Here’s How To Really Make A Difference During The Holidays

The holidays can sometimes feel like a celebration of excess. But the season isn’t just about giving gifts; it’s also about giving back. Volunteering is one of the best ways to support your community and spread some cheer. Here are some tips and ideas for how you and your family can make a positive impact this holiday season, and enjoy some warm fuzzy feelings along the way.

Not Sure How to Help? Ask!

Every volunteer wants to be useful, and the best way to ensure this is simply to ask how you can be of use. Choose an organization or agency that’s doing good work in your community, and contact them or check their website to find out how you might be able to help, or whether they have a wish list of supplies needed.

 Volunteer from the Comfort of Home

There are lots of things you can do at home that will make an impact. Bring your kids and friends together to make holiday cards, or knit by the fire, or use your professional skills to help an organization with their website or fundraising. Peruse thousands of virtual opportunities on VolunteerMatch.

Think Beyond the Soup Kitchen

This is a popular volunteer idea and unless you made a reservation with your local food bank or soup kitchen weeks or even months in advance, you may find that they have all the hands they need for the season. Here are some of the big areas of need to consider:

Housing & Homelessness (Habitat for Humanity, National Coalition for the Homeless), Poverty (Family-to-Family, Toys for Tots), Education & Literacy (Book Drives), Veterans (Department of Veterans Affairs), and Seniors (Opportunities with Seniors).

 Commit to Volunteering Year-Round!

There’s work to be done throughout the year, not just during the holidays. New Year’s Resolution, anyone?

By: Shannon David