It's Giving Tuesday, a national day for supporting nonprofits. The Word Factory team encourages you to volunteer with or donate to your favorite cause, or choose one of ours:

National Opportunities

Grey Muzzle improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide. Or give directly to your local shelter. makes it easy for anyone to help students in need by funding teacher's projects, like Kickstarter for school-based, teacher-led activities.

Kaboom helps build playgrounds within walking distance of every kid in America.

The Vasculitis Foundation supports people living with vasculitis, a family of rare diseases; the caregivers and clinicians who assist patients; and the researchers working toward better diagnoses, treatments and cures. (Full Disclosure: The VF is a client, but I'd support it anyway. My high school English teacher has granulomatosis polyangiitis (Wegener's), one of the vasculitides.)

North Carolina Opportunities

Blanket Orange County provides blankets to residents of the homeless shelters and un-sheltered individuals through December 1.

The Book Fairy gathers new and gently-used books for kids on the Pediatric Oncology unit at UNC Hospitals through December 6.

The Southern States Food Drive collects non-perishable foods for area food banks through December 18.

Table provides emergency weekly food aid to kids in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools so they don't go hungry after school, on weekends and during vacation time.

Paws4Ever is a guaranteed-adoption shelter and training facility outside Carrboro.

The East Durham Children's Initiative supports young people in a 120-block area of East Durham to graduate from high school ready for a career or college.

Check out the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber's directory of nonprofits for more ideas.

Any amount of time or money you can spare on Giving Tuesday and beyond makes a difference!