El Paso Giving Day has gone virtual this year and there are plenty of local charities that need your help. Here are some of my favorites to donate to. Early giving is happening now for El Paso Giving Day and continues through October 14th. This year, there are plenty of prize money incentives to get people out there and donating early to their favorite charities in a variety of different ways but you may not know which charity you want to give to this year. Here's a list of some of the charities I personally donate to, work with, and just love what they're doing to support people in our community. To see the full list of organizations participating this year and find out more about their cause, please visit the El Paso Giving Day website.

Academy of Aerial Fitness- This is an organization close to my heart since it's the gym that I currently attend! You can learn lyra, aerial silks, aerial hammock, aerial yoga, pole fitness, strength training, and more. Learn more at their website and come join the circus!

ACTion Program for Animals (APA)- This group helps animals in Dona Ana County as well as pets with their medical care, behavior training, and more. The group does amazing work to help animals and their owners and you can learn more about them at their website.

Alzheimer's Association- There are a few people in my family who suffer from Alzheimer's and this organization does amazing work by educating the public about Alzheimer's disease and supporting those who have family members suffering from the disease.

Animal Rescue League of El Paso- The woman who runs this non-profit is amazing and the group does so much amazing work to help neglected, abused, and abandoned animals in the Sun City.

CASA of El Paso- A Court Appointed Special Advocate aka CASA volunteer work with the court system to help abused and neglected children in the Borderland and determine what will be in the best interest of the child. This is such an important job to make sure children know they have someone on their side who is going to help and protect them.

El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank- The food bank has been working tirelessly to help feed people, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is still working to help others during this difficult time and this is a great non-profit to donate to.

El Paso Child Guidance Center- During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have learned how critical mental health is to a person's overall well-being. The center is there to help out children, adults, families, and people of all ages and socio-economic statuses.

El Paso Film Festival- This film festival brings some big names to the city to promote the film industry in the city and the talent El Paso has to offer the industry.

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center- Admission to this museum is FREE and the group works to help the past never be forgotten, which sadly is currently happening. Donate to this worthy cause and go visit the museum to learn the story of El Pasoans who survived the Holocaust.

HER Pantry- This group works to assist families in El Paso have access to diapers and feminine hygiene products.

Humane Society of El Paso- One of the biggest names in animal welfare in the Sun City, the Humane Society does great work to help out neglected, abused, and abandoned animals in the city.

La Posada- I've visited this shelter before and the staff work tirelessly to support women and families who suffer from domestic violence. The group also help homeless women with children have a roof over their head while they get back on their feet. Learn more about this organization on the website.

Laws N Paws- Established by an EPPD detective who worked with animal abuse cases and saw the need for these animals to be cared for and rescued from bad situations. The group helps animals with medical issues, fostering, and rehabilitation until they are able to find a forever home. Learn more about Laws N Paws and see their adoptable dogs on their website.

NAMI El Paso- This group provides education and support for those suffering from mental illness and their families. There are several courses available for people to take and begin the road to recovery and how to live your life with mental illness. This is a cause close to my heart, especially now with so many people suffering from mental illness during the pandemic. Learn more about this organization through the website.

Rescue Mission of El Paso- This is a wonderful organization that can house almost 200 people onsite at night and they welcome men, women, and families giving a warm bed, a shower, 3 square meals a day. They also give access to laundry facilities, a nurse, and offer counseling services. They also help people look for jobs, have a relapse prevention program, offer an outreach program to those not staying at the mission, and even have a vocation rehab program!

Child Crisis Center of El Paso- I've donated to this organization for Christmas and other holidays and this is a place where you can really see where your donations are going and who they are helping.

You can learn more about El Paso Giving Day on the website.

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