Escondido, CA

More nonprofits worthy of your last minute donations

For the last three weeks, The Times-Advocate has solicited locally-based nonprofits to send us their information to publish before the December 31 deadline for making donations that can be deducted from income taxes for 2020. 

This is the final article on nonprofits for this year. 

Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Escondido Creek Conservancy is focused on the health and vitality of the Escondido Creek watershed. Since 1991, we have helped preserve over 7,000 acres of land and we currently own and manage roughly 3,000 acres in the watershed. The Escondido Creek watershed extends from above Lake Wohlford, through the City of Escondido, Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, and into the San Elijo Lagoon in Solana Beach/Encinitas. By delivering on our promise to build and protect healthy communities for wildlife and people, we bring everyone closer to the vital resources that nature has to offer our quality of life. We ask that you join us on our mission to preserve, protect, and restore the Escondido Creek watershed so that our community and nature flow together. For more information about the work we do or ways you can get involved, please visit our website or contact us at

Here is a link to the organization video 

North County Veterans Stand Down

North County Veterans Stand Down (NCVSD) is a four-day event designed to help veterans get back on their feet. Our 5th Annual Stand Down runs Thursday, April 15 through Sunday April 18, 2021 at Green Oak Ranch in Vista. There, veterans and their immediate family members will receive free services, such as medical, dental, and vision care; benefits counseling; legal counseling and Homeless Court; housing and employment opportunities; and many other services.  

Stand Down is a military term that means to stop what you’re doing and regroup. During wartime, units in combat for extended periods would be sent to the rear area, a relatively safe zone, to rest, eat, wash, and write letters home. For our homeless veterans, Stand Down is a place where they can safely eat, shower, put on clean clothes, get a good night’s sleep, and access services all in one place. This helps to put them in the mindset to turn their lives around. We provide them the opportunities to do just that. To date, over 100 veterans have moved into housing thanks to our service partners.

NCVSD is designed to help all veterans in need, whether they are homeless, one missed paycheck or car repair bill from homelessness, or just can’t otherwise afford services that our partners provide free of charge during our event. All veterans are welcome!

Please check out our 3-minute video that shows what we do:

NCVSD counts on the amazing generosity of our community to complete our mission. Please find it in your heart to help us help our veterans and donate to our cause. Make out checks to NCSD Vets Stand Down and send to 230 E Park Ave Escondido CA 92025 or donate via PayPal on our website,

Volunteer opportunities for our life-changing event will be available starting in February. If you have further questions, please email us at or call 866-535-2038. Thank you for learning about us!

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