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Where to Volunteer Around Christmas

Where to Volunteer Around Christmas: Spread Some Holiday Cheer

Christmas is the time of year we can reach out to the community and give back. Are you curious about the best places to spend your time volunteering this holiday season? Grab your Santa hat as we explore the following:

Retirement Home

When you volunteer with the elderly, you bring much-needed holiday cheer. Do you play an instrument? Or do you have a well-trained pet? Want to help them set up their artificial Christmas tree? You could really spread the smiles when you give a bit of your time in a retirement home. 

Local Hospital

It’s no fun being in a hospital, especially around Christmas. Look into volunteering at your local hospital to help make someone’s holiday a little brighter. Don’t like the hospital environment? Try setting up a toy drive for the children who have to spend Christmas in the hospital. Imagine their happiness on Christmas morning with surprise toys!

Animal Shelter


When you volunteer to walk dogs or care for the other animals at the shelter, this helps support the low-staff numbers around this time of year. Animals are innocent souls and deserve TLC all year long, especially around the holidays, when many shelter pets feel extra lonely. If the shelter is not your ideal environment, you can organize a drive to collect food, blankets, toys, money, etc. Though they cannot speak, the animals will show their gratitude in other ways.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a wonderful organization present in over 131 countries and works to make the world a better place. There are many different ways to volunteer with this accredited agency.

Soup Kitchen or Food Bank

Volunteering at the soup kitchen seems like a “classic” when it comes to volunteering, but volunteers are always needed to feed the hungry! This is the way to reach out and really help change lives for the better. There will always be a need for this, and your support makes a world of difference. 

These are just a few of the endless options out there. When you do something good for your community, you, in turn, feel good as well. If you can afford to volunteer more than once a year, your community will undoubtedly benefit. 

As always, thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoyed this article on how and where to volunteer around the holidays.