Five things you need to know before you volunteer this holiday season!
Often times the holidays are a time of year when people are reminded and inspired to give back to others. Volunteering is an awesome way to do that, and we want to make sure you have a great time, so before you reach out to your local food bank – read these tips.
- We hate to break it to you, but you’re not the only one out there with the idea to volunteer during the holidays. Start NOW to find a volunteer project that you’re interested in and secure a spot. Otherwise, by the time you try to volunteer, all of the spots could be taken. There are hundreds of options just waiting for you to sign up.
- When you reach out to a nonprofit to request to volunteer, be patient. Volunteer coordinators are likely being inundated with requests to volunteer, on top of trying to accomplish their day to day jobs. They want to respond as quickly as possible, but it may take more time than normal. Spread a little holiday joy and show up to your project with cookies or a thank you card!
- Think outside the box. Everybody wants to serve a meal on Thanksgiving Day, but there just isn’t enough room for everyone to do the exact same volunteer project. Be unique and try something new. There’s a lot of need, just not all of it involves a turkey or candy canes. Check out some of these holiday volunteering ideas and resources!
- We think it’s great you want to volunteer, and so do the nonprofits in our community. These organizations rely on volunteer help to provide vital services to people in our community, but here’s the catch: work is needed all year around, not just during the holiday season. Check out how you can help all year long.
- Can’t find a time for a volunteer project that works for everybody? What about coordinating an “adopt a family” project? You can rally your co-workers, friends, family and network to provide items that allow each family in our community to celebrate this holiday season.
No matter what you do or how you do it, we hope volunteering is included in your holiday plans this year.