While every holiday season brings a lot of cheer, for those less fortunate, it can be an extremely stressful and difficult time. So while you're thinking about how you'll be spending your time this holiday break, don't forget to look into ways you can give back to your community through volunteer opportunities.
The cliché: "There is power in numbers" is very true, so encourage your friends and family to get involved too! Together we can all make a difference this holiday season. To help you get started, here are some great volunteer opportunities to consider.
We all know the stories of families in Africa who are suffering from hunger, but there are many people in your local community in the same situation. Those who have fallen on tough times depend on food banks for meals. But the food banks can't do it alone and need volunteers more than ever during the holiday season. So grab some friends and commit to a few days of volunteering at your local food bank. It will be both fun and rewarding.
BC Food Banks
Alberta Food Banks
When we think of volunteering for the Salvation Army, we often think of sorting donations or ringing the bell during Christmastime. But if that's not for you, don't worry - there are other opportunities to help! Try volunteering for a Salvation Army Thrift Store where you can meet new people, work in the store by replenishing stock and create a friendly and clean atmosphere. Also, there are events that you volunteer for where you can help set up, decorate and maybe even provide some entertainment!
Salvation Army Thrift Store
According to Canadian Blood Services, approximately every minute of every day someone is in need of blood. Blood donations can help those recovering from cancer treatment, organ transplant, car accident and brain surgery. So even if you get a little queasy when it comes to blood, consider making a donation over the holidays. After all, "It’s in you to give!"
Canadian Blood Services
Do you have a special musical talent and want to spread some holiday cheer? If so, consider volunteering at a local seniors' home where you can brighten up someone's day by playing an instrument or gathering some friends together to sing Christmas carols. If you're not musically gifted and just have a couple of hours to spare, spend some quality time with those seniors who may not have family to celebrate the holidays with. No one deserves to be alone, especially during this special time of the year.
Senior's Care Guide