Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly — Lead the way!Steve Maraboli
Find a Project
It can be a challenge to find a formal volunteer project during the holidays. Volunteer opportunities fill up fast, and it is a challenge for organizations to plan one-time volunteer activities. You can search for opportunities on JustServe.org.
If you cannot find a formal volunteer opportunity, don’t worry! You can create your own project!
Host a Donation Drive
A great way to get coworkers, family, friends and neighbors involved is to host a donation drive! Start by finding an organization and their list of needs. We have listed a few below to get you started, but our list is not comprehensive. Be sure to check with local organizations to see if they have donation “wish-lists.” Once you’ve found an organization to help, send out the call for donations! You can send out emails, post on social media, and reach out to neighbors to collect donated goods.
Become a Long-Term Volunteer
It can be hard to find one-time projects during the holidays, but it is a great time to become a long-term volunteer. Explore organizations in your area on JustServe.org and find a way to get involved all year long!
Stop by your local hospice, senior center, or assisted living facility to spread cheer with a friendly visit or some holiday songs! Be sure to reach out beforehand to schedule your visit. You could also inquire about dropping off holiday cards to those that may not have family nearby.
Go out of your way to help a neighbor! You could shovel snow, help with lights, or deliver a meal. Every act of kindness counts!