Editorial: Give a little, get a lot

At its holiday gathering this week, Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County CEO Sharon Bradley announced the agency provided more than $800,000 in charity care for fiscal year 2012. For the past five years, that amount climbs to $3 million.

This is the time of year we think about giving, and when we give to charitable organizations, we get quite a bit back. From the organizations and from Uncle Sam.

If you are so inclined, the visiting nurses is clearly a deserving organization that does wonderful work right here at home. Secure donations may be made online at visitingnurse.net.

The Community Assistance Fund is an umbrella organization to help Wilton families in need with heating assistance, rental assistance and the food pantry. Checks may be made payable to Wilton Interfaith Council, 180 School Road, Wilton 06897, or call 203-834-6238.

CERT, Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team, is comprised of volunteers who turn out during emergencies ranging from traffic accidents to major events like Storm Sandy. Monetary gifts pay for equipment and training. Checks should be made out to Wilton CERT and mailed to Wilton Fire Department, 236 Danbury Road, Wilton 06897, attn: Jack Majesky.

A cancer diagnosis is difficult enough, but when that diagnosis is for a child it can be devastating. The Circle of Care offers support to families of children with cancer by providing families with everyday essentials to lighten the burden of hospitalization, ease communications with family and friends, and make over a sick child’s room. Visit thecircleofcare.org and click on Ways to Help.

Where do we all go when the lights go out? In addition to nearly 365 days of service per year, the Wilton Library provides not only knowledge and entertainment in the form of its collection but warmth, electricity and Wi-Fi. Donations may be made online at wiltonlibrary.org, or by mailing a check to Wilton Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton 06897.

The Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps is an independent nonprofit organization providing 911 emergency ambulance coverage 24/7 in Wilton. To donate, send a check made payable to Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps to 234 Danbury Road, Wilton 06897.

Worthy organizations in Wilton are far too numerous to list in detail in this space, but here are more:

Wilton Land Trust: wiltonlandtrust.org, inquiry@wiltonlandtrust.org or call 203-761-8715.

Wilton Historical Society: wiltonhistorical.org or 203-762-7257.

Wilton Educational Foundation: wiltoneducationfoundation.org.

Meals on Wheels: run out of Wilton Meadows Health Care Center, call 203-762-0566.

Wilton Playshop: wiltonplayshop.org.

Ambler Farm: amblerfarm.org — click on Support — or send a check to Friends of Ambler Farm, P.O. Box 7442, Wilton 06897.

Woodcock Nature Center: woodcocknaturecenter.org.

Wilton Family YMCA: wiltonymca.org.

Trackside Teen Center: call Executive Director Mark Ketley at 203-824-2888 or email mark@trackside.org.

The Wilton Unit of the Salvation Army: Wilton Unit, Salvation Army, c/o Louise Delaney, 38 Woods End Drive, Wilton 06897.

FISH transportation service: checks made out to FISH may be sent to Walt Misdom, 44 Village Court, Wilton 06897.