How to Give Back During the HolidaysSmart Calgary Homes Blogging Team on Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 7:40am.
The holidays are the perfect time of year to give back to the community; while it’s great to help out year round, there’s always a little extra need during this season. So, if you’re looking for a way to start volunteering, here are 5 great ways to do so in and around Calgary during the holidays:
1. Head to the Mustard Seed: There’s plenty of opportunity at the Seed at this time of year, from Christmas Card making to Dinner Service. Volunteer as a family, group, or individual – there are activities for essentially any age. Check out the Mustard Seed’s website for more details.
2. Adopt-a-Family: This is a program run through CUPS that provides gifts for an entire family. It’s a great option for a group of people (like an office, club, or family) to take on, to help split the costs and shopping time. Contact Deanna Holt at 403-671-6564 or e-mail her at email@example.com for more information.
3. Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter: The Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter has a variety of options, and more of them primarily involve making donations, so it’s a good choice for those who are a little short of time. They also have an Adopt-a-Family program, which involves purchasing gift cards for either an individual, or an individual and one or four children. Alternately, you can purchase items off of the wishlist or simply make a monetary donation. Prefer to donate your time? Check out their volunteer opportunities here.
4. Inn from the Cold: There are so many opportunities at the Inn, including volunteering with the childcare program, prepping and serving weekend breakfasts, or even driving families to outings or children to school. These are great choices for those who don’t have much time but would prefer to donate time in lieu of money. Check out the Inn’s website for more information and opportunities.
5. Be an Angel: One of the simplest ways to help out during this time of year is to simply grab a shovel and clear some snow. Shovel it off the sidewalk for your neighbors, clear an elderly neighbor’s walkway, steps, and front porch. You’re not just doing them a favour, you could potentially save them from serious injuries. See the City of Calgary’s website for more details on this program.
Those are just a handful of ways to give back to the community during the holidays; be sure to go to www.volunteercalgary.ab.ca for many, many more opportunities.
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