Holiday Volunteering Opportunities
’Tis the season of giving! Donating money is almost always appreciated, but during the hustle-and-bustle, time is a precious commodity. Volunteering time makes us feel good about ourselves, true, but it also benefits the people in our communities who need it most. Instilling a charitable spirit in your child can be difficult — but we found some child-friendly volunteering opportunities to get them started.
Main Line Youth Alliance
For some LGBT youths who may be shunned by their families for their expression, the holidays may not be the happiest of times. The Mainline Youth Alliance helps LGBT+ youth with the struggle of transition and other difficult times in life by offering a safe space for youths to speak their minds and have their voices heard. They run entirely on donations and help from adult volunteers like you. They need volunteers who can assist with grant writing, chaperoning, and activity assistance. To learn more, see their volunteer page.
Cuddle My Kids*
Cuddle My Kids is an amazing non-profit that specializes in helping families that are currently dealing with or recently lost a family member to cancer. They offer in-home and out-of-home programs which aid those who need help from simple grocery shopping to providing massage therapy. Cancer is a struggle year-round, but during the holiday season the help is still needed. Cuddle My Kids runs with the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers. To find out how you can help, visit their volunteer page here.
Cradles to Crayons*
There are so many children in the greater Philadelphia area who don’t have access to simple pleasures that our children might take for granted. Cradles to Crayons seeks to give these disadvantaged youths in the area “KidPacks” with simple day-to-day items they need. Any child over the age of six can volunteer at this wonderful organization! Learn how here.
Plaid Pajamas Project*
The Plaid Pajamas Project seeks to get local children bundled up this cold season in comfortable, warm, and clean pajamas donated from generous families and children in the area. While predominantly donation-based, you can help this project by hosting a pajama-drive, a sorting-and-wrapping party, or simply donating gift cards like GapCash, Kolh’s Cash, and other small-balance gift cards to buy pajamas for the project.
MANNA provides food and counseling to direly-ill patients in need of good food year-round — but the holidays are a great time to get involved and help patients in the greater Philadelphia area. There are volunteer opportunities to help cook meals (you must be over 14 to help in the kitchen), deliver meals to patients, prep the kitchen, and more. To learn more, see their page.
There are always options to donate money or goods as a way to model charity to children. Here are some options:
*The Kids Can Help!