Special Holiday Projects
Additional Ways to Volunteer
This time of year, we get many calls from volunteers wanting to serve. We love this interest in volunteerism, but know that many of our nonprofit partners aren’t always able to handle the influx of people. The end of the year can be a challenging season for nonprofit workers and it’s important that our partners are able to rest during the holidays too. Going beyond traditional volunteer opportunities, we’ve brainstormed some alternative ways for you to support nonprofits this holiday season:
- Doing a Secret Santa or other Gift Exchange or hosting a Holiday Party? Ask for or give the gift of charity instead. Tell your coworkers or family you’d like a donation in your name for a favorite cause.
- Make or buy treats as a thank you for nonprofit staff. Contact your favorite agency that provides a much-needed service and offer to give small gifts to their employees.
- Help your family or community prepare for a disaster or emergency.
- Give through your local Community Foundation. Learn about nonprofits and donate at Give Richmond or read about establishing a fund or joining a giving circle.
- Download the Holiday Giving Guide
- Answer a Wish List. Ask a nonprofit that serves your favorite cause for a wish list. Purchase items that will support their services year-round. View a list of local organizations you might contact on ConnectVA.
Still Don't See What You're Looking For?
Finding volunteer opportunities during the holiday season can be difficult. Why is that?
-With so many volunteers looking to serve during this time, opportunities fill up quickly.
-Many nonprofit organizations modify their office hours and programming during the holiday season.
-Richmond doesn’t really have soup kitchens. Many food-delivery or feeding programs are done by churches, which often mobilize their membership to volunteer.
Use the links below to learn more about holiday volunteering, organize something on your own, or to contact local organizations directly.
Organize it Yourself
- generationOn youth volunteering: Be a Joy Maker and Project Guides
- Do Something: Explore all their Campaigns
- 5 Easy Ways to teach your kids compassion this season
- Volunteering with Kids: Holiday Edition
- Rules of Kindness Campaign challenging kids and teens to build empathy
Other Local Opportunities
HandsOn does not manage, nor have they vetted the following opportunities, but you may be interested in contacting them directly.
- The Giving Heart Community Thanksgiving
- Dominion Christmas Parade
- Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run
- Richmond Toys for Tots
- Henrico Christmas Mother
- Puritan Cleaners Coats for Kids
Read more about the possibilities of helping during this time of year.
- The Holiday Season: Going Beyond Feel-Good Volunteering
- Seven Worst Ways to Give (or Volunteer) to Charity During the Holidays