed to cancer, as a place to stay for families of pediatric cancer patients at New England Medical center.  A simple donation of $20 will provide one night to a family – allowing them comfort and care as well as a location nearby their loved ones. In addition, the overlying foundation helps fund research to help treat and, hopefully, eventually eradicate cancer.

The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care is located at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., Boston 617.636.0716

4 East End House

The oldest community center in the nation, the East End House has been a staple in the Cambridge community for over 135 years.  EEH provides a myriad of services to the East Cambridge community and beyond including child care programs, afterschool initiatives for middle school children, elder services, an emergency food program and much more. Monetary donations help maintain and grow the quality, consistent care EEH members have come to rely on.

East End House is located at 105 Spring St., Cambridge 617.876.4444

5 Jane Doe Inc.

Jane Doe, a statewide coalition of 60 organizations, advocates for the safety, dignity and liberty of sexual and domestic abuse survivors. Through education programs to prevent violence as well as outreach assistance to help end the cycle of abuse, Jane Doe been the voice of silent victims in Massachusetts since 1998. Donations can be made on line or via mail, and can also be made in honor or memory of someone lost to sexual or domestic violence.

Jane Doe is located at 14 Beacon St., Suite 507, Boston 617.248.0922

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