There are always needs to be met in every community.

Homeless individuals living downtown, patients fighting illness or disability, youths seeking a chance to excel academically or artists wanting to express themselves in inspirational, creative ways.

Private citizens, corporations and foundations distribute millions of dollars each year to help the needy, fund medical research, build hospitals and universities, educate youths and enhance the community’s culture and lifestyle. Thousands of residents support their favorite nonprofits with monetary gifts and volunteer services, too. Here are just a few of the ways you can help.