The holidays are not easy for everyone. For those who are struggling, an added financial burden of gifts and food can be overwhelming. Even if you are struggling, giving the gift of your time and to create hope for others is an incredible way to pour into your community, to teach your children to value others, and to catch onto the spirit of the season yourself.
Here are five ways you can volunteer during the holidays in Fayetteville this year.
#1 The Salvation Army provides several opportunities
From their family thrift store and shelter, to their Angel Tree, Christmas Warehouse and classic bell ringing, you can choose from a variety of options at the Salvation Army. Their mission is to provide hope to the hopeless. Volunteers enable them to help more people.
Create connections and build a strong community this holiday season by caring for the homeless and needy citizens of Cumberland County. Click here for more information.
Get connected with the Fayetteville Dream Center
The Dream Center’s goal is to make an impact on lives for an eternity. Their volunteer driven ministry relies on the help of volunteers each week. They have a food pantry called Angel’s Kitchen, a backpack buddies program, and more! Take a look at their services by clicking here and seeing if you want to get involved with them this December!
Volunteer at a food bank
The Second Harvest Food Bank serving southeast North Carolina has many volunteer opportunities. You could get involved with the community garden, in their general warehouse, or even with sorting and packing food. Give the gift of a good meal this holiday season and donate your time. You could even get your whole office or class involved! Click here for more information.
Spend some time at a no-kill animal shelter
FAPS is Fayetteville’s only licensed no-kill animal shelter and they love having volunteers! Give some love to animals who don’t have a forever home this holiday season. You can help make their stay at FAPS more comfortable and enjoyable. FAPS provides shelter for homeless animals until they are adopted into a loving and caring lifetime environment.
Anyone sixteen and older can volunteer at their shelter. Make sure that you wear close-toed shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. All volunteers must fill out an application and make sure to call and schedule a date to attend orientation! Click here for more information.
Organize a food drive at your office or in your neighborhood
We as a team are doing a food drive in the neighborhood of Lexington Plantation this week. We dropped off paper bags at people’s doorsteps and asked them to please donate non-perishable food items that we would pick up on Saturday December 8th and then deliver to two food banks/pantries of our choosing—Five N Two Food Pantry and Second Harvest Food Bank.
This is super easy to do! If you don’t want to do it in your neighborhood, you could get your whole office involved. Speak to your leadership and then place a big box in the lobby, break room, or in a central location. Raise awareness and let people know what you’re doing at least a week in advance. Give them an easy list of items to donate (ex. canned food items) and a deadline. Put it out on social media to raise awareness!
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