Volunteering During the Holidays in 2020
A Season of Giving in Full Swing
While everyone likes to give what they can all year round, you can’t deny the special sense of something bigger than ourselves when volunteering during the holidays. Hitching a ride on the chill of uncertainty that 2020 brings means this season of love has big shoes to fill. While our community is still healing in the midst of political unrest, pandemic concerns, job uncertainty, and more, there is no better time to demonstrate the resilience of our humanity where it counts. Local opportunities to give of your time and your talents are everywhere. Once again, Activate Good stands on the front lines of local kindness and collaboration.
No matter what your favorite brand of giving may be, Activate Good and all of the nonprofit partners are ready for you with safe, social-distance-savvy chances to give back throughout the Triangle. Volunteering during the holidays has never been easier. For kids ages 1 to 92, individuals and/or groups, if volunteering is your thing, ‘tis the season to step up, my friends. Trust me, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find just a few of the organizations caught up in the holiday spirit of making a difference.
If you want to make sure everyone has a meal for the holidays, give on a local level.
- TABLE in Carrboro has been feeding hungry kids since 2008 and even offers nutrition classes around healthy eating habits for those in need. During the holidays, they need delivery drivers. Learn more and sign up to volunteer HERE!
- Overflowing Hands in Raleigh has been doing their thing since 2011. They believe every child deserves the chance to experience their full potential regardless of economic standing. They help provide basic needs like food, but also offer youth and leadership development for children and young adults. When COVID-19 came along, Overflowing Hands partnered with Rocky Top Catering to feed kids and families affected by the pandemic. They’ve done great work so far but still need your help. Check out opportunities with Overflowing Hands HERE!
- Of course, there’s always a need at your local food bank too. In Durham and Raleigh, volunteers are needed to help package and sort salvaged food. The sorted food will be given to food pantries and shelters throughout the community for families in need of a meal. Whether you’re unloading a food truck, sorting, or helping with distribution and deliveries, every effort matters.
Who knew you could experience retail without the headache, and actually give back at the same time? If you’re a kid at heart like me and you love giving back, then the Pride for Parents Christmas Stores in Raleigh are for you. Pride for Parents offers quality, affordable toys and gifts for a small price to hard-working families during the holidays. So Wake County families can shop with dignity for their families from a selection of new and gently used donations.
Video testimonial for Pride for Parents
They will need help getting the stores ready to open in time for the holidays. Tasks include anything from sorting merchandise to stocking shelves, and they need volunteers to greet guests and work the register. All volunteer opportunities will have COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. Serve in a way that feels right for you and the people in need of your holiday heart. Remember there are opportunities in both the downtown and Southeast Raleigh locations. Sign up to volunteer for Pride for Parents here.
We all know COVID-19 can’t stop the spirit of the holidays. If the pageantry of the season is what you love most, check out Special Blessings Inc.’s “Winter Wonderland”. Volunteers will have the opportunity to dress up as Christmas characters and serve at this drive-through Christmas party. This alternative celebration is for people who want to share a sense of togetherness safely. It’s a COVID-19-aware/sensitive event on December 12th from noon to 5 pm. You can dress up in any Christmas character that fills you with the Christmas spirit (but don’t bother trying to take on the classic style of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They’re already making an appearance!).
These are just a few of the opportunities to make a difference in your community. During these challenging times, people yearn to be part of a community, to not be alone. Let’s come together safely and make a difference in people’s lives. For more information about volunteering during the holidays, visit Activate Good’s Holiday Volunteer page. Give in a way that truly moves your spirit, and know that Activate Good has your back. The magic of the holidays is they become what we make of them. The place is your community. The season is giving, and the time is now.