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#GivingTuesday: Website helps you navigate nonprofits in your area

If you're at home and wondering how you can still help your community, there's a website that can help you track down different spots.

AUSTIN, Texas — Editor's note: KVUE is recirculating this article in light of Giving Tuesday, a movement aimed at helping people and organizations in your community on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

With a few clicks of your computer mouse, you can find tons of options for charity organizations in your area.

The website Charity Navigator is an easy resource you can use from the comfort and safety of your own home.

It's pretty easy to use. Once you're on the site, do an advanced search. Then you can put in a lot of different specifics or just stick with something simple, like your city and state.

Just searching "Austin, Texas" gives you pages and pages of results.

On the first page is Austin Pets Alive!, an animal shelter that said it's in need of monetary donations and foster families for the animals.

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You can also find homeless service providers like Front Steps or the Sunrise Community Church, which runs the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center. It says it's in need of monetary donations, food, tents, masks, gloves and cleaning supplies.

The Central Texas Food Bank is another organization that made the website's list.

Derrick Chubbs, the president and CEO of the Central Texas Food Bank, said they've had to cut back on volunteers, even though there's a lot more work to be done with people losing their jobs and needing the food bank's help now more than ever.

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"We need donations," said Chubbs. "Because we're going to need to purchase food that ordinarily would have been donated to us and the need is rapidly increasing."

He said the food bank is preparing for a 200 to 300% increase in need with the mobile pantries.

Chubbs also said the food bank still needs volunteers, so long as the people are healthy and haven't been traveling recently.


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