Volunteering In Indy During The Holidays

Dated: 11/15/2018

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The holidays are always full of events, food, gifts, family, and more! Time is always at a premium and it may always feel like there is never enough time to do all of the holiday things that you want to do! However, making time to contribute to your community is possible during this hectic season. Why not get the whole family involved in serving your community during the holidays? Squeeze in some family time while doing some good at the same time. Depending on how much time you have to volunteer, here are a few ways to get in on the spirit of giving this holiday season through volunteering.

  • Deliver Thanksgiving Meals - If you'd like to pack up the car with the kids and some Thanksgiving meals to start spreading some holiday cheer, sign up to volunteer with the Mozel Sanders Foundation on Thanksgiving Day. If you don't want to volunteer on the actual holiday, take the kids on another day to make cards or clean up after the festivities. The MSF helps to provide for the daily practical needs of the community.  

  • Help Stock the Food Bank - Have kids who love to scan items at the self-checkout? This is perfect! Gleaners Food Bank has opportunities for families to inspect, sort, and scan the donated food items. If you'd like to sign up for shifts, they have different options depending on your availability. Anyone under 18 must volunteer with an adult each time. Gleaners Food Bank works to lead the fight against hunger, bridging the gap and feeding hundreds of thousands of hungry Hoosiers each year.

  • Participate in a Pack - Volunteering for just a couple of hours with the Million Meal Movement, a single volunteer can pack up to 400 meals for another Hoosier. This family-friendly volunteer opportunity (ages 6+) takes place every month at the Million Meal Movement headquarters in Indianapolis. The MMM exists to feed those who are hungry for food, a mission, and to make a difference.

  • Send Holiday Greetings - Have family members who love being creative? If you've got artists (young or old) in your family, this is a fun way to spread some holiday cheer. Create holiday cards for kids who are spending the holidays in a hospital and send them in the mail to be distributed on your behalf. This is also a great opportunity to do with a Boy or Girl Scout troop or as part of any group activity as a way to give back during the holidays! There are some specific guidelines to follow, but can be completed anywhere.

  • Sort Toys - According to the Salvation Army, there are over 5,000 local children signed up for Angel Tree this year! Help sort the donated Angel Tree toys from local malls to be distributed to local children. Volunteers sign up for 3 hours shifts at the Broad Ripple warehouse to prepare the donations for the families in need. Salvation Army's Angel Tree program exists to bring a joyful Christmas to underprivileged Indiana children.

Giving back to your community as a family can be extremely rewarding, not to mention a great teaching moment for the youngsters in your life. Keep your eyes open for different opportunities through your work, church, or other community organizations as there are so many more opportunities to volunteer than listed here. Volunteering is a great way to get in the spirit of giving this holiday season.

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