5 Ways You and Your Company Can Volunteer During the Holidays
Make time to give back as an individual, group or at the corporate level
While the holidays may be busy at your retail company or startup, it’s important to make time to give back in your community as a team. Whether you have a large group looking to plan a corporate giving event or just want to volunteer a few hours of your time with your co-workers, there are multiple ways your company can volunteer during the holidays.
Here are five great ways to give back this month.
1. Host a Toy Drive or Canned Food Collection
Most local food pantry or shelters accept canned food donations. If you don’t have time to plan a volunteer event, hosting a collection for toys, books or food is a very simple way to contribute to a cause.
Toys For Tots is a nonprofit organization that collects toys for underprivileged children around the holidays. The charity has donation drop-off locations across the country, as well as corporate opportunities for hosting a toy drive.
2. Serve Meals at a Soup Kitchen
Another great opportunity for groups is volunteering at a homeless shelter during meal service hours. While this would be more ideal for a smaller group of about 10 to 15 employees, it’s a great way to directly give back to your community, especially if there’s a shelter near your company’s office.
Shelters are always in need of volunteers for breakfast service so this could be a great time to give back before heading to work one morning. Holidays also tend to be a very busy and crowded time at shelters so the staff will greatly appreciate you volunteering your time. Visit FoodPantries.org to find food pantries looking for help in your area.
3. Build Homes with Habitat For Humanity
If you’re located in warmer climates, a really good way to volunteer as a group is connecting with your local Habitat For Humanity chapter. The organization works to provide homes for those in need.
If you want to host a large volunteer event open to your entire company, this would be a good option for putting a lot of people to work. Imagine how much progress could be made on a home with a big group of volunteers!
4. Host a Letter Writing Party
More Love Letters is a letter writing campaign that originated in New York. The idea is to send anonymous love letters to people who are going through a difficult time.
The holidays can be really rough for some people, so this is a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer to those who need a little boost during this time. More Love Letters is currently running a “12 Days of Christmas” themed letter writing campaign. You could host a love letter writing party by gathering your co-workers after work to share some drinks, food and write a few letters!
5. Adopt a Family
One of my favorite ways for a company to volunteer during the holidays is hosting a family to buy Christmas presents for. You can usually set this up through your local Salvation Army Angel Tree branch or a community center such as a Boys and Girls Club.
How it works is: you break up into groups and each group gets a family’s wish list for the holidays. You buy the presents on their list, wrap them and turn them in to the collection coordinator. The presents then get distributed to the family.
Not only is this a great way to help an underprivileged family around the holidays but it also brings your co-workers together.
Interested in working for a nonprofit? See what opportunities are available in your area.
Monster Wants to Know: Know of any other great ways for you or your company to volunteer? Share with us in the comment section.