Spooky Ways to Serve

October, 2021

Halloween is upon us! As we enter into the spookiest weekend of the year, we challenge you to find a way to serve and make a difference.

Spread some spooky cheer by donating to the Afghan Community fund to support the 765 afghan arrivals coming to Utah soon. 

If you prefer to stay at home to Trick or Treat this year volunteer remotely by baking a cake for disadvantaged children, answering calls from survivors of hurricane Ida, or becoming a Christmas wish granter. 

While young ones spend a night running door to door collecting as much fun sized candy as they can carry, they are bound to drop some wrappers on the ground in their frenzy! This weekend, if you notice some collateral Halloween damage in the form of garbage, take a minute to pick it up and beautify your neighborhood or favorite walking trail! Every little bit makes a difference.

Check on your neighbors! If you’re trick or treating, take a minute to ask if they need help with anything. There are a lot of winterizing projects needing to be done now that we are feeling the freeze, and those less mobile may need some assistance. If you’re past the age of trick or treating, do it in reverse! Stop by to drop off some treats and make sure those in your neighborhood are doing well. 

As we enter our first of many cold snaps of the season, consider those who may be in need of warm winter supplies or a healthy meal. Local shelters, community centers, and nonprofits have begun posting their needs for both donations and meals! Need help finding a way to serve near you? Search on JustServe.org or check below for a list of needs in your area. Please add other organizations to our limited list of community needs in the Facebook comments.


The Road Home – Urgent Needs List

Volunteers of America, Utah – Winter Urgent Needs

Family Promise Salt Lake – Wish lists at bottom of page

Catholic Community Services – Donation Drives


Community Action Services & Food Bank – How to Host a Food Drive

Women Infants & Children Utah County – Donation Needs

Fresh Start Ventures – Winter Coat Drive

Donate Dinner for Circles Weekly Meetings


Shepherd’s Bowl – Serve a Meal to the Underserved

Ogden First Baptist Church – Coat Drive

Catholic Community Services of Northern Utah – Donation Needs


WabiSabi – Thrift store donations

Grand County Food Bank


Iron County Care & Share – Wish List


Kids on the Move – Seeking in-kind donations

Solomon’s Porch Friday Pantry – Seeking volunteers every Friday

Family Support Center – Seeking in-kind donations

Switchpoint – How to Host a Donation Drive

Utah Food Bank – How to Host a Food Drive