10 Ideas to Spark Your Volunteer Spirit - Vario Philanthropy
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10 Ideas to Spark Your Volunteer Spirit

The holidays offer a great opportunity to volunteer with friends, family, and co-workers. For parents, this season provides a perfect way to help your children develop a value for giving back to their community. The best part? You deepen bonds while giving back to your community.

Here are 10 simple ways that you can serve this holiday season.

  1. Bake and deliver cookies to your local police or fire department, or a non-profit you love.
  2. Gather new socks and underwear to donate to a homeless shelter or foster care agency. If you drive in parts of the city near people experiencing homelessness, consider making bags with a bottle of water, a toothbrush/toothpaste, clean socks, soap, a food bar, and bus passes to give instead of cash.
  3. Deliver a home-baked meal to an elderly neighbor. Or offer to hang (and then take down) Christmas lights for them.
  4. Select a family who is struggling and become their “Secret Encourager”. For 12 days, leave a small gift or baked goods on their front porch with a little note to cheer their day.
  5. Contact an area retirement facility and offer to sing or do crafts with their residents.
  6. Gather food and new toys to donate to a local animal shelter.
  7. Write cards to our military men and women thanking them for their service and wishing them happy holidays.
  8. Prepare small “care packages” with some candy and an encouraging note. When out shopping or having dinner, give one to your cashier/waiter as a way to thank them for their hard work.
  9. Reach out to a friend who struggles during the holiday season. Invite them to dinner, take them out to view the festive lights, or offer to run errands for them.
  10. Host a neighborhood dinner/cocktail party. As your guests’ “entrance fee” ask them to bring household cleaning supplies and diapers. Donate what you collect to a local food pantry or homeless shelter.