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People normally get the urge to volunteer more during the holidays. Maybe it’s all the holiday decorations, or the music, but there’s just something about helping others that is super rewarding. The only issue is that people are normally super busy during the holidays, so it can be hard to fit in volunteering. Here are a few ideas for volunteering during the holidays that won’t take up too much of your time!
I recently found out about this organization that tackles food waste. Basically the organization connects local food donors (stores, bakeries, supermarkets) with local service agencies (soup kitchen, food pantries, shelters). Volunteers pick up excess food items from the food donors and deliver these items to the service agencies. Volunteers can sign up to do drop offs via the app or website. It’s a really great way to make a difference that won’t take up too much of your time (no more than one hour). I did my first “food rescue” on Thanksgiving and it was great!
One of my OTF friends told me about this organization last year. Their mission is to feed families, spread kindness, and strengthen communities through meals. For this organization, you make a profile on their portal and you can indicate how many lasagnas you want to make, how frequently, and how far away you are willing to travel. I don’t like to overextend myself so I sign up to make one per month and that works well with my schedule. For people that love to cook, this is an awesome way to provide a lasagna for a family in need in your community and it would only take 1-2 hours.
A few employees did this volunteer activity as part of our Global Volunteer Day and I knew I had to share. You can write letters that will be included in every Care Package sent to Military and First Responders. If you’re having family come over for the holidays, this would be a great activity that everyone could do together!
Tell me: Do you normally volunteer during the holidays?
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