I am always looking for volunteer ideas that help us give back to our community. This list is full of family volunteer ideas for the holidays. Not only can you give back to your community, but these ideas are perfect for doing along with your family. This helps make a bigger impact in another person life, but also helps you teach your children about giving back.
Amazing Family Volunteer Ideas For The Holidays
Hand out food and supplies at a local shelter. Find a local shelter or center and help hand out food and supplies to those less fortunate. There are many locations around most cities that offer food, blankets, household supplies, and even gifts during this season. Joining your family to hand out supplies is not just a way to help those in need, but also to teach your children about those who are less fortunate in your community.
Coupon for freebies to donate to those in need. We often share great deals with you here, and this is the time of year to really put that to use to create free products to donate. During the holiday season, it is important to remember not just food products, but also things like toiletries, blankets, socks, and especially gifts for children.
Those who are in need, often don’t have funds for the extras in life. While they need the basic necessities, they also need to feel the joy of a piece of chocolate, a cup of coffee, or even a bag of potato chips. Seeing to their needs is the most important thing you can do, but those little extra things are also extremely important to their well-being as a human being.
Shovel the walkway of someone in your neighborhood. One of the best family volunteer ideas for the holiday season is to get out there and help someone in your own neighborhood. If you live in an area with a lot of snow, then picking up a shovel and making driveways and walkways clear is a must. It’s a simple task, but it can go a long way toward helping someone who is physically unable to do so stay safe in the winter weather.
Visit residents at a local senior center or retirement home. This is on every list of volunteer ideas, but that is because it is so widely needed. The holiday season can be an especially sad time of year for those who are alone in a nursing home or retirement home. Taking the time out to spend with them and play games, read books, sing, or just listen to stories can truly be the highlight of their day. Find a local center or home and talk to the management about the best ways you and your family can help.
Be a bellringer! Did you know that anyone can be a Salvation Army bellringer? This is such a great holiday volunteer idea! Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries, or shelter an individual for a night. You can sign up to volunteer here.
This year, you and your family can make an impact on the community around you. These family volunteer ideas for the holiday season are easy to add into your routine. While simple tasks, they can and will make a huge impact on those around you in the community that are in need.
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