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Holiday Volunteering and Donations

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

During the winter holiday season, you can find ways to help with all kinds of holiday needs sponsored by a variety of local organizations. These include everything from wrapping gifts to volunteering at holiday events to donating meals or gifts for families in need. If you aren't able to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your schedule during this season, remember that organizations that serve the needy seek assistance all year--and especially after the holidays. Find them and learn more about their missions and year-round needs by searching our list of organizations dedicated to basic needs/food/shelter.

Give of Yourself

Looking for a meaningful holiday gift that embraces the concept of giving in every way? Try this: Volunteer in honor of your loved ones.  Pick a cause they care about from among those you can filter for in our organization database--everything from animal welfare to health to arts & culture--to find ways to help. Then simply sign up and serve. Don't have time to fit in your volunteer service before your gift-giving time? You could pledge to volunteer for a particular project, perhaps committing to serve every month for one or more organizations. That way, maybe your gift recipients will be able to join you!

Once you decide on a volunteer activity, you can even print out a Gift of Volunteering certificate offered by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection as part of its Gift Outside the Box holiday campaign. This program encourages sustainable gift choices to reduce waste, support local businesses, and encourage volunteerism during the holiday season. 

Monetary Donations Make Thoughtful Gifts

During this holiday gift season, consider honoring your friends and family with a donation to a nonprofit or government agency. Many organizations based in our area offer easy and meaningful ways to make financial contributions in the names of your gift recipients (and typically provide them with a card or letter acknowledgement).