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Volunteering During the Holiday Season

  • 1.  Volunteering During the Holiday Season

    Posted 21 days ago
    Edited by Taylor Evans Ghosal 21 days ago

    Can you believe we're a week out from Thanksgiving? I've enjoyed the switch to sweater weather and I'm really looking forward to seeing my family, but it's got me thinking about all the other end-of-year holidays and celebrations coming up.


    With the holiday season around the corner, lots of us are looking to give back to our communities and express our gratitude for those around us. An article from the University of Texas Dallas estimates volunteering increases by 50% in November and December!


    Whether you're a first-time volunteer or a seasoned pro looking for a new opportunity, there are plenty of holiday volunteer options to fit your schedule and talents. Doing Good Together, a national nonprofit based in Minnesota, has a list of 12 Holiday Volunteering Tips on its website, featuring different ways to volunteer.


    Some of them are classics, and others put a creative spin on holiday giving. I think my favorite idea on the list has to be the calendar of giving, which involves families choosing a service project a month to complete together. Planning your volunteering throughout the year is a wonderful way to ensure year-round giving!


    I'm curious to hear how you give back this time of year. Your ideas may spur someone to volunteer this holiday season and beyond.


    - Do you volunteer during the holidays? If so, where do you like to volunteer?

    - Do you have any "out-of-the-box" ideas for holiday giving?

    - Do you have any tips on finding the opportunity that's a good fit?

    - Does your community organize any special initiatives, such as coat drives, to assist those in need? Feel free to link them below!

    Taylor Evans Ghosal
    Evanston IL