Editorial: Where charity begins
The end of the year offers an opportunity to do some good and reap a nice reward for it in the form of a tax write-off. We’re talking about charitable donations.
Before the warm holiday glow has left, please give some thought to making a contribution to one of the many charities and nonprofit organizations that do good works in Wilton. Your gift will fulfill that time-honored adage: Charity begins at home.
Earlier this month The Bulletin reported on the financial needs of the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. This group of dedicated people is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to answer emergency calls. The corps’ main source of income comes from insurance payments for ambulance calls. These payments, which are set by the state and federal governments, do not cover expenses. To make a contribution, visit wiltonambulance.org or call 203-834-6245. If you shop online with Amazon, please go to smile.amazon.com and select the ambulance corps to receive a charitable contribution from the online retailer.
The Wilton Community Assistance Fund collects donations to help families in need pay their heating bills and also contributes financial assistance to the food pantry at Comstock Community Center. Contributions may be sent to Wilton Social Services, 180 School Road, Wilton 06897, or call 203-834-6238.
The Salvation Army offers services year-round to help Wilton families in need. Donations may be made with a smartphone by texting 41444 with the word WILTONSA. Or send a donation to Wilton Unit, Salvation Army, c/o Louise Delaney, 38 Woods End Drive, Wilton 06897.
Person-to-Person now includes Wilton in its service area. The organization has many programs to help people of all ages. Visit p2pHelps.org or call 203-939-1650.
If there is a weather disaster or other type of emergency, Wilton’s Community Emergency Response Team will be on the scene. Our CERTS, as they are called, help the police in directing traffic, manning the emergency shelter, conducting search and rescue operations, and more. Donations are used to purchase supplies. Visit wiltoncert.org or call 203-762-0691.
Stay at Home in Wilton helps our senior citizens live independently as long as possible. Sometimes people need just a little bit of help — a ride here or there, minor home repairs, a chance to get out and socialize — and Stay at Home helps with all that. It is a membership organization that offers financial assistance to those who cannot afford the yearly fee. For information, visit stayathomeinwilton.org or call Janet Johnson at 203-762-9303 or Debbie McClelland at 203-778-1081. You may email Ms. McClelland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilton’s Domestic Violence Task Force spreads the word to the community and schools that violence at home or in a relationship is unacceptable at any level. Outreach costs money. The group also supports the Domestic Violence Crisis Center in Norwalk, which serves Wilton. To make a contribution, email task force chair Jennifer McNamara at email@example.com.
Woodock Nature Center offers many, many programs for students and families in addition to providing an opportunity to get close to nature 365 days a year. For information on how to donate, visit woodcocknaturecenter.org or call 203-762-7280.
Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County has been at Wilton’s service for more than a century now. Each year services are donated to needy individuals. They assist members of the community at the most vulnerable times of their lives. Visit visitingnurse.net or call 203-762-8958.
These are just a few of the worthy organizations in town. Please give to the nonprofit of your choice.