Go shopping
… at Second Chance Treasures, to benefit homeless pets. The store is owned and operated by East Lake Pet Orphanage, a no-kill, non-profit organization that houses dozens of dogs and cats. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can also donate or volunteer at the shelter. Visit secondchancetreasures.org for more or call 214.660.9696

Knit some booties
… at Lakewood Branch Library with the Knit Wit’s club, which meets every Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. They are best known for the thousands of baby hats they knit each year for Parkland Hospital, the annual afghan they make to help raise funds for the library, and the booties they knit for the Gendercide Awareness Project. Call the Lakewood Branch Library at 214.670.1376 to learn more, or just grab your needles and go to 6121 Worth.

Cultivate your crayon skills
… and become a playroom volunteer at Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center at 5351 Samuell Blvd. in Dallas. Be a positive adult presence in the life of at-risk children by spending the day engaging them with fun activities such as coloring, toys, and games while they wait to talk with experts at DCAC. With a little sensitivity training, you’ll be ready to play. You can also help by donating school supplies, backpacks and uniforms for children whose homes are deemed unsafe. For more information, call the front desk at 214.818.2600 and ask for the volunteer coordinator.

Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.

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