It’s November and as Thanksgiving approaches, we especially remember those in need among our Chatham County neighbors as well as the organizations that seek to do good. During this difficult year financial help or other donations will be especially appreciated. Take a look at the Chatham Connecting website ( where Chatham County non-profit organizations, their needs, missions, and contact information are listed. Last year the CORA food bank provided a week's worth of food for more than 900 individuals from mid-November thru December; this year the call for assistance is likely to be greater. You can help with monetary or food donations; for more information go to Every year the Adult Services Unit of Chatham County Social Service has a Christmas Dreams program to provide gifts and ongoing needs to elderly and disabled adults. And Chatham Connecting lists many programs that aid disadvantaged children with special assistance during the holidays. Opportunities abound to help your neighbors—adults and children alike—and details are listed at