The Salvation Army logo (Anglophone Version)
The Salvation Army logo (Anglophone Version) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During this season of thanksgiving it seems that pretty soon everyone is going to have their hand out asking for a donation.

I am a big believer in volunteering and giving back to your community. However I realize that this time of year it can be hard to meet every request for charitable giving.

I encourage everyone to consider giving of their time and their talents this season and throughout next year.

There are many places who welcome volunteers and the need actually goes up this time of year as these organizations focus on fundraising and tend to receive additional donations.

You may also want to go through your closets and see if you have anything you can donate yourself – to make room for those many gifts you may be receiving later this year.   This is a great exercise for kids too – do they really need 40 Barbie dolls?

 Consider donating your time or your gently used items to one of the following worthy organizations:

  1. Toys for tots – new toys only, but often need volunteers to pick up the toys
  2. Salvation Army – always need volunteers to ring the bells
  3. Bridging – check the website for items needed
  4. Caring & Sharing Hands – need clothing and winter outerwear
  5. http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/ – this is a great organization with ideas for projects you and your family can do at home and then donate.

If you are looking for other opportunities for volunteering for you, your family or your organization check out the following websites to search for additional ideas:

  1. Volunteers of America:  http://www.voa.org/
  2. Hands On Twin Cities:   http://www.handsontwincities.org/
  3. Volunteer Match:   https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/index.jsp?r=msa&l=56071

Volunteering is an important part of supporting our local communities. I hope you take some time this year to find out how much fun it can be.