This year, make the holiday season a memorable one by giving back. It’s so easy to find causes you care about that you can help out this season. Giving a little bit of your time can go a long way for those in need. Check out a few ways that you can give back and make an impact this year.
Promote children’s literacy at Open Books.
Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through many inspiring programs and also the creative capitalization of books. The organization helps to transform students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who help to deliver innovative instruction to students. Your family can help by donating books to Open Books operations.
Distribute food with the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
The Chicago Food Depository is looking for volunteers to help repack food donations into individual and family portions, as well as check donations for expired food. One Saturday per month, the nonprofit hosts a Kids Day. Families with kids ages 5-15 can chip in on the repack sessions. They also host bonus Kids Days during winter and summer breaks. See their calendar to learn more.
Donate toys to kids in need with Toys for Tots.
For the kid who always have toys on their mind, it’s important for them to give toys as well. Help out at your local Toys for Tots by sorting and distributing toys. You can also drop toys off at your local site to donate. Make it a family project by toy shopping and picking the perfect gift for someone in need.
Deliver food with Meals on Wheels Chicago.
There are so many seniors who are unable to leave their homes this holiday season. Volunteer with Meals on Wheels to help the many seniors who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. You can bring your kids along, which is a great way for them to learn more about supporting individuals in a community. Plus, the recipients will love to see more smiles at their door!
Wrap presents for Dreams For Kids Chicago.
Dreams for Kids trains and mentors local youth with their hands-on programs. Volunteer this holiday season at an existing event in your hometown. You can help host a toy drive, donate money, crafts, food or other gifts. You can also join the Holiday for Hope Wrapping Party, where you wrap around 4,000 toys for homeless kids.
Volunteer with The Honeycomb Project.
Honeycomb offers fun volunteer programs for local families each year. They offer so many ways to volunteer from helping with shelter animals to sewing quilts for patients in the hospital. Learn more on how to sign up for their upcoming projects.
Find out more about volunteering at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
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