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What Is Your Favorite Catonsville Nonprofit?

GreatNonprofits.org released today its first ever list of top-rated charities in Catonsville, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top volunteer, giving, and internship opportunities.

Redwood Shores, Calif. – Interested in volunteering, giving or interning with a great local charity? GreatNonprofits.org released today its first consolidated list of user-reviewed non-profits in Catonsville, which Patch.com readers can use to discover top-rated charities to give or work with on issues they care about.


“Local giving and volunteering has exploded in recent years,” says Perla Ni, the CEO of GreatNonprofits, which published the list. GreatNonprofits is the leading site for non-profit reviews by volunteers, donors, and clients alike. “Like Shop local, eat local, people now want to get involved with local nonprofits. People are increasingly interested in making meaningful connections in their own neighborhoods and communities.”

Check out this list to find a great non-profit around Catonsville.

This list only contains charities within 10 miles of Catonsville, but you can expand it to include non-profits up to 50 miles away, or you can sort through them by issue and user rating. If your favorite charity is missing from the list, you can create a page for it on GreatNonprofits.org. Then you can write and post a review about it, helping others discover the organization and contribute to this great community resource.  Not only does this provide useful feedback for non-profits, which they can use for self-assessment and improvement, but it serves as compelling evidence about their work, which they can show to donors.
It is also a great way to find out about volunteer, internship, and job opportunities at local charities.

“It’s so rewarding for people to discover on-the-ground, maybe lesser-known non-profits doing great work in their own communities,” said Ni. “Getting involved, volunteering or interning with local charities can be a terrific experience, because non-profits need and appreciate the help. You can get substantive responsibilities and hone real-world skills. And you'll be able to make a difference and see it in your own community!"

The full list over 1 million non-profits, which users can explore using zip code, issue, and rating filters, is available at http://greatnonprofits.org/.

About GreatNonprofits
GreatNonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review, and share information about great – and perhaps not yet great – non-profits. Reviews of non-profits can be found at GreatNonprofits.org.

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Lisa Sansone November 29, 2012 at 11:41 PM
My favorite nonprofit in Catonsville is Lighthouse, Inc. on Mellor Ave. It is a counseling center for children and families. They provide services to our community without regard to the ability to pay for services. Please help support Lighthouse! Donate at www.lighthouse-md.org
Janet Metzner November 30, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Lighthouse Inc. sounds like a good cause. Thanks for the info! -Janet
Lisa Sansone November 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Thanks Janet, please check it out. They do wonderful work. They help children with special needs, children and teenagers with school problems, depression, provide family counseling, etc. They have a great social skills program for kids from 5-17. I can't say enough about this nonprofit.
Paul Dongarra November 30, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Lisa is right the lighthouse is a great charity. Here are some other's to consider. THe Lazarus Caucus: supports the homeless shelter for the west side of town, http://lazaruscaucus.org The Samaritin Women which supports women who are sexually exploited, http://thesamaritanwomen.org SWES: Southwest Emergency Services offering emergency assistance to those in need. http://arbutus.patch.com/articles/focus-on-volunteerism-southwest-emergency-services Grace AME Food pantry: Open Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-4pm, WInter's Lane, http://www.graceamechurch.org/action.htm
Tiffany Dilllow November 30, 2012 at 02:36 PM
My son has been helped by Lighthouse and I couldn't agree more with Lisa.
Siri November 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I have to put a plug in for the Catonsville Women's Giving Circle. We're a group of philanthropic women from all walks of life that operates as a fund of the Catonsville Community Foundation. Every year our member dues are granted to area non-profits through a grant process that begins in the spring and ends in the fall. Last year we granted over $20,000 to area non-profits! Among them were Lighthouse, the Children's Home, Grace AME's local history museum, Catonsville Rails to Trails, Catonsville Rec&Parks, STAR, Friends of the Catonsville Library and Sister's Academy. If you'd like to find out more, visit www.catonsvillewomengiving.org. Coincidentally, next Thursday is our Annual Holiday Open House. Anyone is welcome! Bring a friend, get to know us, and learn about the work we do and the local non-profits we've helped!
Susan Harrison Huot December 06, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I would have to say Believe in Tomorrow. They have helped so many children. And helped so many families through their Children's House at Johns Hopkins. While I do not know all the numbers and all the details as some of the posts above, I do know they are a very supportive and kindly group. I did volunteer for them for years until I moved away from Maryland but it really was a great organization.

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