‘Tis the season for some of the most fulfilling and rewarding volunteer opportunities. As we move into this special time of year, we recognize that for some, joy can be overshadowed by emotional, medical or financial hardships. Here are some meaningful ways you can help others make the most of the holidays.
Tip: Volunteer with family or friends for some memorable, quality time.
Feed seniors in need.
According to Meals on Wheels, 9 million seniors in America face the threat of hunger. Sign up to help deliver warm meals (and even warmer smiles) to local people in need. The best part is, volunteer sessions usually last up to 1.5 hours – so you can make a difference on your lunch break.
Bring joy to children.
Ronald McDonald House Charities help provide stability and resources for families with children fighting illness. Find your local chapter, and learn how you can help by cooking, listening, hosting a family, or just being there to provide support. In the D.C. area, you can make siprits bright at The Children’s Inn, where even the smallest gesture can make a big difference for a child and their family.
Extend a warm welcome.
As you gather with family and friends to celebrate, it’s easy to forget that some people are alone or far away from loved ones. Consider hosting a potluck dinner, and invite people who might have nowhere else to go. Just by opening up your home, you can help fill their hearts for the holidays.
Spread cheer to seniors.
Organize a group to help bring holiday magic to a senior care facility in your area. Here’s a complete guide to help you every step of the way – from setting up your visit to making a supply box. Just imagine how much happiness you and your friends, family, coworkers or neighbors can bring to every resident you meet.
Build a home for the holidays.
There’s nothing like being home for the holidays. You can help make that the case for more families through Habitat for Humanity. It’s a great opportunity to roll up your sleeves and create a stronger foundation in your community. Find your local Habitat to help a family near you.