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Shop local for the holidays with these Southern California nonprofits

As we get into the holiday shopping spirit, remember that the best gift is the gift that gives back. From empowering Black women to protecting our California coastlines, there is no shortage of noble causes in need of support this year.

So, whether it’s through donation or sharing their mission, lift the spirits of others this holiday season by supporting these Southern California nonprofit organizations!

Photo by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center was the first marine mammal rehabilitation facility in California. This nonprofit organization’s purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals. They also host a visitor yard in Laguna Beach where you’ll meet California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Pacific harbor seals or northern fur seal patients. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Browse their sea-sational marine merch at the Treasure Trove or sponsor a pup’s next meal for the perfect holiday gift! 

Photo by the LGBTQ Center OC

Established in 1971, the LGBTQ Center OC is one of the oldest gay and lesbian community centers in the United States. This non-profit organization allows all members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to join together in a network of support and unity. The center provides services to more than 14,000 individuals annually. Some of their programs include mental health services, community support groups, youth programs, STI & HIV testing, and much more. 

Be extra proud this holiday season and donate to help create a safe space in our community! 

Black Women for Wellness is a Los Angeles nonprofit committed to the health and well-being of Black women and girls through health education, empowerment and advocacy.

Their monthly programs educate on reproductive rights, environmental justice, diabetes prevention, infant health, voter rights, and much more. Your donation fuels their ongoing fight to expand access to education, healthcare, and community.

Photo by Piece by Piece

Piece by Piece is a nonprofit that provides mosaic workshops for recently homeless and low-income residents of Skid Row. These pieces are created using recycled materials, including broken tile and glass. Their team of instructors work collaboratively with each individual to develop creative skills and improve their quality of life with a source of earned income. Your donation allows Piece by Piece to provide workshops free of cost.

Photo by the Claremont Packing House

The Prison Library Project provides free reading materials to inmates nationwide to promote literacy, personal responsibility, reflection, and growth. Their most frequent requests are for dictionaries, language, business, and self-help related books for inmates working to achieve their GED. Through books these individuals can connect with the outside world, making their transition much easier once released. Your donation helps to better the lives of inmates nationwide!

Photo by Animals for Armed Forces

Animals for Armed Forces partners with local shelters to provide free pet adoptions to members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard. This organization’s goal is to save shelter animals by finding them safe and loving homes with members of our military. In-return these animals offer our veterans security and companionship. Donate and help connect military members with their furry best friend!