The end of the year is a valuable time to give back to your community – and many find the holiday season the perfect time to support local organizations and those in need. Below are some ideas for holiday volunteering and for continuing to help into the new year!
Give the gift of warm meals to those in need. Many local communities have soup kitchens that have volunteer opportunities to serve meals. Soup kitchens serve a variety of meals for free or at reduced prices and often need volunteers to prepare the food, serve the meals, and help with clean up. Other organizations also provide pre-made food to homes to elderly, veterans, and others in need.
Sponsor a Family
While the holiday season is thought to be the most wonderful time of year, many families are unable to celebrate. By “adopting” a family, you will be paired with those in need, and you can help support with groceries, holiday gifts, and more. Helping a struggling family is a great way to provide holiday cheer in your community.
Visit Elderly and Veterans
One of the difficulties for the elderly is loneliness, especially during the holidays. An easy way to give back to your community is by visiting a local nursing home. There is often holiday caroling or decorating events that nursing homes need volunteers for. Additionally, visiting local veterans or sending holiday cards are excellent ways to thank those who have served.
Another great way to give back during the holidays is by donating food, clothing, and other essentials. Typically, communities will run a food and coat drive at the end of the year, and these items can help so many in need. If you want to make your donations more personal, consider running a coat or food drive in your office or help to deliver donated items to those in need.
Give All Year
While holiday giving is important, it’s also crucial to remember those in need all year long. In fact, holiday volunteering is such a popular idea that organizations are sometimes overwhelmed by one-time volunteers, but struggle to find help the rest of the year. Consider finding a way to help your community all year long!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – spread holiday cheer by getting involved in your community!