Giving back year-round is important, but many feel especially called to do so during the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving. In the spirit of giving, we’ve rounded up some organizations that need your support around the holidays, ways you can find volunteer opportunities in your area, as well as other ways you can give back this Thanksgiving.
Things might be a little different this year due to restrictions from COVID-19. Do a little extra research to make sure individual organization locations are operating normally near you. (Looking for other charities you can donate to? Find some of the best ones here.)
Meals on Wheels.
This established organization brings nutritious meals to seniors who are at risk for hunger year-round, but they ramp up efforts around the holidays. You can find volunteer opportunities near you here.
Volunteer to go grocery shopping.
People in vulnerable populations might need your help to get groceries safely this holiday, especially during COVID-19. You can learn more about the volunteer process here. If you do, make sure you’re being particularly careful in regards to COVID-19 precautions both during and after your shifts.
Volunteer at or donate to a food bank.
Many local food banks see an influx of volunteers around the holidays, which can actually overwhelm them. Be sure to ask, specifically, what they need when you’re inquiring about volunteering. Maybe it’s just some donated supplies. Maybe it’s your time, but at a later date. Or maybe they could really use your time around the holidays. Find a food bank near you here.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Again, soup kitchens might be a bit overwhelmed with volunteers around this time of year, but if they are holding any specific holidays meals, they might have room