VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Find yourself with a little spare time this holiday season?
Whether you want to spread a little holiday cheer, create some for yourself by helping those in need, or just want to get away from your relatives for a few hours — this list is for you!
Operation Red Nose
Does the idea of someone drinking and driving make you see red? Help be a part of the solution by volunteering with Operation Red Nose, an organization that drives your car home for you if you’ve had a few too many. Help people get home safely while collecting donations for local not-for-profits.
You’re probably familiar with the Salvation Army‘s most recognizable charity initiative – the kettle bell ringers that typically appear outside malls and retail stores. This is just one way to volunteer short term over the holidays. If you start to get hooked on the good feeling, there are year-round opportunities to put your skills to work. From photographers to cooks, hone your skills in the warm and fuzzy glow that comes with giving back to your community. They also accept volunteers to serve Christmas Dinner through the Harbour Light in the Downtown East Side.
Greater Vancouver Foodbank
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank has a number of positions open for their busy holiday season. Sorting the influx of seasonal donations and handing out food are the main gigs, but if you prefer behind-the-scenes work, you can help with the pile-up of seasonal data entry or work in the warehouse.
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau
Just want to play with toys on your weekends off? The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau is looking for seasonal volunteers to help parents choose gifts for their children in their Toy Store. Not only will you live vicariously through the joy of a parent being able to provide for their child on Christmas morning, you can shop vicariously too without spending a dime. Just want to be a kid again? Help sort toys in the warehouse and re-live your childhood while you’re at it.
Donate essentials to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
It can be tough to be a woman at the best of times. Women on the street are particularly vulnerable which is why the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is accepting donations to help. Even $10 worth of toiletries can change someone’s entire week. For a complete list of the most urgently needed items, check out their website.
Volunteer at homeless shelters
As temperatures plunge, homeless shelters see a surge in demand. Volunteer your time in shelters across Metro Vancouver, or donate winter jackets and blankets. Find a complete list of shelters here.