Celebrate the Holidays by Giving Back

Celebrate the Holidays by Giving Back

Many families have holiday traditions, whether it’s a special food to a family activity they can all enjoy. This year, why not create a new tradition? Giving back to our community is what makes it so vibrant and strong, and there are so many ways to take part. Volunteering over the holidays can make a big impact on those who benefit from it, whether it’s their next meal, or a safe home for their families.

Here are just a few places you can volunteer around our community:

  • Cradles to Crayons: With a mission of providing children of all ages with basics and goods, the organization has easy ways to get involved. Their process is simple: new and nearly new children’s items are collected through grassroots community drives and corporate donations. Donations are then processed and packaged by volunteers in their warehouse, The Giving Factory. Last, packages from The Giving Factory are distributed to local disadvantaged children, and they can use your help every step of the way. Check out their website for information, and click here to find out more about volunteering.
  • Greater Boston Food Bank: Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. With a commitment to provide at least one meal a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities, GBFB would be a great place to spend some time this holiday. Find more information on their website, and more about volunteering here.
  • More Than Words Bookstore: More Than Words is a job training and youth development program that empowers nearly 350 youth each year to take charge of their lives by taking charge of their bookselling business, valued at $4,000,000. They work with youth in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school, and give them part time jobs while teaching real-life business skills and setting them up for success. Learn more about More Than Words, or click here to find out how to volunteer.

All of these are great opportunities for families to spend time together, while also making our community better. This holiday season, be thankful for what you have, and consider sharing your time with others. Keep an eye out for next month, when we’ll be looking for volunteers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day!