Giving Back This Holiday Season in DC
The holidays are a wonderful time of year for gathering with friends and family and giving thanks for all the joy and happiness in our lives. However, they are also a time to reflect and consider the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. For many of us that means giving back to the community and lending a helping hand to those in need. There are many reputable national and international organizations that go a long way to make the world a little bit brighter, but what about right here in DC?
The Family Place
The DC area is home to several nonprofits dedicated to supporting immigrants and refugees. The Family Place is a welcoming environment where immigrants, refugees, and low-income families in the DC area can access education, support services, case management, and social support. The Family Place relies on the help of volunteers for many of its programs throughout the day. To get involved or for more information contact them today.
Pathways to Housing
Pathways to Housing provides stable, supportive housing for DC residents and helps residents navigate through the complexities of the Housing First Program. Residents in the program are often looking to reintegrate into their community, rebuild relationships, and reconnect with their faith fellowships and housing is the first step. Donate or get involved this holiday season (or year round) to help this organization provide housing to DC residents in need.
Food for All DC
Food drives are an important way to help the less fortunate during the holidays, but Food for All DC takes the food drive a step further. This completely volunteer-run nonprofit provides food to low-income and homebound residents in the area. The service provides a world of difference for the many elderly, handicapped, and single moms they support. Contact them to offer your support.
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It’s important to recognize our active service members during the holidays, especially the ones who are serving overseas and won’t be home to celebrate with friends and family. Any Soldier provides opportunities for people to gather together and create care packages for those members of the military that are stationed overseas. This makes a great volunteer opportunity for families who want to teach their children about the importance of giving back to the community and about the sacrifices members of the armed services make to keep us safe. Contact Any Soldier to find out how to participate.
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There are a couple of important things to remember
when volunteering during the holiday season.
First, we should all make a commitment
to volunteer a few times throughout the year
in an effort to keep the spirit of giving alive all year round.
And second, during the holiday season, charitable organizations
can get overwhelmed
by the sudden uptick in volunteer support.
Because of this, donations during the holidays can
sometimes help more than volunteering.
So, don’t feel guilty if you only donate cash to your favorite charity this year
– it helps out more than you may realize.
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